Alabama Football: Things We Learned and Monday Message Board 9/15

Nic GulasSenior Analyst ISeptember 15, 2008

Hey guys,

So, I've been doing this article series for about three or four months now, and I felt the need to give it some more spice. 

So, here it goes:

Things We Learned This Weekend

This Alabama Team May Have Too Many Stars

With this team, it seems that every time you turn around, someone new is making plays.  Last week, Cory Reamer came out of nowhere to spark the Crimson Tide's stout defense.  This week, Courtney Upshaw made his presence known on special teams and Justin Woodall made an impact from a position that most Bama fans thought had disappeared. 

Of course, there is no problem with having too many stars on a team. It just means that there are a few more numbers to learn than usual if you want to follow this team.

Bama Fans Can Breathe a Bit Easier about Tulane

After going toe-to-toe with East Carolina, Tulane doesn't seem as bad as it did over the past week.  Sure, the offense still should have moved the ball more, but the fact that Alabama found a way to beat a team like that should make Tide fans feel better about their team's performance.

John Parker Wilson Is, Indeed, a Better Quarterback

Sure, the Tulane game was horrid, but in his other two games this season, he has topped 60 percent for his completion percentage and has been more efficient in running the offense.

He is reading the defense better and going through his progressions better as well.  There are still points he can improve on—overthrowing open receivers downfield is one. But this is not the same quarterback who has led this team the past two seasons.

The Future Looks Bright in Tuscaloosa

Finally, Alabama fans got to see some of the reserves play, and they made their time worthwhile.  Greg McElroy showed that he is able to run the offense if the worst should happen to Alabama on the injury front.  Every running back played very well, and none of them are seniors.  Those are just a few of the things that seemed to run smoothly once the starters rested.

Okay, so now that the new stuff is covered, let's go back to what this series was built on:

Against Clemson, Alabama seemed to play flawlessly.

Against Western Kentucky, the same team that played Clemson seemed to show up again. 

All signs are pointing to those teams being the team Alabama actually is this season. However, it is still early, so does that mean Alabama can actually get better? 

So, this week's topic is: Can Alabama play a more complete game this season than they already have?

Sure, there were some small faults in both the Clemson and Western Kentucky games, (such as finally giving up a TD), but Alabama looked as dominant as they have in recent years in these games. 

So, as always, you can leave a comment below or write your own article on this week's topic. 

That's all for this week, guys.

Thanks, and Roll Tide.