Alabama Football: Things We Learned and Monday Message Board 10/6

Nic GulasSenior Analyst IOctober 8, 2008

Hey Guys,

I know some people were probably thinking I was going to take a bye with the team this week, but here at the Monday Message Board, we don't take off weeks, so here it goes.


Is it time to start the Glen Coffee for Heisman campaign? 

OK, I might be crazy, but just take a look at it.

Sure, as I pointed out last week, Alabama has a stable of backs who can run wild on a defense, but no one has done it like Glen Coffee this season.  Coffee has 708 yards through six games, good enough for 7.5 yards a carry and five TDs.  Those numbers either lead the team or are tied for the team lead and are good enough for 10th in the country currently.

Coffee has accounted for more than half of the team's rushing yards so far this season. He has two touchdown runs for more than 50 yards and has only lost four yards all season with his uncanny ability to always fall forward. 

On top of all things, doesn't every top team need at least one candidate in the Heisman talk?


Alabama seriously committed 10 penalties?  I call BS. 

I am actually supposed to believe that a team that had committed 18 penalties in its first five games all of a sudden decided to commit 10 in one game?!?!

I have not been able to see a replay of the game, but I have heard and believe what I saw on Julio's "pass interference" was an absolute joke.  I also think a hold on back-to-back plays is an absolute joke. 

Now sure, Alabama committing only one penalty against UGA did seem a little out of the ordinary, but it seemed as if there was some sort of vendetta against the Tide on Saturday.  I know the SEC would never do this, as much as some of my friends like to differ on Penn Wagers, but we can always look as if it could be worse.  We could have Pac-10 officials. 


I hope CBS doesn't pick up another Alabama game this season.

If you were at the game, I have already said enough. 

 ***Edit*** CBS has picked up the Alabama/Ole Miss game for 2:30 next Saturday.  Everyone bring your sunshades cause it will be hell once again sitting through 10 minute commercial breaks.

Courtney Upshaw is a beast.  The end.

Sure, Alabama's special teams coverage has been spotty this season, but there is always one number and player around the ball. 

No. 41, Courtney Upshaw. 

There has not been one player who always flies to the ball and makes a big hit like Upshaw does every kickoff.  Against Ole Miss in two weeks, just keep looking for Upshaw and how he always finds a way to the ball to make a play when Alabama needs it. 


Who actually saw Alabama being 6-0 at this point realistically?

Anyone who just raised their hand or said "I did" is lying straight through their teeth. 

The best anyone could have probably hoped for would have been 4-2 at this point and hoping for a top 25 ranking. 

Instead, the Tide is rolling at 6-0, with victories over two top 10 teams away from home, and is ranked No. 2 in the country. 

The last time Alabama was in this position was 1993.  In 1993, I still had afternoon naps as part of a daily regimen.  I think I speak for both previous statements when I say those were the days. 


OK, so as we just looked at, Alabama is sitting pretty at 6-0.  The Tide has already met its win total from a year ago and show no signs of stopping here for the third straight year. 

Many things can be credited for this great start, but it's hard to focus on just one. 

This brings us to this week's topic. 

With Alabama undefeated at the "All-Star Break," who has been the biggest All-Star for the Tide this season?

This can be anyone associated with the team, from coaches to players to trainers if you want to give a friend a shout-out. 

Does Mr. Coffee deserve the praise in this area?  Is Terrence Cody now the anchor of the team?  Or does the credit go where it always seems to go, with the QB and John Parker Wilson?

As always, you can leave your opinions below or write an article of your own on Alabama's biggest All-Star.

That's all for this week, guys.

Enjoy the break and Roll Tide.



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