Just because you're big and athletic doesn't mean you can play football well. There are probably dozens and dozens of 'freak' athletes riding the pine at various BCS schools because they can't do a swim move, can't catch a football, or can't hit the broad-side of a barn with one of their passes
Hype on Frank Clark. You buy it?
Potential to be All Conference or an All American is most certainly "hype."
Frank has shown flashes of brilliance so far in his career, I'm not saying he will but if he can put it all together he could be a all big performer
Although others have kinda covered this, the OP wasn't asking if we were buying into the facts listed in the article, he was asking if we're buying into this meaning he'll be awesome. The hype.
For the record, I think I am. But it's more fun that way.
Supposedly runs a 4.4
I'll have to jot that down so I can remember it for when someone creates a thread on whether or not people on MGoBlog are buying into all the hype around Clowney.
This aint P.E.
Meant believe the hype!!
Thought this would fly over everybodies head
Don't think this says much for the hype since he was unblocked, but I'll take any excuse to post this:
I also enjoy Ryan's reaction, looking around like "what just happened?"
Ryan's knows exactly what happened, and he's looking for the ball which just got absorbed into Miller's torso by the force of Clark's hit.
I think he was looking for Miller's dignity which Frank demolished.
the little push at the end like he's trying to flip Miller over and taunt him...love love love. <3
Looks like he was just running to hug Miller then changed his mind at the last second.
LET ME LOVE YOU BRAXTON
I wonder if Clark was expecting Miller to do something - deke or roll away - instead of just standing there. Otherwise, yeah, Clark could have ended Miller's day.
If only we won that game... that clip would be immortalized like flipping David Boston backside.
Very similar to clowney's in the sense that he was unblocked. Although, based on what I saw during the play he was schematically supposed to be unblocked. That ones on Braxton, rather then the RT or RG. Just wish he out his helmet right on the ball/hand. That's the only thing I wish went different. Great form tackle on a player that generally is extremely elusive in both the open field as well as the pocket.
Everytime I watch that, I think the ball is going to pop out....Miller must have some strong hands.
This is addicting...I can't stop watching it. I may just stare at this for the rest of the day.
This play never gets old. I wish I could make it my screensaver.
No offense, but Braxton Miller has the kind of elusiveness that if you go for the ball and miss, he could escape and create a big play. I have no issues with Frank Clark going for the demolition hit and hoping for a turnover...
Besides, his interception of Logan Thomas in the Sugar Bowl showed plenty of "awareness" coming off of a playaction rollout.
not to take away from the rest of your point (becasuse it is a very solid one) , but Clark was coming from the front side, Braxton just didn't take his eyes off the receiver.
He just needed to secure the tackle, not mad about it at all! When you try to strip the ball from guys like Braxton, they usually escape and burn you.
Fun little tidbit, my wife is getting into the final weeks of pregnancy, so she's starting to get false contractions (aka Braxton HIcks contractions). We have renamed them "Braxton Millers" and whenever she gets them, I send/show her a clip of this hit to try to momentarily take her mind off of the pain.
Best two words I can think of to describe this!!!
This aint P.E.
I'm lapping it up like a starved dog.
But I'm a little put off that Gardner used "ridiculous" rather than "ridonkulous".
Kids these days.
Yes, because Taylor lewan started it. Clark's been practicing against the best tackle in the country for a couple years no. Can't wait to see him break out against softer competition
then I'd say that's about as good of a endorsement as you can get. "Best OT in college football says I am good; therefore, I am good"
Just having the opportunity to work with someone like Lewan is huge if everything else is there. There is no way to measure what Lewan did for the program by staying the extra year.
The other possibility is that Gardner doesn't know anything about football or performance, and he has been listening to Fred Jackson too often.
While I'm on the subject of #77s:
1995-1998 - Jon Jansen
1999-2003 - Tony Pape
2003-2007 - Chuck Long
2009-2013 - Taylor Lewan
That is a legacy.
How soon we forget. (And now you can't edit. Sorry.)
It is near Pavlovian.
Didn't he play QB for Iowa awhile back?
Ok, I'm off to drown myself now. I can't take it.
I think we'll probably see a set up in production from Clark this year. Seven sacks seems like a possibility. It seems like a lot to think he'll go from rotation player to All Big Ten in one offseason.
He just broke the record for sacks in a season for me on xbox (27 I believe) clearly he's capable of more than 7
OK...now I'm sold.
That's pretty amazing considering I find impossible to get a sack with a DE in that game. I either need to swim move with the DT or hope my LB is unblocked.
I just alternate using down on the right stick and spinning to the outside for leverage he usually blows by for pressure. (Heisman diff btw) The one part I find frustrating is defending the zone read. It locks you into the running back even if you see the pull. QB runs by like a canned animation.
Not sure yet. Seems like he has some issues. His teammates used the word "if" alot when talking about him. He might be one of those guys who doesn't "get" it until he's almost done.
Not yet. Watching some games last year, he didn't seem dynamic in getting around offensive tackles. For the hype to come home, he's got to be a pass rush threat on every 3rd and long.
Hard to believe he improved that much in one offseason.
Put it this way: I'm VERY much looking forward to the reports that get leaked from fall practices.
Until such time that this coaching staff tells me something that directly contradicts what I see with my own eyes (like Morgan Trent's 40 yard dash times for example) I'll believe it. If they say Clark is the real deal this year then he's deserving of the hype until his play says otherwise.
