That was a great route Jansen, good play call and nice hands by Butt
in town for free camps
That was a great route Jansen, good play call and nice hands by Butt
Tyrone Wheatley is wearing a Buffalo Bills hat with red in it!
In HS a few times
Needless to say he wasted me.
Good to see he's as fat as I am now.
Joe Bolden's spring has been like this game - almost unnoticed
Ben Braden is very mobile for 315 pounds as shown by his movement downfield on that screen to Drake.
Please, someone shave off Taylor Lewan's mustache. Stat.
He said KP wants him to get rid of it.
I watched offensive line exclusively.
Kalis is our best guard, but he's got some work to do. Looks very much like a redshirt freshman.
Braden looks like Tarzan but played like Jane. He consistently stopped his feet on contact. He was slow out of his stance. He always caught the defender in pass protection rather than punching. He was absolutely undressed on one defensive line stunt. Looks pretty rough.
Magnusson isn't ready. His feet were poor. Very inconsistent pass sets, sometimes too wide, sometimes too narrow. As a run blocker, couldn't get a great read.
Bars looked the worst of any of the redshirt freshman. I think true freshman Bosch looked better, and this is more of an indictment of Bars.
Not much on Tulley-Tillman. #58 will never play for us, I'd guess.
This reads really harsh, but I suppose it should I think we're in some trouble. Man, I wish we had a few upperclassmen so these guys wouldn't have to start.
And Funchess can't block a lick.
O-line rarely looks good in spring games.
I saw Rawls and Drake Johnson at least having enough space to gain a couple yards, which is more than Fitz ever really got last season. These guys are built for this offense and will likely show huge improvement as the season goes on.
to the ledge buddy.
I'm just talking about what I saw today. They haven't even been through fall camp, so I'm not remotely near any ledge.
I don't think we suck, as one commenter said. I think our interior line is pretty poor at this juncture, which is fortunately a long time before we play anyone. Defense could be excellent, as could special teams. That alone would make us a pretty good team. Add in a heck of a QB and we could be really good.
For what it's worth, I think Kalis and Braden will end up as great players. They're just not there yet. It's not even surprising; these guys have never taken a real snap. The only guys I have zero confidence in are 58 and 62. I'd be shocked if either ever got meaningful snaps, and took them effectively.
Only real surprise is Bryant (58), I thought there were good reports on him prior to the leg injury and that he would have started last year (not that starting last year on the interior OL is a ringing endorsement).
He was only cleared to play a few weeks ago. This was his first "game" since high school, and I honestly didn't think he looked that bad.
I didn't realize he was just cleared to play recently. That would explain a bit though.
Still, I think he looked really bad. Even before team period, during the 1 on 1 drills, he looked pretty bad.
I guess the good news is that he's still got time and he has a bit of an excuse with the injury. But I still don't think he'll ever play. He's been passed up by underclassmen.
True, but he has just as much experience as them. He also is not in as good of shape as he will be. He came in way overweight, lost it all, then broke his leg. It's going to take him time. He's been out for the past year. He should steadily improve from here on out.
Thanks for your awesome analysis. It's a wonder that we got a pass off or any positive yardage on the ground.
Brian should UFR the spring game (at LEAST first unit, if not also second unit), to fill up some dead time in the summer.
Heitzman and Beyer both played more than I first realized. Also we started with Gordon at SS and Wilson at FS. On the 3rd play you see Gordon yelling at Wilson to get in position and Jarrod runs to the deep middle.
Hollowell also got extended snaps on D, not sure if they were hold Taylor out a little bit like Countess.
If the run defense scared me or the O line....but it's the spring game.
Not watching the spring game replay right now, but does anyone know the attendance?
I don't think there was more than 10 or 11k there...I only had to drive 2 miles and was dreading the cold. Good thing I had my kids to blame for being a wuss in the cold.
18,000 according to Kyle Meinke.
Funchess confirmed that he's fine...
Did countess play much? I couldn't hear in the bar. Or dymonte Thomas?
