"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Devin Gardner Every Pass/Run vs. Iowa
Although It's going to be weird without Denard on the field, Devin brings the same type of excitement to the game. I understand Borges wants a statue with a laser for an arm behind center but IMO duel threat is the way to go. I wonder if they will recruite more "Devin" type guys in the future.
Cade McKnown and Jason Campbell could scramble well.
and Shane is resonably mobile. that Kid out of Cass Tech could be a fun guy after Shane, another Tall mobile guy like Devin.
Seriously, he runs a 4.64 40 according to Rivals(not sure how many fakes that received). That's pretty fast...
I don't think Jayru Campbell has quite the arm that Devin does, however.
Not sure if serious... he's literally 15 right now, of course he wouldn't be as strong.
Of course you wouldn't expect them to be equal, but I mean projection wise. I think people over estimate his potential as a passer.
I wouldn't call Shane Morris a statue. I'm not sure where you picked up that Borges wanted a Navarre back there.
That's a common misconception, that Borges or other non-spread OC's want a statuesque quarterback. I'm pretty sure that every coach in the country would prefer a more mobile quarterback if everything else were equal (passing ability, decision making, etc). It's just really hard to find solid quarterbacks who can run (there aren't many RGIII's out there), and more often than not the duel threat quarterbacks are more running backs who can throw than quarterbacks who can run.
Borges wants a quarterback who can throw, but the more mobile the better...
Weren't Steve young, Jeff Garcia, Donovan mcnabb, and Brett favre all some what mobile prototypical west coast qbs?
Not sure where you got the statue idea, but it's just not true. Bellomy and Morris were both recruited in part because of their mobility. Expect Borges and Hoke to continue to recruit guys with good arms, but also good mobility. This is not the Lloyd Carr QB.
The West Coast QB's success is largely determined by his footwork. You don't necessarily need to be fast to have good footwork, but it helps to be athletic. Also, the WCO uses lots of play action and bootlegs--mobility helps with these as well.
Incredible protection all day by the offensive line to give Gardner plenty of time to throw.
And although the coaches probably don't like him running very much, I like that Gardner has some mobility. Not Denard's of course, but more than your typical UM quarterbacks like Griese, Henne, Grbac, Brady and Navarre.
At 4:04 Elliot Mealer gets put on his ass and gets lucky not being called for Holding. He needs to play better next week, gets a little inconsitent as the game goes on.
On the TD pass to Roundtree, he almost let Gardner get lampooned by a DT
Michigan's receivers never get enough credit for how good they are in one on one battles.
I love Gardner in goal line situations. The roll out, the little stutter to throw off the linebacker, and the stroll into the end zone was my favorite play. I'm loving his play more and more every time I see him out there.
Assuming Devin makes use of the off-season as the #1 QB and takes his game up a level before next season, we are going to be very hard to beat. We'll have a young, inexperienced O-line and a new left tackle (Lewan will almost certainly go pro), but the talent level will be up a notch at almost every position:
- RB - Toussaint, Rawls, Hayes will all be a year better and playing in a conventional offense
- WR - Losing Roy, but Gallon will be a year better, and Darboh and Chesson should actually play some. Treadwell would be a HUGE upgrade, and potentially our #1 WR
- TE - Funchess with an off-season? Yes please. Moore isn't playing even though he's healthy, and AJ Williams should be able to provide the blocking that Kwiatkowski has given us this season. Butt and Hill could play too; we'll definitely be deeper and better here.
- FB - Hopkins and Kerridge are back, and Houma will have had an off-season of work.
- O-Line - the inexperience scares me and might hold us back, esp. early in the season, but Kalis, Magnuson, and Bars are all talented kids, and Bryant, Byrzinski, and Miller will have another year under their belt--competition will be fierce for a spot on the 2013 OL
We'll learn an awful lot about DG this week. Can he continue to shine on the road in The Game?