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IT’S GAME TIME: Preseason Week 1 Preview: Vikings at Colts

Game Preview


Man, am I ever pumped up. I went to a Twins game at the dome yesterday (ugh, but they lost), and tonight I get to watch the Vikings on TV. Good times, I tell ya. Gooooooooood Times.

Anyway, sorry about the excitement. Moving on.

Vikings At Colts

Tonight the Vikings will go to Indianapolis to play the Colts for the first preseason game of the year.  Of course when it comes to preseason, winning and losing doesn’t matter very much.  Instead we want to keep an eye on how the returning players have progressed from last year, and how the new players are going to fit in.  Here’s what I’m personally going to be watching for:

This  will be the storyline for the first quarter of tonight’s game.  For the first time in quite a long time, the Vikings have a legitimate quarterback battle taking place going into the season.  It was announced that tonight Sage will get the start with the first team, and next week Jackson will get those honors.  Each of them will basically have probably a quarter of football to impress the coaches to try to win the job.  I’m going to guess there will be a lot of passing going on, and hopefully we’ll get a good chance to see how Sage interacts with guys like Berrian, Shiancoe, and Harvin.

Speaking of Harvin, will the Vikings be able to work him into the offense tonight even though he’ll probably see limited action?  I seriously doubt we’ll see any wildcat formations tonight, as I’m going to guess that if the Vikings decide to use that package they’ll save it for the regular season.  However, I’d love to be wrong, because I think it’d be exciting to get a glimpse of what our guys can do with exotic lineups.

Will it be Benny Sapp, who has all kinds of athleticism, but not always the greatest head for the game?  Will it be Marcus McCauley who has played in the system for a while and has some valuable game time experience?  Will it be rookie Asher Allen who has been reported as a very aggressive DB who is not afraid to hit hard and take the ball out of receivers hands?

I don’t know if this one will interest you a lot, but as I’ve pointed out many times, I’m a big fan of Albert Young.  Chip Scoggins said on ACCESS VIKINGS that he was progressing well through training camp.  I’d love to see him become our #3 RB for this year.  To me he could fill the type of role held in the past by Mewelde Moore or Moe Williams… never the kind of backup who is going to step up and take over a game, but instead the kind of guy who you can rely on to fill whatever role he’s needed for.  Albert Young is an up-the-middle type runner who would be usable in short yardage situations.  He can catch the ball out of the backfield, he can return kicks and punts, and he can play special teams.  I hope he makes the roster.

I’m interested in watching Booty play tonight.  I know that he’ll be playing with the third team, because he’s really not in the race for the starting QB position at all, but I really want to see how he’s progressed.  Last year he looked shaky, even playing against 3rd string defenses.  He’s had a whole year of practices now, and he’s most likely more comfortable with the Vikings system.  He should most likely get to play the entire second half tonight, which will be valuable playing time for him.  I’d like to catch a glimpse to see if it looks like a chance that he can be developed into a starting QB someday, or if he’s going to be one of those players that just turns into a solid backup.

Enjoy the game everyone, and HAPPY FOOTBALL SEASON!!!


Round 3 Draft Selection: Asher Allen

In the third round of last week’s Draft, the Vikings took Asher Allen, a corner out of Georgia. This was a good selection, as Allen will probably step in to compete right away for the Nickel position with Benny Sapp.

Asher Allen

At 5’9″, Allen is a bit short, but some have compared him to Antoinne Winfield in that he’s a good playmaker and a solid tackler. He also gives another option for kick returns if the Vikings don’t opt to use Percy Harvin for that roll.

Here are some of his career highlights thus far.

(all highlights/stats taken from

Career Highs: 11 tackles at No. 16 Alabama in 2007
*82-yard kickoff return vs. No. 22 Kentucky
*2 interceptions vs. No. 10 Hawai’i in 2008 Allstate Sugar Bowl

2008: Named to Phil Steele’s All-SEC Third Team
*Started all 13 games recording 53 tackles and team-leading seven pass break-ups
*Named 1-of-20 finalists for the Lott Trophy and 1-of-13 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award
*Season-high nine tackles in Capital One Bowl victory over No. 19 Michigan State
*Recorded seven tackles vs. No. 8 Alabama
*Six-tackle performances at Kentucky, vs. No. 22 Vanderbilt and at S. Carolina
*Team-high six tackles, two pass break-ups and recovered a fumble in the end zone late in the fourth quarter at South Carolina
*Four tackles and two pass break-ups at No. 11 LSU
*Selected to SEC Coaches’ Pre-season All-SEC Second Team
*Named to 2008 Lott Trophy and Jim Thorpe Award Watch Lists
*Received True Grit Award at conclusion of spring practice

2007: Appeared in 13 games making 11 starts with 64 tackles including two sacks, four pass break-ups and three interceptions
*Had a career-high two interceptions to go along with a team-leading nine tackles during Georgia’s 41-10 rout of No. 10 Hawai’i in the Sugar Bowl
*Made 28 kickoff returns for 690 yards, which is a single-season school record
*Had three tackles, a pass break-up and four kickoff returns including an 82-yard return on the opening kickoff vs. No. 22 Kentucky
*Recorded team-high seven tackles, an interception, pass break-up and three kickoff returns including a 53-yard return vs. Troy
*Registered a career-high 11 tackles at No. 16 Alabama
*Recorded four tackles and first-career sack against Oklahoma St.
*Listed as number one SC prior to fall practice
*Made four tackles and one pass break-up in spring G-Day game
*Recipient of the David C. Cooper Family Football Scholarship.

2006: *Appeared in all 13 games with 24 tackles
*19 kickoff returns for 420 yards (22.1 avg.) and 4 punt returns for 54 yards (13.5 avg.)
* Team went 9-4 including a Chick-fil-A Bowl win.
*Named team’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year
* Recipient of Tommy Reeder Football Scholarship
*Enrolled at UGA in January after early graduation from high school
*Recorded four tackles, one tackle-for-loss, and scored a TD on a 100-yard interception return in annual spring G-Day game
*Named Biggest Defensive Surprise of the Spring

High School: Tucker, coached by Bill Ballard
*Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 and Super Southern 100
*Fox Sports Net All-South Third-Team, #9 CB in the nation, #22 CB, SuperPrep All-America, PrepStar Top 200
*Earned Coaches Choice All-State honors as a junior punt/kick returner
*Seven punt returns for touchdowns and two kickoffs for touchdowns
*36 receptions for 432 yards and five touchdowns as a junior and almost 500 yards and six rushing scores
*Recorded six interceptions, 46 solo tackles and 20 assists as a junior
*Played basketball and ran track in high school