I heard this awhile back about Stoneburner making the switch to wider reciever. I figured someone else would have posted on it already, but in a simple site search I didn't find anything and I noticed in Todays 2012 Recruiting: Devin Funchess, Brian compares these two guys. General consesus from the
douchebags Ohio fans that I know is that he was their best receiving threat anyway, so not sure how significant this is, especially with the way the ex-Florida coach tends to use his tight ends.
Anyway, here's a link on the Stoneburner thing.*
*Takes you to a crappy website, FWIW
A new Public Policy Polling survey found that former Ohio coach Jim Tressel is viewed more favorably among Buckeye fans than current coach Urban Meyer.
Sixty-five percent of OSU fans said they had a favorable opinion of Tressel, who resigned in the wake of an NCAA scandal involving the football program. Just 14 percent have a negative impression of Tressel, the poll found.
By contrast, 60 percent of Buckeye fans said they have a favorable opinion of Meyer. Two percent have an unfavorable opinion of the former Florida coach, who's yet to coach a single game in Columbus.
That said, Meyer slightly edges Tressel on the question of which coach Ohio fans would rather have coach their team. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they would prefer Meyer, versus 33 percent who would want Tressel.
The automated poll, conducted Aug. 9-12, has a 3.16 percent margin of error.
Though I was disappointed with the decision to move Thanksgiving to the Thursday BEFORE the Michigan-Ohio game, it is now the way things are and I have made peace with the new normal. That being said, I wanted to bring up the three scenarios under which The Game could be played now that there is an actual B1G championship game, instead of The Game acting as proxy.
Dave Brandon had said, when it was announced that Michigan and Ohio would be in separate B1G divisions, something to the effect of “The only thing better than playing the Ohio game would be playing it twice.” For Brandon, this stems from the idea of increased brand proliferation. Though for fans this is supposed to stem from the idea of being able to beat Ohio twice in the same season. While this would seem to be incredibly gratifying, it ultimately breaks down functionally. If the same team wins both games then what was the point of the rematch? If the series is split, then what was proven on the field? See 2011-2012 Alabama/LSU and SEC ad absurdum.
Let us take a step back however and examine the three scenarios. They are:
- Michigan and Ohio enter The Game with each team having no chance of reaching the B1GCG. While this likely means more joy in Madison, Lincoln, or East Lansing than Ann Arbor, the effect on The Game is minimal. Though neither team controls its own destiny, the usual grudge match applies and the victor will revel in adulation while the loser suffers the humiliations of another year of failure. This is the scenario of the 2011 Game.
- Michigan and Ohio enter The Game with at least one team having a chance to secure a spot in the B1GCG. This scenario sees the grudge match in its more traditional role of having a great impact on trips to Pasadena and B1G championships. Again, the victor will enjoy spoils and the loser sees another season spoiled. If both teams need the win to secure a spot in the B1GCG, the intensity could be even more pronounced than usual. This is a scenario similar to the 2006 Game but with the immediate implications regarding the B1GCG rather than the BCSMNCG.
- Both Michigan and Ohio are already guaranteed their spot in the B1GCG. This is the scenario that Brandon supposedly thinks would be so great though I suggest it is sad and superfluous. The Game would not be The Game, next week's Game is the real Game. The rematch will determine the B1G champion while the first version will determine nothing. It is simply a qualifying heat and it isn’t even that since the qualifying has already been accomplished. Is there truly value in beating Ohio twice when once is all that would be needed? Why risk injury? Why risk spoiling a perhaps undefeated season for a game that is functionally meaningless? Think about that - The Game being functionally meaningless. Now perish the thought.
Ways around this sad situation include moving The Game to earlier in the season, and changing the conference alignment. In my next entry I will propose a new conference alignment. Thanks for reading.
We all know that the most pandemonium inducing, all out nuts with awesomeness moment last year was the UTL victory, which was of course the greatest single Michigan moment any of us has ever witnessed. However, I don't think it was really the BEST moment from last season. After all, we've been kicking ND's tail pretty well recently, with several of the games featuring ND style Yakety Sax. Had we LOST to ND, it would've been very sad that we lost our first night game in Michigan stadium. It also would've been our first loss in four years, the first year of Brady Hoke's tenure, and not a lasting pain. It would'e been a very "can't win them all" loss.
