go go go
Happy DAC (day after Christmas), MGoBlog readers. Most of you are probably quite familiar with Ryan Mallet, who may or may not have been *run off* by Coach Rodriguez. Here's an interesting take by The Sporting News on his play this year:
Later in the article you'll see some material on Mississippi State's Derek Sherrod, whom we'll see in a few days.
There are a few Big Ten players in their "Fab 40." I noticed Adrian Clayborn is still well-regarded. Wasn't he neutralized by Taylor Lewan for most of that game? My memory might be spotty.
So here it is, the highlight of my 6th grade winter vacation. Michigan recovered two fumbles and blocked a punt to set up three scores and spark an improbable 3rd quarter comeback. Jamie Morris (22 carries, 156 yards) and Mark Messner were named co-MVPs. Michigan was voted #2 in both final polls, Schembechler's highest finish in his career. It was almost enough to make me forget the 2 point loss at then #1 Iowa on a last second field goal that knocked Michigan out of MNC contention.
There ought to be a thread about this...
With the Cowboys leading 26-24 after they shanked an extra point following a TD late in the 4th quarter, there was some entertaining football
- Cards began their last drive with less than 2 minutes and no time outs
- DeMarcus Ware crushed Cards QB John Skelton immediately
- Skelton found Larry Fitzgerald at last on 4th and 15 for 26 yards
- Cards got within field goal range before being pushed back 5 yards by a lineup penalty
-Jay Feely nailed the game-winner from about 48 yards. Sneaked it in the right upright. Crowd goes NUTS, Cards bench jumps around and gets a excessive celebration penalty.
Doesnt matter, because Feely does one of the most impressive kickoffs I have ever seen.
He BOOTS IT DOWN the field so far that the Cowboy return man watches it roll into the endzone, except it doesn't...it comes to a dead stop RIGHT BEFORE it crosses the goal line. Right before! That was incredible. Returner picks it up, is immediately clobbered, game over.
Interesting read and a concept I would not be surprised if Coach Rod used b/c it's simple enough to incorporate w/o overloading the OL, QB, and RB w/reads and multiple protections.
I'm not sure if this has been posted on the MGoBoard, my apologies if it has... I found this on ESPN dated 12/20 about the The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star game.
Kris Frost (Matthews, N.C./Butler) won the North Carolina Defensive MVP for the game. The four-star athlete could potentially play on all three levels of the defense in certain situations, but fits best at linebacker and seven tackles, three tackles-for-loss, and a pass break-up. A good overall athlete, the uncommitted Frost can be physical against the run and with a nice closing burst he can deliver a pop on contact. He flashed his ability in coverage on his pass break-up as he stayed on the hip of the intended target and as the ball came he reached in and knocked it down.
Looks nice, lets hope he joins us....could really use someone like this.
Since the ability to read David Brandon's mind is not one of my superpowers, I figured I better start dumping my Harbaugh porn now. Michigan came into this game with the #2 scoring defense (6.8ppg) and Harbaugh leading the nation in passing efficiency. The first half was a complete disaster and it seemed inevitable that Bo was going to lose yet another bowl game. Tune in tomorrow to see if he can rally his troops in the 2nd half.