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|5 days 8 hours ago||Stats||
You can't completely ignore the stats as they show that a player was in position and completed his job. Luke Kuechly is a stat-machine, are his stats irrelevant? Football is obviously a team game and any good defensive player needs those surrounding him to do their jobs or they get caught in the wash. This just makes me more impressed with a player like Scales who has so much less around him than Peppers. The flip-side argument to that is that Peppers gets less tackles, interceptions, forced fumbles, etc. because his better teammates are also making plays. There is some truth, but I also posit that Peppers gets less tackles and interceptions because he can't get off the blocks that make it to him and because he is average or worse in coverage. Game film doesn't lie. Peppers is a special athlete who can blow up a block or screen better than anyone on one play, but then gets out of position the next two. He relies on his athleticism too much and doesn't have the best instincts or diagnoses skills so when he guesses right, his athleticism allows him to do something special. But he is more often wrong and runs himself out of a play, takes a bad angle, or gets handled by a blocker.
Per ProFootballFocus: 21. Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Peppers has started to fall down our board just a bit, as his play on the field as of late hasn’t quite lived up to his hype. While his elite athleticism and ability as a returner is blindingly apparent every time he steps on the field, his play on the back end has been less than stellar. When targeted in coverage this season, he has yielded receptions on 20 of 26 targets and does not have a single pass defended when he is the primary defender (his lone interception against Ohio State was a case of him being in the right place at the right time off a pass tipped in front). He also lacks the size to consistently take on and shed blocks going forward, as the majority of his impact plays this year have come when he has been unblocked. Teams considering him will need sell themselves on the idea that his coverage struggles could be due to his hybrid role, but it may be difficult for some to come to terms with the thought that he may be a two-down player at the next level.
And Michigan has forced teams to reconsider three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust because of their excellent pass rush and outstanding corners, not because they are worried Peppers will destroy their read-option or pass-happy offense. Teams see how hard it is to throw well against Michigan and decide running at Peppers is easier. Jourdan Lewis had more of an effect on opponents' offensive gameplans week-to-week than Peppers ever did. He took away half the field in the passing game.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Half?||
Half is quite a stretch. Especially since teams figured out that if you run right at Peppers, your odds went up. Yes, he was great at beating WR/RB/TE blocks on the edge, but if an OL was able to engage him, Peppers was done. And Scales easily bested him in sacks and TFL and could actually get off blocks in the run game and still make plays. Peppers was a very good player on D this year, but best in the conference? When teams decide their best chance at running the ball is to do so right at a certain player, best goes out the window. He wasn't the best defender on his own team. OSU ran at him multiple times in the overtime because there was little fear of him. On JT's TD in the first OT, Peppers followed the fake and vacated the middle. The play right before that, Samuel had shaken him almost to the ground and went by him. In the second OT, Peppers had kept contain but couldn't make the tackle on Samuel's field reversal play. Then on the final TD, OSU ran at him again and Mike Webber completely blocked him out of the play. People had actual fear of Jourdan Lewis and just chose not to throw at him.
|5 days 21 hours ago||DPOY||
I know I'm going to get flamed, but I don't think Peopers deserved DPOY or LBOY. I would have much rather seen Jourdan Lewis get DPOY as he was certainly more dominant than Peppers. And as for LB, Peppers didn't have the numbers of other LBs in the conference and seemed more mistake-prone. He's the most athletic LB, certainly, but there are certainly better LBs in the conference. Tegray Scales was a monster this year and should have easily won it over Peppers. The fact that he was a third and second team selection shows why these lists are about hype only.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||RR||
I may just be a dumb OSU fan, but if my memory serves right, offense wasn't usually the issue under RR. And JT is a much better overall QB than Denard or any other RR QB's were.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Truth||
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Curtis Samuel||
I think you misunderstand Curtis' role in the OSU offense. He is an H, not a running back. They move him everywhere, but he spends most of his time in the slot. "Middling" is not the word any coach in the conference would use to describe him. In 2014, as a true freshman, he averaged 6.6 yards per carry and 8.6 per catch. In 2015, it was 7.8 yards per carry (17 carries) and 13.1 per catch (22 catches). He averaged more yards per carry than any UM RB and more yards per catch than Jake Butt. For his 75 career carries as a true freshman and sophomore he's averaging 6.9 yards per and has 7 TDs. He would likely be the starting RB at UM.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Depends on the OSU WRs||
I'm obviously oversimplifying here, but every team has tried some variation of this against OSU since Meyer's been there. If OSU has capable deep and intermediate threats (Devin Smith, Jalin Marshall, Michael Thomas), it backfires. If the WRs can't beat single coverage, then OSU loses. Meyer is 50-4 at OSU, so...
