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This is a very very good move IMHO. I was never that happy with the people we had lined up at FB and unless they were going to be strictly blockers I couldn't see us getting much from them. With JJ at Fb you now have a weapon. The kid will be lining up at Fb but he has tailback skills. He can catch coming out of the backfield and even tote the rock s few times a game to take some of the pressure off of the tailbacks. And oh yeah, he likes to hit too.

This is a very good move.
 

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He had what is quite possibly the best quote from a player so far this camp when he was asked about being moved to fullback: "It's just an opportunity to hit people," Johns said. "That's something I like doing, something I take pride in."

Now THAT sounds like a Tide player to me.
 
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This is something I sugested back when we were wondering last year who would take over at FB after McClain and Castille left. I love this move. As others have said, he has the skills to be a weapon from that position. My only concern is his reputation as not being that good of a pass blocker. Is that a reputation that he earned? Or is it just a perception from where some have seen him miss a block in a critical situation?
 
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Bama Bo said:
My only concern is his reputation as not being that good of a pass blocker. Is that a reputation that he earned? Or is it just a perception from where some have seen him miss a block in a critical situation?

The pass blocking thing was more of an assignment/recognition thing, not an ability thing. I suspect the current staff will do a better job of getting him accustomed to doing what he's supposed to do on every play... if not, he won't be out there much.
 
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Wow, JJ at fullback? That should really have the opposing D's nervous. I agree with whomever said it earlier, he can catch out of the backfield and run it a bit. It could be like having Castille or LeRon back again.
 

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The possibility of this never even crossed my mind, and I love this move. You gotta find a way to get this guy on the field, and yet this will allow us to exploit our depth at RB more. Guys, the potential of this offense is looking great.
 

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I hear ya BamaFan, I really think our offense will be explosive. Man I can't wait.

I think some of his pass blocking problems too will be helped by a much improved O-Line. It is easier to pick up a block when there is only one guy to block, but if you have to choose between 4-5 guys it makes it a bit tougher. IMHO!
 
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Finebaum seems to think this is a desperation move showing a lack of depth on the team. I think it is actually showing the solid depth at RB and trying to get JJ involved in a way where he can help the team. He will be a weapon at FB.
 

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Bones82 said:
Finebaum seems to think this is a desperation move showing a lack of depth on the team. I think it is actually showing the solid depth at RB and trying to get JJ involved in a way where he can help the team. He will be a weapon at FB.

I don't think there is a position on offense where we don't have atleast decent depth, and at RB we go about 4 or 5 deep right now. This offense should be able to spread the ball around, and if we can do that it'll be one to be reckoned with...our depth problems are on defense instead of offense for a change
 

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Wiseace615 said:
He had what is quite possibly the best quote from a player so far this camp when he was asked about being moved to fullback: "It's just an opportunity to hit people," Johns said. "That's something I like doing, something I take pride in."

Now THAT sounds like a Tide player to me.

Sounds like a Tide player with a GREAT Coach. I don't think we would have seen that kind of humility and commitment under Shula. It seems that Coach Saban knows how to not only discipline his players but also how to get their mental state where it needs to be.
 

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Sounds like a Tide player with a GREAT Coach. I don't think we would have seen that kind of humility and commitment under Shula. It seems that Coach Saban knows how to not only discipline his players but also how to get their mental state where it needs to be.

True, there is definitely a new sheriff in town. But, Johns showed how much he enjoyed hitting on special teams in '05. Also, I think the events during spring practice helped get his head a little straighter.
 
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