The Michigan drill...
Countdown to Kickoff Day 21
Bolden and Morgan both really popped off those blocks. I'm really optimistic about this LB group.
Things got pretty chippy, too. That's a football team alright.
Was it Bolden that had that beautiful strip and recover during his tackle as well?
We are so deep at LB. I have confidence in at least 6 of them. Each of the past few years this drill has looked faster, more physical, and harder hitting than before. I know we all get so impatient with the player development aspect of this staff, pr lackthereof, but I see guys getting older, bigger, faster, more physical, and more confident and that is encouraging.
Those are usually entertaining, but that one looked down right physical! Gets me excited for the season.
I know physicalness had become a bit of a cliché here but yes, there was something a little extra this year. Guys are finishing their reps hard and popping right back up to push and shove each other. They definitely seem to be a little more energy efficient them.
Michigan drill is always lovely!
Edit: Did y'all see Ty Isaac truck stick James Ross III? We have two of the best running back recruits from 2013, and Deveon Smith, who I always thought was better than both Green and Isaac...consider me pumped.
What'd you think of the technique? (Serious question)
I thought it was better than the sleds. Better initial punch and rolling hips under. Heads were up for the most part too.
Who were the two at the end of the line? The dlineman got wrecked time and time again
You must have missed Pipkins and Hurst. 56 and 73, they are the two that stood out the most to me on the d line
Alright, time for someone to give this a full breakdown and UFR. Also, really nice opposite shoulder adjustment my Funchess there.
Six to midnight! Who wants to go out and hit someone?
Also Bo Dever put someone into the sideline.
Although I will say that last year's cinematography was better.
In defense of Jeremy Clark, I don't think getting blown backwards and having your running back run into the both of you counts as driving someone into the sideline.
Tiny guy dileo 2.0 hopefully Bo Dever?
I got Dever Fever, yo!
Bo Dever is not tiny...dude's 6'2" 200lbs. He looked great in the spring game, used his hands well, and blocked well downfield. I think he can contribute this year.
Might be one the greatest blocks in football/bowling history
Absoutely right about Pipkins. He looks 100% healthy to me. Wow, he was getting after it.
Pipkins looked great. I thought he went 3 or 4 times, but maybe that was just my excitement about him demolishing people. I didn't see who it was against, but I'm just glad to see him back and being impressive.
Pipkins is a mechanical, nuclear-powered killer whale! He will feast on seals this year!
Let the over-analysis and critiquing begin.
I will definitely leave the critiquing to more knowledgable posters like yourself, Reader71, SC, Magnus, etc., but I thought Jack Miller, Glasgow and Bosch were the most impressive OL in this video. DL I thought Pipkins, Taco, Clark, Mone, Hurst, and Poggi looked good and at LB, Joe Bolden looked great in his rep. Ty Isaac gave James Ross the 'ole truck stick in their rep. 3 more weeks!
Edit: also, AJ Williams and Heitzman looked very impressive.
I take this videos with a grain of salt. The defensive linemen is required to hit directly into his man (no angling). Naturally the OL is bigger and generally stronger than the DL so they should win a 1-on-1 against a lighter DL. The DLs advantage is when he gets to use his quickness to get to a gap.
As far as Bolden and the LBs, they get to take a straight 3 yard run right at the OL. They should win that battle every time because they get a running start against a guy who is coming out of a 3 point stance.
The idea of the Michigan or Oklahoma drill is to get the guys lathered into a frenzy and see who can take or deliver a hit. That's about it.
Ahh, makes sense. Thanks for the explanation.
DL. Mone did not look overweight and held his own. Godin did not look good on his two tries and Braden was beaten both times.
Mone is a freakin' MOUNTAIN of a man. Damn.
I thought Hurst was the most impressive in that video. High hopes for some Mike Martin DT penetration from him in his career.
Is it Aug 30th yet?
Looks like a mountain out there. Can't wait for him to clog things up for our backers to scrape and destroy. Love this time of the year!
