For those of you who are freaking out about the O-line, this clip may help you relax. While discussing the O-line v D-line battles in practice thus far, D-line coach Bruce Tall says it's "an equal battle at best. We're either equal or they're beating us." Maybe he's just being diplomatic/blowin smoke, but he sounded sincere enough to me. I know it doesn't mean much, but it still made me feel a little better.
O-Line is good according to D-line coach
I find it very difficult to believe that given our lack of ANY depth at OL, there is much success on that side of the ball. Unless our D-Line sucks. And early in the clip, one DL was blowing an OL back off of the line. Obviously, just one example, but didn't give me a warm and fuzzy about the OL.
That was Taylor running over Molk at about a minute in. Were they supposed to be going head to head there? Because Taylor just buffaloed the shit out of that dude
taylor just abused him.
Please tell me that I’m not the only one who keeps rotating between terrified and confidently optimistic with every little shred of information that comes out regarding this year’s team.
you are not alone. This will all be resolved on 8/30 for better or for worse.
resolved on 8/30. I think the most likely outcome of the game is a win that gives us no confidence that future outcomes against decent teams will be similar.
When I heard that, I didn't feel more confident about our O-line, I felt less confident about our D-line. But with so many questions about our team this season, I am not terribly optimistic.
It might make you feel worse, maybe the O Line is bad but the DLine is worse?
just a guess.
I remember early on in 2006 when TTaylor was battling for a starting position...he owned the MAC level OL early on in the season...and won the starting DT job. But when it came to elite competition like O-State and USC, he couldn't get any penetration. I mean it wasn't even a battle...he just got handled.
The way he handled that dude in that clip, reminded me of the MAC level guys he used to wipe the field with.
To be fair, that was a sophomore Terrance Taylor in 06. This is a senior, Barwisized Taylor going up against a redshirt freshman who's only in the lineup because of injury. I'm willing to give Molk the benefit of the doubt for now, and chalk it up to Taylor's badassedness.
It's better for my mental well-being this way.
against USC, but he got tired
This is the first time I think we've heard from this guy and he seems to be the only coach who isn't giving the typical cookie cutter interview answers. His guys (who are great) go up against the O-line every day and he has nothing but good things to say about them. And all you can do is shit all over him.
I just suspect that he doesn't want to throw his other coaches and the OL under the bus. What is he supposed to say, "we've been whipping them like a rented mule"? That would go over like a fart in church during staff meetings.
it's probably not a good sign that a guy who has never played o-line before has a chance to start the first game of the season after only a couple of weeks practice
I concur with baleedat there - when I saw Richrod's comment that Ferrara may be the Utah starter at guard, I almost choked. The kid has had like 3 college practices as an offensive lineman.
sweet jeebus that's scary
It's on Rivals...he said it at the bowling thing they had.
Before I go vomit in the office bathroom - what is this guys background? Did he at least play OL in HS? It's not good any way you slice it, but if he has just a little bit of experience maybe it will only be mildly terrifying instead of OMG NICK SHERIDAN IS DEAD frightening
he was a tightend. that never blocked, he was strictly a pass catching TE. so get on your knees and pray (instead of what you're usually doing on your knees)
Ferrara's move seems to have been a good one. He put talented junior defensive end Brandon Graham on the ground with a punch block and has shown he could be a natural at guard.
"We think he has a chance for the starting job," said Rodriguez. "He's such a smart and competitive guy, we've been impressed with him. I think it's a good move and I think he's going to be battling for a starting job at guard maybe by the first game."
I would imagine he played O-line in high school. That would make sense. That said, that's 2.5 years ago right now.
"In high school on offense I only played tight end, I only caught
passes, I didn't do a lot of blocking," he said. "So there's really a
lot of technique stuff I have to learn. The entire offense, basically."
Just the entire offense? Well, at least he's got 9 days.
don't worry - barwis will add 70 pounds of muscle to him in nine days, and he'll be doing hang cleans with his brain stem, allowing him to increase mental capacity and learn the offense quicker
didn't you say he saw a fair amount of playing time at DT, or was in the rotation or something? it sounds like he is an athletic/talented kid, hopefully he's a quick learner. he weighs around 280 lbs
If I remember, he was in the rotation at DT last year, and played in virtually every game. He didn't get the bulk of the snaps by any stretch, but he did seem to play at least a series of non-garbage time a game. I think he may have played more than Slocum.
i heard he can do one and a half cock push-ups
Revised prediction for this year: 6-6. This O-line may approach the ND low