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|6 min 55 sec ago||How is Richt going to win||
How is Richt going to win nine games a year at Maryland when that's all he could manage with Georgia's talent? I don't see it. They'd be a .500 program, IMO.
|1 hour 8 min ago||Turnarounds||
I thought about those Rose Bowls this weekend also. A couple other games that come to mind are the 45-7 loss to Tennessee after the 2001 season (followed by a win over Florida in the next year's bowl game) and the 34-9 home loss to Iowa in 2002 (followed by a close, fourth quarter loss at Iowa the next season and wins against Iowa in 2004 and 2005).
|5 hours 22 min ago||Recruiting classes||
I guess I was thinking the low numbers for 2014 and 2015 were more related to the wheels coming off and then JH having a short period of time to sign people last winter than classes being small by design. But then Hoke didn't seem too interested in roster management, whereas Harbaugh has been aggressive about it.
|7 hours 43 min ago||LBs||
Our LB situtation isn't quire as dire IMO as last year when we all looked at the QB depth chart and were like, "shit, what are we gonna do?!"
Gedeon is certainly going to be one of the starters; I don't see 2016 Gedeon being any worse than 2015 Bolden so at least there is a push at one of the spots. Hopefully he can have a big senior year.
Then we need to find a second ILB and hopefully a backup or two from among McCray, Furbush, Wangler, Gant, Winovich, Liesman, and any true freshmen we come up with. That doesn't seem impossible.
There's also a possibility of a graduate transfer to help out, though that seems like a long shot.
|8 hours 10 min ago||At least 1993||
I graduated in 1997 and that's how it was when I was enrolled.
|8 hours 21 min ago||Reese||
I think Reese is saying that. He committed to M and then evidently he and his dad had a sit-down with Harbaugh at which it was decided that Reese would "start out" at LB--not fullback, as the staff had wanted. Then it came out that Reese wants to enroll early, and the staff has been telling him to wait on that.
Given our need for LBs, I would think the staff would drive over to Farmington in a U-Haul and move Reese to A2 themselves if they thought he could fill that need next season. Since they have pretty much done the opposite, I can only surmise they don't see Reese as a viable solution.
|8 hours 36 min ago||Reese||
The coaches originally wanted Reese for fullback. Maybe they don't see him as an elite LB prospect?
|9 hours 12 min ago||Washouts||
Agreed. A typical M recruiting class in the Carr era would have about 18-22 players. Now it seems like a typical class has 25+ guys in it. The only way you do that is if more guys are cycling out of the program on the back end--but that's life these days, especially with the graduate transfer rule. So you can afford to have more washouts at the bottom, as long as you are getting your half-dozen stars and ~10 more solid contributors per class.
|9 hours 19 min ago||Grades||
Denay only started two games? Didn't realize that--I thought he was more of a regular contributor on the offensive line.
Joppru may have only started as a senior but he had a great senior season and was a regular throughout his career before that (played in 8 games as a freshman, 11 games as a soph, 11 games as a junior, and 13 as a senior). So, I think my 4H is appropriate but could see a case for 4L.
Dubuc was a role player but appeared in games regularly for 2.5 seasons (6 games as a soph., 11 as a junior, 13 as a senior). I went with 3L; I guess you could call him a 2 but that seems harsh for a guy who actually played a fair number of snaps.
|10 hours 45 min ago||Recruiting classes||
For perspective, I decided to apply your methodology to re-rank our 1998 recruiting class, IMO the best class M ever signed:
Evan Coleman LB -- 2
Walter Cross RB -- 3L
Julius Curry SS -- 3H
Joe Denay OL -- 3H
Deitan Dubuc TE --3L
Hayden Epstein PK/P -- 4H
Larry Foote ILB -- 4H
Victor Hobson OLB -- 4H
Todd Howard CB -- 4L
Bennie Joppru TE -- 4H
Cato June FS -- 4L
Shawn Lazarus DE -- 3H
Dave Petruziello OL -- 3H
Dan Rumishek DL -- 3H
Marquise Walker WR -- 4H
Dave Armstrong FB -- 2
Justin Fargas RB -- 3H at M, 4H including USC
Drew Henson QB -- 5
Dave Terrell WR -- 5
Out of 19 guys, that's two 5s, six 4Hs (including Fargas), two 4 Ls, and five 3Hs -- or 15/18 recruits contributing at a high level.
