Countdown to Kickoff - Day 13: Saturday Scrimmage
So many possibilities of how we could start off the season stomping UCONN. Let's hope it all comes together in 13 days
Denard you so crazy .. i think i wanna have yo baby
that's a hell of a hit at 1:57
It's an ok hit, but after a huge gain.
Looking good...nice to see some good offense and defense. Of course, these are just a few clips, but the defense seemed to be tackling well (except when Denard or V. Smith were juking them out of their shoes).
It was good to see V. Smith taking a hit there towards the end. He didn't look squeamish, which is the hardest thing after major knee surgery. So many offensive weapons. If we can hold teams under 30 I think we'll have a chance in most games. -- don't know why this posted twice.
Poor Van Slyke.... next time gadget, next time...
Keeping the backside D end honest should give plenty of time for all routes to develop on a roll-out pass.
It beats QBs wearing a red no contact jersey.
I wish this video was about five minutes longer.
I've got the whole scrimmage in HD but it will cost you 13000 MGoPoints.
I want to watch this over and over again.
It looks like Gardner is going to earn playing time, I wish we could red shirt him though as long as Denard and Tate stay healthy.
Tate does look bigger, I had to do a double take to make sure it wasn't someone else.
If you compare Tate's helmet last year with those of his teammates, his appeared to have more padding and looked bigger in proportion to his head, which made him look to me like he was a peewee league kid. The helmet he was wearing yesterday looked the same as the other guys. Plus, there's reason to assume he's also physically bigger—he's probably still growing, and has probably put on some muscle on top of it.
Don't you typically have to hit the weight room to add muscle?
M Rob showed on the pick and return.
Nice reverse by Grady, got to hang onto that ball though. Very excited for the game in 13 days.
Ugh..the fact that most of the passes were to receivers who were standing still worries me, as it did all of last season. Fast DB's will shut that down in a hurry. I want to see the QB leading the receivers and the receivers catching the ball in stride.
But that may be a function of playing agaisnt a zone defense. The receiver may have needed to "sit down" in a hole in the zone to avoid running into coverage.
Thanks. I needed that fix before work.
The team looked good, a lot of offensive plays, hopefully not too telling of this years defense, but there were some plays made on both sides of the ball.
I noticed that the runnings backs were doing pretty well. I was a little worried after the spring scrimmage, though I know it was just spring and I probably didn't need to be, but its good to see some production out of our RBs. Curious to see who's going to get the starting nod.
seem decisive with their reads, but maybe they're scripted for these plays. I see quick decisions and quick throws, which makes the offense seem smoother to me.
I still think V Smith is ready for a big year if he stays healthy.
Watching it a second time, there are lots of missed arm tackles in that video.
So that Denard Robinson guy looks like he might know how to play football or something... hm
look at that tight spiral
James Rogers has a nice tackle on Hopkins at 1:45, which is somewhat reassuring. Let's hope he can cover as well.
Tate looks different, denard looking good (albeit against the van slyke's of our D), and vincent smith was cutting and everything! He's going to be 100% this season.
team looked good, sure there are missed tackles, a pick. But there young, and fast! They will grasp it better with more time! Go Blue
Is the rb position starting to get thin with the departure of Austin White? Im a little worried for that position we just need to stay healthy the rest of the fall.
No. Cox, Shaw, Smith, Hopkins, etc. etc. etc.
Don't forget Fitz!
had to could we move lets say Grady over there or is he to small?
Let's throw him in over at corner!
Grady & Gallon both took some reps this fall with the RB's. Never know about injuries but as long as we don't have Iowa type luck there & Shaw took care of the school work, we should be fine.
that it makes our defense look awful. In fact, it will make any defense look awful. At least, that's my hope.
When Michigan is playing Michigan is it even possible for both the Offense and Defense to look great? Isn't this a bit of a zero sum game?
the video is only showing offensive highlights with the exception of the big pick) because the general public likes offense.
Hopkins looks pretty slim compared to the spring game
I'm ridiculously excited about Hopkins right now.
It is true, The offense looked great for most of the scrimmage and the defense looked not so good. Although, you could tell that the defense was very vanilla and almost 0 blitzes. When they did blitz it disrupted the offense very well.
