Sunday, September 2, 2018

Sunday Hangover: Louisville

What an outstanding first start for Tua. 

The Tide lit up the Louisville defense with lots of big plays. 

The offense had 23 first downs with 10 via the rushing game and 12 via the passing game. Net rushing yards came out to 222, and net passing was 297. The Tide dropped 519 yards of offense on the Cardinals. 

The wide receivers looked good with Smith, Ruggs, and Jeudy being the main targets. Jeudy had two touchdowns. True freshman Jaylen Waddle had an outstanding long catch when he hauled in a slightly overthrown ball for a 49 yards. And I was quite happy to see Irv Smith, a tight end, have a couple of really nice catches. 

Waddle also had some solid punt returns, ones that reminded me of one of Alabama's best returners in recent memory, Javier Arenas. And Josh Jacobs showed what he can do on a 77-yard kickoff return for a TD. 

If I were going to be picky, I thought the highly regarded offensive line could have played better. The Louisville defense got too much pressure. 

The defense, in general, played okay. However, there were a number of times when receivers were running free for easy catches. They have to get that issue cleared up quickly. 

After watching Ole Miss tear up Texas Tech on Saturday with their three outstanding receivers, I'm leery of when we play them in a couple of weeks in Oxford. 

A player on the DLine who stood out in the game to me was Quinnen Williams. He had six total tackles with three of them tackles for loss for a total for 12 yards.

Next up is Arkansas State for the home opener. 

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