I took in the Twinsburg vs. Brush game tonight and thought I’d share my observations on Pharaoh Brown. It’s obvious he’s a great athlete with a lot of potential. At 6’6”, 220lbs he wears #2 and physically looks like several 6’6” college QBs that have worn #2 in recent years. He’s a very smooth athlete with a lot of speed. When I left the game after the 3rd quarter, he had around 6 tackles (1 sack) and 3 catches for around 100 yds and a TD. Most of those yards came on an 85 yd TD reception where he broke one tackle on a post pattern and outran everyone on the field. Defensively he showed excellent closing speed and some good burst on the line.
Unfortunately, like many high school studs, he relied too heavily on his speed and athleticism. He was often single blocked by a very well coached O-line and neutralized by good technique and a physically stronger OT. His pad level was consistently high, and it really hurt him at times. When double teamed he didn’t show the physicality I expected, often standing up and chasing plays rather than occupying blockers. On the goal line he made several nice plays on outside runs to his side, but struggled against physical MANBALL directly at him. There were times when he looked gassed, but he played all but 4 snaps on offense and defense so that’s to be expected.
What I took away from the game was that the things he needs to work on (technique, size) are correctable (and somewhat expected) issues. He’s got a good frame with lots of room to put on weight, and was receptive to coaching he received on the sideline. The things you can’t coach (speed, athleticism) he’s clearly got. It’s pretty easy to see a future B1G football player when you watch him play, and I’m excited to see him wear the winged helmet. Go Blue!
seemed like there was some interest last week, so here is a revised version of the mini program for this week incorporating suggestions such as numbered depth chart, opponent depth chart / roster (abbreviated) and times as they are known for schedule. the michigan coaching staff has been ommitted in favor of the other info, but i think in the future i will try to include that as well as some national rankings on offense, defense, etc . one thing to comment on is if the text size is too small, i tried to keep it legible, but i realize that i might have better vision than some other readers. the DL depth chart is a bit muddy right now, so i left it from last week. i figure all the names are there somewhere.
for those of you who missed it the first time around, this is basically a cheat sheet to help with rosters, numbers and names and is especially useful if you are attending the game and don't want to buy a program that will get ruined. it is also useful to have on your coffee table during the game at home.
[edit: preview seems to work. was a bit wonky there for a bit as i tried to get rid of some of the previous versions of the pdf on scribd. should be good now]
What happens when Notre Dame starts the season 0-2 then proceeds to dominate Michigan St, Ohio State can only get 35 yards of passing against an ACC team, Georgia and Mississippi State are both 1-2? First thing that happens is all Michigan fans enjoy the troubles of our rivals. Then we all look confused at the Pick Six standings because an entire preseason group of teams is unranked. (Side note: To make the standings load faster they only show the current standings. A link to the past standings is at the top of that page.)
I repeat, every team from group D is unranked in the week 3 poll. What does that do to the standings? It throws them into utter chaos. Unranked teams are just starting to sneak their way into the top twenty so there is not much to differentiate between entries when everybody is earning 0 points for their group D pick. Unfortunately it looks like it will be a couple weeks before any of these teams re-enter the rankings. I’m sure this has happened before, but I haven’t ever seen it in my few years of playing Pick Six.
So the motto of the next few weeks will be “the more the merrier.” There are 8 people tied for first place. There are 39 people in the Top 25 (19 people are tied for 21st place). Most of those people were in the triple digits last week. Which brings us to our other motto of this week.
The first place entry from week 1 (macatawami – who didn’t get his weekly shout out) and the first place entry from week 2 have dropped down to being tied for 71st. Seven of the new eight first place entries jumped up from 76th or 104th.
The weekly Brian watch continues with this theme. He has jumped from 282 all the way up to being tied with 20 other people for 40th place. Not too much of a surprise there since his only “bad pick” had been Notre Dame and that is now the same as everyone else’s pick.
The current perfect ballot has 86 points with Oklahoma, Stanford, Wisconsin, Anybody, Florida, Baylor. There is still nobody picking the perfect ballot but everyone tied for first has a perfect top 5 but picked Texas as the unranked team instead of Baylor. That ballot has earned all of them 84 points. The smartest people on MGoBlog this week are
- 1329 S. University
- Bieber 4 Prez
This week’s person in last place is actually 3 points above the worst possible ballot. His pick of Southern Cal has saved him from the theoretical rock bottom. I still don’t know if it’s a gift or a curse. Edit: Misery loves company. There are actually two people sharing the pain of being in last with 40 points. They both are saved by Southern Cal who is keeping them above the lowest possible score of 37 points.