Somewhere in the 2:30-ish range, we get to see Pipkins successfully take out two players plus several other things within about a 10-foot radius, or damn near. Either way, I like the intensity of everyone in this drill. This is something that hopefully translates into game time - I would enjoy seeing these guys play like they are on a mission this season, as it were.
- Bunting v Marshall - even
- Braden v Hurst Jr - Hurst sheds block, great play
- Glasgow v Pallante - Glasgow win
- Bosch v Godin - Bosch solid
- Norfleet v Lewis - wash
- Williams v Clark - nice by Williams
- Magnuson v Pipkins - Pipkins needs to eat!
- Pliska v Morgan - Morgan hungry!
- Couldn't identify v I think Henry
- Miller v Glasgow - Miller tastes great, less filling
- Bars v Bolden - Bolden sheds block, strips ball
- WR v DB - WR dominated (Chesson?), drove DB 10+ yards
- LTT v Hurst - Hurst hungry!
- Fox v Wormley - Wormley hungry!
- Samuleson v Ross III - Ross shed block nicely but bounced off RB in tackle attempt
- Bunting v Poggi - Poggi levers Bunting
- Braden v Clark - Clark feeding time
- Heitzman v Beyer - Heitzman dominates
- Cole v Taco - wash
- Bosch v Godin - Bosch does the job
- Kugler v someone - someone sheds the block but misses tackle
- Dever absorbs Jeremy Clark than drives him 6-7 yards
- Pipkins beast mode versus unclear OL
- Miller v Pallante
- Bars v Ferns
- Couldn't tell
- Mone beast mode vs LTT
- Miller neutralizes Henry
- Someone v Winovich
- Someone v Watson
I got Pip vs Dawson (55)
Could be, some of these guys wear their jersey's pretty high or the camera didn't stick on them long enough. Aside from Dawson, I didn't see a Kalis rep anywhere either but maybe he was one of the unidentified.
You're right about Kalis. I mistook Bosch for him in one of the reps he won. Just watched it again and I didn't see Kalis in any of the reps.
Now I will proceed to watch repeatedly. Braden lost both reps pretty easy.
He did well on the first rep. A DL having to back up 4 yards to shed and tackle is still a win for the OL (although OL is expected to win this drill). Clark did destroy him though.
lotta good players
9 is Dawson? v Henry
12 looks like Chesson vs Thomas
21 looks like Henry
23 looks like Dawson
26 looks like Taco vs Jocz
Hurst's first step was on display during his rep but I was surprised how well he used his hands. Got under the pads, shed the block and made the tackle. That was very impressive to me. Taco and Henry both beat the their man back but didn't shed. Also AJ Williams blocked Frank Clark that one time! (Waves tiny flag)
That's also clark at 1:55 though right? he's a damn monster.
I know this drill isn't about the RB's so much as blocks/getting off blocks/tackling, but I had almost forgotten about Drake Johnson. He had a couple of nice cutbacks and we all know he's got track speed......sleeper?
Pipkins stood straight up on his first rep. Than disgarded Mags like he wasn't there....
Quick overanalysis - both our TEs completely neutralized our starting DEs so yeah for QB protection out of the TE at least?
Offset by Braden oh no's. Maybe a lot of TE sets with the TE on Braden's side.
Our backup to the backup of the backup tackles (LTT/Fox) - well they look "a year away". Unfortunately so did Braden.
Pleaaaaase NCAA, give yourself more attempted good pub and give Isaac his waiver.
He looked huge (good huge).
Man, Pipkins looked pretty healed up to me.
We need young guys like that to step up. Love it! Go Blue!
Anybody else think that miller looked like our best Olineman? Shouldn't we be rooting for him to win the job? I know he lost it last year but he is a redshirt junior who has been playing center his entire Michigan career and is about 300 pounds so he isn't tiny. If he can play center that could move Glasgow to right tackle where Braden didn't really inspire confidence. Maybe I am just grasping at straws here.
Ive been down on Miller probably as much as anyone else, but he tore it up in those drills. He definitely looks bigger and more physical, so maybe he is ready to silence all the critics.
