I’m not sure you want to read yet another story on David Sills, but this is a long one from Bleacher Report. It seems to blame Sills’ overhyped reputation on Lane Kiffin offering Sills a scholarship as a 13-year-old prodigy.
That seems harsh and I’m no Kiffin fan. What about the benefit to Steve Clarkson, who could say he coached a 13-year-old that had an offer from USC? Or Sills’ father, who helped build the football facilities at Red Lion Christian Academy. And then created Eastern Christian Academy, which the story says had a student body where 90 percent played football.
No, there were a lot more people than Kiffin to blame for Sills’ overblown reputation. Next week he starts playing for El Camino College in Torrance. Full story here
Is Alabama going to play two quarterbacks against USC? Crimson Tide radio analyst Phil Savage, who watched Wednesday’s practice, suggested redshirt junior Cooper Bateman and true freshman Jalen Hurts could each play. Hurts is a dual-threat QB.
Maybe more important is what Savage said about the defense.
After seeing @AlabamaFTBL practice yesterday, this defense will be the fastest and most athletic Nick Saban has had in his 10 seasons.
This is a significant injury update: Chad Wheeler is not practicing yet but Clay Helton said his sore foot (plantar fasciitis) is improving and Wheeler is 50-50 for the Alabama game. Without Wheeler, USC needs to either flip Zach Banner to left tackle or start Chuma Edoga at left tackle.
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit spoke today about Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s feelings about facing USC in the first game.
“As far as Lane Kiffin going against his former team, USC, I think he’ll downplay it to everybody in the media. I think he’ll try to kind of poo-poo it even. Like this is just another game. We’ve got to get ready. We’ve got to find a quarterback. We don’t know what we have. But I do think that deep down there is something a little bit special for him going up against USC. Just to remind the USC folks what they let go. He’s a human. He has a competitive spirit. If anybody ever left one job and got fired to go to and he got hired in another job and you’re going back to play that school that fired you, I think anybody would be crazy to say that it wasn’t a little bit special or there’s a little bit more incentive there.
“So it will be there. How it will impact the game, I don’t think it will. But I think privately deep down, I think Lane Kiffin’s incredibly fired up to have an opportunity to coach Alabama offensively against USC.”
Just to remind the USC folks what they let go? What did they let go?