Monday, October 08, 2007

Who's Afraid of Andre Woodson?

I picked Kentucky to upset LSU.
It was before the season, before Craig Steltz hit some people, before Jacob Hester fell forward by the nose of a football.
This was even before Kentucky's Andre Woodson set a major college record for consecutive passes without an interception (breaking the mark of 271 held by Fresno State's Trent Dilfer). The NCAA best mark would reach 325 pass attempts without an pick until Woodson threw one against Florida Atlantic. (He still had a career-best five TD passes in a 45-17 win).
But now the Tigers come to town? Will there be a letdown? I kinda sensed it in preseason, but you know how these things go. Coming off the Florida game, I thought they'd be flat, and they may still be, but now I have some clarity about the whole thing: Craig Steltz is still going to hit somebody, and teeth-grittingly hard. Glenn Dorsey is still going to have to be blocked by somebody. If the game goes status quo, then Brandon Lafell drops 3 passes in the first half, then catches 2 difficult third-down passes in the second half. But this Woodson fellow scares me.
No, not like Tim Tebow scared me. Woodson's no Superman, he's more like a Daredevil, somebody that will pick you apart. He's been Heisman talk this year, but then again, so has everybody?
Think LSU coach Les Miles has Woodson on his radar?
"He leads the SEC in passing yards," Miles said. "He is a young man that will play for years in the NFL. He is going to be a great challenge to our defense."
The 6-foot-5-inch, 230-pound Woodson has already thrown for 1,536 yards and 18 touchdowns to 2 interceptions. Eighteen TDs to 2 picks. Wow. It's come against the likes of Eastern Kentucky, Kent State, Florida Atlantic ... and Louisville. That was the game that launched the radar for Woodson. He lofted a long pass over a tired cornerback and the receiver, who was hit in stride, did the rest. Woodson also led a victory over Arkansas. The Razorbacks kind of helped the Wildcats beat them though, fumbles and interceptions for touchdowns will do that.
In any event, Woodson will be wild and loose at Commonwealth Stadium. Hopefull, so will the Tigers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

At least someone had the balls to pick Kentucky.

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