Obi Ezeh: the sequel?
You are so right about Obi. It was kind of shocking/nice to see. Unfortunately, it is probably simply the gauge of how inept Purdue's offense is. Still, he made some nice tackles, so we have to give him credit.
Who started on D? Missed the beginning of the game.
When my freakin phone double posts.
And Patterson in place of Martin.
Actually Fitzgerald started and Obi backed him up, although Obi may have ended up playing more than Fitzgerald.
Here's the defensive participation from the player participation release (starters in CAPS):
DE -- 88 CRAIG ROH, 55 Black
DE -- 53 RYAN VAN BERGEN, 92 Banks
NT -- 99 ADAM PATTERSON, 95 Sagesse
OLB -- 42 J.B. FITZGERALD, 45 Ozeh
MLB -- 25 KENNY DEMENS
WLB -- 44 MARK MOUNDROS
SLB -- 4 CAMERON GORDON, 13 C. Johnson
LCB -- 5 COURTNEY AVERY, 24 Christian
SS -- 32 JORDAN KOVACS
FS -- 20 RAY VINOPAL, 22 Talbott
RCB -- 18 JAMES ROGERS
I'm walking around a toy store with the wife "droiding".
Lots of guys played well on D. I think the rain, wind, and horrible field contributed to both offenses' woes. Give each team another 100 yards under normal playing conditions and the game is more like what we were expecting.
Obi had a good game. Led the team in tackles with 8 according to the ESPN boxscore.
While the weather conditions were hellish and stifled both Os, got to give the Michigan D all the credit in the world today. Without Martin and Mouton, their performance is all the more impressive. The young guys all took a step forward. And I agree that Obi had one of his better games.
How about that guy Kerrigan for Purdue?! One man wrecking crew. I'm no expert, but he looked better than Clayborn to me.
is the best defensive player I've seen this season.
Were those two Purdue graduates?
Maybe someone made mention of how ridiculously biased they were. Went apeshit over how great an effing fieldgoal was because of a botched snap and then had muted responses to such things as Michigan intercepting a pass.
Nope. Eric Collins went to St. Lawerence (NY) and Syracuse, and Chris Martin played for Northwestern.
the next two years. Roh needs to continue to improve physically but Kerrigan shows what an impact a DE can have. As virtually everyone on this Board has said, let's put Roh's hand down and let him excel.
Kerrigan's no Brandon Graham, but I wouldn't mind having him on my NFL team...
on what I say his best game. I saw him get trucked on one play but again by far on first glance his best game this year. Good win we needed
Great to see a player continue to compete and contribute-- especially after considerable criticism and adversity.
This seems to be a big part of our team. They continue to compete no matter what. I like RR's quote from last week, "When your back is against the wall you can go two ways, forward or down." Obi and the team keep moving forward.
Had a class with him last year and he's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. It's hard to see a guy like that struggle so much on the field, but i'm happy he had a good outing today. Good for him.
especially with Martin and Mouton only seeing limited action.........they didn't give up a touchdown and were put in tough spots because of all our turnovers.........great job defense.
better as well..........for the most part, the defense as a whole played better.......nice to see some pressure on the QB from Roh and RVB.
But he's like Tom Brookens was with the Tigers. Play him all the time and you get less production. Remember all the UFR's and don't get sucked in. He had a very good game (he is a D1 athlete) and leave it at that.
He will just leave you wanting more down the road. Turn and walk away.
EDIT: I really don't remember if Brookens was an everyday player for awhile or just for a year or two.
Obi had a fantastic game, and some good hard hits.
Is it my imagination or are there more subs playing throughout the game on defense? I think the more players playing has led to a better defensive performance overall. Not sure if it's causal, or just coaches finally doing a better job utilizing what talent they do have?
Obi looked pretty decent. I really liked his play on one third down where he fought off a cut block, a second block, and forced a bad throw from the quarterback. I've always thought he had very good athleticism and positively zero football sense. Nice to see his athleticism take over this time.
Where has this D been all season. They just appeared to be playing with a lot more confidence today. Although I think the Purdue Offense had something to do with that.
If anything I think it was our offensive line which had been one of our strengths which really struggled today.
Don't get too excited. Purdue might have the worst Big 10 QB situation since Michigan in 2008.
Yeah, Purdue lost Siller on the first play and Henry couldn't throw for shit. On top of that, they yaketey saxed us two fumbles on the zone read and another on the punt return. It was great to see a few bounces go our way and to see the D clamp down on an inferior opponent for a change.
Hold the opposing offense to 9 points without playing Martin and Mouton?
Glad to see him get some play today as well. Don't remember him doing anything epically bad or good.
Ezeh probably played his best game since the bowl game against Fla.