Players that stood out to me:
Devin Gardner: you can tell hes a freshman, but you can also tell that he is extremely gifted and will be the quarterback of the future. I'd almost be surprised if he did not start by years end and they moved Denard to "Percy Harvin" and "trick play pass specialist". If not this year it will be in the near future.
Denard: Looked solid throwing the ball. Very few deep balls were attempted in the scrimmage so I cannot give you a good indication on that. He is obviously fast as hell as witnessed in this video. He had other shorter scrambles and designed runs that set him apart from the other 2 QB's.
Tate: Solid throwing the ball. Good scrambling ability. Not as much zip on his throws or scrambling ability as Denard though. Experience and decision making look really good though.
Shaw: explosive. Fast.
Hopkins: big tough runner with some nice moves. He is Brandon Minor, no doubt, and has the potential to be better than him IMO.
Smith: Very good runner. Has excellent balance and cutting ability.
Cox: Got reamed out a few times by RR for not hitting the hole hard and instead dancing around in the backfield (I literally saw him deke 4 guys out of their shoes and 1 guy twice while he was in the backfield. Forward progress...not so much). Looked really good catching the ball out of the backfield though.
All the slots: especially K. Grady, Odoms, Gallon, Roundtree. Robinson looked good on returns, but did worry me a little with some drops (I do give him the benefit of the doubt on most of them because some were when the QB was pressured and threw a non "touch" ball towards him).
Stonum: Looks like he might have a breakout year. Solid on returns and very good on receiving and being physical during and after the catch. Very excited about his all around game.
OLine: I do not know much about these guys because I do not know enough about line play to comment. But all of them looked very strong and I got a sense that they were more cohesive of a unit. Actually, the entire team looked more like a "team" as well.
I was really watching the offense more than I was watching the defense. So, I'm sorry but I don't have much to report. MRob had a nice interception. Patterson looked strong and fast. Herron caught Denard on a race to the corner. Moundros did not look out of place at all. He looks kind of like a white Ezeh (not sure if thats a compliment or not).
It was tough for me to watch the defense because the offense just looked vastly superior to them. They did have some nice plays and good stops, but overall, they just are not as good of a unit as the offense is. I did notice that the defense was basically just doing base stuff, so I'm sure the lack of blitzing or confusing the offense played a major factor into their performance.
Cox: Got reamed out a few times by RR for not hitting the hole hard and instead dancing around in the backfield
It's funny that you mention this because my wife reams me out all the time for the exact opposite reason.
Hopkins is gonna be a stud. That is all.
Also, I could be wrong, but did it look to anyone else that the QBs were not hitting their recievers in stride? It's like they had to wait - or stop - until the ball got to them.
I realize some of the pass plays we saw were bubble screens, which , I think the recievers aren't necessarily supposed to be hit in stride for... but the other ones concerned me.
Also, good to see Tate. I wonder if they intentionally included more footage of him to ease people's panic.
Also, nice end-around to Kelvin Grady.
Also, I have no idea how to even begin evaluating our defense so I'll read others' comments about that.
That is all. =)
Hitting the receivers in stride isn't something I expect to see much of in the near future. These receivers find holes in the zone, sit down, and wait for the ball. That seems to be what they're coached to do, and I'm okay with it as long as it works.
Is there a new PA guy for this season, or was that perhaps one of the coaches calling out touchdowns and such?
to judge the defense when Denard is in there in this situation.
The QB's are NOT live, but are eligible to run for the score. We know that this defense will need to get to the QB to disrupt the passing game. When the QB's aren't live, though, the QB doesn't have to worry about taking the hit. Now, a slower QB can still be sacked with a touch, but a fast QB like him, it's just not fair when it's not live because the pass rusher can't go full speed.
Everybody looking good! Man, I'm hungry to see the maize and blue hitting on somebody they DON'T like for a change!
Edit: One thing I did see was Forcier really doing a NICE job concealing the handoff, which was something we've been missing. In the WVU heyday, part of the reasons the QB runs were so successful wasn't just the speed, but the fact that half the time nobody on the defense, in the stands, on the camera crew, or even at home had any idea who had the football right after the hand-off. Your QB can be as fast as you want, but if you can't conceal the hand-off, it's not going to help much.
Does anybody know if Forcier was the only guy doing a good job on that? He's the only one I SAW doing it, but with only 3-4 snaps per guy, how could you tell, really?