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Nic Harris tackles Percy Harvin

Nic Harris tackles Percy Harvin

Maybe Nic Harris was right. After watching the Oklahoma defense hopelessly try to catch up with Percy Harvin I am absolutely convinced that he spoke the truth about Oklahoma’s gameplan. When reporters asked Harris, a senior safety for Oklahoma, how  his defense planned to stop Florida scatback Percy Harvin, he explained, “As far as [the Oklahoma defense is] concerned, he is just another player.” Apparently the Oklahoma defense prepared for the BCS Championship Game with this in mind.

Harvin finished the night with only 14 touches, but damned if he didn’t make them count. He totaled 171 yards of total offense (122 rushing, 42 receiving) and one touchdown.  To make matters worse, Harris drew considerable scrutiny for a fourth quarter tackle on (none other than) Percy Harvin. Instead of releasing Harvin once he hit on the ground, Harris pulled violently on Harvin’s legs, seemingly aggravating Harvin’s existing ankle injury. Not much came from the incident, but Harris’ motives are still unclear. Maybe it was unintentional because in his mind he was tackling “just another receiver.”

Harris should consider a career as an NFL Defensive Coordinator… as long he sticks to his principles. Never forget that Peyton Manning is “just another quarterback,” Adrian Peterson is “just another running back,” and Brian Westbrook is a complete non-factor.

Some day he might look back and laugh. Or not.

sk.

 
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Florida LB Brandon Spikes

Florida LB Brandon Spikes

Does this statement sting a little? It sure does if you’re a fan of the team down in Norman.  After weeks of debating the final tally has been counted and although my opinion was wrong, the old adage rings true: defense wins championships.  After a year in which those of us in Big 12 country saw so many 50 point games like they were old hat, the crystal ball is awarded to the one team that could finally do what my mom likes to scream at the television during our beloved team’s defensive attempts… “stop somebody!”  And stop them the boys from Florida did.  14 points from what was and in all likelihood will still be heralded as the most potent offense in the history of college football.

This isn’t an attempt to take anything away from the king of the swamp, but Mr. Tebow, who I believe ESPN covers enough that no other outlet should ever have to talk about, is not the main reason the folks down in Gainesville will be chomping until their arms fall off.  No, every knee should bow at the performance turned in by the defensive side of the team in orange and blue, led by All-American linebacker Brandon Spikes (pictured to the right).  14 points?  If I had been offered a bet of any size by my colleagues here at RTS I would have taken it in a heartbeat, thankfully one was not offered or I’d be trying to find someone to lend me a shirt, a kitchen sink… you get the picture.

Finally a team showed up that could play man coverage on wide-outs without getting beat deep, a team that could blitz and not worry about the risk of the big play behind them, a group that could hit someone so bad their backup felt it, a team that… could play defense.  I love the Big 12, and, although after a poor bowl record might say otherwise, I still believe they were the best conference this year, but the best team resides down in the Sunshine State.  What a show from the defense, and what a well deserved title for the Gators.

-asm

My apologies to Les Miles.

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