to play football, not to play trumpet
While I realize there are other prior snowflake threads, I thought I'd start a new one for today based on a more specific question: What is Wisconsin doing that we can't seem to be able to do? Anyone have Badger fans as friends how might explain how they have been able to consistently run the ball for a decade with minimal or average-at-best over the top or passing threat? Is it that they consistently have upperclassmen O line across the board that just reload every year?
When I first heard Hoke imply we were going back to ManBall, and given our superior recruiting to Wisconsin, I always envisioned the goal state was a Wisconsin 2.0 run game. I.e., what the Badgers do, but even better.
Perhaps some insight on Wisconsin's success can help shed more profound light on the real cause of our own running woes.
After the Dileo near return, and in the midst of a Norfleet tenure which was supposed to be promising, and feels like it could be on the verge of a TD at any moment, I began to think...
When is the last time that Michigan returned a kick or punt for a TD? I'm likely forgetting something, but I can't remember a single instance since the Carr era. Has there been one more recently? If not, is this some sort of a record drought?
EDIT: Since my question was pretty quickly answered, here are some numbers. Records are only complete through 2009 on the ESPN site. They also apparently include blocks returned, as Brandon Graham shows up in 2009 with a 26-yd return for TD. I filtered out returns of less than 40 yards to get as accurate number as possible by limiting punt blocks.
There have been roughly 470 returns for TD since the last time that Michigan has taken one to the house, or about 4 per team. It may not be a record drought, but it seems like we haven't had production in a long, long time.
KR for Touchdowns (by year):
2013 - 16 (through 4 weeks)
2012 - 72
2011 - 68
2010 - 70
2009 - 84 (Stonum - 1)
PR for Touchdowns (by year):
2013 - 17 (through 4 weeks)
2012 - 49
2011 - 48
2010 - 36
2009 - 52
Slippery Rock (2-1) lost for the first time this season to division rival Gannon in front of 856 people in Erie, PA on Saturday.
Gannon won by the score of 38-27, playing in terrible conditions. From the article"The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division opener was played in miserable conditions. With drainage systems at full capacity due to a morning-long heavy downpour, the teams played with water on the surface between the hashes as rain fell at a rapid pace through the entire game."
Considering the conditions senior QB Nigel Barksdale had a decent game, with 250 yards passing, but had some costly turnovers as well. As a team they are still averaging over 535 yards per game.
And the shady business just started....No More OHIO STATE✌
11:06 PM - 22 Sep 2013
Luatua is a TE recruit.
After last night, being at the game, I think UConn could be a halfway decent program in the B1G.
I would say last night was probably 60/40 UConn fans.
They already have had more recent success than Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue. As well as Rutgers and Maryland. They don't have the biggest stadium, but neither does northwestern and I think we can all agree they have a pretty damn good team after literally starting from nothing.
UConn has been this shitty and is this shitty because Randy Edsall skipped town at the perfect time and left Pasqualoni with pretty much nothing.
UConn has a national championship in basketball this decade, a dynasty in women's basketball and a hockey program which would boost the new B1G hockey conference's numbers. And by talking to some alums at the game yesterday, UConn is making a big push to get into the AAU.
It would also give East coast Michigan fans/alums more chances to see Michigan.