Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
I’m getting tired of reading articles that praise Bill Stewart but completely forget to mention that Calvin McGee was at the game. It’s as if the world forgot that RR put the system in place, Barwis turned it into a machine, and Calvin schemed his ass off…which leads me to ask this question…
West Virginia went out and b-slapped Oklahoma all over the Fiesta Bowl field. Instantly the credit for this whipping went to the coaching and preparation of Bill Stewart.
- Did Bill call the offense?
- Did he do anything new with the defense?
I look at this and say…the assistant coach's did their job and Stewart was a figure head to rally the team. IMO, Bill gets credit for getting the team to the game…but McGee and the D-coordinator get credit for organizing the game.
So…What do you say? Beyond the players, who gets credit when an interim coach comes in and wins a big bowl game?
For those that care, here are the numbers the freshmen will wear next year. You will note that there is no #1.
2 - Sam McGuffie
4 - Marcus Witherspoon
5 - Justin Feagin
7 - Terrence Robinson
9 - Martavious Odoms
12 - J.T. Floyd
15 - Michael Cox
16 - Roy Roundtree
20 - Michael Shaw
22 - Darryl Stonum
25 - Kenny Demens
28 - Brandon Smith
33 - Boubacar Cissoko
36 - Taylor Hill
42 - J.B. Fitzgerald
56 - Ricky Barnum
57 - Elliott Mealer
63 - Rocko Khoury
64 - Kurt Wermers
65 - Patrick Omameh
68 - Mike Martin
78 - Dann O’Neill
86 - Kevin Koger
88 - Brandon Moore
Fall practice preview..
First (for some it is old news but..) Notre Dame going into fall practice is down two players. Of the two, Darrin Walls is the most noteworthy. He was a blue chip CB that was recruited by ND, Michgian, PSU, and Pitt. Rumors around South Bend is because of classroom related problems. I cannot believe it is grades because it seems Notre Dame's football players all graduate, win the Nobel Prize, and go from a high school 2.5 gpa to a "top univeristy" MD in business with honors.
What does this mean for Michigan? Considering the passing game will be the most unkown quantity of the offense this year, it could only help that one of the better ND secondary is at home for this game.
What else is new for ND this year.
In the offseason, the biggest splash was the hiring of Jon Tenuta as assistant head coach and linebacker coach. I believe it will be a stepping stone to the Defensive Coordinator postition as well. If the defense improves, I think Corwin Brown is pushed out or demoted. If the defense does not improve, I think Corwin Brown is pushed out or demoted. My opinion only here, but why hire a guy who is the "most awesomest DC" not to be the "most awesomest DC" of a good program. I remember Notre Dame hiring the last decent DC to beat them and groom him for head coach. You remeber Bob Davis don't you? Is history about to repeat itself?
Emu and the Gang.
By Imperial edict, Jimmy Clausen is the second comming, only better. He is fully recovered from last year's pre-season elbow surgery that wasn't supposed to be a problem or cause him to lose any of his awesomeness. One 3-9 season and whoops!!!! The savior was only playing at 5% of his full potential. Only the Son of God could have done so good given the conditions. Gotta love the sliding scale used by Charlie.
- "No, it won't be a problem."
- Doh! "Yea, it was a huge problem, we never said otherwise."
Last year we saw ND quaterbacks not named JC heading out of town. Evan Sharpley, a MLB prospect and not a NFL one, was the only one to stay. He was the most senior member of the QB club and played in a few games. Now, ND has a good incoming QB in Dayne Crist. I will go on record here and saying I think Charlie has him penciled in at the #2 postition and will give him the reps to be so. Charile is all about the QB and his percieved mojo as a QB guy. Evan Sharpley is a dead end since this is his last year. Crist is probably just as good on paper as Jimmy C, but may have more upside due to his size and strength.
Can I get a running back for $100 Alex?
Despite decent recruiting in the backfield, Charlie has yet to figure out what to do with these guys. James Aldridge is their version of Kevin Grady minus the booze. In other words, a highly ranked recruit yet to prove themselves. Neither one is presumed to be top of their prospective depth charts. I could go on to review the other members of the backfield, but unless Charlie changes his M.O., they are mere pawns in his quest for QB domination.
Why so many defections?
In the past, there have been quite a few players deciding to transfer, despite it not being the coach's first year. It may seem higher than normal, but most programs see players leave for various reasons. Why may it seem more likely at Notre Dame is, I believe, the promises of playing time. Combine that with the pressure of playing the "hot new recruit" may drive players that feel forgoten to look elsewhere. I think that is something that may not be unique to Notre Dame, but they are a product of their own hype.
