I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
After browsing thru the Deinhart prediction thread, I think there is something worth pointing out. I know everyone knows we have 2 divisions now, but I think it is going to take time for people to understand we no longer have to have a better record than OSU and Wis to win the Big Ten.
We need to understand that we are in essentially a 6 team conference. I have been "Captain Optimism" about 2011 for 2 years now and I will consider Hoke's 1st year a pretty big downer if we are not playing a rematch against OSU in the BTC Game. Consider "our" conference next year.
Nebraska is welcomed to the Big Ten with a pretty brutal schedule next year and we play them at home. MSU also has a brutal early schedule. The other upper tier team in our conference is Iowa who I think is going to be in for some hard times this year. They lose a ton and have to break in a new qb, they are not a "reloading" type team. They get a break on the schedule, but I still don't see them as very good next year.
This thing is wide open for us. I think our side of the divisions will submit a team with 2 losses in conference and probably use a tiebreaker, but it is wide open. We can win this conference next year.
Just remember that in the back of your head when you start thinking about our prospects for next year.
Isaiah Bell was regarded as an average safety by Scout and Rivals, but ESPN* had him as a top 100 overall player, invited him to their all-star game, and wrote an over-the-top positive appraisal of his playmaking skills in the secondary. A sample:
...shows outstanding ball skills...rules the secondary as a free safety. Has great instincts and plays outstanding zone coverage especially in the three deep. Should be a solid halves player also in two deep zone...Breaks quickly on the pass with a burst to the football. High points the football and has great timing on the interception...magnificent kickoff return specialist; has good speed and can read his blocks. Has a second gear and can kick it in to blow by would-be tacklers....A good openfield tackler...has good foot agility and shows flexibility in the hips. Can change direction without loss of speed or balance...
Note the many comments about speed/agility.
Amidst other threads I often bring up Bell to a resounding chorus of confused shrugs. No one seems to know much except that he was converted to LB, and got a lot bigger. That move always seemed odd to me since we are so weak/thin at safety. (I do not mean weak/thin literally, as a shot at Vinopal--you know what I mean.)
So...commenters at Scout are now suggesting Bell is moving to DE. (!?)
The kid who was a "magnificent kickoff return specialist" is being pushed up to the line? Does that seem odd, especially with the new staff's presumed emphasis on defensive bone density?
This is a pretty bizarre positional evolution for this kid, no? Free safety / kick returner to DL? Can you really eat and lift your way across the positional ocean like that?
Please help me understand, so I can stop typing sentences with question marks.
*I know a lot of people think ESPN's rankings are generally sub-par or impacted by a conflict of interest since they also host one of the two all-star games. The first point is simply wrong (some discussion here). But there may be some merit to the second argument, and since Bell was an UA invitee, I am willing to give the rating an asterisk.
All hail Coach Napoleon. Mega recruit Jadeveon Clowney, now officially a Gamecock after signing withSouth Carolina on Monday, opened up to Fox Sports' Thayer Evans on the spectacle of his recruitment – in particular, the day Rock Hill, SC, flipped its wig for Alabama coach Nick Saban's visit to recruit Clowney last December. Jadeveon was less impressed: “I don’t see no big deal like everybody else,” he said. "They'd say, 'He's the king of all of football.' The guy ain't nothing but 5-5. He's a short guy. Everybody’s going crazy on Nick Saban." And after the King of All Football arrived at the Clowney home? "Nick Saban's going to take over and talk," Clowney said. "He talked the whole time he was there. I was dozing off. He can talk. A lot. He talked for a whole straight hour." But at the end of the day, Mama Clowney still had toveto Alabama herself because of the distance from home. [FoxSports]
Western Mich W
Eastern Mich W
at NU W
at Mich State L
at Iowa L
at Illinois L
Ohio State L
6-6 with a minor bowl for Michigan in Hoke's debut.
What say ye, oh brilliant MGOBLOG guys?????
This is going to be a test run......but I am a recently laid-off geospatial analyst, and when I saw that Nebraska map posted earlier today I got the itch to make one myself. So this map is pretty rough.....I am going to grab my xternal HD tomorrow, and I have a lot more data to make it more aesthetically pleasing as this evolves. Just want to see how all the fonts read (ie to big/to small) and how the composition looks when its posted on the web.
Anyways, all the data you see posted I pulled from “Touch the Banner”
***edit: I can't embed the map w/o it being ridiculous in size.....however...
***edit2: Thanks for the feedback...I incorporated some of the suggestions I recieved. The next map will come out when there are some new recruits to add....thanks for the responses.
I was going up against a random guy today online in NCAA 2011. He was Texas, I picked Oklahoma State.
He subbed in the backup QB (dual threat) over the Longhorn's current pocket passing QB for the entire game. He'd take the shotgun snap, drop back (way back) where my DE's would take extra precious seconds to get to him before hitting the RB in the flat to bounce it outside for 7-8 yards....EVERY TIME. I would luck into stopping it sometimes, but that was essentially his whole damn offense.
Incredibly annoying. The drives I would mount would stall in the redzone and I had to settle for FGs, but but his strategy got him touchdowns.....I couldn't find the proper defense to call against it. He'd do it w/ 4 WRs most of the time, and on the occasion I covered the RB... he'd run, then wait wait back there before nailing a crossing WR
anyone come across this shit?