he grew a beard
I thought this was a good article that clarified some thoughts I already had stewing around in my head. It sounds like Cam Newton had a very similar read progression that Denard had last year.
Essentially, I think Denard was at level 1 last year, which is all you need in college when you are faster than everyone else on the field. The West Coast Offense generally requires the quarterback to be at level 2 and the receivers need to make the same reads, although I did just read that a receiver sends a signal to the QB to let him know what they are reading, so the QB knows what to throw. That might mean the QB has less responsibility in this particular system.
However, moving from level 1 to level 2 could explain a lot about why Denard is having a hard time adjusting to the new system. Hopefully, he can take in more of the playbook and gain some more understanding during the off season and come out in the Fall ready to go.
Chengelis tweeted that Hoke says Hopkins has been the most consistent back so far
I came across this article on Doc Saturday. Having a couple econ degrees, I'm always interested in how professional economists view the BCS. This basically outlines how 20 of them signed a letter to the Fed detailing their issues with the BCS and antitrust law.
The thing I took from this article is that economists, politicians, and writers like Dan Wetzel live in a hypothetical fantasy-world.
I find they want equality but not fairness. As economists, I would think they would stand along the lines of fair free-market principles - that it's most economically fair for schools more people follow (via tv ratings, tickets, bowl attendance) to be compensated more, and those followed less should be compensated less; for-profit bowls allowed to invite the candidates best for their business; etc. - and that, in my opinion, would only further separate the haves and have-nots. Dissolving the BCS doesn't mean a playoff is imminent; If bowls can invite whomever they wish, I believe we'll see even less opportunity for the Boises and Utahs (pre-Pac-12) of the world.
Thoughts? (I hope this doesn't end as a playoff vs. bcs argument, instead as a discussion of economic merit for BCS vs. dissolution)
As promised yesterday, I emailed BTN to see if they would be streaming the Michigan Spring Game on their website like last year. I just heard back, and no dice:
Thanks for the email. The Big Ten Network will broadcast the Michigan Spring Football Game live at noon ET on Saturday. We are unable to domestically stream games that we broadcast due to contractual obligations with our cable and satellite affiliates. You might check our Game Finder tool and enter your zip code to find out which providers in your area carry the Big Ten Network.
Sorry everybody, it looks like we're off to the nearest bar bright and early Saturday morning.
Look out Oregon, Arizona St. is going to comepete with CFL like jerseys
This is going to be a P. Griffin grind my gears rant.
I'm amazed at the criticism of V. Smith. Just so everyone knows he was playing on a knee that had ACL surgery 8 months before the season started. It would have been easy for him to say well my knee isn't quite right I'll take my redshirt and get back in shape, but no he fought like hell to get back on the field. Who knows if he should have played or not last year, but the fact was that he earned PT over healthier options. This should be applauded not torn apart. His internet aproval rating would have been much better served by being lazy and not even trying to play last year. How nuts is that?
The other criticism is that he's too small. Of all schools we should be the last ones to question a rb's height. Have we forgotten who we are? M. Hart and J. Morris are not all over the record books of Michigan?
I'm all for debate over who's the best rb, but you can't use last years performance from a guy playing at maybe 70-80% as your argument. Go back to those spring videos his 1st year or his play against OSU before he blew out his knee. That's a different guy than we saw last year. I may be one of the few that have seen good things in a lot of our backs when they were healthy and think we will be pleasantly surprised this year whoever emerges from the competition.
My money is on M. Shaw, I still think he has the best combo of burst and toughness, but I'm not basing that on V. Smith's performance last year. The fucking kid was a warrior and we're dissing him because he had the toughness to play on 1 leg?