"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
GustaveFerbert mentioned this morning that "The Happening" could be a nickname for Denard in this thread, and I thought it would be awesome if someone could make a video of fan/sideline/etc. reactions from his 87 yard run (or any other reactions from the game) without showing what exactly is going on except maybe some jerky footage of Shoelace juking defenders until the very end of the video, which would clearly be Denard streaking towards the endzone.
The audio from the trailer is mindbogglingly fitting:
Especially the following sequence: "The first stage is loss of speech. The second stage is physical disorientation. The third stage... is fatal."
I would do it myself, but I'm not as awesome as the video editors around here... It would make my year if someone could make this happen.
Since Omameh didn't get so much love in the last UFR, I thought I would write this up. Of course, every block on that play was critical, but if you go through the film, the Omameh block stands out. He pushes back the ILB Manti Te'o, #5, and in the process of doing so, Te'o trips up the safety, #22, Harrison Smith. If Smith doesn't get tripped, he makes the tackle and Robinson gains 9 yards instead of 87.
Here are the pics -- in the first one, on the left side of the screen, you see Omameh driving Te'o back and Smith trying to get out of the way (apologies for the blurry NBC video):
Then, you see Smith trip on Teo's back foot:
Smith wipes out:
As you can see, if he had been able to stay afloat, he would have had the angle on Denard, or at least have forced Denard to cut to the sideline, limiting his gains:
Headline: "College Football's Most Exciting Player?"
Is the question mark really necessary?
Story links to this rivals article which has probably already been posted but a quick search didn't show it.
Keith Smith injured his right knee, and it looks really bad. Possible season-ending with tests being run, but Hope is "not optimistic".
The article has a fabulous photo of DR in "the Heisman pose" against ND.
Denard Robinson — who, we remind you, is a quarterback — leads the nation in rushing. By 41 yards. He also has thrown 62 times without an interception. Against real competition.
The numbers aren't merely good for the Michigan quarterback. They're too good. And so there's a natural feeling of skepticism about whether the sophomore speedster can possibly keep this up, especially the absurd rushing totals.
"He's a tough kid," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Saturday after Mr. Robinson ran 28 times for 258 yards in Michigan's 28-24 victory over the Fighting Irish. "When you run a quarterback 25 times, you've got to have toughness. I'll let Coach figure out whether that's the case for 10 games."
Translation: I'll let Rich Rodriguez figure out if he wants his quarterback in one piece after 10 more games.