Evans injury changes everything for Virginia Tech, Alabama

 

There have always been bad preseason injuries in college football. It is a physical sport and to get ready to play it at a high level, teams have to get physical in practice. It’s part of the game that teams and fans have to (reluctantly) accept.

But sometimes there are terrible, devastating, injuries that change the entire complexion of a season. The injury to Virginia Tech running back Darren Evans is one of those. Evans, who set the Hokie freshman rushing record with 1,265 yards last season, was the MVP of the Orange Bowl win over Cincinnati after rushing for 153 yards. He is clearly Virginia Tech’s best offensive weapon and his expected return was a big reason the Hokies were picked in just about everybody’s preseason Top 10.

But the sophomore from Indianapolis is now out for the season after tearing his ACL during practice this week.

Now Virginia Tech, as it should, is trying to put the best spin possible on this situation. The Hokies always have a lot of good running backs and there are some talented ones waiting in the wings like redshirt sophomore Josh Oglesby, highly-recruited redshirt freshman Ryan Williams, and freshman David Wilson.

But there is a reason Evans was in the starting lineup as redshirt freshman last season. He is something special. You just don’t replace players like Darren Evans so easily.

This one injury to Evans is going to have a ripple effect in a lot of different areas of college football:

**–If you had told the voters in the coaches poll that Evans would not make it to the opening game, I would venture to say that they would not have voted the Hokies at No. 7. Georgia was a preseason No. 1 last summer but after OT Trinton Sturdivant and DT Jeff Owens were lost quickly to injuries, Georgia simply wasn’t a No. 1 team any more. The Bulldog Nation didn’t want to hear that, but it was a fact.

 

**–You can’t discount the psychological component to this injury for Virginia Tech. I firmly believe that the loss of Sturdivant and Owens changed Georgia’s mental makeup and approach to the games last season. Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer is a very good head coach but getting the mindset of a team back on track after such a major injury is difficult.

 

**–Think about what this does to the ACC. At the most recent conference preseason meetings, Commissioner John Swofford conceded that his league, while very balanced with 10 bowls teams last season, really needed to have one of its teams make a run at the national championship. The ACC, he said, needs to be in the BCS conversation in November and early December. Virginia Tech opens against No. 5 Alabama in Atlanta on Sept. 5. The ACC really needed a signature win against an SEC power to get the season started. Can Virginia Tech still beat Alabama? Of course it can. But an injury like this makes it less likely.

 

**–Why do I say that? It doesn’t take a football genius to know that Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Kirby Smart, his defensive coordinator, are game planning to shut down the run and force Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor to throw, something he’s not particularly good at doing (2 touchdown passes, 7 interceptions last season.) The injury to Evans makes that a little easier for Alabama.

 

**–All the tickets to the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff have been sold and ESPN’s College Game Day will be here. The hype will be the same. But now the story line, instead of two top 10 teams wanting to get off to a good start towards the national championship, will be whether or not Virginia Tech can overcome the injury to Evans. It is still a good story line but it’s just not as compelling. And fair of not, and it’s not fair, Alabama will not get as much of a pop out of the game if it wins because the poll voters will take into account that Virginia Tech’s best offensive player was not there.

**–Now you have to look at the ACC Coastal race differently. Most people were putting Virginia Tech into the ACC championship game again because so many starters return. Now the gap has been closed with Georgia Tech and North Carolina. And don’t forget that Virginia Tech has to come to Georgia Tech on Oct. 17.

 

But that is one of the wonderful things about college football. Out of adversity, great things sometimes happen.

 

 Nobody thought Arkansas could beat No. 2 Oklahoma in the 1978 Orange Bowl after Lou Holtz kicked a bunch of players off his team. But the Hogs pulled off one of the biggest upsets in school history, 31-6.

Nobody thought LSU had a chance against Tennessee in the 2001 SEC championship game when Tiger quarterback Rohan Davey and running back LaBrandon Toefield both left the game with injuries in the first half. But Matt Mauck, a former minor league baseball player, came off the bench at quarterback and led LSU to a 31-20 win.

 

Will something dramatic like that happen at the Georgia Dome on Sept. 5? That’s why we have to watch.

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Saint Simons

August 13th, 2009
8:42 am

((((((45-42)))))) hahahahahaha

Ron Mexico

August 13th, 2009
8:44 am

Look for David Wilson to sizzle in that matchup. He’s the real deal.

Julie Clowdis

August 13th, 2009
8:49 am

Wait and see Mr Barnhart. I’m hearing good things about Mr Wilson in practice. Now it’s time for the big stage. David Wilson, remember that name.

Don Ho

August 13th, 2009
8:49 am

Tough break for Evans, hope he has a speedy recovery.

reebok

August 13th, 2009
8:53 am

Sorry about the young man’s injury, and I hope he makes a full recovery. With regards to V Tech’s season, if the O-line does its job, one of those other stud RB’s for V-Tech will step in and have a great year.

Miles

August 13th, 2009
9:02 am

With or without Evans, Bama still wins the game.

Tommy J

August 13th, 2009
9:04 am

Its a shame. But Beamer knows how to recruit. I’m sure there is a no-name kid in that RB rotation who can step up and fill in. If a O-line blocks, most RBS can run.

Roll Tide.

DawginLex

August 13th, 2009
9:06 am

This is a beatdown waiting to happen with or without Evans. Alabama might have the best defense in the SEC. VT will be forced to throw and it will get ugly. The only thing keeping it close is that Bama is not that explosive on offense.

Bama 28
VT 7

Got 12?

August 13th, 2009
9:09 am

Bama was favored by 6 anyway. Bama by 17 now.

Got 12?

August 13th, 2009
9:10 am

Also, Georgia Tech wins the ACC-C.