Conversely, though The Game 2011 certianly had a dramatic ending, it's drama did not even sniff UTL's level. There were several palys that made everyone's heart skip, but there was no one single, "It's this or it's nothing" play. Despite that, The Game 2011 was undoubtedly the best moment of the 2011 season. No other game had me pacing holes in my floor for the last quarter. No other game had my father visibly bemused at my nerves and consternation. And when we won, well, King Kong ain't adust mite compared to the Mutant Space Monkey that climbed off every true fan's back at that moment. A loss there would've crossed the line from soul dong punching to soul eunuch making. I would've wilted and died right there in the middle of the living room, leaving only a baren, dust gray talk hinting that once there had been a beautiful fan in bloom there. I may have honestly convinced myself that we would never win The Game again.
But win we did.
So now I ask you,do you think Bama, or any other game of the 2012 season can possibly eclipse that moment? Beating the defending National Championship to open the season would be huge, huge, but again, I think it would fall into the category of "Can't win them all", should the good guys lose.
Or how about MSU? It's been a while now. But after last year's loss, I realized something. I just didn't care as much as I do about OSU, and maybe even the bowl game. Oh, it sucked to lose, but I didn't lose any sleep over it. It's Sparty! They will ALWAYS be little brother. Maybe OSU? Go 1-0 against the new regime?
So what game, if any this season, do you think can bring that same sense of jubilation?
Today (barely) in 1936 Jesse Owens won the first of his four gold medals under the nose of 20th century supervillain Adolf Hitler.
Today athletes talk about proving themselves, or showing their "doubters" what they're made of. There's a lot of empty pride, a lot of commercialism, and a lot of media. It's the nature of sport today.
But Jesse Owens genuinely proved something in Berlin. In the most dramatic possible context. His was one of the few moments in sports that genuinely exceeded the boundaries of the playing field to impact the entire world. Along with Eric Liddell (for personal reasons that one may discern by reading my signature) his accomplishments are the most significant to me in Olympic history.
This is only semi-OT, because Owens achieved his greatest heights in purely athletics terms at Ferry Field in 1935. As a Michigan fan, a sports fan, and an American, I am proud that one of the few memorials to any athlete on Michigan's athletic campus is the plaque honoring Owens at Ferry. As Rothstein says:
"Ferry Field still stands. Outside the track a plaque commemorates Owens' record-shattering day. It is, perhaps, the ultimate compliment in college sports that a University of Michigan athletic facility continues to honor the achievements of an Ohio State Buckeye."
Some things are more important than rivalry.
On the rumors that OT DJ Fluker has been suspended:
They’re just that. Rumors. For those who missed it, the rumor was that OT DJ Fluker has been suspended 4 games for illicit contact with an agent and that Alabama is trying to negotiate it down to 2 games.
Turns out, this was just an epic trolling job by a guy named Kingpin on one of the Alabama sites. He posted that Fluker had been suspended and by the time people had started calling BS, the rumor had already spread to 10 other sites and momentarily taken the Alabama world by storm. No legitimate site has reported anything on the situation, but if you want to hold out hope, wait for later this afternoon when the announcement is supposed to come out. Personally, I think sitting around waiting for a Green or Treadwell commitment would be a better use of your time.
As the conclusion of summer workouts beckons, the depth chart at running back stands as this:
1. Eddie Lacy
2. TJ Yeldon
3. Jalston Fowler
Eddie Lacy measured in at 6’0’’, 232 lbs and should be playing in the upper 220s to low 230s. The depth chart is pretty clear cut at the position at this point in time. Still expect Fowler to get a good number of carries though.
Other news from summer workouts:
5-star Fr ATH Eddie Williams could be starting as the outside WR, the same position that Julio Jones played. He measured in 6’4’’, 218 lbs.
Looking at the LBs:
Mosley is getting looks at Sam LB to try and get the combo of Johnson, Mosley, Depriest, and Hubbard on the field at once. Dickson will likely be the 5th LB, Patrick and Ragland right behind. All of them will play.
And the DBs:
Clinton-Dix may start in every down situations over Sunseri because of coverage skill difference against passing teams. (Arkansas)
Milliner and Fulton outside, Belue Dime as of now.
But wait! What about our old friend Dee Hart?
Likely Kick Returners are Chris Jones and Dee Hart, possibly Milliner.
Dee Hart will see a role comparable to Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey at West Virginia thanks to ideas from Nussmeier in the new offense.
He mentioned the both of them in a sense that Hart would start his routes out of the slot and back field.
Dee Hart is also 100% recovered from his injury.
On the Eddie Lacy injury:
According to the source above, Eddie Lacy is fine and at 100%. However, other people are saying that conditioning is currently an issue. Expect him to be ready to play on Sept. 1st.
On the Reuben Foster decomittment:
This link is a very interesting read on how it all played out. I recommend you take a look at it.
