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|1 year 7 weeks ago||Mark Weisman.||
Also, Juggernaut is the nickname teammates of John Rigginish Iowa running back/fullback, Mark Weisman, have given him.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||I believe Iowa's commit, Matt Vandeberg, is a grey shirt.||
Not sure how that affects your rankings, but he's technically a 2014 class kid.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Iowa's David Kenney.||
He's now rated a four star by scout.com(already was by rivals.com).
|1 year 49 weeks ago||I've often wondered what the players thought of the Gittleson ..||
to Barwis transition.
I was never a fan of Gittleson and welcomed the change. I'm wondering if some of the Carr-RR camps conflict was over the perception that Barwis was much higher thought of by many fans/media than Gittleson.
Wonder if the players expressed a preference in S&C coaches and their respective styles.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||As variations of "the spread" proliferate...||
the pro-style becomes increasingly contrarian. I suspect that in the next few years, with the B12 and SEC assistants getting more head coaching jobs, we'll see more spread than we've seen and less pro-style.
That probably helps UM.
|2 years 2 days ago||He's only a laughing stock to people who prefer X-Box to footbal||
The man's a very good coach who struggles with one of the worst places to recruit from in automatic BCS conference land.
Surely anyone who watched the Iowa-UM should understand that the man can coach.
He's too conservative but one of the best coaches in the country at player development/teaching.
|2 years 2 days ago||A couple of points on Iowa.||
As a UM and Iowa fan...a few thoughts on Iowa.
Scout.com's team rankings had Iowa at #22 for the 2011 recruiting class. So, we're not Iowa's recruiting in the top 25 as ancient history here, and Iowa has never produced highly thought of(top 15) recruiting classes with the exception of the injury riddled 2005 class. The best talent on the Iowa team is in the freshman(2011) and 2010 classes. The 2008 recruiting class was pretty awful and finished last in the Big Ten according to scout.com. Not surprisingly, Iowa has felt the pinch from that class and a nearly as bad class(2009) but rebounded well. So, if you were wondering why Iowa's usually very good-excellent defense wasn't so much this year...it's the 2008-2009 classes that did it in.
The young players are the best athletes on the team but as typical of Iowa(and most other BCS non-traditionally great programs), though they aren't of the ready-made, works great out of the box kind of prep superstars that elite programs often have...they need some time to develop. But, one of the players that should contribute next year is four star redshirt freshmen to be, DT Darian Cooper. He spent this year muscling up and should be ready to start, or at worse, play a lot in relief. Cooper had offers that included offers from UM and MSU, and chose Iowa last year. Another is sophomore to be, safety Nico Law. Law played on special teams this season and played well.
Iowa has a great history of great player development(http://www.blackheartgoldpants.com/2011/4/30/2143688/the-best-and-worst-...). That's especially true on the defensive side of the ball. Some of the lowly or middling regarded recruits that Iowa has turned into highly regarded draft picks(just on defense)a very incomplete list; LB Pat Angerer(Currently #1 in the NFL in tackles),LB Chad Greenway(#3 in the NFL in tackles), S Bob Sanders(former NFL defensive MVP), DE Aaron Kampman, DE Adrian Clayborn, DT Courtney Ballard, DT Kark Klug, DT Mitch King, DE Matt Roth, CB Charles Godfrey, and S/CB Amari Spievey. So, while the 2011 defense had a dearth of talent that was unusually low. Don't expect that a lack of prep "stars" necessarily equates a lack of a talented Iowa defense in the future. They've really NEVER had a defense full of highly regarded recruits and future Iowa defenses will likely have more talented players than this year's variety or that the starred board above might suggest in 2012.
A couple of cases in point are sophomore LB's three star James Morris, Christian Kirksey and two star player junior cornerback, Micah Hyde.. Three star Morris was honorable mention all conference this year as was was the former two star, Hyde. Former two star, Kirksey, played better than either and weighs in at 215 pounds. He's likely to get bigger and stronger in the off-season(as will the undersized Mike LB Morris who weighs 227). Former two-star recruit CB Shaun Prater was first-team All-Big Ten this year. So, the elite recruitment at Iowa may never happen but the elite development of Iowa players continues..and with four star true(2012 verbal with offers from UM and MSU) Jaleel Johnson joining Darien Cooper and the rest of the 2011 class. Don't expect that the Iowa defense in future years will be poorly talented(although next year's DL will likely be very young).
|2 years 5 days ago||On Iowa.||
They lose because they couldn't pass. They ran pretty effectively.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||McNutt.||
He came to Iowa as a drop-back style QB with better than average athleticism. So, following Erik Campbell around probably would not result in some "hidden gem" WR recruits.
