They're saying the right things. Hopefully that translates to the field.
...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
First: Look at those glasses! He says they're not prescription.
When he made two big plays late in the first half "I just felt like it was the momentum changing." The offense started poorly, and he needed to provide a boost. "I don't know if 2 touchdowns in 45 seconds is quite the dream," it might be better. "I was always the big-play guy in high school, I was always the deep threat in high school. I've always wanted to get that transition over to Michigan."
In the third year of the offense with Denard throwing well, it's not just Stonum that's blossoming. Everybody knows stuff so can go out there and play fast.
"I try to lead by example most of the time. I'm not really a vocal screaming yeling in the huddle type of guy." He lets his work ethic speak for itself. Always works as hard as he can in weight room, in class, and on-field.
Defenses play differently with Denard in the game. They'll contain instead of trying to sack Denard. He's making the right reads and is pretty dangerous. "We knew we didn't want him carrying the ball 30 times a game every game." They were able to get the ball to some RBs and establish something else on the ground.
"We've got some pretty athletic offensive linemen." They relish the opportunity to show off that athleticism by getting downfield and making plays. "I knew we had playmakers, it was just a matter of us getting the ball into the laymakers hands and setting up opportunities for them through our blocking."
The OL is coming together each week, as they have pretty good experience. Molk jumped back in where he left off with his injury last fall and spring. Taylor Lewan - "I watched the whole game yesterday, and he seemed to have a pretty good game." He and some others have been performing well in practice, even if they haven't seen the field much.
"There's absolutely more [offensive improvement] to come. The offense is clicking but we're still not performing to our full potential and capability."
UMass was a "mini wakeup call." Seniors have been good at getting them pumped, but they need to do better than last week. "I'm frustrated now and I was frustrated then. You just can't do anything about it now." The defense needs to prepare better and be more hungry going forward.
The first two games were good for the defense. Against UMass "looking at the tape, we just didn't tackle well." Were surprised by a few schemes as well. Have to have a certain persona to tackle well. "I really did think every guy came in with that" and it just didn't work out for some reason. They'd hit guys in the backfield, or allow 5 yards to be stretched into 10. Don't want to let guys get more than they should.
"With our training from Mike Barwis, we don't get very tired ever." The fourth quarter points for UMass were not a result of that.
Taylor Lewan played well. Proud of him because they've been buddies for a couple years. "He's finding a happy medium between being aggressive and holding a lot." That style will work well in the Big Ten.
Mike Martin "he is the strongest person I' ve ever seen in the weight room, and it's really showing on the field." Beat a double team to sack the QB.
It won't be tough to get up for BGSU. "From our performance this Saturday, this team is definitely going to get up for this game."
"The offense really helped us out this past Saturday, and that's why it's a team." One side will have to rely on the other from time to time.
Craig doesn't listen to music before games to get pumped up - reads a bit of the Bible.
Being a hometown guy, it'll be a different experience to play BG. He doesn't know anybody on the team though, outside of Bryan Wright. "It's gonna be weird" being on opposite sidelines. Knows him well, good kicker. They keep in touch a little bit, but haven't been trash talking yet.
Defense mindset - "Obviously we aren't satisfied with the way that we played defensively." It's much nicer to get that out of the way early in the season, and with a win. "I expect it to be a 1-game slip-up. I'm sure we'll make our corrections today."
Feels different than last year's struggles. They'll move forward. "I think they're pretty simple things." Technical errors and a couple missed assignments. Players might have been hesitant after giving up big plays to Notre Dame "maybe guys are just inexperienced and aren't feeling comfortable in their zones yet."
Obi and Jonas are the senior leaders on D. Each said a few things after the game in the locker room, as did Craig Roh.
"If you can control the ball, you can wear out a defense." The D didn't do their job to get themselves off the field.
Interception - "The first thing I was thinking is 'yes I finally got one.' Sometimes, you don't want to do too much." He should have tucked the ball better.
The team will be very focused after a letdown against UMass. "Last game was a reality check for many games to come. Of course, it's a good thing that we still got the win." There's a small margin for error at this level. The other teams prepare, too. "You have to prepare even better. It's not like high school."
The defense wants to do their part like the offense has been doing. "We're still not as good as we need to be or want to be." Both sides of the ball can improve, but there's only been three games.
Going against Michigan receivers in practice helps prepare for other teams' best receivers.
Transition to safety is good. Still room for improvement. "What's the best room in the house? That's room for improvement."
Choosing Michigan - "I love it here." Everyone will face adversity growing up, and he's learning at Michigan that working hard and staying in the fight will help you through.
They're saying the right things. Hopefully that translates to the field.
I gotta say, I feel pretty good about the defense (and the locker room) being led by Craig Roh the next couple of years. I'm also encouraged by Gordon despite the coverage problems. He just needs experience and he's added an intimidating presence that the secondary has lacked for quite some time. Adding Carvin Johnson, Brandon Herron and Marvin Robinson back to the mix over the next couple weeks may prove significant.
that we'd be saying we can't wait until two true freshman get back to help our defense. I totally agree with you, but like whoa.
Darryl looks like LBJ from Entourage last season
You can stop resizing it. It looks fine.
Sorry for the trial and error...I'm new to embedding pics and youtube
"What's the best room in the house? That's room for improvement." - + 1 to Cam.
I know its hard to be optimistic after saturday, but i like the attitudes of these players (mostly Gordon), especially after you know they got chewed out after the game. I think they are giving their honest opinions, and if any happiness is to be derived in the aftermath of UMASS, the positive yet humble attitudes of the athletes involved go a long way in that regard.
we expect from this team. And for which they will be long-remembered.
Which will, alas, also be long remembered.
I'm hopeful for this "sophomore leadership" but even moreso for next year's junior leadership.
I really like Cam Gordon's attitude. The kid is a hart hitter that is only going to get better as his career progresses. Sometimes people forget that he's a converted WR. I can't wait to see how Michigan comes out this coming Saturday against BGSU. I expect that Denard and company will be much crisper offensively and on defense I expect to see a lot of guys flying around, very excited that it appears Marvin Robinson will be back on the field ready to tear people's heads off. UMass was a great wake up call for this team and should help them as the season moves forward.
that can only happen with a victory. Still expect this defensive unit to show some improvement against BG - a few 3 & outs should motivate them.
BTW - are we using any nickel or dime packages with substitution ? or do we just ask Roh to drop into coverage. If it is substitution, which DB's are we adding ? When I'm at the games I haven't noticed changing coverage packages. Thanks & Go Blue !
Here's the cool part for the future: The 5 guys interviewed are, in the order on the post: junior, sophomore, sophomore, sophomore, freshman. That's not great for the present, but really good for the years to come.
Roh reads the bible to get pumped for games, then smites the opposing offense...
I hope it's Old Testament.
Can someone please photoshop some "jaws" into Roh's picture above? I don't have the skills necessary...
Not quite, but more similar hair and man wouldn't it be nice if Stonum was a killer like Bro. Mouzone?
Black Jim Tressel would approve, I think: