Sunday, October 5, 2008

Thoughts on Alcorn State game

A few thoughts from Saturday's Aggie vs. Alcorn State game....

First off, it was obviously encouraging that they got the win in such dominant fashion. I know, some will say that it was one they should have won and that is absolutely correct. But nothing should be taken for granted on a week-to-week basis, particularly with this team. Last year's Pine Bluff game was a classic example of this. So kudos to them for taking care of business.

One thing that crossed my mind during the game was, where is Tonny Glynn? I understand that Marquell Colston is running the ball well and is the clear-cut No. 1 guy in the backfield. It just surprises me that Tonny is so forgotten. He was a pretty productive player for the team last year when he was healthy. He saw the field on Saturday, but it was in worthless action in the fourth.

Marcus Anderson with another touchdown. Chris Williams broke out. Coach Mumme cited LaVorick Williams' performance. On the surface it doesn't seem like Williams did much but when really looking back on it, he did. He made a nice third-down grab over the middle to keep a drive alive in the first half and made another catch over the middle from J.J. McDermott late that went for a big gain. Williams is a natural, gifted with long strides. Good hands. He could be a good player. As a freshman, Mumme said Williams will continue to get snaps in the offense.

I thought the defense was alright. Sure, they held Alcorn to 10 and pressured the backfield more. But it's Alcorn. And at the end of the day, a lot of the Braves' receivers were open downfield, it's just that the team couldn't complete a pass. Nevada will be a much tougher test for the Aggies - a real test. We'll see how the defense performs in that one.

A win is a win. If they struggled and won or even lost, people would be shredding them right now. While some will shrug their shoulders at knocking off Alcorn, it's better than the alternative. Now, it's on to conference play, and Nevada-Reno.


Anonymous said...

I said we needed to be 3-1 going into WAC play. Some others said we would be 1-3.
Although we could very easily be 1-3 or 3-1.
The reality is that we are right in the middle at 2-2, and seems to be clickling.

WAC play opens up and we need to win at least FOUR more games to be bowl eligible.
I think four is doable but, we need to play hard & smart the rest of the season.

Anonymous said...

Glad the Aggies won Saturday. Yes, it was expected, but most weren't sure whether it might be another nail biter like APB last year.

It was good to see that Savage played well. Getting a little depth on the defensive line is so important. Now, if we could just get a little size there too. . .

I watched part of the Nevada-Idaho game on TV. Nevada has the capability to run teh ball right at the defense. Then they throw or use misdirection for a long play. We will have to be able to stop them on the ground to have a reasonable chance, I believe. That is possible, but the line will have to step up, and the backers too. I see that as the key to the game. One of the most dangerous plays is when the quarterback pulls itout on play action, then takes off the other way. Both Kap and Graz are good at that. Both faked out the cameraman acouple of times Saturday, not to mention the Idaho Defense!

Offensively, no mistakes, run it succesfully enough to keep the defense honest, and make a few big plays out of the air raid.

Anonymous said...

Yipee-we're going to a bowl game. NOT!!!