the season has truly begun now
I think most would agree we have 2 upper end players on each side of the ball - Devin and Funchess on offense, and Ryan and Clark* on the defense. Three of these four, and most likely all if Funchess fulfills his promise will be gone after this year. With that said fast forward 3 months and who do you see as the 3rd/4th "best" players at that moment on each side of the ball.
NOT who has the most potential or who is most important (I'd throw Jarrod Wilson as most important on the defense due to the drop off/lack of experience behind him) but who on Nov 1 is showing to be an impact player like Funchess did on Nov 1, 2013.
*Countess is probably in same realm as Clark in talent but faces some health and competition issues.
Obvious candidate on defense is Peppers but if you think that - that would mean 10-11 games into his freshman year he is the 3rd or 4th best player on a pretty veteran defense. Plausible but aggressive for a player we've never seen. If you pick Gedeon it would mean he is getting a lot of playing time - which seems unlikely if he is stuck at MIKE. Picking a corner is difficult when we don't know the rotation. If you pick a running back it means our OL is competent enough to be opening holes so (Green/Smith) can flourish to be the 3rd/4th best player on offense. If you pick any WR it is someone who has almost no game experience. If you pick any OL well ...
So think it through.
- Ross III
- Butt even at 80%
- ....still thinking.... throws dart. Dart hits Darboh.
RULE #1 No Couches -
via the Freep:
■ No couches nor upholstered furniture.
■ No kegs nor other common-source containers.
■ No drinking-game structures nor paraphernalia.
■ No trailers of any type, including pig roasters.
■ Oversized trucks must park in RV parking.
■ Trash shall be disposed of in available receptacles.
■ No tents larger than 10 feet by 10 feet.
Thought this was a fitting and hilarious story considering the season is right around the corner.
There is a tough line to define when preparing a team in Fall camp with no classes taking place. You don't want to wear them out, but you want to keep them engaged. Two a day practices are hard on a team, and by the last day you are trying to keep them going. Freeze hatches a plan for a practical joke on his team. He tells no one about his plan, with the exception of the equipment manager. No assistants, no players, no one besides Freeze and this equipment manager know what is taking place.
Throughout two a day practices, Freeze sends his "guy" (someone he trusts) up into Vaught Hemingway to look over the practice field with a camera phone and binoculars. When he sees the man take his post overlooking practice, Freeze yells at security, "Get that guy out of here! He can't be up there! Get rid of him!" Off the guards go, chasing the man away. Eventually, the players think nothing of this.
On the last day of two a day practices, Coach Freeze lets Paul Jackson in on his prank. Paul Jackson, of course, is the Strength Coach for the Ole Miss Rebels. With Coach Jackson in on the secret, they continue out to practice. As usual, Freeze's guy shows up to spy on practice. When Freeze sees the man, he yells out, "That's it! Forget security! Coach Jackson, get that camera and get that guy out of here, now!" Coach Jackson takes off running toward the stadium. The players go back to work, preparing for Oklahoma drills and other full contact drills.
As Coach Jackson begins to approach the man, Freeze exclaims to the team, "Look guys! Coach is about to get him!" Everyone looks up to see Coach Jackson knock the camera phone out of the man's hand and over the side of the stadium. The team begins to get excited and begins to cheer on their Strength Coach. The spy takes of running up the stadium with Coach Jackson in full pursuit. Players are screaming, "Get him Coach!" All eyes are on the chase that is taking place high up in the Vaught.
Now, what no one knows, except for Freeze, Jackson, and the spy, is that there is a dummy hidden atop the stadium. The dummy is dressed just like the spy. When the men reach the top, Coach Jackson hurls the dummy over the side of the stadium, seemingly sending the spy plummeting to the ground. You can hear a pin drop. The team goes from cheering to speechless. Immediately, Coach Freeze begins to shout, "Call the paramedics! Coaches, get these guys in the locker room now! No cell phones! Take their phones and don't let them talk to anyone!"
Now, with the players and the assistant coaches in the locker room flustered and bewildered, Freeze walks in. He looks over his team and begins to speak, "Okay guys, this is it. This is one of those All In moments. We have to protect Coach Jackson. We're going to bury the body, and we're going to bury the shovel."
The players faces are blank. Even a few freshman are heard whispering, "bury the body?!"
At this moment, Coach Jackson and the spy come rolling into the locker room. Practice is over, and the prank is a success. The team heads off to the movies. This is how two a day practices for the Ole Miss Rebels comes to a close in August of 2014. The End.
Just rewatched "Any Given Sunday" for the umpteenth time. Love that film's camera shots, it's gritty realism, and Al Pacino's speech at the end. That Jamie Foxx can ball.
Hoping to get another few football movies in before Saturday. Any recommendations?