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Your Best 11 Mailbag: Chick-Fil-a Kickoff Talk, Plus a Look at Alabama-Michigan
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What's going on, folks. Here we sit, a week before the start of the college football season, and that's a good thing for us. Let's get into your questions as we kick it off with a doozy.

 

 

For those of you who did not know, Tennessee's stud wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers is suspended indefinitely and head coach Derek Dooley does not expect the junior wideout to play in 2012

It sucks for Tennessee fans. It sucks for Da'Rick, a kid who most assumed would be heading to the league following this 2012 campaign. It really just stinks all the way around. As for the "what the fudge" part of things—it happens.

Rogers isn't the first kid to screw up and lose what many would deem to be a great opportunity, and he won't be the last. I played with guys like that. Not just in college, but in high school as well.

All you can really hope, and I truly do, is that he gets his issues resolved and is able to go forward with his life in a positive manner. If football is in that future, he'll have to grind hard to get his next shot, at Tennessee, in the NFL or wherever else it may be. If football doesn't work out, let's hope things end up well for the guy.

 

 

I talked about NC State in this video about the AP Poll winners-losers, and yeah they got jobbed this year. Mostly I think it is because people don't care enough about schools not named Virginia Tech, Florida State or Clemson in the ACC to bother looking at what they have going on.

We know Mike Glennon can play, we know that David Amerson leads what should be a nice defense in 2012. The big things to watch will be the receivers and running backs.

Mustafa Green has to stay on the field—meaning out of trouble, out of the doghouse and healthy. Tobias Palmer has to catch the football. They've got a nice squad, and if you're looking for a "sleeper" of an ACC Champ, this is your team.

 

 

Yeah, they can. Losing Da'Rick Rogers is going to hurt Tennessee, although I've got a lot of confidence that we're all going to know who Cordarrelle Patterson is by the end of Friday night.

I think both ACC teams "should" win their games. Tennessee doesn't have much of a run game to speak of, and their defense is still trying to find its way in that 3-4. On Auburn's side, they still don't technically have a quarterback to believe in, and their entire defense is trying rebound from last year's failings all while transitioning under Brian VanGorder. 

That said, given the way the Chick-fil-A Kickoff has gone, I wouldn't be the slightest bit surprised to see the ACC walk away 0-2—it's just what the league does.

 

 

Last ACC question. Easy answer for me; Logan Thomas. The Hokies lost so much production from the wide receiver position and the running back spot that their hopes rest squarely on the quarterback's massive shoulders.

Marcus Davis has to grow up, a leader has to emerge in the backfield, and until that happens, Thomas is going to have to shoulder much of the load.

 

 

What hype is that? His hype train died during the last four games of the season, when he threw one touchdown and six interceptions. For him it is about playing confidently. He went and worked with a quarterback coach over his spring break—he isn't trying to live up to hype, he's trying to believe in himself again.

The Sooners have one of two elite rosters in the Big 12. They have a ball club that, provided the wide receivers show up for them, should be in contention for a Big 12 title. 

If they can win that Big 12 Championship, the rest will settle itself.

 

 

Love this question. I think there are going to be spots where Denard Robinson comes up huge against Alabama. Early in the game, there will be plenty of area for opportunity. The Tide plays vanilla early, and if the Wolverines can grab some big gains through the air they can put the pressure on Alabama in coverage that would create run lanes for Robinson. That is as long as he is a consistent pass threat.

The real problem that I see is that with Robinson, he is their big run threat and that means zone-read and read-option and quarterback leads. Plays like that are not going to scare Alabama. For the Wolverines to pull this upset, Denard Robinson is going to have to play out of his mind—through the air. It can't be the couple of lucky balls a la the Sugar Bowl. He has to be a consistent threat to complete passes down the field.

You don't have to be a world beater. In 2010, Auburn, LSU and South Carolina all beat Alabama. They threw the ball 60 times total, legitimately 20 times a piece. South Carolina completed 17 of them. LSU completed 14 of them. Auburn hit 13 of them. But their play actions worked, their quarterbacks could find run lanes and scrambling was fruitful.

Because I don't see that consistency happening with Denard, I don't think the Wolverines are going to beat the Tide. 

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