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|7 weeks 5 days ago||Drake the Best||
I like Drake Johnson better than Smith (and Isaac). He's going to get you more yards on average, because he's quicker. He's a bit more fragile, however, so a Smith - Johnson rotation works well, as in our bowl game against Florida.
There was one play for us on the Gators' 3 yard line. 3rd and goal I believe. Johnson ran to the left and it looked like he was going to get stuffed. There were 3 or 4 defense players running with him, parallel to the line of scrimmage. But his instincts led to a quick cut, and he was in the end zone before the Florida players could adjust and hit him with any momentum pushing him away from the goal line. I would guess that, if Smith were carrying on that play, he gets hit by 3 or 4 players, with momentum, before getting to the 2 yard line. Smith is a tough SOB, though.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Now Would be a Good Time to Get Hot||
This team hasn't been very good, but I suppose we can hope that Irvin, Walton, and Robinson get hot. They all have the potential to shoot the lights out and spring another upset or two. It would be oh so satisfying to beat Spartans in Big Ten tourney final. A man can dream, can't he?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Wormsley Beat Isaac||
According to Nick Baumgartner, "in a 30-yard sprint, Wormley won. He beat Isaac and everyone else in his group"
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Robinson Off the Bench||
I like Robinson off the bench. Either way (Dawkins or Robinson) we're in good shape. We know Dawkins can shoot.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||MAAR and LeVert||
MAAR and LeVert shared point guard duties quite effectively, with Walton out. "The Cat" was MIA after Walton went down.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Robinson Turned Game Around||
Robinson came in and hit three triples. He was by far our leading scorer until the last minute when LaVert hit 6 free throws to pass him by one point. It would hard to exaggerate his impact. He played some pretty good defense also last night.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Agree 100% Regarding Fouls||
The officiating was a bad joke. So many phantom calls on Michigan in the 2nd half. Michigan stopped playing defense at the end for fear of getting called, and they still called fouls. It could have spoiled the game if Caris hadn't hit his free throws.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Too Early||
I think it's too early to discount Dawkins. He proved his worth last year, and I'm confident he'll be at least as good this year. I like the current rotation -- with Robinson, Wagner, and MAAR coming off the bench, we can really take control of games like we did last night. And we've got the depth to absorb injuries, again as demonstrated last night.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Agree Regarding Trial Period||
One other possible factor is showing the fans what you've got. If Chatman and Donnal hadn't played, we fans wouldn't know what we're missing. And if we fans aren't happy, we can cause a lot of trouble. If you're Jim Harbaugh, you can get away with withholding information from the public, but not if you're Brady Hoke, for example. Maybe I'm giving Beilein too much credit, but it seems like a smart move to give everyone a shot in public before settling on the rotation.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Missing the Forest||
Hard to miss this, unless you are clueless to begin with:
|24 weeks 1 day ago||MAAR Ahead of Chatman||
Who would you rather have checking Valentine? Also, I prefer MAAR on offense due to superior shooting ability and ability to drive to the hoop?
At best Chatman is unproven.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Depth Will Help Us Against MSU||
Yeah. Michigan State looked GOOD last night. We'll need MAAR out there defensively to slow down Valentine and company. The depth all around will be essential to ensure that we can go all out defensively at all times, without players worrying too much about foul trouble.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Tonight||
Yes, Walton was the best tonight. He really stood out and played at a level higher than anyone else. Led the team in rebounds, fergodssake.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||MAAR!||
I enjoyed watching him on the bench tonight. He looked totally comfortable, even though he didn't get many minutes.
We have a fantastic top eight: LeVert, Walton, Irwin, Doyle, Albrecht, Dawkins, Robinson, and MAAR. And we've got 4 more big bodies to throw in if needed.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||MAAR Drive and Dish to Dawkins||
Did you see that one? MAAR broke down the defense dribbling into the lane, then fed to Dawkins for an uncontested dunk. Chatman has improved and gotten a lot of good assists, but who do you want playing against Michigan State. I think the question answers itself.
