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August 23, 2012

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86Cane

Canespace welcomes Michael Casagrande to the Blog to answer fans questions for the first time in a LIVE chat SoFL!

Laquinton

Good questions 86 ! Michael, what do you think the mindset of the team is going into the first game of the season ?

ByCasagrande

They're saying the right things, but everyone does in late August. Their mindset in mid-September should be the real concern.

Felipe

Which coach (excluding Fisch) impresses you the most so far & why?

ByCasagrande

I really enjoy Art Kehoe coach the offensive line. He's creative in criticism. And funny. I could watch him bark at the big uglies all day.

86Cane

Casagrande...where does a guy get a name like that? LOL

Thanks for joining us tonight here at Canespace. U chose Allen Hurns and Mike James for your Legends of the Fall?

What about defense?

ByCasagrande

Well, I got my name from my father's family.

On defense, Anthony Chickillo impresses me the most. He just looks like a football player. He walks like a football player. He hits like a football player. There are too many question marks elsewhere.

86Cane

Your impression of Al Golden and the UM football program today is...

86Cane

Among the UM beat writers who among them has reached out to help U learn the ropes at UM? More importantly who has guided U to the best places to eat in SoFL?

ByCasagrande

Al Golden seems to be an interesting guy. His personality seems to mesh well with the young players since he's just a few years past 40 himself. After covering Nick Saban, I'm still getting used to all the smiling.

The program as a whole is a more complicated situation. There's a need for stability that's not completely there yet.

Laquinton

Which freshman besides the Tracy Howard,Duke Johnson and Malcom Lewis stands out to you the most ?

ByCasagrande

Just about all of the beat writers have reached out in some way. It's a competitive environment, but there's no reason we can't get along. I'm still feeling my way through the food spots. Recommendations are welcomed.

ByCasagrande

On the freshmen, it's hard to really tell in the short time we get to watch practice. Ereck Flowers is obviously doing something right to earn the starting job at right tackle.

86Cane

In your interview with us U stated that UM wins 5 maybe 6 games in 2012. If they win 8 games before the final game against Duke will U wear a Canespace shirt in the press box to Durham?

ByCasagrande

No.

ByCasagrande

But thanks for the offer.

86Cane

The program as a whole is a more complicated situation. There's a need for stability that's not completely there yet.

Posted by: ByCasagrande | August 23, 2012 at 09:20 PM

Well said and agree completely.

86Cane

Duke Johnson is going to be President of the United States in 2016. But until then can he at least be nominated to win the Heisman Trophy at UM?

orange 'n green in the vein

Thanks for stopping by tonight Mike and welcome to the Hurricane beat. How many wins should Al Golden have to bag this year to be considered for one of those mythical 'lifetime' extensions this year? Is it more than six? Tell me it's more than six.

ByCasagrande

It's unfair to use the H-word about anyone before he's played a single college game. Let's see how he handles September before printing t-shirts.

86Cane

Why did Saban fail with the Miami Dolphins but turn around to excel at Alabama? What is his strongest attribute?

AbUlIcCaNe

what's good gang??
do you think our deficiency in DT's will hurt our unproven secondary??

ByCasagrande

In reality, there's no such thing as a lifetime extension. They might have a year and a number on a contract, but it's year to year either way. Maybe I'm being cynical, but hey, I'm a journalist. That's my job.

Da U N Houston

Is it me or was Luke K. For BC the only player that stood out for BC. Yeah the QB was nice, but that's it. It's just amazing how much credit is being given to BC this year minus Kuechly n their TE
Game recap in summary:
Luke Kuechly everywhere, int for TD.
The other 2 ofvBC TD's went to TE Chris Pantale who is out 8 weeks.
Jacory H. 4, yes 4 picks

Sorry, but looking at the highlights of last year I don't see why so many folks are picking us to lose this game.

Save your projections and enjoy the process!

Laquinton

I dont really think that Saban "failed" with the Dolphins. He just wanted to coach college.

orange 'n green in the vein

86, unlimited salary cap in the SEC is his strongest attribute. Oh, you meant as a football coach.

