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|9 hours 32 min ago||I don't like this, I wanted||
I don't like this, I wanted Peppers to have a clear path to a Heisman. Now with Canteen also a 2 way player that is 2 Heisman candidates and it's just going to split the Michigan vote btw these 2. Damn these first world problems.
|22 hours 25 min ago||Historian and WD can confirm||
Historian and WD can confirm but was the Minnesota road game with Navarre and Thomas the biggest comeback ever for UM?
The Braylon Edwards Henne vs MSU game also has to be up there.
Don - I was shocked you were not 10 years old when this catch happened like almost every other member of the board. ;)
|1 day 13 hours ago||If I was on staff I'd have||
If I was on staff I'd have run out of things to say to Jonathan Jones by now. And they need to keep doint it for another 5 mo? Yowsers.
Also holy ron johnson drop.
|1 day 13 hours ago||nm||
I see someone else already had the "Brady Hoke is available" meme down lower on the thread!
|1 day 13 hours ago||free points!||
|1 day 20 hours ago||Right but this is a sunshine||
Right but this is a sunshine blowing thread so I ignored the last sentence.
The Pac 12 has good defenses too - they are stressed far more than Big 10 defenses. Pac 12 QBs actually can throw 15 yard out patterns on the regular. There were 5 guys who threw for 3800+ yards in the Pac 12 - in the big 10 the best was 3200 in Cook and it dropped off a cliff after that. So Big 10 defenses that you pat on the back for Rudock doing ok against get inflated stats.
Wilson is very similar to Rudock. In fact both had backups pushing them to the bench... but Utah's got hurt.
|1 day 20 hours ago||If you want more sunshine||
If you want more sunshine blowing you could also look at the opponent and say
a) they lost both their coordinators
b) they lost their best defensive player in Nate Orchard
c) their best CB coming back is suspended / kicked off team?
d) their QB is not a typical high octane Pac 12 QB, he is basically Jake Rudock of the Pac 12.
As far as Pac 12 matchups, if you exclude the garbage at the bottom (of which Oregon State will be) this is a pretty perfect matchup for UM. Its not a high octane offense that has the potential to put up 40 on you so it wont pressure are offense to try to be something it is not. Utah wins with defense and special teams, something UM is probably going to have to do quite a bit this year. They do have a bad ass running back. And great kicking game - our FG kickers really have not been discussed much at all offseason but it's an open question esp in a year I expect many close games.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Not necessarily on the||
Not necessarily on the defense - Les' elite DC left him this offseason to go to A&M. So we'd be starting Morris in a Les Miles offense known for wtf QBs surrounded by elite NFL talent at the skill positions (which we currently do not have). And Mattison would still be DC. Mattison is solid but not Chavis.
Even more scary it sounds like our now worshiped AD was very close to keeping Hoke. Can't imagine going into this year with the remnants of what that class would have been under Hoke starting Morris with Speight as backup. With all these position coaches that no one nationally wanted.
|1 day 21 hours ago||When Victor is Taysom Hilling||
When Victor is Taysom Hilling our team to a national championship with a TD pass to TE Zach Gentry in the NC game, minds will be blown.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Furbush needed the weight but||
Furbush needed the weight but I am surprised at how many lbs they packed on these linebackers across the board in an era of more and more spread offenses. Granted, very few spreads in the Big 10 but still these are some supersized LBs in an era when many play 230 or less in college. Ross is going to look completely different too as his meme for 3 years was fast undersized dude who got run over if the DL didnt do its job.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Harbaugh effect. We've taken||
We've taken a lot more under the radar types on D.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Yep of course since he is||
Yep of course since he is ours we will applaud the video. When the kicker committed to PSU in similar fashion he was denounced by most of the board.
We all live in glass houses ;)
|2 days 16 hours ago||I am happy with the commit||
I am happy with the commit but my only worry is Urban backed away from Green for other RBs a few yrs back and we were all giddy we "stole him" from Urban and we see how Green compares to say an Elliott. That said Harbaugh is not Hoke but it will be curious to see how he turns out vs the guys OSU had higher on their board.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Minnesota lost its 2 star||
Minnesota lost its 2 star players on offense. Their QB is junk. They don't have the depth just to replace players at this point. The hype around Minn right now reminds me of the hype of the last great coaching phenom in the Big 10 - Fitzgerald - after Northwestern's 10 win season. You know what followed.
I would be selling their stock this year but buy it for your 401k this December after the glow wears off. I think after TCU decimates them people will come to reality - this is a roster with 1 whole 4 star on it. They do have a great secondary.
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|4 days 17 hours ago||Agreed. Hoke sounds like he||
Agreed. Hoke sounds like he thinks everything was very close and if not for a few key turnovers last year and a few young players he had to play, it would have been 10 win year and this year would have been special blah blah. Delusional for a team who couldn't put 11 guys on the field for ST, and whose arch rival won the NC with a ton of young guys...
Hoke has 14 million reasons to love Brandon. He set up 3-4 generations of his family.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Bingo. Hard to move the||
Bingo. Hard to move the puppet around to take the arrows when you don't have a puppet. He needed a fall guy - CEO 101.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Agree with Seth on Maryland||
Agree with Seth on Maryland and PSU (well I know he read my previews which said I'd buy stock in PSU this year, and sell it in Maryland). PSU this year is what we hoped UM would be last year - you ask the defense to be excellent and you expect the OL to go from disaster to meh. And you expect your all everything high rated QB to perform as a 3rd-ish year starter. They were uber young at offensive skill positions last year to boot so all those guys come back with experience. Easy schedule gets them to 6-0 early as well, unless someone like Temple upsets them.
