I GIVE UP ON HATING WISCONSIN
As per Sam Webb, Denard addressed the entire team in the locker room after the game, and apparently took sole responsibility for the loss, and apologized for his performance and vowed to work as hard as possible to never allow that to happen again.
I'm sorry, but this kid is something else. Not only is he extraordinary on the field, but for this kid - and he is a kid as a sophomore - to take on this kind of leadership role after such an emotional and gut-wrenching loss, I can't begin to tell you how special I think he's going to be for us in the future. As Sam Webb said, he's got "it".
Chins up. Beat Iowa. Let's go Blue.
Alright. We lost. We came out, played poorly, and lost. Happens all the time. At least once a season to almost every team. Alabama lost too, and look at all the talent they have. Oh boo hoo. The season is NOT over. We knew we weren't going to go undefeated. Deal, alright. Deal. We have the most sad sack, sorry excuse fans in the nation right now, and there's no call for it. WE ARE STILL SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF A HUGE REBUILDING EFFORT! Losses will happen. So will great victories. What is important is the next game.
So, Iowa, and Mr. Pick Six Stanzi. How do we win this one? They seem to have an excellent RB, but he's a freshman, and I don't think he's as good as State's RB's, who were unquestionably excellent.
Defensively, can we play a little stronger up front and just get our best athletes into space into the backfield for coverage? Do we have any hope to get penetration and hurry Stanzi into some bad decisions?
Offensively, can the line handle Iowa's D-line? Do we have anyone that can beat Adrian Claiborne?
The Syracuse University defense ruined Homecoming Day for the Bulls and Daniels by sacking him four times and intercepting two of his passes while sending waves of blitzers at him from every angle conceivable. The result was a season-low 219 yards of offense for South Florida (3-2, 0-1 Big East) and a stunning 13-9 loss to a team they had defeated five consecutive times by an average of 24 points over the last five years.
“They pressure the ball,” Daniels said quietly. “They did a lot of different stuff.”
And that was the second half of the equation for the Orange defense. It was able to shut down the run game without allowing a touchdown pass for the third time in five games this season. A year ago Daniels completed 12 of 20 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-20 victory at Syracuse, with the TD passes traveling 85 and 33 yards. Saturday, he was 9-for-23 (.391) for 124 yards, zero TDs and two picks.
To summarize the weekend of controversial diaries-Denard didn’t play so hot, why not play Tate (or Devin) like #16 did last year? Well you don’t bench the Heisman man (though we don’t endorse or even acknowledge his candidacy anymore-it makes us feel better), because our 2nd or 3rd stringers are there for a reason. Cullen Christian proved this Saturday, and he was behind James Rogers. Then we brought in another backup named T. Talbott (btw he is a frosh) who couldn’t tackle a player running a circle around him resulting in a key conversion and ultimately another touchdown.
Speaking of our D, OMG we hate them let’s switch schemes and coaches at the same time-it makes us feel better. Or alternatively everything is peachy in time, we just need to score more points on O this year. Let’s give RichRod a few more years to build a D (it takes offensive geniuses min. 5 years to build a D). His offense is sweet except against rivals lately due to our frosh/soph qbs though we don’t primarily blame them or the coaches though some of us still do blame-it makes us feel better.
God bless and (everyone please agree at least to say) Go Blue!
This is a follow-up to Tom's recent post on top prospects still listing Michigan.
A lot of people have asked about Michigan's hot start and it's effect on the 2011 class. Now the start has gotten the interest of many players as Tom mentioned, but the real dividends for this season will be paid in 2012.
Luckily for Michigan, the class of 2012 is extremely strong in-state. We've all heard about the Cass Tech boys of course, but there are a lot of quality players that are very interested in Michigan. Keep winning, and they'll come.
Here's a few names to watch out for...
LB Royce Jenkins-Stone, Cass Tech, Detroit Michigan - 6"2 205 lbs.
Royce is a terrific player that lines up at linebacker and fullback for the Technicians. He's very aggressive, shows good instincts, and plenty of speed in coverage. He will definitely one of the top 5-10 players in the state next year, and has been at most of Michigan's home games. You guys want linebackers, well this is a good kid to get. Royce will be a national recruit.
LB James Ross, Orchard Lakes St. Mary's, MI - 6"2, 200 lbs.
I put Ross here with Stone because both of them are very good players. Ross will likely be a middle linebacker at the next level, and he and Stone complement each other very well. It helps that they're best friends too. Ross has camped at Michigan the past two years, and has been at many of the games with Stone and Terry Richardson. Ross will likely contend for the top player in the state next year, and he's already hearing from Alabama and a number of heavy hitters outside the state. If Michigan can keep winning though, they have a very good shot.
CB Terry Richardson, Cass Tech MI - 5"9, 160 lbs
Richardson is another Cass Tech player. He plays opposite of 2011 commit Delonte Hollowell, and between the two of them, they've really shut down most opponents this year. Terry is continuing the line of diminutive Cass Tech cornerbacks, but he's very talented and like his friends James Ross and RJS, is a national recruit and top 10 or so player in the state next year. He has already been offered by Alabama, LSU, and Iowa, so he will not be an automatic grab like many assume.
LB Nathan Ricketts, Holland HS, Holland MI - 6"2, 215 lbs
Ricketts is a kid who wasn't on a lot of team's radars until recent camp performances have raised eyebrows. He doesn't play on a fantastic team but really showed out at Michigan's camp (as well as MSU's), and if things don't work out with Ross or Stone, I think he has a shot to land a Michigan offer. Ricketts is a very heady player who's going to be good wherever he ends up.
DT Dan O'Brien, Flint Powers Catholic, Flint, MI - 6"3, 275 lbs
O'Brien has been a guy Michigan has been high on for some time. He named a top two of Michigan and Tennessee, and visited Michigan, being awarded with a verbal offer. Did I mention his hero is Mike Martin? O'Brien is an excellent player who will likely play nose guard in Michigan's scheme. He loves Michigan and I think if they can get him on another visit, they should be able to lock him up. As I said though, O'Brien is very talented and already receiving interest from Florida, LSU, and other big boys.
QB Bennie Coney, Plant City HS, Plant FL - 6"1, 205 lbs
Coney is a talented dual-threat quarterback from Florida, who has been offered by the Wolverines among nearly a dozen others. Coney is not quite like Denard Robinson speed-wise, but he's got very quick feet and can be mobile when he needs to. I think it will be a battle to pull him out of the south, but if the Wolverines push hard, they could definitely get Coney up for a visit.
OT Jordan Diamond, Simeon HS Chicago, IL - 6"7, 270 lbs
Diamond is the teammate of 2011 Guard and Michigan Target Chris Bryant. He's an absolute monster who will only get bigger. He plays tackle for his school but will probably be a guard in college. Imagine him and Chris Bryant at either guard spot, yikes! Diamond is very interested in Michigan, as he and Chris visited them earlier in the year. If Bryant does pull the trigger for the Wolverines, I expect that to help with Diamond as well.
S Allen Gant, Sylvania Southview, Sylvania OH - 6"2, 200 lbs
Wolverine fans will recognize the name, as Gant is the son of former Wolverine Tony Gant. He is not a legacy lock by any means, with offers already trickling in and heavy interest from in-state power Ohio State. Gant is a terrific athlete who could play safety or even one of the hybrid positions for the Wolverines. He has already unofficially visited and will likely return again; Michigan needs to work but they definitely have his interest.
Michigan loses to Michigan State . . . duh.
Cincinnati Reds swept out of playoffs.
Fantasy football team drops to 0-5.
Let's beat Iowa. Please.