Scott

August 13th, 2009
9:11 am

We Hokies win games with defense and special teams. Losing Evans hurts bad given his ability to run effectively to extend drives and run the clock. But if another one of these highly touted young guys can step in, we may be able to overcome this injury. Don’t forget about our D.

GTPHISH

August 13th, 2009
9:13 am

Tony,
Thanks for your update, as always. Hate to see a good player go down, even if it may help us. Cant wait for the season to start.

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 13th, 2009
9:17 am

IT’S THURSDAY AND WE HAVE NOT HAD ONE ARTICLE YET ABOUT MOVING THE UGAg vs. UF GAME!!!

somebody at the AJC better get on the ball.

UGA

August 13th, 2009
9:26 am

It will not change the gameplan for either team much. The game will still be smash-mouth football with good defense and running the ball(Don’t forget Bama is breaking in a new QB). Bama wins 24-10, thanks to Julio’s big second half after leading 10-7 at the half.

Chris F

August 13th, 2009
9:26 am

You know I almost feel bad predicting Bama will crush VT. This game kinda reminds me of Bama and Clemson last year 34-10. Although VT is better than Clemson. That game had me nervous mainly because there was so much hype around Clemson and I didn’t think Bama was ready for that yet. However after a season like last year where you lose a very important bowl game i believe Bama will be up for this game. VT is not to be underestimated or overlooked tho, that would be foolish.

GTPHISH

August 13th, 2009
9:27 am

Reminds me of the injury to Tech’s Tony Hollings who, although he was not injured before the start of the season, was on pace to have a historic season.

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 13th, 2009
9:28 am

Actually Tony, if you could look up from the SEC and really studied the ACC and Va. Tech, you wouldn’t make a statement like “He is clearly Virginia Tech’s best offensive weapon”.

…that was and is Tyrod Taylor.

But, using the word “clearly” can fool a lot of people…back to SEC, Mr. College (sic) Football.

PMC

August 13th, 2009
9:28 am

certainly opens the door for Georgia Tech to make a run if they can manage to play better on defense while improving the passing game this year.

PMC

August 13th, 2009
9:30 am

The ACC’s main issue is they don’t just need a team to make a run… they need a team with a HUGH fanbase to make a run.

Wake, Georgia Tech, BC are all relatively small in thier fan bases and that makes for a really empty stadium down in Tampa.

Va Tech travels well. They were counting on FSU and Miami and that blew up in thier faces.

North Carolina has the size but they don’t have the football tradition yet.

Clark

August 13th, 2009
9:33 am

Shut up about the hype. Its buying into the hype of the game that gets you beat (Clemson-Bama 08).

Bama will still need to bring their A-Team on Defense if they want to shut down Tech’s running game. By the way, they too have a cold starter coming off the bench replacing their best offensive player last year.

I don’t want to hear it… I’ll see it live in G-Dome for myself.

Got 12?

August 13th, 2009
9:34 am

UGA,

In an article today, Saban and McElwain (Bama OC) said they may not have the OL personnel to be as run-oriented as last year’s team. Although McElroy is relatively new, we’ll probably pass a lot more out of necessity. In preseason, Julio has lined up at every receiver position.

Clark

August 13th, 2009
9:35 am

And as long as GA Tech runs that triple option crap they will NEVER get a chance at a national title… let alone an ACC championship.

The Wreck is a JOKE.

Tom

August 13th, 2009
9:35 am

PMC, there’s a guy named HUGH that has seats two rows below me, does that count?

DawginLex

August 13th, 2009
9:38 am

It’s Thursday and not one single nerd has posted a comment about last year’s VT game being lost because of a phantom penalty. Also, no nerd has mentioned how much they enjoyed “the bowl experience” of last year’s bowl game. Also, no nerd has mentioned how it is not fair to play UVA every year since they get to major in “Rhetoric” instead of engineering.

Better get busy nerds.

Gen Neyland

August 13th, 2009
9:47 am

Key players out for the year can turn a preseason Top 10 team into a regular season Lower 15 or worse. Just another reason not to jump the gun on the preseason ranking follies (e.g. UGA 2008). Injury happens. Hate it for the injured. I truly hope they rehab and get back if eligibility applies. Sure it hurts preseason projections, but in this case the guy taking Evans place may, MAY, have VT saying, ‘Evans who..?’

GT = Greater Taliban Institute

August 13th, 2009
9:48 am

Ramble on – don’t you have other things to worry about? Like the growing terroist cell GT,GT’s child molesting professors, car jackings, and muggings or preparing for next week’s flag corps tryout? I hear males are strongly encourged to apply!

Bull Gator

August 13th, 2009
9:53 am

TB is right that this injury is a game changer. Everyone already knew that AL would look to stop the run first and make Tyrod Taylor win the game, and this injury just puts even more pressure on VT’s QB. As an SEC fan I want AL to win, but I was hoping for a great game. Now I’m afraid that AL’s defense is going to suffocate VT’s offense, and it will turn into another beatdown reminiscent on last year’s debacle.

whitx2

August 13th, 2009
10:06 am

If the line goes higher than 6, take VT and load the wagon, bet the farm and shoot the moon.

Kid Ray

August 13th, 2009
10:07 am

I don’t like TTaylor as QB to carry a team…manage a game, yes…but NOT to carry a team against a stout Bama D. Only way Bams loses is if they don’t show up a la the Sugar Bowl.

Bama 23
VT 13

The Realist

August 13th, 2009
10:08 am

No Georgia fan knew Knowshon was so good until another injury allowed him in the game more.

No Auburn fan knew Ronnie Brown could run the ball until Carnell broke his leg and was lost for the season.

No Alabama fan knew Shaun Alexander would rush for 285 yards against LSU until Curtis Alexander and Dennis Riddle were lost to injuries.

