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Friday Email Bag

Friday Email Bag

Each Friday I publish your comments and answer your questions. To submit a comment or questions, please email me at


Really enjoyed being back in the Valley. Seeing friends and feeling the vibe again was magical. I wanted to get your perspective on a couple of observations. I am really excited about the RB's. I had to do a double take when Travis Etienne ran the ball. He looks exactly like Wayne Gallman, especially since he is #9. It's clear who are one and two: Fuller and Choice. The wideouts are big and scary good. Not only does Amari Rogers wear #3, but he looks to be the reincarnation of Artavis Scott. On defense, Tanner Muse hits like Brian Dawkins of old. I am interested to see him against the pass. Defense line is as good as advertised and looking forward to seeing more from Tre Lamar. Finally, Kelly Bryant. What a sweet pass to Deon Cain, but he looked hesitant on some throws. His running ability will serve him well, but I am still concerned he will look to run first. I think we will know much more about him after Saturday. I was impressed, but not willing to anoint at this point. Overall, good way to start the season.



I liked what I saw Saturday, but I am still taking the wait and see approach with the running backs. Potential is there, but I want to see results first. I do have confidence in the wide receivers. Rodgers is a future star. It is just a matter of time before he makes a big impact. Muse is a hitter, but I agree that we are still waiting to make evaluations on his coverage skills. Lamar didn’t have his best game, but I am not as worried about him. He is a very smart player that only lacks experience. I was very impressed with Kelly Bryant. If he continues to play at that level, it will be a great year for the Tigers.


What a first weekend college football. Clemson has another chance to be a really good team and make a run at another ACC title but make no mistake after watching games the first long weekend it will not be easy. First of all, Clemson showed no sign of slowing down but Kent State was horrible. No question, Auburn has probably been the focus all summer and they will be a huge test and let's hope the can that the SEC opened on the ACC is now empty. Last year is over and the ACC has work to do to be considered a good football conference but I saw some potentially good ACC teams even though the results were not good.

Georgia Tech looked unstoppable until they stopped themselves and if they remain healthy, they will be a huge, huge hurdle. Louisville and Virginia Tech have very talented teams and will be again hard to beat. Do not think that Florida State will still not be really good. Florida State will be a very good team because of the recruiting they have done and continue to do. Bottom line, the ACC ball is still in Clemson's hands but if anyone thinks the championship was won when the FSU quarterback was injured, think again. Hopefully Clemson will stay healthy and continue their quest for another ACC and national championship. The next two weeks are over the top huge. Go Tigers.



Georgia Tech did look great on offense. Marshall looks like their best quarterback in years. Their defense looked bad in the second half though. I worry about Louisville and Virginia Tech on the road. Those are tough venues and both will be difficult wins. I agree about the Noles. They have a ton of talent and Blackman will be more experienced by November. But the Louisville game now becomes bigger due to Francois’ injury.

