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|1 day 14 hours ago||To be fair to OSU||
They had an interim first time head coach.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I agree in principal, but not that cut and dry||
I totally agee with the principal that you don't sit a kid that can contrubute now. But, I think you have to balance that with how much you can potentially get out of him if he gets a 5th year. Yes, injuries can happen, but I don't think you assume one will. If a kid doesn't drastically improve your team this year, but has the potential down the road to as a starter, I think you try your best to RS him. A year of starting as an upperclassman down the road is more impactful than a year of spot starting on special teams.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I remember||
I remember that, but I also remember him tearing up USC and beating Leinart which was awesome. Although I didn't like that I've always been a passive Texas fan. I lived in Texas for 10 years as a kid, plus I hated Oklahoma, so I kinda liked Texas. I just think its good for college football when traditional strong teams like Texas, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, etc. are good.
|3 days 2 hours ago||I miss my old college football||
TCU & Baylor are in the top 5 and Texas is unranked. MSU is #2 and Michigan is #22. It's as if the world has turned upside down. I blame the internet.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Good to see Kalis playing up to his potential||
I'm really excited to see how this group can continue to improve through the course of the season and even into next season. I'm particularly interested to see how they match up against quality d-lines like the state schools on the schedule. Although Glasgow has been our best and we lose him next year, you'd still think it would be a better group with another year under their belt and under this coaching staff.
|6 days 11 hours ago||The point of age restrictions||
From my perspective the point of age restrictions is to keep the college game strong/popular. Having a strong/popular college version of the sport is good for generating interest in the profession version. In theory should players be allowed to play at any age, sure. But, as a fan I'd be pretty disapointed if the best football players at Michigan started going one and done. I lost interest in basketball when that became a trend and haven't regained my desire to follow it much more than casual post-season play.
|1 week 3 hours ago||Lets pump the breaks a bit||
Maybe we are legit, maybe we aren't, but I'm not sure we really know yet. I agree that we're showing improvement and some development, which are really exciting to us since we haven't seen much of that over the past few coaching tenures. But, BYU lost a good QB prior to playing us and although they have played some tough opponents, they have squeaked out victories in each game they have won. I think their stock is a little in question at the moment.
I don't really see many other proven quantities on our schedule before MSU. Maryland is struggling and NW still seems like an unknown, albeit a 4-0 unknown. So, I'll hold off any judgement prior to MSU when we see how our defense holds up against a balanced attack and how our o-line holds up against a physical front.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'll check back later||
FWIW I'm not a doctor. My masters is in exs science and my focus was performance enhancement and injury prevention. I saw this thread on my way to work and try to help folks in these positions. I'll check in on this thread later today if I haven't seen any good advice when I get time.
|1 week 2 days ago||Respectfully disagree||
I grew up in the same era, but respectfully disagree. I have been to a number of white outs at PSU and think it's a great idea. I have not been to Michigan Stadium since being a little kid, but I recall reading a recruiting roundup fairly recently where a top recruit had just visited both MSU and UM and said both game day environments were great but different and pointed out that MSU was more modern. I love tradition, but UM should not be dated in their ammenities or technology IMO. As a UM fan I don't take that as a positive and I doubt young recruits do either.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Chris Wormley = The Rock||
After watching that video (about the 7:40 mark) I came to the conclusion that Chris Wormley is really The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson. I was pleased by this epiphany. In all seriousness I can't believe how much he's developed physically since last year. He is a beast.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Who knows||
Who knows. He could be in Harbaugh's doghouse. Maybe Harbaugh wants to build Ruddock's confidence because right now he's the guy. Maybe he tweaked an injury. It could be any number of reasons, but just because he didn't come in during the one opportunity he could have doesn't support the idea that the contrary is true.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Running backs||
Smith had a good game, finished some runs with authority, hit the holes better, and earned the right to keep playing. That said, I think Isaac may have been able to break some longer runs given the same opportunities.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||He looks so much more physically developed||
Yeah, he looks phenomenal. His body looks a lot different too. He looks much more muscular, explosive, and powerful than he was last year. I think he's just now growing into his body. So glad to see him developing!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Everyone looked much better||
The first quarter was awful, but pretty good after that. Everyone seemed to show improvement. O-line looked a lot better, QB had the one pick, but used his eyes and check downs much better from my perspective. RBs played much better too. I think they need to throw first to set up the running game and hope they don't start every game trying to run the ball on first down every series. Once they had success throwing they have much more success running.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I doubt it||
Shane is already a junior and this was his opportunity. I have a feeling that if he doesn't compete for the job this year that will seal his chance to ever be a starting QB here unless O'Korn is really not that good. He has great physical tools, so I hope I'm wrong, but his lack of playing time tells me he isn't improving on his weaknesses. Especially when you have a guy like Gentry who will probably RS this year and be a back up next. You'd expect him to be the starting QB after that. Then, you have a guy like Peters coming in who looks great, but would have the opportunity to RS if Gentry can be the guy. There are only so many guys that can get snaps.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Overnigh fixes vs progress||
I didn't expect all the problems to be fixed in one offseason or to walk in and handily beat the Utes. However, I didn't expect the RBs to miss so many holes, the o-line to look so overwhelmed in run blocking, and the QB to turn the ball over 3 times. Had those things not happened I do believe UM wins a close game instead of loses one. I think most of us are disapointed by the lack of progress in those departments.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The most disheartening thing about being a UM fan recently||
Is that we never seem to get clear of the same issues. Different coaches, different schemes, different players, same result. The QB can't stop turning the ball over. The o-line can't run block. We don't have a quality RB. We can't rush the QB. The defense can't produce turnovers. With the exception of Denard running the ball and Hoke's first year lucky streak being a UM football fan has been maddening for the better part of a decade. New talent comes in, highly rated recruits come in, practice buzz happens only to get the result year after year. It's like we've been cursed or something.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Help yourself but I'm done with predictions||
The only time I can recall in the last 3 years UM has performed better than predicted is against OSU. Let's just see how they play.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Kids are less resilient today||
As a high school teacher and strength coach I can tell you firsthand that in my experience today's kids are not accustomed to being held accountable for their actions, are used to parents and teachers making excuses for them or simply doing things for them (ie helicopter parents), are not used to criticism, don't deal well with failure because few teachers let students fail, and are generally less resilient.
