7-Things For The Panthers: Part I.
By Tom Mahoney
1. The Big Mac Attack- Last week was another step up for Mac. Listening to
the Talking Heads on the radio this week, you’d think that the Pats lost by
50, and threw a dozen INTs. But no. He won. What a gaggle of losers and
idiots. Rookie QBs don’t win. They get the crap beat out of them. They get
scared and confused by the speed. They get benched, beat up and injured.
But not the Big Mac Attack. He just keeps flicking and flinging it. I have
never seen a rookie QB, travel 3,000 miles on the Road, and win an NFL
game. He had 3 INTs against the Saints, and still has 9 to 6 TD to INT
ratio. That’s outstanding for a rookie QB.
“He’s definitely a young
quarterback who's high on instinct and awareness,'' Mike McCarthy said. "I think that’s definitely transferred to the NFL.
Like the way he anticipates. For as young as he is in the process, he has
excellent command of the offense.”
He just keeps winning. The
immaculate Trevor Lawrence, one of the best College QBs I’ve ever seen is 1
and 6. That’s what happens to rookie QBs. He has 8 TD passes and 9 INTs,
and a couple weeks ago there was talk of his Head Coach quitting or getting
fired. That’s what happens to great college QBs turned NFL Rookie. Justin
Fields didn’t throw a TD in the first four games, and has 3 TDs in 8 games.
The good news is he only has 7 INTs in those games. Trey Lance didn’t play
in the first 2 games, and is above water with 3 TDs an 1 INT. Zach Wilson
is a disaster. He threw for 4 TD, and had 4 INTs against the Pats alone (9
“I think you’ve got to have
fun in those moments. If you’re kind of in the zone. It’s important to be
in those moments and not just hover above them or beneath them. Emotions
can flow. Mac does a very good job of managing them After a touchdown pass.
You saw a bunch of low fives with teammates, and then he went directly back
to the bench to study,” Dave Morris, who coach Eli Manning and Daniel Jones,
said. “Mac is a guy who’s
ultra-competitive. It was a heartbreaker against Tampa Bay because he plays
about as good as you can play and you don’t win it. So that’s frustrating.
But Mac is a guy who has persevered through a lot.”
But most importantly, Mac
keeps making big plays at big times. He is making more Game winning plays
as a rookie than Brady made as 2nd Year starter (he was redshirted his
rookie season), and Boston losers can stop ragging him the crap out of him.
But Mac just keeps coming through in the 4th quarter to win the game late.
Jones might have had his worst statistical game of the season. Yet? He led
the final drive at the end of the game to claim another victory for the
“Like I said, he is very
well-prepared each day. He deserves the credit for that,” Josh McDaniels said. “He continues to put the game and the team first. He
studies hard at the game. He tries to make the corrections that we coach
him on and he goes out there and he tries to do it the right way. Never
makes excuses and just continues to try and improve and make progress.
That’s the best way for any of us to approach our jobs and he’s done that
I have been saying I want
to see the Pats lose, and Mac to improve incrementally each week. I no longer
believe that. He has shown that he can win in the NFL, and he can win late
in NFL Games, like Brady. He still almost completing 70% of his passes
(68.1%). He completed 55% of his passes against New Orleans (only the 2nd
time his percentage was in the 50s, his 1st game was the only other time).
He has been fighting to get back in the 70s ever since (with 71%, 76%, 77%,
then 73% and 74% completion percentages). Yeeaah! He sucks?
2. Oregon Vs. Washington- 7:30 ABC-805:
#5 Kayvon Thibodeaux- 6-5, 258, Joker/Edge- He will
push the ORT inside, so the DB outside can blitz outside. They’ll line
him up at 4-Tech, and he’ll blast off past the OC and OG and pressure the
QB to throw too early. Then knock him off his feet. Phenomenal talent and
versatility. Has unblockable flashes. Can power through the OLT, on a cut
block that doesn’t miss either leg, and crawl and stumble up to the QB,
and drag him down as he throws. Relentless. Acrobatic. Stunning balance
and agility. Makes watching other defenders impossible. He is my top
rated player in:
The, Most Far Out Player Ratings Ever!
