Tag:Jerrod Johnson
Posted on: November 6, 2010 8:56 pm
 

Sooners in a bit of trouble against Texas A&M

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's already been a pretty weird day inside the Big 12.  Oklahoma State blew Baylor out this morning, and then this afternoon Nebraska barely escaped against Iowa State in overtime and Kansas -- KANSAS! -- scored 35 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to come back and beat Colorado.   So, in other words, no matter what happens in the night game, none of us should be all that surprised.

If Kansas can score 35 points in a quarter, even if it's against Colorado, anything is possible.  So maybe we shouldn't be all that surprised that Oklahoma currently trails Texas A&M 12-0 at halftime.  Oh, and that's not on four field goals or anything like that, the scoring actually started in this game on a safety.  Which, given the way things have gone today, should be expected.

Still, no matter how insane things are today, Texas A&M's defense should still be Texas A&M's defense, but that hasn't been the case.  When Landry Jones goes to sleep tonight, he's going to have nightmares about Von Miller, who has been in his face all night.  Jones has completed only 14-of-24 passes for 101 yards and an interception in the first half.  Even the passes he has completed have looked a bit off, which has to be rather worrisome to Bob Stoops and the Sooners.

On the other side of the ball, Ryan Tannehill isn't playing spectacular football, but the important thing is that he's not playing like Jerrod Johnson either.  He's completed 11-of-17 passes for 122 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Still, for as bad as Oklahoma has looked during the first half, they still only trail by 12 points, so it's not like this one's over by any stretch of the imagination.  Oklahoma's offense is just too explosive to be held down over a full 60 minutes, so I figure the Sooners will make this a lot more interesting before its over, but if I've learned anything today, it's to expect the unexpected.
Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:28 am
 

Christine Michael's season likely over

Posted by Tom Fornelli

For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction.  It's science! It's science that directly applies to just about every play on a football field during a game.  If a defensive end runs full speed into a quarterback from the blind side, that quarterback goes down and probably bleeds internally.  If a team finally finds a quarterback that doesn't kill its chances of winning a game, it loses its leading rusher to a broken leg.

Well, at least that's how things seem to be working at Texas A&M.   Ryan Tannehill replaced Jerrod Johnson this weekend and set a school record with 449 yards against Texas Tech, but now the Aggies get the news that they're likely to be without Christine Michael for the rest of the season.  Michael broke his right tibia during the third quarter of A&M's win over Texas Tech.

Head coach Mike Sherman says that the injury will keep Michael "out for a while," and considering that the Aggies only have four games left this season, that while could mean the season.  Though it is possible that Michael would be back for a bowl game, IF the Aggies can get to a bowl game.  They only need one more victory, but considering the final four games include Oklahoma, Baylor, Nebraska and Texas , there are no guarantees there.

Wait a second.  That game against Texas is in Austin, so that should be a guaranteed win for the Aggies.  The Longhorns never win at home.
Posted on: October 30, 2010 11:53 pm
 

What I learned from the Big 12 (Oct. 30)

Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. Nebraska will be playing for the Big 12 title. Forget about that loss to Texas at home a few weeks ago, unlike the Longhorns, the Cornhuskers will be back in Dallas for the Big 12 title game this season.  Its last in the conference. I just don't see a team left on the schedule that can knock off the Cornhuskers, especially if they play the way they did against Missouri on Saturday afternoon.  Speaking of the Tigers....

2. Missouri isn't quite ready for primetime. It's one thing to beat Oklahoma at home, which was a huge win for Missouri last week, but going on the road with the Big 12 North on the line is a completely different animal.  The Tigers got blown out of the water early by Roy Helu Jr, and just couldn't recover.  Still, just because I don't think it's going to happen doesn't mean it won't.  Missouri needs to shake this loss off because if they win out they are still alive for the conference championship and a BCS bowl.

3. Mike Sherman needs to listen to me sooner.   A few weeks ago I told him to bench Jerrod Johnson.   He didn't.  Now, this week, he finally handed the keys to the station wagon over to Ryan Tannehill, and Tannehill returned home with a Maserati and a full tank of gas.  Tannehill set a Texas A&M record with 449 yards passing and 4 touchdowns in the Aggies 45-27 rout of Texas Tech.

4. Things actually can get worse for Texas.
What's worse than losing two straight home games to UCLA and Iowa State?   Losing three straight home games to UCLA, Iowa State and Baylor. It's the first time Texas has lost to Baylor since 1997, and the first time its lost at home to the Bears since 1991.  All of which means Baylor gets to spend another week atop the Big 12 south.  I only wish that the now-defunct Baylor blog, Bear Meat , were still around to see this.  Since they aren't, however, we share this video in their honor.


Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 12:42 pm
 

Jerrod Johnson's reign of terror appears over

Posted by Tom Fornelli

During a 45-10 win over Kansas last week, Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson became the Aggies all-time leader in total offense while splitting time with fellow quarterback Ryan Tannehill.   Something that should be of some consolation for a quarterback who has failed to meet the expectations placed on him before the season started.

What kind of reward will Johnson be getting for this feat?  Well, it looks like he's going to lose his job.

Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman won't come out and say it just yet, but from the sounds of it, Tannehill will be starting for the Aggies when they take on Texas Tech this weekend.

"We'll play it by ear. It's too early in the week to make that decision when I don't have to," Sherman told the Dallas Morning News . "I have two really good quarterbacks."

Sherman also went on to say that the Aggies would need both quarterbacks, but if I understand my coach speak, I believe what Sherman is saying is that Tannehill is going to start.  Generally when there's a question at quarterback, if the starter will remain the starter, a coach says that his starter is still his starter.

When he starts implying that he hasn't made his decision yet, that just means he's made his decision and he's trying to protect his former starter for as long as possible.  So, to me, it looks pretty clear that Tannehill will be starting against Texas Tech.  Which is a decision that Sherman probably should have made a few weeks ago.

Posted on: October 16, 2010 11:02 pm
 

What I learned from the Big 12 (Oct. 16)

Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. T-Magic has a lot of tricks left to learn.   Seems somebody left their top hat and magic wand back in the dorm room this morning, because Taylor Martinez had no answer for the Texas defense in Lincoln on Saturday.  Martinez only had 21 yards on 13 carries and had completed 4-of-12 passes for 63 yards before getting yanked by Bo Pelini in favor of Zac Lee.  The good news for Martinez is that Lee didn't exactly do anything to take away his starting job. 

2. Texas' defense is still pretty good, the offense, however, is not.
  Hey, listen, the way things have gone for the Longhorns this season, they have no reason not to be thrilled after picking up a big win on the road against Nebraska.   That being said, unless they start picking things up on offense, whatever slim hopes they have of winning the Big 12 are nothing more than a pipe dream.  The good news is that the 'Horns finally found some semblance of a running game, as they did gash a stout Nebraska defense for 209 yards on the ground.  The biggest surprise being Garrett Gilbert 's 71 yards and two touchdowns.  Still, that 4-of-16 passes for 62 yards needs a lot of work.

3. I still don't know what to make of Missouri.   I made a comment about this on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, and caught a lot of flak from Missouri fans over it.  Listen, I don't think Missouri is a bad football team, it's just I don't know how good they are.  I'm sorry, but beating Texas A&M just doesn't impress me all that much because the Aggies are horrible.  So far the Tigers most impressive win is against an Illinois team that is 3-3.  Other than that it's wins against teams like McNeese State, San Diego State and Miami (OH).   Next week's date with Oklahoma will give us all a better idea of how good this Missouri team actually is.

4. Jerrod Johnson just isn't working.
  It's time for a quarterback change in College Station.  I don't care what Johnson has done in the past, or what everybody thought he'd do this season, the fact is the kid has played horribly.  Maybe Mike Sherman is just worried about losing his job and doesn't want to give the ball to another quarterback at this point in the season, but trust me, staying with Johnson at this point is only going to help ensure he's out of work at the end of the season.

5. More people need to learn about Justin Blackmon.  The Oklahoma State wide receiver has been a monster this season, and his name should be thrown out there when it comes to Heisman talk.  He has 48 catches for 748 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, including a 10-reception 207-yard performance against Texas Tech on Saturday.  His worst game of the season (yardage wise) came in the Cowboys' opener.  Blackmon only had 8 catches for 125 yards and 3 touchdowns that day.
Posted on: October 16, 2010 1:53 pm
 

Mike Sherman may want to consider running more

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Texas A&M Aggies trail Missouri 16-0 at halftime, but they're lucky that there are no negative points in college football because if there were, they'd surely qualify.  The good news for the Aggies is that Jerrod Johnson hasn't thrown any interceptions or fumbled in the first half.  The bad news for the Aggies is that he's still Jerrod Johnson.

Johnson has completed only 7-of-21 passes for 83 yards in the first half.  Which means that over his last six quarters of play, Johnson has thrown 61 passes and completed 22 of them.  Now while some of the blame can be laid with his receivers -- Ryan Tannehill dropped what should have been a touchdown late in the second quarter -- the overwhelming majority of it lies with Johnson.

