no wonder we hired Hunter Lochmann
Ok, so it's another week and another opponent. That means more wallpaper. I will be on vacation during UMass week, so I did the wallpaper early. Honestly, I couldn't get into the Air Force wallpaper as whole-heartedly as I'd have liked, so I apologize for the drop-off in quality on that one. It's still not THAT BAD, but not on the level I've been producing. Sorry.
The UMass wallpaper, on the other hand, I really like it. There may be people out there who have never seen an ad for the new Assassin's Creed or know that it takes place in the Revolutionary War (loose tie to Minutemen). So there you have it, that's your background on my theft/conversion of AC's main character into Denard. Anyway, I'm starting to ramble. I hope you enjoy the wallpapers and get some use from them in the weeks to come.
As always, thanks for your support and I welcome constructive criticism and/or new ideas you'd like to see.
Am listening to the Inside Michigan Football Radio Show from Pizza House in Ann Arbor, and Brady Hoke just said Brandon Moore will be out for about 2-3 weeks instead of one.
Man I hope these freshmen can step up.
Also @mikerothstein tweeted it for confirmation.
Like the title says, Boston.com posted a great spotlight on Maurice Hurst Jr. It touches on family, football, and his expectations for the future. I know we say this a lot here, but it looks like we are getting a great one.
- Brandon Moore is out this week, Kwiatkowski will start in front of him
- Dennis Norfleet has been named officially the starting kickoff returner. Vincent Smith will be the second man back.
- Russell Bellomy is the 2nd string QB
Starting Lineup, 9/8 vs air force-
QB Denard Robinson Sr.
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint RS Jr.
FB Stephen Hopkins Jr.
WR Jeremy Gallon RS Jr.
WR Roy Roundtree 5th
TE Mike Kwiatkowski 5th
LT Taylor Lewan RS Jr.
LG Ricky Barnum 5th
C Elliott Mealer 5th
RG Patrick Omameh 5th
RT Michael Schofield RS Jr.
DE Jibreel Black Jr.
DT Will Campbell Sr.
NT Quinton Washington RS Jr.
DE Craig Roh Sr.
SAM Jake Ryan RS So.
MIKE Kenny Demens 5th
WILL Desmond Morgan So.
LCB Courtney Avery Jr.
SS Jordan Kovacs 5th
FS Thomas Gordon RS Jr.
RCB J.T. Floyd 5th
K Brendan Gibbons RS Jr.
P Will Hagerup Jr.
H Drew Dileo Jr.
KO Matt Wile So.
LS Jareth Glanda RS Jr.
PR Jeremy Gallon RS Jr.
KR Dennis Norfleet Fr.
KR Vincent Smith Sr.
After watching the game live in Dallas I thought Denard actually played pretty good and looked good throwing the ball. After re-watching the game on TV upon my return my impression was that he played even better than I originally thought. Many people of the internets disagree with this statement, so I went back and looked at the starting QB stats for every game Alabama played last year against an SEC opponent plus Penn State. Below are those numbers.
|SEC + Penn State||11||21||56||109||0.4||0.9|
If you take into account that Denard didn't get much help from his receivers (a couple drops, Gardner rounding off some routes) and remove the 1 INT that was blatant pass interference, Denards numbers are on par, or significantly better in every category save %. The pass to Gallon was picture perfect, along with many other throws that were dead on. I believe Brain's UFR will prove this out. Sure he had a couple bad throws and reads, but every quarterback does, especially when playing a defense the caliber of Alabama. No QB threw for more yards against Alabama last year than Denard did on Saturday.
I also have the team rushing numbers from last year which are interesting.
|SEC + Penn State||29||58||0.2|
Overall I think Michigan did just about as good as could have been expected, and on par or better than the vaunted SEC did against Alabama last year. Granted this year's defense is not last years, but from watching Alabama very closely the past 3 years, I'd bet this defense ends up being better than last years. The cliche "they don't rebuild, they reload" couldn't be more fitting.