Sims probably just got the wind knocked out of his ankle.
I'm sure he'll be fine.
Sims probably just got the wind knocked out of his ankle.
I'm sure he'll be fine.
I'm on my iPhone so I can't upvote you, but well done. Haha.
Rittenberg is tweeting it's the ankle, and that Dantonio is saying "we'll know more later in the week."
He was out for the Iowa game and was expected as a 'maybe' for Oct 20th. This was the diagnosis 2 weeks ago when he got injured at IU.
In other words, *gulp*.
Not gulp. I'd prefer to evil-ly twist the edges of a mustache and bellow out a hearty muwahaha
douche. This is his way of keeping a secret, Sims will play.
After significant scientific testing (with beakers and test tubes and such) I have found that you can in fact spell Dantonio without 'douche'.
would perfer ALL of sparty best players on the field. Don't want the grumpy old man to have anykind of excuse!!
It's rather clear now that the Spartans have had considerable problems replacing the presence that was Jerel Worthy, as well as Kevin Pickelman. White and Kittredge have only 1 sack and 3 TFL to their combined credit, which is a dramatic fall from the Worthy-Pickelman combination. Reynolds has no sacks and 1 TFL, so I don't doubt that they are just trying to see if someone - anyone - can suddenly play inspired and bring pressure out there, because the pressure is what has been sorely lacking this year, it seems. The options after these guys are a freshman and Tyler Hoover, who has only been in parts of three games and is also not 100%, I believe (calf injury, I read).
Correct. There really aren't 2 main starters at the DT spots. It's kind of a a revolving door with Kitteredge, Hoover, Reynolds, and White rotating between plays.
There also appears to be about a 50 pound variance in weight between the players. Two guys at 330 and 320; two guys at 280 and 270? That would make for some interesting decisions on both sides of the ball, depending on how heavy or light they decided to go.
In fact, have always loved your avatar. And your occasional presence at mgoblog.
So, here's a question for you. Every now and then I hear disparaging comments about the Red Cedar Message Board. I could go over there to find out. However, because I'm lazy, and because you are a Spartan partisan, who presumably also frequents RCMB, can you comment with your perspective on the two blogs? Regards.
I can comment from my perspective as a Michigan fan. I don't read RCMB other than to get an occasional chuckle. When I look for Spartan based information I go to the one that is linked in the 'Big Ten Blogs' section on mgoblog.
RCMB is a message board, and gets a ton of traffic. It isn't very heavily moderated, and is often filled with inflammatory comments.
The Only Colors is actually very good, and provides a lot of features similar to what you would expect here on mgoblog.
This pretty much sums it up. RCMB is good for a few laughs here and there but it is by no means a site to go to for technical football insight. Most of the technical content (recruiting news, player development, etc) is all accessible via a paid membership. TOC would be the MGoBlog-esque equivalent website for Spartan fans.
They never should have let Volunteer Officer Picklestein go.
I still am expecting a 2010 Justin Siller type thing out of Sims. You know when Purdue ran him out to start even though he was clearly not ready, and then two steps into his first play pulls up lame.
Considering his strong year at Tennessee and MSU's receiving corps, I'm surprised DeAnthony hasn't made a move up the chart. He doesn't even get the courtesy "OR" designation. Yikes.
wow beat me by a minute
MSU WR have been bad outside of burbridge. What happened to Arnett? The only think I can even think of is he hasn't learned the playbook but Burbridge has been in the system just as long. Kind of interesting he hasn't seen the field more.
basically that, in general, transfers should be considered "not that good".
He's been inconsistent in practice and isn't a great blocker.
still the qb...interesting.
Through rumors I may or may not have made up in my head, I heard that Dan7onio has been burning up the phone lines trying to get Kork Coupons another year of eligibility.
Why the heck did they put him in there to run an option? Dan Roushar (MSCs OC) is quite the piece of work this year.
Monkeys throwing darts at a wall full of plays to run would be more effective.
You're assuming that there would be competant football players attached to those darts to run the plays?
There should be a montage of Bennie Fowler breaking his own ankles on double move routes put together from this year.
I'm also assuming competent monkeys
I really hope you guys run Roushar out of town, because I think he's a very good OC. Results have been terrible this year because you don't have the personnel. But last year with Cousins, there were all kinds of (maddeningly) great play calls, with first options being open deep down the field.
