Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
Mark Schlabaugh today, when talking about the ND/UM game said, "A Michigan loss puts them further behind than they were last year, rember 4-0?" Then they start talking about ND winning 10 games and going to the Orange Bowl!" Someone said it in an earlier post, and I will paraphrase, but the longer we stay low profile this season, the better things we'll be. Maybe they should rebrand the show "The idiots".
Maybe I was not paying attention at the time, or something, but did anything ever come of the Michigan-Alabama 2012 at Cowboy Stadium Rumor Mongering.
It was mentioned that papers were being signed, etc. Were they not signed? Was it scrubbed? Is it still in the works?
Okay, don't hate me for doing this (I know it was done to death last week), but does anyone know of a either a UM or ND bar in Dublin, Ireland where I can watch the game next week (either fan bar will work as I can talk crap to ND fans). I have checked the stickied thread here and posted my question there, but it doesn't get the traffic that the main board gets. Mods feel free to pull this if you want as I know you have been having issues with OT issues, I just need an answer fairly quick so I can figure out where I can go before I leave.
P.S. - I have never embedded a link before so I am pasting it here in case it didnt work.
All the talk about Denard Robinson getting injured in the near future got me wondering how other mobile QB's have been handled, and how frequent injuries occur. These are my findings:
Michael Vick - Virginia Tech(1999,2000)
Carries: 262 Yards: 1,318 TD: 18
Michael Vick averaged about 12 carries per game and missed 2 games out of 22 possible career games due to injury. He carried the ball over 20 times on 1 occasion(23)
Vince Young - Texas(2004,2005)
Carries: 322 Yards: 2,129 TD: 26
Vince Young Averaged 13 Carries per game and did not miss any games due to injury. He also carried the ball over 20 times on 4 occasions (20,21,21,25)
Troy Smith - Ohio State(2003,2004,2005,2006)
Carries: 293 Yards: 1,168 TD: 14
Troy Smith averaged about 8 carries per game and did not miss any games due to injury. He never carried the ball over 20 times.
Josh Nesbitt - Georgia Tech(2007,2008,2009)
Carries: 504 Yards: 2,069 TD: 25
Josh Nesbitt averaged about 14 carries per game and missed 3 games out of a possible 38 due to injury. He carried the ball over 20 times on 10 occasions (32,28,27,26,23,23,22,21,21,20). He played all 14 games of the 2009 season despite carrying the ball an average of 20 times per game.
Tim Tebow - Florida(2006,2007,2008,2009)
Carries: 692 Yards: 2,947 TD: 57
Tim Tebow Averaged about 12 carries per game and never missed a game due to injury. He carried the ball over 20 times on 7 different occasions (27,27,26,24,22,22,20)
The most significant QB's to this study are QB's that played under Rich Rodriguez in his spread option system:
Rasheed Marshall - West Virginia(2001,2002,2003,2004)
Carries: 491 Yards: 2,040 TD: 24
Rasheed Marshall averaged about 11 carries per game and missed 1 game due to injury. He carried the ball over 20 times on 2 occasions (21,20).
Pat White - West Virginia(2005,2006,2007,2008)
Carries: 684 Yards: 4,480 TD: 47
Pat White averaged about 14 carries per game and missed 2 games as a 4 year starter. He also carried the ball over 20 times on 13 different occasions (27,24,24,23,23,22,22,22,21,21,21,20). I think it is also of note that Pat White is around the same height and weight as Denard Robinson.
You can be a mobile Quarterback and get a lot of carries without being sidelined with injuries. It does not matter what conference you play in. Mobile QB's will get dinged up in a similar fashion to running backs but there is no reason to believe because a mobile QB carries the ball a lot he will fall victim to massive injuries and die.
It is also of note that a QB who is mobile is less likely to be injured as seriously as a pocket passer. Pocket passers are prone to injuries, especially on blitzes where they do not see the hit coming, get taken out at the legs, or are not mobile enough to elude a blitz. Mobile QB's get out in space, and are able to elude blitzes, they take more head on hits, but are less prone to devastating blind side hits that plauge pocket passers.
How this applies to Denard Robinson:
Obviously Denard should not carry the ball 29 times a game. Rich Rodriguez has already stated that this will usually be lower. However, having a couple games where he carries the ball a lot does not guarentee doom. If anything a game like this early in the season will be good for the entire offense. Teams will prepare for Denard with his feet, and play action should open up, as well as running lanes for the running backs. The beauty of the spread offense is, one day your QB can carry the ball 29 times for 200 yards, and the next week, burn you in the air with play action and read option hand-offs.
Do you think we ran a limited playbook to not show our hand? I know Coach Carr used to do this against the MAC warm ups we had to not give ND a lot of tape to watch. I went back and watched the game again. I really didn't look like we ran a huge variety of plays. I know the wind had a factor in going vertical several times and you keep feeding what is working but it seemed like the game plan was a little limited. Granted when they cant stop the Denard Right play you keep running it til they do. I also understand UCONN is a bowl winning team that needs respect over some MAC schools we have opened with in the past. What if Denard did this in a game plan designed not to show to much? That would make his performance even (if possible) greater.
"Robinson's 197 rushing yards and four total touchdowns (one passing, three rushing) firmly put him in the Heisman discussion and, for the time being, atop the Heisman Predictor standings. Remember: It's far too early to call him the front-runner -- the Predictor standings are likely to change from week to week throughout the first month -- but Michigan's schedule shapes up nicely for Robinson to make a run. He'll have the national spotlight this weekend in a rivalry game against Notre Dame, before three easy games which should allow him to pad his stats (UMass, Bowling Green, at Indiana). By the time the heart of the Michigan Big Ten schedule starts on Oct. 9 against Michigan State, Robinson could potentially have separated himself into a small group of serious contenders."
Week 1 Standings
The current rankings based on the Heisman Predictor formula.
|Terrelle Pryor||Ohio State||93.0|
|Joshua Nesbitt||Georgia Tech||88.0|
|Jacory Harris||Miami FL||88.0|
|Kendall Hunter||Oklahoma St||85.5|
|Daniel Thomas||Kansas St||83.5|
|Kellen Moore||Boise State||73.0|