at least it's not just us?
Right Place, Right Time, Right Coach
Quick shout out to Denard in the Onion.
To me, this is the first sure sign that he has arrived.
OK - I have been terrified (as have many of you) by our defense. I feel as though I keep hearing versions of the following: "be patient, it is going to get better, we are so young"
So in a very unscientific way I decided to look at our Defense's experience as opposed to two teams that I fondly remember: the 2000 Drew Henson led squad that beat Auburn in the Citrus or Outback bowl and the 2006 juggernaught (when playing non OSU/USC's). Why did I pick them? to gauge our teams experience against a standard Llloyd U of M "D" and against the non-1997 gold standard "D." So first off I make no distinction about Redshirts...so a Redshirt Junior will show as a Senior, a Redshirt Sophomore - a Junior, etc. The reason is they have been in the system for X number of years. I looked only at the top 16 tacklers for each team - my thinking that this will cover most all defensive contributor.
So on with the numbers:
The 2000 squad had 3 seniors (4th or 5th year players), 5 Juniors (inclused RS Sophs), 7 Sophomores, and 1 Freshmen.
The 2006 squad had 9 Seniors, 5 Juniors, 2 Sophomores, and 0 frosh
This years team has 8 Seniors, 4 Juniors, 3 sophomores, and 1 frosh.
My takeaway: wow-our current D has way more experience than I thought...and if the future is as bright as we hope, the bench better have a lot of future quality sitting on it.
In case you are wondering the 8 "seniors" are Moundros, Herron, Leach, Van Bergen, Rogers, Banks, Ezeh, Mouton.
I was actually expecting that looking into this experience would make me feel a lot better for the future of our "D", but it really didn't. Here's to hope.
We all know that you cant read into what a recruit says too much and yet, we all do it anyway. As such, I was reading about Kris Frost who just changed his visit date from the Michigan State game to the Wisconsin game and thought this quote was interesting:
I've definitely been tuning in every game and watching closely offensively and defensively," he said. "I am really impressed with what I have seen so far. They've had a few close ones, but with how we were last year, this year is looking real good. I'm confident about the rest of the season.
The fact that he used "we" in referring to Michigan Football is pretty cool. Also, by visiting for the Wisconsin game he will be with all of the Dr. Phillips kids including some dude named Dee Hart who is hopefully a Michigan commitment by then. Frost and Dee were also at Auburn together earlier in the year and Hart has eliminated Auburn from his list. Lets hope that we can continue our momentum through October and beyond and that it begins to have tangible results on the recruiting front. All good things.
Watching the 2001 replay is all I need to get fired up.
Let the hate flow, people.
I'm thinking with Wisconsin on their docket for the following Saturday, OSU may look past Indiana a bit. They're a little light in the secondary and if Chappell has a big day, watch out.