no fly zone!
Inaugural Meeting of the JT Floyd Fan Club
*looks longingly out the window, ponders*
EDIT: flamebait? the mere allusion to DD is flamebait?
Michigan Defensive Backfield Fan Club?
"Hello, would-be scorer...."
Sorry but the multi-purpose room is unavailable...it is currently being used by the Jake Ryan Fan Club.
.....the small conference room down the hall? It looks like the meeting about Q4 projections is letting out....
He's smart and he was well-prepared today. He bumped with a great receiver and seldom gave him anything easy. It was impressive. There is no greater monument to what the defensive coaches are doing well then his progression this season.
Don't know how someone hit you with the flamebait tag there
More like the Curt Mallory fan club. Floyd, Countess, Gordon, Kovacs, and even Avery looked really good today.
He's too white.
You obviously missed Tony "Destroy your Secondary" Gibsons tenure at Michigan with these same players so yes a good coach does deserve some of the credit.
If Gardner doesn't make that throw we end up losing this game. It almost turned into 2009
but this is the JT Floyd fanclub meeting here.
He intercepted a pass. That's the important thing. The return was gravy.
And only gave up 14....probably not.
He is playing confidently, and aggresive. with him and countess as our db's its no longer a free pass, to....pass.
If you havent noticed, this isnt the 2009 team, or more importantly Defense.
Good pressure from him, great effort, and nice to see he and Woolfolk or Avery swarming to the ball. Knock the one 32 yard catch Jenkins pulled in and he averaged 7.8 per catch for 71 total yards. Even with the long catch Jenkins was well under his 15.1 ypg. Floyd had a few bad plays but this was probably his best game of the year even without the pick.
Even including the 32 yd catch, that's still a poor yards-per-pass-attempt average.
Hey, great stuff by JT today. Surprised and pleased.
is it just me or do we seem to have some of the most negative fans. Half the people on the board are posting thngs like maize rage even after a 17 point win on the road.
that we have fans who are disappointed over a 17 point road win against a good D and are slightly bummed about being 8-2, but that's only because we had the potential to be 10-0 right now and todays game could very likely have been 35-0 at the half. Michigan was absolutely shredding Illinois to start the game and Illinois didn't even get into Michigan territory until late in the 3rd.
Of course, we could have very easily lost to ND, so we could also be 7-3.
Perspective and sanity, not a fair combination here lately. Seriously I'm pretty disappointed, not in the high hopes or expectations, but in the severe and unrealistic criticisms. Apparently it's unacceptable for us not to be perfect constantly and any game, decision, play, or perfect shut out that doesn't go our way is a disaster.
Of course I've wondered what if we were undefeated now and in two weeks. I also know when I wake up reality is actually quite good for us.
I know... I'm very happy with the win because it's one more step in the right direction. It's just frustrating sometimes because as fans we have high hopes. Shit every year since 2007 I expect us to win 10 plus games. I now just need to start forgetting about the last 3 years!!! Go blue and go JT
I wouldn't say he's playing "WAY above his ability". More likely that he's finally playing to his potential. We just kind of assumed he wasn't very good because of last year's performances. But as Brian has brought up many times, it's more likely that he was bad last year because of Tony Gibson, who (it's safe to conclude now), is kind of a crappy d-backs coach.
In 2 weeks.
us from a heart pounding finish. I was sure Illinois was going down to score and make it 17-14 with a ton of time on the clock and an offense that couldn't move the football. Then JT happened.
Is it wrong to use the 'big time players make big time plays in big time games'? He came up big for us today.
but it was also only a matter of time before we burned their blitz with a few passes.
Huge play at a crucial time. It was such a relief seeing those dreads fly from the bottom of the screen and snag that pass.
The one thing JT Floyd is better at than any DB we have is jamming the receiver at the LOS. He plays the most physical at that point. He still lacks elite speed but he really seems to know where to be to make a play. The coaches really must have pumped confidence into JT during the week after getting abused last week.
Did anyone else notice how you could really "feel", as Hoke likes to put it, our defense today. They were really hitting and you could hear the "pop" of the pads all day. I am really excited to see the magic Mattison can work on our defense over the next few years. We will be a force to be reckoned with in a few years with the talent we are bringing in.
He had a great night. I about lost it on his interception. When was the last time we came up with an interception? The Notre Dame game?
Avery (I think) had one against Purdue.
I was thinking in the 1st or 2nd quarter. "When's the last time we got a pick where someone just jumped a route", then sure enough JT Floyd did exactly what I was envisioning. That man was all over the field today. He got a PI one time and came close a few others but I'll take. AJ Jenkins knew Floyd was in his grill. I think at one point it said Jenkins was thrown to 14 times and only had 5 receptions. Game ball to JT Floyd
If you could go back to their first career starts and look into their respective futures, who would be harder to imagine ending up as a difference maker? Floyd or Kovacs
Kovacs came from a student body walk-on tryout to barely make the team in the first place. Since then he has stepped up and become arguably our best defensive player.
While its nice to see Floyd having a very nice game, its hard to consider him a difference maker just yet. I need to see a couple more nice games out of Floyd before I can start to compare his evolution to that of Kovacs.
I suppose "difference maker" is probably too strong a descriptor of Floyd, but just the fact that we have something resembling "solid" at corner makes me feel all tingly. I never expected Floyd to start without constantly drawing Markus Curry comparisons.
I'm just really happy for Mr. Floyd. First he got toasted, then he got hurt. All the while he watched his position group decimated by transfers, year after year. It's great to see those who decided to stay and fight the adversity finding success on the field.
When they asked Floyd what Mattison said to him after hugging him he said he told him he loved him. He went on to say that Mattison is hard on him but that he's so happy he's there because he's exactly what he needed. What more can be said?
Pronouns are annoying.
I think his use of some of their pronouns is a good thing for us. Heck he, she, they, and we all benefit from his communication style with us. Our pronoun-rich language helps us and them find common ground with vosotros as well as nosotros.
Maybe its because I'm cool with his fam...Yeah I'm pretty sure thats why...
JT, I'd like to apologize for doubting your cover skills. I've learned my lesson this year on judging players too soon. Going into this season, I thought Gallon was going to be a bust and a possible transfer candidate. That Gibbons would not see the field, that Hagerup would be the special teams star and Cam Gordon a big contributer on D.
Oh well, I thought Denard would be fast. I've got that going for me.
I love to see a player surprise me! JT had a spectacular game against a big time receiver and I honestly did not think he had this sort of game in him. He has had a couple of rough moments this year, but he was big time today.
He's a baller. The coaching helps.
In for this. Please send me the weeklly newsletter. What a baller today, that was the best pick by a DB we've had in years, since Warren's pick 6 vs Iowa in 09 i'd say