Anyone know why Manningham chose to say "Warren G Harding" (his high school) rather than U Mich on his player bio on sunday night football??
We knew going ino the season that we were going to have a problem on defense. 3-0 is a great way to start the season and as long as we're able to show up and execute we should have no problem starting this season 5-0 heading into the MSU game. However while watching our team during the first three weeks of this season I keep finding myself thinking about the future. Our offense is still very young and yet we are a national power ranking in the top 10 nationally. Once our defense comes around and the depth and compitition reach that of our offense this team is going to be pushing for national championships every year. Right now we're 3-0 with an offense ranked 10th and a defense ranked 100th. Just imagine when things come together and we're in the top 25 defensively with our elite offense. The results will speak for themselves. I know there are people out there skeptical of the Gerg, I am one of them, but lets give this guys a chance to get his system in place and let our depth and compition catch up to our offense and we will have created the perfect storm. 3-0 Keep the faith, GO BLUE!!
Action since last rankings:
9-11-10 Minnesota gains commitment from Cameron Brown.
9-12-10 Notre Dame gains commitments from Josh Atkinson and George Atkinson III.
9-13-10 Purdue gains commitment from AJ King.
9-14-10 Illinois gains commitment from Henry Dickinson.
9-15-10 Notre Dame gains commitment from Stephon Tuitt.
If you see any errors in the individual tables, please let me know. I'm tempted to move Indiana down a bit, but their averages per commit are about even with (or only very slightly behind) the teams nipping at their heels, and they have more commits.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg|
Rivals rankings are on the "RR" scale, which is on a scale from about 5 to about 6.1. Unrated prospects are given a 5.1 rating, on par with the worst of any Big Ten commit last year. Scout is on the 5-star system (unranked players earn star), and ESPN uses grades out of 100 (unranked is 40 or 45).
|#1 Ohio State - 17 Commits|
No change for the Buckeyes.
|#2 Notre Dame - 19 Commits|
|George Atkinson III||S||CA||5.8||4||79|
Irish pick up one of their top overall commits in Stephon Tuitt, along with a pretty good set of twins out of California.
|#3 Nebraska - 13 Commits|
No change for Nebraska.
|#4 Michigan State - 15 Commits|
No change for Sparty.
|#5 Michigan - 10 Commits|
blah. Hopefully some commits on the way... but we'll see.
|#6 Indiana - 21 Commits|
The Hoosiers' class might even be done at this point.
|#7 Iowa - 14 Commits|
Nothing to see here.
|#8 Northwestern - 13 Commits|
No change for Northwestern.
|#9 Minnesota - 15 Commits|
Gophers gain WR Cameron Brown.
|#10 Wisconsin - 11 Commits|
Nothing new for Wisconsin.
|#11 Penn State - 4 Commits|
They have to get some commits sooner or later, right?
|#12 Illinois - 16 Commits|
Illinois grabs Henry Dickinson.
|#13 Purdue - 7 Commits|
Purdue picks up AJ King, who gets decent marks from Rivals and ESPN, but none at all from Scout.
Wow that sucks for Houston. I can't imagine the Schadenfreude that Houston fans are going through... although It's very similar to what we went through with our secondary attrition. Man talk about a bummer...
Outside of Martin, Mouton and Roh (only when he is on the line) we seem to be "catching" on a good number of our tackles. I thought we were supposed to finally start playing faster with the scheme changes to simplify the reads. If we need better athletes out there, where is Furman or MRob? I am just not sure it is a technique thing for individual players, the fact we are adjusting to another scheme change which is causing too much thinking or this defense has been kicked around for the last two years and just doesn't have the swagger. Yes, UMass has 300lb lineman, but I also saw their freshman TE get off the line, deliver a blow to Kovacs and finish running his out. Yes, Kovacs made the eventual tackle, but that seemed to epitomize to me the mentality. Obi flashes occasionally and seems to be regularly be caught in the wash with both end positions rarely collapsing the pocket to deliver hits or pressure. Maybe this will just be the way we will play the rest of the year, but I would love to see us playing more downhill.
EDIT: Yes, we have freshmen playing in a couple positions so that is not the answer I am looking for. The front 7 should at least be fearsome to a FCS school.
From yesterday's game, the offense did a good job as expected. Obviously the defense needs a lot of work. There's no doubt about that, and it certainly isn't the first time that it's been discussed.
Despite all the defense's problems, the thing that made me the most mad was special teams. Field goal kicking, as everyone knows, is nonexistent. It is a big problem for a coach not being able to get three points on the board after a decent drive. Rich Rod said that they'll hold another round of tryouts for kickers to hopefully fix the problem. We really haven't had a good kicker for the past few years and to be honest it's quite embarrassing.
The punt returns are also a huge concern, as Gallon is still making terrible decisions. He tipped the ball on one of the punts yesterday and almost caused a turnover and gave UMass possession starting in the red zone. You can't win a big game making stupid decisions like that. I'm sure he thought about how good of a return he could have if he grabbed the ball, but in that situation there's still very little reason to go up for that grab. I was having Odoms failed punt return flashbacks, and that's definitely not a good thing. Hold on to the damn ball. As far as the turnover numbers are concerned, we've been pretty lucky. With ball security like this, they could be a lot higher.
I apologize for the pessimism, I still have very high hopes for the rest of this season. At least these mistakes were made before Big Ten play to give us a chance to correct them.