Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
I would assume that a certain percentage of us that would be sad to see RR go would also be very sad because it would mean Mike Barwis would leave. From the voice and attitude to the Brock story, he has been a huge positive at the University. One of the things that excites me about his program is the emphasis on replacing bad mass, fat, with good mass, muscle.
In interviews with him and players, it comes across that your first year with him is amazingly dificult. So I've always wondered, does the change take place? And, does this make playing young even more dificult? For a young player must not only learn to play the game at a higher rate with a higher level of sophistication, they must also do it while massively transforming their bodies. This could lead to big problems as seen by the defense this year.
So what follows is a big chart based on official team rosters 2008-2010. The % column is the percent body weight change, and the bottom is the overall % change for that position group that year.
I will preface my this by acknowledging that this is probably a terrible analysis. I once spent good time and money with someone with a doctorate trying to teach me an intro to stats. It did not go well, my future studies avoided stats classes.
In every position group besided WR, the overall % weight gain was larger in year 2 vs. year 1 under Barwis. Anecdotal evidence supports the first year being a mix of removing bad weight and putting on good weight.
Looking at the large changes taking place with OL, DL, and LB, it's obvious that these players should not be playing young. Or at least we should not be judging them so much based on performance in their first couple of years.
This also seems true with the smaller explosive athletes at RB and Slot. These players all underwent pretty massive changes. Shaw especially lost a good amount of weight and put it back on. I think he was noticeably a more powerful runner this year when healthy. This also goes for Vinnie, who not only had to recover from a massive injury, he put on a large amount of weight.
There is a lot more analysis to be done if this info was to be truly useful. I feel I need to adjust for age for example. But like I said, I'm pretty terrible at stats, so maybe someone else can use this info paint a clearer picture. Just wanted to share it and see what others thought about it and the idea of the dificulty of playing young under Barwis.
As requested, a separate thread to talk about how stupid the new Big Ten championship related trophies are. The whole thing reeks of political correctness, splitting the difference by double-naming each trophy so no single trophy is tied to a single school. Apart from that, let's consider the names themselves:
The Hayes-Schembechler Trophy (Coach of the year)
Okay, so you've got two legendary coaches at two legendary big ten schools. I'd tell you more but I don't want to insult your intelligence. This makes sense, even if the name is a mouthful.
The Grange-Griffin Trophy (Championship game MVP)
Red Grange, halfback for Illinois in the 1920s. According to wikipedia, named the greatest college football player of all time by ESPN in 2008. So, he's got that going for him, which is nice.
Archie Griffon, running back for Ohio State in the 1970s. Only two-time heisman trophy winner in history thus far.
Okay, so this is actually not all that bad but damn it I'm sticking with the theme. It does lack the nice symmetry of the Hayes-Schembechler Trophy, as rather than featuring the names of rivals it features two players that missed each other by 50 years. Also, they try so hard to come up with fair and balanced trophy names, and then put OSU on two of them. They couldn't come up with a worthy player's name from an unrepresented school?
The Stagg-Paterno Trophy (Championship game winning team)
Amos Alonzo Stagg was "an American athlete and pioneering college coach in multiple sports, primarily football", says Wikipedia. Played at Yale, coached at the University of Chicago and the University of the Pacific.
Joe Paterno is really damn old and coaches football or something, I don't know.
So here you've got two coaches that can rightfully called "legendary" but whose ties to the big ten are less solid. Stagg was the coach of the University of Chicago for 40 years, which is a very long time. You know what else is a very long time? The 64 years it's been since the University Chicago was actually in the big ten. As for Paterno, he's been Penn State's coach for 44 years, but Penn State's only been in the big ten for 20 of those.
Worst of all, given Joe Paterno's decision to stick it out for at least one more year, he'll get to experience the embarrassment of competing for a trophy named after himself.
"Legends and Leaders" is a national embarassment. OSU, Michigan in separate divisions. Ugly logo. Jim Delaney must go.
"CC (NTCC)" - Commissioner Change (Not That CC) will be used to denote all future forum topics on his replacement.
Edit - Obviously this wasn't all that funny. I need something better to do in lecture. But those who actually thought I expected you to put CC (NTCC) in front of your posts are quite unintelligent and need to put your sarcasm meters back on, or acquire one.
Those in the "mommy please make it stop!!!" crowd...lol. pathetic.
Apparently, Randy Shannon has intereviewed with and was considering a job with Kentucky. That seemes strange. Why go to a school that won't be able to recruit and hasn't been able to compete? As a defensive coordinator?
With Muschamp now at Florida, apparently he has interest in becoming the Texas DC. This may make some sense for Shannon. I suppose it makes some sense for UT as well, coming off a horrible season.
Where does Michigan fit in? Has Calvin Magee and Rodriguez and/or Brandon already spoken with Chuck Heater? Have they already spoken to Shannon and did he decline interest based on Rodriguez tenuous tenure?
"When" Rodriguez is kept on, I don't see any way for Robinson to continue without Ann Arbor Torch and Pitchfork having a record setting day of sales.
