Ty Isaac's appeal was denied. He'll sit out the season.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) September 17, 2014
Isaac is the team's scout RB right now, will have 3 years left starting in 2015.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) September 17, 2014
Considering the team's depth at RB, this is good news.
To get an idea of how Michigan stacks up against Utah, I took at look at the closest thing that we have to a comparison. In back to back weeks, Fresno State played Utah (9/6) and Nebraska (9/13). Here’s a comparison of how Fresno State faired against their respective defenses.
Items to keep in mind:
-Utah played Fresno State at home; Nebraska played on the road at Fresno
-I looked at Fresno State’s top two leading rushers from each game
-Fresno appears to have had a QB competition. They played two against Utah, but settled on one for Nebraska. Brian Burrell played the entire fourth quarter against Utah and both drives resulted in touchdowns. Burrell then took every snap against Nebraska.
-Week 2 to week 3 improvement caveat
-There is no transitive property in football
|Fresno State Offense v. Utah||Fresno State Offense v. Nebraska|
|Weather||Salt Lake City: HI 87 LO 62, 0.10” precipitation||Fresno: HI 102 LO 72, 0” precipitation|
|QBs||Brandon Connette: 16/24 177 yards, 7.4 avg., 1 td 0 int||Brian Burrell: 30/59, 241 yards, 4.1 avg., 1 td 0 int|
|Brian Burrell: 8/16 106 yards 6.6 avg. 2 td 0 int||None|
|Rushing Yards||55 (not a typo; see below)||105|
|Tailback #1||Marteze Waller: 15 carries, 61 yards, 4.1 ypc, long 23||Brian Burrell: 9 carries, 59 yards, 6.6 ypc, long 66 (no typo)|
|Tailback #2||Brandon Connette: 16 carries, 40 yards, 2.5 ypc, long 13||Josh Quezada: 10 carries, 28 yards, 2.8 ypc, long 16|
|Drives on offense||16||18|
I didn't want to clutter the chart, so if there is additional data you feel is pertinent, please share.
There's a nice article on Bryan Mone in this morning's Freep. His story is inspirational, and he is yet another in the parade of high character guys on Michigan's team.
Mone is Tongan, and is strongly motivated by his brother, 7 years older, with significant physical and mental limitations.
Houma, another Tongan from Utah, was instrumental in Mone's recruitment. The sky is the limit for Bryan.
He has Hoke teaching his position and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison comparing him to another Tongan, Haloti Ngata, whom Mattison coached with the Baltimore Ravens. Mone has a long way to reach that, but there's a goal.
From Friday's generally lauded decision to keep AP off the field to Monday's sudden change of heart and epically inept press conference by Vikes GM (after reconsideration in view of the 30-7 loss to the Pats) to today's double-reverse, the Vikings are reaching new heights of organizational rudderlessness.
Upshot is that AP still collects his $$$$, but will not see the field under the rarely-used "roster exemption" rule until his legal process resolves. If he doesn't reach a plea deal, his trial is unlikely until after the season.
According to the Vikings, they flip-flopped "after giving the situation additional thought." Translation: Sponsors pulling out (e.g., Raddison Hotels), others lecturing them and the league with critical press releases (e.g., Anheuser-Busch), even getting cracked on by Minnesota's Governor.
When a beer company is getting on a soapbox and lecturing you about morality, you're due for some "additional thought."
MGoBusiness people: how does such a profitable PR juggernaut like the NFL look like they've never taken a class or read a book on crisis management? How does a fantastically successful corporation botch something like this so consistently?
I'm not looking to start a thread debating the "merits" of corporal punishment (there aren't any) but I'm fascinated by the organizational meltdown and ineptness of such a slick corporation and it's franchisees. What gives?
video he was referencing:
Mgoblue.com did an excellent profile of Jack Miller that included some pretty moving stories about his family history. Great read on a slow news day. Really makes me pull for him even more than I was!