The Return of Trev

Aug. 25, 2006

By Trev Alberts



Trev Alberts is a football analyst for CSTV and
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Wow, how refreshing is this!


It has been a long time since I've had a chance to comment on college football. I realize there are probably a few of you who really enjoyed the fact that Trev was nowhere to be found last year as I took a redshirt (actually a grey shirt; I had to pay my own way).


But I'm thrilled to be back. I'm so blessed that CSTV has given me the chance to work with some of the most passionate college football fans out there, and I promise to be the same egomaniacal, know-it-all analyst that you have come to hate.


I promise that my analysis will go beyond the mundane and the obvious. Mundane and obvious analysis comes from people who have never played the game. Football is a great game, but just because you once covered a team for your local college rag or watched a lot of games does not make you an expert. 


Analysis must be about more than simply saying a team is "making a statement" or commenting on how "athletic" a team is. True analysis takes courage. It takes grit and it takes work. That is what you are guaranteed with CSTV.


Enough with the self promotion! Let's move on to mind-numbing ramblings from the off-season...


Is it just me or were there an awful lot of off-season arrests, suspensions, etc?


I just don't buy the argument that increased media scrutiny is the reason for all the unrest. And it's not just the usual suspects; many big-time programs have suspended players for really important contests. See Miami. The `Canes get Florida State on Labor Day. No Ryan Moore and no Tyrone Moss. I just don't understand. These kids have so few opportunities and yet so many seem willing to squander them. Larry Coker's job status depends on 18-year-old kids making proper choices. I guess that's why top coaches make $2 million a year for coaching an amateur sport.


Speaking of amateurs, it seems as though these kids are less willing all the time to persevere at all. At such an early age they're told how special they are. Many institutions will go as far as guaranteeing them playing time. And so, when adversity comes, many simply leave. I remember my recruiting class at Nebraska in 1989. We had nine players of the 22 that were signed either transfer or quit. Most were highly-touted All-Americans. They hadn't had to work much in high school, so they were shocked when they found out they might have to earn something in college.


It seems that handling highly-touted incoming freshmen is one of the most demanding jobs that current head coaches have to deal with. I remember some very successful signings, and others that continue to haunt programs to this day.


Take Tennessee, for example. Brent Schaeffer and Erik Ainge were both highly-touted incoming quarterbacks. Two years ago, the Vols rotated quarterbacks and never established a team leader. Last year, Rick Clausen was thrown into the rotation. The end result? Schaeffer is now at Ole Miss, Ainge's development was retarded and Tennessee didn't develop the most crucial element of all successful football teams: leadership. Coach Phil Fulmer vows not to let that happen again. Needless to say, this is a very important year for Fulmer.


Two other high-profile schools face the same situation this season. Arizona State has already had its quarterback choice blow up in coach Dirk Koetter's face after he flip-flopped from Sam Keller to Rudy Carpenter. I really don't care about any report of "off the field" issues with Keller. To name him the starter and change your mind the next day smacks of a coach who realized that having a senior transfer was better than having a sophomore transfer at that position.


Meanwhile, Texas has two very talented freshmen at quarterback, Colt McCoy and Jevan Snead. One must be the starter. One must be the backup. The latter can play, but he cannot be co-starter. Longhorns fans must hope that the whole Chris Simms-Major Applewhite issue doesn't reinvent itself. Texas has enough talent to repeat, but not with rotating quarterbacks.


It is very simple to me. Look at most Top 25 polls. Teams at the top have solid, entrenched leadership from the most important position in college football, quarterback.


Speaking of top teams, here is my Top 10. It must be noted, this initial list is simply the best 10 teams. I am not predicting how they will finish based on their schedules and opponents, just identifying the 10 best teams.


1. Auburn - The Tigers are loaded and new def. coordinator Will Muschamp is a stud.

2. Michigan - Relax. The talent that you oooohed and aaaahed about two years ago is back.

3. LSU - Great skill players. Sept.16 at Auburn will tell the tale.

4. Florida - If Urban can stay out of the way!

5. Ohio State - The only question is defense. Anyone better at reloading than Tressel?

6. USC - Best defense in the country.

7. Notre Dame - Just play zone!!

8. Texas - Just pick one QB, please.

9. Georgia - Three all star running backs.

10. West Virginia - Toughness defined.


Please note...once again the SEC is the best conference in football.



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