De'Veon Smith made the comment during a media session Wednesday that the Oline will be better this year. Not sure how honest he is with this statement, but we will start to find out in 9 days....
De'Veon Smith believes Oline will be better this year
Is it any surprise that, "many of you have been seriously damaged in the past?"
I think you answered your own question.
"I'm getting hit 1 yard behind the line instead of 3 yards like last year."
It's a step in the correct direction
"I think our O-line will be terrible".
It couldn't get much worse...
we'll be able to figure out with the oline after the App St game. The production from the running backs last year against CMU was actually pretty good, 38 carries for 155 yards. If the oline struggles with App St then there will be a lot of concerns. For the most part though, I'm eyeballing ND as the early litmus test for the oline.
statement about the running game against CMU. A scrape over 4.0 YPC against a MAC team who allowed 4.8 YPC doesn't do much for me.
to what they did the rest of the year, it was one of their better days. For the most part agree, but after the first game of the year no one knew CMU was going to allow almost 5 yds/carry. Since the 4.8 ypc probably is not in reference to what running backs did, if you add in the rushing stats for Gardner and Morris, UM averaged 5.1 YPC against CMU.
Not shocked. I'm pretty confident that Dan Enos isn't good at coaching football.
Honestly, the way I look at it is that it is truly hard to be worse. I was at the Nebraska game last year and that was brutal. As long as the rushing yards are headed further and further in the positive direction I'll be happy. The expectation is to get better as the season progresses.
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Please change thread title to "De'Veon Smith understands how to talk to the media."
It is Bleacher Report.
De'Veon Smith understands how to talk.
I hope for his sake that he's right. I'd rather not see him gang-tackled behind the line of scrimmage on nearly every run. Doesn't exactly do much to inspire a running back's confidence when he know's he's running into a brick wall of defensive linemen on every snap.
If they are not better, then put your helmet in their back and maybe they will get the hint to do their job
maybe this is why kalis hurt his back
You want him to get ass tackled by his own guy like Sanchez did?
Success/improvement for the O line this year will be reducing the number of negative plays and sacks. Any positive rushing yards will be a bonus.
Notice he didnt say the Offensive Line would be GOOD - just that it would be better than last year.
Not exactly setting the bar terribly high there Mr Smith.
Baby steps mGrowOld
I bet you were so excited when you found that picture and couldn't wait to use it
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That picture cracks me up. No explanation was needed. Just hilarious.
How low can you go?
Why is setting the bar high a good thing? When doing the Limbo the lower the bar is set the harder it is. So I'd say he set the bar very high!
If they aren't appreciably better Mr. Smith will just hit the opposing Linemen harder. They'll think twice of messing with this guy.
Mess with the best, succumb like the rest.
to Bo's ears. I certainly hope he's right.
Whew! If the line is on par or worse than last year, I can only imagine what this board will be like.
If De'Veon Smith says it, it must be true!
I hope he's right. Just a little improvement from the o-line could make a big difference.
I hope they are better this year....... for his sake, and my liver.
Does he believe it or did he just say it?
to not be better. I hope.... :/
In all fairness to the O-line, Mattison was blitzing the bejesus out of them all night. You wont see blitz after blitz like that during a live game.
Agreed. And it looked like the offense was running their called-play regardless in order to stress-prep the O-line. I have to think Nuss and the offensive coaching staff will be smart enough to implement hot-reads, check-downs, audibles, etc., and make adjustments to trends in a real game.
Unless it works.
MSU and Nebraska would like to have a word with you.
This is an important statement I think (re: the scrimmage and OLine panic fallout). Mattison was blitzing the hell out of them because they were practicing, and needed reps on the stuff they need to work on.
Hoke talked about putting tons of pressure on them, which should help them in the long run! Hopefully it does not kill any type of confidence they may have...
"Major League". Suggest a remake and tell them you can provide Randy Quaid's supporting cast for a small fee.
Just gotta have faith!
I don't think it could get any worse. It's concerning that he "thinks" our O-Line will be "better" this year. For us to compete for the B1G our O-Line will have to be much better, and I'm getting the feeling that's not going to be the case. Based on what we saw during the scrimmage and comments where players think our O-Line will be better scares me.
I suppose that's better than him saying it will be worse
At least that's what I say...
He's not really going out on a limb - they will be better.