I agree he looks better but the first two reps were against 2nd/3rd string guys and his list rep against Henry was mostly a draw. He's probably your starter for App St, although Kugler looked good here too so don't count him out. I'd personally prefer Glasgow stick at center for continuity's sake since he has the most experience there and was decent, but if he's a plausible RT it's good to have the options in case Braden falters or gets hurt.
Yes we should. Because it would double the # of upperclassmen on the line.
I've been down in him too. Probably drank too much Kugler look-aid too soon. His day will come. I think I was down more on Millers performance last year. Not that I'm a coach or anything....
The players look intense! The offensive linemen look solid. I say they'll tear off nine wins easily and eleven or even twelve with some luck and some misfortune on the side of the opposition...
Pip and Mone - thank you Jesus.
I thought the first rep by Braden was pretty good even if Hurst shed the block. He pushed him back a good 4-5 yards but just didn't get a good grip under his pads. I was really impressed by the AJ Williams block on Frank Clark. Our DL has amazing depth this year and I was impressed by many of their reps on this video.
Jack Miller also had a good block and Bosch looked good on his as well.
so this is just a guess on the winners/losers.
1. Bunting vs. Marshall -- close call here, go with Bunting since RB got by
2. Braden vs. Hurst, Jr. -- Hurst sheds the block here and makes the tackle
3. G. Glasgow vs. Pallante -- Pallante gets pancaked
4. Bosch vs. Godin -- Solid control by Bosch here
5. Norfleet vs. Watson -- Norfleet got a great initial burst here, but Watson still gets off the block and forces a cutback
6. Williams vs. Clark -- looks like a win for Williams here. Clark can't shed the block.
7. Magnuson vs. Pipkins -- Solid push by Magnuson, Pipkins sheds the block and makes the tackle a little downfield
8. Pliska vs. Morgan -- Some distance apart at the snap; Morgan breaks even on the initial burst and sheds the block and plugs the hole
9. Dawson vs. Henry -- Dawson gives a lot of ground right at the beginning. RB technically gets by, but doesn't really mean much when Dawson gives 2 yards at the snap
10. Miller vs. R. Glasgow -- Miller does an OK job, RB gets by
11. Bars vs. Bolden -- Bars totally owned, ends up on the ground. Bolden strips the ball and runs it the other way
12. Chesson vs Thomas -- Thomas on rollerskates here; much cheering from offensive teammates
13. LTT vs. Hurst, Jr. -- LTT owned here, Hurst sheds block and makes tackle
14. Fox vs. Wormley -- Wormley sheds the block pretty easily
15. Samuelson vs. Ross -- Some distance apart at the snap; Ross sheds the block but gets trucked by Isaac.
16. Bunting vs. Poggi -- Bunting's head is down here and Poggi sheds him no problem
17. Braden vs. Clark -- Great burst by Clark here, sheds the block no problem. Much cheering from defensive teammates.
18. Heitzman vs. Beyer -- Beyer owned here and left knee hits the ground. Cheering for Heitzman
19. Cole vs. Charlton -- Cole gets pushed back, great burst by Charlton. RB gets by, but see #9
20. Bosch vs. Godin -- Bosch controls him pretty well, Godin doesn't get off the block
21. Kugler vs. Henry (I think?) -- Henry gets an arm on the RB, but doesn't completely fly off the block. I'd call this a push.
22. Dever vs. J. Clark -- Good intial burst by Clark, forces a cutback, but Dever doesn't stop either and pushes him to the sideline. Chippiness ensues.
23. Dawson vs. Pipkins -- Pipkins sheds the block easily and makes the tackle. Cheering and chestbumps for Pipkins.
24. Miller vs. Pallante -- Miller controls pretty well, starts to hold at the end
25. Bars vs. Ferns -- So #51 is Ferns, right? Because that guy is tall; he almost looks even with Bars. He sheds the block and makes the tackle.
