I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
I am not a man. I began as one, but now I am becoming more than a man, as you will witness.
– Francis Dolarhyde, Red Dragon
After the Iowa game last year, my nervous system instantaneously rushed to the precipice of meltdown every time Denard Robinson stepped onto the field. Mixing equal parts of anxiety and exhilaration yields a volatile cocktail. There were times when I couldn’t stand up because I was so nervous; only once or twice but, regardless of frequency, that ain’t right. Trembling calves, bated breath, dilated pupils, thumping heart. Then, a money Chewbacca impression; happy or sad, the reaction was the same. I can’t have been the only one.
There was good reason for such a strong pavlovian response. It seemed as though the outcome of a play with Robinson under center was the random result of the flip of a coin—tails: utter disaster, heads: spectacular success, on edge: just another play. Denard threw interceptions at a nauseating 13% rate on 31 passes. However, he also scored touchdowns 7% of the time on 100 total touches. Forcier only produced TDs a little over 3% of the time. Think about that for a second, Forcier had 399 touches last year and scored 13 TDs…Denard, theoretically, could’ve had 28. Those numbers are ridiculous to quote because Denard touched the ball so infrequently last year, but it isn’t fair to quote his turnovers without also quoting his TDs.
Anyway, eight months later we are faced with another batch of the cocktail, this time with a twist. A full offseason and a spring practice session have apparently yielded a thrilling prospect, Denard can throw. Maybe we can actually stomach the elixir and keep it down. That prospect sparks at least two questions. The first, how much could he have realistically improved? I mean, there’s improvement, and then there’s being good; the latter is not guaranteed. The second question is, who do you play, Tate or Denard? In this diary I hope to rigorously estimate an answer to the first question and hopelessly flail at the second.
As I get excited for any expert commentary on Michigan this time of year, I was especially excited when I saw Bruce's responses to these questions...
Hey Bruce, love the blogs and conversations. How do you see UCONN handling itself against Michigan in the re-opening of the Big House? With Randy Edsall never able to beat Rich Rodriguez before, do you see this as the year he notches a win?
Thanks Kyle. I don't. I think Michigan will get off to a fast start this season and have a surprisingly solid year.
Bruce, Vegas has Michigan on a over/under 7 wins, do you see more or less than 7? (I see under is vegas's number)
I see the over.
Reading this article my first thought was... "sounds about right" considering unproven rookie Punters, Kickers, and Return Specialists (!?!?!?). But wait - We don't have an uproven "rookie" kick returner.
He completely forgets about Stonum and his 2009 record setting year and proven ability to return kicks all the way.
He states: "Any production in the return game would be a plus over what Michigan has received as of late." For punts he is 100% correct... but for kickoffs a repeat of 2009 would be a huge success.
Not good work
Fox Sports article by Mark Kriegel discussing the hypocrisy from Nick Saban about agents being pimps. Could hypothetically go towards all big school head coaches.
I wonder how committed they thought he was when he was suing them.
What relatively unknown player will make an impact on Offense and Defense this season.
My vote (or desire) :
Offense: T. Lewan
Defense: J. Turner