- Tapped Again: Just like the nut tap that the kitten gave Brutus in 2010 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB6KxZTPzIM ), I felt like I got slugged on Saturday night. I hated reading on Twitter and Facebook the posts from my friends who went to Athens. It was hard enough watching it on ESPN3. The only advantage that my friends in Athens had over me was that I had to fill two more hours of my day before I could go to sleep and put that mess behind me.
- Sonny Randle Tribute Game: I don’t think I’ve seen that much yellow on the field of a Herd game since Sonny left (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzs94CcFFfY ). While the accuracy of the official stats has come into question, 27 total penalties for 270 yards is pretty pathetic for both teams. The Herd was penalized for 150 yards on Saturday. That sadly is more than Birdsong had in passing yards. Trying to put a positive spin on this dog, I just like thinking it must have been a tribute to Sonny. Very clever Herd…subtle…
- Strongest Positions 2 Games In: clearly it is our safeties. Without Lang we wouldn’t have beaten Purdue. Without Lang and Letman, I don’t think we would have been competitive against Ohio. I hope Leggett gets back on the field soon, but these two guys are carrying the team right now IMO.
- Rockhead Needs to Relax: being the star player on a team with high expectations probably isn’t easy, but the dude needs to ease up. He’s not going to be able to win every game single handed. He needs to get his yardage and go down. Most of his fumbling issues have been after he gets the necessary yardage and is fighting for more. I am not claiming to be an expert. It could easily be argued that he’s not got to get 73 yard TD runs if he just goes down before he gets stripped.
- Somebody Needs to Make this Introduction, So I will Give it a Shot: Mr. Birdsong I would like to formally introduce you to the esteemed Mr. McManus and Mr. Allen. During the Purdue game, McManus’s mother yelled down at him “no dinner for you Deon-Tay” after he returned to the sideline after an unmemorable play (see I already forgot what it was…). How can Deon-Tay ever eat if Birdsong doesn’t turn his head and look at his receivers up field? Deon-Tay is a big man, he needs to eat. In all seriousness, Birdsong hasn’t shown that he sees anything other than the singular direction he looks at on a particular play. Maybe it is just that he doesn’t know that many guys on the team yet. Hopefully, my formal introduction will help.
- Doc Temporarily Boxed Himself In: when the initial depth chart was published, I wondered what Doc was going to do if he needed to pull Birdsong for a play or two, or if he needed to replace him for the rest of the game. Specifically, how could he do it without either: 1) burning Litton’s redshirt; or 2) telling Litton that he really isn’t No. 2 and put in Gunnar? This is why I think that Birdsong has taken every snap, even when he has struggled. That being said, depth charts aren’t written in stone. When I drafted this point on Monday, I noted that Doc could change it every day if he chose. He did on Tuesday. I think Doc is moving in the right direction with the announcement that Chase’s redshirt is being burnt. I wish Doc would have pulled the trigger on Saturday. It may have helped both Birdsong and Litton.
- Cato Had An Advantage: Cato came in with 4 years of eligibility, a solid understanding of the Spread, and the ability to make reads. On top of that, he had the advantage of having Tony Peterson as his OC and QB Coach in addition to Bill Legg. I remember watching practices when Cato was a Freshman and Sophomore, and being impressed with the intensity of the instruction that Cato got from Tony. Nothing against Legg (other than a couple of his calls on Saturday), but I think Litton in particular would benefit from having a dedicated QB coach.
- Confession of a New Moderator: most of you probably haven’t noticed, but I got promoted to Moderator on the board during the offseason. This was a huge honor for me, but with any honor there is usually a duty associated with it. In this case, I went on the board after the game to help with the monitoring of the comments. As an attorney, I read through the “Herdfan.com Terms of Service” ( http://www.herdfans.com/12thman/index.php?topic=6888.0 ) and applied the Posting Guidelines in reviewing the posts. I only saw one post that needed attention due to the use of profanity. It was from a poster who I personally like, and I agreed with the overall point that he was making. Still, I edited out the profanity, left the post up, and gave him a +1 for making a good, while inappropriately stated, post.
- C-USA Games on Saturday: while our game was mercifully blacked out in Colorado, I did watch several C-USA games this weekend. My key takeaways from the rest of the conference were: 1) FAU isn’t a joke anymore; 2) Rice may have enough again to make a push for the West; 3) LaTech’s coaching staff makes good adjustments; 4) you still don’t want to be in a shootout with WKU; 5) Charlotte has a cute little stadium; 6) after the first two weeks, it looks like Southern Miss may be on the way back up; and 7) after the loss to ODU, I am not too worried about Norfolk State.
- Listening to Doc: I am going to get on the redeye flight to JFK on Thursday night (technically Friday morning) wearing my Marshall jersey, and put Ohio behind me. I hope all of our fans show up at the Joan on Saturday. Until I see all my friends in Huntington on Saturday: GO HERD!!!!
It is always more fun to write these after a win. I had a great time blogging last year. This week is more about a sense of duty than having fun. With that glowing introduction, here are the ten things I think I know after Ohio:
Thundering in MD