It's incredibly foolhardy to assume that what we've seen so far, in terms of playing time, will stick. Clearly Beilein is using the "pre-season" to see what we've got in the 9-12 slots (Wilson, Wagner, Chatman, Donnal). I'm guessing Wilson is the most talented of that group. I think Donnal is already out of the running. Wagner is probably better than Chatman, but Chatman does seem to have improved, but still can't hit an outside shot.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Yes -- MAAR Will Play||
If anyone thinks, based upon the 3 games we've seen so far, that Chatman will play more than MAAR, they are wrong. MAAR is proven against top notch competition and pressure, and is clearly comfortable and productive when on the floor. Nothing against Chatman, but he's not in the same league at this point.
Ace-- Look back at the last couple of years. You might recall that Chatman played much more than MAAR at the beginning of last season also. Vogrich started a couple of years before that, but Stauskas and LeVert ended up in the rotation.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||LeVert||
LeVert was the one who fought to get an offensive rebound and tie the Kentucky game near the end. I'm guessing he'll be our tough guy because his talent leads to confidence and courage. Albrecht and Walton are both warriors, and Irwin really stepped it up toward the end of last season. And there is a likelihood that one or two others will blossom this year.
|26 weeks 18 hours ago||Speed > Vision||
I would guess that it's Johnson's speed that yields better cuts, moreso than his vision. He's moving faster and thus has an edge on the defense.
In other words, when Smith sees something, it's often closed by the time he gets there. When Johnson sees a hole, he's through it before the defenders can react.
As Brian put it with regard to one play, "Smith's lack of giddyup—Johnson probably scores—and a missed block on Minnesota's backside LB prevent this from getting to the endzone".
|26 weeks 18 hours ago||Mike Hart||
Mike Hart had excellent high school production, but was thought to be weak on physical attributes (e.g. speed). So I think you're on to something, as he was one of our best running backs. But whatever Drake Johnson brings to the table is working. So our 5 star RBs aren't panning out, Drake Johnson is an excellent RB and we're in good shape at that position, as long as we play the best we have.
|26 weeks 18 hours ago||Yup. Drake Johnson the Best by Far||
This is like Brady and Henson. One back is consistently superior, to such an obvious extent that eventually the coach has no choice but to make him the starter.
In basketball, some still like Chatman over Abdur-Rahkman, as if actual on-court performance is insignificant as compared to "potential".
Drake Johnson consistently (year-in, year-out) gains more yards per carry than Smith and the others. This could be rather significant.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||MAAR is 2 Years Older, 10 Years Better||
They both made the jump from HS to college last year. One immediately became a force, more than holding his own against Ohio State and Michigan State. The other was perhaps the worst player I've ever seen on a Michigan team, and justly had his role diminished throughout the course of the year.
I hope Chatman improves. But, boy, does he have a long way to go to get to MAAR territory.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||MAAR v Chatman||
MAAR was so much better than Chatman last year that I see little chance of Chatman ever catching up. I suppose there are stats somewhere to back this up.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Johnson was a lot better than||
Johnson was a lot better than Smith last year too. Something like double the yards per carry.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||I'll go with Drake Johnson as||
I'll go with Drake Johnson as best back. He averaged over 5 yards per carry today with 2 TDs. Not bad. In the first half he was asked to run into walls, and did a fine job of that.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Well maybe my memory is a bit||
Well maybe my memory is a bit selective. But one thing is indisputable-- Bo rarely won the close games against the good teams. His bowl record was 5-12.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, that's what jumped out||
Yeah, that's what jumped out at me. It's one thing to beat a team with a balanced offense, but very rarely have I seen us just run over ANYBODY like that.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Best post ever||
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Better Than in Bo's Day||
I graduated in 1974. Michigan would beat OrSU caliber teams by scores of 10-7. This was much more impressive than a typical Michigan win back in the 1970-2005 era. We would rarely be able to continue to run the ball once we had shut down the passing game.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Not a bad game. Look for||
Not a bad game. Look for comeback.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Rudock will settle down I||
Rudock will settle down I hope. We've been close several times, and there's still a lot of football to be played.
Offsides against the Utes.