Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
Some key notes:
-Shaw did not take a snap at TB, but was healthy enough to play special teams (unless he had an in-game injury that I did not notice that kept him out after the 1st qtr - anyone????)
-Looks like R. Taylor switched from #21 to #6
-No new freshman got their first snaps (and, therefore, no new burned redshirts)
-Rawls did not take a snap (and considering Hoke's comments this week regarding his limited play against EMU is not enough - by the new rules (?) - to burn his redshirt)
-Obviously, Countess got legit p.t. this week (not sure if it was planned or due to Woolfolk missing time - anyone????)
-Shout out to T. Robinson for his work as gunner on punt team - was always on top of the returner on every punt forcing a fair catch or making the instant stop
-Noticed J. Furman (#14) on special teams for the first time this year making his way to the play
Who saw Lloyd Brady after Denard's first TD run on the SICK option play?
I'm having a coupla celebratory drinks....
....because life is too short to be a whiny little bitch when you're sitting undefeated.
I'm drinking Okanagan Pale Ale, my favorite beer. I'll probably have 18 or 19 tonight.
It appears that many of you spend enough time on this board that your 'moon cycles' have synched up.
We just covered the spread against a team that many people thought we would lose to (if I recall correctly, we have covered the spread each game this year). Our defense held a good-to-great offense in check (with a little help with said offense). Our QB ran for 200 yards and 3 TDs.
He may not have shown us much with his arm, but then again he never has. Before all you yay-hoos start creeping towards the ledge, let me say this - he's not AS bad as you think. I mean, damn guys, Denard has been put on a pedestal. It's ridiculous to come down this hard on a kid because we are starting to see he has flaws.
I'd ask the mods to declare martial law and lock down the site, but that would be a ridiculous thing to do after a blowout win against an above average team. Besides, most of the people complaining have enough points to circumvent a lock down. What boggles my mind, is that just yesterday I saw multiple people post that they would be extremely happy just to get a win; good, bad, or ugly. Liars.
It's great to have standards as a fanbase. It shows that we still expect Michigan to be an elite football school; that we have not sunk to a Notre Dame 'return to glory' mentality. But chill out a bit on here, okay?
Bunch of Brian Kelly's we've got here...
With the new Big Ten kicking off next week we are faced with a new reality. We need to start pulling for OSU, Wisc an Penn St. I love the Schaudenfreude of rooting against OSU and the rest all year. Each week I tune in hoping for the upset, but with the new division set up that is over. No more threads "Who do you root for MSU or OSU?"
Next week we need OSU over MSU and Wisconsin over Nebraska. None of this I kinda like this team more. You have a clear rooting interest. Not sure if that's good or bad but it certainly will be different.
I wistfully lament the end of lines like theset.
Who you got OSU or MSU? I'm rooting for a meteor!!! HAR HAR HAR
Go Bucks....I just threw up in my mouth this is going to be tough
1. The Run Offense, especially Denard in the first half. Fitz and Smith both showed some good moves as well. It wasn't all good though...we stunk in the 3rd quarter and Hopkins, really, shouldn't be considered a serious option at this point.
2. The Run Defense. We stuffed a great running attack today, and the D-Line was fantastic...this is a huge improvement over last year.
3. The Freshmen. Morgan, Ryan and Countess all impressed me, Countess more than anyone. These are real players who are going to be major stars for years to come.
1. The Pass Offense. Tacopants is still the 12th Man. While blame for that falls largely on Denard--who is consistently overthrowing our receivers--I also have a problem with the playcalling. If your QB isn't throwing accurately, why not add more high percentage pass plays? More screens (including bubble screens), hitches, curls, waggles, checkdowns and drags would be good. Sure, these aren't plays aren't big yard getters, but what we need right now is more completions for positive yardage. If we rely on our running game to get us out of every mess, we'll end up with the same problems we had last year against Big 10 defenses. This is what I hoped to get from Borges, and still hope to get. But I'm starting to lose confidence that it will happen...
2. The Pass Defense. While still better than last year, we're just not good covering the middle of the field. About a dozen times, Lindley had guys open, and either threw a bad pass or had his receivers botch an easy catch. Unnerving.
1. Consistency on Offense. We still can't play 4 consistent quarters on offense. This is a problem that goes back to 2009, and has not--apparently--been solved by the new coaching staff. If we don't find a way to move the ball for an entire game, we're going to have problems in conference play.