Iowa develops players well. They don't look through a crystal ball with a copy of Phil Steele's mag on their laps.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||On the coaches needing to let Denard be Denard.||
Amen, and ummm, Amen.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||The efficacy of harsh criticism is greatly overrated.||
Pete Carroll had a steadfast role against demeaning criticism by his coaching staff in practices and games. He wanted his teams to bust ass in practices but, have fun,and it helped in recruiting too. His teams were tough, and obviously, very good. Purely anecdotal but, between my junior and senior year in high school we had a head coaching change. We went from a more cerebral, but tough coach to a coach who was right out of "meathead coach casting 101". Very foul mouthed and harshly critical. The team went from 8-1 to 1-8 although the talent wasn't appreciably worse.The coach was gone in two years. I wouldn't argue that it was solely because the coach was a jerk it contributed to it. Players didn't enjoy playing as much as they had. Participation continually dropped. Really, I believe you can be highly successful as a coach either way, but especially today, I think the notion that harsh criticism, let alone national humiliation, is necessary or preferable in making better players. Tougher players, has never been more wrong.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Brian Kelly is a women's hygiene product.||
And we had at least one guy leave because of harsh criticism in practices...imagine having a national TV audience witness your de-maning.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||BTW-Bet NONE of his his other S&C or personal trainers...||
have said don't stretch before workouts. Apparently, that was a special knowledge that only Git knew...like "you ever watch a cat? Cat's don't stretch"...umm, yaaaa.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||There is a decided difference between dynamic ...||
and static stretching. Dynamic stretching is done pre-workout. You warm the muscle up and lengthen it prior to exercise. Static stretching is done post workout when the muscle has already been warmed up. Static stretching prior to warm up can cause injury.
Gittleson, was argurably the worst long-term head S&C coach in college football. His methods were antiquated. He was consistently one of the late comers in a variety of S&C techniques including plyometrics which he considered too dangerous. This in preparing football players to play one of the most dangeous contact sports there is.
I've covered this ground way too often but, suffice it to say Mike Barwis, while flawed, was a huge improvement over Gittleson. People who have little knowledge of S&C are critical of Barwis because they blame him for making UM too small. Barwis, under the direction of RR, dramatically improved the speed-endurance of UM. He made the players in the image RR wanted them. If he were still S&C head coach and Hoke wanted them muscled up that would be very easy for him to do. Bulking up players is probably the single easiest thing a S&C coach can be asked to do. Barwis, worked with generally less physically talented players than under the Carr and he was asked in three years to take younger, and less talented players and turn them into Big Ten players. The players the new S&C coach is working with have had years under Barwis, have had years getting stronger, and faster. Barwis, will have never had a class with 4-5 years under him at UM. He made some dramatic improvements over a number of players at UM. Former UM players across sports disciplines, pro players, continue to work with Barwis in his new facility in Plymouth. A pale comparison to what they had at UM but, they choose to continue to work under him and they could work under virtually anyone. That alone is a tremendous testimony to his success, and his calibre of S&C coach.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||You have to pay crazy||
You have to pay crazy murderous people not to wear the scarlet and grey...it's so their natural colors.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Iowa's new commit Ryan Ward.||
Tim, you're probably going to have to wait a long time before he makes a public announcement about it. Hesaid before his commitment that he'd just inform the coach and not make a public announcement. His family have been shunning the recruiting sites throughout the process so, that's something to consider. His high school coach has confirmed it, and no one is disputing his commitment.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||He seems really high on Illinois.||
And while I heartedly agree with the poster above that I wouldn't want to play for Ron Zook they have produced some good backs of late...Thomas, Mendenhall, LeShoure. As Iowa being my second favorite team of the"final" three, I'm obviously, rooting for them to get him but, wouldn't be surprised if UM get's back in it.
Re: Illinois why play at a school that has bad head coach who's one the hot seat and doens't have a rich football tradition. In comparison to the RR(he's not a bad coach just a bad fit for him) situation if a player commited here knowing that RR was "on the hot seat" the player was going to be at Michigan regardless. UNC? They're facing possibly severe penalities.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Great job, Tom.||
Any sense who the top OL and DL are remaining on our board? I'd think that Jordan Diamond would qualify as a OL they'd take if he wants to commit. DT's? My guess is Pipkins be their highest rated DT that they have a great shot at. Any shot at Eddie Goldman? He has the torso of a young Reggie White.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Really? WTF?||
He was the embodiment of the 'team player" at UM, and gave them their second best year in LC era. Sad, unimaginable, really.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Iowa. Own Penn State, greatly benefit from Michigan's implosion.||
A minor exception here. Iowa, wasn't on UM's schedule in 2008. Which was obviously to UM's benefit as Iowa went 9-4, with all four loses coming by a combined dozen points. Hard to imagine how many yards Shonn Greene would have put up on that defense or how ugly the offense would have looked against a top 10 scoring defense. Unlikely UM beats Iowa in 2008 even if LC had come back for a triumphant victory lap after the ugly ASU/Oregon year.