I don’t buy this stuff about VPI being a bad team now that Evans is out. Let’s face it, on almost every NFL or College team the best place to suffer an injury might actually be Running Back (EXCEPTION: Auburn, who is currently playing with 10 less scholarshipped players than everyone else but has 7 QBs on campus. Chizik was a “good” hire, right?).

VPI will still line up and NOT be a Clemson. And Bama better believe that.

JaxDawg

August 13th, 2009
10:13 am

Unfortunately for VT it does change things for them losing Evans. The only way Bama will get proper credit for beating VT is for the game to be a blowout. A close win will only cast a shadow of doubt as to whether they would’ve won the game if Evans was there.

The Hokies will have a strong defense as usual and I suspect the game will be a lower scoring affair, but Bama should win this one without too much trouble.
Bama 23 VT 10

Pole Smoker

August 13th, 2009
10:18 am

Paul Johnson really knows how to coach the end around move!

GO JACKETS!!!!

PMC

August 13th, 2009
10:18 am

Indeed, Tom, Indeed. Proofreading is a good thing.

Pole Smoker

August 13th, 2009
10:19 am

Saint Simons, you really need to try that Enzyte. I think it could REALLY REALLY help out your “little problem”

GO JACKETS!!!!!

Grantland Rice

August 13th, 2009
10:26 am

The Realist

Good post, often an injury such as this rallies a team. I fully expect the same at VPI

DawginLex's_bunghole

August 13th, 2009
10:29 am

And where are the ugay fans talking about a “decimated” defense, Joe “little” Cox and his highschool record, a “fluke” 45-42 loss, Saint Richt’s righteous behavior, Geather’s and his “special” admit, 101 reasons to be a mutt, murderous professors, kids eating raccoons, poop on the loop, dorm rapings, etc. etc.?

Get busy white trash morons.

GerbilinLex's_bunghole

August 13th, 2009
10:31 am

BobbyGodd

August 13th, 2009
10:35 am

Last year everyone (AJC included) talked about how young the GT, Miami and UNC teams were. VT was the veteran team and won the coastal on a tie break. They also lucked out to have GT early in the year and to have one official make a horrendous call.

This year Miami, UNC and GT have basically the same teams. Tech has to replace 3 defensive line folks but we rotated lots of them that return this year.

The media sees that VT has dominated the last several years and doesn’t want to seem foolish if they make a wrong preseason pick. VT probably finishes in a tie for 3rd in the ACC. Coastal that is. In other words they’ll wind up 5th or 6th in the ACC overall. The loss of this tailback will not change where they’d have finished unless they really go belly up and wind up lower. The backup tailbacks will certainly be close to as effective and if that tiny difference would not equate into 4 or 5 more wins. They are simply the UGA of this year. Way too far over rated to begin with.

Chuck

August 13th, 2009
10:35 am

This post might be counter-productive, but I am proud of everyone here for ignoring the same sad comment of “Simple Simon.” There’s no reason a blog can’t be limited to intelligent, insightful comments such as everyone else here has posted. And by the way, I’m a Georgia Tech fan!

DawginLex

August 13th, 2009
10:45 am

To my special admirer,

Read the paper today? Murderous profs?

15 counts?????

Pot, meet kettle.

ThaMan

August 13th, 2009
10:47 am

Clark – that “joke” put almost 500 yards rushing on a bigger joke. On their home field. On a former landfill between some bushes. Preseason #1. NOW THAT WAS A JOKE! Wear some black jerseys and see how that works out!

ThaMan

August 13th, 2009
10:49 am

DawginLex- who is Lex and how old is he?

mcdawg

August 13th, 2009
10:51 am

do people honestly believe Ole Miss will be better than Bama or LSU??

Homer

August 13th, 2009
10:53 am

VT loses their top running back, Mr. SEC football lists six rippling effects that injury has, and it takes him all the way to #6 to list how it effects Ga. Tech and the Coastal division. The first five all referenced UGA and the SEC. Imagine that.

Got 12?

August 13th, 2009
11:04 am

mcdawg,

Preseason polls are about advertising. Listing Ole Miss as the top ten team has generated a lot of buzz. Mission accomplished.

DawginLex

August 13th, 2009
11:05 am

I LIVE IN LEXINGTON KENTUCKY

IDIOT

LEX IS ABBREVIATION FOR LEXINGTON

Where did you go to college?

m

August 13th, 2009
11:06 am

Alabama couldn’t beat Utah…how the heck to do you think they can Va. Tech?

Va. Tech was not going to win the coastal division anyway….in case you haven’t heard there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Paul Johnson.

Tony, it is embarassing how silly your blog is….you are nothing but an sec homer gomer.

Steaming Log inLex

August 13th, 2009
11:07 am

Is it just me that feels like I lose 10-15 points off of my IQ every time I read DawginLex’s comments on these blogs? Tell us the one about our terrorists again! You’re cracking me up. How bout the ones about our campus muggings? Dude, you’re too funny.

ROLL TIDE

August 13th, 2009
11:11 am

Evans would not have been able to run against possibly the best defense in the nation.

panther

August 13th, 2009
11:11 am

I cant stand that Evans goes down, being such a component to VT’s offense, but it’s not likely he’d be anymore productive against the Tide D than all the other tailbacks combined anyway…they are monsters against the run. Too bad it wont be enough to put this one in the win column for lil’ napoleon saban: VT,20 bama,14

Joey

August 13th, 2009
11:11 am

Tony, I am sure VT is already dreading that game at GA Tech, what with that overflowing 40,000 count crowd there to get the free hot dogs and Cokes with ticket special. What a joke in a city of what 2, 3 million? What will this game be billed as, Thug Tech vs Thug Tech II?

