Monday, August 22, 2005Stealing Five Questions From the AJC
How will Alley Broussard's injury affect the SEC West race?
I agree with Barnhart here. It won’t and it shouldn’t as long Justin Vincent is the third tailback on the depth chart. It’s safe to say that LSU is loaded at many positions and super loaded at tailback. An injury to Broussard just opens up the spot for the next guy to rush for 1,200 yards.
Which NFL transplant will have a bigger impact — Dave Wannstedt (Pitt) or Charlie Weis (Notre Dame)?
I think immediately it will be Wannstedt because he’s got the two thoroughbreds in Palko and Lee that will get the job done. In the long run it’s hard to say. Mediocre NFL head coaches seem to succeed in college because they are better at building talent than teaching schemes (see Carroll, Pete & Erickson, Dennis). Weis is probably the better coach of the two, but Wannstedt has already gotten a jump in on the recruiting area. In the college game it’s not about the X and O but who gets Rex and Bo.
Also ND’s schedule is nothing short of brutal so I think seven wins would be quite the success for the Irish.
Whom should Phil Fulmer start at QB for Tennessee?
I would say Rick Clausen. He closed strong, he never was given a real serious look at the job to begin with. In the long run Ainge is the better QB, but this particular team looks like it needs veteran leadership up top to be successful.
Clausen was 3-1 in his stint with the team last year and I think given the opportunity he could win the SEC East for the Volunteers. If he stays healthy there’s a good chance the Vols can even redshirt Ainge and get him stronger for runs in 2006 and 2007.
Who's the best player in the country the average fan has never heard of?
Barnhart makes the right choice with Omar Jacobs. He’s the best in the mid-majors this season. I really can’t argue or find anyone better. The backfield at North Texas with Patrick Cobbs and Jamario Thomas will put up some big numbers too.
Does Utah disappear now that Urban Meyer and Alex Smith are gone?
I say nine wins and another Mountain West title unless TCU has something to say about it. Utah is becoming a sexy school. A popular choice for West coast recruits who don’t get love from USC or Cal and highly-touted JuCo transfers. I expect the Utes to be first in line to join the Pac-10 once it expands as well. Utah isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.