this may be of some local interest
I'm not off the Denard bandwagon. I know a lot of people have started to turn on him, but there are worse people to be compared to.
After showing signs of being something special during his freshman year, Juice followed it up by a largely injury plagued sophomore season. Throughout those first two years, he had only one more TD pass than interception but it was clear he had a spark that most QBs did not have.
Williams made a huge impact in his junior year. He came out of his shell and combined for 3,900 all purpose yards. At this time, he was considered a groundbreaker at the position, as he was just HARD to contain. We all know that to be true, as he torched us for the most yards in Big House history. Despite this, he did have some glaring deficiencies that were largely overlooked, because.... did you SEE that? First and foremost, his accuracy was questionable. He seemed to get hurt a lot as well.
Fast forward to his senior year. He was on every watch list you can think of. He came out of the gate and sputtered. Was this due to regression on his part, or did DC's focus in on him more closely? Did they gameplan strictly to stop his skills?
It seems like during his senior season, opposing defenses put just enough pressure on Juice to expose and open the cracks in his armor. The regression may not have been actual regression, instead it was the defenses who tipped the field on its axis slightly enough to reveal his flaws. Juice was relegated to second string midway through the year after throwing 2 INTs against OSU.
I think that the new regime would rather have a pocket passer, obviously, but we do not have the players to accomodate that. I still think that if Gardner gets his act together, he may end up starting at some point next year. I love what Denard has done and I hope that this is not the case.
I was just watching ESPN and saw that Juice got benched in favor of Eddie Mcgee... Zook announced it on his radio show this morning.