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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Big Men

For me, one of the more interesting things to watch for during Saturday's game will be how Bama's heralded freshman offensive tackle Andre Smith does against Hawaii's 3-4 defense. On paper, it sounds like he should knock everybody down. Smith is 6'4", 348 pounds, and this article from the Decatur Daily says that he's quick and smart to boot. He sounds like a real football player and has understandably gotten a lot of hype.

But he'll be matched up against Hawaii senior captain Ikaika Alama-Francis along the front, and I think Alama-Francis is poised to have a breakout year, having bulked up over the off-season while retaining his quickness. It should be a good battle. If Ikaika causes problems, that'll free the linebackers to make plays, including blitzes, which I definitely want to see, especially from Amani Purcell! In general, this game is going to be a real test for the UH defense, and it's a chance to show how much they've improved from last year.

Four more days!


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