DawginLex

August 13th, 2009
11:13 am

Hey secret admirer,

When did I mention terrorists or campus muggings in any of my posts? To supposedly be so smart your reading comprehension skills are really bad. Maybe it’s from reading my posts? Your IQ drops every time you read them?

That’s special.

I’d love to have a further chat with you, but I’m not going to waste anymore of my time.

IDIOT

gdawginkalamazoo

August 13th, 2009
11:15 am

Terrible for the kid. It does pose a problem for Bama. The known has now become and unknown. They knew what this kid is capable of, his replacement will be different. VT has always had decent RB’s so I would say that Bama is disadvantaged in two ways. First the lack of bang they get out of the possibel victory and second having to face the unknown RB.

Frozen_Gator

August 13th, 2009
11:16 am

Even with that injury VT should still be a top flight team if the previous hype is true. If the other offensive players, especially the QB, can’t pick up the slack they don’t deserve a top 10 ranking anyway. One player should not make a team, that is true for Tebow (God forbid) and my Gators also.

mansup01

August 13th, 2009
11:16 am

Only the AJC would print an article describing an injury at VaTech this year, and shifting gears to whine about how injuries at UGA cost them the #1 ranking they so richly deserved last year. Good grief.

4DAWGS

August 13th, 2009
11:17 am

ThaMan=ThaMouth

Joke will be on Bees come November. Good luck…your gonna need it!!
Revenge is AWESOME!

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August 13th, 2009
11:20 am

[...] injury to Virginia Tech running back Darren Evans is “terrible, devastating” and that it changes the whole complexion of the Alabama-Tech game coming up in just a few weeks.As Auburn struggles to find a quarterback, the man who walked down [...]

Steaming Log inLex

August 13th, 2009
11:28 am

No one outside of Kentucky realizes that Lex stands for Lexington. But thats for the heads up..

Pole Smoker

August 13th, 2009
11:32 am

Don’t mind DawginLex’s_bunghole bitter rantings. He’s just upset that I rejected his relentless advances at me last night to go back to his place with him. He was just simply severely lacking in the ‘personal equipment’ area for my liking. Now Paul Johnson on the other hand, that man has it all and really knows how to work the equipment!

GO JACKETS!!!!!

ThaMan

August 13th, 2009
11:34 am

4DAWGS – you won’t have anything to do with the outcome. I heard the same old crap last year too. LOSERS!

ThaMan

August 13th, 2009
11:38 am

Someone from Kentucky calling ANYBODY an idiot? Now THAT is rich!

ThaMan

August 13th, 2009
11:42 am

I love it from behind!

SecIsFootball

August 13th, 2009
11:43 am

gdawginkalamazoo….While you make some decent points, I dont think the kind of offense VT will run will be a huge surprise. We wont know this kids running style but their play calling will not likely be a whole lot different as far as what type of running plays they will call. VT has not changed a whole lot over the years. BAMA is obviously going to play to shut down the run and challenge Taylor to beat us in the air. He was not that good a passer last year but I suspect that will change a bit as he will get better. Kid is talented. But I think our D will match up well and keep them out of the endzone, regardless of who the back is. I think BAMA will win 17-7. I dont see us scoring a lot of points on their D either.

Saint Nick

August 13th, 2009
11:44 am

Bama wins BIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!! 35-10!!!!!

Reality Check

August 13th, 2009
11:44 am

It is funny to see the Techies fume and fuss over Tony B. If you don’t like him why do you read his articles? Need a friend or looking for attention? You guys are a waste of skin.

Bama would beat VT with or without Evans (see LSU VT game 2007). I hate to see Evans hurt because he would run through the Tech defense like a dose of salts. Tech DL is gonna be a big problem. Only bigger problem is gonna be the OL. No talent and no depth. CPJ is gonna look like Chan Gailey revisited after this year. All the hype and I mean all the hype for this Tech team is 100% because they beat Ga. If they had lost to Ga it would have been another 8 and 4 Chan Gailey season. Lucky for CPJ Stafford threw a pick 6 and Samuels fumbles a kickoff.

ThaMan

August 13th, 2009
11:45 am

I’ll be at Swinging Richards tonight fellas in case anyone is interested in a strenuous work out tonight!

4DAWGS

August 13th, 2009
11:45 am

ThaMan…

1 win outta 7 makes you nerds winners now. Pay attention to the “way to funny” beat down LSU gave your team of winners in the bowl game last year. I have a feeling you’ll be re-living that nightmare again soon!

Saint Nick

August 13th, 2009
11:49 am

Bama shuts them down……Rolls Tides!!!!!!!!!

Are you kidding?

August 13th, 2009
12:13 pm

Hey Reality…funny how SEC homers forget how the first game in the LSU-VT series worked out.

SEC homers never seem to remember games where the SEC gets smoked. Weird how that works…

[...] wash out a can and fill it up with a more decadent beer. Yeah I’m cool like that.Mr. College Football thinks Evans’ injury changes everything for VT-Bama. And he’s probably correct in saying that now we’re: 1) less talented, 2) suffering a [...]

stockman

August 13th, 2009
12:21 pm

VT sucks. They are way over ranked and this injury should put them towards #20. They will have somewhat of a good season, but everyone does every once in a while.

Tide Rising

August 13th, 2009
12:21 pm

Going to try and be unbiased in my thoughts here. Of course you guys know how difficult that can be for a Bama homer like me.

Darrell Evans- Very special player. He can take it the distance from anywhere on the field and can be equally adept at getting 5-6 yards a crack. Its a huge loss but on the other hand VT is in my opinion an elite program ( one of only 3 teams to win 10 games for 4 straight years). Like most good programs they are 3 deep at the position and this just gives their other 2 talented backs a chance to shine.

