Marcus Thomas: The last time we had a season-ending issue of Easley's magnitude

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  1. UFreak
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    That season turned out all right.

    Marcus actually played in 5 games in 2006 because of his getting popped for smoking the sacred herb.

    Just trying to provide some perspective in a pretty crappy bit of luck.
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    I like your perspective, and hope you are right, but that team was stacked with accomplished upperclassmen and I dont think had as many significant injuries across the board (as far as I remember). But, half glass full, let's hope the next guy in line can at least maintain some of that excellence Easley brought every game.
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    Comparing apple to oranges. That team back then was light years ahead of this years team in every aspect of football..
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    Not on defense it wasn't. The make difference was a consistent above average offense.
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    This isn't true.
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    It wasn't nearly as good defensively and it was hardly an offensive juggernaut during then regular season. Better, yes, chiefly because of the senior, fourth-year starter at quarterback stabilizing things and the most explosive freshmen playmaker at Florida since Emmitt Smith, which is why I don't expect us to come close to that result.
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    Not really, there was a lot of complaining about the offense that year and how we didn't score enough points. While the defense was playing at an amazingly high level.

    I think this may be an instance of comparing apples to, in fact, other very similar apples. Or slightly different apples - such as golden delicious to red delicious.
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    :huh:
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    Well, IMO, Easley was the best player on our team.

    I'm not sure Thomas would even be in the top 5 of the 2006 team (RFN, Percy, Leak, McDonald, Siler, Moss, Tebow, Harvey, Caldwell, Baker)
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    If we could bring back some of the posts on this board from that season, I think we'd be surprised that Meyer even made it through the season.
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    I respectfully disagree with the overall premise. If you look at it from the lense of when it took place, this was a giant loss and I would say that Marcus Thomas and RFN were probably considered our two most talented players on defense, at the time. Because you could make an argument that Ryan Smith was the most productive.

    At the time in which the dismissal took place, I would say that Thomas was considered more valuable than Percy, Tebow, McDonald, Siler, Moss, Harvey, Caldwell and Baker.

    It really was a huge loss at the time.

    I will say that Easley may have been the best player on this team, though. But Marcus (again, at the time) was probably one of our top 3 players.
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    Yeah, I think the major argument for best player at the time was between Thomas and Nelson. Percy and Tebow became legends, but that was later.
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    He was our best player on defense, and frankly I think Thomas was in 2006, too.
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    Did we have our starting, veteran QB and best big-play WR (Harvin) get knocked out of the season too? I'm not knocking on you, but the hits we've taken this year are compounded, and they're very early in the season before we've played the meat of our schedule too.
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    I read Bianchi's take on this and he is claiming that a UK defeat is now much more possible. I think he is full of number 2!
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    I'll give you the loss of Driskel, by comparison. But Debose is no Jack Kennedy.
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    Such a big mouth eh?
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    Sometimes we tend to exaggerate the accomplishments of those that we have lost.

    So far this season Easley is tied for 12th in total tackles. Tied for third in TFL. Tied for third in sacks (with 0). He is tied for first in quarterback hurries. Now his impact on the game is undeniable, as his enthusiasm (I love watching him between plays), but by production on the field, you would have to put Powell and Fowler ahead of him on the defensive line, and you could make a good argument for Morrison also being more important.

    Similarly, you could make a pretty good argument for Earl Everett, Brandon Siler, Derrick Harvey, or Reggie Nelson (that defense was so stacked, you could even make a decent argument for Ryan Smith or Jarvis Moss) ahead of Marcus Thomas as the most important defensive players in 2006.

    The defense won't be as good without him, but we still have a great defense.
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    Well first, yes, Harvin was injured for a decent amount of 2006, missed a couple of games and was limited in a few more.

    Second, Debose is not our Harvin by any stretch, if that's what you were trying to say. He had 3 catches last year. Three.

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