SEC Network personality Paul Finebaum’s identity as a media personality is tied to his strong opinions, so his offering up his thoughts on Florida State with Everett Golson isn’t news, in and of itself.
However, Golson’s shouting out Finebaum’s assertion that Florida State is on the downslide is certainly newsworthy.
— Everett Golson (@Everett_Golson5) August 1, 2015
You don’t often read or hear college football players calling out specific members of the media. Pros? Sure, occasionally. Coaches? More regularly (especially Steve Spurrier). But college players tend to temper their words.
I just returned from Mountain West and Pac-12 media days, where any assessment of media came with a blanket “you.” For Everett Golson to specifically call out Finebaum suggests the radio host’s harsh evaluation of the quarterback’s play struck a nerve.
Finebaum was indeed harsh, calling Golson “unimpressive” since 2012. Certainly the end of his time at Notre Dame was unspectacular, but he was a leading Heisman contender for half the 2014 season. In 2012, Golson captained the Fighting Irish to a BCS Championship Game appearance.
Everett Golson had his struggles, absolutely. But to call him unimpressive is the opposite end of the absurd hyperbole spectrum from The Big Lead’s comparison of Golson to Russell Wilson.
Golson’s response also speaks to the underlying theme of his 2015 season: It’s his last collegiate go-around, and he has nothing to lose. He has his degree and joins a talented team with realistic College Football Playoff aspirations. Think of him as football’s version to a senior who only needs to finish an elective to graduate.
Daniel Lewis, RockyTopInsider.com
Butch Jones and his staff on Saturday continued the recruiting success that is restoring Tennessee football within the SEC landscape. The Vols went into Georgia this time to land linebacker Jay Blakely.
— Jay Blakely (@BlakelyJay) August 2, 2015
Blakely is rated a 3-star prospect by 247Sports, but his star rating isn’t the telling indication of the kind of fit Blakely can be for Tennessee. Look at some of the other programs offering Blakely, and it speaks volumes: TCU, Arkansas, Michigan State are three, all of which feature stout defenses with playmakers at linebacker.
The enforcement, or lack thereof, of ineligible receiver downfield penalties prompted by zone-read blocking schemes was a hot topic much of this offseason.
I spoke with a variety of coaches and players about the challenges inherent with defending zone-read offenses, particularly those in which the quarterback call run and throw passes at the last moment. These plays often result in linemen moving more than the allowed three yards off the line of scrimmage to block.
Stanford’s David Shaw called it “impossible to coach” and “impossible to play against.”
Winning 10 games and the deep Pac-12 South might have been something for Wilbur Wildcat to hang his hat on, had Arizona not ended the season with back-to-back losses against Oregon and Boise State.
Seven months to reflect on the egg his team laid in the Pac-12 Championship Game, and the heartbreaker it suffered in the Fiesta Bowl, gave Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez plenty to mull over.
The same goes for his players, one of whom talks his regimen to bounce back in 2015 in my Athlon Sports piece.