I hate Notre Dame.
Mike Lantry, 1972
I hate Notre Dame.
The corners are broken down into 3 groups. Field, boundary, and slot corners. You keep saying we don't have breakout speed in our recruits (which isn't true) like it's a bad thing (which it also necessarily isn't.) If you look at our DB's you'll see 9 of them have sub 4.5 40 times reported. Jourdan Lewis is listed at 4.40 flat, Ross Douglass at 4.41, Raymon Taylor at 4.43, Jeremy Clark at 4.47, Blake Countess at 4.47, Dymonte Thomas at 4.48, ect. I know all 40 times are suspect, but I don't know where you're getting that they are lacking in speed. Mario Ojemudia, Taco Charleton, Maurice Hurst, Ben Gedeon, and others are extremely fast and freaky athletic for their position, too.
while Hoke/Mattison may not be explicitly stating that they're seeking speed, they're getting elite players that have it. The pretty obvious upgrade in talent that's in the pipeline will trump any (at this point unverifiable) decline in team speed.
I am not saying there is a decline in team speed. I find it interesting this staff doesn't prioritize speed in and of itself as a virtue like many seem to do. For example, I will use somebody no longer on the team, DJ Williamson, he was mostly recruited because he was a track star and could run real fast. This staff never seems to go down that road, offensively or defensively.
For the record, I love what Hoke is doing with defensive recruiting, and think in two years time, M will regularly field a NC contending caliber defense on a regular basis.
Terry Richardson is certainly a very fast player and so is Dymonte from everything I've read! I would say the DB speed will be fine!
DBs and LBs are plenty fast. Where I am most excited is that the front 5 (nt, 3tech, 5tech, wde and Sam) all appear to be both big and fast. This is where the SEC has separated themselves lately and we appear to be catching up in terms of our recruiting up there. Guys like Ondre Pipkens, Willie Henry, Tom Stroble, Maurice Hurst, Poggi etc. will be hard for offenses to stop.
I hate Notre Dame
Strong front four that generates plenty of pass rush. One guy spends most of the game in the opponent's backfield. Opponents struggle to break 3 YPC.
Linebackers that react quickly, fill the holes, swarm, and hit hard. When they blitz, they drive it home. LBs lead the team in tackles.
Defensive backs that can handle man and zone coverage. Strong safety that hits with authority.
Defense gets offended when the opponent scores. Points against per game < 10.
Smart and disciplined. Make the right read and get to the ball quickly. Need for speed isn't critical if you are headed in the right direction at the snap.
Big plays don't happen.
At least 8 guys on ball every play.
Don't care what the guys look like, but those are the attributes. Refer to 1976 (5 shutouts) and 1997 defenses as examples.
Just as important as speed is reaction time. I think we're recruiting some solid athletes, but also a lot of celebral players.
What? Keith Heitzman wasn't recruited by Mattison.
He said Hoke/Mattison?
/s on Heitzman? IIRC he committed at the end right after Hoke took over. However, Desmond Morgan committed to the RR staff before they left.
I read this post and instantly recalled the debate scene in Billy Madison. Or maybe you would prefer the student assembly trial in animal house. Pick your poison