Pinson head coach Sam Shade has little experience playing defensively.
Shade helped Alabama win the national championship, was selected in the fourth round of the 1995 NFL Draft and played 10 seasons of professional football.
Would you enjoy the challenge of trying to cover the Heisman Trophy winner who won the DeVonta Smith?
“At no point in my playing career ̵
Shade, the coach of the year for the Alabama Sports Writers Association, Class 6A, after leading the Indians to a state title in December, watched the Purple Tide beat Ohio on Monday night from the comfort of his own home. This has not diminished his respect for what the alma mater has achieved this year.
“I thought they did great all year, especially playing the 10 regular seasons of SEC games, then being able to beat a really good team in Florida that had really talented guys in different positions.” which caused them problems with the match, “he said. “After that, entering the playoffs and winning. My hat goes to them because I know what they’ve done in terms of COVID protocols and the lack of a head coach to play – perhaps the biggest game of the regular season against Auburn. I know they went through a lot to win this championship. “
He was particularly impressed by Alabama’s insult and Smith’s play.
“He’s a special player,” Shade said. “I thought (former Alabama offensive coordinator / now Texas head coach Steve) Sargsian all year and especially the last few games have done a great job. I know myself and some of my staff wanted me to go down to Tuscaloosa and talk to him on the ball. This is something you do out of season. But I told them I didn’t think we were going to Austin. It’s a little too far. “
Watching Smith, Shade said he was just doing well.
“If you try to push him, he does a great job of getting rid of the press,” he said. “If you play him, he’s such a good runner on the route that he gets in and out of his breaks so well. When you look at him, he understands very well what the protection gives him – whether they are in a zone, whether they are in some type of man below.
“He does all these things well and, obviously, he’s really good after the catch. When you’re a comeback, you’re definitely a person who handles the ball well. It’s just very difficult to stop him, especially with the way coach Sarkisian moves him. “
Shade may be even more interested in Alabama next season. His star player at Pinson this year, Mr. football contender Ga’Quincy “Kool-Aid” McKinstry, signed with Tide in December and is already in Tuscaloosa. McKinstry plays on both sides of the ball for the Indians, but will likely find a home in the second center of Alabama in the near future.
Hypothetically, what would he do if he had to try to cover Smith?
“He’ll probably need a few more seasons of pecan before he covers 6,” Shade joked. “There are some boys who play on Sunday next year who will have a hard time covering Devont. He’s one of those guys that you really have to be in your game and really sound like a player in order to give yourself a chance to succeed against him 1 on 1. “