this may be of some local interest
Do you feel this is the highest level you’ve played at in years?
Denard: “Not that Michigan has played at.”
when ask "you" it doesn't mean you, denard, or you, 2011 michigan offence, or you, this michigan team. "You" to Denard means, Michigan. i.e. all of the teams before him and including this team.
Strikes me as very cool. Genuine. Sincere. And speaks volumes.
That's effin' correct, his our guy and we love him best . . .
"He's a stutter (step) guy," Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini said. "Early in the game, when he really hurt us with his feet -- those were times when we just broke down."
You saw what I saw. The 6-foot, 195-pound Robinson stutter-stepped. A defender hesitated. He ran round the defender.
And, boy, can he run.
He slithers through crevices.
He bursts through gaggles of tacklers -- sometimes it appears they're momentarily mesmerized by his quickness.
He explodes for sizable gains on broken plays.
He carried 23 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns -- numbers that don't bowl you over. Let's just say he looked more impressive in person than he did on the stat sheet.
I'm not off the Denard bandwagon. I know a lot of people have started to turn on him, but there are worse people to be compared to.
After showing signs of being something special during his freshman year, Juice followed it up by a largely injury plagued sophomore season. Throughout those first two years, he had only one more TD pass than interception but it was clear he had a spark that most QBs did not have.
Williams made a huge impact in his junior year. He came out of his shell and combined for 3,900 all purpose yards. At this time, he was considered a groundbreaker at the position, as he was just HARD to contain. We all know that to be true, as he torched us for the most yards in Big House history. Despite this, he did have some glaring deficiencies that were largely overlooked, because.... did you SEE that? First and foremost, his accuracy was questionable. He seemed to get hurt a lot as well.
Fast forward to his senior year. He was on every watch list you can think of. He came out of the gate and sputtered. Was this due to regression on his part, or did DC's focus in on him more closely? Did they gameplan strictly to stop his skills?
It seems like during his senior season, opposing defenses put just enough pressure on Juice to expose and open the cracks in his armor. The regression may not have been actual regression, instead it was the defenses who tipped the field on its axis slightly enough to reveal his flaws. Juice was relegated to second string midway through the year after throwing 2 INTs against OSU.
I think that the new regime would rather have a pocket passer, obviously, but we do not have the players to accomodate that. I still think that if Gardner gets his act together, he may end up starting at some point next year. I love what Denard has done and I hope that this is not the case.
Here's the link. It's an ESPN Insider article, and I don't have an Insider account, but here's the free blurb:
Junior Denard Robinson was named as one of the semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Robinson joins seniors Russell Wilson of Wisconsin and Kirk Cousins of Michigan State as Big Ten quarterbacks on the list.
A news release from the University of Michigan states that, “The O'Brien is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. It honors candidates who exemplify Davey O'Brien's enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics.”
I know it doesn't mean much at all at this point, but was he named to this list last year?
With the respect for the Michigan tradition that Brady Hoke has, the creativity that Al Borges has, and the throwback jerseys already being worn twice(!!) this season...there is no better way to incorporate all of these things then by bringing out the lloydbook and running the good old Double Pass play.
We probably have the best personnel to run this play then we've ever had before. Two very fast quarterbacks who cause defenses to get worried when both on the field at the same time (a la Woodson). The throw could turn into a disaster, yes, but in the right situation it could be fun (and 7).
Before you paste your 'cool story bro' images in a post, recognize that this post is: (a) Not about the MSU game or the after effects and suspensions (b) Not about a QB change (c) Has a video (unless embed derp) that might bring back some good memories
Credit to WolverineHistorian for the video
Part of me wonders if I'm in denial, but I somehow don't feel THAT bad about the game on Saturday because it seems like the offensive woes are mostly down to some coachable problems. Parts number 1-19038109283 of those problems is down to Denard not setting his freaking feet when he throws on so many of his passes, with the game Saturday being the most stark example of this.
I know it's easier said than done, especially when the kid is constantly thinking "should I run it now?" the instant protection breaks down at all but at the same time it seems like something a QB coach can drill like crazy during the bye week to reaffirm things that were empahsized during the summer. Denard threw like crap on Saturday but the list of people who can throw accurately without setting their feet in a trash tornado is very, very, very short. I can think of Cutler, Favre in his prime, and that's about it although I'm sure there are a couple more. The point is most people need good mechanics to be successful at all throwing the football, especially in those conditions.
That's something that's totally coachable and if our QBs hit a couple more of the WIDE FREAKING OPEN RECEIVERS on some of those plays, who knows how the game turns out? I am curious upon seeing UFR (as painful as that will be for Brian to do) just how much more we should have been calling designed runs. My instinct watching the game, especially the first half, is that we were just missing a ton of wide open passes and that Borges was getting us touchdown plays that the kids just weren't executing. I hated that 4th and 1 call but all in all I thought Borges wasn't being rewarded for his great calls and getting killed on his quesitonable calls. Again, this is what UFR is for.
Until we see UFR though: did people have this same impression about the offense (especially in the first half)? Am I totally fixating on something that isn't anywhere near as important as some other stuff? Do people think the coaches can right the ship during the bye week so we see markedly better execution in the next game?