Chat with Kirk Herbstreit
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit stops by to chat about the start of the 2013 college football season and his preseason Herbie Awards.
Herbstreit has been an ESPN college football studio analyst since 1996. He joined ESPN in September 1995 as a sideline analyst on ESPN2 and served as the analyst on ESPN's Thursday night games from 1999-2006. Since 2006, Herbstreit has called games for the Saturday Night Football series on ABC. A four-year letterman at Ohio State (1989-92), Herbstreit started at quarterback his senior year, while also the team captain.
Send your questions now and join Herbstreit Thursday at 3 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (3:02 PM)
Herbie is here!
John Mcpherson (California)
D'Anthony Thomas is on your list as most exciting player, which he is, but not as "Ankle Breaker." He might be the greatest ankle breaker of all time. :-)
Kirk Herbstreit (3:03 PM)
I tried to keep each player in only one category, otherwise it would become really redundant. He and many others could have been in multiple categories.
What are your expectations for Jeff Driskel this year?
Kirk Herbstreit (3:05 PM)
I think it really depends on how Florida replaces in Mike Gillislee. He was such a big part of the team a year ago. They'll need Jones, Taylor and others take the pressure off of Driskel. Not to mention, we're still waiting to see Florida have some dangerous playmakers on the outside. It's been a while since Florida has had true threats at WR.
which was the hardest herbie to come up with a list for?
Kirk Herbstreit (3:06 PM)
There weren't any categories that were hard to come up with candidates for. The hardest thing is always this, trying to keep it down to three for the TV version and only five for .com. DL this year would be an example for that. A lot of worthy candidates that could be on a number of different lists.
Morgan (Atl )
What are your thoughts on the SEC Coaches ranking of the QB's?
Kirk Herbstreit (3:10 PM)
Wow. I'm as mystified as anyone. If you're going to put Johnny Manziel on the list despite what's going on, it's hard to imagine him not being on the first team. I kept him off all of the Herbie Awards, not because of a "guilty until proven innocent" kind of thing, but just waiting for the investigation to be done. I'm hopeful that all of these allegations are untrue and that Johnny will be able to play every game this year. But until that information comes through, I decided personally to keep him off of these lists.
So Kirk...Not one Irish player makes the list for any Herbies? I think Nix and Tuitt should be on it somewhere.
Kirk Herbstreit (3:12 PM)
Of course there were some close ones. It always amazes me how fans look at preseason awards with a list this small and assume that you hate a team because players aren't on the list. Tuitt and Nix were both more than deserving to be on any list. I just happen to think a few individuals that I put in those categories are going to have great years as well. Those two are the ones that stand out to me on the ND defense.
Steve S. (Tampa, FL)
Do you believe Teddy Bridgewater can hold his own in the Heisman race this season?
Kirk Herbstreit (3:13 PM)
I'm picking him to win the Heisman, so I must think he's going to have a pretty good year. I expect Louisville to have a legit shot to run the table and Teddy to receive a lot of attention.
Chad (Los Angeles)
Which teams outside the SEC this year realistically have the best shot of making a title run?
Kirk Herbstreit (3:14 PM)
Since you're out west, I'd start with the winner of the Stanford-Oregon game has what it takes to compete. I would say Ohio State in Year 2 of Urban Meyer with a very, very explosive offense has what it takes to compete. Louisville, maybe it's the year that they could possibly run the table and be in a position to challenge. Within the SEC, LSU and Georgia are two teams that will try to keep Bama from getting back to the national title.
Mark (Naperville, IL)
Herbie, help me out here......Gameday moving to 9:00 eastern causes a complication for my brother and I. See, we have a thorough Saturday tradition.......get up early, take the dogs to the park, shower, drive to get our capucchinos with the music of the Ohio State Marching band blaring, drive a country rout to soak in the fall Saturday mornings, then come back for the start of Gameday. It's a must that we see the "Comin to Your City" intro so we have to be back by 8 central now. With Gameday starting at 9 we had it down pat, almost to the minute. Major kink here.......what to do!?!?
Kirk Herbstreit (3:16 PM)
Well, you have to get up earlier brother. You got to get up earlier and get your game face on a little earlier. Maybe chill out a little more the night before, since you'll be getting up earlier. It's all about committment. We appreciate you and your brother watching.
Herbie, since you NEVER talk about Arizona State I can only assume you hate them HA HA HA. Anyways, how do you see them in the Pac-South this year with Sutton back and another year of Taylor Kelly and Marion Grice?
