A few thoughts from the early aftermath of the Tide's 48-3 thumping of San Jose State:
- From the outset, the most important takeaway from this game is the lack of serious injuries. Never forget that dominant teams have far more to lose in games against cupcakes than they have to gain, and with regard to injuries, 'Bama dodged the proverbial bullet tonight. As of this writing, the only reported injuries were minor ankle sprains to Courtney Upshaw and D.J. Fluker, with both expected to be healthy enough to play against Penn State. Big sigh of relief.
- In general, the offense performed as well as could be reasonably expected. We moved the ball at will, we prevented turnovers and negative plays, we were efficient in the passing game, we stretched the field vertically, we consistently moved the chains in the running game, and we generated big plays on the ground as well. Sure it was East Popcorn State, but the underlying point remains that this offense has the potential to be extremely good and they did nothing tonight that would cause anyone to become bearish on their expectations moving forward.
- Nick Saban said earlier in the week that Greg McElroy had a better-than-expected fall camp, and it showed tonight. He looked sharp, moved through his progressions with ease, and threw the ball with command and accuracy. And when A.J. McCarron came in, he looked game-ready as well, and truth be told he would be a starter at the majority of BCS programs at this point. Personally, I would feel confident with either in the game moving forward.
- If Trent Richardson is not better then Mark Ingram, then Mark Ingram is on some level normally not occupied by mere mortals. It's hard to imagine a more physically-dominant player than Richarson. As good as he looked as a true freshman last year, he looks to be going to another level now.
- Last week I wrote that we really do not know what to expect out of Julio Jones because he has never been remotely close to 100% healthy while at Alabama. We do know that Jones is healthy now, however, and if his performance yesterday is any indication, it's going to be a special year in Tuscaloosa. We haven't seen him display the kind of raw athleticism that he showed yesterday since he stepped on campus.