Stonum is playing like a difference maker in the kick return game. The importance of this cannot be overstated.
Hidden Yards For The Win
As we've seen, special teams and field position are a VERY important part to this game. It's about time that we found a good kick returner. I'll take getting the ball at our 30yd line over our 10yd line every time and Stonum is doing that for us right now.
Special teams has been outstanding this year. Any ideas why almost every punt return has resulted in a fair catch? Are we still a little afraid of botched punt returns just like those that plagued us all last year?
Maybe. But I think there are two other factors: one, if the kicks are short that makes it hard to return; two, I've noticed that Michigan for the first time in years is aggressively going after the punt - which I think is awesome, but that also means less blockers to impede the progress of the gunners.
sending two guys leaping up the middle behind the D-line on most FG attempts, which Michigan hasn't done since the days of Tripp Welborne and Vada Murray.
Hell, Stonum was routinely getting it out to the 40 vs Indiana. I kept waiting for him to break one all the way; he came close on a couple IIRC.
The pieces for this team are coming together quite with the exception of parts of the defense. Hopefully a capable replacement for Zoltan is found so we don't have to take a huge hit in that department next year.
but they kept it together... I really think they deserve a lot of credit for keeping Indiana out of the endzone while our offense was struggling... hopefully they will build on those stops.
Don't forget about the -30, or whatever, yards that were due to all those poor snaps. ARGH! I know snapping the ball is harder than it seems. But even still, how hard could it be? Put the ball in your QB's hands when he asks for it, not in his feet 2 seconds early.
I've seen way worse when a new center is pushed into duty with one week notice and those weren't offenses as complex as ours either. Plus the guy is coming back from a dislocated shoulder and he had to be taking serious pain every time he made contact. The snaps will get better with time, give Moosman a break.
two of the bad snaps weren't even really on Moosman. If center is coached to snap the ball when the defense jumps offsides (and it seems clear that he has been) then the QB needs to be aware of this possibility. Neither Tate nor Denard was expecting the early snap when it came.
Now granted, they didn't get the offsides call the second time, which basically resulted in a killed drive. Perhaps Moosman needs to be a little less trigger-happy on possible offsides plays. But I put part of this on either QB coaching or having young QBs who already have too much to think about -- I think the center is doing what he's been asked to do.
It was hard to tell on TV, but I think the last bad snap to Denard wasn't really that bad either -- it looked like it hit Denard in the shoulder, which granted is not perfect but should still be catchable for the QB.
None of which takes away from the massive contribution bad snaps made to lost yards on the margin - I'd estimate this number at -40 to -50 yards and two immediately stalled drives.
I doubt the center is coached to snap the ball to get an offsides call, especially in the shotgun, as the QB is checking with the sideline for the final read and not looking for an early snap.
To my non-football coaching mind, it seems like the defense could take advantage of that. All they need to do is jump across the line when the QB and everyone else looks over to the sideline, causing the center to snap early and, as we saw, cause a fumble/loss of yards.
Interesting point, but I think the fact that it happened at least twice yesterday shows Moosman probably did it on purpose. The center will also have to know what play they're checking too, so they may just tell him don't snap on offsides if the final play call isn't in.
How many yards rushing did we lose on the plethora of bad snaps? 50-60?
223 yards gained, 73 lost. I would guess 50-60 came from the bad snaps.
Was that interception a gift or correct call?
No question Warren had the ball first and last. See the great cell phone(!) pics at http://www.maizenbrew.com/
I like to think of it this way. Warren had the strength and presence of mind to wrestle the ball away as they fell to the ground. That's what made it possible for the refs to make the initial INT ruling. If the Indiana receiver had instead made a great play like Warren did, then they would have gotten the initial ruling, and it still would not have been overturned, and they would have been rewarded accordingly.
Question about the dual possession rule: Are the refs looking for who catches the ball first, or who has possession as a knee hits the ground? It looks like Warren catches it, but it's pretty ambiguous when they go down in the pile.
The maizenbrew photos don't really clear up a thing IMO. As the rule has been explained to me, as long as both players have their hands on the ball, it is a tie, and any tie goes to the offense and is not subject to interpretation. What happens after a knee goes down is irrelevant. All, the shots I've seen either show the IU players hands in the ball, or are inconclusive at best. We got lucky because that field ruling is not subject to being overturned. I think we would have stopped them in any case, but IMO it was a bad call.
The video evidence was inconclusive. I say who cares Michigan didn't make the call. UM got hosed on the PI against EMU. Unfortunately you win some in this game and you lose some. I hope Michigan is lucky more often than our opponents. I want good play from our guys too. Some gift come because Michigan is Michigan. It may not be fair, but that is apart of the mystique.
I'm not a Michael Jordan fan, but he got some really great calls go his way. The Cowboys, Packers, Patriots, Lakers, Celtics, UNC, UCLA, Duke etc. get some great calls. Hoosier Football isn't going to get those calls. Now Hoosier Basketball is another thing all together.
full link at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZjIZNbYsU0
Again, your insightful analysis proves definitive.
Also, Jeebus thanks for the link to the RCMB message board (http://www.spartantailgate.com/forums/msu-red-cedar-message-board/402361...). That was like watching an episode of that Britney Spears reality show or Cops... you know its a train wreck, but you just can't turn away.
That message board thread is like watching an IM chat by the E. Lansing LARPers taking a break while one of their mothers makes grilled cheese sammiches on white bread with the crust cut off.
Here's secret webcam screengrab of the STG crew as they round up after their early supper:
Thank you. That was funny has heck. You can almost feel the pain as Forcier delivers and sends them spinning.
As in Aqua Teen Hunger Force's easter bunny?
Pretty sure that was a Newhart reference. Don't watch ATHF, so I don't know if it happens to be referencing the same.
Sounds like a references to Bloodhound Gang's "Right Turn Clyde":
The Defense did a good job holding Indiana to those 4 field goals.
But, guess what, without this year's offense this game would have ended like too many did last year. We scored over 29 points only once last year (and that was a loss to Purdue).
did any one else notice the crotch grab by Van Bergen on IU's receiver as he and Warren battled for the ball? perhaps this also played a role in Warren ending up holding the ball?
Any news on Forcier and his shoulder? I heard he was in a sling. Just precautionary?