Mgoblue has posted Saturday's scrim.
Its weirdly difficult to watch highlights like these. I'm never sure whether I want to be rooting for a big play from the defense of the offense.
Than being said, its EFFING AWESOME to see some full speed highlights.
EDIT: I honestly went from twelve to midnight at the 4:18 mark when Denard pumped T. Gordon out of his cleats. Absolutely Vince Young-esque
So you stayed the exact same after that move?
He did a complete 12 hours. Trust me, an "innie" is WAY more impressive when it's not your belly button.
And not permanent from an SRS doctor.
I threw up a little bit.
I call it the spin cycle ...
is that you?
Denard looked incredibly patient on a lot of those plays and thats good to see. I liked Mike Shaw truckin teric jones towards the end with all the shit talking too.
Also Hopkins is gonna hurt people this year, as long as he can hold onto the ball.
I didn't care for the shove he gave Shaw, though. I'm all for taking it seriously and showing some enthusiasm but they've gotta remember they're still teammates.
More of a, "That's how you do it!" than a, "Get offa me, punk!" I think he was congratulating him on a hit.
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When Mike Shaw scored the touchdown and dropped the ball, he immediately went back to pick it up to hand to the official ... in practice. In. Practice.
Seems to me Rich is drilling that into their heads. No showboating. No stomping around. Just respect.
I like this.
Anyone know Rich Rod's MGoBlog account name? I'd like to go +1 the man.
I think it's "eMo" something... ha... just kidding
I've seen both Gardner & Robinson do a little dance after long TD runs in practice videos. Not that it's a bad thing, the kids are just having fun, but I wonder if maybe Shaw did this because the coaches were emphasizing a game-like atmosphere?
from FRIENDS may or may not count as a dance. Ask Gardner.
I know RR has preached to everyone that the ball goes right to the ref after a play. Watch the ND game highlights for the winning TD and the ball went right to the ref.
It shows a level of respect to the refs and helps deter show-boating, but on non-TD plays it helps the ref set up faster to get the next play off. I'm not sure which part is more important...
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Silverlight is actually really well done. A former co-worker went on to work at Move Networks and he did a lot of coding work with Silverlight and loved it.
Isn't the Silverlight player what causes the browser crippling? If so, that doesn't seem like such a "well done" product.
I've found that Silverlight screws up my browser less than Flash does.
I can only vouch for my personal anecdotal evidence, but I've never had an issue with Silverlight causing issues with any browser i've used it with (Mostly FF with a little hacked opera on both OS X and Windows).
please don't get hurt this year, David Molk
Molk staying healthy will be key to this offense, but hopefully Khoury can improve his consistency. Can't afford a potential Molk injury to submarine the season like last year.
but how hard is it to snap the ball shotgun?
seems like you aim for between the qb's knees and shoulders and shoot it out there.
It's the 300+lb DT that's about to hit you in the face the second you move that makes it a bit difficult.
Looks like a beast!He looks like he can get the tough yards we lacked last year.
Other than the mis-handled hand off he looked real good for a freshman and was not afraid to lower the shoulder on a defender.
I also noticed that, Hopkins is going to be a beast on short yardage situations. Also noticed Toussaint making some nice plays as well, as well as Shaw. I really, really like our RB Corps this year. I was most excited to hear that defense was doing fairly well against what should be an extremely potent offense.
I really liked the Toussaint run at the 5:40 mark of the video. With the ball covering up the number on his jersey so I couldn't tell if it was 28 or 20, it seemed like a certain running back from three years ago.
Hopefully we make it through the year without any repeats of the 4th & out from the 1 vs Illinois...
It definitely looks like the QB position is going to be greatly improved over the last two seasons. We may finally see the offense that RR has intended us to see all along. Whenever Denard and/or DG do see the field, it will be great to see the elusive, defense-killer QB wearing the maize and blue instead of the other team's uni.
2008 - we had no QBs
2009 - we had 1.5 QBs
2010 - we have 3 legit QBs
I think I'm developing a man crush for DG.
I've always thought that it is a good omen to have a man crush on your QB
of the video was awesome, his acceleration as he went from zero to beyond the line of scrimmage was impressive. I hope Tate and Denard have the system down enough so he redshirts and we can have him for as possible; he looks to be the total package.
2009 = .8 + .7 = 1.5, Tate was, and played like a freshman, so i wouldn't count him as a complete 1 ;)
Maybe more like .8 + .4 for a 1.2 total?
nitpicking is fun
I was going to say, if Tate only counted as .8, there is no way Denard counted as .7. 1.2 QB's sounds about right
Things to love -
Denard's shifty legs
Tate directing those roll out downfield throws (which are just awesome)
Actually disguised handoff fakes!
