November 27th, 2013 10:40 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, Bo Wallace, Jarvis Landry, LSU
Just shut up.
Why do college football players insist on talking about their confidence and their abilities. Just say, “It’s going to be tough and we’re practicing hard,” when asked if you can score/pass/run on an opponent. Then praise the opponent, whether you really mean it or not. Especially when that foe is a certain #1 team that’s been shutting people’s mouths all year.
Yesterday, Auburn running back Tre Mason was asked if he felt confident that the Tigers could run on Alabama. His response:
“I’m pretty confident. We’ve been running it all year.”
He then showed his excitement that his father would be in attendance for the Iron Bowl (the first game he’s been able to attend this year), by saying: “I’m gonna put on a show for him.”
Yeah, well, we’ll see. Mason’s chances of running the ball and putting on a show were probably greater before he decided to tell us all what he really thinks.
Back on November 11th, after Bama had topped LSU, we wrote the following in our Weekend Wrap piece:
“… here’s a tip for teams going up against the Tide — zip your lips. Earlier this season Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said his team could ‘put points on them… I think we can put points on anybody.’ Final score: Alabama 25, Ole Miss 0. Three weeks ago Tennessee referred to Alabama as ‘the red team’ in practice. AJ McCarron said his team took that as an insult. Final score: Alabama 45, Tennessee 10. Last week LSU receiver Jarvis Landry said of Bama: ‘Nobody is invincible. No team is invincible and no defense is invincible.’ Final score: Alabama 38, LSU 21. The lesson is clear — shut up.”
Alabama shouldn’t need any added motivation for the Iron Bowl, of course. But why take chances. Why these coaches don’t put their players through a “Say Nothing” course is a mystery. Call in Lou Holtz to teach “Hyping Your Foe 101″ and Bill Belichick to instruct players in the Art of the Mumble. Anything to get players to stop popping off about how confident they are.
Especially the week of their game against Alabama, a team thisclose to a BCS threepeat.
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