there is a very interesting comment by Beamer in his post game transcript.
when asked about the fake punt that failed and lead to our field goal, he said it was a play they practice, and that on short yardage, the puner reads the outside cover guy. If that player is set up to retreat and block for the return, the punter is supposed to go.
Beamer said the Michigan man outside gave a look like he was going to retreat, but then rushed the punter, and that fooled the punter into holding the ball and starting to take off.
Who made this heads up play?
This would have been a pretty big surprise, I think, if he had not been selected for this:
1- Joe Bolden, Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain
One of the least-publicized players entering the week, the Michigan commit was a hit from the first day on with his instincts and underrated feet and athleticism standing out. Bolden also was a sponge to the coaching given and by all accounts is a future leader of the Wolverines‘ defense. Bolden currently is 220 pounds, but has the frame to add 15-20 more in time.
T-Rich also received more praise, as he was named to number 4 on the CB list:
4- Terry Richardson, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
Richardson, a Michigan commit, impressed everyone with his sponge-like attitude to coaching and his ability to implement that on the field. His quickness and ability to change direction impressed, but he will have to add significant strength in both the upper and lower body to reach his full potential at the college level.
Good luck to the guys tomorrow night, as they attempt to cap off a great practice week with a strong showing in the game. Go Blue!
For those of you who don't want to read about RR anymore, please skip this thread before it turns into a "not our coach" bitch session.
Probably after the game tonight Casteel will make his move to join RR in Arizona. The fact that he hasn't named one, yet, seems to be an obvious sign that RR was willing to wait until after WV plays tonight.
I also was on a flight with a WVU sports management grad student who said the athletic dept. believes Casteel is gone, as well.
If true, could be a great get for RR. Hope it works out.
RR's first Pac 12 game next year will be against Oregon - rough way to start.
EDIT: sorry, I put this into the wrong section. please move into Mgoboard.
you need to be an insider to read it. in short, he says the schedule and our five year performance indicators forecast a dropoff next year.
One of the good things about a BCS game is the nationwide TV exposure for a game on in prime time.
As such, I thought it interesting to see the ratings for yesterday's game came in at a 6.3 share, down 11% from the comparable 3rd BCS game last year (which last year was the Orange Bowl game btw Stanford and Va Tech, which got a 7.1).
To compare it to last year's VACATED vs. Arkansas Sugar Bowl (which was the 4th BCS game on the schedule last year), that got a significantly higher 8.4 share.
I'm not sure why there was such a big drop, but my guess is a) having the "New Year's Games" on January 2nd this year threw everyone's calendars off (I can't tell you how many casual Michigan fans I talked to over the holidays who didn't know when Sugar Bowl was, so I can imagine non-UM fans had no clue) and b) people outside of Michigan and Virginia weren't impressed by UM and VA Tech's seasons and weren't that excited for the game (as opposed to, say, last year's clash btw higher ranked OSU and Arkansas). But those are guesses. I'd be interested to hear other people's thoughts.
As an aside, this year's "New Year's Day" games on January 2nd also took ratings hits, with only the Gator Bowl (OSU-FL) getting higher rating (2.2 vs 1.7). The Outback Bowl was a 5.0, down from last year's 7.0, and Capital One was a 2.5, down from last year's 3.7
Sadly I missed the game....hoping someone would be able to upload / torrent the thing? Please let me know....