Iowa has been consistent in their recruiting mediocrity. UM's implosion really had little to no impact on Iowa's recruit up until this class. Where Iowa is having a strong year for Iowa's traditional lack of recruiting prowess. So, even if Iowa would have split the 2009-2010 games(which is slightly generous to UM even if LC had returned.)it wouldn't have greatly effected Iowa's fortunes. Iowa, also suffered to a degree from UW's emergence. Which largely picked up the UM slack, and whom Iowa is more a recruiting peer.
Further, if Hinton had made that list 5 years ago. It's likely Iowa would have been on it, or very close to it. With two BT championships during that span of time. So, I'wa consistent overachievement really isn't significantly effected by UM's implosion. Although, going forward?
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Dern.||
Any news on other DT recruits?
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Sash||
He's 23 so that probably factored into his decision. He's a pretty good prospect, but probably needed another year of development.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Tom.||
Nice job with this post. I have a clearer understanding of what's going on with a number of recruits.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Bob Sanders||
|3 years 1 week ago||T-Day--Barwis kills a bull elk by wrestling it to the ground...||
and forcing it to match him in push ups-rep for rep.
After removing it's heart he says a reverent and thankul prayer to the elk for the gift of the heart, he then eats the raw heart whole and washes it down with a tall glass of, of course, chocolate milk.
The team, incircled around their strength coach, rest on knee in full uniform. A low and powerful sound seems to emenate from everywhere and yet has no source, it steadily grows in power till the walls of Ft. Schembechler themselves begin to shake..."The Team, The Team, The Team".
Coach Rodriquez enters the room burning intensity in his eyes but, a wry smile on his face, he says, OK, boys..."The Game" week is here...hard edge...hit the field.
BEAT the Buckeyes!
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Probably would also look at a number of other factors.||
Comfort with the coaching style.
Quality of my likely position coach, and coordinator. If I had something approximating future NFL talent I'd want to go somewhere that would likely heighten my chances of making it to the NFL. Position coaching would be an important consideration.
Quality of the head coach. Stability in the coaching situation. Would I expect if the coaching situation went south(which my mean the coaches left for the pro's not necessarily were canned.) that the likely replacement would be good and/or that I like the academics and culture of the University that I would like to stay ie. if you weren't playing football, at all, would you be happy here?
Comfort with the academic and football culture. Probably wouldn't be as comfortable at Texas Tech than at UM/UW/Texas.
That would be some of them, I'm sure academics(overall quality and likely major.) would be one of the more important considerations.
Region. It would be some consideration, if my parents were alive, that they could see me play and that I could see them regularly. Personally, I prefer living in the west but, it would likely be a lesser consideration than some others listed above.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Probably the best thing that can happen...||
to this defensive backfield is those aformentioned three freshman QB's, and Mike Martin getting back to 100%.
I guess the good news is all they can do is get better...right? right?
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Johnson.||
He's a sure tackler but, doesn't have the same kind of athleticism as Tarpinian. Getting to the perimeter against Denard that's potentially not an insignificant issue.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||The Iowa defense didn't fear our running attack.||
The prior game in 2009 UM had a net of 28 yards rushing against MSU. Iowa made a tactical gamble that given their front seven's ability to stop the run they wouldn't need much safety support. That was probably a mistake. They overvalued UM's passing attack and undervalued the running attack. Probably worth noting that regardless of their rationale for dropping the safeties. It's very, very unlikely they do the same this year. With Iowa's safeties, Sash and Greenwood, being strong in run support that should be a different level of run support than Iowa had last year. One question mark will be Iowa's MLB. They might lost a very good athlete in Tarpinian(injured)for the UM game. If he can't play that could mean an easier time in getting to the perimeter.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||A contrarian take.||
Staniz is currently completing 67% of his passes, he's thrown 10 TD's to 2 int's. He's completed 57%, at the same point last year, and already had a handul of int's. He's the third highest rated QB in the nation and will be facing the 119th best FBS pass defense.
Iowa, last year conceded run yardage in an attempt to stop what was then an explosive passing game with Forcier almost bringing UM back against MSU after comeback wins against Indiana, and ND. So, they kept their safeties back and overplayed the pass all day. They succeeded giving Forcier easily his worst perfromance to that point and the defensive line harrassing Forcier much of the day.
Iowa's defense finished #3 in pass defense efficiency last year. They are third in that category this year, while being #1 in scoring defense and #2 in rushing defense.
Very unlikely that the Iowa safeties will be kept back this year with a great DL and good coverage from the defensive backfield. They'll keep the sure tackling safeties up.
Bad news for the offense.