Blindside rusher. Likes to jam his hands up to the
head, and knock OT back into the QB. Great speed to power. Great hands
and strength. Great leg power. Cal ran away from him. Ducks will line him
up on the Strong side, and he’ll just push the ORT to the ground, and hit
the QB. Funnest guy to watch in the FBS.
Knows how to use long arms and hands. Rushes
outside like as an OLB/Wide-9. He will get fooled in run game. Likes to hit
OLT’s shoulder pads, read, shed, and hit. Great explosion inside on short
yardage. Great Dip. Can power inside through the TE infront of him; Then
shove off the TE on the other side cracking him, and still get to the RB!
So he’s short, on the Dive on 2nd and 1. He will put his hand down on 3rd
and 1. When he lines up on the blindside, he makes the Offense play
#3 *Brandon Dorlus-
6-3, 284, Dl, Jr-
As A Sophomore (2020) : Played in all seven games during the COVID-19
shortened 2020 season, making his first career start in the Pac-12
Championship game vs. USC … Made 12 total tackles, seven solo, while
recording 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack … at USC (Dec. 18): Had a
season-high three tackles, all solo, and second career sack to help the
Ducks win a second consecutive Pac-12 title; also had a pass breakup …
vs. Iowa State (Jan. 2): Made two solo tackles and one tackle for loss in
the Fiesta Bowl.
#15 *Bennett Williams-
6-1, 205, DB, Jr-Tr.-
As A Junior (2020): Played in all seven games for Oregon during
the pandemic-shortened 2020 season after coming to Eugene from the
College of San Mateo … Made two starts, at Oregon State and in the Pac-12
Championship Game vs. USC … Finished the season with 15 total tackles,
including eight solo … Recorded 2.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and two
pass breakups … vs. Stanford (Nov. 7): Opened Oregon career with a 1-yard
TFL while finishing with three total tackles … at Oregon State (Nov. 27):
Made first career start as a Duck against the Beavers in Corvallis,
recording his first pass breakup in an Oregon uniform … at California
(Dec. 5): Notched his first career sack while recording a season-high
five tackles, including three solo … at USC (Dec. 18): Made second start
and recorded two tackles and a pass breakup to help Oregon repeat as
#2 *Mykael Wright-
5-11, 178, CB, FS, Jr- Phenomenal
talent. Has that knack for breaking up passes. Needs to work on catching
As A Sophomore (2020): Led the Pac-12 with nine pass breakups … Had a
PBU in six of seven games, including the last four … Started all seven
games at corner … Finished with 25 tackles, including 18 solo … Allowed a
completion percentage of 52.9 (18-of-34) when targeted, according to PFF
… Highest-graded corner against the run (84.2) in the Pac-12 by PFF … Had
five or more tackles in three games … Returned 13 kickoffs for 270 yards
… vs. Stanford (Nov. 7): Tied for the team lead with five tackles and
added two pass breakups in first career start … at No. 13 USC (Dec. 18):
Broke up a season-high three passes in the Pac-12 Championship game
#8 DJ James-
6’, 180, CB,-
As A Sophomore (2020): Appeared in all seven games for Oregon during the
COVID-19 shortened 2020 season … Made 14 total tackles, including two
solo, and had one pass breakup … Had a career-high four tackles, all
solo, and a pass breakup in the Pac-12 Championship game against USC.
#32 Jordan Happle-
6’, 208 DB, Gr-Tr-
As A Senior (2020):
Player of the Week (Nov. 23).
Played in all seven
games for Oregon during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, making three
starts … Recorded 28 total tackles, including 16 solo … Named the Pac-12
Defensive Player of the Week following a career game vs. UCLA in which he
led UO with a career-high 11 tackles and ran back an interception 58
yards for a touchdown … First Oregon player since 2010 (John Boyett) and
one of six in the FBS in 2020 with 10-plus tackles and a pick-six in a
game … 28 tackles marked a new career-high after spending 2017-19 at
Boise State … vs. Stanford (Nov. 7): Recorded three tackles, two solo, in
Oregon debut … at Washington State (Nov. 14): Made first career start in
a Duck uniform, notching three tackles … vs. UCLA (Nov. 21): Named the
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after recording a career-high 11
tackles, including six solo, and a 58-yard pick-six on the final play of
the first half to give Oregon the lead for good … Pick-six was the 37th
by a Duck in Autzen Stadium and the longest interception return by an
Oregon player since 2017 … at Oregon State (Nov. 27): Notched seven
tackles, four solo, in first career rivalry game vs. the Beavers … vs.
