Final Score: 59-9
QB: I thought Gardner played better as the game went along. My thing with Devin is that we need to use the talent around him more. We call too many plays that feature him and not enough stuf that gets him safe plays or in a rythym. We need more screens, more quick passes, more safe stuff. Treat him like a freshman QB early in the game and let him get into the flow, then open things up a little. Let him see what the defense is doing before we put the entire offense on him.
RB: I think we're fine...I have no idea why people "shit on" Fitz so much, he played well. The other guys are all improved or improving as true freshman.
WR: It'll take 3-4 games to get an opinion on these guys, but Gallon, Dileo and Reynolds made some very good plays.
TE: The potential here is limitless, all 3 guys can play B1G football. Praying that Funchess is okay.
OL: Better than most predicted. I think they're better going straight forward than with the misdirection stuff. Lewan is like having 5.5 linemen on the field.
DL: I'm not ready to say "they've earned the right to rush 4"...it's just CMU. But if they can do what they did today, every Saturday. I'll scream it from the mountain tops.
LB: Solid, need better tackling.
CB: Solid, need to play a touch tighter. Stribling is the real deal.
S: n/a with the starters out. Furman is not the answer.
K/P: We've got 2 (maybe 3) of the best.
I agree about the offensive line. I was honestly a little worried they might not be any better than last year (at least the interior) but I think they proved they are a big step up and are starting the year about where I had hoped they would be by week 10.
N/a for the safeties? I thought Jarrod Wilson played a pretty good game. Furmam is not the answer, but thankfully we get T Gordon back next week.
He had some significant positive plays and no egregious busts.
Except for the play the announcers wrongly blamed on Furman where everyone was playing zone except Wilson. That was Wilson's side of the field and he vacated it to chase #84 instead of staying in his zone.
Also thought Wilson played well. It was CMU but that was the team in front of them. DBs get exposed for any mistake whereas if a D-lineman screws up there are 2 layers of defense behind him and LBers - 1 layer. When these DBs make errors its so obvious and usually a chunk play so they seem to get sniffed towards in a much more harsh manner. On the other hand, Clark did not do much against an OL he should have dominated.
Our corners can support against the run. The starters have some pop to em.
Long game and I enjoyed every second of
Will wear the #2 before he leaves
He looked good with 3 minutes left in the game.
I see your point, but he played and looked solid for pretty much the entire game, not just in the 4th.
= Grumble, grumble, grumble. A true Michigan Man.
getting the youngins playing time will pay off down the line. Didn't have any major injuries so we should come out full tilt next week. GO BLUE
left with, looked like either a groin or cramp. Hoping for cramp, since groin could possibly keep him out against ND. Reynolds also left the game at WR.
...says someone in the "in-game" thread. And don't forget about Drake Johnson.
reported that both were fine. Funchess took a hit "downstairs" and he said both could have returned.
The trainer was massaging him on the sideline so I hope it was a cramp. That would have been awkward were it his groin!
The depth showed up and played well. It's CMU and all, but given how other B1G teams have looked it was an impressive showing.
the "spread" offense did not put up points like that very often. Defense and MANBALL or die.
inferior teams like CMU, no idea what your talking about. Let's not turn this into a spread versus prostyle debate, espcially considering that both were utilized today.
It is nice to have a good defense though.
There were a LOT of spread and pistol concepts used today. Some manball as well, but a lot less power or iso than Hoke would like everyone to believe.
Everyone needs to stop fighting the RichRod wars. It just doesn't matter at this point. Both he and Michigan have moved on.
Section 1 will not be far behind. He must search for the name every 5 minutes
But tell the douchenozzles who bring him up, who are ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS the haterz.
just as effectively and efficiently with the offense they are using now.
You're excused?? Uhh thanks Lisa...
Aside from Devin's 2 dumb picks, Michigan pitched a shutout. Our O-line was better than I expected.
Extra props to D Thomas, Wilson, and Stribling.
The second pick may have been on Gallon. That looked like a miscommunication between him and Gardner, because you don't see Gallon struggle to get separation that often (or that badly).
Smith ran harder than Green
Defense looked fast
Stribling looked tough
Countess didn't seem to fair well.
Tell that Smith ran harder than Green????? That's plain foolish. Countess came up and saved a touchdown on a large 1,500 yard rusher. Blake also says "sure about that Dwight?"
Smith showed more fight in him. Green had the longer run, but the offensive line opened a huge hole.
It's the only reason you can possibly come to this conclusion.
Smith had 7 carries for 12 yards.
Green had 11 carries for 58 yards, with one long run. 10 carries for 28 yards if you want to take out the long run for some weird reason.
You can't make any serious comparisons between the two. There was nothing to show that either back ran harder than the other.
They both looked good on some runs. They both looked bad on some runs. They both went down easily on some runs. All of the backs went down easily on some runs. Fitz tripped over a dead body in the backfield on one play.
I don't understand why a large portion of this board feels a need to have these two compete with each other. Can't we just be happy that they both look promising? I feel there are some posters openly rooting for Green to fail and Smth to shine. THE TEAM THE TEAM THE TEAM!!!!! LETS CUT THIS STUPID SHIT!
I don't get it either. It's like people are openly rooting for one of them to fail, for the sole purpose of being able to say that they called it..
Yes and yes. Why contrast and pit two future Heisman winners and instead not root for two future Heisman winners? What I like about Smith is he always seems to churn forward as he was hit but he was hit earlier in his runs than Green - maybe that is on him or the lines on those runs but both looked like men out there. Those are 19 year olds. Very happy... and it showed that much discussed depth chart was off by "1 spot" as both came in ahead of #3 Rawls. (who also looked solid but lets see him against Big 10 competition)
Because Smith didn't fall down as easily.
I like the way Smith runs. Better than Green in my opinion at this point in time. I liked Mike Cox too so what do I know.
I was generally pleased with Morris. I haven't bought into the hype about him but he changed my opinion in a positive way today. I hope he doesn't have to play in an important game.
I sit in Section 12, row A (south end zone) and had a good view of Shane coming out onto the field for his first game action. I don't know if be could have been smiling any bigger. The smile did not go away or a while. It is great to see a kid realize his dream. That is all. GO BLUE!
NIU and Iowa tied at 27
Clean up the turnovers and penalties, and it looks like we will be fine. Time to bring on the CHICKENS!
I had some trouble keeping track of Dymonte's game, what was the opinion on him?
We went with Furman and Wilson for most of the game. He made a tackle at the end, kind of, didn't take an inside out technique and kind of tackled the WR out of bounds when he could have hit him straight up like Gedeon did a few plays early.
Dymonte did have the blocked punt.
15 minutes ago.
Got hit in the nether regions.