According to your rankings, the 2012 class has just 13 (of 25) players performing at least to the 3H level, and comparably few players at the highest levels, though with some players having another year of eligibility remaining (personally I think Wormley, Darboh, and Chesson will grade out higher by the end of their careers than you have them right now, but that's probably about it).
|14 hours 8 min ago||Louisville vs. Rutgers then,||
Louisville vs. Rutgers then, huh?
|1 day 6 hours ago||LSU||
Florida is a boring matchup.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Increasing speed||
It's not hard to get big guys to run faster. You just have to ask nicely.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Linebackers||
We are trying to sign three LB prospects: Devin Bush Jr., Caleb Kelly, and Jonathan Jones. Victor Viramontes and David Reese could also play LB. The coaches may also have some plan B linebacker prospects who they would offer if the top targets go elsewhere. So, I think it's fair to say the coaches are trying to recruit LBs. But true freshmen LBs aren't going to win games for us next season. We need to find some guys on the current roster who can contribute.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Georgia||
The three losses were ugly though. Blown out by Florida and Alabama. They also barely survived against Georgia Southern recently.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Rich Rod||
He coaches Arizona. His star QB and MLB were injured. You are not going to overcome those kinds of injuries at Arizona. But he's still a good coach. If I were a program like Miami or Virginia, I would be interested.
|1 day 11 hours ago||2016||
I don't really see 2016 as a rebuilding year unless we get some bad surprises with attrition. Yeah, we need to find some LBs and we'll probably need a true freshman (and Peppers) to contribute at RB. But M should have a real shot at the B1G title next year.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Oh, I agree completely with||
Oh, I agree completely with your assessment of Franklin. I'm just saying I don't think he'll get fired that quickly. This is only his second year. If he wins 7+ games next season, after winning seven this year and bringing in a good recruiting class, I think most ADs would keep him around. Not that they should--Penn State could certainly do better. It's just that it will be tough to fire a guy who can put up winning seasons in the aftermath of sanctions and can claim to have the program headed in the right direction.
|1 day 13 hours ago||They are 4-4 in the Big Ten,||
They are 4-4 in the Big Ten, with wins over Rutgers, IU, Maryland, and Illinois.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Yeah, it's a good thing||
Yeah, it's a good thing signing day is in February and not next week. A bowl victory would go a long way toward washing the bitter taste out.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Hackenberg was pretty good||
Hackenberg was pretty good under BOB, and looked like he was headed for stardom as an upper classman. Yeah, maybe he never would have been the next Brady/Manning/Rodgers as his recruiting hype held, but he could have had a much better college career and developed into a much more consistent player.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I agree Franklin is a||
I agree Franklin is a mediocre coach but I would be surprised if they fire him that quickly, especially if he wins 7-8 games again next year.
|2 days 1 hour ago||I guess David Shaw is a||
I guess David Shaw is a genius after all.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Don't want to risk a sack?||
Don't want to risk a sack?
|2 days 1 hour ago||Wow. FG range.||
Wow. FG range.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Not really. Better to give||
Not really. Better to give up the TD with :30 than with :05.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Can Stanford decline an||
Can Stanford decline an overturn?
|2 days 2 hours ago||Never mind.||
|2 days 3 hours ago||If Smith is going to play||
If Smith is going to play fullback then he's going to do it at 230 or whatever he is now. I don't think we can afford to risk making him any slower.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Shallman is needed to be the||
Shallman is needed to be the new Sione Houma.