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Hump day is here, which means we are half way to the weekend, and a match up with the UK Wildcats.
As far as Kentucky goes, I figured that today would be an excellent opportunity to get to know their playmakers, if you don’t already. Here’s my list of Big Blue’s standouts…
- QB Mike Hartline- 2,144 yds, 17 TDs, 4 INTS, 67% Passer
- WR Randall Cobb- 47 receptions, 511 yds, 5 TDs, 10.9 yd avg; Rushing- 32 rushes, 195 yds, 3 TDs, 6.1 avg; Passing- 4 of 6, 51 yds, 3 TDs
- RB Derrick Locke-574 yds, 7 TDs, 5.3 yd avg; Receiving- 24 receptions, 225 yds, 9 yd avg
- WR Chris Matthews-37 receptions, 565 yds, 7 TDs, 15 yd avg
- WR La’Rod King-27 receptions, 337 yds, 5 TDs, 15 yd avg
- PK Craig McIntosh- 8/10, 80%, Long of 50
- LB Danny Trevathan- 81 Tackles, 9 TFL
- FS Winston Guy- 54 Tackles, 2 INTs
Just to give you an idea where these guys are at amongst other SEC players: Locke is 2nd to only Cam Newton in rushing yards per game; Hartline is 3rd in Total Offense; Cobb is 2nd in receptions per game, Matthews is 5th, and Cobb is 9th; McIntosh is 4th in FGs; Derrick Locke is 5th nationally among All Purpose Runners, and 2nd in Conference; In that same column, Cobb is 8th nationally, and 3rd in Conference. Trevathan is 1st among SEC tacklers.
Yesterday, I mentioned that Joker Phillips has a lot of guys beat up, but that are still hoping to play on Saturday. Many of those guys, including Cobb, Locke, and Matthews, took fewer reps than their teammates on Tuesday.
Joker Phillips on MSU: “When you watch those guys play against Florida they re-established the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. It will be physical. We did not win the physical battle (against Georgia), so that’s a huge goal in this game. (State) re-established the line of scrimmage and ran the ball for four, five or six yards a carry and then the third-and-six’s they had they ran the ball and if they didn’t get it they punted and played great defense. I expect them to try and run that ball, that’s what they do.”
With all of UK’s playmakers, Def. Coordinator Manny Diaz is really going to have to call a smart game. We’ve touched all week on how we struggle to defend well against the screen game, and surrender yardage in the underneath game. The Wildcats will probably be the most well-rounded Offense we will see this year. When you consider all the different ways an offense can attack you, it’s easy to admit that UK has all the tools to do just that. I just hope that PK Sean Brauchle has his directional kicking down pat, and that P Heath Hutchins is ready to help us win the field position battle.
Mullen on Tuesday’s Practice: “Tuesday is always a tough, physical day for us, and we got a lot of first down, play action stuff in. It was a good day. The defense did pretty good today. This is a tough, high-scoring, explosive offense so we’re going to have to play good defense to just contain them. I don’t know if you’re going to stop them, hopefully you just contain them.”
On Injuries: “It’s not just the one player, it’s the water-down effect. It’s an increased number of snaps for everybody and the chance of injuries increase. That’s the toughest thing. But our guys have battled through, and if we can get through this game we’ve got a chance to heal-up over the bye week.”
On Michael Carr: “It was great trying to get Michael Carr involved. He’s getting more and more confidence and you see that, not just touching the ball. He caused the game-winning fumble on the kickoff coverage, that comes with player development. As young players grow up they make those plays.”
On Nick Bell: “It’s good for our players to see him around. But it’s also great having Nick around the hotel with the team, in the Dog Walk, and being around the team as much as possible. It keeps his spirits up. He has a tougher schedule than we do.”
-Ballard and Brignone, were involved in the entire practice.
MSU LB Chris Hughes has been suspended by the SEC, for Saturday’s match up with the Wildcats. Hughes was found in violation, when he targeted a UAB player’s head when making contact, last week. Mullen: “We coach our players on these situations-how to lead with your shoulder, make sure you wrap up and see the front of the jersey-not only to avoid pointless penalties, but to make sure everyone is safe on the field. This is a teachable moment for Chris and our entire team. He’ll face the consequences for his actions and learn from it.” Hughes is a Freshman, and earned his first playing time during the Alcorn State week. He has recorded 5 tackles in 4 games, and serves as a back up. The SECdeemed his hit as a “flagrant, unsportsmanlike act.” Did anyone catch Mullen’s hand shake with Callaway at the end of the game? No words, just a quick shake, and the Blazer coach sprinted off. I don’t know if he was upset about the hit, or how his team lost.
Today could be a big day for MSU Basketball, as Rodney Hood is set to make his commitment at noon. Hood, just as any top recruit, had quite a list of schools on his radar, but has since narrowed his choices down to Louisville, Mississippi State, Florida State, Alabama, and Marquette. Hood is rated as a 4 Star, and as the #13SF in the country. His size and length would greatly benefit any college team, measuring in at 6-8, 175 lbs. MSU is greatly in need of a strong 2011 class, and Hood would be a great addition to Stansbury’s first 2011 recruit, in Deville Smith ( 3 Star, #24 PG). So Buzzard, keep us posted.
The Starkville Daily News’ Matthew Stevens, has a great piece on the 2010-2011 Bulldog Basketball Team. Stansbury, recently addressed members of the Starkville Rotary Club, and shared his insights for this year’s team. Link
Anyway, which aspect of UK’s Offensive attack are you most worried about?
Which aspect is the most important to stop, their rushing game or passing game?
Personally, I really think we’ll be able to run our Offense, and run it well.
That’s all today boys!