I remember that game. If ISU had done what Tech did, I'd want Rhoads going off like this too. I think his point is completely valid.
Yes, ISU killed Tech last year. The reason I think the RB position is debatable is the talent that we have back there. Eric Stephens (didn't play last year against ISU because an Aggy cheap shot took him out the rest of the) was actually leading the conference in rushing before his unfortunate injury last season. Kenny Williams is a different kind of back, and will punish the tackler. He's a former 4* recruit, just like Stephens was. Sadale Foster is new to Tech this year, and he comes from the JUCO ranks. This kid can do it all, and was a major part of Riverside College having a perfect season last year. He came to Tech with a couple of his buddies (starting MLB Will Smith, and CB Bruce Jones). He's about as fast, and shifty as you can be. Tech would also be four deep if we had Deandre Washington back this year, but he's recovering from an injury from last season suffered against Mizzou on their crappy field.
Just because ISU has 6 guys with 9 catches, doesn't mean you are deeper. Our guys haven't played a full game. We are legitimately 9 deep. (1) TE Amaro (was National #52 player out of high school) who flexes out to WR, and reminds people of former OU Gresham, he has that kind of skill set. Great size/speed (6'5 260 laser timed 4.48) combo with hands to match. Will be first round draft pick after his Senior year. (2) Bradley Marquez is a guy who is just now starting to get back into shape after spending the summer with the Mets farm system. Was RB in H.S who transitioned out to WR last year, and has great speed/shiftiness. (3) Darin Moore presents size issues for the DB. He's 6'4, and can run also. (4) Alex Torres was one of our better players the last couple of seasons but hes'just now coming back from knee surgery too, so hasn't played that much. (5) Our best WR missed one game this season due to suspension, and that would be Eric Ward. (6) Tyson Williams is the bigger brother of ATM's Trey Williams, and is a transfer from D2 school. Scouts have been drooling over him, because of his speed, and body type. He should be drafted high off his measurables alone. (7) Javon Bell was a highly touted JUCO guy, that is new. He can run, too, but he's best attribute is his leaping ability. It's off the charts. (8) Jakeem Grant (RSFR) is an undersized player, but will drive your defense batty. He's legit 4.3, but he's only 5'6.
None of this even mentions two others who should play quite abit in Marcus Kennard, and Derek Edwards, and Javares McRoy, who Tuberville is keeping out of action because of his tendency to miss some classes, and could be struggling with grades. McRoy is a RSFR transfer from Florida, and they don't normally recruit slow guys.
Tech is good enough, and deep enough to be able to RS guys like Dominique Wheeler, who was another highly touted 4* kid and National 171 player overall, and a Crabtree-type athlete in Reginald Davis (Davis was a National 237 guy).
So, that's why I would question ISU being as deep, or better than Tech at WR. Tech could go 10-11 deep, and not miss a beat with anyone they put in there this year...unlike last season. We will be alright for the next 5 years at this position, unless some people leave for lack of playing time.
Going to have to agree with ttraiderbacker on Leach, the guy won quite a few games but I'm not sure he is the type of person you want representing your university.
Tech could win any of those games, as well as, lose any of those games.
But, I'll give a crack at it:
@ISU (W...call me crazy)
OU (W...guess I am crazy, but Tech has had great success against them lately)
WV (L...but this is a tough spot for them. they have to travel to UT the week before, so 2 straight weeks to Texas), and KSU coming the very next week. Could be a look ahead game for them.
@TCU (W...they are overrated, and soon people will realize this)
@KSU (W...We should of had them last year. They are winning with mirrors, I think)
UT (L...We don't play well against UT, but their defense isn't as good as people think)
I see 4-2, and 3-3 at worse.
We go 12 deep on the d-line, have 2 all American caliber LBs and a very fast and talented secondary.
The only question about our offense is if they will stop turning the ball over at some point.
And, you guys have played an embarrassingly terrible schedule so far. I mean, come on! Texas State, Northwestern State and New Mexico? That's all I need to know about how meaningless Tech's stats are.
Sorry to pee in your Cheerios, Tech fan, but Paul owns Tubby and will continue to do so this year too.
After we take care of TCU to go 5-0, they won't be overrated. We can solve that problem.
That's what's so great about college football nowdays. Anybody can beat anyone. Did anyone really expect Tech to beat OU in Norman last season? Did anyone really think OSU would lose to ISU last year? Anybody really think Pitt would beat Va. Tech this week? How about Texas St killing Houston by 17 in Houston?
A lot of parity, and crazy things happen when you go on the road.
Yes, Tech could win any of them, or lose any of them, and I'm not downplaying ISU. I just think we are a ton better this season, and will show it in 2 weeks.