Wow, what a game.
We finally saw what this group is capable of. Sure, they ran wild on App State, but this was exactly what we've been waiting for since fall camp. There was obviously some dropoff on defense, but I credit a lot of that to losing half of our front four for this game. We didn't get consistent pressure on Jacory, which has been the case this year. I think rotating guys more could help with this.
Otherwise, I feel so happy for the offense. What a way to bounce back after Clemson. I hope it's here to stay.
And, Frank finally pulled the trigger at punter.
Overall, a great Saturday.
1. Antone Exum - He lost the battle on Miami's first touchdown, but I thought that throw was outstanding and Exum was there. Overall, this was his best game of the year. He made great reads and made a lot of good tackles.
2. Josh Oglesby - Didn't see as much action, but when he did he competed well. It's nice to have a reliable alternative to 4.
3. Logan Thomas - What hasn't been said? It was a total coming out party and I'm glad I was there to see it. He did so many great things on Saturday, from loading up and blasting Sean Spence to displaying nice touch and accuracy. If you can, go back and watch the play where he fakes a handoff, rolls out right and hits Davis on the sideline with a laser. What a beautiful play - I hope we see more of it.
4. David Wilson - You can tell his eyes were focused on the next level. He had some really nice carries. And we got our wow-play when he kept his balance near the sideline. Love this guy.
7. Marcus Davis - He had a pretty nice game, probably his best since the opener, right? He needs to be more consistent and aggressive in the run game - but I can tell he knows it (watch him after plays he doesn't finish the block). Little by little, but I'm still real excited about him.
9. Cris Hill - This definitely wasn't Cris' biggest game of the year, but I think he was hosed on that deep sideline throw. I know everyone reading this agrees. Such a bogus call. But I have no problem with Hill on the edge. He's been good all year.
12. The Fans - First off, I'm insanely jealous I couldn't be in Lane for this one. Second, heck of a job. Tech made it easy for you guys to have energy, and you put it to good use.
15. Eddie Whitley - Yikes, that INT attempt was not pretty. I thought he played his best game last week and was decent on Saturday.
17. Kyle Fuller - I would say you can see his growth as we go, but he's really been outstanding all season. The open field tackles he made, both on the edge and in the middle, were all huge plays.
18. D.J. Coles - I'll throw this out there: He's our biggest weapon we're not talking about. I saw several outstanding blocks in the running game. He's super physical with or without the ball in his hands. He, Dyrell and Marcus could do big things next year.
19. Danny Coale - Stud.
20. Jayron Hosley - That near-pick looked really tough on the second glance. I do not think he saw a lot come his way, otherwise.
24. Tariq Edwards - I think he misread a screen in the second quarter that went for big yards, but otherwise played a good game.
28. Alonzo Tweedy - He was like a blur on my screen on several plays, including the final tackle of the game. He's super quick. He had a tough assignment and I think he passed with flying colors. Nice job.
33. Chris Drager - He should get a game ball. First, the 3rd-and-long catch was really nice. Second, he dominated in the run game on many plays. What a bruiser.
38. Michael Branthover - First off, great hair. Second, the first punt was a beauty. His last punt wasn't great, but we'll see what he's got...looks like there's some power in the leg.
42. J.R. Collins - Collins was high-octane again. The personal foul sucked, but he deserved it. I do think Jacory should have been flagged, as well. But he didn't get many breathers and played really tough.
43. Jeron Gouveia-Winslow - Bummed he got hurt, but I am pretty sure it happened on one of the biggest plays of the game: The fake field goal stop. What an outstanding play by JGW.
45. Joey Phillips - We didn't see as much of Joey this week with all the shotgun. But check out the Wilson summersault play. Joey doesn't get a block in before the flip, but after Wilson recovers, Phillips gets in the grill of some massive 360-pound DT. I need Lanier and Becton to play like that. Balls out.
48. Justin Myer - Excellent job on kickoffs.
51. Bruce Taylor - Bruce looked to over-pursue on the first drive of the game, which led to a long pass. But he settled down and played another really impressive game.
54. Nick Becton - I saw him display a lot of strength, so I know it's there. We need him to engage the ends and just wipe them out on the regular. (Also, see 45. Joey Phillips)
59. Courtney Prince - Played on both sides of the ball and special teams, including critical drives in the 4th quarter. Take that, Danny Coale. There has to be some sort of Wes Worsham versatility award, right?
62. Blake DeChristopher - Anchor.
66. Tyrel Wilson - He played a lot of football. He's obviously not as imposing as Gayle, he's just not as big and strong. But his motor is really, really good. Watch him on the last drive of the game. He did a fine job, but I think he would benefit from a little more rotation. And Beamer said Monday he was battling a stomach illness? I couldn't have put this post together if I had a rumble in my tank.
67. Michael Via - Didn't notice many blemishes in his spot duty. I did notice he's not afraid to stick people, which is good.
68. Jaymes Brooks - Overall, Jaymes played much better this week, even more so when you consider he was dinged up in the first quarter, but came back. I noticed several times that his first step is often a culprit on "meh" plays. But, he did an excellent job and really stepped it up on the game winning play.
72. Andrew Lanier - I thought he played well for the most part, and his awareness to pick up the ball and rumble for positive yardage deserves praise (but, he was the one who was beat, causing the fumble). One issue: I just see him as this jolly strong guy out there. I want him ripping faces (not facemasks) off. Just yell like William Wallace every few drives. Make dudes think you're crazy. (See 45. Joey Phillips)
74. Andrew Miller - His snap on the fumble wasn't perfect, and he had a bad snap on third down -- that needs to be cleaned up. But, he was pretty solid on the day. I'd like to see him the second level a tad earlier on some plays, but overall it was a solid day for the young guy.
75. Greg Nosal - Great day for Greg.
80. George George - He did OK. He's afraid of no man. It's just some men are bigger.
81. Jarrett Boykin - He looked like his old self in the passing game, which is huge for the offense.
89. Cody Journell - Perfect day. That's all we need.
90. Duan Perez-Means - I saw him in on two nice plays. The first was the fake field goal. He was on the scene right away. The second was the Bruce Taylor sack. He did a great job of taking the tackle inside. Otherwise, didn't see him much.
92. Luther Maddy - Considering he was hobbled, he played strong, and had a great pile topper in the 4th quarter. He wasn't in on the tackle for a ton of plays.
93. Isaiah Hamlette - The first play I noticed him was about halfway thorugh the first half, when the man assigned to him was flagged for a hold. If he could play with that kind of burst every play, he'd be on the field a lot.
95. Zack McCray - He needs to play MUCH stronger.
96. Corey Marshall - Asked to start and play that many snaps in his fifth game ever? He answered the bell and did the best he could.
98. Derrick Hopkins - Great outing. We're gonna need him to play like that every Saturday. Heck of a job.
99. James Gayle - "shout out to the weak ass tight end who cut me backside" - @JGayle99