Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Hola and Happy Holidays to all the MgoBloggers out there!
I'm looking to stir the pot a bit…just kidding. There's enough of that right!
Surely Shirley ( Lesley Nelson R.I.P. 2010) Brian and the crew will have a thorough break down of the X's & O's with all the stats, trimmings, and fixings included but I thought we could use a light discussion on the key match ups and/or things to watch for during the Gator Bowl.
Coming into this season's opener we prepped ourselves against UConn's experienced defense and their stud linebacker - Greg Lloyd. We've run across a few more of these situations notably when Sparty (w/Greg Jones) came to town. The Bulldogs possess a stud of their own in K.J Wright. He's currently projected in the 3rd to 5th round of the draft (slightly ahead of Lloyd).
MSU has had plenty of time to comb through tapes on our offense so I suspect their coaches will have a well thoughtout scheme to stop Dilithium & Co. I'm presuming this entails KJ spying on Denard throughout the game. As noted in an earlier diary the Bulldogs displayed one of their best defensive efforts against Cam "I am the Rule" Newton. So they have some experience shutting down an active run-type QB.
During the game I'll keep a watchful eye for Dilithium's read on Mr. Wright. If we break his containment a few times early we could be in for a delightful afternoon. Watching a bit of film on the Bulldogs the strategy of a few teams was to avoid or run away from his side (KJ is usually the strong side backer). All things considered I don't see how that type of strategy figures into our game plan and as such the collisions early should be entertaining. "Who wants it baby, who wants it!"…"Get some…"
The Bulldogs have another stud on the D-line in DE Pernell McPhee. I guess I could have shown a bit of interest there but we've handled the line of scrimmage fairly well this season. No disrespect to McPhee (listed as a 2nd/3rd round draft pick) but I think we're in good shape handling the line of scrimmage. Besides, this McPhee was more interesting on the inter-webs! =]
So what say ya MgoBlog Community? What are your thoughts on the key match ups and personnel to winning this thing? It should be quite the "Dog fight".
Coming off the heels of the DJK "drug house" arrest(s) and Iowa confirming that players have been cheating their testing, news has emerged regarding suspended Hawkeye RB Adam Robinson:
Suspended Iowa RB Adam Robinson (941 rush yds, 11 TD) arrested and charged with marijuana possession
AFAIK, no information was given about his suspension and the reasoning behind this but these charges appear to be new. It would be crazy if he was suspended from the bowl for failing a drug test and then got arrested for possession during that suspension. FWIW, on December 14th, Ferentz said the following
While Adam has been cleared medically, he will not be participating in the upcoming Insight Bowl game as a result of failing to comply with team expectations and policies. Adam will have the option to rejoin the team when classes resume in January.
Fans of the Hawkeyes are quick to blame the coaching staff for these problems, most specifically for Ferentz's choice of graduate assistant in charge of running backs and wide receivers.
day 2, Stonum, Robinson and Roundtreee
I don't know what Matta is doing, but that guy has been bringing in a ridiculous amount of talent to that basketball program. What I thought was getting lucky early on, has become a trend with the newest addition of Jared Sullinger who is tearing it up as a freshman. Obviously having the state of Ohio has helped, but he has been pulling talent from outside the state as well. I don't know much about Matta or the way he coaches his team, but I am more than a bit discouraged in the manner in which he is able to reload in Columbus. I know they have good basketball facilities, however, he also needs to be able to sell it. Don't know if the board has any insight here.
I haven't actually heard about these rumors, but I guess there were rumors (we love rumors) that JoePa's health was failing and he was in the hospital. Those rumors have been rebuffed by the Paterno family.
I did find one quote curious though...
Daughter Mary Kay Hort, for her part, also denied the rumors, firmly ruling out suggestions that her father might resign for health reasons.
Asked whether he planned to call it quits after the Outback Bowl, she said: "It is not his planned last game."
Anyone heard of these rumors before this? I just find the whole situation odd.
Maybe it was Tony Dungry?
Also, four players from Florida out including cornerback Janoris Jenkins due to injuries. Thought those of you in pools would like to know so you don't get McGroined.