"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Running Back health?
This post reduces to a question about Shaw's health.
Are there not 2 other rb who are also injured and could help this team? Cox and fitz?
per RR's conference call today
They seem to flip flop on him every single week. Sunday RR said they thought he would contribute, then in the call he said he's probably out this week. Anybody know what's going on with him? From what I understand, they don't hit in practice...
Cox...lingering injury, errors in practice
Hopkins...fumbles in practice
That's why you haven't seen anyone else.
Just think that maybe next year the first 4 will all be viable with maybe one of them being injured, plus we have Dee Hart coming in. However, if all 4 of those guys are completely healthy and get their heads in the game, I am not sure that Dee Hart won't redshirt.
I would just be happy if D comes here at this point. Hasn't there been some rumor here that he is reconsidering his committment?
Yes, based on a 1-line quote to a small-time reporter asking about Auburn. Here's how I feel. He picked Michigan for Michigan, not RR or a win/loss record. He went to Auburn and wasn't impressed. His dad called it a 7 of 10. He fucked with the Orlando Sentinel for a week before his announcement because he loves fucking with reporters. His entire familer sang The Victors when he committed. That sounds like a family decision that Michigan is the best place for him.
If Hopkins' fumbles in practice are like his "fumbles" in the game last week, repping Denard and Hopkins as #1 is the solution to the problem.
I know. I was extremely frustrated with that whole situation. Let's just hope it gets worked out.
Here, have the ball. IN THE FACE!
This is my case for Vincent Smith. If he is in on that play he simply would have run under the ball and worst case, we lose a few yards.
I'm not thinking about next year. Only Saturdays, this year.
So we can convert some of them to DB's.
Cypress is the new em0.
In the future just add pictures of kittens to your post.
Is probably my least favorite player on the offense. He's not a good running back when he drives the ball up the middle. His biggest assets are blocking and the RB screen where he has actually been productive. I'm sure people have been writing this over and over again but when its 3rd and short (3 or less) give the ball to denard and have him run...every time. I repeat EVERY TIME!!
Michigan 3rd and short conversion rate (that is 3rd and 3 or less):
Total: 25/35 (71.4%)
Denard Passing: 5/7 (71.4%)
Vincent Smith Running: 3/6 (50%)
Denard Running: 13/16 (81.25%)
My conclusion, why aren't we doing what is the most logical and statistically efficient thing, having denard run!! Do it! And if you don't make it the first time, do it AGAIN on 4th down.
when its 3rd and short (3 or less) give the ball to denard and have him run...every time. I repeat EVERY TIME!!
I understand that this has been successful, but isn't this also exactly what we don't want to do. Why would we take our single most important player and put him in more positions to get hurt? Denard's best ability it to make it through space... HE IS NOT A POWER BACK. In fact, having Denard used for 3 and short should (ideally) be used as the last option. I get that Hopkins is fumble prone... but give it to our biggest running back and have him run between the big guys. He should (in theory) be more durable. And like I stated before, the world will not end if Hopkins gets banged up... it will if Denard does.
Here's the problem I have with that, "limit his runs so he doesn't get hurt" theory. It's not like it's his only run of the game. Besides, that, in this situation it is less likely that he will get hurt than if he slahes to the second level and his hit full speed by a linebacker(Iowa) or get's down the sideline and goes down at full speed (PSU). Also, Tate is a fine backup to have. The world will not end. If Denard running gives us the best chance to win, then I say we do it when we need to do it. That's why he is in. It''s not because he throws the ball better.
that off-tackle power sweep to denard is practically unstoppable on short yardage. that should be the call every time on short yardage.
I'm not convinced Smith has recovered completely from surgery. It generally takes one full year to regain all speed, strength, and mobility. I'm hopeful that next year will be different, especially if he can team with dee hart.
The weekly "when is Fitz gonna be our savior thread".
Not anytime soon unless he can play corner.
It's because our rb do more than run. They have to be able to run, block nd catch. Smith is probably the best option to do all at this point. He may not be the best option to just run but he's a good option out of the back field and blocks well.
the 2006 football season. Michigan's stable of backs is in a perpetual state of triage.
It's all part and parcel of the curse that inflicts Michigan's football program. It's like some Michigan alum rejected some mortgage adjustment request from a Gypsy witch lady, who subsequently cursed the alum and Michigan's football program (a la Drag Me to Hell).
We've all been dragged to hell and back. Yet we're still in hell. How convenient.
Can someone tell me y is Vin Smith runnin the ball in the I formation and its 3rd and 1 and theres 8 men in the box??? but u have hopkins at 220+ lbs on the bench watchin... V Smith weights about 185 wet he's not Noel Divine, he's not built to run between the tackles on 3rd down...we need to have some thunder wit the lighting of DRob for god sake put Hopkins in the game....RR are u that freakin dumb??????, u make me sick with yur pig headed ness, u know V Smith (God Bless Him) isnt an eleat runner in the Big Ten, these r just some of the changes u have to make in order to keep your job!!!!!!
Could someone just get rid of this guy already? Grammatical skills ought to be a prerequisite for posting...
If I am interpreting correctly from that semi-literacy, there is a point somewhere in there. It's not just Vincent Smith on third down and short, it's the I-form. Let me count the ways of its badness:
1. Takes away the threat of Denard running (except a sneak or on the waggle with play action, which does tend to work)
2. Eliminates the skill of our lineman in space and makes them block like the big uglies they aren't, especially Patrick O.
3. Depends on McColgan or Webb as lead blocker, neither of whom are classic bruising FB's.
I get the point – get the QB closer to the LOS for initiating the play – but it seems like it rarely works.
I was thinking the same thing. As butchered as the writing was it actually did make sense and I think I might actually agree with him. As i watched our first offensive possession unfold I couldn't believe on third and a short two they were putting Denard under center and had Smith in the backfield. I practically screamed NO as they tried to slam Smith between the tackles and got stuffed. Why not Hopkins? Why not shotgun set? Why telegraph the play?
Uggh. Just remembering that play made me throw up a little in my mouth.
Not a lot of fumbles in practice. Fumble on Saturday against PSU was very questionable. A RB needs to have possession of the ball before he can fumble it. RB are trained to receive the ball in their gut..not their chest or above. Also, in this read/option offense, the handsoffs are delayed which causes the RB to miss their opportunity to explode through a hole before it starts to close. If anyone talks to RBs and RB coaches, it is very common to hear RBs get better with carries/game. With each carry they see more and can adjust to the defense. When RBs are limited to single digit carries/game, they have very little chance of getting into rhythm with the QB or game at all. Look at the RBs we've played against. Look at the number of carries. I'm certain they are not getting single digit carries. That impedes the RB. Just some food for thought.
It's the Defense, stupid.
by now people would have figured out that RR frequently says players may play, just to leave it open so the opposition has to prepare for everything.
Anyone else think Smith looked good (not just ok) in the 4th quarter on Saturday? The difference was we were in the 2 minute drill, Smith was not assigned to run between the tackles. Instead he was catching passes, screens, and blocking well. This reminded me of his TD against O-state last year. He is a good situational back when we are forced to be pass-heavy. I share the rest of the board's and Brian's opinion on him otherwise.
Best we can hope for is for Smith to really turn it on here in the 2nd half of the year. Fitz is starting to look more and more like he's done for the year, as I have a hard time seeing RR throw him in against the likes of Wisky and OSU..
with nagging injuries...........hopefully we get the injury bug out of our system and these guys are all able to contribute before the end of the season.