Tank Bigsby to the portal ? Vols in play?

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Serious question: Can he do that behind a mediocre offensive line?
OL is a developmental position. People forget that too quickly. Crawford, Parker, Perry, Robinson, Ball, Lampley, and even Akporoghene are young OL's with potential. The OL should be deeper next fall with them playing behind Mays, Calbert, Wright, Harris, Wright, Davis, and possibly Carvin. Then there is a likelihood that they add one or two through the portal.

In short, I don't think you should presume that the OL will be "mediocre" next fall. UT has big, athletic guys who have been developing in the background this year. One of the things the last staff didn't do very well is work the younger players in to the rotation to gain experience.

But.... to answer your question directly... yes he can. Heupel schemes running lanes by spreading teams out. Pretty simple idea actually. You line up a couple of guys outside the numbers and the D has to show its hand. Either a safety cheats to the outside to help giving you a run opportunity or they play in the box opening up that WR screen that UT runs as part of their RPO package.
 
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OL is a developmental position. People forget that too quickly. Crawford, Parker, Perry, Robinson, Ball, Lampley, and even Akporoghene are young OL's with potential. The OL should be deeper next fall with them playing behind Mays, Calbert, Wright, Harris, Wright, Davis, and possibly Carvin. Then there is a likelihood that they add one or two through the portal.

In short, I don't think you should presume that the OL will be "mediocre" next fall. UT has big, athletic guys who have been developing in the background this year. One of the things the last staff didn't do very well is work the younger players in to the rotation to gain experience.

But.... to answer your question directly... yes he can. Heupel schemes running lanes by spreading teams out. Pretty simple idea actually. You line up a couple of guys outside the numbers and the D has to show its hand. Either a safety cheats to the outside to help giving you a run opportunity or they play in the box opening up that WR screen that UT runs as part of their RPO package.
I think Akporoghene was a wasted scholarship. He was the Tee Hodge version of OLine takes…a head-scratcher. On the other hand, I think RJ Perry has tremendous upside as an OT and will be a stud soon. Same for William Parker.
 
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OL is a developmental position. People forget that too quickly. Crawford, Parker, Perry, Robinson, Ball, Lampley, and even Akporoghene are young OL's with potential. The OL should be deeper next fall with them playing behind Mays, Calbert, Wright, Harris, Wright, Davis, and possibly Carvin. Then there is a likelihood that they add one or two through the portal.

In short, I don't think you should presume that the OL will be "mediocre" next fall. UT has big, athletic guys who have been developing in the background this year. One of the things the last staff didn't do very well is work the younger players in to the rotation to gain experience.

But.... to answer your question directly... yes he can. Heupel schemes running lanes by spreading teams out. Pretty simple idea actually. You line up a couple of guys outside the numbers and the D has to show its hand. Either a safety cheats to the outside to help giving you a run opportunity or they play in the box opening up that WR screen that UT runs as part of their RPO package.
I like that answer, but based on past performance I was being generous with “mediocre”. I do understand the developmental aspect of offensive line performance, I just haven’t seen any in recent years. Hope you are right.

As for spreading them out and creating gaps, good point. But bottom line, if I had a son with NFL level talent I’d encourage him to find an established OL to run behind, not one he hopes will develop. Agree it would be great to get him, just BVS kicking in this morning.

Oh, can he pass block?
 
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I like that answer, but based on past performance I was being generous with “mediocre”. I do understand the developmental aspect of offensive line performance, I just haven’t seen any in recent years. Hope you are right.

As for spreading them out and creating gaps, good point. But bottom line, if I had a son with NFL level talent I’d encourage him to find an established OL to run behind, not one he hopes will develop. Agree it would be great to get him, just BVS kicking in this morning.

Oh, can he pass block?
Yes, he is good in blocking. This would be huge for us. If Hooker comes back I can see us getting several top offensive transfers including OL. I think Tank and Jabari would rack up > 2000 yards.
 
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I think Akporoghene was a wasted scholarship. He was the Tee Hodge version of OLine takes…a head-scratcher. On the other hand, I think RJ Perry has tremendous upside as an OT and will be a stud soon. Same for William Parker.
I really liked Akporoghene who appears to be very athletic for a 300 pounder. I’ve been surprised we’ve not seen him yet. Guess that goes to show my evaluation talents
 
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Auburn recruits heavily in Georgia. They’re recruiting in the same pool that Tennessee is recruiting in Georgia. That’s why we go head to head with them so often. At this point, Alabama takes what it wants nationally, so I think having Auburn down helps Tennessee more than Alabama.
Last year, Alabama signed 7 of the top 15 players from Florida. That is why none of the Big 3 Florida teams are doing well. Alabama, Georgia, Ohio St,and Clemson are recruiting Florida better.
 