Devin not looking completely lost (actually looking quite good)
LB's that move and make reads
DT's that get penetration
Things not to love -
Goal Line Fumble
That weighs pretty heavily on the awesome side of the scale.
I was way more excited about Tate directing traffic on roll-outs at the beginning of last year. By the end of the season, it became apparent that rolling out was the primary thing he was comfortable with - he struggled like hell with the zone read and with playing from the pocket. I'll be much more excited when he looks better doing those things. Then the roll-outs will be deadly.
The run near the end of the tape from Shaw was pretty spectacular. He has a level of explosiveness that no one else on offense has, except for Denard. If he can stay healthy, and we can change speeds productively with Hopkins and/or Cox, he'll be huge next year.
On the one catch I saw him make, Jeremy Gallon seemed to have an extra gear as well. Also, Stonum is a beast when he gets the ball in his hands. (See: Notre Dame & MSU)
[Edit: This was meant for the poster of the YouTube clip.]
thank the OP too, right?
I would have found it sooner or later. :)
Video like this makes me itch for the fall...I, for one, cannot wait. Haters gonna hate, but I'm feeling much better about this year than either of the last two. GO BLUE!
He had some nice runs in those clips, blending speed with a little power and finishing with a little swagger.
Denard had some good runs although he seems antsy in the pocket. Tate looked like Tate, which is a good thing.
I must say it is awesome to watch these clips during a city commission meeting. Thank God for wireless Internet.
shaw appears to have regained that speed we knew he had, but he didn't demonstrate last year.
but where's the improved tackling everyone was talking about?
appears to be hit or miss
Considering that the video is supposed to be highlighting the early enrollees, none of which are on defense, I would hope there aren't any defensive highlights. Also, on quite a few plays, it looked like the defense wasn't trying to tackle 100%, and were more running to the ball.
The guys at GBW made a good point*, which is that when you watch these highlights it's important to pay attention to the plays that the offense is making vs. the No. 1 defense and the plays they're making vs. the No. 2 defense. There is a much bigger drop-off from the No. 1 defense to the 2nd team defense than there is from the No. 1 offense to the 2nd team.
*I believe that this was their point. I am only partially fluent in their grammar-less, syntax-less version of English.
I think you meant GBMW, not GBW, right?
Loved the way Michael Shaw was playing. He could be in for a big year..
Anybody notice that unbelievable play by Denard, where he fakes everyone out including the camera man on a fake pass to the endzone, and instead runs it in himself. Even though it's only spring practice that play should've been on Sportscenter. The kids got my vote.
(BTW, you have to click on the extended CBS version to see that play)
remember the time when bobby boucher showed up and half time and the muddogs won the bourbon bowl?
lol sorry i do agree Denard can be electric and his speed can be deceiving. Im just amped about football this fall.
Nice play by Denard, but I thought Big Will was going to snap his leg in two, that was a pretty intense play.
I got some news for you; Big Will can intimidate.
I like this team. Everyone seems nice. Yay
indeed. it is good to have good people representing your school. and further demonstrates that the f***p is full of doodie.
Can't stop grinning.
I'm thinking about going over the impressive highlights from this video, so I keep watching.
Can't stop grinning.
1) the snaps were horrible. Molk better stay healthy this year.
2) Not many defensive highlights in those clips. Maybe that is just a function of what they wanted to show.
3) Devin looks awfully smooth. I'm really hoping he redshirts but I wouldn't be surprised if RR feels compelled to play him a bit.
4) There was zero downfield passing. This could be a function of the scrimmage setup but we really need to get our outside guys the ball downfield to open things up.
on #2 about this being intentional. I guess it represents what the coaching staff thinks is acceptable for the general viewing public, generic enough that no one can scout beyond the vanilla. I couldn't see much in the way of formations, motions, adjustments, routes, protections, etc. All tight camera shots, for the most part, save when the play goes downfield.
I would think staff has full editorial control over this stuff, and stamps everything that gets released, especially clips from a closed scrimmage with a 100+ plays. I also like to think they're giving opponents something to think about by showing a lot of all three QBs, and perhaps intentionally showing more of Gardner and Robinson than Tate (it seemed this was the case, but I wasn't keeping count), as if to say, "Okay, prepare for that, m'fers." … A little cat and mouse deception. Don't know if this last part is the case, but fun to think so. Kind of like the Allies building that dummy invasion force for D-Day that Patton was supposedly commanding … "Think we're going to hit you at Calais, you bastards? Well maybe we will, and maybe we won't." Then "BOOM-Normandy'd!"