Games to Watch
There are four main games that will shake up the standings for week 4.
- #7 Oklahoma State at #8 Texas A&M
- #14 Arkansas at #3 Alabama
- #2 LSU at #16 West Virginia
- #11 Florida State at #21 Clemson
Also keep an eye on the #23 USC at Arizona State game. Arizona State is the third-most popular unranked team and could get back into the rankings with a win over USC, while USC could become the third unranked team from Group E.
I made a list of all the people who gave their Twitter username. If you want to talk about Pick Six or college football on Twitter these people would be good new people to follow. If you want in on the Twitter list fun, let me know.
Here goes attempt number three of the season (I did not make a wallpaper for week one because BlueIndy already had it covered here.) I did a couple looks last week and ended up with the bald eagle sitting in a large jail cell looking all dejected. I struggled with taking the nations great bird and portraying him in a negative way.
As I approached this week's wallpaper I had another internal struggle. I had a hard time finding a tasteful way to place the Aztec within the grand scheme of Michigan destroying another mascot/school on the way to a B1G title and top ten finish of the season. Maybe it is the pastor in me that hates to offend. So I gave it a couple days to see if anything less offensive resonated with the creative juices.
I ended up thinking less along the lines of the mascot and more along the lines of this being Brady's last place of residents and how they must have felt about losing their coach. I thought about something along the lines of Coach walking along the intersate heading towards Ann Arbor. I considered him pointing instead of hitch hiking. I ended up with a simple concept of what they must feel like when a coach that they have loved (after all we have quickly grown to love him) just vanished and left town. As I said, it is simple but I am not a photoshop guy with a ton of time. I tried very hard to get a head set in the picture that was just tossed on the ground but I could not get the right depth and lighting/shadowing. This is all I have to offer.
It is still early to talk numbers and which particular positions the staff will be going after. But what the heck. The 2013 class in Michigan is a little weak and that maybe why only three instate offers have been extended. Still plenty of time for things to develop in state, but expect a bigger potion of our class to come from outside Michigan. That being said we're in on some great prospect early :).
Personally, I think we take two QBs in the 2013 class assuming we aren't taking one in 2012. This will build some depth and also foster some competition at the QB position. This maybe a precautionary move by the coaches because of Devin's RS status. Man if he loses a year of eligibility because of series against Bowling Green, I'm gonna be pissed! lol.
OH Pro-style QB Brogan Roback
A lifelong Michigan fan who frequents Michigan home games. Currently has a couple of MAC offers and is hearing from several BCS schools, including Michigan. He has been putting up big numbers for his St.John's team, including a game against OLSM. Looking at his tape, you can clearly see he is not at Shane's level. He has great poise and pocket awareness, but his throwing mechanics (not uncommon for HS prospects) needs work. He is a great athlete who also excels on the hardwood too. Should be a high 3 star/low 4 star. Here is a little interview on Maize N' Blue:
FL OL Larmey Tensil
Offers from UF, FSU, ND, USC early on. His coach is Ed Stokes, a former assistant with Brady Hoke at Ball State. From TOMVH's inside article (leaking a lil info) we're in his top 3, with out an offer which sounds pretty promising. I hope he gets an offer soon. For insiders here is an article:
IL RB Ty Issac
Beast, 6'3 220, very surgical runner but also can make plays after contact. Received his Michigan offer this week, which he is pretty excited about. Has many suitors and the staff will need to make some ground. I think coach Jackson is personally recruiting him. My favourite RB from the Midwest. Here is an article from Sam Webb, couple weeks before his offer:
With the 2012 class filling up, it will give us a head start for 2013. Also, two potential 5 stars to start isn't bad either. Just some of the prospects you should be aware of during the 2013 cycle for those who follow recruiting. If you know anyone else we should know about, share! Also check out the Michigan Thread on 247 when you are in need of recruiting news.
It has already been three weeks of college football season and I have the self mutilation scars tallying every time I thought a game was lost or became frustrated with the Pitbull Dr. Pepper commercials. After spending an afternoon staring at my scars, I realized this habit must stop or else I will be sucking up all the good blood at the hospital for selfish reasons. This past weekend was supposed to be a “healing weekend.” It turned out to be just as frustrating as the past two.