Tony gave some fantastic examples of what injuries or the sudden loss of a great player can do to a team’s psyche. They will either rally at the loss of a great player like Ark did in the Orange and like LSU did in the 2001 seccg. Or they will mentally falter and collapse like Bama did in last year’s Sugar Bowl. Or it could be just too much loss of talent to overcome such as in UGA’s rash of injuries last year. In VT’s case they have 2 great backs waiting in the wings. It just depends on how they and the team around them respond and of course we won’t know that till kickoff.

My thing is that with or without Evans I just have a really hard time seeing VT score against our D. We were #2 in the nation against the run last year and most of the D 2 deep is back. I think we can suffocate the run without bringing the safety into the box and even if we do have to bring the safety into the box to stop the run I still can’t see Tyrod Taylor beating us with the pass. I just can’t see it from a guy who has thrown 2 tds against 7 picks.

They have a great D also and I can see their D slowing down or stopping our offense to some degree. But I can’t see them shutting down our offense in the same way that I can see our D completely shutting down their offense, especially now that Evans is gone. The difference is that they now don’t have an explosive playmaker like Julio Jones and that could be what breaks this one wide open. And if anyone thinks Tyrod Taylor is explosive you really need to look at his passing stats or lack thereof. And he is not going to run or scramble against our D either. I’m guaranteeing that he throws 2 picks in this game. Any takers?

Jacket Attack

August 13th, 2009
12:46 pm

I knew Lex was short for Lexington.

dawggirl

August 13th, 2009
12:49 pm

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Um, speak for yourself, Tony. I knew it, and I lamented the fact that we were still ranked so high.

Anyway, I will be attending this Bama/Va Tech game, thanks to my Va Tech friend who gave me one of their many tickets in exchange for babysitting. Pretty much a win-win. My thoughts are: never count out the Hokies, especially when it comes to Beamer Ball.

While preseason injuries are bound to happen, I hate to see it happen to a team like this. There are so many other obnoxious fans of teams out there that deserve it.

I won’t be upset if Bama wins, since it’s good for the conference, but I always root for the underdog.

dawggirl

August 13th, 2009
12:50 pm

I was referring to Tony’s comment on the Bulldog Nation not wanting to hear about how we shouldn’t be ranked #1.

Kiffin's A Bozo

August 13th, 2009
1:02 pm

One man goes down, another must step up. Unfortunately, injuries are and will always be a part of football. This is why you recruit depth at each position. Last year, Ingram went down for Florida after being touted as being a major part of the upcoming season. Hernandez had to step up and “carry the rifle” when C I went down for the season in camp. Hernandez did, was a major player in the NC game and should be a top player this season as well. Gotta step up…

IM4BAMA

August 13th, 2009
1:06 pm

Sorry to hear about Evans Hokie Fans. It will still be a great game regardless.

Cuz in Minnesotta

August 13th, 2009
1:13 pm

I think Bama wins anyway. Don’t underestimate the play calling of Saint Nick. After a letdown versus Utah, his defense will have a big chip on their collective shoulders.

It seems that with the shutdown of CPJ’s offense in the bowl game would put some new wrinkles in their gameplan. CPJ is too good a coach not to adapt. I like Tech’s chances at winning the Coastal. It could happen. Barring injuries of course.

IM4BAMA

August 13th, 2009
1:14 pm

Tide Rising- I agree whole heartedly. I see three picks or two and a fumble when he get’s rocked by our linebackers. I think we completely overwhelm their offense and I think we will see balance with ours. I personally think we are going to make several big plays in the passing game now that we will have an accurate passer and with touch on the ball.

chris hanson

August 13th, 2009
1:16 pm

the muggings and robberies in atlanta are being committed by uga players or their friends or family members.

since they arent getting arrest in athens they have to be doing it somewhere.

every single time i host ‘to catch a preditor’ i am able to punk a bunch of uga fans. those dawg fans like their boys and girls young.

most of them wear mullets and chew tobacco like these guys…..

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Tide Rising

August 13th, 2009
1:30 pm

DawginLex,

We’re with ya. I think about 95% of us knew Lex was short for Lexington, Ky. What else could someone think it was short for? Lex Luther?

dawggirl,

Nothing wrong with pulling for the underdog, especially if they got you your tickets.

IM4BAMA,

Funny how everyone who has watched McElroy notices the same thing. That he has good accuracy and without a doubt he has better touch on the long ball than JP did. JP overthrew a lot of receivers last year. Mac seems to have more of an arc and touch on the long ball. I see the same thing with the dawgs also from last year to this year. Stafford had the cannon of an arm but like JP he often overthrew receivers. From what I’ve seen of Joe Cox its the same thing. He seems to have a little better touch on long balls.

Darrell Evans if you’re out there. Good luck with your rehab. I think everybody wishes you a full recovery.

What is it 23 days and counting?

KillCasualFan

August 13th, 2009
1:32 pm

Where was your article about OU’s Demarco Murray, the nations all-purpose yardage leader, missing last seasons BCS championship… must not fit into the myth of great “SEC defense”… It’s easy to look good in the SEC on defense when you only play 2 above-average QB’s each season… Has Utah scored again?

Question to all SEC mouth breathers … How is it logical to brag about the accomplishments of a rival school? 5-loss LSU fan bragging about the SEC winning a national championship, etc….. AMAZING

Otto

August 13th, 2009
1:47 pm

KillCasualFan, woops is that OU I hear dropping another BCS bowl?

How is it logical? You have up years and down years but even in a down year the SEC champ can win a National Title when given the chance. If you survive to become SEC champ the team will be ready to play for a title. You can not say that about many conferences.

Will

August 13th, 2009
1:51 pm

KillCasualFan,

Oklahoma sucks and so does everyone else in your wack-ass league. The proof of that will be on full display on ABC 9-5-2009, as my dogs kick the crap out of overrated Okie State. Meyer was just playing around with you boys at the BCS championship. They should have beaten you by 35.

