Thoughts wrapping up Game One and looking toward the Aztecs-
- Buffalo Big Mack: Khalil Mack destroyed any doubt that he would be an NFL first rounder last Saturday after a stunning performance against Ohio State. Mack managed to make some very solid offensive tackles look silly and dominated Braxton Miller in a foot race to the end zone after picking off one of Miller’s passes. For his efforts, he was named the Mid-American Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.
The One That Got Away
- Johnny Hancock: Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel overshadowed his above average and much improved play with utter nonsense and a lack of class by flashing dollar signs and making an autograph pantomime to Rice’s defense Saturday. Urban Meyer was asked his thoughts on Johnny Football’s transgressions during Monday’s press conference. Surprisingly Meyer claimed that things get over blown these days and that he wished they (the media) would leave the kid alone. If I were a betting gal, I’d bet that if Braxton tried to pull something like that Meyer would have a different opinion. I’m sure a scathing review of Johnny Manziel by Urban Meyer would have fed the media machine for a week or two though.
Return of Roby: Bradley Roby will make a much needed comeback this week against San Diego State. His absence was felt against Buffalo when an already thin secondary was plagued with youth and cramping. Armani Reeves was the deserving stand in but with costly penalties and being paired up most of the game with a 6’3 work horse receiver Neutz. From the sound of it, Roby will be back up at that perimeter spot and Reeves will be working in depending on how practice goes this week. Cj Barnett is also expected to be back in the rotation after nursing a sprained ankle. I also expect to see a more aggressive defense this second game. Playing a little faster and looser will be come more natural as the defensive units become more comfortable and begin to trust their teammates.
- Hall Pass: Jordan Hall displayed what seemed to be a new set of wheels last Saturday vs. Buffalo. Hall’s burst and patience appeared to be finely honed in his recovery and off season. At Monday’s press conference running backs Coach Stan Drayton added that having Jordan Hall on the field is like having another set of eyes on the field as a coach. Coach Drayton claimed that Hall has grown as a person and is a very intelligent player that has been an asset to his running backs core.
- Spare The Rod? Nope: According to the coaches, Rod Smith should make an appearance this week against San Diego State as well. Smith’s power and size will certainly offer diversity within the running backs group and the offensive scheme, and may allow Hall to move to H-Back, where he’s been “cross trained”, according to Coach Drayton