One point early on for Seth - Cox was a S last year for MSU not a beaten out CB who a shaky Hicks passed. He is transitioning to CB this year.
I laughed at Will Gholston...
|4 days 19 hours ago||He has built a program that||
He has built a program that has staying power ... as long as he remains I agree. As we saw here and see all over the country, if the next hire is wrong you can undo 40 years of good work in 1-2 years. Forget 7 years of good work. Alvarez on the other hand built a program with staying power and more importantly has an eye for coaching talent. The next hire for MSU will determine if they are going to be Wisconsin or not.
All that said, he took a tire fire and changed the culture 180 which is impressive. Unfortunately.
Don't think Urban has done anything Saban didn't do. OSU is playing in a shit conf compared to Bama. If Bama has an off week it generally will lose or come close to an Auburn, LSU, (not last year's version) Florida, Georgia. If OSU has an off weak it still beats Iowa, Minn, (recent vintage) PSU, (recent vintage) UM, Wisc 8 out of 10 times.
I also will give huge props to Urban's OL coach - he had to rebuild that elite 2013 unit from near scratch and by mid season it was dominating a very good MSU front 7. Meanwhile we Funked around for 4 years.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Plenty of great college wrs||
Plenty of great college wrs out there without NFL bodies or being speed demon. Tyler Lockett anyone? Jeremy Gallon?
|5 days 13 hours ago||Depends on how you feel he||
Depends on how you feel he played at Stanford. He had a good defense around him with a NFL CB on the other side of the field. So lots of support and a defense that got to the QB better than UM. Yet couldnt stick around as a starter.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Not talking this year - I am||
Not talking this year - I am speaking in general. I am not even sure we have 5 CBs Id trust putting out there at CB right now to face a Baylor offense. Same for next year.
|5 days 18 hours ago||If he can become Taysom Hill||
If he can become Taysom Hill you want him at QB.
|5 days 18 hours ago||After Lewis there are just as||
After Lewis there are just as many unknowns @ CB as their are @ wide out after Darboh. Esp with the talk of Lyons getting beat out thus far (dude lost his job at Stanford).
|5 days 18 hours ago||Say Lewis gets hurt. Who are||
Say Lewis gets hurt. Who are your corners if they dont move Peppers over?
Stribling who has yet to do anything, Lyons who looks like he is getting beaten out for 1st string and lost his job at Stanford, Clark who was a safety last year and is a project, and Watson. Washington is green as hell and will redshirt.
Meanwhile if Darboh goes down what are your options @ Wr. Plenty more.
Canteen provides depth and gives you a sightline if he develops to a starter in 2 years once all our upperclassmen are gone. We have no young depth there - Watson and Washington are the only 2. With injuries you need 5 CBs nowadays. And if you play Baylor or Oregon you need 6.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Plus our 2016 offensive||
Plus our 2016 offensive commits are a lot more highly ranked then the defensive ones. Esp the DBs where we basically have a guy from Canada, the backfield of Flanigan HS and a 3 star from Maryland. Compared to say a Brad Hawkins those are way more hit or miss prospects. If Mitchell comes in you have another top 100 type talent on top of Cole this year. The corners are not that pedigree.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Long term we have more needs||
Long term we have more needs at CB than Wr - Lyons is gone after this year and Lewis after 2. So is Stribling. Peppers if he is anywhere near the hype is gone in 2 (even if he is a S not CB) Clark is an experiment. The only 15 CB is a project in Washington. That leaves Watson and Washington in 2 years.
We have plenty of Wr options 2 years down the road..
We only had 4 - count em - 4 defensive players in the last class. 4. That is almost 1/3rd of a normal defensive take in a single class. In 2 years (14 and 15 combined) we only had 13 defensive players total. That is half what OSU and MSU took in those 2 classes. So we're essentially missing a class of defensive players.
On top of that Harbaugh has pulled some defensive guys to offense i.e. Poggis, Winoviches. We need underclassmen defensive players period.
|5 days 20 hours ago||He lost his starting job last||
He lost his starting job last year too. And that was with a better defense that prob hid his issues better than the guys in our secondary. Not sure why a guy who was displaced by a younger player at Stanford not able to win the job here is a surprise. Some guys just reach a ceiling.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Canteen - like Norfleet was||
Canteen - like Norfleet was massively hyped on this site due to "jungle beats" and 3 weeks spring hype from a bunch of practices almost no one saw.
Dude was a true freshman who if did not have "fancy footwork youtube video" or 2 weeks of hype would have done what almost every freshmam Wr not in the top 50 is expected to do - redshirt and be seen in year 2 or 3.
The average UM fan has no idea who Freddy Canteen is - he was not a Green or Peppers or heck Kalis level recruit. People on this blog do, due to the hype we give to 3-4 players every year based on little.
Going farther back then that if we had a competent staff who developed players we'd have counted on DeMario Jones and Jaron Dukes to support Funchess and Chesson and Darboh not praying for a freshman to show up and do it Treadwell style.
I think you can see a player's path end of year 2 (non lineman) or year 3 (lineman). Not going to judge a true freshman who was way undersized for not performing for a sad sack staff.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Harbaugh was way too unproven||
Harbaugh was way too unproven in 2008. It is easy to reverse engineer but he was not even an on the radar guy at that point after 1 year @ Stanford.