the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
Previously on Michael Schofield, This Is Your
Denard Tacopants INT (PP - http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-denard-tacopants-int, MPP - http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/moving-picture-pages-denard-tacopants-int)
Fourth and Fun (PP - http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-fourth-and-fun, MPP - http://mgoblog.com/diaries/moving-picture-pages-fourth-and-fun)
Original Picture Pages at http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-getting-denard-edge. Analysis courtesy MGoBlog.
One thing that confused me about The Michael Schofield
Experience Trilogy was that the Picture Pages appeared in a different order than the plays occurred. Although this is the third (Moving) Picture Pages, it's the first play of the three. I think it would have told a better story if this had been the first PP (hero doing his job), Tacopants had been the second (villain adjusts, hero fails to notice, Bad Things Happen), and Fourth and Fun had been the finale (hero adjusts and saves the drive). But this ain't Hollywood - this is FOOTBAWWWWWW.
Setup: It's Michigan's second drive. They are facing second and twelve from the Northwestern 44 after a holding call on Hopkins and an eight-yard throwback screen to Gallon. Michigan comes out in a 2TE 2WR shotgun; NU counters with a 4-3 under and the Sam lined up outside of the TE.
Wha'hoppon: The call is a play-action rollout. Schofield pulls with an assignment to seal off the EMLOS. The Sam steps up into the outside gap as Denard pulls the ball out. Schofield adjusts by deepening his pull, allowing him to make contact with his downfield shoulder and get around for the seal. With the corner secured, Denard scoots outside for an easy eight yards.
Full YouTube page is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeTh_-cTC2o
(Previously on The Michael Schofield Trilogy - http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-denard-tacopants-int, http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/moving-picture-pages-denard-tacopants-int)
Here's Part II of the trilogy. This time Schofield sees the blitzer and saves the day, which I wasn't expecting to see until the third movie. The second movie is where it looks like the bad guy is going to win, isn't it?
Setup: Michigan has the ball fourth-and-one at their own 42 shortly after stopping Northwestern on their own fourth-and-one attempt. Michigan lines up in the shotgun with a slot and WR left and two TEs right. Smith is the RB. Northwestern plays 4-3 even with a linebacker (loosely) over the slot receiver, the CB on the line against the two TEs, and one safety rolled into the box.
Wha'hoppon: Schofield pulls on the QB Power to the right. The two TEs double the playside DE, and the RT and RG double the playside DT. The SLB comes hard for the gap between them, but this time Schofield sees him and stands him up so he can't blow up the play. Smith kicks out the CB, and the safety can't come up in time as Denard easily converts the fourth down. Michigan would go on to score a TD on this drive.
Original Picture Pages at http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-fourth-and-fun
Full YouTube link at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXgNZxFOpbc
I've got three of these to get through by tomorrow night so I won't have time for the extra analysis/summary that I need to make this a diary.
Original PP for this is at http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-denard-tacopants-int
Full YouTube link: http://youtu.be/Pes91BmnOs4
TheWolverine.com follows up on their Spring Revelations (Defense) article with a Spring Revelations (Offense) article chronicling their take on the standout offensive performers of spring practice. This article is not behind their paywall.
- Most Improved: Denard Robinson and Taylor Lewan
- Breakout Starter in 2010: Patrick Omameh
- Could Be Starting By Oct. 1: Fitzgerald Toussaint
- Freshmen Expected To Contribute In 2010: Stephen Hopkins and Jerald Robinson
- MVPs: Tate Forcier or Denard Robinson
Click on the link for the full analysis, but here are some thoughts:
- QB analysis: Denard's performance in the spring made all the headlines, but Tate didn't regress, so the starting QB battle is not settled. The authors sure hedged their bets by predicting that either Tate or DRob would be the season's offensive MVP.
- No one is sold on the RBs. Who will emerge from the group of Michael Shaw, Mike Cox, Vincent Smith, Fitzgerald Toussaint, and Stephen Hopkins as the featured back or will this season devolve into RB by committee? Since no clear cut leader has emerged, it's easy to fall back on the latter as the answer.
- RS Fr Taylor Lewan and RS So Patrick Omameh are expected to pace the OL this year. The team's ultimate level of success may be riding on their young shoulders.
- Speaking of young shoulders, all of the players featured in this article are RS Sophomores, Sophomores, RS Freshmen and Freshmen. That alone should give us all pause about Michigan's chances in 2010.
- Position battles are so wide open for QB, RB, WR, Slot and TE that a platoon approach doesn't seem out of the question for every skill position. Is this an indication of tremendous depth or of insufficient talent? How important is it that a leader emerge at these positions during summer camp?
|Boubacar Cissoko||Started||Started||Started||Started||Played||DNP||DNP||Inj. Only - suspended|
|Mike Jones||DNP||DNP||DNP||Played||Played||DNP||DNP||Inj. Only|
Rich Rodriguez has said that Boubacar Cissoko is expected to return to the field this year once he clears up the issues that got him suspended. That means he won't be redshirting. Only freshmen will redshirt this year, then, and the list of eligible guys is as follows:
- Isaiah Bell
- Jeremy Gallon
- Brendan Gibbons
- Cameron Gordon
- Thomas Gordon
- Mike Jones (Injury redshirt only, as he's played in a couple games - but not the DSU blowout).
- Anthony LaLota
- Taylor Lewan
- Michael Schofield
- Fitzgerald Toussaint
- Justin Turner
- Quinton Washington
A couple of these guys might be in the mix for playing time later in the year (especially Jones, since he's already played), so keep your eyes peeled.