It was at the half-time of the UConn game when I thought of this.
Flashback: 1998 football game against Syracuse. We had just earned the National Championship. We were on top of the world. Then comes Syracuse and Donavan McNabb runs all over us en route to a 24 -7 half-time lead. I remember feeling frustrated, angry and helpless during the entire first half.
Everything was McNabb and we had no answer.
Fast forward to the UConn game, where our Denard Robinson poured it on a stunned and bewildered Husky defense.
I thought to myself, "I'll bet that's exactly how UConn fans feel right now".
Karma does come back around. And for just a few minutes everything in the world was alright...
Anyone else have that, or a comparable memory?
Just curious if anyone who is a little more familar can give me an update on when transfers happen and how it effects theie eligibility.
Obviously Vlad leaving puts us in a bind, but if he goes to a school like Oregon who I don't think has started school yet could he be ready to play next year? Does the fact he started school at Michigan have any effect? Really curious when the cutoffs are because if he won't be ready to play next year it makes the timing of the switch even more curious. Why not stick it out here and see what happens if you wouldn't be eligible anyway? If he is ready to go next year then maybe people will be more understanding.
Just some news to cheer everyone up from borderline suicide to just simple panic, both Eddie George and Tom Dienhart pick us over Notre Dame
However, they both did say so that our D played well and reminded them of Michigan defenses of old...so now I don't know what to think.
But when a tOSU alum has something good to say about us, it must be made known.
Fair warning: at first blush, this may sound absurd. My working theory is that Vlad did not make the travel squad for Notre Dame.
As I understand it, although Michigan (typically) boasts 85 scholarship athletes and a number of walk-ons, only a portion of the team attends away games (65, I believe). This does not afford Michigan the luxury of traveling with the entire 3-deep roster. As some have speculated in the comments on the front-page topic, it is possible that Vlad was third string even after the injury to Van Slyke (a seemingly absurd proposition given the state of our depth chart).
If so, it is plausible that Vlad was left off the travel squad. On the travel team, where certain positions by necessity must travel with only two players, free safety is a likely candidate to leave off a third-string player. In the unlikely event something dire happens to the first two free safeties, Michigan can move Kovacs or Robinson from Bandit and still field a functioning defense.
At some point this week, the players must find out who will be traveling to South Bend and who will be left behind. If in fact Vlad learned he would be remaining in Ann Arbor this weekend, it would go a long way toward explaining the timing of the transfer. When nothing at all makes sense, something that doesn't make sense must be the answer.
Or I could be way off base.
/dons flame-retardant jumpsuit.
I was hoping that someone can shed some light on the progression of several of the running plays against UConn that went to Michael Shaw. To me, and untrained observer, it appeared as though several of the Shaw rushes in the 1st half were broken plays of sorts, or at least some kind of misdirection plays where Shaw changed direction after handoff. To me, it appeared as though Shaw was headed for a hole that never materialized and then changed direction. It seemed as though Denard had a better line of attack for the run and should have kept it himself (as if he didn't do enough already). Did I miss something? Were these runs some kind of veer or misdirection play? Regardless, they each went for positive yardage.
I apologize in advance for not knowing enough to link the video footage. I refer everyone to the previous Board poster that posted video of every offensive play a few days ago.