Friday Five and a Half

Don’t ask me what the title means. I’m putting this up.

5. I like this Eric Berry video.

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College Football Awards

I realize that the season is one week old so this is a little late, but it’s always fun to do these.  I’m going to run through all the college football awards and tell you who is going to win each one.  Simple enough.

Let’s get started with the Ted Hendricks Award for the best defensive end:

Greg Hardy – Sr. – Ole Miss

Hardy is the easy choice here.  He’s the defensive leader of a top ranked team.  The last two years he’s put up sack totals of 10 and 8, respectively.  He is perhaps best remembered for stuffing Tim Tebow on 4th down during the Rebels’ 31-30 upset of the Gators.  As you know, that led to the most over-played, whiny, stupid press conference since Alan Iverson was “talkin’ ’bout practice, man.”  Others considered:  George Selvie, USF; Sergio Kindle, Texas.

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There Is Nothing Else Like It.

The game day experience in Knoxville is unparalleled by any other team in the country. From the atmosphere to the traditions, it’s all phenomenal. The Vol Walk, Saluting the Hill, Running Through the T, well over 100,000 fans going crazy and singing Rocky Top, the Pride of the Southland Band, tailgating, the first-rate ladies, and most importantly of all watching some great football being played.

Montario Hardesty (2) had 18 carries for 160 yards and a touchdown.

Montario Hardesty (2) had 18 carries for 160 yards and a touchdown.

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Why Florida Won’t Be As Good As Everyone Thinks

Let me first start by saying that I’m writing this because somebody challenged me to come up with a reason (or reasons) why Florida shouldn’t be ranked number one in the preseason polls. I hope Michael agrees that is a fair way to word it. The real reason I didn’t rank Florida higher in these rankings is because I’m stubborn, I’m biased, and I hate Florida. This sounded like a fun and challenging undertaking though so I put together my argument. Continue reading

Tennessee Gets A New Commitment… From a 13 year old?

I know what you’re thinking. “He’s thirteen, how can we be sure we’re going to want him when he’s 18?” And my answer is simple: he is Eric Berry’s younger brother, Evan. Read what I wrote about it for 3SIB by clicking here.

The Orange and White Game

enterAs many of you know on Saturday I was at Tennessee’s spring scrimmage, known as The Orange & White Game. If I remember correctly this was the first time I had been at Neyland Stadium for a game since I watched Travis Henry get carted off the field in a game against Vanderbilt. I went with my friend Jason, who was visiting me from Kansas. Jason seemed pretty blown away by the atmosphere here in Knoxville and in Neyland Stadium. At one point he compared the experience of the spring training game at Tennessee to that of an actual regular season game day at Kansas. Welcome to the SEC. Continue reading

Woodson vs. Berry

I decided to take a quick break from my finals preparation and look up some statistics.  What I found was kind of interesting.  You be the judge:

Charles Woodson 1997 vs. Eric Berry 2008
8 Interceptions 7
7 INT Return Yards 265
0 INT TDs 2
27 Solo tackles 72
5 Tackles for Loss 8.5
1 Sacks 3
9 Passes Defenced 6
0 Forced Fumbles 0
0 Fumble Recoveries 1

I realize that Berry is a Safety and Woodson is a Cornerback, but they’re in the same category for the Thorpe Award so I feel they’re comparable enough.

Also, Woodson did return punts and averaged about 8 yards per return and had a TD.  He also had 12 receptions and 3 TDs on offense.  Both had a negligible number of rushing yards.

I hate the Heisman.

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