Oklahoma will NEVER beat a SEC team to win a BCS.

Nachos

August 13th, 2009
1:52 pm

Alabama’s defense would of stopped him either way.

Gene Chizik? Are you kidding me ????

Tide Rising

August 13th, 2009
2:02 pm

KillCasualFan,

I will not blame Alabama’s sugar bowl loss on missing 2 O-lineman just as you probably shouldn’t blame OU’s loss to UF on one player not being there. Depth is part of what makes national title teams champions.

When you have numerous great Defenses qbs who otherwise would excel in other conferences tend to look very average against SEC caliber competition. Sam Bradford looked pretty average against UF in scoring 14 pts after scoring 60 in their previous 5 games against Big 12 competition. He would look that way every week if he was playing against SEC defenses.

Likewise, average sec qbs like JP Wilson whose offense managed 20 instead of 14 against the gators or Jevan Snead whose Ole Miss team put up 31 on the gators, or even LSU with its less than average qb which put up 21 on the gators, these qbs would look a lot better than “average” if they were playing against Big 12 defenses. As it is these average qbs all managed to have their team score more against the gators D than Sam Bradford and that supposedly prolific OU offense.

As for bama I know we played TT in the Cotton bowl in 06 and completely shut down the TT offense to the tune of 10 pts. Exactly when and how often have the big 12 defenses shut down the TT offense to the tune of 10 pts?

And let’s not even get into Ole Miss putting the whooping on TT or that other big time Big 12 offense Ok St getting shut down by a pac 10 defense.

Be honest about it. The big 12 is a solid conference but they are in no way on par with the sec and the primary reason is because the SEC plays defense. And as the old saying goes “Defense wins championships.”

Otto

August 13th, 2009
2:10 pm

Everyone likes to point to the NFL to determine is a QB is great or not. JP Wilson has signed in the NFL. Graham Harrell is now in the Canadian Football league maybe if he faced better defenses he would be prepared for the NFL.

Chuck Uga

August 13th, 2009
2:10 pm

Georgia Tech is not even close to being an ACC contender. Give me a break. No defense, no passing game and an offense that can easily be shut down with a solid, disciplined defense. 8-4 does not win the ACC, and that will be the best possible record to expect from Tech (which includes a guaranteed loss to Georgia).

DaPoet

August 13th, 2009
2:11 pm

VT is not set back a lot with this.. Calm down..
They have quite a few good guys in waiting.. Evans came in last year to play after the ’starter’ was injured..
Wilson is one helluva RB.. Can do multiple back flips without using his hands, won the triple jump at the Nike Indoor Nationals, 40yd in 4.28 seconds. Junior & Senior year in HS went for 3,842 yards and 52 TDs.. and his team won the state.

Last 5 years won 10+ games, Won the ACC 3x Beat many teams when they were in the top 25..

Lane is one of the hardest stadiums to play in. Period.

Its not end of the world. so no worries..

VT wont finish 3rdin the costal.. they will ocne again win Costal and more than likely the ACC.

Otto

August 13th, 2009
2:12 pm

8-4 can win the ACC. The UGA loss will not count against GT in the ACC.

HaLoDa

August 13th, 2009
2:17 pm

[QUOTE]stockman

August 13th, 2009
12:21 pm
VT sucks. They are way over ranked and this injury should put them towards #20. They will have somewhat of a good season, but everyone does every once in a while.
[Quote]

Soone of three teams to win 10+ games in the last 5 years is every once in a while?

Wow.. the haters come out..

Hokies have sold out their tickets.. and want more..

IM4BAMA

August 13th, 2009
2:18 pm

Tide Rising

You couldn’t have said it any better. These Big 12 guys and Pac 10 guys just can’t imagine what it would be like for their teams to face teams like these: Florida, Bama, LSU, Georgia, Ole Miss, and Tennessee with great defenses and physcial games week after week after week.

Tide Rising

August 13th, 2009
2:20 pm

Dapoet,

Sounds like the real deal. I figured VT was 3 deep at the tailback position so if we beat them hopefully there won’t be any excuses. If we lose I certainly won’t be making any excuses.

Incidentally, Bama had a tailback Jeramie Griffin who also tore his ACL today and is out for the season. He did play some last year but with 2 more highly rated freshman tailbacks coming he was expected to fall back to 6th or 7th string out of 7 tailbacks and maybe move to the fullback position.

Gen Neyland

August 13th, 2009
2:22 pm

KillCasualFan : 5 out of 11 BCSNchamps since 1998 and not losing in any NCG since 1998.

Tide Rising

August 13th, 2009
2:26 pm

IM4BAMA,

OTTO had a great point.

As Bama fans we have a hard time seeing JP Wilson who we all considered to be just an average at best qb making an NFL team but yet he’s on the Falcons roster. Meanwhile Graham Harrell who was a Heisman candidate and racked up all kinds of national and conference passing records at TT has been relegated to playing Canadian league football. Hard to believe but that pretty much says it all. It just means these Big 12 qbs are padding their numbers against truly horrific defenses.

Tide Rising

August 13th, 2009
2:30 pm

General Neyland,

I asked you before but didn’t see if you responded or not. Had to leave. But do you know anything about whether or not Bama and UT are moving to playing their games with both teams in their home colors whether the game is in Tuscaloosa or Knoxville?

Its been done a few times lately in other big rivalries like UCLA and USC. Having seen some colored pics of games way back when it just looks really cool to see Bama decked out in crimson and UT in their orange playing a game rather than one of the 2 teams being in all white.

Dave Ming Chang

August 13th, 2009
2:41 pm

So is this an attempt to highlight the possibility of GT becoming the new front runner to replace VT in the ACC Championship game?

