there would have to be some to wash away
Nice article over at Go Blue Wolverine about Willie Henry's development through Spring and Summer, and rising the challenge coaches gave him to give more on the field and off.
The challenge was clear. Henry had shown promise during his freshman campaign, but in the eyes coaches he was going down a path on which much of that promise would be left unfulfilled. “They came to me personally and were like, ‘we need more from you, on and off the field.’ I took it as a man and I stepped up on the field trying to make more plays and encourage the young guys (and) bring the team along with me. If I’m having bad day, teammates like Ondre Pipkins and Frank Clark (are) people that I can go talk to. (They can) help me become a better player and things of that nature.”
The guys at Football Outsiders have projected strength of schedule based on projected FEI rankings for the 2014 season. You can read about it here and here, and they have a fancy visualization of it here, but for those who don't want to read through the articles, here's the most relevant info:
SOS = "the likelihood than an elite team (two standard deviations better than average) would go undefeated against the given team's entire schedule. Stronger schedules have smaller SOS ratings."
Additionally, they have some other interesting statistics. Against Michigan's schedule,
- 60.7% is the likelihood that an elite team would lose one game or fewer.
- 88.3% is the likelihood that an elite team would lose two games or fewer.
- 0.2% is the likelihood that a good team (one st. deviation better than average) would go undefeated
- 4.9% is the likelihood that a good team would lose one game or fewer.
- 20.6% is the likelihood that a good team would lose two games or fewer.
- 50% is the likelihood that a good team would lose three games or fewer.
- 75% is the likelihood that a good team would lose four games or fewer.
Rutgers and Penn State announced Tuesday that a pair of inspirational icons -- former Scarlet Knight Eric LeGrand and former Nittany Lion Adam Taliaferro -- would serve as honorary game captains when the teams play on Sept. 13 at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Nice writeup from Grantland on LeCharles Bentley (former OSU Rimington winner and Cleveland Brown) who after some awful injuries has become a go-to-Guru for NFL offensive linemen. He's currently working with lots of NFL players, and Patrick Omameh makes a short cameo at the beginning of the article. Interesting read on how many NFL coaches can't focus on the little things and how as a former lineman he's so far been able to help lots of pros with many aspects of the position.
“I’m telling you,” says Brewster, who happens to be the center for the Jacksonville Jaguars, “the white one is heavier.” The white one is a Sierra Denali with some custom grille work that Buccaneers guard Patrick Omameh is pushing through a parking lot. Omameh will spend training camp fighting to be one of the Buccaneers’ starting guards, and of everyone here, he would require the least amount of CGI to play the Hulk. Bobby Massie, the Cardinals’ right tackle, who’s spent his morning pulling the maroon F150, isn’t convinced. As Omameh finishes, Brewster calls him over. “Pat, which one is heavier?” A hand on his hip, still catching his breath, Omameh points to the Denali. “I told you,” says Brewster. Pushing trucks isn’t a punishment. Each of the NFL linemen roasting out here has paid to do it. This is LeCharles Bentley’s O-Line Performance, a program started by the former Pro Bowl center in 2008. “This shit ain’t for everybody,” Bentley says, as he watches Steelers left tackle Kelvin Beachum pull. “This ain’t South Beach. There’s no sand here, no pretty girls.”
Day 17 features Paul Bunyan. I wonder if Brian is making the new Heiko grow a beard. I heard Ace goes clean-shaven when he's on vacation. Do the mgobeard regulations apply to Bry Mac? Is it true that we lost Jane Coaston to EDSBS because she couldn't grow a beard? These are the things that keep me up at night.