Ah, don't shortchange yourself. Remember: In Soviet Russia, Brian sucks you!
this may be of some local interest
[Ed-M: Cleaned it up and bumped to Diary for excellence, and because I'm as anxious as the rest of you for what could be the first UFR of middle linebacker competence since David Harris. In lieu of the real UFR, which I imagine Brian will have up in the next few days, here's a whet. Note, probably best to read it while re-watching game on DVR or torrent -- there's no context written in]
1.) I will not make any conclusions from this. It is only one game. However, feel free to look at my other post: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/demens-vs-ezeh#comment-716323 which, together with this, describes all his playing time.
2.) I tend to be more negative towards Demens. This is out of fear that if I get my hopes up I will somehow jinx him. Therefore, what you see will be more negative than positive. HOWEVA: He's still better than Ezeh.
3.) Thank you Mods for cleaning this up. I am working on making all my future posts beautiful, but appreciate the help for a novice.
4.) BTW: this wasn't meant to be a diary but hell I'll take it.]
This is not a UFR but a UFR on Demens. I hope that this helps everyone and should be an addition to my earlier post about Demens' vs. Ezeh. Here is my analysis of Demens against Iowa.
This is when Obi comes in and gets pancaked. Ignoring this crap/drive.
This is supposed to be a summary of Demens' play. I do not want to give him my UFR because me:Brian::suck:awesome.
Ah, don't shortchange yourself. Remember: In Soviet Russia, Brian sucks you!
Demens? He's Da Man alright...AMIRITE?
Matt Millen: "He means Kovox."
nice job -- you should add a summary at the bottom.
Isn't there always a chart? Oh, sorry. You are not him. Nice breakdown. I was at the game and then watched it again at home. Yeah, he is better than Obi right now.
One start! His first ever! and he is still better than Obi. Wait until he gets a chance to start a few games. We'll all be happy campers.
pretty sure, Obi Ezeh at time of first start > Obi Ezeh now
we need Demens to be good, don't compare him to Obi, ever. We can't have a shitty MLB for 4 years....... again
is preparing "criminal negligence" charges against Gerg and Co for playing Ezeh over Demens ?
Just watched the last play that Avery whiffed on again. If he had just impeded the RB's course a little bit that would have given Demens enough time to come over and make the stop short of the first down. Ugh.
It's not like he's never played on the defensive side of the ball before. He was rated as a 3-star CB based on his HS performance at that position.
I think Brian's post about Avery was oversimplified and kinda unfair to a true freshman put in a situation he wasn't ready for yet. Brian made it sound like Avery was a pure QB in HS and had no clue about how to play CB and is learning on the job. If I'm Avery and I'm reading that I would be insulted.
Listen, he missed one tackle as a true freshman.
Avery is a tremendous athlete.
Don't worry, he's going to be a good CB for us.
He wasn't rated as a 3 star for his high school performances at cornerback, but for his college potential at that position.
and I say this not out of hope for anyone to replace Ezeh because I think some of his criticism is unwarranted. But after watching this, Demens is just flat out better, and he looked even better than watching the game initially (most of the big runs were on Mouton not filling the cutback lane). He read, attacked, made some plays(!) and even got a PBU in there. He looked outstanding in his first start and I am optimistic about the future of MLB. I hope he works on his speed all season/offseason and drops maybe 5-10 pounds, upon which time he will be a great, well-rounded LB capable of covering little pass spread teams and taking on the power-O types.
Demons did not make a single play correct?
I don't agree with that assessment.
The Demons are coming! THE DEMONS ARE COMING!!
You have to exercise your Demens. ha ha. ok, I'll just neg myself.
......is what I tried to tell someone else about Demens' play. While he did make a few bad reads, and missed his assignments a few times, overall the difference between him and Ezeh was nite and day. If good Mouton had showed up for game day against Iowa, the LB corp probably ends up being the strength of the D for that game.
As for GERG not playing him, one has to wonder if GERG plays those who practice well only, and if that is the case, are there others on D who might play better than the starters in front of them, who are there because of how well they show up in practice. Probably not, IMO. One has to wonder though, if JB Fitz just might be a gamer too, like Demens, and not show up very well in practice, hence his non-role in actual games.
But can you really blame the coaching staff for not playing them if they are sucking in practice? I mean, how would they know otherwise? I guess at some point if a player is playing so bad you have to at least try someone else.