My guess is that Maxwell executes better in practice than he has so far on the field, so a lot of the plays they're going for aren't there due to inexperience/nerves. My hope is that he's just not a gamer. Doesn't help with WR's being horrible, and a patchwork OL.
It's probably a combination of the 4 (Maxwell, WRs, OL, and OC). You can see a noticeable lack of creativity in the offense in the past 2 years vs Treadwell the years before. Right now it seems like the offense is trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Last year, this worked because the holes were also square. This year he is not adjusting to the personnel.
In the Iowa game, MSU ball leading by 7, 4 minutes and change to play in regulation. First play, rush to Bell gain of 5. 2nd play, incomplete pass, 3rd play incomplete pass. He could have run these same plays last year and attained success because of his personnel, but he thinks he can force them in this year and it's just not working.
I think Dantonio may have the inverse of the Rich Rod problem you guys had a few years back. Dantonio is a defensive minded coach who just relies on the coordinator to run the offense.
What are your thoughts on next year for the Spartan offense? Senior qb, senior Bell, Lawrence Thomas likely playing Oline being already 295 pounds, senior Sims, and highly rated receivers Deanthony Arnett and Aaron Burbridge. Any faith in them gelling and being more effective, or does it all hinge on the Coordinator and Oline?
I'll give you my take. I think it hinges on what Bell and Gholston do - leave early, or return for their senior year. Both of those guys will have a shot at the NFL after this fall, so what they do will be the determining factor.
If they come back, MSU should bounce back well, since they'll be returning a large chunk of their starters. They only have two senior starters on O right now, unfortunately they're both on the OL where things are already thin. Without Bell and without a good OL, the Sparty offense might still be bad even with all the talent in the passing game.
On D, they have three senior starters, one each at DL, LB and DB. However, they also lose Tyler Hoover, a contributor inside, so if Gholston leaves, the DL could be in trouble. The back 7 will be good for sure, but like on offense, it's their weakest spot that will be getting weaker in 2013, and without any bulk up front, it won't matter much how good the back 7 is.
Take a look at how MSU has recruited at OL and DT the last few years, and these problems will be less of a surprise. The games are won in the trenches, and Sparty is stuck with 10 awesome wide receivers.
I generally agree. Fonoti may get a medical redshirt since he went down for the season in the ND game I believe, so he should return, which yields only 1 senior departure on the OL. So far, the OL has been statistically performing about the same as last year, so if the same group returns I would expect about the same results from them.
Overall, the offense will probably be pretty vanilla if the coaches don't make a change, while the defense should be good enough to keep them in games.
I see Coach D having a very Tressel-like philosophy in building a football team: have a game managing type offense with solid field goal kicking, and a defense that can keep you in games. Over 2010-2011 seasons MSU was 6-1 in games decided by 3 points or less.
Question for the UM D: I watched pieces of the Illinois game replay and from the plays that I saw, I didn't really see the D-Line getting the push I was expecting them to have (the linebackers were all over the place though). How do you see your D Line next year with the senior departures and young people filling in?
It's always a pleasure chatting with you guys. Thanks for being good hosts.
The DLine isn't what it was last year. Mike Martin was incredibly effective at being disruptive, demanding double teams, and getting into the backfield. This years line is getting pretty fundamentally sound as the season wears on, though. They aren't doing anything very glamourous, but they're demanding double teams to free up the linebackers, getting stronger on their technique, stopping the run, and moving to the ball better each game. Brian has done some very good and relatively honest UFR writeups on individual players and units from game to game. Haven't noticed one for Illinois yet, but they did shut them out so high marks for everybody that day.
Summarys follow at the bottom of each article. Craig Roh, Jake Ryan, and Thomas Gordon have been consistantly our best defenders, but the others are catching up fast. Ends Roh and Clark are really starting to come into their own, MLB Demens has been awesome in pass coverage for 4 straight games now, Washington and Black have put together some good games, and Campbell has had some lousy games, some neutral games, and two monster games, but the interior is still struggling with consistancy. They can make great plays, or have monster games, but they aren't stringing them all together yet.
I think the offense will be better than this year (obviously, hard to be worse). A senior Maxwell will allow Roushar to open up the playbook and some experienced WRs and clear-cut starters should help with that as well. I think going into next year you have Aaron Burbridge and Keith Mumphrey at your 1 and 2 WRs and then the 3rd one up for grabs, which should help Maxwell out knowing his 1 and 2 WRs.