Kirk Herbstreit (3:18 PM)
HAHAHA...You must have not recieved the memo from the last 18 years that I hate every program. HAHA. I think Kelly is a real threat in Todd Graham's offense. Having Grice gives them a guy that can be a real compliment to what Kelly is doing. I really believe that when you look at what they did on defense last year, I was impressed with how they got after opposing QBs, with 52 sacks on the year. In the second year of this coaching regime, they're only going to play that must faster on both sides of the ball. Really tough schedule, though. If they end up getting to the Pac-12 championship games, they'll have earned it with OOC games against Wisconsin and Notre Dame. Not to mention on the road against Stanford and UCLA.
Kirk Herbstreit (3:19 PM)
Hopefully, people east of the Rockies will pay attention to No. 90. Will Sutton has been a great story to follow from the time he came to school at ASU. He has a chance to have another huge year.
Which team and conference will be the best this year in your thoughts?
Kirk Herbstreit (3:20 PM)
Is this a trick question? I believe the SEC, still, top to bottom, is the best conference in the country. Until other conferences consistently beat them, they deserve bragging rights. I think the real good question is, which conference will close the gap this year on the SEC. Will it be the Pac-12 or Big 12? Or is the Big Ten ready to make some noise after four or five years of being on the back burner?
who should florida state start at quarterback?
Kirk Herbstreit (3:22 PM)
I think all of the Florida State fans are enamored Jameis Winston, but I've seen both he and Jacob Coker. They both can spin it. Coker is 6-6, 235 and has as strong an arm as you'll see in college football. I think until we see both of these young QBs in live action against opposing defenses, it's hard to really tell who will emerge. But Winston, after his spring game performance, seems to have all of us excited about his future.
You looking forward to being back on campus next weekend for Game Day?
Kirk Herbstreit (3:24 PM)
I live for college football and always can not wait for the start of the season. The fact that we're starting it with such a great game back on a college campus will really get our show off to a great start. Clemson fans have been waiting for us to return for a long time and I know they'll create a great setting.
Looking at the All-Herbie Team, it dawned on me that the talent in college football is just SICK!! Guys are getting bigger, stronger, faster. Records continued to get shattered. Will we be watching 7ft, 400lb lineman and skill players running 4.0 50's in the next decade or two?
Kirk Herbstreit (3:26 PM)
I agree. What blows me away is watching high level high school football and the size and development of younger players today, it's astonishing. The focus on weight training, conditioning and development at younger ages is helping these players come into college where they're ready to play as freshmen. I just think a lot of training practices that you've seen on the NFL and college levels have filtered down to many of these high school programs over the last 10-15 years and the result is players who look the part at a very young age.
Hey Kirk, Do you think that Notre Dame is over/underrated this year? They are returning 15 starters from a team that went undefeated in the regular season. Granted, they got beat soundly in the NC game. They weren't the only team to be beaten soundly last year though...namely South Carolina by Florida, Geargia by South Carolina, Florida by Louisville...Those losses don't seem to matter though.
Kirk Herbstreit (3:28 PM)
I think the performance in the national championship game against Alabama has probably has had as much of an impact on their preseason hype as anything. That, along with Everett Golson being suspended and lost for the year has many people with lower expectations for the Irish. Not to mention that this year they are playing an even tougher schedule than a year ago. Playing teams like Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Arizona State, USC, BYU and Stanford. 8-4 or 9-3 would be a great year with that schedule.
Kevin (Reno, NV)
Who would rate as the better college defensive lineman, Ndamukong Suh or Jadaveon Clowney?
Kirk Herbstreit (3:30 PM)
I would say Ndamukong Suh. We live in an era where the "latest" for many people is the best ever. While I really think Clowney's athletic ability and wow factor are off the charts, he still doesn't play every play at 100 percent. Suh took games over from the interior, whether it was a run or pass, Suh was dominant. Clowney flashes on third downs, mainly, when it's an obvious passing situation. I'm sure he's challenging himself to be a more complete player this year.
Kirk Herbstreit (3:32 PM)
Thanks to everybody for the questions. I hope you had a lot of fun with the Herbies. It's just a way to have fun and get excited about the upcoming season. These lists are my lists, just like you have your lists. It doesn't mean we have to agree on all of them. It just gets the blood flowing and get ready for next weekend. We'll see you then.