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MI QB Devin Gardner
Last week: Pregame fluff from the Detroit News. Inkster pounds Dearborn Edsel Ford 51-19 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs. Gardner completed 4 of 7 passes for 51 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also running 6 times for 98 yards and another pair of scores. mgoblog was there, and thus provides you with rockin' HD highlights:
As you can see, his first 4 pass attempts were completed. Add to that the fact that 2 of the incompletions were Hail Marys and one was a perfect fade to a receiver whose toe was on the line, and you have a pretty good passing day.
This week: Inkster (6-3) @ Redford Thurston Friday at 7:00 in Round 2 of the State Playoffs.
Then midway through the final quarter Sorise capped a five-play drive with a 22-yard pass that bounced off a Bedford defender into the hands of Pioneer's Ricardo Miller for a TD...
Miller, who has verbally committed to play at Michigan, caught five passes for 70 yards after making just two catches for 16 yards in the first contest.
"We had to play a lot more Cover 3 because they went to a tight-end set with Ricardo Miller in the middle," Wood explained. "You can't let Miller run free down the seam, so we had to bring the safety over the top."
Big game for Miller, especially considering the inaccuracy by the Pioneer QB. Also, hooray for filling in stats for a game that had previously been blank on his season-long chart. Miller photo by Lon Horwedel of AnnArbor.com.
This week: Pioneer (8-2) @ Canton Friday at 7:00 in Round 2 of the State Playoffs.
Ricardo Miller 2009
OH WR Jerald Robinson
Last week: Canton South continues its 1-game win streak with an upset over Carrollton 28-21. Robinson caught a 30-yard touchdown pass in the game.
This week: Canton South (3-7) missed the state playoffs, and its season is over.
Regarding Ricardo Miller, I was there at the game, and honestly, I don't think it was a "big game for Ricardo, especially considering the inaccuracy of his QB" Ricardo was overthrown on a long ball once, and there was a poorly thrown screen that would have gone for no gain anyways, but honestly, Ricardo should have had much more if it hadn't been for drops.
Ricardo dropped a sure touchdown when Bedford had a breakdown in coverage on 3rd and 15, the corner tried to pass him off to the deep safety, who hadn't dropped nearly deep enough and let Ricardo behind the both of them. It looked eerily similar to the Iowa game and our safety play there.The QB hit Ricardo in his hands and he dropped it. Ricardo also had another drop on a 3rd down screen that likely would have resulted in a first down.
Overall, it looks like Ricardo is able to beat HS coverage simply due to pure physical ability, however, he doesn't strike me as athletic enough to pull that off often enough at the college level to make up for his tendency for drops, a la Braylon.
Of course, I'm no scout, so take what I've said with a grain of salt, but to me, Ricardo seems to deserve his three star ranking. He might be a contributor at the college level, but unless he fixes the drops he's not ready to be a star yet.
If you watch the videos from past Friday Night Lights features, Ricardo is consistently wide open, often for sure touchdowns, but his quarterback is either hesitant to deliver the ball, or does so inaccurately.
Miller is far from a perfect physical specimen (I would say a low-to-mid four-star ranking would be fair), but the vast majority of his lack of production is due to factors outside of his control. I didn't see him in this game, so I can't speak to that particular performance.
In regards to Ricardo being open a lot, yes he is, however, there are always going to be times when the WR is open but the QB doesn't get him the ball, especially at the high school level. Of course Ricardo's QB isn't perfect, but it's not like every other high school WR is playing with Peyton Manning either.
The main point of my post was to point out that Ricardo seems prone to drops, as I've seen him play 4 to 5 times now, and have come away underwhelmed because he has dropped multiple passes in most of the games I've seen.
That Jones to DB quote is very curious. That's something I speculated about a couple of weeks ago. He definitely has the physical tools to do it and I'm pretty confident that's where he'll eventually end up. That's not to say that he wouldn't be a serviceable QB, but rather that if he has the potential to be a good DB they should just get him started there from the outset.
Yeah, I think that makes sense. I was definitely speaking from the "ideal world" perspective, which as we all know right now we are very far from. That said, I can't imagine a scenario where if he's kept at QB that he doesn't redshirt, especially if Gardner redshirts. Thus, I'm not sure if he really plays into the consideration of how Tate, Denard, and Gardner look in the spring. In other words, I can't see them redshirting Gardner, but not redshirting Jones. Whereas if Jones is moved to DB my inclination is that he'd be less likely to redshirt because of his skillset and the overall lack of athletic talent at DB. Obviously this is all speculation on my part...