RIP, Kenny McKinley

 

Nobody asked me but…..

1. RIP, Kenny McKinley. The first time Steve Spurrier saw Kenny McKinley he wondered to himself: “Are we actually recruiting this guy?” McKinley, a quarterback at South Cobb High School, was so skinny that a stiff breeze would blow him away, Spurrier told me. But on that visit to the South Carolina campus McKinley made it clear that he wanted to play for Spurrier. He had seen how Spurrier had taken another high school quarterback, Jacquez Green of Fort Valley, and turned him into a top flight receiver at Florida.  McKinley turned out of be one of Spurrier’s favorites, breaking most of South Carolina’s receiving records. He was great player and a very good kid. It’s heartbreaking to think that someone that young would take his own life.

2. There are bad injuries. There are devastating injuries.  And then there is Houston: Your heart has to go out to Case Keenum, the quarterback at Houston. Keenum is one of only two quarterbacks in Division I-A history (Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell is the other) to post consecutive seasons of passing for over 5,000 yards. With a little less than 5,000 this season Keenum would have broken the all-time record for passing yardage set by Hawaii’s Timmy Chang. Keenum tore his ACL against UCLA trying to make a tackle after an interception. He’s done for the year. Keenum’s backup, Cotton Turner, suffered a broken collar bone and he’s also out for the season. Houston, the favorite to win Conference USA, will now go with freshman quarterback Terrance Broadway.

3. Trent Richardson returning kickoffs. Now THAT’s scary: With everything Alabama has going for them it almost seems unfair that the Crimson Tide has Trent Richardson returning kickoffs. Richardson, the sophomore from Pensacola, ran for 144 yards against Penn State on Sept. 11 while Mark Ingram, the Heisman Trophy winner, sat out recovering from a knee injury. Ingram came back against Duke with 151 yards (on just nine carries) and so Richardson got to return kickoffs and took one 91 yards for a touchdown. Of course I wonder if Richardson should be returning kicks because of the possibility of injury. I’m not worried about RICHARDSON getting injured. I just think he might really hurt somebody when he gets up ahead of steam.  Quality running backs returning kicks is not unprecedented. Remember that Clemson running back C.J. Spiller returned an NCAA record seven kickoffs for scores.

4. Kentucky would be wise to watch for the fake against Gators: Since Urban Meyer became Florida’s head coach, the Gators have faked eight punts. All eight of them have gone for first downs. Last week against Tennessee Florida’s Omarius Hines gained 36 yards on a fake punt to keep a drive alive. It turned the momentum of the game towards Florida, which won 31-17. “Sometimes when you’re struggling on offense you have to do something to jump start things,” Meyer said. Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech gets a lot of credit for special teams play and he should. But Meyer is one of the better special teams coaches I’ve seen in a long time.

5. You’d better keep your eye on TCU’s Andy Dalton: There are a lot of good quarterbacks in college football but I don’t think anybody is playing better right now than Dalton. The senior, TCU’s all-time winner with 32 victories as a starting quarterback (he passed the great Sammy Baugh on Sept. 4), completed 21 of 23 passes last Saturday in a 45-10 destruction of Baylor. Dalton started the game with 11 consecutive completions. On the season Dalton has completed 53 of 71 passes for a completion rate of 74.6 percent. TCU plays at SMU Friday night.

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90 comments Add your comment

TheTaxJacket

September 22nd, 2010
1:55 pm

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

Coach O

September 22nd, 2010
2:01 pm

@T3

Tony doesn’t post on this blog in May. It’s not football season.

FWIW: May Nick Rogers RIP.

BAMA dude

September 22nd, 2010
2:11 pm

T3, who cares if he did or not? Oh wait…
(
kicking and screaming in the corner) “Tony’s a UGA homer! He never pays Tech any attention! Blah, blah blah…”

So silly.

But agreed, Coach O. It is a tragedy any time a young person passes, football player or not.

BAMA dude

September 22nd, 2010
2:11 pm

Wow, formatting FAIL there

Silver Britches, Red Panties

September 22nd, 2010
2:30 pm

Urban Meyer can run all the fake punts he wants, but Our Beloved Dawgs really know how to catch a team off guard: Black Jerseys!

UGA Insider

September 22nd, 2010
2:35 pm

USC East and UF lose this weekend and give new life to a downtrodden UGA program. Oh I forgot, UGA wins easily Sat night. 42-10.

HE MY BABY DADDY

September 22nd, 2010
2:39 pm

poopdawg = window licker!!!

T3

September 22nd, 2010
2:39 pm

Link: http://blogs.ajc.com/barnhart-college-football/2010/05/page/2/

Coach O: See the link above for all of Barnharts posts during May 2010

And, after reviewing those posts, I do not see any of Nick Rogers.

