We had another successful chat today. You guys were out in full force, and I really appreciate it. Makes things that much more fun.
If you're somehow missing these chats, shame on you. Figure out how to fix your watch or something. But, because I'm nice, here's a peek at what you missed:
Bama Fan (Denver)
Edward, what do you expect from the Alabama defense this year? A repeat of 2010 (i.e. two-three losses) or a surprise challenge for Nick's third national title in 5 years? Thanks for your insights!
Edward Aschoff (12:03 PM)
I don't expect this unit to look exactly like the 2010 one. This one is made up mostly of juniors and seniors, not the young pups that took over back then. Plus, these players have a bit of a chip on their shoulders right now. They know everyone is talking about 2010, but they expect to be better and have the goal of being better than last year's defense. That's a tall order, but you have to like the confidence. I expect it to be better than 2010, but I'm not about to say it will equal or surpass last year's. That was historic. Alabama will be good on defense, but there will be some hiccups here and there and that's just natural with all those studs gone.
Did you see the ESPN SportsScience piece on Melvin Ingram. The man is a BEAST! Is he a Top 10 draft pick?
Edward Aschoff (12:04 PM)
I haven't seen it, but he is a beast. I'd take him without hesitation if I were near the end of the top 10. He can play linebacker and defensive end. Reminds me of DeMarcus Ware.
What do you about Ace Sanders changing his number from 9 to Alshon's 1?
Edward Aschoff (12:05 PM)
That's a lot of responsibility. You have to wear No. 1 proudly. I think he can take on that responsibility but will he be thee player Alshon was? No, but few will be. I think Sanders knows he has to step his game up this year, starting with the spring.
Kyle (St Louis)
Do you think Mizzou will ever be able to battle for the top tier recruits down in SEC country?
Edward Aschoff (12:07 PM)
Eventually, yes. Missouri did well by getting a couple players from the southeast in its recruiting class this year and I only expect that to continue now that the Tigers are in the SEC. It's all about building relationships with coaching staffs and Mizzou is a little behind in this part of the country. It will take a little time, but Missouri will once it focus more attention to this part of the nation.
Edward, what do you expect from Mississippi State this year: a better-than-mediocre season as always expected or season with unfulfilled hopes and dreams like this past one?
Edward Aschoff (12:09 PM)
I expect this team to be better than last year's. There will be more passing with Tyler Russell back there and I think the running game will be just fine, even with Vick Ballard gone. I think there will be a little more pressure on the defense and there are some holes to fill, but there is quality at each position. Eight or more wins wouldn't surprise me at all.
If Connor Shaw has continues to build off the end of last season (which all indications are saying he is), do you think he could be the top dual threat QB in the conference this year?
Edward Aschoff (12:10 PM)
He could be, but he'll have to compete with James Franklin. He might be the most athletic quarterback in the conference. Watching those guys compete will be pretty fun. The funny thing is that both want to get away from running the ball as much and want to be pass-first guys.
What's Hazing? (Fayettenam)
Edward Aschoff (12:12 PM)
Frats aren't my thing. But thanks for the offer. Let's see, Wilson could pass for more than 30 TDs, but I don't know if Davis will have 20-plus TDs combined. I could see that happening if Wilson gets to the 35-or-more mark in TD passes, which he very well could. But with Davis carrying the ball he'll eat into Wilson's numbers in some way, and that's not a bad thing at all.