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Some of Robinson’s random thoughts

Published 5:33pm Monday, November 11, 2013

Ten completely random thoughts for your Tuesday …
1. Not that I need to tell you to show up for Friday’s BRHS versus St. Paul’s game, but I  want this sentence to be a subtle reminder to get there early. Just a few notes on St. Paul’s for your edification: This will be the first matchup between the Saints and ‘Cats. St. Paul’s has two of the state’s top-10 prospects in Tre Williams (AU commit) and Joshua Casher (UA commit).
The Saints won the state title in 2007 and were led by AJ McCarron and Mark Barron. FSU backup QB Jacob Coker succeeded McCarron as St. Paul’s QB before signing with FSU, and there are strong rumors he may be transferring closer to home after this season.
All that being said, I’d love for the Cats to advance to a round three rematch with Homewood.
2. If you can’t get to (or get in) the Sportplex, you need to check out the Dadeville game against Calera. The Eagles are helmed by Alabama commitment Ronnie Clark, a versatile player who has been as responsible for his team’s success as any player in the state.
Call me a homer, though, as I’d love for the Tigers to advance and face off against UMS-Wright in the next round.
3. If you want to get even more exotic, travel to Oxford this weekend (I am betting the previous sentence has never, ever been typed before). Superstar running back Roc Thomas is on the verge of playing the Yellow Jackets’ version of Cam Newton.
I don’t know if the Auburn pledge can lead Oxford to a state title, but I know he’ll be putting up monster numbers while trying.
4. Little Luverne of 2A continues to make huge waves statewide. The team has been one of the AHSAA’s  most pleasant surprises. It would be an incredible story if the Tigers made it to Tuscaloosa for a title shot.
Not necessarily due to their team’s play, but more because of their coach: Mike DuBose. Coach DuBose back in Tuscaloosa for a chance at a championship? “Wow” at the potential storylines.
5. A final thought: Please be sure and visit/thank/purchase from the sponsors of the BRHS and Dadeville replays from this year. It’s been a joy to get to see the Wildcats and Tigers on their super runs through the season, and the following companies played a huge part in bringing the replays to you: Satterfield on Hwy 280, Little Black Dress, Holman Floor Company, JR’s, attorney Mark Allen Treadwell , Russell Do It Centers, Russell Medical Center, Grace’s Flowers, Spurlin Recycling, Holley’s Furniture and Aliant Bank.
6. It becomes more and more clear each week that no one fully understands how to enforce the targeting penalty. It would make way to much sense for the NCAA to cut bait with the current rule ASAP and re-examine possible solution during the off season.
7. There are disappointing teams littered throughout the country, but shouldn’t LSU be right at the top?
The team I so stupidly thought was the best bunch in the land a week prior to losing to UGA simply does not have any leadership. Talent-wise, LSU has no business losing by 21 points to Alabama. Also, how did the Bengal Tigers beat Auburn again? I assume it is another example of timing, as LSU would not fare as well if the two met today.
8. Coaches Gus Malzahn and Gary Pinkel are in a race for SEC Coach of the Year, but nationally they have stiff competition from David Cutcliffe of Duke.
With three very winnable games left on the schedule, the Blue Devils could finish 11-2 and champs of the ACC’s Coastal Division.
9.  Speaking of Cutcliffe, America loves a comeback and Auburn, Cutcliffe and DuBose all fit the bill pretty well.
10. I understand that, in theory, the Heisman is about the current season’s best player. If that were truly the case, C.J. Mosley would have to be right up there in the voting. However, A.J. McCarron is making a strong case for some “lifetime achievement” votes.
McCarron isn’t as magically impromptu as Johnny Football. He doesn’t have the overwhelming athleticism of Robert Griffin III.
He isn’t barreling over defenders like Tim Tebow. McCarron just wins and his UA-record-breaking moments are simply a by-product of that.
In a year when all candidates have obvious flaws, is giving McCarron the Heisman based on his overall career such a bad idea?
Robinson is a sports columnist for The Outlook.

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