What about Morgan Trent's 40 times contradicted what you saw? The guy who chased down Percy Harvin from behind? Trent had his problems, but IIRC straight line speed wasn't one of them.
When Rich said Morgan ran a 4.13 40 I did not believe it for one second. That time would've placed him as the fastest player in college football despite his running down of Harvin I don't think Morgan had that type of super-elite top end speed.
I don't remember that at all. Are you sure you're not thinking of his shuttle time? Nobody runs a 4.13, nobody.
I 100% agree that nobody does. Which is why we were made fun of nationally when Rich said it. I was out in California when the story broke and the sportscasters out in LA had a lot of fun at our expense over the claim.
EDIT: I stand corrected and apologize. I looked into this a bit further and you're right...it WAS his shuttle time Rich said but the national media did pick up on it as if he had said his 40 time. I got fooled along with eveyone else. My bad.
the insiders on Clark, I'll be guardedly optimistic unitl I see him consistently beating his blocks on the field in actual games. Consistently is a key word here, because we've all seen guys who show flashes of brilliance but can not do it all the time, all season long. IF he did have a breakout season, it will be huge for the team though, especially with Jake Ryan sidelined for a while.
I'm still calling it. Frank Clark will have a breakout season leading the best defense in the Big Ten... This defense has me very excited.
D in the B1G??? Are you forgetting about someone???
Wait...Nevermind. Carry on.
Damn right I am!
Would like a word with you
Would like a word with you. Over there.
Confidence plays a huge role in how a player performs. I feel like at the end of last year his confidence started to grow. He will probably face more double teams this year so lets hope we have decent play elsewhere on the dline to help him out.
QWash would love to be single-blocked, I'm sure. If either of those guys can command a double-team on most plays and at least hold up to them, that should allow the other to cause significant problems for the opposition.
I will buy.
Can you guys feel it? Information leaking out? Football season must be near.
Cautious optimism. He has the benefit of practicing against the best left tackle in America every day in practice, he's gotten bigger and stronger this offseason, and its his third year in Mattison's system. He will be better this year, but how much better remains to be seen. I want to withhold my judgment until after a couple of games, as much of a cop out as that might be.
Even if he doesn't do much this Fall, his sack on Braxton Miller, where he just came off his blindside and drove his ass into the ground, will be one of my top-5 highlights of 2012.
Maybe its me who is mistaken, but I thought blindside meant coming from the left (when the QB is right handed)? If that's the case then Clark hit Miller from the frontside, not his blindside.. Perhaps I am mistaken in what blindside means though.
ask Braxton Miller if he believes it
I will buy it because I must. The D needs a dynamic playmaker in the absence of Ryan. Ryan stepped up after the departures of Martin and RVB. Someone will have to step up in Ryan's absence. Clark has the most experience and is at a position that can add dynamic playmaking ability to the D and relieve pressure elsewhere. Therefore I buy the hype because I have little else choice but to.
I think Frank is going to have a great season, which is something we will need.
"Frank, you had to kick in the butt a little bit (early in his career)," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "But he’s really stepped out. He’s been a big leader for us." - from the article
In addition to the endorsement from Taylor Lewan mentioned above, I like hearing this sort of stuff from the coaches too. That his work and his leadership are getting noticed by the staff and the players alike is definitely a great sign that we could see some great things out of Clark this year. Indeed, even in the article from April linked in this one, Drew Dileo remarked on how he believed that you have a great athlete in Clark because in him you have a defensive end that is faster than some of the receivers on the team. The team leadership is definitely endorsing Clark, and that is great to see.
The 9 TFL, by the way, were for a total of 26 yards. Frank also had 2 sacks for 13 yards and 3 pass breakups.
It's clear that Clark is a freak and has potential. I think he'll obviously be better than he's been since he arrived. But All-American? Or even All-B1G? I have not seen enough ON THE FIELD to believe that yet.
I have predicted Clark to get 8 sacks. If he's going to get top honors in the country or conference he'll need to do better than that.
I want it to be true, I believe it can be true, but Clark has to prove it first, and he hasn't...yet.
EDIT: If it is true, and he is a 12-sack guy, that is a HUGE piece of the puzzle for our B1G Championship. We NEED him to be great if we're going to win a title.
Yes and no. I've never doubted his athleticism. His problem seems to be between the ears, getting lost on plays, blowing assignments, biting hard on fakes, etc. These are the sort of things that tend to get better as a player gets older and has more experience, so I wouldn't be surprised if this is the year he puts it all together, especially considering the quality of D-line coaching we have. That said, I'll believe it when I see it (and be ecstatic), it's going to take more than some positive hype about his speed and size.
Great it sounds me nice :)
Clark had the most TFL among our D Linemen with less reps. He has kept his nose clean so he can focus on technique and being a leader. Gonna need a big year from him.
and as DG said, that would be in his class as to speed. All you have to do is see him explode off the line and how quickly he gets to top end to imagine this to be close to his actual time. Because he is able to do this, I think it's wise to to put the governor on his speed at certain times so as to maintain correct pursuit angles and not overrun the play and have to make tackles from the backside. But I know the coaches are working on this aspect of his game. Nice problem to have I'd think.
we have to get pressure with the front 4 and the rush end in particular. So I buy