One of the reasons we have been able to build a successful program is the support we receive from our fans and especially our students. I’m sure you have heard me talk about everyone being a part of the team at The University of Alabama. As students, you play a big role in terms of the first-class environment you help create on campus during game weekends.
Initial research from rEvolution bears out the Alabama game as a step in the redemption of the Manziel name. He’s been mentioned 32,000 times in social media conversations and posted on another 123,000 times over the past 30 days, according to the data. Sentiment over the past week tilts 9% positive, 74% neutral and 17% negative.
That’s an improvement over two weeks from 7% positive and 20% negative (with 73% neutral). The negative-positive ratio is still almost two-to-one against Manziel, but the key is the big number of undecideds – 74%.
McElwain’s offenses led the nation with just 57 turnovers in his four-year period with the Crimson Tide and sent two players to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York: 2009 winner Mark Ingram and 2011 finalist Trent Richardson. In 2011, Alabama led the SEC in rushing at 219.8 yards per game, ranked second in total offense at 433.4 and third in scoring at 36 points a game. In 2010, the team was third in total yards and scoring. "It isn’t about me, though, it’s about our guys and our organization having the opportunity to go a place that is a Mecca of college football and match yourself against the best," McElwain said. "That’s why we get into athletics, and that’s why we compete."
"We've got some younger players that deserve an opportunity to play, and we're going to look at them in practice," he said. "We're going to give some guys an opportunity to play. I'm very encouraged by some of these young guys that we have." But it doesn't end with the secondary. Inexperienced defensive linemen, linebackers, wide receivers and running backs could get playing time if history holds true.
Manziel, who scrambled in the second quarter and found himself 25 yards behind the line of scrimmage before avoiding the pressure and launching a deep ball down the middle to Edward Pope for a 12-yard gain. (The video of the play is below.) Sumlin wasn't impressed, even if he did admire his quarterback's explanation. "When he's running around, I'm used to that now," Sumlin said. "When he threw it up in the middle of the field I had a little bit of a problem with that. And to be honest with you, it's the only time this year that happened. He came to the sideline. We had a timeout. He comes over and everybody's all excited. "I said, "Hey, look, don't do that. He said it would've been as good as a punt, which I'll be honest with you, whether or not he was telling the truth at that point at least he had a response he was thinking.
"The whole game was a check-with-me play. Coach Nuss would send me the formation and a certain play and if I felt like they were playing one defense I checked into a pass. I did that numerous times. Sometimes they didn't give me a check to a pass, so I felt like we could run it and I check to either side running the ball. Everything in the last game was based off of what I felt like would help us. I'm just glad they put that trust in me."
"I feel it is my duty as SGA president to foster togetherness and represent all students," Taylor said in an email. "With this in mind, I feel it is appropriate to suspend Student Organization Seating for this Saturday's football game against Colorado State. As a university, we have seen significant growth in recent years; however, as we continue to grow bigger, we must also grow better."
The Colts' offense gets a much-needed boost after losing running back Vick Ballard and tight end Dwayne Allen for the season. General manager Ryan Grigson has shown a penchant for making trades and swinging for the fences since he hit town, with positive results. The Colts' backfield, which looked so questionable, now looks like a strength with Ahmad Bradshaw backing up Richardson.
Fascinating discussion on the spread & air raid offenses in college football. He also discusses Manziel's performance against Bama. Good stuff.