OT: Zone Read Explained By NU RB
Thank you for posting this. Always interesting to hear it straight from the athletes themselves.
i have to say that your avatar thing made me laugh out load. i think that is how RR always felt on the inside. me too.
but not with the RB's perspective and what do they do if they get the ball. Really good read. I wish more former athletes can write articles like this with their own respective positions, explaining their jobs and why they chose what they choose. More people would read it IMO instead of the stupid fluff piece that we see every day (ESPN is the biggest offender and they think that we're 10 yr old viewers who don't know shit about football).
Very interesting read, and yeah, I think we sometimes overlook the RB's perspective when we talk about these plays sometimes, so it was also refreshing in that sense.
I liked the first question in the comments on this blog because it is the question I had - as a smaller back, which version of the play would Sutton prefer? Which would Hyde - a bigger guy - prefer? I would be very interested in the answer.
"I prefer the read where I do not get hit like Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl by Clowney! ..."
Here is a link to another NU alumnus discussing defending the zone read.
What I like about reading huddlepass is that many of the guys are pretty sound writers. There used to be an example of a T. Pryor essay on this board that looked like a young child wrote it. Sometimes I think people expect that all of the talented skill players didn't come to play school. I used to see arguments about Notre Dame not being able to recruit good athletes due to academic standards. While some athletes really can't succeed in the classroom, clearly T. Sutton is an educated and articulate guy. I'm sure Michigan is similar to NU and most other D1 schools in that they have a few on the team who are really in over their head academically but many more who really have what it takes scholastically albeit being stretched very thin due to their athletic commitment.
/steps off soap box
/probably didn't tell you anything you don't alread know
to sound or be read like they're an intelligent people. After all, they graduated from Northwestern which has the highest academic standards in the B1G conference. Ditto with Stanford, Ivy League schools, etc.
but like I was trying to say in my post, read the rest of the Huddle website. Its filled with decent writers from many different schools who don't match the NU/Duke/Stanford model. Sutton was just my example since I linked to his article and he was a very good player who could have started at a lot of those other schools.
Center snaps ball to Devin
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