Michigan Football; Receivers; Recruiting
Looking ahead toward the future of UM's passing game, I fear a dramatic reduction in the utilization of Taco Pants. The Mythical 8 foot tall receiver has benefited from the abundance of slot ninjas on the roster and DRob's inaccuracy as a passer, especially when nursing injury.
Two factors will likely reduce the utilization of Taco Pants in the passing game:
1. Quarterback Play - A fully healthy DRob with two full years in Borges's system will likely fell less compelled to seek out Taco Pants as a second or third option. Devin and Shane are widely believed to be more accurate passers than DRob. While Taco Pants may be an attractive target during times of transition, Devin and Shane will likely be better prepared that the wave of freshmen who took the reigns over the past several years.
2. Receiving Target Recruiting - While Junior Hemingway was often able to snatch passes intended for Taco Pants with his leaping ability, no other UM receiving target has capable to challenging Taco Pants for passes thrown high. Hoke seems to have sent out a directive to recruit taller receiving targets. Jaron Dukes and Jake Butt have the height necessary to come away with passes intended for Taco Pants.
While his contributions have been many. I fear that Taco Pants may fade from our awareness as he is utilized less often.
There has been some question regarding the number of receivers being recruited, and why we have five commits for WR in the 2010 class.
Today's game illustrates why in spades. Hemingway out, and Stonum injured . . . it is awesome to have enough depth to weather the storm. I love seeing Forcier spread passes to a ton of receivers.
In contrast, while Floyd & Tate were very good, when one goes down, and you only have two, you are screwed big time.
Lastly, Koger is kool. One of the few bad passes was to him, shaded to the outside instead of the inside. Koger in combination with the slots and the outside receivers and even passes to the RB's gives Forcier a HUGE selection to choose from, and makes it that much more difficult to defend.