“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
The good, the bad and the ugly, presented without comment.
|RedZone - TD||78.05%||2nd|
|RedZone - Score||87.80%||27th|
|3rd Down Conversions||48.31%||21st|
|4th Down Conversions||66.67%||21st|
|Pass Eff Def||144.29||101st|
|RedZone Def - TD||69.23%||101st|
|RedZone Def - Score||87.18%||92nd|
|3rd Down Conversions Def||43.94%||95th|
|4th Down Conversions Def||70.00%||108th|
|Punt Returning (Yds/Ret)||6.00||95th|
|Kick Returning (Yds/Ret)||20.84||78th|
|Punt Return D (Yds/Ret)||12.13||95th|
|Kick Return D (Yds/Ret)||19.77||27th|
|Pts Responsible for||150||13th|
|Pts Responsible for/g||16.67||10th|
I am very happy for Tate!! This kid has stuck through so much with his team and himself. I bet he sure was glad that he didn't transfer and stayed the course. Hopefully he can be a mentor to anybody else that EVER thinks about leaving this team (I thought the banner was enough).
He help great poise. Sure he made some bad reads and kept looking down field rather than go to the tight end but he got the job done. Tate helped us to a victory that most thought was inconceivable.
Also very nice to win a game with the Defense on the field!!
GO BLUE!! BEAT PURDUE!!!
So I re-watched the game last night, and I noticed some things about Roh.
First, let me say he is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better at DE than LB. He made some nice plays in the backfield, either tackling the RB himself or driving his man back and closing a hole. He got some nice pressure on the QB, and even drew some holds that weren't called. In particular, he and RVB did a really nice job on some stunts that sprung Roh free up the middle.
The negative I saw though, was a bit interesting. On read-option plays, where they optioned off Roh, he played it a bit odd. Everytime he would do the sideways basketball slide as if to contain the QB, but then late would crash after the RB. This was irregardless of who had the ball. So because of his initial hesitation movement, he was too late to get to the RB if it was handed off, but because he crashed he didn't actually contain the QB either and he ran around him. My best guess is that he was trying to put himself in a position to stop both options, but the effect was that he kept himself from being able to stop either. I know he just moved back to DE, but it happened 5 or 6 times by my estimate, so you'd have hoped he'd learn as the game went on.
Overall, he played great, but this definitely needs to be corrected before Purdue and OSU, who both run some read-option.
As a side note, RVB was a beast out there. He was getting through on pass plays, he was crushing his man backwards on run plays forcing cut backs. I have a hunch that this game will be one of his best ever when the UFR comes out. Huge game.
I was kind of hoping to see a picture of a happy Lloyd Brady when I logged in today....anyone?
Over the last few weeks, I have become increasingly frustrated with this team, and by extension, RR. I have been amongst the most vocul posters calling for his head and saying that a change was needed for us to regain our place amongst the college football elite. Those who have defended RR over this season pointed to our improved offense as a reason to stay the course. I have argued repeatedly that the offense was a mirage that faded against better defenses.
Yesterday's game - and not just the fact that we won (although it sure was nice) showed me that I may have been wrong. Not only was our offense dynamic, effective and exciting, but it was diverse. We mixed zone option runs, designed QB runs, short passes, slants and a hell of a downfield game with regularity. Our offensive playcalling was nothing short of amazing. I imagnie that when Brian UFR's the offense, we will see our greatest +# for RPS to date. Simply put, we looked as good on offense as Oregon.
I see the potential. DEnard will get better. He just earned another 16 winter practices - something that Michigan QBs have not had in 2 years. The already dominant line will get better. The receivers will stay great. And, next year, we should see one of our RBs step up and become a feature back. Hopkins looks like the man, but there are many options. By next season, we should be able to hang 30 on jst about anyone.
Even more importantly, watching the triple over time, I saw a team that didn't give up and player their asses off for each other and for their coach. RR has done a great job of building a "team" in the Bo sense of the word.
No, RR is still far from perfect. And ultimately, we do not know whether he will be the right guy to lead Michigan all the weay back. Sometimes it is just not possible to overcome a bad start. And then there is the defense. But, even I - one of RR's vocal critics of late - must concede (happily) that there is a strong case for keeping him. If Brandon is looking for improvement, this game should give him something to think about, because last year we would have folded midway through the fourth.
Great game, coach.
Just a quick question. Do the stats from overtime count toward team and player stats? Seems silly to include those stats when figuring because of the pinball stats usually included in these type games.