Nick Saban on stopping Denard:
"You got to be very disciplined any time you play a quarterback that can move between the tackles," Saban said. "Everybody has to be disciplined as far as their responsibility. The guy's already a fantastic athlete, so if you're not doing the right thing, you have no chance to succeed. Even if you do it exactly right, it still may be a challenge. Everybody's got to play with great effort, great intensity, great toughness and everybody's got to play team defense when you play against guys like this."
"This isn't the only guy that can beat you, but you've certainly got to make sure he doesn't beat you."
Also look for Alabama to air out it out a bit more than in the past:
"You always try to feature the players you have on offense," Saban said. "I certainly think AJ is a guy who has proven that he's trustworthy to do the kind of things when you open up the offense, not to make the kind of mistakes with turning the ball over that can really hurt your team. I think you can make a lot more explosive plays that way.
"I think it's going to be important for our team this year, with the offensive line we have returning and the experience AJ has at the quarterback position, to be that type of team."
Everyone’s favorite topic, ND’s QB carousel:
If I had to guess, here’s what ND’s depth chart at QB looks like to begin this fall:
1. Everett Golson
2. Tommy Rees/Andrew Hendrix
3. Gunner Kiel
On Everett Golson:
He’s apparently been stellar in summer 7 on 7s, but he hasn’t had to read defenses or pick up blitzes, which is what he struggles with. He’s an athletic and mobile QB, so he is what Tommy Rees is not.
On Andrew Hendrix:
“His reads in the passing game can improve a lot. Too many times he's thrown to the other team.
His arm is one-dimensional right now... meaning - very strong. On short passes he makes balls difficult to catch. On longer patterns, he throws with a flat trajectory. His release point is also fairly low, but I don't see that as being as big of an issue. “
On Tommy Rees:
“Rees, has had issues with his decision making, but didn't show much, if any, improvement over the course of his playing time. He does not have Hendrix's strength, but has nice touch”
No word, as of yet, on what his punishment will be.
News from summer workouts:
At the WR position look for Freshmen Chris Brown and Davonte Neal to compete for significant playing time, if not start. Both are very fast receivers with the ability to stretch the field.
Sheldon Day will likely replace Aaron Lynch.
On turf in the stadium:
I have no idea if they’re getting turf in the stadium or not and ND fans seem just as clueless.
Here’s what is known: Brian Kelly wants turf. ND AD Jack Swarbrick said that it’s eventually coming. Last season, their field was grass.
Now apparently ND is replacing the sideline area with turf and redoing the drainage system, but they’re not replacing the grass on the field with turf. I’ve read that there were plans to replace the whole field with turf, but they were scrapped because of alumni backlash and I’ve also read that they’ll come out and announce the field has been replaced with turf in the next month.
I have no clue.
On new OC Chuck Martin and his philosophy:
“He wants to run the ball 60% of the time. He wants to use the run and screens and draws to set up the pass. And when he passes he likes accuracy and long completions. He likes big plays---he said "last year we had two plays over 40 yards" to him that is unacceptable.”
“He likes his teams to score a lot and his QB has to be mobile, able to run and pass on the run.. (Probably leaves REES out). His QB has to have big-play ability. Coach would rather have a 3-play TD than a 15 play TD. “
“Coach MARTIN likes to use 2 TEs---WE have the #1 guy TYLER EIFERT and he is backed by KOYACK, WELCH and NIKLAS---all big strong smart guys. Two at a time, Lads.”
On how playcalling will work:
Martin will call the plays and send KELLY 2 or 3 to pick from
On to ND recruiting:
-ND LB commit Alex Anzalone visited Florida for their FNL camp this weekend and as you can imagine, ND fans are none too pleased with this. He reaffirmed his commitment to ND but he might be someone to watch for the annual ND-decommit-on-or-near-NSD
-ND has 17 commits for 2013 and 21-23 scholarships to give this year, leaving 4-6 spots available.
If you want a detailed analysis of who the top targets on their board are, click on this link: Detailed Analysis of ND's last available spots
Or click on this one and scroll down a couple comments for another detailed analysis: Another Detailed Analysis of ND's last available spots
If you want the not so detailed version, here’s what they want:
We need a couple of DL,Ideally, ones who can rush the passer. A CB or two and a speed WR are also needs. IMO, anything else is gravy, but that could change as the season unfolds.
Ohio has somewhere around 4 spots left and they plan on filling it with some combination of LB Tyquan Lewis, LB Mike Mitchell, WR Shelton Gibson, WR Devon Allen, S Vonn Bell and/or OL Donovan Munger.
And with that, I'll end this write up. Now that fall camp is starting, I'll hopefully be able to do this every week and include some meatier revelations.
Hope you all enjoyed this.