Just scrolled through this and thought other people might be interested in reading something positive about Michigan right now.
Jourdan Lewis- #7
Also didn't see this anywhere, sorry if double post.
ED: Changed title from 100 to 50 as other commenters pointed out, as well as added the names of M players and their ranking
Watching how creatively Jabrill Peppers (and hell, even Morris) has been utilized, I can't help but wonder what Harbaugh would have done with Denard.
Would Robinson have been a full-time qb? Would he have been a WR used in wildcat packages and end arounds? Would he have returned kicks?
Peppers, in typical Peppers fashion, does not have a switch to go less than 100%. So I tried some unscientific timing to see what his runback clocked out to for that busted 2pt conversion.
- Picked up the ball at the 12.5 yard line, so 87.5 yards to run
- Three 'timings' of mine averaged to 8.76 seconds for those 87.5 yards
Equivalent 100m dash was 10.94 seconds. In pads. At the end of a game. Where he played 70+ snaps (per ESPN).
I'm looking forward to another seven games with him in the Maize and Blue!
As of yesterday, Peppers is listed at 12/1 odds. He has the fifth best odds right now, however, I personally don't think he will win for a few reasons.
I was surprised to see only one other Michigan player high enough to have his own odds listed for bettors:
Wilton Speight !!!
Of course, Wilton's odds are not good. They sit at 1000/1. But, the MERE FACT he is specifically listed on any Heisman odds list is just.... maybe the most surprising thing all year to me. Just a great job by the staff on a kid who had a much different future not too long ago....
It is likely that it is purely based on his position as QB for an unbeaten team, but I would have thought maybe Chris Evans, Khalid Hill (TD machine), Jourdan Lewis, etc. would be up their with Wilt the Stilt.
Nope - just the big man and Mr. Peppers.
Brian shared some pretty amazing stats about this defense after 6 games in his Game Summary post today:
- S&P+ believes Michigan would give up 3.7 points to an average D-I team. Next best nationally, Clemson, is at 10.3.
- Michigan is #1 in scoring D, YPP allowed, YPA allowed, opponent third down conversions, redzone trips allowed, and TFLs. They're #2 in sacks.
- PFF reports that Michigan is pressuring the QB on 54% of passing snaps, and the national average is 29.5%.
And Michigan's backup defenders looked pretty good against Rutgers too.
Personally, I think this defense is starting rival the '97 defense. (I am looking for stats so I can see what percentage of the other teams offense the 97 D allowed vs. this year's team... if anyone knows.)
We all know about the great defenses of the past that were so impressive, they were nicknamed..... the "Steel Curtain," the "Purple People Eaters," the Nebraska "Blackshirts," the "Orange Crush," A&M "Wrecking Crew" etc.
This year's defense has great stats and also a lot of personality and swagger. I think they might need a nickname at some point..... or is that too contrived?
If so, how about:
- Brown's Big Blue Crew
- The Blue Monster
- Pepper's Posse
- Don's Dudes
Etc.... bad idea? Do my names suck? Or do we need to wait a few weeks to do this?