Miss St. vs. Memphis game notes

Submitted by SFBayAreaBlue on December 8th, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Sorry, no pics yet. 

My plan is to watch all the games available in order and put up a post with notes on each game, and then do a big picture pages summary of their offensive and defensive systems. 

So this post will just be some random notes from the game as I think of them. But since this is the first diary on them, I'll also include some general first impressions.

  • #14 Relf is the starter at QB and looks like a DE.  Doesn't quite have the running skill of Cam Newton, but he has the same size and a pretty decent arm.  Not the strongest arm, but he puts good touch on mid range seams.  He likes to roll to his right and will hold the ball longer than he should.  Can run the option.
  • #17 Russell. QB More of a pocket passer, much smaller, but he "looks like a QB". Excellent at throwing PA post.  
  • #27 Perkins RB Likes to bounce it outside.  Good acceleration, not world class top end speed.
  • #28 Ballard RB, More of a straight ahead runner.  Looked real good on iso and dive plays.
  • #50 MLB. White, Not the most athletic guy but looks smart in the middle. 
  • #15 DB, got a nice interception on an agressive cut on the comeback route.  Might be susceptible to double moves.
  • Mostly ran 3 down linemen on D. 
  • Linebackers like to fake blitz on passing downs by aligning between the DL and bailing out.
  • Ran out to a 21-0 halftime lead that coulda been 35-0 if not for first game miscues, but Memphis was 1-11 so take it with a grain of salt. 
  • I previously said that their offense looks like ours, but actually they run a much more diverse variety of formations and personell.  They like to go 5 wide in long passing downs, can run basic I formation and have a whole series of plays from that.  Most of the game was in shotgun, but I've seen them run some single wing (can't remember if it was this game or another). 
  • The cowbells are loud and obnoxious and definitely do not stop at the snap of the ball.  memphis was really affected by the noise.  Think vuvuzela loud. 
  • #1 Bumphis is their speed threat, but I heard he's not playing in the bowl game.
  • ESPN U coverage sucked and Tony Dungy might have been a great coach but he's not much of an announcer.
  • Isn't the Georgia mascot a bulldog?  hurrah for original mascots. /sarcasm.
  • Oh, didn't know that Mullen was florida's OC with Tim (I touch filipino boys' penises) Tebow.  That explains a lot, like the shotgun power QB iso on the goaline.
  • #93, DL looks like a good wide body guy.  looks like he's got some talent in short yardage situations.
  • 49-0 with 11 minutes to go and the backups are coming in. But Memphis got blown out by any team with a pulse.  Like 56-0 against Louisville and 50-14 to Tennessee, both those teams finished 6-6.
  • Now I know why I think Gerg should be fired.  He's just not young and firey.  D-coordinators at the college level usually have a lot of fire and brimstone.  Miss. State's DC has the look of a guy on the rise.  I think Gerg is a liability in recruiting just because of his age and personality.  JMHO.
  • One thing that I think a lot of people miss is that when the scrubs come in, you really get to see what the "Base" plays are.  Simply because they're not very good or don't know the entire playbook.  Although sometimes they run stuff they picked up from being the scout team for the week.
  • #10 Looks a bit thin for an OLB but looks like a solid tackler.


Crime Reporter

December 8th, 2010 at 12:37 PM ^

I watched a few MSU games this year (don't ask why, I love CF) and it seems his throwing motion has quite a wind-up. He has a live arm, but it takes him longer to get rid of the ball.

That being said, he is a big kid and our guys will have to make tackles otherwise the day could have shades of Juice Williams 2008.

They will rely on the run game. Against Florida, they literally ran the ball most if not all of the second half, even in obvious passing downs.

Their DL is legit, and every time I see them, I think, "Man, I wish we would have landed Pernall McPhee (sp?) in 2009.


December 8th, 2010 at 12:48 PM ^

Russell didn't play during the second half of the season. 

#15 is Maurice Langston.  He has switched to receiver and does not play except for some kick returns and special teams.

Chris White is the real deal.