My wife needs a weekend away from the kids. We're leaving Ann Arbor and heading to Kalamzoo for the afternoon and night. We're golfing Sunday morning, but I need a good place to watch the Minnesota game...suggestions?
As I've been perusing the weekly NFL/NCAA articles on the wonder that is "MSU QB U" (Hoyer, Stanton, Cousins) [barf] and why the Big 10 is complete garbage I came upon a startling stat - the Big 10 has not had a 1st round draft pick at QB since 1995 - Kerry Collins. I've cited the lack of elite QB talent in the conference a few times the past few years but growing up in an era where the average to decent Big 10 teams threw out Chuck Longs and Jeff Georges (say what you will about their NFL careers but these guys were gunslingers in college and drafted very early), that data point was a pretty damn sharp slap to the face.
Yes draft position doesn't mean the end all be all about success in the NFL, but consider QBs generally get drafted much higher than they should be on talent alone due to this being the most important position in the sport. So it's pretty damning. Lately, it seems the SEC, Pac12, and Big 12 are QB central.
Drew Stanton, Drew Brees (2001) and our own Chad Henne came the closest to breaking that streak as 2nd round draft choices. Some have Conner Cook mocked as a late 1st rounder so if not him than Hackenberg should break the streak soon but elite QB play has certainly not been a hallmark of Big 10 football for the past 15 years outside of Drew Brees, a few of our guys and MSU's guys. Tressel-ball never really required it; neither did Alvarez-ball. PSU has not been good at developing QBs the past decade. We've obviously gone a different way since 2008. And before we blame the spread - "the spread has taken over the Big 10!" - the same systems have spread all over the NCAA.
Went back to look from 2004 (10 years) and here is the list and round of NFL QBs - Russell Wilson could barely be called a Big 10 QB as most of his career was NC State. The last 2 years there has not been a single Big 10 QB drafted in ANY round.
- 2004 - Krenzel (5th) OSU, Sorgi (6th) Wisconsin, Smoker (6th) MSU, Navarre (7th) UM
- 2005 - Orton (4th) Purdue
- 2006 - shutout
- 2007 - Stanton (2nd) MSU, Smith (5th) OSU
- 2008 - Henne (2nd) UM
- 2009 - Painter (6th) Purdue
- 2010 - Kafka (4th) Northwestern
- 2011 - Stanzi (5th) Iowa
- 2012 - Wilson** (3rd) Wisconsin, Cousin (4th) MSU
- 2013 - shutout
- 2014 - shutout
-->Terrelle Pryor was a 3rd round supplemental pick.
Well, there isn't a whole lot of football on tonight except, well, Connecticut versus South Florida. Actually, if I remember correctly, this is the only game tonight, and the weather does not look all that great down in Tampa Bay. Still, it's football, but I make no promises as to the quality, of course.
They wanted a drone to deliver the ball as part of the aerospace engineering 100th anniverasry celebration. Nixed by the FAA.
When he took over in Ann Arbor in 2011, to a swell of fanfare as the program finally bagged itself "a Michigan Man," he knew he had to win. As he told The New York Times in the fall of that year, "There are consequences for losing."
He must have known then, even as those consequences draw nearer now, that the bar was higher for college football’s all-time winningest program. He knew Top 25 rankings, BCS bowl games and beating "that school in Ohio" weren’t just bonuses — they were expected results.
But it’s not that Hoke doesn’t merit some sympathy, he just doesn’t need it.
Coach Kyle Whittingham said the memories of preparing for Hoke’s San Diego State teams in 2009 and 2010 aren’t useful, because too much has changed. But he observes something in Michigan’s game film that he noted back then, when the Aztecs gave the eventual 10-3 Utes a 38-34 dogfight.
"The style of football he likes is tough, hard-nosed, blue-collar football," Whittingham said. "That’s what he preaches. That’s what he’s all about. You can see that in the play of Michigan."
The problem, then, might be that Hoke is blue-collar, but the Wolverines are blue bloods.
I was surprised by this closing sentence:
Hoke’s 4-6 record against Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan State isn’t wholly satisfying, and he hasn’t beaten any of them on the road. Already, the speculation is rampant about potential replacements; some figure there’s no way Michigan keeps him barring a miraculous turnaround.