chance of bowl: 13.6%
After the win on Saturday, I posted a projected yards total in which Denard gained somewhere in the neighborhood of 2400/2100 yards for the season. It put him on pace to become the first 2000/2000 player in NCAA history (I assume).
The question is whether he can keep up these torrid numbers against stronger competition. I, for one, think he can - which is not to say that I think that he will. 2,000 yards rushing will be tough. But as long as he stays healthy, he will get his chance. If anything, the stronger competition will force him to stay on the field and keep trying to bang out yardage. He'll need to keep breaking the huge runs in order to have a chance.
Yardage Needed for 2000/2000:
As long as he stays close to achieving this milestone, I'll keep posting updates after every game.
Edited without sound because, well, yeah. Adding music from youtube's audioswap feature because I already have one copyright strike. And no, I'm not going to cut 98 Indiana snaps.
For those of you who don't like recruiting speculation at 2:00 a.m. ignore this post. I was just catching up on about a weeks worth of Sam Webb's Recruiting Roundup on WTKA. Several times during the week he mentioned a surprise 5 Star visitor coming for the Iowa game. I realize that it was mentioned on the board last week (probably when Sam originally said it), but I think the guesses at the time were wrong.
Scout has 49 players listed as 5 Stars. I have highlighted players that have been mentioned as Michigan prospects at some point in the process.
As you can see, players highlighted in green have already indicated they plan to visit, so, I believe, they should be removed from our "surprise visitor" prospects. Sam said Michigan's start has reignited this player's interest so I assume that means he would be among the players in red. These players were recruited by Michigan but they commited somewhere else or they mentioned we weren't in their favorites.
Reviewing the names two seem like possibilities. Deanthony Thomas, who TomVH indicated in July would keep an eye on us, and Trey DePriest, who grew up a Michigan fan but was scared off by our struggles.
Does anyone want to speculate?
I just spent some time watching multiple videos of West Virginia's offense during the Rodriguez/White/Slaton years, and I couldn't help but notice many differences between what they ran 5 years ago, and what we run now. West Virginia ran a lot of triple option using a full back, followed by a pitch option to the Rb, as well as a slot triple option with a guy like Reynaud. They also seemed to have a more downhill read option, that appeared to develop much quicker than our stretch play. However, they did not run nearly as much QB iso as we do now.
Some additions to our offense have been the use of an H-Back, as well as that Belly play often used with Minor last year.
Basically my question is what do you attribute these changes to. Obviously this is almost purely speculation, but I was extremely excited when Rich was hired to see some of these option plays incorporated in our offense.
(Keep in mind I could not be more pleased with the current offensive production. However I'm sure Rich Rod knows the offense must keep adding new wrinkles, so I'm curious as to what could be next.)
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Bucky's 5th Quarter has a break down of their game against MSU up. I found Part II with pictures especially interesting.
The first "picture paged play" is an example of Sparty taking example of soft zone coverage from the Wisco LBs with their tight end I can see happening this friday. All in all a good read, any thoughts?
EDIT: Also while watching BTN I noticed Greg Jones on the long James White touchdown run. He doesn't really get blocked, takes a few steps following the running back, and gives up and walks after the cut back. Made me giggle thinking about our running game.