Denard Robinson is now up to 552 yards on 125 carries for the season, 4.4 yard average. Great to see him having some success and hope he continues to improve and build on what he is doing this season.
As far as running backs picked ahead of him in 2013...
Giovani Bernard - 540 yards, 4.0 avg
Le'Veon Bell - 1,046 yards, 4.8 avg
Montee Ball - 172 yards, 3.1 avg
Eddie Lacy - 770 yards, 4.4 avg
Christine Micheal - 112 yards, 6.2 avg
Knile Davis - 423, 3.7 avg
Jacksonville got a steal in the 5th round. Way to go Denard! Keep smiling and thank you for 2011 so we at least can hold on to those recent memories.
This is not meant to be a deeply researched post. This is just a discussion. (The post may come later in a diary. We'll see). Anyhow, I'm just wondering, after watching a bunch of recruit's highlight videos, how we come down, as a forum, on the issue of Open Field runners vs Between the Tackle guys.
Obviously, you want both. But lets say you can't have both. You have to chose one. I'm wondering, specifically, this:
Do you feel a, shifty, open field runner who breaks ankles is more or less valuable to a football team than a bowling ball made of knives who is the living embodiment of Leroy Hoard?
Personally, I love, love LOVE watching an open field runner freeze a linebacker like SubZero, BUT, I ascribe to the notion that there's only one way to score on the 50 yard line, and it's not possible on gamedays.
We all got excited when Mike Hart did show the ability to shift in the open field, but that wasn't what made him great. It was his ability to be indistinguishable from a tiny bulldozer on many occasions.
*Mike Hart in his natural habitat
If you made me choose, I would have to go with Between the Tackles. That is NOT to say a guy can't do both. Just if you have to choose one.
Georgia has just suspended three running backs for at least 1 game over a failed drug test.
Their best remaining RB injured his ankle against Florida at the Cocktail Party, leaving only a redshirt soph with little experience to play this weekend against New Mexico State (good timing for a suspension).
This quote from Richt makes me remeber just how fragile a CFB team is: "I don't know about [who will start]. We'll kind of see how it goes, but everybody else who resembles a running back will be competing." Apparently cornerbacks are currently in the mix for the job.
(Disclaimer about grains and salt.)
A friend of mine who also happens to be an OSU fan told me that he heard a rumor on the radio regarding Carlos Hyde thinking about transferring to Michigan. I asked if he meant Dunn, but he reiterated that he meant Hyde.
I know that Hyde has been pretty vocal about his disappointment with the Buckeyes and his role in the offense. That much is open information down here in Cbus. I didn't directly hear the nature of the Michigan rumor, but thought I would relay it anyway.
Enjoy all the premature speculation guys.
Since there's not a lot going on today...
Apparently, 2011 Freshman RB Mike Blakely is going to be transferring from Florida. He enrolled early at Florida and today Florida released a statement saying he was leaving the program. Seems kinda strange to me considering he's only been there a few months, he's from FL, and was ranked #10 by Scout coming in this year for RB's. This is all according to The Ringer, and he still has to sit out a year even though he's technically not played.
Not really trying to create a discussion, more about posting an excellent video collecting "recent era" Michigan Running Backs.
But I will state, that as much as I respect Mike Hart's dedication and durability, he's not the best Michigan Running back.
Certainly Wolverin Historian could have influenced things by his selection, but I never heard the announcer say, "it's going to be a foot race" during any of Hart's runs.
Not only did I hear that for Wheatley and Thomas, but frequently the foot race was won by the running back and not the defensive back.
even Leroy Hoard had break away speed that Hart never possessed.
Hart got the yards, that is clear. But I'd love to see the analysis of average per carry, versus the key rivalries/top competition between Hart and the other key Michigan Running backs.
And I can't forgive him the two fumballs against Florida. Those were pure ego.