"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
Jake Ryan and Scott McVey played side by side at Cleveland's St. Ignatious H.S. as LBs - Jake usually played outside while Scott usually played inside. As you are aware Jake is a Wolverine and Scott is a Buckeye. There has been quite a bit of discussion as to which player was actually better in H.S. I think Scott missed a number of games to injury as a senior while Jake had a fairly decent senior season. We all know Jake is begining to shine here at Michigan along with our defense in general, but I'm not sure how Scott is fitting in at OSU (I've only seen bits and peices of their games). Question is who do you think may have the better career in college?
Still not a whole lot going on this week, though Notre Dame inches closer to Michigan by grabbing near-consensus four-star running back William Mahone. Action since last rankings:
9-27-11: Indiana picks up Jacarri Alexander. Minnesota picks up Tyren Hills.
9-30-11: Notre Dame picks up William Mahone.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg||24/7 Avg||Avg Avg^|
*ESPN doesn't rate JUCOs, so Isaac Fruechte (Minnesota), Darius Stroud and Jacarri Alexander (Indiana), and Steffon Martin and Devin Smith (Purdue) are excluded from their respective team averages.
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (aka the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
On to the full data, after the jump.
|#1 Michigan - 22 Commits|
No change for the Wolverines.
|#2 Notre Dame - 16 Commits|
The Irish add running back William Mahone, who chose Notre Dame over Penn State, Michigan State, and Pitt.
|#3 Penn State - 17 Commits|
No change for the Nittany Lions.
|#4 Ohio State - 12 Commits|
No change for the Buckeyes.
|#5 Michigan State - 14 Commits|
No change for the Spartans, which includes a continued state of denial that Se'Von Pittman is a serious flight risk to Ohio State.
|#6 Wisconsin - 10 Commits|
No change for the Badgers. Reggie Mitchell and Arthur Goldberg both get three-star ratings from 24/7.
|#7 Indiana - 19 Commits|
The Hoosiers add JuCo linebacker Jacarri Alexander. Dante Blackmon picks up three stars from ESPN and two stars from 24/7.
|#8 Northwestern - 16 Commits|
No change for the Wildcats.
|#9 Iowa - 10 Commits|
No change for the Hawkeyes.
|#10 Minnesota - 21 Commits|
The Gophers land unrated cornerback Tyren Hills, who will probably be starting next season if Saturday's game was any indication.
|#11 Purdue - 17 Commits|
The Boilermakers don't add any commits. Danny Anthrop gets a two-star rating fron ESPN.
|#12 Nebraska - 7 Commits|
The Huskers, after adding their first commit in a month and a half last week, go back to doing nothing.
|#13 Illinois - 9 Commits|
No change for the Illini.
"I felt we should've run iso's," Hyde said.
"They kept running off the edge, so I thought we should hit them in the middle. We've got to get better. I told the coaches some plays we should've run, but I don't get paid to coach, so I guess they don't listen."
It’s difficult to say how much the weather affected the offenses in yesterday’s MSU-OSU showdown in Columbus. There were several fumbles early on, including on snaps that went between Cousins’ legs and through the hands of MSU’s punter. But the offenses continued to struggle even though the weather seemed to improve by the mid-to-late second quarter. With that qualifier, here is what I took from MSU’s performance:
Offensively, their line was underwhelming, but not as bad as I expected. The Spartans were able to consistently gain yards on the ground, and while Cousins was pressured often, the line did a reasonable job of giving him time. Bell and Baker did not have huge games, but like always they ran hard and consistently fell forward, picking up what yards were available. In the receiving corps., BJ Cunningham dominated—and it was a good thing for Sparty that he did, because all of their other receivers were practically non-existent. Cousins managed the game well but the OSU pressure did force him into some bad throws and even some uncharacteristically poor decisions (He was intercepted once in the end zone and I recall OSU defenders dropping two other INTs). In typical Spartan fashion, penalties and turnovers killed multiple Spartan drives or they would have easily scored 20+ points.
The OSU offense was so incompetent it was difficult to tell how much was the product of good Spartan defense and how much was just the Suckeyes sucking. William Gholston (Grr.) destroyed OSU with multiple sacks; Bullough and Worthy also played well. However, they really didn’t need to worry about the pass all game.
Based on this game alone, it looks like the keys to beating MSU are (i) get pressure on Cousins, (ii) contain Cunningham, and (iii) use draws & screens to slow down the Spartan pass rush. Oh yeah, and (iv) run the ball, like the winner of that game always does.
If you were at or watching the Michigan game yesterday, you probably missed this. I just watched the first half and I'm impressed with Northwestern's defense. Illinois obviously saw what Army did to them with the option decided to attack with that but NU has shut it down. Their secondary looks vulnerable to the deep ball but that's clearly not a strength of our passing game. It will be interesting to see what kind of a game Borges calls.
Even before re-injuring himself, Persa doesn't look like he's full speed. He's able to manage the game, hand off, and his arm is fine but he doesn't have the mobility he had before his achilles exploded. He looks gimpy and rusty.
EDIT: Persa looks much better in the 2nd half before the injury.