he grew a beard
Remember in 2008 when words like "Denard" and "Tate" didn't exist in our vocab since our top 2 QBs were none other than the gentleman below?
This picture provides perspective for the challenge our D faces. Aren't you glad RichRod didn't listen to the critics and put Threet/Sheridan under center in a pro-style offense? How invaluable was it that our OL and WRs learn the spread offense in 2008 to prep for what we now have in 2010?
While I do concede some things can be tweaked on D (like Roh looking lost on zone coverage vs. his strength of rushing the passer), we have to give RichRod time on defense. He made a swift move to fire Schafer for a reason. The jury may still be out on GERG and that's fine. But RichRod has brought in solid, young talent on D. If he can develop Lloyd's players (see Jr. Hemingway and Jonas Mouton), this D will grow up in time.
Regardless of how the D performs this Saturday or this year, I am positive we will have Denard/Roundtree/Lewan type all-stars on our D soon. Here's to hoping that young talent shines against Sparty this weekend.
Ok, so let me preface this with a simple bit that I've never played football in my life, so consider this a plea for those with experience who would know better.
I see a lot of these swing passes or WR screens in college football - we run it a lot. Quick pass down the sideline, let the WR grab some YAC.
I've seen them both as cannons to the sideline and some slower touch passes.
Is this a route that a defender could reasonably jump? An interception here looks like a free pick-6. Also, the slower balls look a bit vulnerable and have a fair bit of hangtime. The cannon ones also tend to be pretty low.
How difficult would that be to do? I'm wondering both for the 'hey its something our D might be able to do!" perspective and a "Ohshit is this going to happen to us?" perspective.
BlueUPer (who doesn't yet have enough points - feel free to give him an upvote) found a great link to the Scout recruiting boards from Feb. 2009. It seems those dastardly coaches at Michigan were lying to Denard, telling him he'd have a chance to play QB. The nerve of them!
Direct from SpartanMag.com - the inside strategy on QB play for Saturday...
"So while the 6 foot, 193-pound Robinson will be required to continue his spectacular ways, Cousins will just need to be steady. Chances are, he will not be called on to win. Just not lose with poor decisions."
In another revealing quote, Cousins says, "I got a pretty up-close a personal account of what the rivalry is all about when I was in seventh grade in 2001,'' he said. "That was when Jeff Smoker completed the pass here at Spartan Stadium to T.J. Duckett to win the game."
Do any of us remember that play?
EDIT: "Bonus link - if you can call it that... http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=ap-t25-michiganst-cousins
So said the headline in Rival's site. Are you kidding me? How so?
James has 712 yards and didn't play in one game.
Robinson leads the nation with 905 yards rushing (math is a little fuzzy, but that's more than James) and played less than one quarter of one game. Oh yeah, Denard also has 1,000+ yards throwing.
So, tell me again how James is closing the gap...