What excuse will the BEES have if VT comes to the hive and steals their honey?

hmmm…..

You’ve got only about 90 something days left to use that lame <>.

Bob

August 13th, 2009
3:07 pm

The Bama/ VT matchup will be another blow-out by Alabama just like the Clemson game last year. I can’t figure out why ESPN Gameday chose to start the season again in Atlanta over GA VS OK State in Stillwater. It is a far more compelling matchup pitting the 2 best conferences that rarely play each other during the regular season.

Gen Neyland

August 13th, 2009
3:21 pm

Tide Rising : I remember answering you with a question mark on the matter. Don’t know. Wouldn’t it be looking rather Fall-ish if we both wore home uni’s..? The only rumble I’ve heard from Knoxville is the jersey may take on a different look, albeit I’m glad to note, same Orange…Also, regarding Harrell. Ole Miss exposed his weaknesses. He made poor throws all day long against them and the announcers noted he wasn’t showing to be NFL material. All in all, spot on.

Otto

August 13th, 2009
3:53 pm

USC and UCLA played for the first time in year in their colored unis this year. The away team is penalized a timeout for not wearing white unless the home team agrees to wear white. IMO a rather dumb rule if both teams agree and do not wear the same colors.

Tide4u2c

August 13th, 2009
4:07 pm

I really hated to hear about Virginia Tech’s running back Darren Evans tearing his ACL and that he will be out now and we wish him well and a speedy recovery.I wanted Virginia Tech to play Alabama at full strength so that nobody would have an excuse when Alabama beats them.Two top 10 teams going at it,a great first test for both teams and a great game to start the season.Although Alabama still would’ve won the game Bama will be favored even more now and when Alabama wins they will say it partly had to do with the running back’s injury. I hope their other running backs step up and bring it cause Bama will.

Roll Tide!

PTC DAWG

August 13th, 2009
4:28 pm

Va Tech fans, welcome to our world, circa 2008.

Tide Rising

August 13th, 2009
4:42 pm

Otto and General,

Otto, thanks for the info. That jogs my memory a bit. I knew USC-UCLA did it a few years back and were going to do it again and 1 or 2 other big rivalries did the same thing. I think they did the gentleman’s rule where the home team also went ahead and burned a timeout to level the playing field. Leave it to the NCAA to have yet another really dumb rule.

To me it just looks awesome to see 2 teams in their full home uniforms and UT-Bama the color contrast of crimson vs orange in the same game is pretty striking. Besides, the UT-Bama game on the 3rd October has lost some its luster over the last several years because every year lately one or the other has been having a down year. I’m sure they’ll do it again sooner or later.

Tide Rising

August 13th, 2009
4:44 pm

On a side note it would be similarly cool to see Geogia in their fire engine red against Florida in all blue. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that but it would jazz up the crowds even more.

FactuAll

August 13th, 2009
5:45 pm

I hate to see anyone injured, especially a top prospect. But….I’ve watched Beamer teams for many years. They’ll show up in Atlanta. The VaTech DL, and special teams can keep them close.

Here’s hoping Bama brings their “A” game – they’ll need it.

Otto

August 13th, 2009
5:53 pm

Tide Rising both game would be fun to see with both in their home uniforms but as a fan that has been to the game recently UGA/UF does not need any help turning it up.

FactuAll

August 13th, 2009
5:54 pm

on jersey colors

people don’t realize that there are color blind people (like me) around.

If the jerseys are of similar shade (even if they are different color) they can sometimes be very confusing.

TrueCrimson

August 13th, 2009
5:59 pm

Hate to see the kid get hurt. A Bama RB also had an ACL injury today. I still don’t take this game lightly. I will feel more comfortable when I see if the Tide has the O-line ready to play. Hard to replace Andre.

I don’t worry much about our QB, RB’s or receivers. Defense should be deadly. I can’t wait to kick it off!

RTR!!!

Paddy

August 13th, 2009
6:48 pm

Clark… you don’t follow football much, do you? Being a dawg fan it is hard to admit. Paul Johnson can flat out coach. Do some research before you continue to drink the kool-aid. Give him the respect he deserves and then beat the pants off him come Nov.

Frank Wren

August 13th, 2009
7:18 pm

SEC homers never seem to remember games where the SEC gets smoked. Weird how that works…

Thats because it happens so rarely.

Bamafan

August 13th, 2009
8:02 pm

Hate to see the Virginia Tech player get hurt. Bama had a running back hurt his knee yesterday and is
out for the year all so. Injuries are part of the game and the team with the better depth usually wins.
ROLL TIDE FOLKS!!

Saint Nick

August 13th, 2009
8:34 pm

Bama is back so don’t hate it appreciate it!!!!!! Bama goes 11-1 and wins the SECCG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saint Nick

August 13th, 2009
8:34 pm

Oh and I forgot…..ROLLS TIDES!!!!

x

August 13th, 2009
10:40 pm

David Wilson will win the Heisman in his 3-4 years with Va Tech. He is the “Real deal”

Not Disappointed

August 14th, 2009
7:42 am

I thought this game would’ve been more evenly matched until the running back was hurt. Now, I have to give the edge to Alabama, but don’t under estimate Beamer Ball!

chad taylor

August 14th, 2009
8:52 am

I am a huge GT fan…and always have been…but even I am tired of Saint Simons….let’s act like we have won before……

Trade School Junkie

August 14th, 2009
9:05 am

GTPHISH:

Nice shout-out for Tony Hollings. Never got the cred he deserved.

It was because of Hollings that I began to REALLY despise Chan Gailey.

Through the first 3 games of 2002 season, Hollings had become the #1 rusher in NCAA. 100+ yds per game in all 3 first games.

