SEC Speed Reference

Watching the South Carolina-NC State game.  One half in, we’ve already heard two references to ‘SEC speed’ from Jesse Palmer (as if the fact that a Southern school like North Carolina is in the ACC means it is automatically slower than a school in a state just below it).

For what it’s worth, the fastest guy on that field tonight is T.J. Graham of NC State.  Maybe he thought NC State was in the SEC.

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4 Responses to SEC Speed Reference

  1. Year2 September 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

    Are you watching this game? The speed difference is on the lines, and NC State’s O-line is much, much slower than South Carolina’s D-line.

  2. Dawgy September 4, 2009 at 5:55 am #

    One fast guy on a team doesn’t equate to the team being fast. To bad this T.J. Graham couldn’t play all 22 positions at once.

    Instead of listening to Palmer maybe you should have paid more attention to the game.

  3. HP September 4, 2009 at 10:13 am #

    Year 2: Defensive linemen are always faster than offensive linemen. That’s why they are on that side of the ball. Guys who can’t play Dline due to lack of footspeed are usually moved to the offense.

    Dawgy, unfortunately I did pay attention to the game. It was excruciating.

  4. slippy September 4, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    Seriously, there was just as much disparity between the speed of USC’s O-line and NCST’s d-line, but I didn’t hear a word about ACC speed. Garcia was running for his life all night (hence the 700 times Palmer made the comment he has to slide) but not once was their a mention of any NCST speed. It’s unbelievable how out of control this concept has gotten.