...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
First off, I happen to think the 2010 defense will be, in many ways, a better and more consistent unit than we saw last year- even having lost DW and BG to the NFL. I look at the depth and consistent talent across our line, our experienced LB core* and the presence of Woolkfolk on the back end as legitimate strengths. Although it may be difficult to see past the horrific secondary play we've seen the last couple years, I truly believe it had a lot to do with our equally-horrific LB play and an inconsistent line, void of any depth, that relied too much on BG and an undersized true freshman (Roh) to make plays on every down (compounded by the fact that our offense couldn't stay on the field, but that's another story).
With that said, I am rather bummed that Demar will not likely make it to campus this fall because I remember the impact Jai Eugene had on Michigan football by landing in the SEC. Had he not been scooped up by Les Miles, he would have been starting opposite Leon Hall against Ohio State in '06. He would have been on the field in the second half of the Rose Bowl when USC decided to pass on every down. He would have been defending one of Armanti Edwards' myriad targets against App. State. The list goes on...
Of course no one player will ever make-or-break Michigan Football, but it would be foolish and revisionist to pretend his absence is anything but a huge blow. The kid is a special talent despite being a product of the ESPN/UA hype machine and he would have been playing for us against UConn in some capacity. Hopefully Denard will continue to have success, thus keeping UM on Demar's mind and showing him the benefits of working to make it to Ann Arbor.
The last thing I want to see is some SEC school swoop in and show him how much quicker he'd see the field if he didn't have to worry about... anything... but game day.
* I cannot believe that Obi and Jonas will continue to regress. Each has shown enough potential, and GR has such a proven track record of coaching LBs, that expecting a noticeable leap is quite reasonable IMO.
Brandon Graham, a true Michigan man, praises Rich Rod.
EDIT: Sorry, I guess it was already posted.
This was always pretty much a lock, I think. He lives in big-time OSU country, and his cousin, Dee Miller, played for OSU in the '90s.
I'm definitely not as football saavy as a decent chunk of the posters on this board, but I had an idea and felt compelled to share it. As Tate Forcier is our #2 punter and we already used his skills to great effect last year, you know RR is dreaming up something like the following:
Any time we face forth down and anything reasonable (say, 10 yards or fewer) from our own 40 to our opponents 40, I feel we should run the Tate Forcier Quintiple Option (henceforth, TFQO).
The play would look something like this:
3 Wide-receiver set (1 WR left, 1 SR and 1 WR right), TE Right, Superback.
On the snap the TE helps the RT get outside position on the DE, then goes out 5-10 yards, and drags out. The Slot stays in to help blocks whoever comes first (MLB, Nickel, or blitzing safety). The WR right runs a 15-yard out. Tate and the Superback run an option right. Tate can either A) hit the dragging TE, B) hit the WR on the fly/15 yard out, C) run for it, D) pitch the option, or E) punt. Granted it won't be a great punt on the run, but there won't be anyone to receive it and he should get at least 30 yards with a roll. Left WR gets down the field to cover the punt in case a plucky safety wants it. This WR should be Cam Gordon.
Assuming a 4-2-5 defense with the right side MLB being responsible to flow to the C/D gap where Tate will be, a few things could happen. Slot receiver picks up the MLB, and Tate reads the Nickel as to whether to run the option or hit the dragging TE. If the corner comes up in run support, the right WR is wide open. Worst comes to worst, Tate can either pitch to the superback who should have a full head of steam and either an SS or a CB to beat, or Tate punts if nothing's there.
Someone get me on the QC staff at UM (kidding, we all know they won't be helping to coach for a few years). Thoughts? I feel like Magnus should be able to tear this apart.
Was just looking at new features for Ncaa 11 and as usual EA will be getting 60 bucks from me this year. I like to join online dynasties but they are usually poorly run or people quit after half the season. I was wondering if there's one already in place for the MGoBlog community or some people that want to participate in one when the game comes out July 13th.
I was thinking something like only 1 or 2 star teams or only teams from a lower conference. If anyone's interested we can all vote on rules, teams, what have you. Have games every 2 or 3 days, no cheesy plays, etc. That is all