A Worrier’s Lament

Be happy, folks, be very happy. Its probable you last felt this optimistic on that beautiful fall afternoon of November 12, 2005. South Carolina had just beaten Florida for our fifth straight SEC victory. The future of the program looked brighter than ever. The possibilities were endless.

Oh, sure, there have been moments since then, some glimmers. But the 7-5 glimmers that we hoped would turn into 10-2 eye-searing sunbursts have never materialized under Steve Spurrier. Those end of the season swoons doomed us. Those horrific bowl games. The corner never got turned.

But now

This week Ive read words Ive never seen applied to us this early in an SEC season. Or at any point in any SEC season for that matter. Words like contender and frontrunner. Atlantaand December have been used in the same sentence. We have been called a complete team. We have a true freshman on Heisman watch lists who has been compared to Walker, Jackson, Smith and Peterson. We have talented veterans and talented youngsters and depth. So far we are even good on (gasp!) special teams.

I love the attention, I really do. And I love the fact that I think we have a really good team for the first time under Spurrier. I knew we were going to beat Georgia. And I know were going to beat Furman the way the 13th ranked team in the country is supposed to beat Furman.

Im having fun. But still, I worry.

I worry that Marcus Lattimore carried the ball 37 times in his second college game ever. I worry that hes averaging 4.6 yards per carry instead of 6.4 yards per carry. I worry that people are comparing him to Walker, Jackson, Smith and Peterson. I worry that the offensive line wasnt as good on Saturday as everyone is giving them credit for. I worry that UGAs 3-4 defense is just plain bad against the run. I worry that were not getting pressure on the quarterback, and that we havent forced a bushel full of turnovers yet. Most of all Im worried about the three As:

Auburn, Alabama and Arkansas.

Two of those teams we think are pretty good. One we know is very good.

Were a better team than Auburn, but we play them at Jordan Hare at night. Were not a better team than Alabama, but we play them at home. Were a better team than Arkansas, but what year are we not, yet we still lose to them too often.

Throw in Kentucky on the road and a Florida team that will right the ship (trust me), and thats one heck of a minefield we have to negotiate.

The first two weeks of the season couldnt have been scripted any better. Ive seen similar scripts the past five years, but this one is definitely different. I dont believe the swoon will come this year.

But still, I worry.

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Posted on September 15, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Well, like I commented on a couple of weeks ago…….
    One less thing to “worry” about now is the chicken curse. It was destroyed back in June of this year over in Omaha.

  2. I worry about Garcia. In my *uneducated* opinion he had very little positive impact on the UGA game. Garcia took 3 sacks where he should have (and could have) thrown the ball away. He missed a few open receivers and had a potentially costly turnover. Garcia even bobbled a few snaps. The only ‘big throw’ I can recall was that mini hitch and go he threw to Gurley. I think that was for a 3rd down conversion.

    SC WILL need excellent play from QB to beat any of the ‘three As’

  3. Hambone – The Curse doesn’t like it if you say its dead – I prefer to say that its “in exile”

    Phonehand – He’s got to get the ball out of his hand, no doubt. I wouls almost rather see him throw a pick or two rather than sit back there and aruge with himself.

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