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|1 hour 22 sec ago||I think you're overestimating||
I think you're overestimating how much action the nerds on this site got in college.
(And I'm including myself in the "nerd" category.)
|1 hour 5 min ago||I didn't say he should be cut||
I didn't say he should be cut or anything. Obviously, you still see what he can do in practices. But his 1.73 yards/carry was literally the worst output of any running back playing for Michigan since 2003. That's the year that tiny walk-on Alijah Bradley had 2 carries for 1 yard (0.5 yards/carry). So performance-wise, you could make the argument that Higdon is Michigan's worst running back in 13 years. I'm not saying that's the case, but statistically, you could make that argument.
|1 hour 19 min ago||*sigh* Yes, it does matter.||
*sigh* Yes, it does matter. Because those other 9 guys don't likely have the experience, training, and athleticism to play other positions. Just because Hudson is good at RB doesn't necessarily mean we have other guys who can step into "his spot" on defense, special teams, etc. If we hadn't used scholarships for those running backs, perhaps we could have recruited another linebacker, offensive lineman, etc. Instead, you're short-handed at some other spot.
Let's say you move Hudson to be the starting RB when he was expected to be the #2 nickel corner. Now you have the #3 nickel corner moving up into a primary backup role. Meanwhile, you have the bottom-string running back (let's just say Ty Isaac, for example) who doesn't really have the skills to play elsewhere, including nickel corner. So he's wasting away on the bench without any way to contribute, but you're still using 1/85th of your scholarships on him. And even if you do move him to a spot where he has SOME skills (like H-back or WR), he's so inexperienced and unpolished that he wastes away there, too.
If your argument made sense, then why don't teams carry 10 quarterbacks or 15 running backs or 25 offensive linemen? Oh, wait...because that would be a crappy idea for balancing a roster.
I'm not saying it's the end of the world if Hudson starts at RB. It's fixable. But you have to account for it in some way by recruiting an extra DB next year, recruiting one fewer RB next year, etc. And you also should probably reconsider how you're evaluating running backs, since the guys you actually targeted for RB (Higdon, Davis, Walker, Evans, etc.) can't beat out a guy you recruited for defense.
|1 hour 35 min ago||That's kind of irrelevant||
That's kind of irrelevant when literally every other running back on the roster put up better numbers.
Also, I made a mistake in my OP. Higdon actually averaged 1.73 yards/carry.
|1 hour 37 min ago||I'm interested to find||
I'm interested to find someone who can average more than 4.2 yards/carry. Everyone deserves a shot...but also, everyone else did better than Higdon.
|1 hour 38 min ago||Sample size, okay. So...did||
Sample size, okay.
So...did his 1.9 yards/carry inspire confidence?
|2 hours 44 min ago||...but it kinda does matter||
...but it kinda does matter if you have 6 backups. If we have 10 QBs on the roster, and the best QB is a converted tight end, then those 10 QBs are either benched or they're playing another position that they're not quite so good at.
|2 hours 50 min ago||Sparty doesn't need to be a||
Sparty doesn't need to be a part of the Big Ten being a powerhouse. Other Big Ten schools can take their place.
|11 hours 35 min ago||It says that we bring in a||
It says that we bring in a crap-ton of running backs that are wasted scholarships.
|11 hours 43 min ago||I don't think Hudson is a||
I don't think Hudson is a scat back, really. He's more of a power runner despite not being huge.
|11 hours 44 min ago||I mean, Higdon's 1.9||
I mean, Higdon's 1.9 yards/carry didn't inspire a ton of confidence...
|19 hours 57 min ago||The only "insider" people||
The only "insider" people I've seen suggest Wheatley to OT are the Rivals mods.