Iowa State (Jan. 2): Made three tackles, two solo, in the Fiesta Bowl.
#12 DJ Johnson-
6-4, 273, LB-Sam, Rs-Jr-Tr–
As A Junior (2020): Played in all seven games for Oregon during the
pandemic-shortened 2020 season while making the transition from defensive
end to tight end … Caught 10 passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns …
Scored a receiving touchdown in each of the first two games of the season
… vs. Stanford (Nov. 7): Made an impressive debut on the offensive side
of the ball, catching five passes for 55 yards with a 5-yard touchdown
reception … at Washington State (Nov. 14): Made it two straight games
with a touchdown to open the season, scoring the game’s first points with
a 13-yard catch … Finished with two catches for 23 yards … at USC (Dec.
18): Helped Oregon repeat as Pac-12 champions with two catches for 27
yards and a 16-yard touchdown.
#46 Nate Heaukulani- 6-1, 224, Mike, Rs-Sr-Tr-
#51 *Jaxson Kirkland- 6-7, 310, OLT-
each of the first six games of the season at left tackle before missing
the Arizona and Stanford games due to injury.
first-team All-Pac-12 ... also earned first-team All-Pac-12 from Phil
Steele and second-team from the Associated Press ... named to Pac-12
media and Athlon's preseason All-Pac-12 first teams ... also earned a
spot on the 2020 Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll ... started at left tackle in
every game of 2020 ... served as captain for the Oregon State game ...
named the UW coaches' Lineman of the Week following the OSU win ... for
the second year in a row, won the John P. Angel Offensive Lineman of the
Year at the team's postseason banquet.
#87 Cade Otton- 6-5, 250, TE, Rs-Sr– Really is more of an H-Back. But has the size of a
true TE. He can Drag outside and find a hole for his QB to throw into.
Gets open on hitch outside. Can get down the seam into the Endzone.
Excellent redzone player. Excellent athlete.
Great blocker outside. He can drive the OLB all the
way to the sideline so the RB can cut behind him. He can catch right in
the middle of the LBs, and drag all four, for a few yard. Big. Strong.
#1 Terrell Bynum- 6-1, 190, Rs-Sr, WR-
Defenses will key on him. Excellent in pass pro. He
can block the great Edgerusher (in this case Jalen Harris from Arizona)
and push him up, as he moves backwards grabbing shirt, so his QB can go
deep. Nice feet and base moving backwards. He has the speed and agility.
He can catch the pass below his knees on the crossing route, without
slowing. He can make the great play on the ball, in the Endzone, and
catch it with the CB, and rip it out of his hands for the TD. Great soft
and strong hands.
#1 Terrell Bynum- 6-1, 190, Rs-Sr, WR- He has the speed to get open over the top. He can
catch the bomb that’s off and make the excellent adjustment. Great speed
outside. He has that knack for getting open outside down the sideline.
Hands catcher. He can snag it easy at full speed outside. He will miss
one, pushing off the QB and not getting his hands back.
#76 Luke Wattenberg- 6-5, 300, OC (6th-Year)-
2021 Rimington Trophy Watch List. 2021 Preseason All-Pac-12
Honorable Mention. 2020 All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention. 2017 Academic
All-Pac-12 Second Team.
started each game this season at center ... named the UW coaches' lineman
of the game after the win vs. Arkansas State.
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention ... started at center in all four games ...
named Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Arizona game ... won
the Iron Husky Award at the team's postseason awards banquet.
#66 *Henry Bainivalu-
6-6, 330, ORG, Rs-Jr- Good
puller. Good speed for his size. Can seal the DE on opposite side
pulling. They will run behind him, when the they are running clock.
