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Goldtide1
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What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
I would say Tua’s health. I’ve been hearing the talk that Mac is becoming a legitimate qb and the talent around him should make his job easy, but I still don’t see us beating Clemson with Mac Jones behind center. I even think a hobbled Tua would make it tough to beat them. What do y’all think?
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RammerJammer91
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
Inside Linebacker


SummerOfGeorge
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
- Inside Linebacker
- Free Safety
- Offensive Line the first 1/2 of the season
- Kicking/Punting

The #2 ILB spot is very much a cause for concern IMHO. Have to hope McMillan is athletic enough to pair with his knowledge to be good there. Free safety similar.

Offensive line isn't necessarily a liability early on, but I think we don't really have a set unit and we are also hoping to see a more bullyball type group......and all those things take some time to gel.

Kicking and punting should be pretty self explanatory.


Goldtide1
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
I’ll say this about the kicker. I gave an Uber ride to two different players a couple of weeks ago. Asked them several questions, and one of those was regarding our kicking situation. One of them said he had only saw Will Reichard miss one kick up to that point. I know that sounds like exaggeration, but that’s exactly what he said. He said that he was very good. Let’s just hope it translates to game time.

Now for the punting. I personally saw Saturday that we’re in trouble unless the rain was really effecting what the punters were able to do which is a possibility.
This post was edited on 8/6 at 2:26 pm


TidalSurge1
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
We can't afford serious injury to Tua or Moses. We need to play their backups a lot vs weaker teams and when we have a comfortable lead.
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DT55Forever1
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
I'd say inside and outside linebacker. With a lack of depth and their coverage responsibilities, we could be in a real mess if someone gets hurt.


Canyon16
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
Much like last year depth a LB is a concern. The starting 4 are solid with 3 being All American potential. Hopefully those guys can withstand the battles & make it through the season.
Punter is also a concern. Hopefully his contributions won't be needed as much.


SummerOfGeorge
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
If the punting thing is as big an issue as last year then that's a pretty big swing and a miss by us in not pursuing a grad transfer and betting on what we had.


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BlackPawnMartyr
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
Inside Uber info is the new generation replacement of the delivery pizza guy.


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stomp
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
Amazing we're as thin at LB as we are with our recruiting capabilities...


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prevatt33
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
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- Free Safety


Why? We've got 3 safeties I definitely trust now, plus the youngsters. There nothing about our secondary that could possibly make any reasonable list of concerns.

Also, we don't have a Free and Strong Safety. We have a Left and Right safety.


prevatt33
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
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Amazing we're as thin at LB as we are with our recruiting capabilities...


We're not thin at LB. We have plenty of bodies. We're just not as good as we'd like to be. Personally, I suspect that the development has not been there, but I expect that to change and change quickly. I expect the likes of Lee, Moody, and Benton to be very good players shortly.


prevatt33
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
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I'd say inside and outside linebacker. With a lack of depth and their coverage responsibilities, we could be in a real mess if someone gets hurt.


Granted, we've been hit with injuries at OLB for a few years running, but it's still one of our deepest positions.


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SummerOfGeorge
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
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Why? We've got 3 safeties I definitely trust now, plus the youngsters. There nothing about our secondary that could possibly make any reasonable list of concerns.

Also, we don't have a Free and Strong Safety. We have a Left and Right safety.





Because the ideal scenario, it seems to me, is Diggs/Surtain at the outside CBs, Xavier at the bopper safety and Shy at the star. If Mayden plays well, no concerns at all. If he doesn't, my guess is it'll mean a lot of moving parts (Diggs to safety, Jobe to CB seems the option most see).

Liabilities are relative with this team, but Mayden is definitely the one that I want to see for an extended period. Nobody else back there concerns me at all.


phil4bama
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
Y’all forgot one: TE. We’ve gotten very spoiled with the likes of OJ Howard and Irv Smith. We don’t have that luxury this year and really scraping by right now to man the position with the nicks and bumps keeping guys out of the lineup.


Commander Data
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
I want to say TE but only because we don't have an early round guy on campus right now. In reality though, our biggest weakness may be the guy coordinating the defense. He has a lot to prove. God knows that I want to be wrong.


DLev45
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
With the ability to put Jeudy, Ruggs, Smith, Waddle, Najee, and Tua on the field at the same time, people aren't going to care much about our relatively weakness at TE.
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prevatt33
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
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Because the ideal scenario, it seems to me, is Diggs/Surtain at the outside CBs, Xavier at the bopper safety and Shy at the star. If Mayden plays well, no concerns at all. If he doesn't, my guess is it'll mean a lot of moving parts (Diggs to safety, Jobe to CB seems the option most see).

Liabilities are relative with this team, but Mayden is definitely the one that I want to see for an extended period. Nobody else back there concerns me at all.


I think you're forgetting that we have other talented players who can play, most notably Josh Jobe and Jalen Amour-Davis at Corner, and Daniel Wright at Safety.

Personally, I think we have lots of combos that would create an elite unit.

Corner/Star: Diggs and Surtain can lock down either corner spot or play Star just as well. Jobe looks to be close to them at Corner, and JAD is reported to be coming along. And that's without even discussing Scooby Carter, Knott coming back from injury (doubtful anytime soon) and the freshman. Star can be played at a high level by Diggs, Surtain, Carter, or maybe even Mayden in a pinch, although he's more of a Dime Safety.

At Safety, I'm comfortable with any of Carter, Wright, and Mayden on the field, and I've heard good things about Smith of late. Again, all of this is without even discussing freshman.

My simple point is this: while we may not know at this moment what the best combinations Base, Nickle, and Dime are, Secondary is by far the most known commodity on the defense and a definite strength of the team. Putting any aspect of the secondary on a reasonable list of concerns in 2019 Fall Camp just can't be done. It's a loaded, nasty group. Simple as that.


prevatt33
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
I think a proper list of concerns, i.e. areas of potential need/development are:

Offense:

1) No Fast-Twitch Split End, e.g. Irv Smith or OJ Howard. Likely mitigated by playing more WRs, although I'm suspicious that we'll mitigate this by playing Shavers in the Slot at times.

2) No True H, although I'm hopeful that Latu can get it done.

3) In-line blocking at the TE position.

Many put Tua's health on this list, and it is important. But I actually have quite a bit of confidence in Mac Jones. He seems like a goofy version of AJ McCarron, and I see no reason why we can't win with him if need be.

I think WR, RB, and Oline are just fine, although I'd like to see Harris and Brob stay healthy for the duration.

Defense:

1) Developing and playing a full second unit along the Dline.

2) Staying healthy at OLB for once, dammit.

3) Quality depth at ILB.

Special Teams:

1) Special teams.





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prevatt33
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re: What’s our biggest liability going into this season?
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people aren't going to care much about our relatively weakness at TE.


We're gonna care if we can't develop an H and/or can't in-line block worth a damn.
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