I will defer to Brian when it comes to maticulously combing over the performance of Demens in the Iowa game. However, I will say from my standpoint as a Michigan fan and general college football fan, I was pleased with him. Sure there are some fixable mistakes which stem from his youth. In all, though, I saw him as being very athletic and much more aggressive and decisive in his play. As opposed to Ezeh, who generally waits for the play to get to him, Demens seemed to attack more. In reading the last 3 years of UFR's about Ezeh's poor play, that seems to be a common missing component from his game. Ezeh just doesn't play downhill enough. Just about every coach I've ever had has always echoed the same sentiments when it came to playing style and mistakes. I agree with them. I would rather see a player make a mistake while playing hard and aggressive instead of being overly conservative and basically just taking up space. Ezeh let's himself get caught up in the wash of blockers and takes poor pursuit angles far too often. Not something you expect to see from a multi year starter and upperclassman. Demens, in my eyes, tried to fill and shoot gaps when he could. His athleticism let him pursue well and the most important thing is that he tackled when he got his hands on defenders. I don't know how he'll grade out in the UFR, but I am hoping his playing time continues to increase. Bottom line, I would rather see someone aggressively participating in the effort to win rather than someone who basically just takes up space and plays indecisively.
Interested to hear other's thoughts on this.