The 1984 game is a great, treasured piece of college football history.
And it has as much to do with the history of the Big Ten as the Wars of the Roses have to do with the history of the United States. Pity, too--I would have loved studying 15th-Century Plantagenet feuds in AP US History in high school. No beef with Maryland, but this seems a bit hard to adjust to.
We always have a league of guys from the board compete for bragging rights.. and have some spots left on yahoo site...Who is in ?
Couple of interesting bits:
One of those challenges is the freedom to change offensive line protection schemes. One offseason emphasis from Nussmeier has been to call plays quickly, allowing the offense to break the huddle and get to the line of scrimmage with plenty of available time.
With that time, Nussmeier wants Gardner to evaluate the opposing defense and assure that the offensive line is correctly assigned.
“He’s given me the opportunity to protect myself before the play starts,” Gardner said. “If I see something the offensive line might not see, I can make the change to make sure I’m protected.”
Was that an option a year ago?
“Not as much, no.”
It sounds like two of the (related) things we've been clamoring for are going to become reality this year. A) Gardner having some more freedom to audible at the line and B) getting out of the huddle and to the line fast enough to have time to make those changes. At the moment, only protection scheme is mentioned, but reading between the lines, I wonder if Gardner will have more freedom to check out of plays as well.
It's that time of year again.
The season of random summer conversation starters is winding down, but not quite over. Today I wanted to pose the question of what games from Michigan history people have an irrational fondness for. No obvious choices like 1997 Ohio State or the Syracuse game in the Final Four. I'm looking for random blow-outs, unimpressive wins, or any other form of game that is generally unmemorable, but that you go back and watch the highlights of (or replay them mentally) again and again. Might be because of a favorite player or a weird play, could be because of a friend or family member you went to the game with - your reason is up to you.
For me, the Air Force game a couple years ago ranks high. Denard was absolutely fantastic at points, ending up with 101% of Michigan's total yardage. Also, I love watching the triple option, so getting to see Air Force was nice, if frustrating. Thankfully we did manage to slow them down just enough that I can remember it fondly.