Countess didn't play. Dymonte Thomas was playing at the nickel position.
I've seen Heitzman and Godin, but not him. I may have missed him as they're now letting all the walk-ons get some love.
Wormley played at least a few plays. He didn't do much that I saw.
...but I know Countess didn't play because Hoke said in the postgame presser that he and Fitz are not participating in anything "contact"
Dymonte Thomas has been playing, hasn't caught my eye though, I've just seen him on the field at times.
Countess didn't play at all and I didn't see Thomas, but I assume he played at least a little bit.
James Ross is a beast.
Pipkins, Ross, Wilson are all getting a lot of reps.
I thought OL was pretty good today compared to what it had been last year.
Run blocking was better. Pass blocking left a little to be desired. Those young guys get confused by stunts.
To be fair to our O-Line, a lot of people seem to get fooled by Greg Mattison's stunts.
The defense was better than the offense, but you expect that this time of year. There were some running plays where $running_back had room to run, and there were some that were swallowed up in the backfield. As an offensive guy, I love watching our defense swarm to the ball.
Way too early prediction: this offense isn't going to lead the B1G in rushing, but they are going to be able to move the ball against most defense fronts that we face. Those top level teams that we face are probably going to come down to Gorgeous's gameplan and Devin's ability to win games.
We are so close, it is an extension of giddiness from bball. People need to realize we are gonna be good for a long time if we have this kind of talent who is coached and developed properly consistently.
He just needs to learn how to be more aggressive with the ball in his hands and be more active defensively.
He's a kid that I think a full offseason will do WONDERS for. I think he'll be the most improved player along with LeVert.
Agreed the kid is really good and athletic, but plays out of position in our offense. I think he would benefit from staying but I can see why scouts like him.
Good game, goodnight, go blue!
How did you guys think the d line looked? Young but talented
Willie Henry and Charlton looked pretty good. So did the older guys but that's expected.
I'm most excited about James Ross. It's been a while since we had a great linebacker, and he has all the makings of one.
too soon :(
Henry stuck out to me. Also Tom Strobel (#50?) caught my eye with some really nice bull rushes. Our #2 guys may be more talented than our #1 guys of just a few years back. Crazy depth.
Describing the touchdown by our freshman tight end....
"Butt on the receiving end....."
Both Joe Reynolds (who caught the TD pass) and Bo Dever ATE UP Terry Richardson and Dymonte Thomas on a couple of inside slant routes.
It's one play, but nice to see the walk-ons holding their own.
Dever was playing the slot behind Dileo for much of the game. Looks solid.
Last sidenote from that play, Jeremy Clark looks HUGE playing S, looks like Ernest Shazor back there (size wise).
I just re-watched the Spring Game for the 3rd time (this is my elixir for the NC loss)...I noticed that we didn't seem to be playing FS and SS. More just two safety and we shifted more depending on the offense, which side of the field the ball was on, etc.
Did you notice this or were we indeed still playing both safties with two distinct roles we were just rotating Gordon and Wilson between the two spots?
Sidenote, Gordon and Wilson seemed to play a considerable amount more than Robinson.
But the were constantly moving who was down, who was high, who was over the slot, who was over the TE, etc.
It almost seemed like the coaches aren't seperating the positions as much as some of us do.
I didn't notice that, but I also couldn't see the safeties in a lot of the shots. I did think that Gordon/Wilson seemed to be the first team safeties.
I'm guessing we would have more in attendance if we actually played a scrimmage game. Every year I keep hoping we will have more than a glorified practice
Needless to say, the real spring game is probably 1-2 years away. Once we see legit depth it will be worth putting on the show. Still tough when you have a legit starter at some positions and then a significant drop off, not necessarily in talent, but in some cases experience. You can only have a true spring game if you can afford to lose someone. I hate to think like that, but t is true. We will have one in the near future. Hoke is truly engineering a rebirth. It's been said plenty of times but unfortunately it seems as though the big ten is reverting back to its old ways. Two giants; Michigan & ohio.