......looking at the players in the game making little to no impact and pushing someone else in. At the point in the season, and it was early, that Ezeh seemed to not be playing well, the thought should have entered someone's mind then to put in Demens to see what he can do. Remember, practices are mostly done under rigid constraints, with very little in the way true decision or play making ability shown. The coach tells Ezeh to run into a gap, Ezeh runs into a gap. No problem. Except in game time when he has to decide not only IF he needs to run into a gap, but at which gap he runs to, hence the indecisiveness and plays where we see him getting blown back by an OL.
I realize it's not quite that simple, but GERG has enough years as a coach he should know when someone practices well but can't really turn that into good play on game day. That's why I'm wondering about Fitz as well. Could he be as good, or better than Roh playing LB? And if he is, and knowing Roh's penchant for pass rushing, could we have better line play by removing Banks and moving RVB to DT, with Roh taking over as DE? A lot of questions, very little in the way of answers.
He just backs up Roh. I saw in in there quite a bit against Iowa. Oftentimes with his hand down on the DL. I think he makes a play for Mouton's vacated spot next year along with Mike Jones. Those two can battle it out and Demens can fill the middle. Roh keeps his spot and is spelled by whoever doesn't start between JB Fitz/Jones or Herron or ...
Who else from Country Day besides KD ever played football for UM? I can't think of any modern-day guys. . . .
I have kept an eye on this situation. Most of the recent DCDS football stars have ended up at other schools. Jonas Gray (DCDS '08) went to ND (apparently because RR didn't want him).
Javin Hunter (DCDS '98), a prep All-American who also played on the Country Day basketball team with Shane Battier, was a receiver for Notre Dame.
Freddie Scott (DCDS '92) starred for the great undefeated 1994 Penn State team.
Both Hunter and Scott played in the NFL.
But no, I don't recall any other recent starters from Country Day. I see the current roster does have a couple other DCD players on it, though.
in your post you alluded to tackling and driving the RB backwards after the RB had gained some yards. I havent seen our LBs stop all momentum of an RB in 4 years.
I'm looking for shinning moments here.
my opinion. You have to have tough guys in the middle. You can adjust for a linebacker's coverage deficiencies, but you can't adjust for lack of football toughness. It is not just about physical attributes, as Ezeh has proved time and time again. I am excited to have someone who is willing to, and deliver, real toughness.
Nice summary hopefully Demens' development will be a referedum on GERG's technique coaching (but not substitutions and RPS)...
To add to it all ... he's younger than Ezeh! I would argue that, even if Ezeh (considering how bad he is) were on par with Demens or even slightly better, I would prefer Demens simply on upside for the future. That's a no brainer in my thinking. If Ezeh is bad, and Demens is equally bad, you go with Demens - easy decision. The fact that Demens is actually better just makes me smile - and hope that we can somehow hold it together and build a better defense from guys that have been through it all together this year.
That 3 &9 conversion at the 9:41 mark was painful as hell to watch.
Refreshing that Demens in only a sophmore as well
Looking through the video it seems that when Obi came in he was lined up about a yard closer to the LOS than the other LBs. When Demens was in he was lined up almost always even with the other LBs.
I remember someone pointing out that Desmond Howard said that about the OSU LBs during the Wisconsin game. They were to close to the LOS and getting caught up in the wash. I know it can't be as simple as taking a few steps back...or can it?
I remember a Monty Python skit where they taught people how to do things. Like playing the flute was simply explained as "blow in this end and move your fingers over the holes"
if your DL is "getting off the ball" then there probably is less wash, washing out to the LB level. This is where that whole experience thing comes in and trumps the scouting report star assignments from high school. Assuming your DL will perform against Wisconsin like it did against Ohio University is probably a bad assumption, but knowing how far to adjust without taking yourself out of the play requires experience and practice.
So yeah, it's as easy as "a few steps back", and "blow in this end and move your fingers over the holes"
Wasn’t in on the first down @ 4:38. That play was also a 3rd and 14, and Roh was the MLB.
Guh? Why was he playing there?
Demens arms are as big as both of my thighs put together. I am not saying he is our savior, but I think I might be saying that since anything good we here about a new linebacker and/or secondary could justify us calling him our savior.
Please be good agianst Penn State K. Demens.
destroying the interior of the OLine (like he had in every game other than Iowa this season)