With Auburn’s close call making Kentucky feel a little better about their almost loss this past week (not to mention Ole Miss blowing one,) it’s time to look towards next weeks match up with Central Michigan. We might as well start building the game up now. If the Cats want to have the type of season Joker wants for them, they are going to have to improve in a number of ways over the course of the next week. The first real test shouldn’t come until the Louisville game, but there has to be visible improvement between week 1 and week 2 or the pressure to get better quick might be too much to overcome. With that understood, here’s a wish list heading into this game week:
— Catch the ball. Seems simple, right? I don’t think anyone would disagree that there were far too many catchable balls that went uncaught – even the WR’s would have to agree. While I would imagine dropped balls will be an issue throughout the season, I know the wide receivers can preform better than they did on Thursday. If they catch half of what they missed against Western, not only do they have a better game, Newton looks like a bigger threat through the air and it can pay off in the run game, too.
— Similarly, let’s see a more relaxed Morgan Newton. Newton proved he has the deep ball – despite the drops. But what we didn’t see what an accuracy with short passes or an ability to make smart decisions with the ball. The Western defense is nothing close to what Newton will face in the SEC, so we can hope that he was just shaking out first game jitters. Sure he played in the bowl game and some as a freshmen, but this was the first game that the team was his. Newton has the talent, the coaches say they have seen it in practice, so I would like to see a more calm, cool and collected Newton against CMU.
— Continued intensity from the defense and special teams. Sure, the defense had a number of mistakes that could have been turned into points if not for an incredibly inaccurate Western quarterback, but they showed a fire that the offense did not. Winston Guy lived up to his own billing and hopefully was a sign of things to come. Trevathan was Trevathan. Tydlacka was a hero. Sure it was Western, but the defense preformed better against the run this year than they did last time so let’s see that continue through next week.
— Can we get some type of points every quarter? Field goal, touch down, I’ll even take a safety. That’s not too much to ask is it?
— More Josh Clemons. Enough said, I think.
— Oh, and whatever it takes to get more of this. #BeisNeedsSleep
So that’s what I have headed into the week, what about you? Now let’s all shut up and see if Georgia can keep up the 1:1 ratio of penalties to downs they’re working with.