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|1 hour 41 min ago||Yes. Morris could have pulled||
Yes. Morris could have pulled the ball and thrown it to Darboh. It might have been a tough play, though, since ASU disguised their coverage until late. They were set up with two high safeties, which implies Cover 2 with the cornerback possibly sitting in the flat and jumping that screen, somewhat like Countess did to them.
|1 hour 47 min ago||Neither one is a speed demon.||
Neither one is a speed demon. And yes, Green got caught, too. But there's a noticeable difference in their acceleration, and Green has slightly better top-end speed. It was an outside zone play where Green got his 62-yard run. IIRC, the coaches didn't even bother running outside zone with Smith.
|1 hour 59 min ago||Hah. I didn't even think||
Hah. I didn't even think about that whole Norfleet/Morgan thing, Brian, but we are in agreement.
As for the running back debate, I really think who plays more should depend on how the offensive line shakes out. If they keep tearing holes in the defense, then I think Green can be more of a home run threat. For those who are saying Smith has better vision, I agree . . . but you may (or may not) have noticed that Green's vision and feet improved as the game wore on. He cut back behind Cole on an IZ run designed to go right, and his second huge run included picking up his feet to hop past a diving defensive back.
Smith is a guy who can be a short-yardage back or even the main guy if Michigan can't create holes anywhere. Watching him on his long run was a little funny, though, because he was absolutely waiting to get caught once he got in the secondary. You can see him glancing every which way but forward and covering up the football, while numerous ASU defenders converge. Green is no Carlos Brown in the speed department, but he can stress a defense with his speed - one broken tackle, stumble, block, or cut could send him into the endzone.
|16 hours 1 min ago||That's why Molk tore his ACL.||
That's why Molk tore his ACL.
|16 hours 3 min ago||No. This is the Jennifer||
No. This is the Jennifer Lawrence nudes thread.
|19 hours 23 min ago||Every team plays a cupcake or||
Every team plays a cupcake or two at some point in the year.
|21 hours 52 min ago||I actually think Chris||
I actually think Chris Spielman is very biased and goes out of his way to criticize Michigan more than other teams. I don't think Galloway is as bad as Spielman.
|1 day 1 min ago||I don't think tickets had to||
I don't think tickets had to be validated, so that probably helped.
|1 day 27 min ago||I think Sypniewski struggled||
I think Sypniewski struggled yesterday. Could have been nerves since he's a redshirt freshman.
|1 day 2 hours ago||I think Funchess is just the||
I think Funchess is just the go-to guy. And he's 6'5", so he's always open, especially against a bunch of 5'10" defensive backs. When Gardner decided to go to Darboh, Chesson, Norfleet, etc., they were open and capable.
|1 day 3 hours ago||good memory, poor assumptions||
I have nothing against 3-star recruits. I just don't think Johnson is very good. Over the past several years, my picks for "best under-the-radar recruit" in each class have included Jake Ryan, Desmond Morgan, and Willie Henry. Maurice Ways is my pick in the 2014 class, and he wowed some people in the fall scrimmage a couple weeks ago. I'd say that's a pretty good track record.
As for Green, I didn't like him AS MUCH as several other running backs in the 2013 class. That included Justin Davis and Ty Isaac - both of whom went to USC and had success - and Keith Ford, who went to Oklahoma (9 carries 51 yards, 2 touchdowns, 4 catches for 65 yards yesterday). At this point I don't think it's clear which running back(s) turned out to be better, but even in retrospect, I wouldn't change that stance. I still don't think Green is a truly elite running back, and the issues I had with his vision/feet are things that have been repeated over and over again in this thread as things that Michigan fans don't like about him and/or reasons why they think Smith is better. All that being said, Green had a better senior year than junior year, which adjusted my projection of him upward.
|1 day 6 hours ago||I have us losing to MSU and||
I have us losing to MSU and OSU this year. Final record of 10-2.
|1 day 15 hours ago||So you do care about his||
So you do care about his opinion at least a little bit?
|1 day 15 hours ago||That's like asking to see who||
That's like asking to see who is the more accurate passer, Nick Sheridan or Devin Gardner? You know the answer.
(Hint: It's Smith.)
|1 day 15 hours ago||No no no no no. I can't help||
No no no no no.
I can't help thinking that all the people pulling for Drake Johnson are Ann Arbor Pioneer grads.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Green had approximately zero||
Green had approximately zero holes to begin the game. They opened up - for everyone - after the first couple series.
Smith might be a better runner for a team with a crappy offensive line because he can break more tackles, but Green is the guy I want running the ball if Michigan's line is decent.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I think that was the deciding||
I think that was the deciding factor, but I'm not certain when Kalis entered the game.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I have Michigan being 10-1||
I have Michigan being 10-1 going into The Game, too.
|1 day 17 hours ago||I think that's something that||
I think that's something that will correct itself. He's been coached to run behind his pads, and defenders in practice usually won't go low on their teammates. Now that he's playing in game situations, he should run with his head up a little more and prepare to step over/around those diving safeties. It's an inexperience/early season thing, in my opinion.
|1 day 17 hours ago||cuddling||
|1 day 17 hours ago||Don't get me wrong -||
Don't get me wrong - eventually, there were some giant holes for both backs. But if you look at Green's first series or so, there was really nowhere to go. When Smith came in, suddenly there were a couple gaping holes. After about the first three series, just about any run play got blown wide open.
|1 day 17 hours ago||I remember one time when||
I remember one time when Green ran into his blocker; I don't remember a second time.
Regardless, I don't think either one is a home run threat like Carlos Brown or my beloved Brandon Minor, even. If they get past the defense, there's a good chance that both would get caught. However, I think Green gets to top speed quicker and is a step faster overall. From what I saw today (and this is nothing new), I think Smith is an inside zone guy, whereas Green is a power and outside zone guy.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Smith also had bigger holes||
Smith also had bigger holes to run through, for whatever reason.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Smith has better vision and||
Smith has better vision and power. Green has better acceleration. Neither one looks vastly superior.
|1 day 20 hours ago||No.||
|1 day 22 hours ago||LOL||
He's probably saying it because it's, like, true.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Yes, but that time span||
Yes, but that time span includes some of NC State's best times and some of Michigan's worst times. Both teams seem headed back to normalcy.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Yes, but the choice here||
Yes, but the choice here seems to be:
a) Go to an accomplished school with coaches I like who can get me to the NFL.
b) Go to a local school where my family can cheer for me.
I don't really care whether choice "A" means South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, or Michigan. If I'm looking for success (whether I'm the kid or the parent), that should be my pick.
Anyway, I won't hate on the kids either way. It's up to them. I just don't understand when people let things like "my family's close" get in the way, unless there's a medical situation. For example, I could understand if Bryan Mone stayed close to home because of his brother. I don't know of any similar situations with someone like Roseboro or the numerous other players who weigh the Home vs. Football conundrum.
|3 days 3 hours ago||That's somewhat true, but||
That's somewhat true, but going to better schools, having better facilities/programs, having better coaching, etc. should lead to more opportunities. If you are a senior at Michigan, you are virtually guaranteed an UFA spot on a team if you don't get drafted. There's no way to tell, but I'm sure there have been some quality players at lesser schools who have received fewer chances or have not reached their potential because of where they played.
|3 days 3 hours ago||If he wants to make a career||
If he wants to make a career out of football - which he's probably planning to do at that size - then Michigan is the obvious choice. I never really get the whole "I want to stay close to home" thing. You either want to accomplish your dream or you don't. Why not put yourself in the best possible position to achieve success?