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Those who need our prayers include: Jo Ann Bachman, Kenneth Bryant, Pruitt Martin, Got Igers and his family, David Rowland, Leonard Gillespie and his family, Jim S., Daniel Rosborough, the Huffman family, Nancy Winkler, John Reeve, Vinnie Brock, Kaitlyn L., Susan Miller, Joyce Harley, Steve Proveaux, Jeffrey Greene, the Hutto family, Sherl Drawdy, Caleb Kennedy, Teresa O'Connor, Matt Jacobs, Perrin Seigler, Candee Massee, Lindsey Jordan, Sam Catoe, Tyler Felch, the Nicolopulos family, "the Jacksonville, FL guys," Kim Sims, the Coyle family, Ryleigh Tedder, Steve Lee, Kelly Trakas, Jimmy Moore, the Thomas V. family, Emary Claire Young, Kitty Bowers, Julie Locke, the Scheider family, Lauren Kittles' family, Stacey McKeown, Dale Childs, Larry Lentz, Jr., Carl Sharperson, Scott Hannon, William Perry, Tyler Swaney, Lillian, Mark Feit, David Frame, the family of Matthew M. Watson, the Dowis family, Alan Putnam, the Olivers, Lee Tate, Ronnie Abrams, Eddie Greene, the Jackson family, Bill Vader, Jim Taylor, Tina DeWitt, Rock Horne, Bobby Wayne Thomas, Emma and Danielle Carothers, Robert Ditty, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Smith, Millie Heatley, Lynn Martin and family, Michael Pinson, Jake David family, Angie Crowley, Ira, Poly Wells, Dr. Muriel Bishop, Jack Cunningham, Emily Jefford Meister, Aaron Clackum, Pat James, Cortney Moore, William Moore, Angelia and Savannah Anderson, Scott Johns, Frank Carroll, Brandon Thompson, Alvin Sammons, Georgine McAlhaney, Glen Davis, Mike Price, Aaron Knight, Danielle Johnston and family, Nicholas Abrams, Lana Kuykendall, Gary, Gary G., William Huggins, Jim Bennett, Chantz Fowler, Ethel McElveen, Michele Gurganus, William Gentry, Lewis Usher and Tanya Sanders, Shon Cooper, Nick Collins, Amanda Peake, Chip Turner, Nick Collins, Allen Steen, the Sturkey family, the Lance family, Nick Chrisley's family, Allison Williams, Lt. Kyle Walker, Summer and Joel Johnson, Nicole O'Donnell, James O. Johnson, Joy Pruett and family, Bill Schmidt, Jack Bailey, Gardner Family, Charles Turner, Kathy Bartholomew, Ray Sanders, David and Robin Blocker, Kenneth Kowe, Lauren Sielicki, Jenna Phipps, Mark Lawrence, Jonathan and Jacki Sullins, Peter Laboy, Elizabeth Galloway and family, Anita McDonald, Willard Harryman, Liz Surratt, Molly Senn, Jackie Shearer, Richard Sellers, Tim Drisdelle, Susan and Mike Brown, Julie Goodman Marshall, Willard and Dorothy Harryman, Justin Jernigan, Jack Cunningham, Mia Daughtery, Tee Senn, Skylar, Joseph Thomas, Mrs. Nelis, Sean Rowell, George Parker, Levon Kirkland and family, Catherine Sewell, Randy Davenport, David Vaughn, Keith Dalton, B.T., Bill Hilbig, Rita Elrod Hammond and family, Jim McKeller, Tony Alewine, Sharon Storck, Richard Bagnal, Dustin and Brittany Peurifoy, Jan Allan, Gregg and Sylvia Lewis, Travis Hamrick, Kaki Harmon, Jammie McKellar and babies, Karen Edwards, Cathy Hutson Gregg, Kristin Heckman, Jennifer Johnson, Lyndsie Johnson, Emily Davis, Hayes Davis, Judy Towe, Johnny Towe, Ken Brown, Elaine Brown, Rhonda Thompson, Tim Davis, Jacob Greinke, Jack Finley, Richard and Clara Crawford, Israel, Frankie Allen, Bobby Allen, the Wessinger family, the Parsons family, Todd Price and family, Rosemary A Flynn, Dr. Mickey Shealy family, Mr. Gillespie, Bobbi Nicholson, Dr. Matt Stower, Tyler Kemmerlin, Parks Hutto, Robert Summerville, Michelle Richey, Julie Moore, Ashley Fitch, Kevin Anderson, Lyn Price, John Robert Smith, Allison Williams, Nicholas Wickiser, Hammond Family, Elaine G. Duvall, Addison Grace, Bennie Cunningham, Kevin Orcutt, Alan Finley, Keith Wells, Steve Byrd, Jessica Hernandez, Wayne Mullins, Rita Alexander, Tony Osterman, family and friends of Gary Cooper, Derk Denton, Tim Vacek, Mike Vacek, Phil Compton, Alma Jean Sullivan, Lindsey Motley, Riley Cook, Dwayne Wood, Eileen Thomas, Larry Nimmons and Family, Annie Gregory, Amy Black, Will Black, Sam Smith, Dixon Family, Joe Lazorik, Mark Smith, Rene' Nelson, R. Bruce Harnage, Norris Brown and family, Tanner Cain, Avery Cain, Ted Wilson, Sandra Wilson, Leoffels family, Wren Jansen, Gail Culbreth, Jody Sinex, Donald Sikes, Carolyn and Richard Helderman, Jimmy Hutto, Christina M. Facen, Mike McGrady, John Harrison, Mike Vigdor, Oscar Pullen, and our great country and the men and women in uniform that protect and serve it every day, plus their families.

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