I must admit that before the season started, I was a strong supporter for Cam Gordon and thought he may even be the key to this entire defense. I also know that he is only a freshman who has played 5 games in his career. But after watching the IU game, even including his INT, I have to say that his play is extremely below-average and really hurts this defense in the secondary.
Gordon lacks experience but he also lacks a different quality: instincts. As a friend of mine commented, he still plays like a WR at the Safety position. He is always a step slow to the play. His tackling is suspect. And you rarely see him with a good double when a CB is trying to get downfield help in the coverage. Experience and instincts are two seperate qualities, which is why I think we could look to get competition from a few freshman, most notably Marvin Robinson. Maybe down the road, Robinson will be slated to play another of the safety positions. But at the time being, I wonder if Robinson would be a better solution. He is faster, more athletic, and he HAS to possess better instincts as a safety than Gordon. Perhaps testing a freshman like this in such a big game is a gamble. But I hope we are a bit proactive in our Defense personnel. Are we to wait for a day where Denard cannot bail us out to fix this broken defense and make the changes that are necessary? I know he had a big INT, but that one play pales in comparison to his overall performance. Of course, I root for the guy, and I hope that we can develop him into a good player at a different position-- but not at free safety.
As a Michigan fan, I am obviously excited about the 5-0 start. Love the way our offense and recruiting has gone over the past month. But before I cry foul over Gameday not showing up for our game, lets try to hold Indiana to less than 550 yds of toal offense. This is an obvious message to Michigan that the nation still doesn't believe that we are for real. And the only way to silence these critics is by winning on Saturday. If we win on Saturday, no question Gameday will be in town for Iowa.