I thought that myself when I read that article that talked about a Data Scientist(tm)
So in the wake of the Purdue mud bowl I've seen the following. Denard can't read defenses, Denard is slowing down, Denard can't scramble, Denard has no touch on long passes etc. I just checked the football database to make sure who we were talking about. Is this the same guy that plays qb for Michigan as a true Sophmore?
|3||Brandon Weeden||Okla St||JR||QB||10||-72||3391||400||3319||8.3||331.9|
|4||Robert Griffin III||Baylor||SO||QB||11||508||3071||501||3579||7.1||325.4|
|6||Alex Carder||W Mich||SO||QB||10||216||2920||490||3136||6.4||313.6|
|7||Russell Wilson||NC State||JR||QB||10||302||2814||495||3116||6.3||311.6|
I understand that Denard is not above criticism, but everyone needs to understand Tommie Frazier was never going to throw like Tom Brady and Tom Brady was never going to run for 200yds. Please enjoy Denard.
I was viewing the Rivals depth chart for Wisconsin week, and couldn't help but envision next years team. 19 Starters will back for the 2011 season! Schilling, Mouton and Rogers make up the only starters who are graduating after this season. You could also make the argument that with Troy Woolfolk returning from injury, it could be 20 returning starters. The number 19 is in reference to the starters on offense and defense, does include special team players, who all happen to be returning to team as well. May not translate into National Championship, but stll puts a smile on my face. GO BLUE
Depth Chart for Wisonsin Week
Here's the list of recruits that will be on hand for Michigan's final home game. As always this list will grow and shrink as I confirm more people. Looks like this won't be too big of a weekend, but it will still be important. The two official visitors are both important to this class, and would help add some much needed help in key areas.
- LB/WR Kris Frost - Kris just got back from an Auburn visit that he really enjoyed. I think Michigan is still in the lead, but I did talk talk to Kris about Auburn after his trip. He said that Auburn is making things pretty difficult as far as who he wants to choose. Each visit they've done a better job of showing him where he would fit, and how much he likes it up there. This visit to Michigan will be very important for who he picks. His team does play at 7:30pm on Friday, but as of right now he is coming.
- TE Jack Tabb - Jack's team was eliminated from the playoffs, so he will be here.
- OL Jake Fisher (Commit)
- LB Ryan Petro - Florida linebacker, hearing from Michigan and a few other bigger schools, like Nebraska.
- OL Chris Bryant (Maybe) - He's figuring out if he can come
- LB Antonio Kinard (Maybe) - Kinard may be in this weekend. Figuring things out as we speak, should know soon obviously.
- RB Juwan Lewis - Muskegon running back plans on being there. Teammate of 2011 DT Damon Knox
- DT Danny O'Brien
This or the notre dame video is too much! Michigan does hype videos or moustache ones! But a badger bucky dance? Just my opinion but Wisky girls are ugly.
It seems to me that Denard has few deficiencies as a QB at this point, and the ones that come to mind are more mental than physical (i.e. some minor ball security problems while running the ball, decision-making issues like knowing when to tuck and run, etc).
However, there is one physical deficiency of his that sticks out to me - touch. His arm is very powerful, and that's great for throws 20 yards and under. However, it seems that when he tries to make throws longer than that, ones that require more touch, he's almost always long. That deficiency has been pretty consistent this season. Thus teams like Iowa playing a saftey ten yards behind the receiver on deep passes.
My question is, "Can touch be taught?" I tend to think you can gain a little more of it with a lot of practice, but for the most part it's unteachable. It's more of an innate athletic instinct, and I'm not sure how much progress Denard will be able to make on it. It's like the huge guy in high school who would punch you in a "just kidding around way", all the while not knowing that he hit you in a "I want to hurt you" way instead. Many of the people on this board tend to say that when Tate goes in, you get nothing new, just more throwing and less ground speed. I tend to disagree. I think one major advantage Tate brings is his touch on the long throws. That's why he's very dangerous on late drives that require a lot of throwing. I really hope Denard can get a better feel for deep balls, but I'm just not sure that you can practice your way into that skill.
Angelique Chengelis has a new article up at the News (http://detnews.com/article/20101116/SPORTS0201/11160402/1131/sports0201/Rich-Rodriguez--Denard-Robinson%E2%80%99s-body-of-work-bigger-than-one-game)Rodriguez makes an obvious observation:
He has not had (recently) some of those huge games like he had, but I still think he's had pretty good production," Rodriguez said Tuesday during the Big Ten teleconference. "What's hindered him the last couple weeks has been the turnovers. He had some pretty good production in the last game (against Purdue), but the turnovers kind of overshadowed that."Nothing really new, but RR doesn't sound too upset. He, like all of us, wants to see Denard hold on to the ball, and make better passing decisions. The next two games will be interesting on that whole score.