LT will most likely stay at FB. He's quick for 295 and I don't think he will gain any more weight. Remember, he gained all that weight his Freshman year where he couldn't even practice because of an injury. Don't be surprised if he plays a little TE though. He can definitely catch and played TE in HS.
Bell is all but gone IMO. as much as i want him back, he'd be stupid not to leave. I think he's a surefire 2nd round pick, if not 1st round. Leads the nation in Yards After Contact and Broken Tackles, which is what NFL typically looks for in RBs.
Gholston will be back IMO. He hasnt done much this year and I think he wants to stay for 4 years. Sims is a question mark, he's definitely a top 5 TE, but is that enough for a solid draft pick?
As for the O-line, Chris McDonald (Starting RG) and Ethan Ruhland (Backup, now starter, at C) are seniors. We'll get Fou Fonoti (RT and the leader of the OL) back and Travis Jackson (Starting C) back from injury next year. It honestly comes down to injuries though. Fonoti went down before the ND game, and Jackson went down in the OSU game. Burkland has also been playing through an injury. I think we would have a decent O-line if healthy, but we lost 2 starters to injury last year, so i'm not going to bank on being healthy next year.
Biggest Question next year will be RB. After Bell and Caper who could both be gone after this year, its.. Nick Hill? Jeremy Langford? Then a bunch of RS and True Freshmen.
Do the monkeys run 5-wide sets on third-and-three despite the fact that Le'Veon Bell is our RB?
Yes, I am not sure I got that one. I have no good reason not to run Le'Veon right up the middle until someone stops it. Maybe they thought they would catch the D on some sort of run package and get an open receiver.<shrugs> I don't know.
So, Michigan's defense appears to be better than expected, and the defensive line is not made of paper. Having said that, we haven't faced a RB like Bell. What do you think are MSU's prospects of running up the middle against Michigan?
I've stopped trying to guess. They couldn't run between the tackles vs. Indiana, but then they turn around and do just that against Iowa. The o-line is so banged up that I'm not sure anyone knows what to expect from week-to-week.
we still haven't faced any really big physical backs outside of bama so I'm still nervous about spartys run game, well mostly just about tackling bell.
Notre Dame's running backs don't take a back seat to LeVeon Bell. If you can stuff ND on the ground, you can stuff MSU.
Hey Hipster Cat, I had a cat avatar before cat avatars were cool.
You got out-schemed by Greg Davis. That does not bode well for long-term success.
Did anyone else notice how man OR's were used on the offensive depth chart? Man, they are in some trouble there.
Thomas is listed as an OR for starting fullback.
I thought he was the NEXT stud De for state. When did he switch to offense? Is he any good?
Switched to offense in the CMU game. He wasn't good enough to break the 2-deeps at DE with Gholston (JR), Rush (Soph), Calhoun (RS Fresh), and Heath (RS Fresh) all in there and probably not leaving for a while. I think he's great at fullback. Hits hard when he blocks and can catch passes.
Is it sad that LeVeon Bell and Lawrence Thomas are the only two guys on offense I've never seen getting beat when they pick up a block?
Don't worry, if Lawrence Thomas keeps putting on weight at this rate, he'll be a guard by bowl season.
EDIT: If there is a bowl season for MSU this year. They need two more wins, and looking at their schedule, that might not happen. Their next games are Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Northwestern, Minnesota. They could lose their next four, and if they do, no bowling. If they lose three of their next four, @Minnesota is make or break to get to .500. Wowzers.
To warn you not to watch bell try to block Jake Ryan
I may have missed it, or it may be due to the fact I don't really pay attention to Spartys roster, but why is Lawrence Thomas a Fullback?
Look a couple posts above.
I should trust the MGoCommunity more. I just should.
Back the whole game after Bell is stuffed. Bank it. This mini run where nothing much was really gained outside the Big Ten is over. Sorry
Remember when Lawrence Thomas spurned playing DE at Michigan because he was going to MSU to play LB at 265?
Now he's 295 and plays FB.
Nothing against you Mr. Thomas, but I hope Mr. Jake Ryan puts you on your ass.
Who cares...we will break them.
As is always the case in this game, it comes down to who can run and who can stop the run. I'm nervous that Bell is going to run through our defense. On the other hand, MSU ran to our perimeter last year and beat us on the edge. Bell is more of a downhill runner.
I like our depth at running back. We can rotate guys who have power with guys who have speed. But we have to get something going in the running game outside of Denard. Otherwise they will just key in on him like they have the previous two seasons.