During the Sept 21st home game vs. BYU, Hollings “tweaked” his knee in an earleir play. It was obvious to me (sitting in the stands behind the GT bench) that it was cause for concern. Any HC with a brain would not have allowed Hollings(the star rusher) back into the game.

But nooooooooooooo.

So with less than 4:00 minutes to go in the game, and GT leading 28-19, Gailey elects to put Hollings back into the game. Unbelievable ?!?!?!

First GT play from scrimmage, Hollings goes up the middle, cuts to avoid the LB, and down he goes. He was lost for the season.

There was NO F***ING reason for Gailey to have Hollings back in the game:

1. after his #1 rusher had hurt the knee earlier in the game
2. GT was winning by 9 points
3. WITH THE BALL
4. with less than 4:00 minutes to go in the game.

Gailey was either:
1. A seriously stupid SOB, or
2. One serioulsy arrogant SOB, or
3. Both

At that moment, I decided Gailey was both.

It was only because AD Braine was a complete IDIOT that GT had to tolerate Gailey for so much longer.

So, all you faithful GT fans, Respect the m !!

He knows EXACTLY what he’s talking about when he says Thank God & Greyhound.

Gailey was incompetent as a HC, and a real arrogant azz**** in person.
Aske ANY GT fan that ever met Gailey. Forever grateful that SOB is gone from GT.

Trade School Junkie

August 14th, 2009
9:41 am

Barnhart is such a tool.

Dont like seeing Evans lost for the season.
That might change a lot for VT, but it wont change anything for GT.

As I said REPEATEDLY last pre-season, there was NO WAY IN HELL Clemson was gonna win the ACC. Not with an ALL FRESHMEN O-Line, and especailly not with Bowden as the HC. Bowden was Clemson’s very own Chan Gailey. A competely DYSFUNCTIONAL HC. Just look at his record at Clemson with all that really good talent they get. A comlpete joke.

GT is still gonna pound the crap out of VT, with or without Evans.

Let me remind you GT faithful:

In 2008, the weekend before GT…DESTROYED…Miami, for 41 pts and 500 yds of Offense, Miami BEAT VT 16-14. And, UNC was completely in control of VT before UNC QB went down in second half.

Since its been overlooked, lets review a few KEY games from 2008:

VT:23 BC:28
VT:20 FSU:30
VT:14 Duke:3
VT:14 Miami:16

GT:19 BC:16
GT:27 Duke:0
GT:31 FSU:28
GT:41 Miami:23

Granted, VT lost both QBs in FSU game, but GT lost Nesbitt in FSU game as well. The KEY “tells” here are the Duke & Miami games. VT “escaped” Duke and lost to Miami…both games, LATE IN THE SEASON. GT CRUSHED BOTH Duke & Miami…EASILY.

The point here is this:

As the season went on GT got MUCH MUCH BETTER, as the offense started getting dialed in. VT actually GOT WORSE.

If GT had played VT later in the season, rather than the 3rd game, GT would have BLOWN THEM OUT. Folks, UNC would have beaten VT last year if the UNC QB had not been lost to injury in that game.

So losing Evans means…ABSOLUTELY NOTHING…to GT this year.

We are going to ROUT VT…ANYWAY !!

GT is gonna win the ACC this yeat. No doubt about it.

The question to be answered is whther GT can go 12-0.

I am on the record stating that they will.

Reality Check

August 14th, 2009
8:08 pm

Trade School Junkie…. You forgot to mention the Ga. Tech/ VT score and the Virginia/ Ga Tech score and the NC/ Ga Tech score and the sterling bowl performance. How do you call that getting better? Tech will lose 5 games and not even win the Costal division much less the ACC. You are on something much stronger than the record. Tech is Tech… brilliantly medicore.

NCHokie

August 15th, 2009
10:45 am

Trade School: I am glad you are so confident that GT will beat VT. Your DLine is rebuilt and VT’s offense will be much better than last year. GT’s offense is what Bud Foster lives for. If you play assignment football, it will be defeated. Dwyer will be shut down like he was last year and Nesbitt will turn the ball over when he is forced to make plays against the Hokies’ defense.

Monte Colvin

August 15th, 2009
1:10 pm

We spent that time in the park
We laughed until it was dark and ending the day
I used to walk with you home
We used to talk on the phone with nothing to say

And where are you now, long time no see
I wonder where you are now, remember me

Once I wrote you a song
But now it seems like a long, long time since then
I bet that you’re married now
I always thought that somehow I’d see you again

Sessions of baring our souls
Confessions soon took their toll and closed off the door
I wish we hadn’t lost touch
Perhaps I told you too much for you to ignore

John

August 17th, 2009
8:17 pm

Va Tech will find a thug some where to replace the running back. Remember Vick 1 and Vick 2.

trade school junkey is gay

August 25th, 2009
2:04 am

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big d!

August 25th, 2009
12:12 pm

remember Tech’s Defense…new leader for Alabama on Offense… I think we will have a great game!!!

big d!

August 25th, 2009
12:20 pm

Rashad Johnson, Jeremy Elder, Courtney Upshaw, Julio Jones, Mark Ingram etc… I think Alabama has their own problems. What say you John?

Vick=Dog killing thug

August 26th, 2009
10:23 am

I’m also tired of hearing about this triple-option crap from the stinkin bugs. Well over 100 years of football and suddenly some PJ joker is unstoppable ? Don’t even show up for the game because you have no chance?

LOL

CAPT Spike

September 1st, 2009
12:19 pm

VT-BAMA will be low scoring as two great defenses square off—the game will come down to a catastrophic mistake on special teams or offense. Do not expect any sustained drives—big mistakes lose the game, neither team wins it.

Steven Miller

September 11th, 2010
7:45 pm

Uhhh…hello morons… who cares? It’s like a football game. let’s focus back on what matters, like the education that is supposed to be behind universities. Shall we?