a terrible blight on our fine country
Here is a nice collections of highlights from the Michigan vs. Maryland game created by parkinggod.
According to the current rankings, here's how some of Hoke's assistants are doing at their current jobs. Nuss has the best team, but it looks like it might not be because of his offense.
Doug Nussmeier (Florida OC) - No. 58 offense, No. 35 passing, No. 90 rushing; team is 5-0
Al Borges (San Jose State OC) - No. 32 offense, No. 43 passing, No. 28 rushing; team is 2-3
Dan Ferrigno (San Jose State special teams) - No. 112 FGs, No. 70 punting, No. 100 kickoff returns; team is 2-3
Darrell Funk (Akron OL) - No. 87 offense, No. 76 rushing; team is 2-3
Jeff Hecklinski (Colorado State passing game coordinator) - No. 30 passing; team is 2-3
Curt Mallory (Wyoming secondary) - No. 55 pass defense; team is 0-5
Roy Manning (Washington State outside LBs) - No. 41 defense, No. 53 pass defense, No. 41 rush defense; team is 2-2
Mark Smith (Florida Tech DL) - Team is in Division II, currently has a 2-3 record
"Tyree Kinnel played for Michigan yesterday on special teams. Third true freshman to play this season."
Trust the coaches and all that but seems weird given all the safety/corners we have and how well they're playing.
Lots claimed the Narduzzi loss would be minor since Dantonio is the real defensive guru in E.L. but I was checking out the current Total Defense team rankings:
3. Pitt (Narduzzi)
MSU's sans Narduzzi, coupled with UM with Harbaugh/Durkin is trending very, very well toward a quick restoration of this rivalry to it's regular state, so Mark better get as many of those blue chip recruits as possible this year before the inevitable pull of nature takes its course.
Huge blow. The presumed star of the secondary true SO Montae Nicholson has been pulled repeatedly this year as he is not progressing and RJ Williamson was their veteran presence and playmaker back there. The MSU defense is predicated on safeties making tons of plays, and CBs out on an island. Looks like Cox will have to move back to safety and MOAR true youngsters will have to be corners.
Dantonio said RJ Williamson had surgery on a torn bicep this morning. Out indefinitely, possibly back for last game/bowl game.— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilson247) October 4, 2015
Backup OT (who was starting for injured Conklin vs Purdue) also gone for year - Finley from Cass Tech. They had to pull their All American center out to tackle for the Purdue game halfway thru.
MSU now up to three season-ending injuries (Davis, Copeland, Finley) and one long-term (Williamson).— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilson247) October 4, 2015
Once Narduzzi left it seems their "secret" sauce to avoid injuries left with him!
Dear Rudock, take advantage of the "weird guys".
The Spartans have already played true freshmen safeties Khari Willis and Grayson Miller in addition to redshirt freshmen Matt Morrissey and Jalen Watts-Jackson.
Dantonio said Miller “will become more active in there” with Williamson out.
I was surprised to see the top of the half of Big Ten Defenses are pretty solid across the board. Here are the current Big Ten Rankings in Total Defense (with Total Defense National Ranking in ()), and AP National Rank last. I'm surprised to see the opening line against NW given that we will see two top 5 defenses going against similarly mediocre offenses. But surprised to see that a team with both total offense and total defense rakings in the bottome have of the entire FBS still ranked as high as #4.
1. Michigan (2) #18
2. Northwestern (5) #13
3. Wisconsin (t11) NR
4. Ohio State (14) #1
5. Penn St. (15) NR
6. Iowa (19) #22
7. Illinois (21) NR
8 Minnesota (26) NR
9. MSU (61) #4 <-- what?? (ranked 86th in total offense)
10. Rutgers (78) NR
11. Purdue (96) NR
12. Nebraska (101) NR
13. Maryland (109) NR
14. Indiana (114)