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* Swearinger made a great play where Vandy was driving and Rogers did a fake pump and took a shot into the end zone. DJ didn't bite on the pump and made a great play on the ball to save a TD
* Tony made a great point about conditioning. It was Vandy who had multiple players cramp up in the 2nd half. No SC guys did.
* Clowney was in the backfield SEVERAL plays being disruptive
* I like what I see from DC Ward - he showed multiple fronts and brought pressure/blitzes effectively several times
* The Justice Cunningham catch while getting popped in the head was definitely a monster play, but it was also the best throw of the night for Shaw
* I don't believe there was any False Start penalties by the Oline - 1 by Buster to my count. Not bad for 1st game of season and on the road at that
* I don't think we've seen the end of Shell by a long shot, but I like what I saw from the Matulis and Gibson combo at Tackle. I like the versatility of Matulis and that adds to the depth of the line. This unit has a chance to be a really good one.
* There were 3 game-changing plays: Shaq INT, Justice catch, and Byrd saving the TD on the kick-off return - that could have won the game for Vandy
* On a key 2nd and 11, Shaw scramble for the 1st down led by a great block by the freshman Mike Davis. Davis gets his first carry of his career on the next play and makes a very nice cut to pick up 5 yards - dude is going to be a good one.
* For all the complaining from Vandy about the DJ Swearinger "no call", I could make just as a good and argument about the Ace Sanders catch that was 1) ruled an incomplete pass initially 2) Not overturned on replay. I STRONGLY disagree the ground helped him, and most certainly don't see how the official doesn't call it so live - why? Because the ball NEVER bobbled around when it did hit the ground - there was no indication it hit the ground, bobble around, and thus helped Ace. If you look at the replay he had part of his hand under the ball and it was a SOLID catch. Bad call IMO. We're forced to punt and give Vandy 5 minutes to win the game.
* Whammy has a lot of confidence in his back-ups. Had multiple players in there on the final Vandy drive: Dixon Jr, Sutton, Gurley, Fordham
* For all the hand-wringing about our conditioning we managed to hold Vandy scoreless for the final 21 minutes of the game and mounted a 4th quarter game-winning drive.
A lot to work on, and most certainly have to play better on offense to beat Mizz, but I feel better about our performance the 2nd time around
I pointed out that same block to a friend who came over last night. Without that block, I don't think Buster keeps the guy from making the play on Shaw. Also, we both agreed with you regarding the Sanders drop. Every time I look at it I see one finger under the ball the whole time. The only time it "shifts" is when he switches it to his other hand. Plus, there was the play in the 2nd quarter when Carolina was trying to answer Vandy's TD. That was the same part of the field and Ladler not only doesn't turn to look for the ball, but basically just tackles DL Moore. Runs right into him and no call. If we had made that catch, I believe we regain the momentum and Vandy never gets within a touchdown the rest of the game, much less takes the lead. Of course, I may not be giving them the credit for fighting back that they deserve. But I thought that was a huge offensive series for us and we had to punt on the next play.
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To me, the PI that wasn't called is nearly impossible to call in live action. You see that play all the time where a DB reaches in and the last second to knock the ball away or strafe across a receiver's arms. Rarely do you see a PI for something like that. 9 times out of 10, they call interference when a DB grabs a WR who's breaking away, "bodies" up against the receiver without looking back for the ball, or grabs the receiver's back shoulder and turns him while trying to knock the ball away.
IMO, it was more of a good, verteran move by DJ than a PI.
True. That's a very good point.
Even if they call the PI penalty, it was still a great play by DJ because it would only be a 15 yard penalty instead of a spot foul. But I agree about how hard that play was to see live. Watching in in real time, it looked like a great play. it took a slow motion replay to show that DJ got there early.
yep, good point sir!
That was great def by DJ on the fake pump!
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