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Ken Medlin

Amerson has a chance to turn a negative into a positive

Posted September 1, 2012
Updated September 2, 2012

With a few hours of sleep, and the benefit of hindsight, I've had this thought running through my mind after N.C. State's season-opening loss to Tennessee: David Amerson could come out of this an even better player.

Bear with me on this; I know Amerson is coming off a dismal night against the Volunteers.

He himself called it the worst game he has ever played. But for an elite player like Amerson, could that embarrassment be the motivation he needs to find another gear?

David Amerson Amerson: I can't continue to have games like that

There's a reason they call the cornerback position an "island," and State's All-American, record-setting defensive back found himself stranded in a Gilligan-meets-Lost kind of way twice against the Vols – each time for a long touchdown.

Amerson was expecting "help" from a safety on at least one of those plays – help which would allow him to play underneath. But the bottom line is that Amerson, a great as he is, had a bad night.

Is he the reason State lost? Not on his own, but he's a part of it.

However, the chances of David Amerson playing like this on a consistent basis are very low. This is fixable.

Truly great players despise failure.

And if his reaction is any indication – apologizing to the Wolfpack nation on Twitter after the game – he's intent on not letting this happen again.

If he handles it right, Amerson could come out of this a better player.

And that's scary ...

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  • Toddler10-21 Sep 3, 4:48 a.m.

    He will be ok. Just had a terrible game. It happens to some of the best. ( Ike Taylor last year steelers/ broncos afc playoffs). Amerson, and Taylor will bounce back. As for Glennon. Pocket passer1 Not gonna run away from anybody. He should have thrown the ball away a few times. Glennon look at some Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning tapes. Throw it away, and live for the next series.

  • Hokies94 Sep 2, 10:07 p.m.

    Maybe Amerson is NOT all that great. Its relative. Maybe he IS great against most ACC talent.... View More

    — Posted by DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT

    That's a solid point. He was 1-2 steps behind them before they made the cut. Then it was 5-6 yards in a hurry in front of him. He was burned badly. A bunch of ACC DC's will watch this game a few times.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 2, 9:54 p.m.

    Maybe Amerson is NOT all that great. Its relative. Maybe he IS great against most ACC talent. But maybe he's not that great when competing against receivers in other conferences.

  • lec02572 Sep 2, 9:46 p.m.

    It's game 1 of 12 or 13. It is also history. Amerson will be back on the field next week giving his normal 100%.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 2, 9:44 p.m.

    Last week a few on here argued with me and said that Tennessee "settled" on Tyler Bray as their QB when he was a freshmen. Basically saying Tyler Bray wasn't in Glennon's league and Tennessee didn't have anything better. So they "settled" on Tyler Bray. My argument was that Tyler Bray was brought in as a potential starter from the start. He WAS that good. And obviously, he's STILL that good. Whoever you were/are, hope you're enjoying your weekend after Bray TORCHED your Defense. And I kept hearing for weeks how Amerson and the State D would eat Tyler Bray alive and pick him off left and right. Again, hope you're enjoying your weekend after the Tennessee D obliterated Glennon for FOUR pics. And I kept hearing how the Tennessee passing game would be horrible because they lost ONE receiver. Did you forget that they don't refer to Tennessee as "Wide Receiver U" for nothing. Those supposedly mediocre receivers made Amerson look like a D-II player. But you were right. Tyler Bray is NOT in Glennon's league. Tyler Bray is playing D-I football. I can't say that for Glennon or Amerson.

  • simplysavvy Sep 2, 9:02 p.m.

    Both receivers who burnt Amerson didn't do anything special. Not one thing. They ran right past him and left him 10 yards behind. To be a Pre-Season All-American that is laughable. He got his dose of reality for 2012 in early, which is- I don't care how good of a corner you are, if your front 4 or even 7 can't get pressure on the quarterback you will be exposed

  • Hokies94 Sep 2, 7:38 p.m.

    Amerson may have had a big head entering into this game. His safety didn't help him at times, but he was clearly out of position way too often. Eye opener. He will get 6-7 picks this year. And luck is included in this one.

  • TsKaMF Sep 2, 4:20 p.m.

    He should have declared for the draft and blew it out at the combine(s) last year. He will not... View More

    — Posted by TeaBagOnLove

    Here ia a clue. He could not have entered the draft. He was a Soph. Maybe you could get iron... View More

    — Posted by TsKaMF

    Sorry for the typo as you know we all make errors get a life

    — Posted by iron fist

    You are correct about the typo. I apologize. I was just trying to point out to "get a clue" that DA could not have entered the draft.

  • sportznut628 Sep 2, 3:59 p.m.

    reality is that State's LBs were WAYY better last year -that helped "Tennesseetoast!" a lot. Also looks like someone has been reading their headlines too much

  • iron fist Sep 2, 3:47 p.m.

    He should have declared for the draft and blew it out at the combine(s) last year. He will not... View More

    — Posted by TeaBagOnLove

    Here ia a clue. He could not have entered the draft. He was a Soph. Maybe you could get iron... View More

    — Posted by TsKaMF

    Sorry for the typo as you know we all make errors get a life

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