JT is more than capable of beating teams that completely stuff the box over the top as he showed against MSU two years ago in East Lansing. Devin Smith destroyed the MSU secondary. If OSU develops similar threats this year, then clogging the box doesn't work. Defenses will have to pull someone out of the box and then OSU pounds the ball. Will UM's secondary be able to handle the OSU skill players? Lewis was beaten a couple times by Thomas last year, can someone like Noah Brown have similar success? Lots of questions to answer before the end of November.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||DPJ||
While I don't disagree that UM leads for him, I don't think his reasoning will be Michigan's med school. His first goal will be for a shot at the NFL. If that doesn't work out, he'll start applying to a number of med schools (assuming this stays his chosen career path for the next five years). Being a Michigan undergrad won't give him a leg up on getting into med school at Michigan. From what I understand, being a former Michigan football player won't truly give him that much of a leg up either. Kids going to schools for their undergrad because they may or may not want to go there for med school 5-6 years down the road is foolish.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||1-11||
Hate to be that guy, but Michigan keeps the loss. OSU just vacates the win. So UM is 1-11 and OSU is 10-1 with a vacated win. Same way how all of those wins for JoePa came off the books, but PSU's opponents kept the losses.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||This.||
NFL personnel have been raving about him all week.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||This.||
Wallace is a big, ridiculous athlete and has committed to Oregon as a WR. The kid is probably wisely looking at his future and realizes his best shot at the NFL will probably be as a WR. As a WR, though, OSU didn't have much interest as they aren't looking for a project and still have Corley and Victor on their recruiting boards. A logical parting of ways.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Changed the Tide||
"Changed the tide" is a bit much. Let's see him win a few in the rivalry first. I do think Ohio State fans have taken notice of how solid Michigan has looked, but I think it also has just as much to do with the OSU offense underwhelming the last couple weeks. It's made the natives restless and when the fanbase is restless, everything starts looking like a bigger threat.
Edit: there also seems to be some joke I'm missing? Guess I haven't spent enough time reading MGoBlog lately.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Run Game||
Even if the schemes were identical, the scheme alone doesn't make a run game dynamic. The OL needs to open holes and the RB needs to hit the hole with suddenness and quickly get to the second level. Zeke is fantastic at this and has the speed to turn a typical up the gut play into a 75 yard TD. Smith doesn't have that.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Perry||
Watching that highlight, I think of Dane Sanzenbacher from OSU. A litle small, not blazing fast, great route runner, great hands. Dane was never a true big play guy, but he was one of the most consistent and relaible WR's I've ever seen. Athletic enough with a high football IQ and worked hard at everything. Dane also got on the field over more athletic and highly recruited options.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Dean||
First off, I feel for the kid. Either way here, he is the loser.
Second, I think people on either side of the debate should back off their soap boxes for the time being until Urban is asked about this. For those defending Urban, there is no way to say with certainty what this kid's medical status is. This applies to those attacking Urban, too. I know this is a convenient time to cry foul, but very few people know the actual state of this kid's knee. I've had friends tear everything in their knee and be able to return to a sport the next season. I've also had teammates who've been told to hang em up after one serious knee injury. Every athlete's body is different and only they and their families and doctors can say what is best for them.
No matter what, a kid's dream of playing football at OSU is over, either by injury or coach's call. No one should take any joy in this moment.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||3 RBs||
It's honestly likely that all 3 will see the field at the same time. Think of it this way:
Walker = Elliott
Hill = Marshall
McCall = Wilson
In OSU's offense, all 3 of those plays can run the ball, but all 3 have slightly different positions. This is how the OSU staff views them.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Injuries||
Reeves did play in the Championship, but I don't know if he was injured again in any way during that game. They haven't announced anything specific yet, but I know the kid struggled with injury and missed multiple games this year because of it. So it's not like the kid was being forced to play week after week while the OSU staff knew he had an injury. When the medical staff cleared him to play, he played. When they didn't clear him, he didn't dress this season. Beyond that, no one besides Reeves, his family, and the program know when he was or wasn't injured or cleared. So to imply Meyer did anything "shady" in regards to Reeves is unfounded in fact.
I don't remember off the top of my head if Tanner played in the Championship. I know he was dinged all season and he may have worsened an injury at some point. You or I don't know the details, so it's pointless to say anything definitive.
Bogard's injuries are well known and discussed.
What is known, is that all three were contributers. Your statement , "if he didn't believe that someone else in that roster spot could contribute more?" doesn't make sense to me, because even if he thought someone coming on to the team could take their spot, it makes no sense to push them off them team over a 4th or 5th stringer. What your saying is that Meyer is willing to keep guys who can't even crack the rotation on special teams, but not the guys who earned game minutes? These are the three he is "cutting"? That's nonsense. Even if these guys lose their spot, they are more likely to contribute than many other guys on the team, especially if the guy who beat them gets injured. If Meyer was going to cut three players, it'd be three that never saw the field.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Meyer||
I haven't seen any cases yet where the player seemed to legitimately be pushed out. If Meyer was going to "push" someone out to make room, he has plenty of guys who have never even set foot on the field who he could use instead of 3 guys who have contributed. Tanner and Bogard are two of our best Special Teams players and Reeves was our starting nickel this year. No coach pushes out contributors. When you see it happen at Bama or wherever, it's 4th or 5th stringers who got "injured" in practice, not guys getting injured during key games like the Big Ten championship.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Weber||
I really feel for the kid. It was obvious he was under a ton of pressure. It sounds like everyone around him was pushing him to go Michigan, but he had built a strong relationship with the OSU staff over time. Like has been said above, mind vs heart. It had to be the hardest thing he's ever done to announce in front of all the locals that he's leaving home, but I'm glad he made the decision for him.
