landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|3 hours 27 min ago||I'm working on a countdown||
I'm working on a countdown right now, as I mentioned elsewhere in this thread.
Your second question is inane.
|3 hours 28 min ago||I'm not challenging De'Veon||
I'm not challenging De'Veon Smith with anyone. I'm saying we had multiple guys last year who were just as productive - or more so - on a per carry basis. There are other players/positions where the drop-off from #1 to #2 is more significant.
|9 hours 57 min ago||I'm not going to waste any||
I'm not going to waste any more time arguing, but I disagree. Strongly.
|10 hours 24 sec ago||It's not a big insult to say||
It's not a big insult to say "he's not a great starter-level player." He was exposed at times. I'm not saying he's a bad player. I'm saying the team suffered when we had to count on him (and others) to fill the void at nose tackle full-time.
|10 hours 15 min ago||We don't "know" we have a||
We don't "know" we have a good RB in De'Veon Smith. We know that he is *a* running back. His numbers were not as good as other backs on the roster. He was #8 in carries, #12 in yards, #28 in yards/carry, and #16 in rushing touchdowns...and that's only in the conference. So in a league with 14 teams (and 14 starting running backs), there are 7 guys with more carries, 11 guys with more yards, 27 guys with a better rushing average, and 15 guys with more touchdowns.
Smith did some good things last year. He had some highlight-reel runs. I'm not bashing him to suggest someone else should start. I'm saying you're overestimating his a) talent and b) importance to the team.
|10 hours 23 min ago||*sigh* I feel like we're||
I feel like we're talking past each other. I'm not saying Houma's more irreplaceable. I'm using him as a comparison point. A starting tailback shouldn't be less productive than a backup fullback, and yet they were running behind the same OL with the same QB just this past season, and that was indeed the case.
I don't find the "number of carries" statistic to be convincing. Sam McGuffie led the team in carries in 2008 with 118. Was he the most irreplaceable player on the team? Every team in the country has a starting running back. That doesn't mean he's good or productive or irreplaceable.
|10 hours 52 min ago||Dwumfour is a solid player.||
Dwumfour is a solid player. Ideally, I think he's probably a guy whom you'd like to come off the bench in certain situations or against certain teams. I don't think Hurst is a great starter-level player, and neither was Jibreel Black; however, they are useful and more productive in some areas than guys like Glasgow, Mone, etc. It's good to have a mix of players.
|11 hours 9 min ago||I don't think there would be||
I don't think there would be panic. We very well might have recruited another RB to take Smith's place if he was leaving. Meanwhile, we have Isaac, Johnson, Higdon, Walker, etc. to replace Smith. Rudock is a better player than Smith, and we have less proven guys at QB than we do at RB, but we're not panicking about the QB situation.
|11 hours 12 min ago||I'm not trying to convince||
I'm not trying to convince you that Houma is more replaceable than Smith. Or Kerridge. Or anyone. The OP is talking about the most irreplaceable player, and you mentioned De'Veon Smith. The onus is on you to make your case for Smith as Mr. Irreplaceable.
If he's The Most Irreplaceable Player on The Team, then why was he a less productive runner than the backup, undrafted fullback?
|11 hours 23 min ago||Yes, Smith did carry the ball||
Yes, Smith did carry the ball 39 more times. What's your point?
The difference is four inches (in favor of Houma), but the point is: You're going to have a hard time convincing me that Smith is more irreplaceable than the backup, undrafted fullback who gained four more inches every time he touched the ball.
|11 hours 42 min ago||...and yet Drake Johnson, Ty||
...and yet Drake Johnson, Ty Isaac, and both starting fullbacks (Joe Kerridge, Sione Houma) averaged more yards per carry than De'Veon Smith. Houma was a fullback AND largely a short-yardage back, and he *still* averaged 4.28 yards/carry; meanwhile, Smith got the ball in the middle of the field with a lot more opportunities for big plays, and yet averaged just 4.18.
|12 hours 28 min ago||Similar smashmouth styles,||
Similar smashmouth styles, but Minor was quicker and faster.
|12 hours 33 min ago||Yep. I didn't quite catch||
Yep. I didn't quite catch that the first time around. My bad, Mr. Miggle.
|13 hours 4 min ago||I don't agree with that at||
I don't agree with that at all. If Jake Rudock had been injured for any significant amount of time, we would have been screwed. Speight and the other QBs were not ready to take over the reins of last year's team.
|13 hours 7 min ago||I disagree that Smith is our||
I disagree that Smith is our most irreplaceable player. I'm currently counting down the most irreplaceable players on the team, and I have a pretty good idea that Smith will not be #1 on my list.
|13 hours 8 min ago||I disagree. I think we could||
I disagree. I think we could still be solid offensively without Butt. I think we have several tight ends who could start in the Big Ten. None is as good as Butt, but they're still good.
|1 day 10 hours ago||You're right. MGoBlog is||
You're right. MGoBlog is posting GIF competitions. I guess Michigan fans are obsessed with GIFs because one website is posting about them!
Seriously, though...it's kind of silly to try to poke fun at OSU because they're obsessed with us.
|1 day 10 hours ago||...and our constant||
...and our constant discussion of "Urbz" and their recruiting and such is a perfect representation of our obsession with them.
We get it. They're obsessed with Michigan. We're obsessed with Ohio State. That's why it's called The Game.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Florida sucked at running the||
Florida sucked at running the ball. They averaged 3.48 yards/carry but had 4.37 yards/carry against us.
|1 day 10 hours ago||I think the hype is a little||
I think the hype is a little out of control, but it's weird that they say Michigan gave up a lot of yards to the teams that are good at running the ball. If you play teams that are good at something every week, you're bound to "struggle" against that thing. Every team has good and bad opponents on the schedule. That's why there are things such as "averages."
It also glosses over the fact that Michigan had a very depleted defensive front by the time the Ohio State and Indiana games rolled around (no Mone, Glasgow, or Ojemudia).
|1 day 11 hours ago||Yeah, he's a corner.||
Yeah, he's a corner.
|1 day 12 hours ago||I'll take your word for that.||
I'll take your word for that. I'm interested in how the finances work for all these sites, but I'll probably never know.
|3 days 2 hours ago||That talk about Big Ten||
That talk about Big Ten expansion is still going on via his Twitter account. I follow him to see if he ever says anything of substance...but he doesn't.
|3 days 2 hours ago||You're probably thinking of||
You're probably thinking of MGoFish, but it was a video, not a new blog.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Meh. He's known for||
Meh. He's known for hyperbole.
|3 days 5 hours ago||The only three Florida||
The only three Florida recruits I remember from the Rivals era are Garrett Rivas (good kicker), Grant DeBenedictis (offensive lineman who never contributed), and Greg Mathews (solid wide receiver).
|3 days 8 hours ago||Here's the full visitors||
Here's the full visitors list, AFAIK, although I'm not sure if Green is still visiting:
|4 days 16 hours ago||No, I don't. I say it in a||
No, I don't. I say it in a manner in which I suggest that Florida took the game off. I didn't say a word about Michigan. Don't create a controversial statement where there isn't one.
|5 days 15 hours ago||I don't think Harbaugh would||
I don't think Harbaugh would encourage a guy to leave who has a 3rd round grade.
However, if you're going to be a 1st round pick, I don't see any point in staying in school unless you're already set up for life with family wealth or something.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Well, he did throw 14 TDs and||
Well, he did throw 14 TDs and 11 picks last year while completing less than 60% of his passes, so he's clearly worth the gamble. I mean, the #2 pick this year was a guy from NDSU...