I don't want to bash any players, the defense has already exceeded my expectations thus far. Although, I'm a bit confused about the RDE position. Banks was the starter in game 1, Roh in game 2. With Herron out, Roh moved back to LB.
This makes me wonder: If Herron is out for UMass, who will start at RDE?
I for one am really dissapointed that Will Campbell is only seeing time on special teams and short yardage situations. I would prefer to see him sub in for Martin at nose, and see Patterson at RDE along with Banks/Sagesse. Last year Sagesse did OK when subbing in from time to time. I was hoping he would get the nod this year at RDE. Thus far Patterson/Banks/Sagesse has not impressed.
If the upper classmen can't get it done, then maybe the coaches should give Black more chances at DE along with Patterson/Banks/Sagesse. One way or another, we need to get more out of the RDE position. I just don't see Roh starting at RDE against Wisconson, Michigan St. or Ohio St. and the results being good in the end (whether Herron is healthy or not).
Maybe the GERG 3 man rush is partly to blame for my concerns. Hopefully a few more 4 man rushes will be unleashed over the next few games. I'd hate to see Michigan lose out on good DL recruits simply because this team isn't getting much out of the DL thus far this season. Martin and VanBergen have worked their rear off the last two weeks with very few stats to show for it.
Anyone seeing something out of Banks\Patterson\Sagesse or Black that I'm missing?