things go poorly
The second half against ND was not an aberration. He threw only 17 passes today-if he hit 12 or 13 of those including the Roundtree deep ball-wow. The most he's thrown is 24 attempts vs. ND. Why so few attempts for Denard this year? We're playcalling to his strengths while developing balance while winning ball games. It's just a matter of hitting 3-5 more throws a game including a few deep balls. Do you really think he can't improve in his passing?
Please, please hear this quote from last Tuesdays presser w/ Al Borges:
How key is it to have Denard establish a passing game? “It’s critical. We’re about balance. We’re going to find a way to be a balanced football team. We’re going to keep working to that end. We do it everyday in practice. For every run we throw a pass. A lot of people say, ‘What do you do that for? You’re a better running team.’ Well we’ll still be a good running team because we still work on running. But I know that at one point in time it’s going to be a difficult thing to do against certain teams. And if you don’t have the ability to throw it over the top of a defense or under a defense without a relative amount of consistency, it’s going to show up. You have to be able to do it, and we’re never going to give up on it.”
Now that the non-conference schedule is over...what are some positives and negatives that you've seen with this team?
Obviously the biggest positives are we're 4-0 and don't have too many significant injuries...but other than that, what do you think?
Here are mine:
+ The return of SOME form of defense
+ Jordan Kovacs
+ Brandin Hawthorne
+ Will Campbell finally coming along
+ Togetherness of team
+ Taylor Lewan emerging as the best LT in the B1G
+ Vince Smith's blocking
+ Fitz Toussaint's running ability
+ Denard's running ability
+ Borges' playcalling vs. SDSU
+ Roh in 2nd two games
+ Martin and RVB's consistency
+ Jake Ryan
+ Forcing turnovers
+ Blake Countess
+ Extra Points
- Borges' playcalling vs. EMU
- Stephan Hopkins
- Denard's passing ability
- Mike Shaw's running ability
- Brandon Moore's blocking
- Heininger playing inside
- Roh in 1st two games
- Kick coverages in 1st 3 games
- Cam Gordon's health
- Jordan Van Slyke
- Getting into position on defense
I thought an open thread to discuss bad calls might be a good idea. I thought the M game was pretty well officiated, but when I saw this, I couldn't let it go.
How the heck does that stand?
How about some love for the Frosh? His kickoffs were consistantly at the goal line or into the endzone and his punting average was 49 yards for the game. Easily his best game to date.
Looks like Woolfolk injured his left ankle, the same one he injured in the WMU game.
Hoke is saying day-to-day, but thinks he'll get back out there tomorrow.
I would love to see him on the field against Minn, but if he has to rest, I would rather he be 100% going into NW and MSU.
#8 - Michigan
QB Tom Brady 91 RB Ron A. Johnson 58 RB Leroy Hoard 43 RC Elroy Hirsch 72+ RC Amani Toomer 63 RC Anthony Carter 62 RC Derrick Alexander 56 RC Ron Kramer 50 T Mike Kenn 100 T Dan Dierdorf 86 G Tom Mack 91 G Reggie McKenzie 66 C John Morrow 60 DT Tom Keating 51 DT Dave Gallagher 27 DE Len Ford 99+ DE Curtis Greer 38 ILB Frank Nunley 49 ILB Larry Foote 34 OLB John Anderson 59 OLB Ian Gold 44 CB Ty Law 83 CB Dave Brown 73 S Rick Volk 77 S Randy Logan 68
Tom Brady and a very solid line make for a good offense despite a relative lack of superstar power at running back and receiver.
The defensive front seven is weak with the exception of Hall of Famer Len Ford, but the secondary is strong.Charles Woodson could be dealt for some help up front.