JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Oct. 21, 2012

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Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Drew Bennett…

  • A plebe is the lowest form of human life at the service academies.

    I have a strong hunch that Naval Academy plebe Keenan Reynolds may get some slack, as the freshman from Goodpasture has taken the starting job at quarterback and now has two wins under his belt.

    Not only did Reynolds lead the Midshipmen to a win over rival Air Force, he followed that with starts over Central Michigan and Saturday against Indiana in a wild 31-30 shootout when Reynolds drove his team to a fourth quarter field goal, then the game winning touchdown with a 4-yard pass with 2:02 left in the game that sent the Middies into wild celebration.

    Reynolds was as cool as any 18-year-old you know. He is the third Navy quarterback in the history of the academy to start as a freshman.

    His parents, Donald and Jacqueline, live in Antioch, but were in the stands at Annapolis Saturday. He didn't disappoint, running the triple option with skill far beyond his years.

    Reynolds was 8 of 12 for 96 yards and added 66 yards on the ground in 17 carries. The fourth quarter scoring drives covered 74 and 72 yards.

  • Congratulations to PGA Tour pro Brandt Snedeker and wife Mandy. They welcomed their first son, Austin, into the world last week.

    Austin joins older sister Lily in the Snedeker family.

  • Senior Zac Stacy said becoming Vanderbilt's career leading rusher was the last thing on his mind Saturday against Auburn.

    Asked if he knew the previous career leader Frank Mordica, Stacy said he didn't.

    “I think he played here,'' Stacy understated. “I haven't met him. I'm just honored to represent this program.''

    Growing up in Alabama, you would think Stacy was either a fan of Alabama or Auburn. You'd be wrong.

    The Choctaws was the team Stacy looked up to.

    “Really and truly, I was a big fan of my high school, Bibb County. That was a big deal back home being a Choctaw. So being able to play for Bibb was a pretty big honor for me. I just remember every Friday night when I was little.

    “I was actually a water boy. I was just trying to be close to the team and here I am now.''

    Stacy broke Mordica's record with a 27-yard run in the fourth quarter. He ran for 169 yards on the day, leaving with 2,670 yards on 500 carries to this point.

    Mordica, who played at Vandy from 1976-79, ran for 2,632 yards on 546 carries.

  • Top-ranked and undefeated Alabama seems to be unbeatable after toying with an incomplete Tennessee team to the tune of 44-13.

    Once again, quarterback Tyler Bray proved he is not ready for prime time. He was thoroughly outplayed by Alabama's A.J. McCarron.

    I wish someone would explain to me why, late in the game and down by forever, the Vols kicked a meaningless field goal instead of going for a first down.

  • After all the years of denial, evidence is mounting that Lance Armstrong has been living a lie about using illegal performance enhancing drugs while winning all those Tour de France races.

    Armstrong was honored and idolized all over the world. He was a cancer survivor who could race across mountains on a bicycle and beat them all. Knowing what we have been told now, he was hiding who the real Lance Armstrong was.

    To those who wore the yellow Live Strong bracelets, I wonder how they feel now.

  • I attended Friday night's Ensworth-Brentwood Academy football game, won by Ensworth, 20-0.

    I'm not sure I have seen a game in this state that had as many college football prospects as those two teams.

    Ensworth running back Corn Elder is interesting. SEC schools want him for football, but those who know him say he really wants to play basketball, where he has led his team to back-to-back state championships.

    Do Elder's football skills translate to the elite college programs? I think his quickness is what sets him apart from other players. Brentwood Academy's Max Staver has committed to Florida and is a 6-6, 233-pound pocket quarterback who didn't have a good game against Ensworth. BA's Jalen Ramsey is committed to Southern Cal and he is a good-looking athlete who can play both ways. 

  • The documentary done by the NFL Channel on the Football Life of the late Titans quarterback Steve McNair was outstanding.

    They covered all the bases and I came away more impressed with the depth of his toughness and willingness to put his body and future in danger by playing through the considerable pain he endured much of his NFL career.

    I also questioned why McNair would risk his life and marriage when he was at that point in his personal life where he could have done so much more for kids in Nashville and in his native Mississippi. He was a big kid himself, loved fishing, playing softball, just enjoying doing things he didn't have time for when he was playing.

    I recall going to Birmingham when McNair was a senior at Alcorn State and they were playing Samford. He was throwing silly number up that season and getting considerable Heisman Trophy attention. I wanted to see for myself.

    Samford jumped out to a big lead in the first half, but in the second half it was the Air McNair show. He willed his team to eventually win the game. I remember Alcorn had something like 70 offensive plays and McNair either ran or passed the ball on all but one play. I have never seen anything like it before or after, at any level.

    After the game, Alcorn State's coach didn't have the customary Southern football state patrol escort. The two Mississippi state troopers were there to protect McNair, leading him to the post game press conference.

    If only they could have been with him on that fatal Fourth of July.

  • Duke became bowl eligible Saturday by defeating in-state rival North Carolina. Former Vols offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe has made the Blue Devils competitive and in a down year for ACC teams, they could win even more games.

    Cutcliffe has done a solid job at Duke, a basketball school whose football program has struggled mightily in recent years.


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