On various message boards, I've seen two widely divergent strategies for how to use Shane Morris in 2013.
One school of thought is that his potential fifth year has far more value than occasional spot duty as a freshman. Therefore, it would be better to hold him out of action unless they're forced to play him — i.e., Gardner is out with the game on the line, and Brian Cleary can't get it done.
The other school of thought, is that as starting QBs seldom make it through a full season without being knocked out of a game (or games), the coaches ought to assume that'll happen, and therefore get Morris into the action as soon as possible. This strategy assumes that Cleary could never play acceptably against a serious opponent, and that a prepared Morris is bound to be better.
For example, suppose Michigan is up on Central Michigan 34-6 after 3 quarters. If they're pursuing the first strategy, the coaches would play Brian Cleary for the 4th. If they're pursuing the second, they'd play Morris, or perhaps a mixture of the two.
Devin Gardner is the textbook example of what can happen when you burn a promising QB's redshirt. He saw only meaningless action as a true freshman, but fortunately was able to get that year of eligibility back, due to a back injury. Of course, Michigan had Tate Forcier that year, so they never really had to use Gardner; burning his redshirt was elective.
The real question, then, is whether you think of burning Morris's redshirt as inevitable (therefore, you might as well burn it immediately), or possibly avoidable (therefore, you should avoid it as long as you can).
the B1G cellar-dwellars shouldn't fall beneath the 80s. I know it's just a preseason SWAG, but no B1G team should be in consideration for ~110 (out of 125)
The three Legends teams benefiting from the auto-win are Nebraska (ha-ha Nebraska ticket holders, zzzzzz), MSU, and Northwestern.
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I've seen several articles where people have stated that Coach Hoke and this staff are "building something special". My question to members of the board is what aspect of Coach Hoke and his staff's efforts are do you think is attributing to this? Is it the level of talent, the character of the kids, the staff's being completely honest with recruits, etc....
For some reason, while waiting for the Pepper's announcement, I began thinking about the Detroit PSL-and this is where some of you east siders can help me - and Thomas Wilcher.
As a former coach, I can state honestly it took me about four to five years to be comfortable enough with myself to finally state "I GOT IT." Of course, I don't know if Tom, like myself had three years as an assistant, able to work with those with far more experience than myself or whether or not he was cast into the h.c. position right away. I did notice, however, that it took him thirteen years to get his team to the semis and once he got them that far he was able to display it wasn't just a one and done by following up with back to back state championships.
I'm interested in what the board thinks. We know he has sent corners to UM for years, but suddenly we're getting linemen and other skilled positions, notably I guess his future UM qb. What has changed? Has the school of choice finally persuaded the PSL players to opt for Wilcher and the Technicians? Has his assistants gotten better. We all know that Big Will got by with size and strength alone pretty much and that others like Gholston seemed to be ready from day one.
I think Season 5 is a good indicator of whether a coach is in the right profession, not necessarily being the head man because valuable assistants are every bit as valuable as we've learned from Mattison and the fact he is much better his second time around. That fact is actually useful in itself because it shows that one is always capable of learning, and it's obvious he has picked up many more tricks since his first job in AA back in the 80s.
Many of you are much more familiar with the east side high school picture and where the players are going. Is the economy finally hitting the east side as well in regard to its players? Although many students from the DCL come from families whose parents are executives and therefore the crunch hasn't hit them nearly as bad. The only reason I mention this is that at one time Muskegon Catholic was in the highest division in the state when we were only 4 divisions deep, but with the downturn of the economy and UAW no longer employing the majority of the work force here, it is now a Division 7 school, although still powerful in its respective class. Same coaching for two decades will do that I guess.
Inasmuch as it seems like Wilcher has always had some pretty decent players such as those mentioned above, along with Barksdale and others, my initial guess is he has employed some assistants that are much better teachers than those he replaced. He seems to be sending players from both sides of the line along with the skilled positions as mentioned above. This, however, normally doesn't take 13 years to achieve so I'm wondering what the take on the board is. I'm certain many haven't given it much thought, but for you in the know I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks.
If so, how did it go down?
Did he do a fake out before picking Michigan a la Derrick Green? Did he put on a hat or was it just "I'm going to Michigan"?
As of this writing, the Oregon-Nebraska women's softball game is STILL going! AAAAAAARRRRGGHHH!!!
Is ESPNU running a replay of JP's announcement?