One of the great things about getting the opportunity to write this fan blog is the fact that it ocassionaly provides me with a soapbox and a voice that might otherwise get lost amongst the verbal flotsam that comprises a majority of the blog comments…
Bigger Bust? Bobo or Groh? Really…Seriously?
With all due respect to Jeff Shultz, how can you compare Mike Bobo and Al Groh?
This is not even comparing apples to apples. Its not comparing apples to oranges either. Its more along the order of comparing a grape to a watermelon.
I’m not going to assign a name to either fruit. I’m just going to say, hopefully very succinctly, the following:
- One coach has been an offensive coordinator in his current program for four years while the other coach is a newly hired defensive coordinator who just coached his fourth game with his new program.
- One guy was the QB coach within his current program for five years before ascending to offensive coordinator while the other guy was running his own program in a completely different state for the better part of the previous decade.
- One guy is working with a roster of players recruited specifically for his system while another guy is implementing a fundamentally different scheme, using players that were not recruited to play his brand of defense.
- One guy supposedly had the “best offensive line in the country” while the other guy doesn’t have a true nose tackle on his roster.
It would have made more sense to compare Groh and Grantham. There are at least logical points of comparison there.
How Badly Do We Miss Demarious Thomas?
We miss #8 badly…really badly…
We all know he caught a ton of balls and ran up alot of yards in route to a nice TD total.
That’s why he got drafted in the first round and has already made an impact with Denver.
Tonight I went back and looked at the play by play from each game in the 2009 season. I was looking for “impact” plays where Thomas had a legitimate individual impact on the outcome of the game.
My findings were very interesting…
- Clemson (Game 1) - Thomas caught a 34 yard TD on a fake field goal and then late in the fourth, on a third and 11 play, he caught a 39 yard first down conversion that salvaged the drive and led to a field goal.
- Miami - Thomas caught a 39 yarder in the third quarter on a third and 9 play which extended a scoring drive and also caught a 56 yard TD in the fourth quarter.
- MSU – Thomas had a 65 yard reception early, before Dwyer fumbled the ball into the endzone. But more importantly he caught a pair of 23 yard receptions on seperate third down plays that extended two different scoring drives.
- FSU – I doubt anyone has forgotten the 73 yard bomb that Thomas took to the house to tie things up at 35.
- VT – Thomas caught a 51 yarder to set up a TD in the second quarter.
- UVA – Thomas caught a 52 yarder to set up a FG in the first half and a 13 yarder on a third and 6 play to extend a TD drive to open the second half.
- Vandy - Thomas caught an 8 yarder on third and 8 to extend a TD drive in the first quarter as well as a 35 yard TD snag in the second quarter.
- Wake - Thomas caught a 12 yarder on third and 8 to extend a field goal drive in the first quarter and a 14 yarder on third and 6 to extend a TD drive in the fourth quarter.
- Duke - Thomas snagged a 75 yard TD pass over a defensive back.
- UGA - The 76 yard TD reception to open the third quarter, the 17 yard reception on fourth and 9 to extend a TD drive in the third quarter, and the pass interference that he drew on third and goal to extend a drive late in the game as well. He’ll be remembered for that infamous fourth down drop, but the truth of the matter was he was responsible for the Jackets even having a chance there at the end.
- Clemson #2 - His 70 yard TD reception on third and 10 in the third quarter is one of the highlights of the ACC championship game.
Looking at that list, which details only plays that I considered to be “impactful”, its obvious why Thomas was so crucial to our ACC title run and why we miss him now.
We don’t have anyone with the clutch, big play potential that #8 displayed.
Looking at last season, one could argue that his blocking and clutch receiving may have even surpassed Calvin Johnson’s production…especially considering he helped carry the team to a conference title and BCS bowl bid.
Do we have another receiver on the roster who can step up and become “The Man”?
Where is the next Dez White, Kelly Campbell, Jonathan Smith, Kerry Watkins, Calvin Johnson, or Demarious Thomas?
Can Stephen Hill be that guy? If so, can he do it this season?
If noone steps up where does it leave this GT offense?
Beat the Deacs!