things go poorly
Ok, so in yesterday's post on Denard being a finalist for the Tribune's Silver Football award, I looked at the stats of the finalists and was amazed at Kerrigan of Purdue and what he was able to acheive in a defense arguably worse than ours. This got me to thinking about what awards Kerrigan was up for nationally, and to my surprise, he wasn't a finalist for either the Nagurski, or the Bednarik. This got me to wondering about the award finalists themselves and who was really deserving, and who made it because of popularity. Some may have differing opinions, but mine follows:
Bednarik - No problem with Bowers being there, as he is truly a beast. Fairley and Peterson though, are really lacking in the stats dept. This is one award I believe Kerrigan should have been up for. Peterson, despite what some would claim as a product of team's not throwing his way, is really lacking in tackles, pass break-ups and Ints. Fairley is just lacking in everything, and IMO, isn't much different than some of the other DTs. My guess is he is here based on team performance only(and the incessant CBS SEC hype).
Biletnikoff - This is one award I feel they got the finalists right on. Blackmon, Jeffries and Broyle are all outstanding and had outstanding seasons.
Groza - Another award that arguably was right on the money when it came to finalists, although one name left out is Hazley of VT. The kid was 20/21 on the year, a much higher percentage than Hrapmann or Bailey. Ruffer of ND was perfect on the year, but only for 15 FGs. Could have been some different players here, but not a stretch to say they got it right.
Ray Guy - I understand Henry, he led cfb in net punting avg. I don't understand Butler or Donahue, who were 15th and 16th on the list. I believe Butler made it since he won it last year. I'd have chosen different, but that's just me.
Maxwell(best all-around) - This is really a hard award to define. This award has the same finalists as the O'Brien, all QB's. Newton's play really should be recognized here, and not the O'Brien. Luck and Moore are great college QBs, but I wouldn't classify them as great all-around players. Harris of Oregon really should be a finalist here. #1 in passes defended added to 5 ints, and #2 in punt returns to go with 4 TDs there. Another name who could be here is Blackmon(OkSt.). 18 receiving TD's, 1 rushing TD and 1 punt return TD.
O'Brien - Luck and Moore definitely belong here, not sure about Newton, although if one goes by complete game, he does. This one is probably right, as far as finalists go, but one could argue that Jones of OU deserved to be here as well.
Outland - Not sure what stats are used, or where to even find them for this award. So, no comment on the finalists here.
Thorpe - This is one of the biggest as far as players not deserving to be a finalist here. Peterson shouldn't be a finalist here at all. Harris of Oregon got shafted, IMO, as did Hosley of VT. I think this award was more perception than reality, and isn't really based on any stats at all. Can one really claim that Peterson and Nakamura don't have the stats because teams don't throw their way very often? It may be so, but then again, it may not be.
Doak Walker - I am wondering who the moron(s) are that put Clay as a finalist here. The other two, James(Oregon) and Hunter(OkSt.) both have the numbers, statswise, to make their case. Clay does not. He isn't even the best RB in the B10, let alone the thrid best in the country.His 5.32 yds/carry is on the low end of the scale and his 93yds/game is no where near the top. I believe that his nomination for finalist here was based more on pre-season hype and the injury that kept him out of a couple games was overrated. His running mate, White, showed that it didn't really matter who was running behind that line, they were gonna gain some yards. IMO, the third finalist should have been either LeShoure of Illinois or Taua of Nevada.
The analysis of the finalists wasn't that in-depth, and any opinions differing from mine here are welcome.
Sorry, no pics yet.
My plan is to watch all the games available in order and put up a post with notes on each game, and then do a big picture pages summary of their offensive and defensive systems.
So this post will just be some random notes from the game as I think of them. But since this is the first diary on them, I'll also include some general first impressions.
- #14 Relf is the starter at QB and looks like a DE. Doesn't quite have the running skill of Cam Newton, but he has the same size and a pretty decent arm. Not the strongest arm, but he puts good touch on mid range seams. He likes to roll to his right and will hold the ball longer than he should. Can run the option.
- #17 Russell. QB More of a pocket passer, much smaller, but he "looks like a QB". Excellent at throwing PA post.
- #27 Perkins RB Likes to bounce it outside. Good acceleration, not world class top end speed.
- #28 Ballard RB, More of a straight ahead runner. Looked real good on iso and dive plays.
- #50 MLB. White, Not the most athletic guy but looks smart in the middle.
- #15 DB, got a nice interception on an agressive cut on the comeback route. Might be susceptible to double moves.
- Mostly ran 3 down linemen on D.
- Linebackers like to fake blitz on passing downs by aligning between the DL and bailing out.
- Ran out to a 21-0 halftime lead that coulda been 35-0 if not for first game miscues, but Memphis was 1-11 so take it with a grain of salt.
- I previously said that their offense looks like ours, but actually they run a much more diverse variety of formations and personell. They like to go 5 wide in long passing downs, can run basic I formation and have a whole series of plays from that. Most of the game was in shotgun, but I've seen them run some single wing (can't remember if it was this game or another).
- The cowbells are loud and obnoxious and definitely do not stop at the snap of the ball. memphis was really affected by the noise. Think vuvuzela loud.
- #1 Bumphis is their speed threat, but I heard he's not playing in the bowl game.
- ESPN U coverage sucked and Tony Dungy might have been a great coach but he's not much of an announcer.
- Isn't the Georgia mascot a bulldog? hurrah for original mascots. /sarcasm.
- Oh, didn't know that Mullen was florida's OC with Tim (I touch filipino boys' penises) Tebow. That explains a lot, like the shotgun power QB iso on the goaline.
- #93, DL looks like a good wide body guy. looks like he's got some talent in short yardage situations.
- 49-0 with 11 minutes to go and the backups are coming in. But Memphis got blown out by any team with a pulse. Like 56-0 against Louisville and 50-14 to Tennessee, both those teams finished 6-6.
- Now I know why I think Gerg should be fired. He's just not young and firey. D-coordinators at the college level usually have a lot of fire and brimstone. Miss. State's DC has the look of a guy on the rise. I think Gerg is a liability in recruiting just because of his age and personality. JMHO.
- One thing that I think a lot of people miss is that when the scrubs come in, you really get to see what the "Base" plays are. Simply because they're not very good or don't know the entire playbook. Although sometimes they run stuff they picked up from being the scout team for the week.
- #10 Looks a bit thin for an OLB but looks like a solid tackler.
Article on Denard in today's Chicago Tribune, including his first sight of snow in Ann Arbor:
A pretty funny article (from 7 Dec) with movie titles that align well with this year's bowl games.
My favorite is the Groundhog Day reference: "Ohio State knows the drill: Their alarm clock goes off, they show up at a bowl game and get beaten senseless by an SEC team—only to do it all over again the next season."
Check it out as there are some other good ones too. The Gator Bowl is more sad that funny from our perspective.