Giddy. Giddy. So reading the reports from Tidesports.com
is probably not the best thing to do to keep giddiness at bay, but lookee here
"Working against the second-team defense in the first scrimmage of the fall, [Croyle] completed 13 of 20 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns with no turnovers."
And he managed to stay upright! Taking advantage of the impressive receivers Bama has managed to groom (I'm thinking Prothro and Hall primarily, but there's good depth there) is key to winning some football games. I'll admit to being a Neanderthal run first kind of guy, but I also know the importance the threat of going down field is to your run game. And lest we worry about Croyle's almost inevitable injury we have this heartening tidbit:
"Going against the first-team defense, freshman quarterback John Parker Wilson completed 10-of-19 passes for 143 yards and no touchdowns. His one major gaff was throwing a deep ball that former Hoover High School teammate Cory Reamer, a safety, intercepted. "He got me," Wilson said. "Good for him. I made a bad read on it."On the plus side, Wilson called an audible, checking down to a running play that freshman running back Theo Townsend turned into a 67-yard touchdown."
And that's against the first team defense. For those not local to the Birmingham metro area, Hoover High School's football team is basically a D-1AA program. Lee and I were joking Sunday after reading this article
that they should add Samford
to their schedule each year for an easy win warm up game and that they could totally hang with James Madison
if given the chance. I'm not saying that being QB at Hoover is anywhere close to the same as playing at an SEC level, but if Croyle goes down (fingers crossed, fingers crossed) Wilson should still be able to pick up and do a better job than Pennington or Guillon last season so long as Shula and Rader don't puss out again and go straight to the one play playbook.
Further good news is the improving running back situation. Townsend, a walk on, had 80 yards on six carries (67 on a touchdown run) and Coffee had 53 yards on 10 carries. Those aren't exactly Adrian Peterson numbers, but they're still impressive and bode well for the future.
Also, Hurt has a column
up about the rediscovery of the forward pass at Bama, including this gem of a quote from Prothro:
"I definitely think we were missing that one thing last year."
Giddiness, people. Can you feel it?