I don't buy the excuse about Higdon at all, either. The RB room at OSU is stacked and Weber knows that as well as anyone. That was just a convenient reason he could give to take some heat off of him and I don't blame him one bit. I'm sure he's gotten hell the last two weeks and will probably keep getting it.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Nike v Adidas||
Let's be honest...is that extra few million $ going to really hurt Michigan? Speaking as someone who often coaches/works with teenagers, these kids view Nike as Ferrari and Adidas as Hyundai. It absolutely has an effect on recruiting and perception. After all, Nike just had one of the biggest on field commercials ever with the college football playoffs. 9 of the top 10 teams in the playoff rankings wore Nike this year, and kids notice.
Outside of that, fans/alumni do care. I'll be disgusted if OSU ever leaves Nike.
Does Michigan need the money that bad?
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Ed Warriner||
As long as OSU has Warinner coaching the OL, OSU's offense will never truly be shut down. Maybe slowed, but he is too good at molding O-Linemen. Recruits have noticed, too, and OSU's OL recruiting will only continue to be top notch while he's there.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Coaching||
In my post, I addressed how the revisit made me really examine the differences in talent evaluation/development. Talent out of high school was probably a very small gap if any, but Urban's staff makes that talent mature and grow. Hoke's didn't. Talent can only go so far in sport like football.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||The Cold||
Honestly, your remark about the spread in November is curious since the OSU offense has put up 40+ against UM at the end of November the last two years. Also, the offense had no problem moving the ball against Minnesota in a 15 degree snow storm. I think you should re watch that game. The final score was much closer than the contest, mainly due to two Marshall turnovers. One, he fumbled while going into the end zone and the other, he muffed a punt on OSU's 12. Both were recovered by Minnesota. I also think that you must not have been watching the OSU offense much the last two years, as it has been more ManBall than UM's.
Also agree on the cyclical nature of college football. That's one of the best things about it, the roster completely turns over every few years. Michigan will have a stretch on top again.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I don't really know how you||
I don't really know how you came to that conclusion, but I hope you have a great day.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||OSU Defense||
I don't disagree at all with you on the OSU defense. I think the coaching advantage of Mattison really shows in how he could make the unit much greater than the sum of its parts. Even so, the OSU D improced quite a bit from the year before with Ash calling things and a ton of underclassmen. I gotta think year two for him will have another jump.
Also agree in the speed at skill positions. While Meyer and Hoke have both been recruiting at a very high level as far as recruiting sites are concerned, Meyer was obviously recruiting very different types of players. Hoke was recruiting like it's 2001.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||The Game||
I think it's not hard to say that UM was the hungrier team the last two years coming into the game. They played with more motivation and fire than they did the rest of the year, easily. I aslo think that Hoke and his staff made it obvious that they were game-planning for Ohio State all year. UM always seemed more prepared against OSU than any other opponent. Hoke's greatest strength was that he got the rivalry, but it may have also been a huge weakness for him. His teams looked so bad against schools like Rutgers, but then came out and were ready to go against OSU.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Comparison||
RB - I don't think you realize how good Elliott was this year. He averaged 6.5ypc and ran for 1400 yards. He also caught 26 passes for over 200 yards. To put that in perspective, he had more catches than Jake Butt. With 4 new O-Linemen.
Defense - So, you wouldn't take Michael Bennett (All-American), Doran Grant (All-Conference), Darron Lee (Strong-Side LB, 13.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 2 INT), Josh Perry (Weak-Side LB, 113 tackles, 1 INT, 8.5 TFL, 3 sacks) , or Vonn Bell over their counterparts at UM? Why?
|1 year 51 weeks ago||LB||
The LB for me was tougher, but at the end of the day, it came down to what would I rather have:
a corps that was solid against the run, gave up the occasional big play, but made a lot of sacks, TFL, INT, and fumbles
a corps that was very good against the run, was generally in positionon any given play, but made almost no game-changing plays.
The UM LB corps had one INT and 2 forced fumbles. They weren't getting sacks much either. They were obviously well-coached (Mattison>Fickell), but they never seemed to be the catalyst between winning/losing. They were just constantly plugging holes. Now, I'm not saying this is in anyway bad, but I'd just take the occasional long run given up to go along with the more frequent big plays they made.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||This||
So much this. I am completely shocked that he has done nothing.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||LB's||
I think most would agree that Hull was the best LB in the conference this year. Ryan was still great, but I don't think he ever made it fully back to his former self from the injury. That combined with eith position swap limited him some. He wasn't nearly as explosive to my eyes. Ross didn't do anything of note that I saw. OSU's LB's played young and undisciplined, but also made a ton of big plays - combined for 33 TFL and had as many INT as UM's team combined.