The Eastern Michigan University football team has been compared to a punching bag or even an ugly mannequin used for those loners down in their basements to beat up on after losing their six hour quest of Dungeons and Dragons to install confidence for the next life wasting night full of pizza, funny dice, and no estrogen save in their man breasts from too much pizza and coddling at a young age. I debated whether to even watch this game or to take natural medicine and travel fast as I could to the Medieval Festival in Holly to take in the wonderful colors, music, belly dancing, and a turkey leg the size of Mattison’s head. I decided that in order to keep a weekly diary going it would be in my best interest to stay and watch. I expected an avalanche of offense and a punishment of defense from the get go by our beloved Michigan Wolverines. I soon found myself trying to remember how to tie a slipknot and finding a tall enough place by halftime.
The offense started out anemic and the defense played as if they were on the winning side of the game Tag and trying not to get tagged back. For a while I thought this was some cruel hoax of a uniform swith in the locker rooms so that Mike Hart would be able to coach the Michigan Wolverines incognito. Eastern Michigan manhandled Michigan as their offense stampeded down the field on at least three straight occasions but only coming away with three points from the whole ordeal. Thank the all knowing Spaghetti Monster that this was an inept team that didn’t know how to handle momentum against quality opponents and made buffoons out of themselves on national television. If this were any BIG opponent, our ass would have been grass, and they would have turned it over to the authorities. The Michigan offense was just as putrid as Gorgeous Borges still looks for an offensive strategy besides Denard Left, Denard Right, Denard Center, and Denard Please Fucking Save Us. He still hasn’t found it. MANBAWW FOOTBAWW. Sure Vincent Smith got over 100 yards on various attempts, but again, this is Eastern Michigan School of the Fighting Stuffed Animals. Denards’s throwing seemed to regress as he sailed passes to Tacopants and to Lloyd Brady tailgating outside the stadium.
At halftime I decided it was a bit hyperbolic to hang myself this early in the season. I should save that for Michigan State or Nebraska. I don’t want to waste my finale on a team that my old University President from Pennsylvania who wore plaid sports jackets stepped in for in the past to serve as Emergency President at Eastern. No way. Plaid sports jackets will not be the end of me. I knew Michigan would pull this out from the beginning, but the way in which they started the game was discouraging. Mattison and Gorgeous Borges better take note that an imitation Division III team pushed them around for one whole quarter.
After halftime, Michigan had a fire lit under their ass and the lighter fluid to ignite it was the usual brand, Denard Robinson. The defense also stepped up their game to begin to look respectable, but the rushing attack by the fighting EMU’s still plagued them. Denard galloped his way on his feet, which I am convinced are small unicorns blessed by the Pope. (How else would he always make the Irish look like chumps?) As the scoreboard raced higher for Michigan after unanswered touchdowns quicker than Tyrone Biggums racing higher after stealing a car radio, I still felt a level of disappointment. If Michigan were an ice cream shop going head to head with Baskin-Robbins for the Internationally known Lactose Award for Variety, they would lose 37-1.
Last year Michigan leaned heavily on Denard until he docked in at the end of the season with more bumps, bruises, and injuries than Whitney Hill after a good night out with Bobby. Not only was Denard beat-up by the end of the season, everyone figured out the game plan of a hobbled legged QB trying desperately to save his team from losing and his coach from trying out for Glee. The end result was a predictive offense with a defense that would have won Last Comic Standing and an embarrassing end to the season by being drubbed by Mississippi State 52-14.
The FEAR is afoot again. Whether it is Gorgeous Borges’ fault that he hasn’t tried to implement more offensive strategies using Denard’s threat to open up other plays besides a quick slant and a zone read, or because we are not there offensively with the talent up front and around someone like Denard can be debated until the cows come back to tsio’s many sororities. The defense has improved slightly, but is nowhere near a level accustomed to Michigan’s past or a level that can sustain a season in the Big Ten 2.0. The FEAR is creeping up my leg and beginning to look like a rabid warthog with pieces of kitten flesh dripping from its tusks. The game against Eastern Michigan may have been rewarding in it brought us another win and national ranking, but it also served as a curse in possible false hopes and a déjà vu that is beginning to resemble a Greek tragedy rendition of Groundhog Day. Then again, I’ve been known to worry too much.