Here are some conversations that are certain to spark less debate this Thanksgiving than talking Razorback Football at the table:
10. Unions and their role in today's workplace
9. Texas - what a wonderful place and OH the Great People!
8. NASCAR - Is it REALLY a Sport??
7. Gun Rights in America
6. Bill Clinton - Greatest American President Ever
5. Nancy Pelosi
4. The ACLU and how they are looking out for your rights
3. Government Bailouts - Who should be next??
2. OBAMACARE and how it benefits America
1. Jeff Long - Here's why he deserves ANOTHER raise!!
By Tommy Craft = ESPNARKANSAS.NET Twitter: @tommycraftESPN
Since his arrival in Columbia Steve Spurrier has always been the biggest name and the biggest star surrounding the Gamecock program, until this season. Jadaveon Clowney is now, without question the biggest star and the bigger name for South Carolina.
Could this possibly be at the root of what seem to be at best mis-communication and at worst a full on rift between the “head ball coach” and the most feared man in college football?
Clowney’s post season, helmet removing hit against Michigan took on a life of its own and elevated his fame and lore to a new level, making him the most talked about player in the game, and the most talked about person surrounding South Carolina football.
Is all the attention surrounding Clowney this past year making Spurrier a little jealous?
We all know about Spurrier’s ego, and his fun, sarcastic remarks that make all of us pay attention to most everything he says. In the past, some have even accused Spurrier of beating down his QB's because he never wanted one of his QB's to be better than he was, far fetched, but the statement has been made before. Spurrier, even with Marcus Lattimore, has always been the star of the show until now, until Clowney.
Going back to August and Spurriers comments about Clownery’s practice and conditioning habits, only to be followed by the announcement that “Clowney’s back in the fold, get the word out” statement and this weeks about face with Clowney’s injury status leaves me wondering what the relationship is between the Coach and his star defensive end.
This may be nothing more than Spurriers crafty way of motivating thru the media, but I do find the fact that Spurrier has been surpassed in popularity by one of his own players an interesting side-bar to the drama.
By Tommy Craft
The value of the starting quarterback is often factored in football by measuring stats, but this Saturday’s game between Arkansas and Florida will showcase two quarterbacks that have values to each of their teams that can’t be measure in yards per game.
Arkansas Starting QB Brandon Allen will make his 5thstart of the season after missing the Rutgers game due to a shoulder injury. Florida QB Tyler Murphy will start for the Gators for just the 2ndtime this season and this will only be the 8thgame Murphy has even been on the field after replacing Jeff Driskel whos season ended with a broken leg.
Not exactly a match-up of seasoned signal callers, but think about the alternatives when you evaluate the value of these two and what it means to their teams.
Tyler Murphy has added a sense of excitement that most Gator fans had lost about the direction of the offense with Driskel at quarterback. Last week against Kentucky, Florida started the game with a 93 yard scoring drive, went 4 of 4 in the red-zone including 3 touchdowns and didn’t punt the entire game. Now it was Kentucky, but for a first start, Murphy had the offense dealing hope to its fans. But consider the alternative, if Murphy were injured, or played very poorly over a stretch of games, what are the Gators options? Skyler Mornihinweg, a redshirt freshmen, is next on the depth chart and has never played in a game. Could Tyler Murphy be one of the most valuable QB’s in the SEC today?
Brandon Allen missed most of the Southern Miss game and all of the Rutgers Game, the Hogs first loss of the year. Backup QB AJ Derby seemed rattled when thrown into the USM game after the injury, and a little more settled for the start at Rutgers, but the offense sputtered, the passing game struggled, and the ground game was halted. Allen’s return against the Aggies seemed to spark the offense, the rushing attack regained some footing, the passing game was not a lot better, but all-in-all we clearly witnessed the talent gap between Allen and Derby. Without Brandon Allen, winning another game might be in question for the Razorbacks.
I am not saying the best two QB’s in the conference are playing against another Saturday night in Gainesville, but what their absence would mean to each team moving forward may be more profound than any other SEC team when you consider the alternatives.
With Murphy at QB, the Gators now feel like winning the East is possible again, without him, Florida likely will lose several key games 14-6. Manziel, Murray, McCarron and Mettenberger may all be better players, but none of them mean more to their team right now than Tyler Murphy does for Florida.
by Tommy Craft
Arkansas starting quarterback Brandon Allen injured his right shoulder while scoring a touchdown Saturday against Southern Miss.
When Allen left the game it was the only score of the contest, the Hogs lead 7-0 with 3:52 left in the first quarter. Allen did not return to the field, and came back to the sideline after halftime out of uniform with his arm in a sling. Allen wore a headset and appeared to be involved with backup QB AJ Derby and the other quarterbacks in their planning.
Now a long list of questions have to be answered about the future of the Arkansas offense if Allen is unable to play for any significant portion of the 2013 season.
Can A.J. Derby be an effective starting Quarterback?
Can Arkansas find enough balance without Allen and not be one-dimensional with the lack of a passing game?
Should the Red-Shirt be taken off of true freshmen, and younger brother, Austin Allen now?
First you have to get answers for Brandon Allen's shoulder and a prognosis for his return. Until then Hog fans have plenty to worry about and question.
Arkansas failed to play four complete quarters like it did a week prior in Fayetteville against Louisiana in the opener, but when it mattered most, this time the Hogs were able to make the plays that mattered most and win in Little Rock over Samford 31-21.
Arkansas moves to 2-0 with the win, but for many fans the victory will seem somewhat hollow because of lengthy stretches of poor execution by the Razorbacks.
A year ago Arkansas could not collect themselves and make the plays against UL Monroe, Saturday night was a different story.
With Arkansas trailing 21-17 in the 3rdquarter, after the Razorback Defense failed to stop Samford on two touchdown drives, and the offense bogged down, this team made a decision to take control of the situation.
Behind Alex Collins, who became the number one running back tonight, Arkansas never threw the ball in the 4thquarter and eat up 11:25 of possession to ice the ballgame. The Razorback Defense forced both Samford 4thQuarter drives to quick 3&Out punts with full-speed pressure.
When it counted in the 4thquarter Arkansas was the better team.
Samford is likely better than we all gave them credit for all week leading up to the game, and now we all know for sure that Arkansas has a lot more work to do than we all had hoped following the Louisiana win last week.
Next Up for the Hogs - Southern Miss Saturday at 11:21am in Fayetteville – I think Arkansas got its wake up call against Samford.
There are no games scheduled for today.
There are no games scheduled for today.