Henry 2.0, but more explosive?
"He’s going to be a great one," defensive tackle Jarran Reed said prior to the national championship game. "His time is coming. ... He’s another Derrick Henry." Why does the Scarbrough-Henry comparison have legs? Well, look at their legs, they’re enormous. Henry is 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds. Scarbrough is 6-foot-2 and dropped 10 pounds to get down to 230 this offseason...The only tangible difference is Scarbrough is slightly more explosive. Henry picks up steam with his first few strides out of the backfield, while Scarbrough gets to his second gear faster, shooting through the hole quicker.
Bo has already replaced Perrine and Freeman on the Vegas Heisman board at 25-1. He has nine carries for his career. That said, he is a vicious, violent runner and hits the hole like we haven't seen since Ingram's salad days. Is a Heisman out of the realm of possibility? Maybe, with a freak like Deshaun Watson (and 'Bama fatigue) lurking out there. There's also the matter of platooning backs -- this year probably won't see any one player get the load that King Henry got last season.
Another Power Five conference school, Maryland, wanted Andy Pappanastos enough that it offered him a scholarship after he officially got his release from Ole Miss in late February. But Alabama's new graduate transfer kicker, a Montgomery native whose father and brother both graduated from Alabama, instead decided to walk-on with the Tide, though he has been told he will have the opportunity to earn a scholarship down the road.
Pappanastos will likely get that scholly next season when Adam Griffith hangs up his 'Bama cleats. But, with two years left to play, Alabama is solid at kicker through 2018...we hope.
More OL confusion
When running through a list of offensive linemen making strides this spring, Nick Saban listed tackles Korren Kirven and Lester Cotton as strong performers. Asked specifically about Baldwin on Monday, Saban gave an early appraisal of the former top prospect. "A very good athlete. He's got a lot of ability," Saban said. "He's got a lot to learn. He's got a long way to go. We're going to continue to work with him, to get him to do things right, to get him to buy into doing things the way we need him to do them so he can have success here."
A day after praising Baldwin, Saban now says that he has a considerable way to go to get where he needs to be. Cotton is being groomed for LT next season, that's apparent even though he may wind up winning the RT spot this season. The battle at RT looks to comes down to Womack, Kirven and Baldwin for 2017 though. Quality depth is a nice problem to have, though.
God, I hate Florida
Alabama and Florida are the only two SEC teams to win a national championship, with the Tide doing so in 2012 and the Gators in 2014 and 2015. Florida has appeared in the national championship series four times while Alabama has appeared twice, all of which have come since 2009. The two teams met in the national championship series in 2014, the first ever softball championship series between two SEC teams. Alabama and Florida have won every SEC regular season title since 2008, claiming four each: 2008: Florida 2009: Florida 2010: Alabama 2011: Alabama 2012: Alabama 2013: Florida 2014: Alabama 2015: Florida
Huge, huge road series for the 6th-ranked Tide on the road in Gainesville. I can handle losing to the Gators in FB on occasion. I cannot handle being dominated in softball and, lately, gymnastics though. Cut that out, Gata.
Malzahn turned to new assistants mostly familiar to him and/or Auburn fans after staffers left for other jobs, including South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, replaced as defensive coordinator by Kevin Steele. Williams and receivers coach Kodi Burns are former Auburn players, with both playing on undefeated teams — and underachieving ones, too. Offensive line coach Herb Hand left Penn State to join Malzahn, who worked with him on Tulsa offenses that led the nation in both 2007 and 2008. Former New Orleans Saints assistant Wesley McGriff is the secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator.
When all else fails, turn to #fambly I guess. Is it me or does the patchwork assistant coaching scheme at Auburn just seem weird? It's a very unsteady coalition, that's for certain.
LSU safety Jalen Mills recounted an utterly awful question he was asked during the interview process in a video for CBS. Asked to give an example of strange questions he had faced from teams, Mills let fly with a doozy. "If you wanted to kill a guy, would you kill him with a gun or a knife?" ... Mills was pretty jovial recounting the story, and he says the gun was the right answer, because it was quick and efficient, whereas the team that asked thought using a knife signified "that now you are killing for fun, because you have to continuously stab someone."
That's a silly question. Everyone knows LSU players are at their deadliest using their bare hands in Baton Rouge bars.
Getting uglier in Knoxville
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones' phone records show he had two conversations with former Volunteers receiver Drae Bowles the same day a lawsuit states that Bowles assisted a woman who said she was raped by two other players. The records, obtained via a public records request, only detailed the time and length of the calls and didn't indicate what was said. A Title IX lawsuit filed against Tennessee last month states a woman called 911 from Bowles' car to report a rape in the early-morning hours of Nov. 16, 2014. The report eventually led to charges against former Tennessee players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams, who were indicted on February 2015.
Bowles, if you will remember, was allegedly confronted by several Vols for snitching about the rape. He was allegedly bullied by Butch that day by phone (and these records would at least support that,) and was later assaulted (allegedly) by Maggitt. What a terrible look for the nation's most rape-prone program. That Title IX lawsuit is not going to end well in Knoxville (nor for Butch Jones' career, if even half of the allegations against him and his program are founded.)