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I really liked Akporoghene who appears to be very athletic for a 300 pounder. I’ve been surprised we’ve not seen him yet. Guess that goes to show my evaluation talents
OL is the hardest position to project. Camp performance matters a lot, because so many times they are going up against guys that they outweigh by 50-75 lbs. Drew Richmond comes to mind.

It’s important to keep a S&C coach for a few years, and recruit to this system. But clearly OL can get hurt in this offense. So a borderline scholarship is often times the right move. Otherwise, it’ll be a walk on.
 
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With Florida in turmoil, LSU in the dumps, Auburn on the struggle bus, and Tennessee having one of the most lightning offenses in college football, we should be taking some big recruits and transfers from the big boys.

Any player who isn't excited to play in this offense is stupid.
 
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lol
This part is crazy:

"One of the hottest rumors is that head coach Bryan Harsin–whose first year in charge has come undone since the team beat Ole Miss to become bowl eligible and move to 6-2–could be looking to make a move back to his home region to coach in the Pac-12."

There's no way he walks away from making over 5-mil per year
Some people I think would gladly take a slight pay cut to escape the pressure cooker of coaching at Auburn while still being a multi millionaire
 
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lol
This part is crazy:

"One of the hottest rumors is that head coach Bryan Harsin–whose first year in charge has come undone since the team beat Ole Miss to become bowl eligible and move to 6-2–could be looking to make a move back to his home region to coach in the Pac-12."

There's no way he walks away from making over 5-mil per year
Depends on how many years and if you can salvage still being a head coach somewhere.
 
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More interesting than Bigsby in that article is the possibility of Harsin possibility Kiffining the Barn and head back west. The entire SEC could benefit by Auburn still in turmoil. Especially if the rumors of pods coming to replace divisions once Oklahoma and Texas join. One popukar pod has Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and Vanderbilt together. Here lately consensus would have us 3rd in that. But if Auburn goes through another coaching change Especially after the different candidates it went through before landing Harsin. We could slide into 2nd most stable program and then by then Saban would have to be nearing retirement. So we could possibly be close to catching them.

Sorry to hijack your post. But I saw a diamond in the rough. Lol
I think this is actually ideal for us. Auburn will always have a tough time pulling the best Alabama kids because of Alabama.

And Saban is much closer to retirement than ever. There is an inevitable drop off. We could do well.
 
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Last year, Alabama signed 7 of the top 15 players from Florida. That is why none of the Big 3 Florida teams are doing well. Alabama, Georgia, Ohio St,and Clemson are recruiting Florida better.
As I’ve said a million times…the most overrated notion in recruiting is that instate talent is a huge advantage. Kids just don’t care anymore about going to school instate. It’s about what you’re selling. Yes, proximity might matter, but state lines just don't matter. That’s why most of the top Florida kids are leaving the state.
 
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As I’ve said a million times…the most overrated notion in recruiting is that instate talent is a huge advantage. Kids just don’t care anymore about going to school instate. It’s about what you’re selling. Yes, proximity might matter, but state lines just don't matter. That’s why most of the top Florida kids are leaving the state.
I’ve said it a million times more. I am not worried about where they are from. Are they good at football? Do they want to play for Tennessee?
 
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As I’ve said a million times…the most overrated notion in recruiting is that instate talent is a huge advantage. Kids just don’t care anymore about going to school instate. It’s about what you’re selling. Yes, proximity might matter, but state lines just don't matter. That’s why most of the top Florida kids are leaving the state.
I wish I could like this post a thousand times. The people that continue on about how important instate players are baffle me.
 
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As I’ve said a million times…the most overrated notion in recruiting is that instate talent is a huge advantage. Kids just don’t care anymore about going to school instate. It’s about what you’re selling. Yes, proximity might matter, but state lines just don't matter. That’s why most of the top Florida kids are leaving the state.
But it seems for Florida and Georgia schools to do well, they have to get a high number of their instate kids.

But to your point, I just looked at Ohio States skill players.
QB - California
Starting WR - 2 from Texas (including 1 from Austin). 1 from California
Starting RB - Virginia
Starting TE - New York

If Pac12 and Texas were doing better, those would be tougher pulls. So it does shift the balance nationally.
 
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With Florida in turmoil, LSU in the dumps, Auburn on the struggle bus, and Tennessee having one of the most lightning offenses in college football, we should be taking some big recruits and transfers from the big boys.

Any player who isn't excited to play in this offense is stupid.
Are recruits seeing what we’re seeing? They remain hesitant to pull the trigger for whatever reason. It’s beyond frustrating as we know the potential here.
 
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