RIP, Tony’s Credibility

G8R GRAD

September 22nd, 2010
2:42 pm

BAMA:

Not so fast, my friend!
I’m suggesting exactly that AU is better than UGA and it will be reflected in Saturday’s game.
BTW:
Good luck to your Hefalumps in Fayettevile.
Jump on ‘em qick!

G8R GRAD

September 22nd, 2010
2:43 pm

Sorry: “quick”

carolina blue

September 22nd, 2010
2:49 pm

t3

i remeber rogers. great d-line guy.

forget tony. his sec bias is obvious.

needs to swap that bogus MR. COLLEGE FOOTBALL title
to MR.SEC.

less disengenious that way.

but, like i said, were talkign about tony barnharty here.

5IML

September 22nd, 2010
2:51 pm

Arkansas is calling for a “Red Out” on Saturday. Bad idea. As the away team, BAMA gets to decide which jersey colors both teams wear. If BAMA chooses crimson (and they will) that could cause recognition problems for Arkansas on both sides of the ball. Plus, “(insert color)-outs” don’t seem to have an effect in the south.

BAMA dude

September 22nd, 2010
2:58 pm

5IML, I thought the one in Athens had a great effect. Just not the one they intended. When you play Saban’s teams it is unwise to give them any extra motivation such as seeing dejected fans in matching T-shirts.

Coach O

September 22nd, 2010
3:01 pm

@T3

You’re right. I didn’t think Tony posted on this blog in May. Then again, you’re just being a petty whiner because you’re a Tech fan. Sorry about the loss of Rogers, and all of the other kids (and adults) who died in car accidents (or otherwise) that day.

BAMA dude

September 22nd, 2010
3:06 pm

G8R Grad,

I still don’t see that as the key to the game, but OK. I would half expect Arky to pull out all the stops early like Auburn did last year. Wouldn’t surprise me if they scored first. What would surprise me is if we punt more than twice.

Gen Neyland

September 22nd, 2010
3:06 pm

The guys that keep posting Nesbites for Heisman reminds me of the writ on a bathroom wall that reads, For a good time call ***-****…It’s just BS.

Coach O

September 22nd, 2010
3:14 pm

@UGA Insider

I agree with your pick on Georgia — should be a cakewalk.

Hard to call the Florida game. I suspect the Gators win it, but they haven’t shown much so far. KY has played NO credible football team yet. Might be interesting…

I doubt that Auburn can hang with SC. I also doubt that they’re better than Georgia. Clemson was their only meaningful game and they were lucky to get a W in that one.

It will be a major upset if Arkansas keeps it close against Bama.

Tide Rising

September 22nd, 2010
3:15 pm

5IML, Bama Dude, G8R GRAD,

Bama’s defense will stop Arkansas offense at least some of the time if not most of the time. God’s 11th commandment “Thou shalt not run the ball against the crimson tide defense” shall be obeyed for the 38th consecutive game. A nation leading 37 straight games without allowing a 100 yd rusher. An Ark offense rendered one dimensional has no chance.

On the flip side of the ball there is no way in hell Arkansas defense even slows down the Alabama offense. Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson will both gash the Ark defense. We will run over, around, and through the pigs. And Greg McElroy who leads the nation in passing efficiency(not Mallett) will have a huge day. 500 yds total offense minimally for Bama.

We can worry about Florida and South Carolina but Arky I’m just not concerned about if we play our game. 38-21 Bama rolls.

5IML

September 22nd, 2010
3:39 pm

TR,

What has gotten into you, today? You are usually the most humble and gracious BAMA fan on this blog. Now, you sound like the rest of us. BTW, BAMA 41, Arky 21 (late touchdown in garbage time).

Tide Rising

September 22nd, 2010
3:45 pm

5IML,

Not trying to talk trash. I just really think we kick the crap out of them. We still are a team that can lose a game and I’ve said all season long that if we get upset by someone the South Carolina game looks like our trap game. If Florida beats us it wouldn’t be that much of an upset since they have as good if not better talent. I’ll be humble before that game but for now I just think Ark gets exposed.

Georgia could have beaten them if not for some very questionable play calling and some defensive breakdowns by the dawgs. I think they also limited themselves in what they could have done with Murray because they didn’t want to put him into a tough situation. Did you notice that when the dawgs ran out of the wildcat formation they got good yardage but for some inexplicable reason went away from it. I don’t see us making the same mistake. Bottom line I just think Mallett and Ark in general are this year’s overhyped version of Ole Miss the last couple years.

