Hope all are well. I’m finishing up work for the week and then will spend the rest of the day staring at a clock, counting down the minutes to kickoff. Or perhaps not.
A couple notes for you.
1. Don’t know if you read the notebook in Wednesday’s paper, but I had an item about someone asking Bill Curry at the press conference about Alabama losing to South Carolina, and if he was disappointed about not getting a chance to play the Crimson tide undefeated and No. 1. He said how if he or his team spends any time thinking about Alabama right now, “there won’t be anything left of us to play against that last team.”
I thought it was interesting that he didn’t refer to the Tide by name, although he did later. The rest of the answer:
“I watched the game. I’m a football guy. I couldn’t help but watch it. I was really impressed with the job that South Carolina did. I did not think that kind of performance was possible against this Alabama team. You just have to take your hat off to them. I don’t think it makes them more vulnerable. I think it makes them more dangerous.”
2. A recruiting tidbit. I saw a few kids in the recruits’ section at the game last week from Henry County High, Drew Little’s alma mater. I talked to their coach, Mike Rozier (not the Heisman Trophy winner), a little about them.
He said Georgia State is recruiting center Bobby Taylor (”powerful kid”), athlete Stephon Brown (”slot-type receiver, might be better as a DB”) and fullback Josh Couch (”one of the strongest players on our team”). He said schools like Jacksonville State and Georgia Southern are also interested in them. None have been offered yet (which is pretty common for FCS at this time of year) and he didn’t give an indication of their interest.
“I could see them playing there,” he said. “They can definitely play at that level.”
Rozier brought up something that I guess I sort of knew but never really thought about. When he was at Henry County, Little threw to Markeith Ambles and Jamal Patterson, who now play for USC and Stanford, respectively. That is crazy.
That sort of reminds me of something I read a few years ago that Heisman Trophy winners Chris Weinke and Ty Detmer both worked for the same investment company. It made me think that you could be, like, Eric Zeier, but if you worked there and the guys at the office ever got together to play football, they’d be like, “Sorry, Eric, we’re good at quarterback. You can play wide receiver, though.” Unfortunately, for Weinke and Detmer, though, they were apparently working for a bit of a shady operation.
(The point being, you could have been a very good high school receiver at Henry County and you would have been the third option by a mile.)
That’s about it. Have a good weekend. Hope to see you at the dome.