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I was just looking over some highlights of the season and Ace really stuck out. I knew the guy was good, and had the talent to improve, but I have no idea he'd turn into such a weapon for us. Looking forward to seeing what else he can do next year.
I'm worried he won't come back.
It had to be frustrating this year to run routes on all those plays where passes were called, but the ball was not thrown, or it was dumped to the RB. I'm not ripping the QB, or the offense, but from the perspective of the WR's, that would be frustrating.
The klimpson game had to make him feel better about the future, though.
Ace will get a 5th-7th round grade. I do not think he knows that to be the case. His father played in the NFL, so I think wiser heads will prevail. I hope the QB's talk to him and tell him they will commit to getting the ball in the air to him more next year. We need that dude.
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
Way too many reasons to stay. I don't see why he wouldn't.
"You’re either a block-gobbler, a farmer, or you’re a damn hunter and playmaker."
He could have a huge senior year
It was great to see replays of his returns shown all over the television last weekend. They were showing Ace during Big 12 games. Good pub for him and us.
thought the same thing other day. really did well this year. every receiver wants the ball more and there were games we just did not get it to him and should have. Glad he will be back next year (I highly doubt he'd leave - cannot imagine his Dad, a great former receiver himself, advising his son to go now). His experience will be huge, especially if Bruce decides not to play football next year. Ace would be our only WR with any substantial experience.
He really is fun to watch. He has quicks on top of quicks. I call him the pinball...right Bunzie ;)
I'm pretty sure Tracy Sanders was the CB opposite Deion for a couple of years, right?
I think he was a CB.
I think you are right! Thanks for clarification.
I will rip(critique is a better term IMO) the QB named Shaw. He has reached his peak and we know where they takes us, and it isn't to Atlanta.
I think Thompson has proven he is the better passer and more in line with the Spurrier QBs at Florida. I love his arm strength and ability to deliver the ball on time and on target. yes he has had a few fortunate drops of would be INTs, but he has really only played 3 full games in his career(ECu and Clemson, and then two halves or so of Vandy and UAB). With another off season I can see him getting better in that regard.
The back shoulder throw to Bruce at Clemson was a thing of beauty and simply a throw Shaw would never attempt to make and I think that is because he CANNOT make that throw. Watching Dylan throw the out route or fly route from the opposite hash is a thing of beauty and something Shaw simply cannot do . We have a QB with a big arm on this team, and I hope SOS realizes this. I think to take that next step we need Dylan to be our primary signal caller.
This is not to say Shaw should not play at all. There are certainly matchups where Shaw would be the more desirable QB. I would like to see a combo of these two next year. When playing a team that is bad against the pass, it should be Thompson's game. When playing a team that is bad against the run, it's should be Shaw's game. If either is faltering put the other in. It will make it that much more difficult for teams to prepare for our offense. In effect Shaw can be the wildcat QB, while actually being a solid QB. I just think we have seen all we are going to see from Shaw. He struggles to see the field and rarely takes chances. I'd rather see a guy like Thompson who takes some chances, but isn't a gunslinger in the negative sense like Garcia was. Also, SOS seems to call better games with Thompson in there.
It's obvious we have two guys who can play QB, let's use that to our advantage. Though I honestly don't think we will see that happen. I think SOS has dropped his two QB philosophy that worked so well at UF. I wish he would bring it back next year and in the bowl game. Shaw has shown he can't take the big hits week in and week out and might even be worthy of the "injury prone" tag. Glad we at least have Dylan behind him. Though I think they should be 1A and 1B.
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Elliott "Small" Fry
He really made the leap this year...he's truly one of the more exciting players to watch in the nation.
Disagree completely. Given time and health shaw is very very good.
Spurrier said in his interview a day or two ago in Tampa that Shaw would start the bowl game, but Thompson would definitely play. He's never said that before. He's always made it clear that Shaw was the starter unless he was hurt, and that Thompson was only the backup. He's not saying that anymore. I think Spurrier liked what he saw at Clemson. The rest of the country was certainly impressed, and Justin King's video shows just how well Thompson did.
I think SOS may set up a two quarterback system, using the strengths of both of them. He's done it before.
Earlier in this thread, posters were worried about Sanders leaving. I believe if he thinks he'll get the ball (like he does from Thompson), he and the other receivers will be happy. Thompson hit five receivers against CU and eleven earlier in the season. They don't get that action from Shaw. Our defense is better with him, too. Thompson controlled the ball for 40 minutes against CU. He doesn't wear out the defense. I don't care what you think of CU. Controlling the ball for that long is huge, along with all the 3rd down conversions. He ran 20 yards on a 3rd and 19. (I'm probably not saying that right.)
Thompson didn't play a half against Vandy. He had three plays, and he was jerked out and replaced by Strickland. That was a mistake. We've all seen now that he adjusts when he's given the time.
Something else to think about. Thompson is a red-shirt sophomore. If he doesn't get any more playing time next year than he did this year, why would he stay for a fifth year? Would you sit a bench while Nosovitch or Mitch got the playing time after you had worked your butt off for four years? He'll finish his degree next year, possibly in December. He has nothing to stay for except football.
William Renken of Bleacher Report and I are thinking along the same lines.
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We simply did not get Ace the ball enough .
When you have ace and Bruce out there ... They need 5-10 touches easily each every game .
Ace is one of the more exciting players at USC in a while . Beyond the quick moves and speed . He can catch , he is tough and he runs pretty good routes . He's very hungry with a good attitude . He plays like he is 6'5
I'm on record saying Ace will house one in Tampa...
His height will prevent him from going on the first 2 days, will come back IMO
Could use like dexter mccluster
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Look I hope Ace stays as much as anyone but do not delittle the guy's nfl chances. there are lots and lots of successful wrs right now under 6 feet tall in the league and his punt returning skills give him an edge that a lot of teams are looking for. can you imagine a guy like Ace in the New England offense ala Wes Welker or the Green Bay offense with Aaron Rodgers? He would beast imo
It all depends on how gullible Ace is as runners and agents will fill his head with unrealistic projections. I hope his old man keeps him grounded.
I think he gets a 4 to 6 grade. then it's really up to him whether that's good enough to leave
I agree. I think he can have great success as a WR in the NFL. He has a lot of other skills that make his lack of height a non-issue.
I do think that he needs to come back, and continue to work on his WR skills. I think that somebody would end up taking him in the third round. I think that if he stays, and improves at the rate that he has, that he can be a late 2nd rounder.
I met his dad at a game. I was wearing a fan button, he saw it, and he came up to me and introduced himself. He's a very nice man and seems to have his feet firmly on the ground. I'm a huge Ace Sanders fan, so I was excited about it. I think he got a little kick out of how happy I was to meet him and have the opportunity to brag on his son.
I hope he doesn't leave.
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