|19 hours 58 min ago||I don't track the 247||
I don't track the 247 Composite, but I do track the four sites separately. Here's the Rivals 100 when it was released, and he was #8:
Gary was #5 to Scout when their list was released:
He was #17 to ESPN:
He was #10 to 247 Sports:
|20 hours 16 min ago||a good starting point|
|20 hours 32 min ago||Here's a good chunk of||
Here's a good chunk of links:
|20 hours 34 min ago||Peoples-Jones has a lot of||
Peoples-Jones has a lot of suitors. He wants to go out of state (say, to Florida or USC, for example), but he has family who went to Michigan and may feel compelled to stay home, kind of like Boss Tagaloa. The good thing is that, from what I've heard, he would be more likely to pick Michigan than MSU if he stays in-state.
|20 hours 39 min ago||I hit "Save" too early. What||
I hit "Save" too early. What I was going to say is that Six Zero did a series every off-season for two or three years. There are some up-and-comers who probably didn't have a chance to get profiled back then.
|20 hours 41 min ago||There's no way around the||
There's no way around the fact that a position like this is going to be dependent on the offensive package. If we're playing a team that's going 5-wide, we're not going to leave in 4 defensive linemen and 3 traditional linebackers. Someone like Baron Browning is not a good fit for any of the linebacker positions other than SAM, in my opinion. If we're playing Iowa or Wisconsin or Michigan State, you want a bigger guy like Uche, Browning, etc. If you're going against a team that spreads you out, you want a guy who can play in space (like Hudson, Peppers, etc.).
As I mentioned above, though, a SAM who is a good pass rusher is not someone you necessarily want to take off the field against a spread. As Michigan did with Jake Ryan, Cam Gordon, etc., they would remove a defensive lineman or another linebacker while moving that SAM around for blitzing opportunities. For example, if we think of the game against WMU a few years ago where Jake Ryan blew up the QB and gave Brandon Herron a long INT TD return, Ryan was blitzing from the A-gap (IIRC), even though his "official" position was the SAM linebacker.
|20 hours 51 min ago||This has been done before by||
This has been done before by Six Zero, but it's been dead for a couple years. Six Zero did a series.
|20 hours 52 min ago||+1||
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|23 hours 50 min ago||For the record, I don't think||
For the record, I don't think Michigan will become a true 4-3 Under defense with a SAM linebacker like Shawn Crable (6'5", 245 lbs.) or Jake Ryan (6'3", 240 lbs.). That's why I think Uche is a good fit, because he's about 6'2", 215 lbs. and he'll probably be a little bigger by the time the fall rolls around. He'll probably be 220-225 lbs.
I also think one option that people haven't mentioned yet is Khaleke Hudson. Hudson is a solidly built kid who is physical enough to play in certain packages as an OLB, kind of like what we saw from Peppers as a slot corner last year.
My guess is that in our base package, we would see Peppers as the strong safety, but playing down in the box quite a bit with a single high safety (preferably Dymonte Thomas, IMO). That pushes Delano Hill out of the lineup, but I think Thomas is the better athlete.
|23 hours 59 min ago||FWIW, I've seen elsehwere||
FWIW, I've seen elsehwere that they plan to play Kemp at MIKE, not SAM.
|1 day 55 min ago||I don't think Eubanks is that||
I don't think Eubanks is that kind of athlete. I think he'll be put out in the slot some, but he won't be a true wideout, in my opinion.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Oops. Yep. That's supposed to||
Oops. Yep. That's supposed to be a 3-3-5 (though not a 3-3-5 stack).
|1 day 11 hours ago||I think the SAM would stay||
I think the SAM would stay out there on passing downs, while you play more of a 3-4 or 3-2-5 look.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Yep. I agree. If Uche can||
Yep. I agree. If Uche can learn the position, I think he's the most ideal fit.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I think he's too stiff. Better off as a WDE.||
I think he's too stiff. Better off as a WDE.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Nope. I'm talking about a 4-3||
Nope. I'm talking about a 4-3 Under like what we ran under Lloyd Carr, for Hoke's first three years, etc.
|1 day 11 hours ago||It's what we did with Crable, Jake Ryan, etc.||
It's what we did with Crable, Jake Ryan, etc.