1. Aaron Murray- Everyone in Bulldog Nation has to be thrilled with the improvements Murray has made as well as the apparent upside of his talent. I don't know if we were this pleased with Stafford after his first season, but I don't think I was personally as excited about Stafford as I am about Murray. His mobility is not quite that of DJ but it is a vast improvement over Cox as well as Stafford. Naturally his arm is not as big as Stafford's but that is not always a bad thing. Trust us- he has plenty of arm strength but sometimes guys like Stafford, Cutler, and Favre are overly confident in their arms and that can get them into INT trouble. With Mallett and Newton on their way out of the door Murray should be the top rated passer in the SEC come 2011.
2. Toddy Graham's D is Improving- Now Toddy doesn't run a true 3-4 in the Pittsburgh Steelers sense of the word. Much like his old associate Nick Saban, TG runs a hybrid that very often has four men on the line. We all knew this would take some time (Saban's first year at Bama turned up a loss to UL-Monroe) and we all knew that we didn't have the best personnel for this switch. Even if we have to go the Mt. Cody route and dip into the JUCO ranks TG's #1 priority this off-season has to be a gigantic NT. The ability to wrap-up and tackle has improved by leaps and bounds since the Carolina game, and with contact back at practice and a full year on the job TG should continue to improve the fundamentals as well as the nuances of this defense.
3. We Still Have Tennessee- I don't know why it is but for me more so than G.T., Auburn, or Florida I hate no program more than those inbred hillbillies in Tennessee. While there are some problems in Athens we are still in better shape than they are in Rocky-Top, and that does this ol' heart so good.
4. A.J. Green- Despite the suspension AJ is still in the words of Dusty Rhodes: