this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Glasgow at Center, Bryant at LG if game was played today
Now root for Miller to push Glasgow as hard as he can or win the job back
Miller is just too small. Some guys said Molk was small and Miller is much smaller than him.
It's probably just a strength/ age thing (keep in mind Molk's weight is after years in the program).
Molk ended up at 6'2" 286lbs
Miller is 6'4" 290lbs
He's gotta get stronger Molk and Martin that year were considered the two strongest guys on the team
They were probably two of the top 5 strongest in the nation.
Big strength difference in there. If Molk was 2 inches taller he would have been 310 pounds of pure muscle rather than 286 and would have been a first round draft pick.
What does it mean?
I like the fact they aren't too rigid and are allowing real competition. OR they're giving me lip service and false hope haha.
Never saw this coming...
Also, take it slow and steady Ryan...
I hope JMFR is brought along slowly. We can't risk him being hurt long term.
If he is medically cleared to do full cintact, then hus knee is 100%. After that it is all mental, something I wouldn't worry about with him.
I'm sure there's still stregth to be gained in his leg but from a medical standpoint he's cleared. I've torn both ACLs and they cleared me as going back to playing sports at 75% strength.
Doing my rehab for both at Vanderbilt they use a 'Cincinatti Jump' to determine percent of stregth, basically jumping on your good leg for a maximum distance 3 different ways and then doing your injured leg in the same manner and taking the percentage. I never kept testing on my own to see how long it took me until the two legs matched up. I'd go several days a week for 6 months.
The mental part is really the biggest thing. I don't think it matters who you are it's a big deal. I'm sure he's mentally tough wanting to get back out there but I'm sure the mental part of reinjuring and sitting out the second half of the year is still a big thought in his mind.
Hopefully he's done enough rehab and pushed himself a bit further than one normally might and got through a lot of the 'trusting it' issues. They'll be there for sure it's just a matter of time getting beyond it. That's my biggest hope is he's gone through that already and is now not thinking about it as much or at all and can just play some football.
If there were serious risk of him reinjuring his knee, they wouldn't allow him on the field. At this point it's a head game.
LORD PROTECT CHRIS BRYANT'S GOOD HEALTH.
Baumgardner's piece this morning (full article) seems to point at the possibility that part of the hesitation may have been that Bryant is still coping with the injury, and indeed Hoke mentions that while it flares up, he is learning to paly with it and adjust.
Wasn't Bryant penciled in as the starter before he missed that fall scrimmage to get his knee drained? I'm excited to see what the new and originally projected line will do. Hopefully it doesn't turn out to be a lateral move. If Glasgow plays better though an Bryant gets re-injured I think we'll see someone else come in at guard rather than bring Miller back in. He seems like a great guy, but he has pinched the ground in frustration one too many times.
This is exciting, not because I've been confident this is what should happen, but because I'm confident this wouldn't be happening if the coaches didn't trust Glasgow with the line calls and snaps. He's demonstrated himself to be a better blocker, and I've also been impressed by the little we've seen of Bryant. This could be a big development.
Let's see if the change makes a difference. Definitely serves a notice if nothing else.
Hopefully getting some bigger bodies in there will allow us to generate a little more push. When you allow UConn to have 10 TFL, or even any team for that matter, that's a pretty glaring problem.
Your avatar motivates me.
I wonder if this is a change that was made two weeks ago and is just now being announced, or have the coaches been having them duke it out at practice to see who comes out on top? If it's the latter, it might mean that Miller and Glasgow are really close, and this switch might not cause the dramatic improvement we're all hoping for.
Yes, I read Bryant was going to start at Uconn, but a shoulder injury in that week of practice kept him out.
Glass menageritis to be specific.
He was injured participating in a play written by Tennessee Williams? Well, at least it wasn't a knee or ankle. I feel much better.
I was going to go with peanutus brittlitis, but that diagnosis is somewhat antiquated. You also have to maintain concern for allergies. We are a very sensitive species of late.
Can JMFR play center?
You need an upvote for this.
At the beginning of the year, Hoke and Borges talked about having the "best five" out there. They weren't just talking about one player being better than the other--it was the combination that mattered. For example, it could mean that Glasgow was physically a bit better than Miller, but much better at guard than Bryant or Injured Bryant's backup. Or that Glasgow was a better blocker, but Miller a much better snapper. Or that Glasgow is ok as a center but a much better player as a guard.
But, as the obsession post highlights, things are really bad, so there's no sense not changing things up. I think, based on performance and on the staff's quotes last week, we all knew this was at least a possibility on the table.
In other news, Colin Cowherd just said Stanford would smoke Michigan; said they could name the score against us. Right after he said that Oklahoma City is the second most talked about sports team on ESPN.
Speaking of Stanford, man we could use Josh Garnett right now....
He also said that Lane Kiffin was a great coach and would lead USC back to national prominence, if not championships.
He also ridiculed a caller for about 10 minutes last year because the caller thought the Vikings would win 10 games.
Cowherd makes money by making strong, polarizing, and often stupid statements and predictions and spawning controversy and conversation as a result.
the only thing more ludacrious is the huge, salivating market that enables him.
I love Stanford's style of offense and hope that is something we amount to in the future as we get depth/talent at OL and TE. Pro-style with west coast and spread principles/plays/formations sprinkled in to keep the defense off-balance.
Colin Cowherd is just some guy talking. Why do we care?
Stanford would push us all over the field and then some.
At the very least, the line should get net-stronger I would assume when you're trading out small-guy Miller for giant-guy Bryant. MANBALL
Colin Cowherd is well known for balancing out his acroamatic assninity with an occasional cogent oration grounded in facts...Oklahoma City huh?
And I'm not saying this as a Cowherd fan, but what he actually said was that Oklahoma City was getting the 2nd most amount of NBA coverage right now on ESPN, which, considering Russell Westbrook's recent surgery, is not a lie. The key, though, is that they are getting the 2nd most amount of coverage RIGHT NOW.
Obviously subject to change once the season gets into full swing. I wager we hear twice as much about the NYC teams as well as Chicago and the two LA teams by the time the actual season tips off. Miami, of course, gets all the talks.
I think Cowherd is correct in both respects, except for the part about naming the score. I think he is more hijacking a bit of the recent past between the two programs, specifically Harbaugh in an effort to be inflammatory and provocative.
This could be one of those moments we look back on. I'm hoping at least. I wouldn't say "turn around point" considering Michigan is 4-0 but I like this move.
Minny Soda positively correlates with Michigan football wins, while simultaneously serving to artificially inflate the bubble haphazardly levitating under the false resurrection of the Iowa football program.
into the mix been mostly due to his health issues? If that's the case, then I think what has transpired has simply been a tryout period for this other lineup. Clearly, the defensive and offensive rotatations are going to change now that the heavy-lifting part of the season is about to get underway. I mean it makes sense to start bigger guys when you start playing bigger lineups every week.
I mean it makes sense to run Fitz as a primary back. And he needed to be the primary ball carrier in the preseason just to get over the mental aspect of his game and recovery. Now that the conference season is here, he should alternate some carries and having bigger guys to help carry the load will take some wear and tear off his body.
I think that has played a role in how the staff has made substitution choices or not so far.
That's what I thought. I've read on here that before he got hurt Bryant was our best run blocker and our nastiest lineman. Hopefully he plays well against Minny.
thats what the defenders say about facing bryant in practice when he pulls.
The nice thing about Bryant is if you listen to reports and coaches, he's a guy that has performed pretty well in practice for a while. Before he got hurt last year, h3 was supposedly in the discussion about battling for a starting job. Then again this year, there's talk that if he hadn't had some boo boos he might have been starting earlier.
It obviously doesn't guarantee that the ground game is going to do a 180, but I like the fact that Bryant isn't necessarily someone who has come on real strong in practice the last couple of weeks, but rather he's someone who has impressed the coaches enough when he's been playing the last 2 years to merit consideration for a starting spot.
Exactly right. Last year and this year, Bryant was regarded as the best run-blocker on the team. Obviously the big concern is his health, but as long as he is healthy I think this change has to be viewed as a positive. I don't think we are suddenly going to be 2012 Alabama, but I do expect there to be more opportunities in the run game. I'm pretty excited about this move.
hopefully the added strength and size puts us in more 2nd and 5-8 yards instead of 2nd and 10-13. This should ease up things for Devin.
or hopefully Bryant was just the missing piece and Miller was the main culprit of our running woes.
I expect pass-protection to still be spotty in the middle...hope im wrong.
we just added 26+ pounds to the line. I read somewhere that all weight gain is good. The best part about that is if Miller comes back in we lose 26+ pounds to the line. All weight loss is good, too, IIRC.