I did not make this headline up
- Everyone already knew Molk was out. That's nothing new
- Rodriguez has already said that Moosman will start at center in Molk's place. His sill being included on the injury report probably just means he'll play despite not being quite 100%
- Tim McAvoy is unlikely to figure into the offensive line rotation any time soon, unless there are more injuries. His ability to (almost) play is not a big factor one way or the other.
- Rodriguez had previously thought Williams was fine, and the fact that he probably won't play isn't encouraging. Still, that hopefully won't be a factor against Indiana, and it will also give the younger guys some playing time. Maybe we'll even see Emilien on defense to spell Kovacs!
University of Michigan Football Injury Report
For the Indiana Game (Sept. 26)
David Molk (foot)
Doubtful (25% chance of playing)
Mike Williams (ankle)
Probable (75% chance of playing)
Tim McAvoy (knee)
David Moosman (shoulder)
In addition, Coach Rich Rodriguez announced the captains for the homecoming game against Indiana: linebacker Stevie Brown, quarterback David Cone, wide receiver Greg Mathews and punter Zoltan Mesko.
I think people are underestimating one major adjustment that RR made at halftime yesterday, switching Ferrara out of LG and inserting McAvoy. In the first half, when our running game was getting summarily stuffed, there was a DT in the backfield almost every play. I'm not a tactical wizard, but I do believe that when the same O-lineman is standing over his tackled teammate in the backfield as much as #94 was, it means that #94 is the problem.
When they put McAvoy in for the second half, the O-line disappeared in a good way, and the skill players emerged and started making plays. Coincidence? Its possible, but I think not. Its unfair to Threet to give all of the credit to someone else for his second half turnaround, but O-line aptitude has a lot to do with QB performance. The offensive UFR will probably shed a lot of light there.
I only wonder why a guy with a month and a half of college level O-line experience would get a start over a guy with three years. Regardless, I hope McAvoy and the coaches are on the same page from here on out, because Ferrara, God bless him, is not ready for prime time.