Anyone know why Leach switched numbers?
Gallon to LB (lol annarbor.com)?
That's a ridiculous mistake. Also, Gallon is not white, ever on defense, or playing this season.
Gallon at LB would be pretty funny.... in practice. Yeah, I think someone on CIL mentioned that Leach's jersey was forgotten in A2 so they used one of the spares.
This is UNACCEPTABLE. Jon Falk is no longer a MICHIGAN MAN.
But shouldn't it say "From Muck to Fichigan?"
kid is gonna start and his jersey gets left. Thats sad
The Name written in Sharpie is such a great touch.
I really think that makes the whole ensemble. It's the subtle things like writing the name in lower case that make that my favorite part of the whole getup.
It looks backward though.
for someone to start the "Tate to Right Tackle" thread.
he looks different from how i remember his rivals profile
For a second, while watching, i was hoping Tate miraculously changed numbers in between o and D and hopped out on the field to play LB
I was hoping it was Tom Brady rocking an Orange Bowl throwback replica without a nameplate. But then I saw that this kid was like 20 lbs. lighter than Brady.
We need to recruit better equipment managers too ? jeebus
Our defense is definitely missing an ankle biter at LB.
"yellow jackets" on the front, just above the 7????? That's even better than the sharpie on the back....
Check out the folks in the stands and take a wild guess.
I remember watching this game. Someone stole a bunch of VT equipment and they didn't know it until just before gametime. GaTech gave them some practice jerseys to get through the game.
It was funny, but also a good example of sportsmanship.
It was their regular road jerseys, actually, but yeah.
P.S. Second favorite part after the name in Sharpie is how they made sure to cover up the manufacturer's logo even better than they covered up "Yellow Jackets."
I didn't turn on the game until a few minutes in, and when I saw a white #10 in there, I thought, "Oh, shit. Is that Van Slyke? Not only is Kovacs playing, but is Mike Williams hurt now, too?"
I actually thought Leach played a decent game. He screwed up a couple times, but he's a walk-on redshirt sophomore. I guess my expectations weren't too high in the first place, but he performed fairly well.
I have to believe there are going to be more defensive changes this week, too. Emilien has already burned his redshirt and, really, he can't be much worse than what's out there already. And even though Woolfolk is doing a pretty good job at corner, I might prefer to see him at safety with Floyd at CB than Kovacs and Williams back there. Kovacs is S-L-O-W and Williams goes 100 mph in the wrong direction.
I agree with you, he played alright. Much better than I expected.
The problem with the secondary is that if we play Floyd at corner we will still have one guy that is too slow for his position on the field.
But I'm all for trying new things, it worked so well against Purdue last year.
I thought he did well for a walk-on too. When they announced it, I wondered if it was also meant to motivate the scholarship LB's (Ezeh)? I'm not sure if it is a good thing that walk-ons are contributing or not. I think these kids are probably scholarship at a lesser school, but why are they getting PT ahead of scholarship kids?
Putting Floyd at CB and Woolfolk back at S wouldn't really be a "new thing." It would be a thing that we did earlier in the season. And it's not a complete scheme change, like the 3-3-5 stack was against Purdue last year.
I guess I would rather see bad CB play than bad S play. When a corner gets beat, safeties can often help out. When a safety gets beat, it often turns into a TD.
Really, either way is just trying to plug the leaks rather than fix them. We only have a couple good defensive backs, and it probably doesn't matter a ton what position they play - the defense will still be bad.
I hear what you're saying about a decent game, but was not paying close enough attention. I was too bewildered with the whole thing.
So, does decent mean an upgrade from Ezeh?
I'd like to see some new players too who arent in danger of losing RSs, so I'm aboard with those changes.
What's the ideal secondary, given our personnel right now?
Well, from what I saw, Leach stunk it up on a couple plays. One was the 70-yard TD by Leshoure, but that was a bad play by Kovacs, too.
(Incidentally, that play looked AN AWFUL LOT like Carlos Brown's long TD run in the spring game where Leach lost leverage and Vlad Emilien couldn't catch Brown from his safety spot.)
Our ideal secondary right now, in my opinion:
CB - Warren
CB - Floyd
FS - Kovacs
SS - Woolfolk
Kovacs just seems too slow out there.
Kovacs is a fucking walk-on. Walk-ons are walk-ons, for a good reason; they weren't recruited to play D-I ball because key position-related deficiencies such as speed, size, and production.
Are you talking about walk-ons or Obi Ezeh?
Fundamentally, Kovacs is better than Williams. The problem arises when Kovacs plays the deep safety. He needs to be the weak safety that's walked up close to the line. Then he's basically playing linebacker, and his speed is adequate for a linebacker position.
with 10 than he did wearing 52.
Kovacs may be slow, but he knows what he is doing. I don't know about Williams's speed but he has an ability to be in the wrong place at the right time. If both have to play, I would rather see Kovacs closer to the line of scrimmage and Williams deep. If only one has to play, I would go with Kovacs.
I agree with your Epinion. I keep saying that 10 or more years ago Kovacs would have been an all Big Ten safety. He has a great nose for the ball, but is speed is definitely lacking to play deep. I like him hitting those backs before they build up a head of steam.
the VT helmet- the folks in the stands are not exactly easy to make out, and I wasn't aware of the story of the equipment being stolen.