Why I'm not worried about Randall starting (long)

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  1. SoLa in NoIll

    SoLa in NoIll Freshman

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    Why I’m not worried about Randall starting:

    1) Ability

    During the Spring of 2001, Randall and Mauck were reportedly neck-and-neck in the battle for the backup position behind Rohan. In the Spring Game of that year, Randall showed exceptional talent, and some thought he had a better game than Rohan. Saban never really declared Mauck or Randall the #2 guy behind Rohan, but many expected that Randall had taken over the second position. When Ro went down in the Florida game in 2001, Mauck came in. Saban indicated at the time that he put Mauck in over Randall because he was a little more mature and Saban thought he could handle the pressure of entering a game down against a top 10 team. Mauck did a nice job that day, but he also showed his limitations in throwing the ball. The offense late in the game with Mauck was similar to the offense we saw in the SEC Championship game and last week against Florida. Mauck never was needed to start a game in 2001, but when Rohan went down in the SEC Championship game, Mauck was the clear choice to back him up, due to his previous game experience.

    Entering spring practice this year, many considered the job of starting quarterback open to both Mauck and Randall. It appeared that it would be a battle that would not end until the Virginia Tech game. Randall seemed more of the passing type, but with an ability to use his feet. Mauck had some difficulty throwing the ball, but showed flashes of brilliance with his feet. Unfortunately, Randall went down on a freak injury, and the starting position was clearly settled. But, we should remember that Mauck did not clearly win the position until Randall’s injury.

    2) Leadership

    Randall has shown throughout his career that he can perform in a leadership role. First, he was both starting quarterback of his high school football team and student body president. As we can all remember from high school, “jocks” are usually popular, but unless a jock is smart and capable, he or she usually is not involved in student government. Randall’s role at Glen Oaks indicates a natural ability to lead, both on and off the field. It also indicates an intelligence which should be helpful in game situations.

    Second, Randall recovered from his freak injury in record time, according to his coaches. Obviously, he had the will and desire to return as quickly as possible, and worked extremely hard to do so. Moreover, his work ethic and desire to return to the team must have been evident to his teammates and a sign that Randall can lead by example. According to reports, he was never dismayed about losing the potential starting position to Mauck and, like Rohan under Booty, acted as Mauck’s biggest fan and cheerleader. He simply worked his tail off to return to playing form.

    3) Chemistry

    The final piece of this puzzle concerns the rest of the team this year. Several leaders have emerged since Rohan left LSU, including Bradie James, Domanick Davis, etc. Last year, Rohan was clearly the leader of the team. It was amazing that the team responded as it did in the SECC when Ro went down, since Ro was also the inspirational leader of the team. Mauck, although a very capable leader of the offense and team, does not seem to have that mystical hold on the team that perhaps Rohan had. The loss of Mauck will not damage the psyche of the team as the loss of Rohan would have at this time last year. The team has enough leaders on both sides of the ball to move on from this setback and continue to play as it has in the last few games.

    All in all, Mauck’s loss and the entrance of Randall into the starting position does not concern me at all. Randall is a capable backup and, quite possibly, will perform better than Mauck. Randall is a natural leader, and he can slip right into the void left by Mauck to guide this team the rest of the year. There is no need to worry.

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  2. lsucurlyq

    lsucurlyq Freshman

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    What a great post!! I agree with the comment about Randal not having a ton of trouble coming in behind Mauck. The only concern is the experience, but I have a feeling he'll pick up on it fast.

    GEAUX TIGERS!:D
     
  3. MikebTiger

    MikebTiger Freshman

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    I sure don't think when Rohan went down last year in the SECCG that anyone on the team let down.

    But anyway - from a production standpoint - I rally do not think we loose too much - Matt was only getting us about 125 passing a game. But what we may loose is what Matt worked so hard to gain since the beginning of the season - game management skills. Getting a play in, getting your backs and receivers in the right place - getting the ball snapped on time, etc. Matt made very few mistakes. he did not try to force throw a ball into coverage, etc. Lesser experienced QB's make those kind of mistakes. Mistakes Matt made against VT and Citadel.

    I hope i am wrong - but this game will be a learning experience for Randall. The good news is, our defense is good enough to win the game almost all by itself. I don't look for much, i just hopes he does not create opportunities for SC. I think with 2 games under his belt, he'll be where Matt was vs. ULL.
     
  4. Ellis Hugh

    Ellis Hugh Space Wrangler

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    Welcome to the board, SoLa in NoIll !

    Good post.
     
  5. lsu99

    lsu99 whashappenin

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    I have faith in Randall

    I think Randall has the potential to be a great double threat QB like Mauck and maybe even better. I keep seeing comparisons to he and Rohan. I hate to even bring this up, but Ro's first start was at home against a quality SEC team that LSU was expected to beat (sound familiar). Ro fumbled an early snap (maybe twice?) and had a pick before Booty came in and relieved during the infamous cigar smoking incident game (41-7). I doubt Randall will ever have a season like Ro had last year but at least he can start off his career a little better. At least I'm hoping, but I am a little nervous.
     
  6. Ellis Hugh

    Ellis Hugh Space Wrangler

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    bttt.

    Even though now, in retrospect, Randall did a fine jop, this post still holds true each and every week.
     
  7. ronbono

    ronbono Freshman

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    One of Mauck's major problems was holding on to the ball too long before passing it. I watched many times a receiver open and Mauck waiting to long to throw the ball which resulted in an incompletion. No knock at Mark, he's done a good job, but I think Randall has a lot more QB talent than Mauck, and what a cannon for an arm.
     

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