#5 Sean McGrew-
5-6, 180, RB, Rs-Sr-
2021: Saw his first game action of 2021 in the win over Arkansas
State, finishing with 31 yards and two touchdowns on six carries ...
started in the win over Cal, finishing with 53 yards and two touchdowns
on 16 carries ... scored the game-winner in overtime vs. the Bears ...
named the UW coaches' offensive player of the game after the win over the
Golden Bears ... 104 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries at Oregon
State ... also made two catches vs. the Beavers ... 18 carries for 38
yards, along with one reception, in a start vs. UCLA ... 17 carries for
43 yards in a start at Arizona ... new career highs with 19 carries for
114 yards in the win at Stanford.
#13 Anthony Brown-
6-3, 226, QB, Gr-Tr-
As A Senior (2020): Appeared in Oregon’s final two games of the
pandemic-shortened 2020 season, helping the Ducks defeat USC to secure a
second straight Pac-12 title before seeing extended action in the Fiesta
Bowl against Iowa State … Finished the year 15-of-23 passing for 164
yards and two touchdowns while rushing seven times for 40 yards and a
pair of scores … at USC (Dec. 18): Made Oregon debut in the Pac-12
Championship Game, playing primarily in short-yardage and goal-line
situations … Completed 3-of-4 passes for 17 yards and pair of touchdowns
… Connected with Jaylon Redd for a 2-yard touchdown on his first snap as
a Duck before finding Travis Dye for a 4-yard score in the second half …
vs. Iowa State (Jan. 2): Played extensively in the Fiesta Bowl,
completing 12-of-19 passes for 147 yards … Rushed four times for 36 yards
and a pair of touchdowns, twice tying the game for the Ducks in the first
half … Became the ninth Oregon player and the fourth quarterback to run
for multiple TDs in a bowl game … First career game with multiple rushing
touchdowns … Accounted for a touchdown for the 26th time in 30 career
#7 CJ Verdell-
5-7, 194, RB, Rs-Jr-
As A Junior (2020): Became
just the ninth player in Oregon history to surpass 2,500 career rushing
yards … Played in five of Oregon’s seven games during the COVID-19
shortened season, making three starts … Rushed 65 times for 285 yards and
three touchdowns, surpassing 20 career rushing touchdowns … Added nine
receptions for 96 yards, surpassing 500 career receiving yards … 381
all-purpose yards to go over 3,000 for his career … Opened the season
with back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances, bringing his career
total to 10 and cracking the UO all-time top 10 … Back-to-back 100-yard
rushing games for the second time in his career … Did not play in the
Pac-12 Championship Game or the Fiesta Bowl due to injury … vs. Stanford
(Nov. 7): Opened the season with 105 rushing yards on 20 carries with a
touchdown … Scored from 10 yards out for Oregon’s first touchdown of the
2020 season … at Washington State (Nov. 14): Averaged 6.6 yards per carry
for 118 yards on 18 rushes with a 3-yard touchdown … Matched career-high
with five receptions for 36 yards … vs. UCLA (Nov. 21): Scored a rushing
touchdown for the third straight game to open the season … Finished with
18 yards on 12 carries.
#3 Johnny Johnson III- 5-11, 196, WR, Sr-
As A Senior (2020) : Coaches Pac-12 Honorable Mention. Started all
seven games in a season shortened by COVID-19 … Finished with 19
receptions for 267 yards and two touchdowns … Became the 29th player in
program history with 100 career receptions … Had a catch in all seven
games and has at least one in 24 of his last 25 contests … Second on the
team with 11 receptions that resulted in a first down … Led the team in
receptions in two games … at Washington State (Nov. 14): Hauled in 100th
career catch on a two-yard TD in the fourth quarter … at California (Dec.
5): Found the end zone on a season-long 39-yard pass right before
#6 Jaylon Redd-
5-7, 178, Slot, Sr– Good in
redzone. He can get open in the slot, in the Redzone. Tough and
productive. Quick Slot WR. Terrific running after the catch. Good weapon.
