I really just think they had more talent. Urban inherited a full stable of talent. The D line was stacked, the lbs young, but talented. Not to make excuses, but Hoke never had that luxury. We do not have a true FB dressed. Our line may have bulked up but is still a spread line. We will be fine. It just goes to show everything we lost when we went to the spread. Other than are true freshman and a walk-on we hardly had a tight end. I think for the most part we have over achieved for what we have done in this two year span.
The OL is in a bad Funk
It is pointed out by some that perhaps our Oline are overrated or not suited to the offense. I just looked at Northwestern's offense and they somehow generated a running attack. Now who is going to have more highly regarded recruits? Certainly not Northwestern. Venric Mark averaged 6.2 ypc. Take out the preconference schedule and he probably hits 6.5 ypc. Kain Colter is a very good spread QB. But he is no DR when it comes to pure athletic talent. I also would say he is just as inconsistant a passer. Yet Northwestern with Oline recruits that we would laugh at and skill players that are barely servicable for the MAC generated a credible running attack. So these excuses that our coaching staff can't come up with something in two years is laughable. Were paying a Ocoordinator 650K and he can't adjust to what he has? I do not accept that there was nothing to work with or the talent was too missmatched. No one was expecting Mattison magic. But certainly not the worse RB production ever?
You'll also note that Northwestern has been running the same offensive system for years and years. Their linemen were recruited for the plays they're running, and they've been running those plays since their first day on campus. Michigan...not so much.
What about Indiana? They have a brand new coach and still managed over 5 ypc vs that same OSU defense....
Sometimes strange things happen.
Sometimes Greg Frey.
Indiana also has a credible passing threat, something Michigan hasn't really developed this year.
poor o-line play because it's been bad all season. It's not surprising.
"Our guys aren't undersized anymore, and are "Wellman-ized," so they aren't weak. So those memes no longer hold true."
That meme was never true, just something old farts would call into local radio and bitch about.
I remember noting that our OL was actually heavier (with Perry Dorrestein at RT ) than Iowa's by an average 1-2 pounds back in '09 or '10, whichever it was.
Size isn't everything at OL, David Molk should have made people realize that.