"It's a lot easier being a drug dealer than an AAU coach" - this guy. Tell me something I don't know. I mean, don't think but have never tried either.
We keep hearing about Denard getting hit hard by Big 10 defenses, I am pretty sure ND would qualify for as an upper half Big10 defense on talent alone. That dline was pretty active and they had some big players with 4 star ranking. Teo could start for any team in the conference. The rest of the LBs and secondary were highly ranked coming out of high school. It remains to be seen what Diaco can do with the unit for the rest of the year, but that group looked better than it has under Charlie. That may sound strange to say when it gave up 500 years, but I think that unit simply got Denarded.
Haven't seen this posted yet, but just heard word (credit varsityblue Twitter) that Mike Jones has a broken leg. I believe he was playing WLB behind Jonas Mouton. No idea how long he will be out for, but he will have surgery.
EDIT: In addition, Brandon Herron has a sprained ankle and is day-to-day.
Has anyone heard anything about why we have gone primarily with Shaw and Smith, and not even tried to insert Mike Cox into the rushing attack?
It seems like with Shaw and Smith underwhelming over the first two games, the coaches would give Cox a chance to get some touches. Is the issue that RR wants speed, and Shaw / Smith are speedier?
While I have been highly impressed with our offense, having a RB that is a threat will only open up more lanes for Denard, since defenses will have to worry about two group options, and not just primarily key in on Denard (as they will undoubtedly start to do over the season).
"the Shoelace bat signal" courtesy of Brian. You know, Commishioner RR (wizard hat, snakeskin oil in hand so we can clearly identify him in less than 2 colors), standing on top of Schembachler Hall with the spotlight pointed skyward with untied shoes inside the circle. Anyone with photoshop skillz, set it up!
I've been thinking about this a bit. I recall one play where an ND player hit DRob after a pass with his hands to Denard's face.
I wonder now if the refs will be tempted to protect Denard a bit more with his rise to national prominence, or will they consider him a virtual running back and an open target?