26. Jocz vs. Charlton (?) -- Just guessing it's Charlton, hard to tell number here. This one's a push, Charlton doesn't fly off the block or anything
27. LTT vs. Mone -- Mone easily get off the block, but doesn't quite make the tackle. Still gets the RB out of bounds. He gets some chestbumps.
28. Miller vs. Henry -- Henry sheds the block to get an arm on the RB. Push like #21
29. Pliska vs. Winovich -- Some distance apart at the snap; Winovich seems to do an OK job and would make a tackle a few yards downfield
30. Chesson vs. Watson -- Chesson has good initial burst, RB gets by, but Watson does fight back and plays through the whistle to put Chesson on his back
I think rep 26 is actually Mike McCray
Anybody know who that coach was that was getting all fired up and in the DL faces? He seemed really into it and the players seemed to feed off of his energy.
If Will Carr is coaching then that is really excellent news. Just made my day.
to the posting of that video panicking that Clark was turning to "outside" help, implying he couldn't get it from the coaching staff. In their defense (not that they should panic), I think Clark just said how much he was getting from Carr without identifying him as a coach, assuming listeners would know that. I for one didn't know until I heard on WTKA that Carr was official.
Love to see former players coming back to help, and feeding that coaching tree.
I just think Wormley is going to be a beast...and recruit Darion Roseboro reminds me of him
Since I've been watching the countdown to kickoffs that I've felt this drill was as intense as it should be. I have hoped that I was wrong about years past, but I didn't see the beast in the players that you would hope to see. This year I'm pleased with what I saw. Not going to go out and predict 14 victories, but I think with better play calling we can definitely expect 10+ victories!
Are we supposed to cheer for the OL to hold their blocks, or the DL to destroy them?
Edit: beat his ass to the punch : )
Yes we are!
Edit: beaten to the punch :(
Have to say they looked more explosive on offense and defense than in previous years. Pipkin looks like he is going to destroy any lineman he is up against.
I HEAR FOOTBAW!!
Nice to see Peppers jumping right in to stop some excessive chippiness.
Obviously the tiny sample size renders much of an analysis meaningless, but does it seem like the defense on average looked better than the offense during these? For the most part to me it seemed like the D held their ground or shed blocks very well. Not sure if this bodes well for defense, poorly for offense, or a combo of the two (not sure it bodes much of anything at all, frankly).
And another question for the board - yes, the players seem extremely physical and into the drill. But is there honestly any substantive difference from what we've seen in recent years past? From my perspective it always seems like the players want to kill each other when they get into this drill, regardless of the year. Not sure what others are seeing this year that was plainly absent in other years.
seems really subdued compared to this year's.
From what I can tell the effort looks the same between the two videos. I did notice, however, that in the 2014 video they appeared to add louder rock music, they switch between reps more quickly, and the rest of the team is doing more yelling after reps. Maybe that's giving the appearance of more intensity but I still don't see what everyone else is seeing here.
I think there is more urgency on display in this video compared to last years video. The players seem to be going harder and faster than last year. I think the effort is the same because to say otherwise would mean they weren't trying their hardest.
... has a big advantage, this actually worries me more than anything. Dline looked better. Oh well. Won't know until week 1.
I will reserve any comments until BlastDouble tells me how I should feel about this.
has got me SO excited for the season to start!!
That drill is any indication and I'm sure it isn't but Bosch, PiP, Mone, Watson and Poggi make me smile.
Pip absolutely ate up who ever he was against in that.
Is it just me or are they A LOT more enthusiastic in this year's video? I don't remember that much talking or intensity in the air last year.
edit: No, it's not just me. Good.
They look so much more physical in this years Michigan Drill video. It's really noticeable. I hope it's a sign of what is to come this year.
Pipkins and Mone on the field at the same time?
I think they could open a truck sized hole in the OL thru which the LBs could blitz.
One can hear these sounds from the UMGC when they go to two-a-day practices.
Are you "scared" that he will underperform or scared as in "whoa, he's large and beastish!"?
Jack Miller won me over.