"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be in his final year of eligibility, hold at least a 3.2 grade-point average and "have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship."
"That was one of those plays that was real contact courage," Harbaugh said of Chesson’s block. "He just went and made a real, hearty block. I was happy to see that. Darboh is doing the same thing, and Ways is doing the same thing at a higher level than most receivers you’re ever going to find."
In case anybody's wondering, I'm Chris of Dangerous Logic here, but parkinggod pretty much everywhere else on the web, including YouTube.
(apologies to those who are familiar with MPP from last year; this is for the new folks)
I love Picture Pages, but I'm so obtuse that I usually have to replay the video as I'm reading in order to understand what's happening. Finally it dawned on me that I have the game footage, a video editor, and a little bit of free time, so (with Brian's permission) I have annotated the play with pauses, spot-shadowing, and other kindergarden video effects to make it easier to follow. I notice that Brian has also started including an annotated version at the end of his regular picture pages posts (in this case, http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-how-not-defend-power-part-i), but he points out different things there so I think this is still useful.
Setup: It's second and two on the Michigan 47 on Western's second drive of the day. Western runs a counter out of the shotgun against Michigan's 3-4 front with corners pressing and only Kovacs deep.
Wha'hoppon: The LT ignores Brennen Beyer to double RVB. Beyer crashes into the backfield only to get hit by a pulling guard as the RB runs by him on the counter. Demens steps up into the hole but loses outside contain, and the RB cuts outside and may well have had a TD if Kovacs doesn't make a tackle 25 yards downfield.
...I like your annotated Picture Pages a little better because they clearly illustrate what Brian tries to show in his slide show, but it flows more naturally. Ideally, Brian will contact you when he's making a Picture Pages section so he can embed your video into his post as he's making it, or immediately afterwards.
Very clear and accurate explanation/transcription of what's going on. This helps a lot.
Queston: Is it the pulling guard that indicates a counter play or is it the fullback/H-back at the top heading across the backfield to block Demens? It seems to me like that's something that Demens/Johnson as the Mikes need to read that because Beyer probably can't see the movement from his position...
Beyer messes up because as soon as he's not blocked he needs to know something is up instead of rushing to far down field and taking himself out of the play. He needs to crash inside and take on that guard closer to the line of scrimmage, if he does that theres a logjam in the backfield because the FB wont have a hole to be a lead blocker through.
While I understand that ideally the timi g would be closely coordinated with Brian's writeips, this is definately a case in my mind where they are really useful even if they aren't as timely. I'd personally be happy to see them any time you can find the time. This kind of thing really shows the advantages of a blog like this over other forms of media, in both the collaboeative nature of the work as well as the ability of embedded video.
Thanks for the effort and I hope you find time to do more.
It'd be cool if Brian and I could coordinate these, but I really don't see any way we could do it even if he were willing to. Since MGoBlog is his day job, he's got to put out stuff on his schedule; since my day job is elsewhere, I do these basically whenever I can.