...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
As I attempted to block out the injury news of last night, I decided to take a look at my copy of Hail to the Victors to see if there was a silver lining about our partial move to the 3-3-5. Sadly, I didn’t find the silver lining there for cornerbacks. However, I did find an interesting piece from Brian regarding the role of MLB in the new system that gave me a bit of hope.
Regarding the role of the MLB, “ the main attribute they need is a willingness to stick their nose in places it is likely to get bashed back at him…this requires an ability to take on and defeat blocks and good tackling skills.”
While I have been in Brian’s DOOM camp if Moundros is the starting MLB, after reading Brian’s own words, Brian has convinced me that Moundros could be a suitable option if Ezeh or Demens can’t rise to the occasion. Thanks Brian!! As a former Fullback, I have more confidence in Moundros being able to transition from a run producing masher to a run-stopping masher.
Will he be all-big Ten? no.
Can he be serviceable? I think yes and would be an improvement over last year
Will he be doing deep cover 2 drops? I’m assuming Greg isn’t that dumb
Can he knock a pulling guard out for a game with a devastating hit? Possibly
Will I stop asking questions and then answering them myself? I hope so
A MLB who isn’t afraid of dirty work, will definitely give Michigan a chance to be a decent run-stopping team. That doesn’t solve our secondary issues but perhaps it is one less thing to worry about.
It was the best of times it was the blurst of times.
This is not a post asking if an offensive player is going to switch to corner. On the other hand, how can the offense help the defense? Taking care of the ball is a great start. The coaches have certainly preached plenty about it. Plus I think they might rely even more on the running game, which leads me to believe Denard is more likely to start. U of M lost the time of possession by over 7 minutes per game last season. Of course, the defense not getting off the field on 3rd down is partly to blame, but the offense not sustaining drives gets some fingers pointed at them too.
The defense will most likely be far from good this season. In the Purdue and Illinois games last year, the offense had opportunities to add to leads and didn't come through. Can the offense rise to the occasion and support the D?
What in the sweet holy hell is going on here? Is this for real?
I wonder if he'll address over-signing...
Above is some OSU notes. Basically it says that the entire team has the ability to read at the 2nd/3rd grad level, and that they all curiously worked at the same car dealership over the summer.
Seriously there are some updates if interested. What really pissed me off is the last bullet heading on the page:
* The Buckeyes typically end practice with what Jim Tressel calls the Maize and Blue period, when individual position groups work on something to make them better for Michigan. Today was the first time I remember the Buckeyes blaring "The Victors" over the loudspeakers during that period, I think because the upgrade of the practice facility includes a new sound system.
If there is any justice in the world Tressel will get what he asks for, and at the end of The Game in November the Victors will be the only fight song blarred loud and proud in that half built track field those people call a stadium.
I apologize if this has already been posted.
Chris Bryant, who has Michigan very high on his list, is now the 193rd ranked player nationally and earned his 4th star. Per Rivals
"Bryant absolutely destroyed the competition at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp this summer, a very strong camp featuring top prospects from the Detroit area and beyond. He has a powerful punch and moves his feet very well. He is a natural athlete in a big body"
Iowa- Wants to Run, then thrown to wide open tight ends.
Wisc- Pounds the Ground, throw to tight end.
OSU- Scare you with Pryor, thrown wobbly pass 40 yards down middle of field- have receiver run under the ball.
PSU-Run Royster to Record- QB's have no experience.
Indiana- Good trio of WRs, but seems like they like to run from pistol more often than not. Can Chappel get enough time to throw?
ND-Floyd is really scary, but who knows if Crist will be able to get up after Martin eats his heart.
Purdue- Pass spread attack, breaking in New QB
I am pretty upset with losing T-Wolf, but on the bright side I don't see elite WR/QB combo talent that we should be so super scared about. Last year we were torched by very talented Big Ten tight ends. Improved LB play should help there.
Stop the run, then help those cover guys by zone blitzing on the 3rd and longs. Offense can really help out by getting up early, closing out games, and munching on that clock.