September 23, 2006

Scalici: Five on the Spot

Last week, the Tide put together its most complete game of the season but with tougher competition, many players will have to step things up this week. These are the five Crimson Tide players that must step their games up this week for Game 4 against Arkansas.

DT Jeremy Clark and Dominic Lee - The Tide defensive line has combined for just 3 sacks in the first 3 games and gave up way too many big runs up the middle against ULM last week. To stop the Arkansas power running game and to get pressure on freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain the Tide will need a major step up in production from its two senior defensive tackles.

QB John Parker Wilson - In his first three games, Wilson has looked as solid as anyone on the team, completing nearly 60 percent of his passes and playing the smart, efficient quarterback role that Shula's offense is designed for. The question that will determine who wins today's game will be this: can Wilson keep that same efficiency and composure in a more hostile environment?

LB Zach Schreiber - With Terrence Jones likely out today with a shoulder injury, the responsibility of stopping up runs on the strong side will fall on young Schreiber who has looked good at times this season but will now need to shoulder a much heavier load.

CB Simeon Castille - The Tide's most exciting defensive player this season has become a major threat to any offense he goes against, making plays on the ball and containing big, playmaking receivers. If and when the Tide can get pressure on Mustain, it will be up to Castille and his fellow DB's to make sure they can take advantage of a hurried throw or a miscommunication.

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