While this will no doubt test the boundaries of OT, since I'm a civilian now and think this is highly interesting given its location, the game, what will emerge from the national MSM, etc:
Apparently the free giveaway of tickets to tonight's Vikings/Giants game has led to utter chaos. 'Sources' (lulz) indicate that there was absolutely zero coordination or balance to the event and Ford Field employees more or less gave tickets away with zero interest in restrictions. This led to, as one person put it via Twitter,
- People were about to riot when the line got cut off. There's a good chance free ticket people will get shutout of the game
- @Buccigross some people were grabbing 30 tickets a person and going back in line. There was no security or order in lines
- Messed up situation at #fordfield people who showed up after 8am probably missed out for the 9am tickets
This could have been easily prevented by making tickets for the game $5 with all proceeds donated to the Salvation Army, etc.
So, for any of the MGoBoarders who were hoping to get tickets - don't expect too much. Nor should you, in my opinion, pay for tickets to individuals who were undoubtedly the ones grabbing 30 per person.
Since this is a cupcake game in the tradition of ESS EEE CEE schools only playing cupcakes in non-conference, there won't be a lot of to glean from this. And there might be a lot more random off topic comments
- I'm sick of these stupid text message polls. Polls are fun in and of themselves, but I hate that it says "message and data rates MAY apply". When it's more appropriate to say, "YOU DUMB BITCHES ARE GONNA GET CHARGED AT LEAST 400% ABOVE COST FOR EACH TEXT MWAHAHAHAH!"
- I think this is the first appearance of the wildcat with Relf split out and Bumphis taking the snap
- Relf can throw the 8 yard flat, but he often puts it on the wrong shoulder, if we had more experienced corners, we could get some tip drill type interceptions.
- On some passing downs, the 4 LB's are lined up in the gaps around the 3 DL. so all 7 players are in an alternating line of two point and three point rushers. So it becomes a guessing game for the O-line as to which 3,4, 5, or even 6! of them are actually rushing. Depending on where the backs are, the 2 guys who will take coverage actually start with a couple of rush steps before peeling off or dropping back.
- Russell is playing again after sitting the week before, looks pretty accurate but misread a quarters for a cover two and almost got picked off.
- SWEEEET, Alcorn's QB just broke a long one for a TD. #5 took a bad angle, #4 is not fast. That Alcorn kid can run. But so can Denard of course. (Dissected below)
- Alcorn is giving them soft corners, so MSU is throwing a lot of bubble screens.
- #8 WR, has good height, dropped an underthrown ball when he was wide open deep.
- When they bring heat, there will be people open, but we gotta be carefull about zone blitzes and dropping linemen. The hot routes probably need to be a little bit deeper to avoid interceptions.
- Ugh, Relf's passing seems to be improving, he threw a fastball in the redzone for their 3rd TD, and he threw a pretty good corner route on a double move, the guy was wide open tho'.
- #26 CB got beat on a deep fly, this could be good for us with the speed we have at that position. Have to see if we get much bump and run.
- #5 got beat deep when he was unsure where to lineup at and was in man coverage.
- #9 Berry WR, starting to have more of an impact. Good size, hard to bring down for a WR.
- 35-16 at the half, Berry had a KO return TD
- #27 perkins also took a wildcat snap. Expect to see him take on most of bumphis's roles on trick plays.
- Relf will hold the ball longer than he should on passing plays if the coverage is good.
- Alcorn caused a fumble when the MSU left tackle picked up the blitzing OLB letting the DE get a free run and he hit the QB/HB right during the mesh
- Alcorn is having some success pressuring the left side of MSU's o-line, not sure if there're subs in the game.
- #90 DL is pretty quick off the ball.
- #34 with yet another batted ball on a blitz where he was dropping into coverage.
- #28 Ballard reminds me of MSU's rb's. Not a lot of change of direction, but if they bust through the second level, they're gone.
- 42-16 with 14 minutes to go, game over.
Alcorn's first TD
This is an encouraging play since it's something we run.
MSU is in a true 4-3 which they often do on 1st down or 2nd down if they expect a run. Usually they're in a 3-4, but with the way their DE's play, it's not much difference. Twin Flankers to the right, the safety is hanging back to invite the short pass or bubble screen. #10, the OLB is flexed out to take the TE.
But then they shift into a more aggressive defense to take that away. The safety rolls up even with the corner, and the OLB's shift into the line and now it looks more like a 5-2 with the blitzer in the left tackle/guard gap. They also have the short side corner in bump in run and the wide side playing softer as many teams do against the spread. The tackle picks it up and calls out the blitzer.
MSU likes to bring pressure off the edges. (We hope they will) And the blitzer is unblocked. The right tackle is pulling and he does an awesome job of getting just enough of the blitzer to put him down. This is a QB keeper all the way, even though there is the fake handoff.
Because the LG didn't pick up the blitzer, he's free to clean up the MLB. The Alcorn linemen are happy to let the DE's take themselves out of the play, and there's a huge lane inside of the pulling tackles block.
Once the QB gets past the line #50, and #4 have a chance to run him down, but they don't have the speed. #5 comes up at too sharp of an angle, gets juked, and gives up the outside.
And then he just outruns them all. It's nice to see that #50 and #4 don't give up on the play, but it's also interesting that they have about the same speed. #5 just could not recover or accelerate enough to stay with them.