I did not make this headline up
This is marked off-topic, but I posted it because while Shontrelle Johnson's injury was unintentional and an accident in the football game against Texas 2 weeks ago, I couldn't help but think how close another player could have hit the headlines this weekend with a similar injury following an intentional personal foul in a rivalry game. It didn't happen, and thank goodness it didn't happen.
Meanwhile, this is very sad news for ISU football and likely for Mr. Johnson's future football career. May he have a speedy recovery.
Anybody know anything? Is it just something that he will shake off or will it linger a while.
I know that every Michigan fan considers OSU to be the biggest rival but I think it's time for MSU to be held in the same regard. They are a bunch of thugs that are coached to do anything possible to gain an advantage over Michigan.
Say what you want about morals, but sometimes you do have to play down to your enemies level. I do not condone William Gholston-esque style of football. Michigan State was a zillion times more aggressive in this game because they absolutely hate Michigan. I don't feel like the hate is reciprocal. Obviously Brady Hoke and Company want to beat MSU but until the aggressive nature of this game is met by the Wolverines in a professional manner, the Spartans will keep having their way in this rivalry.
Part of me wonders if I'm in denial, but I somehow don't feel THAT bad about the game on Saturday because it seems like the offensive woes are mostly down to some coachable problems. Parts number 1-19038109283 of those problems is down to Denard not setting his freaking feet when he throws on so many of his passes, with the game Saturday being the most stark example of this.
I know it's easier said than done, especially when the kid is constantly thinking "should I run it now?" the instant protection breaks down at all but at the same time it seems like something a QB coach can drill like crazy during the bye week to reaffirm things that were empahsized during the summer. Denard threw like crap on Saturday but the list of people who can throw accurately without setting their feet in a trash tornado is very, very, very short. I can think of Cutler, Favre in his prime, and that's about it although I'm sure there are a couple more. The point is most people need good mechanics to be successful at all throwing the football, especially in those conditions.
That's something that's totally coachable and if our QBs hit a couple more of the WIDE FREAKING OPEN RECEIVERS on some of those plays, who knows how the game turns out? I am curious upon seeing UFR (as painful as that will be for Brian to do) just how much more we should have been calling designed runs. My instinct watching the game, especially the first half, is that we were just missing a ton of wide open passes and that Borges was getting us touchdown plays that the kids just weren't executing. I hated that 4th and 1 call but all in all I thought Borges wasn't being rewarded for his great calls and getting killed on his quesitonable calls. Again, this is what UFR is for.
Until we see UFR though: did people have this same impression about the offense (especially in the first half)? Am I totally fixating on something that isn't anywhere near as important as some other stuff? Do people think the coaches can right the ship during the bye week so we see markedly better execution in the next game?
On the ill fated 4th and 1 did anyone notice if we for had the 1st down on the pass to Gallon and got a bad mark? I thought Gallon had the 1st down on the catch. I was walking out of the room with my head in my hand as soon as they lined up under center, but I thought it was pretty clear he was over and then pushed back as he caught it.
Sorry if this was already covered I went dark until this morning and didn't see it anywhere. I'm waiting for Boys to get me every snap so I can see for myself. Everything got deleted when I got home in a blind rage.
More than halfway through the year, thought it might be a good idea to see how next year's matchups will stack up. All info comes from Rivals...I throw in some minimal commentary, but thought others might find this interesting.
Umich returns 8.5 on offense (loses FB and swaps Stonum for Hemmingway, loses Koger and Molk). Returns 8.5 on D depending on how you view Heinenger.
Sparty returns 6.5 on offense with all the loses huge (QB, WR1/2, best O lineman and .5 for Fullback) They return 9 on Defense and that assumes Worthy heads to NFL.
OSU returns 8 on offense with all 3 loses on the O-Line. They retrurn 10 on D with LB Sweat hitting the road.
Nebraska returns 9 on offense (only losing 2 lineman) and 9 on D (Crick is not counted since as of today he is done playing in college)
ND returns 7 on O (lose Floyd + 3 starting O lineman and 2 of their top 5 lineman backups) and 5 on D (I show Lynch as a starter and rivals has him as a backup)
Alabama returns 6 on offense (I assume T. Rich is gone) and 5 on D (the D starts 6 seniors and 5 juniors and I assume one Junior goes Pro - will possibly be 2 or 3).
Summary of returning players out of 22:
Umich: 17/22 or 77%
Sparty:15.5/22 or 70%
OSU:18/22 or 82%
Nebraska: 18/22 or 82%
Notre Dame: 12/22 or 55%
Alabama: 11/22 or 50%
Again my disclaimer: data is only as good as Rivals depth chart data.
Summary: Sparty's D will be very good again next year. Notre Dame loses a lot and so does Alabama, but Alabama has All Big Ten caliber talent on their bench.