Or in the Civil War, Magruder with those dang wooden cannons that scared the shit out of McClellan.
Remember what this episode was about....the early enrollees. Remember what side of the ball that they all play on....the offensive. I think we have a reason why so much offense was shown...ding ding ding!
It's nice to see everyone getting so amped about our team this year. I hope things continue to improve. Our defense looked solid, especially for an offense-centric showcase, and some of those runs by our backs were impressive. There didn't seem to be much of Tate in the highlights, which tracks with the comments we've already read, but the couple throws and single run he had looked solid. That being said, I was really impressed with both Devin and Denard (particularly the former). This is going to be a long summer.
The offense looked awesome at times. When does the season start? I'm so pumped for fall.
haha.. didn't notice that the Guy that Hopkins trucked at around the 1:05 mark was Teric Jones too.. I mentioned earlier about Shaw smashing him at the end of the clip too haha.
Tate's ability to be so accurate while throwing on the run still really impress me. I don't think people should write him off just yet. Seeing Mike Shaw truck T. Jones was just awesome. That was like a mix between Minor's rage and Brown's speed. Looks like he could have a big year. Also thought Toussaint looked pretty good. Definitely has gotten bigger but still has that nice jump cut. His run at the 5:40 mark was impressive. Cuts back after running into a wall and then take Kovacs for a bit of a ride. Go Blue!
I think there might be better ways to pass the time from now until UConn.
"Larry Johnson says in the book "Frozen: My Journey Into the World of Cryonics, Deception and Death" that he watched an Alcor official swing a monkey wrench at Williams' frozen severed head to try to remove a tuna can stuck to it. The first swing accidentally struck the head, Johnson contends, and the second knocked the tuna can loose... Johnson paints a macabre scene in a room packed with people, many of whom posed for pictures with Williams' body, both before and after the head was cut off. The book contends the head was "hanging by a thread" when an official entered the room and shouted that it was supposed to be a full-body freezing.
Williams' head and body were frozen separately, Johnson wrote."
It was flat out awesome seeing some of the things he can do out there. Is it almost Saturday?
The only question I have is - how are people supposed to stop us? So many weapons, I just don't know how any team stops us on a consistent basis. Isn't it going to get boring scoring 50+ points every game?
No. No it won't.
Not to take anything away from Tate but it looks like both Robinson and Gardner give us the kind of attack that Rich Rod is known for. An attack where the QB is just as deadly with his feet as with his arm.... and vice versa.
I don't think we have seen that yet. Not until now. It was fun to watch.
Never forget the Notre Dame 4th down (double check on that?) TD run by Tate. He can break some ankles too.
He made a great play, but you can't really cite Notre Dame as evidence that he can break ankles.
I'm a little too pumped up right now, I think I'm gonna play some NCAA10 now.
Hopefully Denard runs the zone read 20 times similair to that on Saturday, if he can get that monster down pat, his passing decision making issue shouldn't be much of a problem. Probably the most promising thing shown. But, side thought, I'm not sure why linebacker/edge pursuit coaches don't drill into a players head to not go after a pump fake, when has anyone ever batted a ball down on a roll out? I'd say it occurs enough to be an issue brought up in two-a-days.
but rather instincts. It's like playing basketball, whether someone shoots the ball, or just pump fakes, chances are that you are going to naturally react by jumping and putting a hand(s) up. Some buy it (the fake) more than others because that is their natural reaction. Stop me if I'm nonsensically rambling.
No I agree with you, it's just something that has always bothered me. Not suprisingly, the leaving your equillibrium (I say that over jumping because if you lean in enough you can get driven by as well) to try and block a shot thing bothers me as well.
Did anyone listen to RR when he was interviewed during the video? He stated that Saturday's game would be vanilla in a lot of ways. I wouldn't expect anything incredible because I think he'll play it close to the vest. I know we're all looking forward to Saturday, but I don't think the highlights will be anywhere near as good as they were last year.
Never, never, EVER associate anything having to do with RR to ANYTHING having to do with a vest.
is it just me or with each passing day does it seem like tate is becoming a little less relevant...not saying he wont be the starter or anything, but it seems like denard and DG are getting all of the attention...perhaps hits just because tate was the starter last year, but im just getting a sneaking suspicion that he wont be our starter by seasons end...
It does seem that way, but people need to remember that coach Rod has stated that it is an open competition with Tate and Denard being neck and neck. It just seems like Denard is way ahead because everyone is so shocked about his improvement, and that's the big news. Tate didn't need to improve as much, so that's just simply not very exciting.