"It's a lot easier being a drug dealer than an AAU coach" - this guy. Tell me something I don't know. I mean, don't think but have never tried either.
De'Veon Smith made the comment during a media session Wednesday that the Oline will be better this year. Not sure how honest he is with this statement, but we will start to find out in 9 days....
Michigan State junior wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. was arrested and charged with driving under the influence shortly before being suspended from the football team this spring, according to Ingham County court records.
Kings was arrested April 6 for driving with a blood alcohol content of more than .17. He was sentenced on July 7 to 13 months probation and a $750 fine after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio announced April 15 that Kings had been suspended for the duration of spring practices. He was reinstated before the start of fall practice.
Dantonio indicated last Thursday that Kings had met the requirements to put himself back into good standing with the team.
"He's a playmaker and he's doing what he needs to do,'' Danntonio said, asked for an update on how Kings was doing. "He's in the mix (at receiver) and he's done the right things.''
It is available on Youtube - no link (too old and lazy to learn)- I just googled it
- My Primary focus was on Barrett - given the recent BM injury
- You may wish to watch on mute unless you are fond of hearing how great and innovative Urban Meyer is i.e. Braxton's head-cam, Urban renaming his coaches "group leaders" etc.
- I am not an ex-coach or football expert, just a fan that spends too much time on MGoBlog
- This was a true 2 team scrimmage not 1s vs. 2s as it may affect the results on the field.
QB's - Barrett
- Better runner of the 2 QBs - offense looked very Braxton-like with Barrett at the helm
- Not quite as shifty or as fast as BM imo
17-34 by my count passing
- Only 7 completions 5+ yards downfield
- Only 1 completion (crossing route) 15+ yds
- 0-5 on true deep balls - 2 were "catchable"
- Not as good an arm as Jones on the deep stuff
- Big Kid ala Terrelle Pryor - but less mobile and shifty - (less of an athelete than our DG imo)
- Didn't chart his passing but he was 3(or4) for 10 on deep throws - 4 were catchable - of the non-catchable throws - one may have been an OOB throwaway and one was an End of Half Hail Mary
- Didn't seem as good on the short stuff as Barrett
- Seemed to be a less designed runs or read-options with Jones as QB
- Played almost all vanilla except for 1 goal line stand where they did some run blitzes and stopped Jones' offense 3 straight plays from the 2.
- Lots of press coverage - seemed very good coverage on almost all the deep throws (catchable or not)
- Dunn (sigh) and Ball seemed the most effective to me (both were on the same offense fwiw)
- Elliot and Samuel were clearly faster but weren't able to get the edge like Dunn was.
Punting -- 2 punts would have been blocked in a non-scrimmage. Might be solely due to scrimmage effort levels. No returns or kickoffs were practiced
O-Line/D-line -- OSU showed much better ability to run than the recent M scrimmage (benefit of spread O?) but the pass protection was less than stellar on non quick pass plays. Probably would have been 10+ sacks in a real game. (This is with no blitzing)
Because its OSU.........Nelson Munz memorial plays:
- Barrett - 1st and 10 on his own 2. Pass play - holds the ball too long (freshman!) gets sacked and fumbles for the only TD for Jones' team.
- Jones (personal fav) - 1st and 10 on own 20. Pass play - ball is stripped or slips out of his hands - Jones chases and recovers the ball in the end zone, eludes tacklers and throws for a -12 yard completion.
- Corey Smith - WR reverse/pass - Pass covered - runs to the 1 - fumbles for a touchback reaching for the goal line.
Summary - Defense hard to tell due to the split teams and vanilla scheme but press coverage was prominent and effective. Offense struggled for the most part - I would expect a freshman-year Braxton level offense from OSU by November - possibly worse depending on the O-line development and Hyde-less running back production.
Hopefully I have provided some useful info for those who don't want to watch a 2+ hour youtube video.