I ran across the post below from a WV fan named "jdakanwv " on the Sportsline Boards.
Aside from his "Mouse Pasties" avatar, I think he sheds some unbiased insight into how the offense might operate.
One thing he stresses is over use of the bubble screen. I hope this does not become the new "Throwing the Rock since 1969".
Here's the post and the direct link:"Recently I was on the WVU boards and began having a discussion with Dsoph about things to expect in Ann Arbor over the next few years. You will see some things that you have never seen before. Some will be impressive, others...not so much...here is my list, take it for what it is worth....
- Everyone will be leaner, quicker, and faster. Your linemen will go from averaging 315 across the line to averaging about 280, but they will be quick and explosive.
- The bubble screen....Get used to it. You will run it on average, 8-12 times a game. At least twice a year, you will see some version of it 20+ times in a game. The idea behind it is a good one, get the ball in a playmakers hands quickly and let them make a play, but you can only see it so many times before you are ready to go nuts.
- Changes. Many of your traditions will remain, but there will be little tweaks to most of them. As you can see with your road uni's, that has already begun.
- Big Plays. Once RR gets his full compliment of players and a true dual threat QB, the number of 35+ yd TD's will increase dramatically. (There is no site like watching a speedy RB or QB bust thru the line and split the safeties like they were standing still and having him go 50yds untouched for a TD. You can see that it will happen within the first two steps the ball carrier takes....it is a site to see and you will enjoy that.)
- This one is the most impressive to me. At the end of the 1st and 3rd qtr's, (especially when you are on offense) Your offensive line will sprint to the other end of the field to get ready for the next quarter. When this is the most impressive is heading to the 4th quarter of a hard fought game and seeing the looks on the defenses faces as the linemen sprint to the other end of the field and the D is gasping for air and sucking down water like it is their job.
Good luck to Uof M in the upcoming seasons. RR's style will take a little time to get used to, but in the end, you will enjoy it.
P.S. Barwis is an animal...You guys will love him."
It's nice to see a WV fan not bash the university, fans or RR.
Three yards and a cloud of Bubble Screen... could be my new blog page, only time will tell.
Even though the evil banner suffered an epic beat down in the semis of the banner contest, I apprecaited all of the positive feedback from the community. I heard some of you guys asking for larger versions of the banners, so I did a bit of work and brought an old site out retirement.
I put up a couple of the older wallpapers along with a couple newer ones. I have some more pieces in the works and am always open to requests and feedback.
p.s. feel free to download if you like anything but let me know in the comments section (of the site) so I can trend the good ones.
OK, so we've already been over why UM is going to dispose of Utah in game one, now it's on to Miami (OH), when I'll probably sport the Worst State Ever shirt, just for fun. Here's why UM is 2-0 going into South Bend:
Miami (OH) -- Sept. 6, 12:00 PM
First off, it's a MAC school, and despite Johnny Sears' best efforts, Michigan has a strict policy of beating these teams. As for Miami, UM leads the series 4-0 (sweep!). Did you know their team name is the RedHawks? That's right, one word, with the 'H' capitalized in the middle. WtF? While emotionally, one could fear a letdown between the Utah and Notre Dame games, it won't happen. It's no stretch to imagine the offense looking a little shaky in game one, so I imagine Rodriguez berating them constantly leading up to the Miami game, causing Boren to transfer from Ohio State, just to get farther away.
Miami's defense seems to be the strength of the team. After playing Utah, with three new linebackers, Miami returns all three starters, and apparently they're good. “That threesome is as good as any in the conference, and I don’t think that there are many who are better in all of college football,” coach Shane Montgomery said. Two things:
- Miami's coach's name sounds like that of a country music star.
- I know the midwest isn't known for its hot women, but this is far from the best threesome in the MAC Conference.
So they have good linebackers, big deal. The offense won't need too many points to get us the win...
That's because Miami's offense is rotten. No running backs of note returning, a shaky quarterback, and well...they're Miami. Goal number three for Shafe's defense is looking pretty good for this game, whether it's by way of knocking the starter out, or a few turnovers. Miami's starter threw seven picks in the last three games of '07.
This game may start slowly, but Michigan is just too good for Miami. The RedHawks won't be able to move the ball, and Michigan's defense and/or special teams will score in Week Two. Write it down. Bring on the Irish!