Hope you’re well. Some notes, and I’ve got to get out to practice.
1. Hope you read the Drew Little story that ran today. One thing that I wanted to get in that I couldn’t that intrigues me. Little very nearly wasn’t the starting quarterback this season. If you’ll remember, Georgia State opened camp with Little, Kelton Hill, Bo Schlechter and Star Jackson all vying for the starting job.
After the first couple weeks, Jackson moved to the front. John Bond told me in an interview last week that he thought Jackson would be the starter. However, Jackson got sick and missed several days of practice. By that point, Schlechter had played himself out of the running, and so Bond said he used the time to look closely at Little and Hill. With each getting more reps, they had more chances to kind of find a groove.
“It completely cleared the picture up because of what he was doing with those added reps,” Bond said of Little.
It’s an interesting (I realize I use that word a lot) what if, of what might have happened, had Jackson not gotten sick. It’s conceivable that perhaps Little would have ultimately won the job, but hardly a given. Ultimately, it may be something that shapes or alters the direction of the program.
2. I’m working on a story for Wednesday about how the coaches are trying to game plan for what looks like a pretty significant mismatch. I asked John Thompson a question, or at least started to, about if there’s been a moment where the strength of Alabama’s team really hit home.
I got as far as, “When you first started watching film, was there a moment when you…”
And he completed my question, “threw up?”
But the short answer is that Thompson and Bond and the other assistants have tried to approach it the way they have every opponent. There will be a few wrinkles here and there, but I’d be surprised if they try something out of the ordinary.
Said Bond, “We’re not going to go in there and be silly.”
One thing they’ve been doing, though, is trying to point out mistakes that Alabama players have made to try to get past the name and the jersey.
“Coach Curry has been telling us all week they’re human too, they make mistakes,” defensive end Kalan Jenkins said.
3. The team practiced outside Monday in a steady rain. The Georgia Dome was not available, though I’m not positive the team would have used it anyway. If you’re wondering, the Weather Channel forecast for Tuscaloosa Thursday is partly cloudy, high of 65, low of 34 with a 10 percent chance of rain.