5IML

September 22nd, 2010
4:02 pm

TR,

I like your new attitude, even if it is on a game-by-game basis. I invite you to drink a season’s worth of Kool Aid with me.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 22nd, 2010
4:12 pm

Sad for Mckinney’s son. Little guy will grow up without a dad.

Not so fast

September 22nd, 2010
4:14 pm

“Thou shalt not run the ball against the crimson tide defense”

Tide is 42nd nationally against the run and 7th in the SEC against the run.

5IML

September 22nd, 2010
4:20 pm

Not so fast,

In spite of our run defense, we are still first in the SEC in Total Defense and Scoring Defense. And more importantly, we are number one in the SEC in Total Offense and Scoring Offense. These rankings may change as we get deeper into conference play.

T3

September 22nd, 2010
4:20 pm

Nick Rogers was All-everything at St Pius X High School here in Atlanta. Was All Conference while at GT. Was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.

And yet, “Mr. College Football” didnt even give one single mention.

It just proves Barnhart’s gauling lack of credibility.

It aint whining when a local college/football stand-out has life cut too short.

Whining is the pissing & moaning dawg fans have been
doing all week over the Ark loss. Now, THATS WHINING.

Not so fast

September 22nd, 2010
4:24 pm

T3, why such a lousy and bitter attitude? Life is too short for that.

Dooley the Vol

September 22nd, 2010
4:31 pm

Off topic, I just returned from 2 days in Birmingham and i now have a new appreciation for your show with Wes. All Bama Radio is awful, they don’t acknowlege the existence of any other teams. I had to listeen to the midday guys talk about St Nick doing hie ESPN commercials for an entire segment. That is some fascinating radio.

Tide Rising

September 22nd, 2010
4:36 pm

Not so fast,

You do have a point. Oddly enough I think we lead the nation in scoring defense in spite of being only #42 against the run. We’ve given up some rushing yards in blowout games but we’ve still not allowed a 100 yard rusher against us in 37 games. Plus Dareus was gone the first 2 games but the monster is back. Lotta football still to be played. We’ll see.

Tide Rising

September 22nd, 2010
4:39 pm

5IML,

I’m not only going to start drinking the kool-aid but I’m going to spike it too. But I don’t think I’ll ever be the Bama version of simple simon aka Patrick Sulley aka about 100 other handles. Funny but he has been strangely absent lately.

5IML

September 22nd, 2010
4:42 pm

TR,

Come on, man. You know we will not lose another game (ever) will Saban is our coach. Also, just as we’re favored to when the SEC West, we would be favored to win the AFC West if we were an NFL team. lol

You gotta love our occasional delusion.

5IML

September 22nd, 2010
4:44 pm

Dooley,

I’m a BAMA fan but, I will agree that Alabama sports talk radio is pretty bad. Maybe 680 and 790 have spoiled us but, I don’t think so.

Tide Rising

September 22nd, 2010
5:14 pm

5IML,

Well I think we can all agree that Bama sports talk radio is incredibly Alabama centric and AU centric to a much lesser degree. Seems that’s all they talk about is Bama football and AU a little too. 680 and 790 are much better, much more rounded in SEC coverage. I like that so that we can keep tabs on all our various enemies.

My View

September 22nd, 2010
5:38 pm

McKinley was one of many college players from the state of GA that makes me hate the fact that they got away from home (UGA), after seeing them play. He was probably South Carolina’s best offensive player during his senior season….RIP

Coach O

September 22nd, 2010
5:39 pm

The sports talk shows on JOX are all very caller oriented. Sports fans in Alabama tend to want to talk about Alabama football. Now that Finebaum’s on satellite, there are callers from outside the state. Today, it seems to be mostly whiners from Texas. They’re almost as bad as GT fans.

Paul in RDU

September 22nd, 2010
6:19 pm

T3 – Chill out. Everyone knows that Tony is an SEC guy.

I did like your link that went to Tony’s column in May saying that UNC would edge out GT in the Coastal Division. I think he may have been a little off on that one.

Coach O

September 22nd, 2010
6:21 pm

He thought GT would have to play the entire UNC team. They’re still missing 12 players.

Coach O

September 22nd, 2010
6:23 pm

What’s with these ACC Divisions anyway?

I suppose the Coastal Division teams are on the Atlantic Coast and …

SC Boy

September 22nd, 2010
8:19 pm

Here’s a health Carolina forever to thee. And to Kenny.

SEC # 1

September 22nd, 2010
9:00 pm

Good Luck to Case Keenum tuff break for a great player who could be starting for most SEC teams……Houston is a program on the rise under a bright coach in Kevin Sumlin they will be alright

Miles

September 23rd, 2010
1:01 am

We’ll learn a lot about FL when they play UK this weekend…