The very next play following the dropped touchdown, Johnson had Tannehill wide open and overthrew him by about ten yards.  The Aggies then went for it on fourth down, and Johnson dropped back before overthrowing his receiver by a good 20 yards.  In fact, the closest person to the pass was a water boy on the Missouri sideline.

Now, the Aggies don't have much depth at quarterback on the roster.  The backup is actually Tannehill, who has completed 3-of-4 passes this season, so I wouldn't blame Mike Sherman if he doesn't want to replace Johnson under center.

But for the love of god, man, call some more run plays.  There is no reason for Christine Michael to only have six carries in the first half when the passing game is as abysmal as it has been.
Posted on: October 9, 2010 11:36 pm
 

What I learned from the Big 12 (Oct. 9)

Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. Texas Tech really needs to stop trying onside kicks.   Seriously, last week the Red Raiders attempted an onside kick late in the fourth quarter and trailing Iowa State by seven points.  The kick was recovered by Iowa State and taken back 42 yards for a touchdown.  So what did Tommy Tuberville learn this week?  Nothing.  He tried an onside kick in the first quarter of Tech's win over Baylor, and this one was returned 38 yards for another touchdown.   Tuberville already faces the tough task of winning over Texas Tech fans after the firing of Mike Leach, and decisions like these aren't going to help.

2. The Big 12 North will be decided on October 30.   There isn't much mystery to the Big 12 North this season.  The fact of the matter is that Kansas, Colorado, Iowa State and Kansas State are terrible, and that the only two teams who have a chance to represent the division in the Big 12 title game are Nebraska and Missouri. What I know about those teams is that Nebraska has a couple impressive wins -- and one not so impressive win over South Dakota State -- and that Missouri hasn't really beaten anybody besides Illinois this season. 

3. Jerrod Johnson will drive you crazy.  Against Oklahoma State last week, Jerrod Johnson threw four interceptions, but aside from those mistakes he actually played pretty well.  I mean, the Aggies had a chance to win that game.  This week Johnson was the total opposite.  He only turned the ball over once against Arkansas, but didn't take advantage of a defense that did a pretty nice job of stopping Arkansas after a terrible performance against the Cowboys.  Johnson completed only 15-of-40 pass attempts, which is just, well, that's just awful.  You're supposed to get better during your senior season, not revert to freshman form.

4. Taylor Martinez can bounce back.  After the first three weeks of Nebraska's season, Taylor Martinez had Cornhusker fans comparing him to Eric Crouch.   Then the South Dakota State game happened.  Martinez had a nightmare performance in that game, but after a week off he bounced back big time against Kansas State on Thursday night.  I'm not sure he's Eric Crouch just yet, but the Magic Man may be enough to get Nebraska one last Big 12 title before taking off to the Big Ten.
Posted on: September 18, 2010 9:24 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 10:34 pm
 

Texas A&M trails FIU 20-6 in 3rd quarter

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Okay, so we've had an entire day full of upset alerts that haven't quite panned out.  Maybe it's our fault, because it seems that everytime we post about one, normalcy returns to whichever game we're spotlighting.  If that is indeed the case, then you're going to owe us one, Texas A&M.

As things stand now in the third quarter of the Aggies game against FIU in College Station, the Golden Panthers hold a 20-6 lead.

The Aggies have turned the ball over four times, three of which have come on Jerrod Johnson interceptions, including one that was just returned 54 yards by Anthony Gaitor to make it 20-6.  The Aggies are actually outgaining the Golden Panthers in total yards, and FIU has only converted on one of their 10 third down attempts, but thanks to the turnovers -- the Aggies have actually fumbled three times but only lost one -- they're in prime position to pull off a huge upset.

UPDATE: Texas A&M scored on a 37-yard touchdown run by Christine Michael early in the fourth quarter, but still trail 20-13.

UPDATE: The Aggies have tied it up at 20-20 on a 33-yard touchdown pass by Johnson to Terrence McCoy.   There's still 7:07 left to play, but as for the moment it looks like the Upset Alerts tag has struck again.  Mike Sherman owes us dinner.

UPDATE: And now, as we knew would happen, the Aggies have taken the lead thanks to a 40-yard scamper from Cyrus Gray.   It's 27-20 Aggies with 4:29 left.

UPDATE : It's over, the Upset Alerts Curse lives.  FIU had a chance, though, with a 1st and goal in closing minutes but couldn't get into the end zone.  Final score: Texas A&M 27  FIU 20.






 
 
 
 
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