ByCasagrande

Saban failed in the NFL and rose again in college because he can be a messiah-figure there. Pros don't want to take all that yelling and screaming from someone who gets paid less. The college kids have more to lose if they blow him off. He's built to be a college coach, and let's be honest, he's pretty good at it. His strongest attribute is his self discipline and its infectious nature.

86Cane

Brandon Odoi from CaneInsider called 4-8.

Gary Ferman of Canesport called it at 8-4.

U seem to be in the middle at 6-6.

Is that accurate?

ByCasagrande

I'm getting behind. On the DTs: Yes, If there's a weakness in one level of the defense, the domino effect his hurt the other two. Why did Alabama win two national titles in three years? A big part of it was controlling the line of scrimmage. Auburn did the same in '10.

Laquinton

Michael, what do you think the strongest position is on this UM team for both offense and defense ?

orange 'n green in the vein

Come on Mike, I'm not asking you as a journalist, we've been told by others in this series that six wins should get the guy a lifetime extension offer, no 'quotes', how many should he really have to get to have an outstandingly impressive season this year in your opinion? For me, it's 14.

ByCasagrande

Strongest position? It's hard to say. I really want to see this team play twice before making judgments. I'm strange. I need eye-ball evidence before putting my reputation on it.

Dude on a Pale Horse

Casagrande,

Is the freshman talent level on par w/ what you have seen @ Bama?

orange 'n green in the vein

Posted by: ByCasagrande | August 23, 2012 at 09:35 PM

That's a good answer actually. That plus the unlimited SEC salary cap = wins.

ByCasagrande

Sorry, I can only answer as a journalist. I don't think either side -- coach or school -- is truly married to each other for life. There are too many variables in this case. Four letters starting with N and ending in CAA could be a factor in all this. Just my opinion.

ByCasagrande

The Dude: It's all the same in light practice drills. The difference at 'Bama is the freshmen aren't usually expected to perform right away. They can learn then play. The 'Canes might not have that luxury this year. But, again, ask me in two weeks.

Dude on a Pale Horse

Were you there for the tornado last year? I was in Meridian, MS. My base sent a bunch of sailors to help w/ the clean up.

AbUlIcCaNe

is there a specific attribute that's still missing in UM's locker room after being around a winning program the last few years??

ByCasagrande

I was in Alabama for the tornado last year and it was a life-changing experience. No damage to me or my property, but witnessing tragedy like that can change your perspective on life and humanity.

Dude on a Pale Horse

Casagrande,

We've heard alot this year about U Tough and how good the players look coming out of the weight room. Based on what you've seen, do these Canes pass the eyeball test?

ByCasagrande

Not sure what goes on in the locker room. They don't let us in there anymore. But there's a vibe in the Alabama football complex that smells like confidence. It's not cockiness, but success breeds a certain aura.

ByCasagrande

The eyeball test is easily deceptive. You might look at me and think I'm a male model, but that's not true. But they look impressive in certain spots.

ByCasagrande

And to clarify, I've never been confused for a model of any kind.

Dude on a Pale Horse

Like what spots?

ByCasagrande

The offensive line looks impressive. If Seantrel Henderson actually practiced, he'd be one of the most impressive offensive linemen in the country.

86Cane

And to clarify, I've never been confused for a model of any kind.

Posted by: ByCasagrande | August 23, 2012 at 09:48 PM

U so funny! Good to see a sense of humor in a media guy covering ther Canes. Most have been beaten down over the last 7 years that they are ducking and weaving at every joke thrown.

Dude on a Pale Horse

And thanks for clarifying on the male model thing.

ByCasagrande

I don't take myself too seriously. I write about kids playing games.

ByCasagrande

By the way, if anyone has Twitter, check out @ByCasagrande. That's me.

Dude on a Pale Horse

Can you compare the pace of practice at Alabama to that of Miami. Butch Davis' practices were notoriously fast.

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