I was just over at the Buckeye site Eleven Warriors. There is something out from an SEC blog about major shenanigans happening at Florida.
You can go to the link yourself. It goes against almost everything I've read about bagmen in the SEC. But if true and proveable, these could be death penalty type violations. I'll believe the NCAA actually does something when I see it happen for the first time. Whatever.
My point in posting here is that this could really have an affect on several recruits. The big one, imhe, is Tedarrell Slaton. We have really not had a shot at him. However, if Florida turns toxic, is it possible he could be flipped at this late date? Would we want Herbert back? I don't know, but I've felt all along that OL recruiting was the most important thing for this class.
It has nothing to do with Florida, but I'd dearly love for dirt to come out this weekend on Georgia, bringing Collins (and possibly Wilson . . . pipe dream, but one can hope) up to Michigan instead.
An interesting bit of news during the abyss that is late July college football news. Treon Harris offically left Florida. This means he is the 7th Florida QB to transfer since 2013 and:
Every #Gators QB to commit to UF during the Will Muschamp era has since transferred from the program. Pretty wild.— Landon Watnick (@LandonWatnick) July 25, 2016
Impressive. The QB battle is now apparently between an Oregon State transfer and Purdue transfer Austin Appleby. I anxiously look forward to another thrilling 9-7 victory over Vanderbilt this fall.
It will now apparently be known as "Steve Spurrier Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium"
Link to the official announcement: http://floridagators.com/news/2016/6/9/football-florida-field-to-bear-sp...
This is a really cool thing, I think. Honoring their best player and best coach ever like that, despite this breaking the "don't build statues of the living" rule.
I hadn't seen this on the board, yet, and I appreciated it-
When asked about Michigan's spring practice trip to Florida, Gus Malzahn responded with the most apropos response I've heard so far:
Atlanta Journal Constitution colulmnist Mark Bradley succintly summarizes much of the recent UM FLA Spring Practice dialogue. He doesn't go into much detail, and we already know many of the quotes verbatim by now, but I include because it: 1) shows not all SEC writers are territorial homers; 2) lists a great prior quote from UGA athletic director about using a motorcade of Chevy Tahoes for recruits: "It's up to the coach to be creative. If it's legal to do, and passes compliance, fine." (a sub-linked article also lists what UGA spent on chartered planes, providing context for Harbaugh's $130,000 over 10 days. UGA spent $1.3 mil on recruiting in 2014; UM $750,000 in 2014-2015. So we're not as bad as some of those headlines implied.) 3) The comments about Harbaugh/UM in some of the sublinked articles are pretty funny--I'm used to reading the UM perspective.
Pro Football Focus has a brief but nice analysis of the Citrus Bowl which I haven't seen posted on the board.
They really raved on Jake Rudock:
What a day from QB Jake Rudock (+6.8). His offensive line was strong, as he was only under pressure on just 18 percent of his dropbacks. Rudock picked the Gators apart when he had a clean pocket, completing 18-of-26 for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Rudock was fantastic when targeting receivers at least 10 yards downfield, completing 9-of-12 for 190 yards and a touchdown, including a perfect 3-of-3 on deep passes (20+ yards).
The players highlighted:
- QB Jake Rudock (+6.8)
- DT Willie Henry (+5.1)
- DT Chris Wormley (+4.4)
- WR Jehu Chesson (+3.1)
- RB De'Veon Smith (+2.4)
I found a few comments on Smith particularly illuminating:
Michigan’s running game was the story of this matchup, gaining 227 yards on 46 carries on the day. RB De’Veon Smith (+2.4) was ridiculous, notching 109 yards on 25 carries. But it was his incredible 11 missed tackles forced that led to his big grade. The strangest part of the game was that the Wolverines’ offensive line finished with a -10.2 combined grade, but 138 of their rushing yards were gained before contact. A lot of that was due to the missed tackles Smith forced.
Here's what I find interesting. They attribute his strong performance to his causing missed tackles, and not to the work of the Michigan OL. This gives me even more hope for the future. If Drevno and Harbaugh continue to bring improvement to the OL, the sky is the limit. Michigan performed this well, including Smith and Drake Johnson, with a substandard OL. I'm looking forward to Brian doing a UFR, and seeing how he grades out the OL.