#77 George Moore-
6-6, 324, OLT, Rs-Sr-Tr-
As A Fifth-Year Senior
(2020): Started all seven games at
left tackle for Oregon during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season … Played
363 total snaps, 205 at left tackle and 158 at right tackle … Did not
allow a sack in 192 pass-blocking snaps … vs. Stanford (Nov. 7): Helped
Oregon earn Offensive Line of the Week honors by Pro Football Focus after
finishing as one of just four FBS units to earn grades above 80.0 in both
pass protection and run blocking … Earned a season-best 79.4 run-blocking
grade and a 76.9 overall grade … at California (Dec. 5): Season-best 79.6
overall grade by PFF and 70.9 pass-blocking grade.
#26 *Travis Dye-
5-10, 190, RB, Sr- Dual threat.
Terrific in passing game. Tough little runner. Follows his blockers well.
Strangles the ball like he’s afraid to fumble. Excellent slasher. He can
sneak through the line fast to the 2nd level. Weaves behind blockers.
He’ll line up outside like an X, and catch the pass.
#58 Zion Tupuola-Fetui- 6-4, 260, DE Sr-
first-team All-Pac-12 ... also a second-team All-America selection
(TheAthletic.com and Walter Camp) ... also a third-team AP All-American
and a fourth-team selection by Phil Steele ... finished the season as the
national leader in sacks per game (1.75 per game) and forced fumbles
(tied, 0.75 per game) ... even his totals for sacks (7.0) and forced
fumbles (3) were good enough for 18th (tied) and fifth (tied) in the
nation, as UW played only four games .... started every game of the 2020
season ... first career start in the season-opener vs. Oregon State ...
had two strip sacks (sack and forced fumble) and four total tackles vs.
the Beavers ... named Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week following the
OSU win ... notched two more sacks, with one forced fumble, in the win
over Arizona ... three total tackles vs. the Wildcats ... won a second Pac-12
Defensive Lineman of the Year in a row following the Arizona win ... kept
his hot start going in the victory over Utah, finishing with six tackles,
three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, which he returned 29
yards ... named the UW coaches' Lineman of the Game for the win over the
Utes ... also named Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week for the third
time in a row, while also earning Athlon Sports' National Defensive
Player of the Week ... won the UW's L. Wait Rising Defensive Lineman of the
Year at the team's postseason awards banquet.
#55 Ryan Bowman- 6-1, 280, OLB/Edge, Jr-
2021: Has started
each game so far ... six total tackles vs. Montana ... made four stops at
Michigan ... one tackle in the win over Arkansas State.
2020: Named to
the preseason All-Pac-12 second team by the conference media, and also by
Athlon's ... started the first two games, but missed the last two ...
finished with three tackles, including one for a loss, vs. Oregon State
... three tackles and one sack in the win over Arizona ... named the UW
coaches' lineman of the game after Arizona game.
#22 Trent McDuffie- 5-11, 195, CB, Jr- Day Two Corner, who has some clutch.
2021: Has started each game this season ... two
tackles and two pass break-ups vs. Montana ... six tackles, including one
for a loss, at Michigan ... one tackle in the win over Arkansas State.
2020: Named to
the All-Pac-12 second team ... also named to Pro Football Focus'
All-Pac-12 first team, and to the AP and Phil Steele second team ...
started every game of the 2020 season ... finished Oregon State game with
four tackles, as well as two punt returns for 56 yards (11 and 45 yards)
... named the UW coaches' Special Teams Player of the Week following the
OSU win ... one tackle in the win over Arizona ... four tackles, half of
a tackle for loss, and a game-icing interception in the victory over Utah
... five tackles and a forced fumble vs. Stanford.
#5 Alex Cook- 6-1, 195, S, -
Will make any team that drafts him on special teams. Terrific special
2021: Made two
tackles and a pass break up in the Montana game ... started the Michigan
game, where he notched seven tackles ... started and had four tackles and
a blocked punt in the win over Arkansas State ... named the UW coaches'
special teams player of the game for the Arkansas State game.
2020: Played in
all four games, starting three of them ... made his first start on
defense in the season-opening win over Oregon State, finishing with two
tackles ... started the first three games of the season ... four tackles
in the win over Arizona ... made two stops in the comeback win over Utah.
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