In public school education today, most of which these students come through, the stakes for graduation rates, and other forms of data are high for both teachers and administrators. With the age of technology information travels fast which makes it easy to compare one place to another and to track data. This means that everyone is accountable and there is less individual variation in how things are done. This makes it hard for teachers to actually do what they believe is best as they get pressure from parents and administrators. Everyone has to pass, meet national or state standards, etc. Beacuse of this students are rarely allowed the opportunity to actually fail, learn from that failure, become more resilient, and grow and learn some of life's lessons. Instead, they are pushed through the system often with parents or teachers either dumbing it down, giving them unlimited opportunities to complete things, or even doing it for them. This means less failure, less ability to handle criticism, and less resiliency. I think this is simply something that has been gradually changing for the past few generations, but has done so much more rapidly in the age of information.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I like this||
I get the impression that the previous staff was too easy on guys. Tony Robbins always says the two strongest motivators for behavior is to avoid pain and seek pleasure. Punishment and reward are both strong motivators, but avoiding pain goes with survival and is stronger than seeking pleasure. I think this is a great move. I'd bet the staff will only stick with a player so long if he continuallly makes mistakes, unless of course the guy behind makes more. I think guys like Braden, Kalis, and Smith have some improvement to do from last game.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I like the all white, but I'd||
I like the all white, but I'd prefer a little brighter "maize", not the highlighter yellow, but still brighter.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I agree that from what we've||
I agree that from what we've seen of Morris to date, there's no reason to dump Ruddock after that one game. But, I have become leary of unproven commodities. It's easy to be excited about the next guy that's full of potential and hasn't made any mistakes yet, even if only because he's never played. But, that was Morris once, same with Gardner, etc. I'll get excited about the next guy once he's proven he can do something. Until then I just cautious about someone with no experience.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Those are hard to come by in||
Those are hard to come by in Augusta, Maine.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||It's been rough||
2010 @PSU - Loss
2013 @PSU - Loss
2013 @UCONN - Win
2014 @Rutgers - Loss
2015 @PSU - ???
It's been a rough go :/
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed on the record but I'd flip flop BYU & Minn||
8-4 is the safe bet, but neither 9-3 nor 7-5 would surprise me. But, I would flip the BYU and Minnesota picks. IMO BYU is the tossup and Minnesota is the lean to win. Unless I'm missing something Minnesota has a really good defensive backfield and not much else. We were horrible last year and that game was a circus. I'd be very surprised if Harbaugh doesn't have this group extremely focused on this game and making a point of making a point to Minnesota. I expect a sound victory in this game.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||That makes sense, but time||
That makes sense, but time will tell if it actually happens. But, I have my doubts about the big play ability of anyone on the roster at RB. I agree that the o-line should be pretty good in 2016. We bring back everyone except Glasgow and he's replaced by a 3rd year player who was a highly rated center recruit in Kugler. And, everyone returning is a 3 year starter. But, in 2017 we only have one guy that is yet to see the field in Cole. We've never seen guys like Dawson, LTT, or JBB who'd you assume would be starters by then. In the Carr era I never worried about o-line, but ever since it's caused me to be a little more hesitant of guys who are unproven. Maybe that's coaching, maybe not, we'll see.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||That makes sense, you're||
That makes sense, you're probably right. I never really worried about the QB, o-line, or RB positions pre-Rich Rod, but ever since we have not consistently had quality play at these positions so now I'm always a little leary of guys, even if they have high recruiting profiles, that have never played. And, I agree that the defense in 2017 looks scary. We have a lot of holes in recruiting for the defense coming soon, especially in the back 7. Hopefully a good year on the field and a few signature wins will help to infuse some guys that are capable of playing as underclassman.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||2 years away?||
Quick question...when we say Harbaugh is 2 years away from truely doing what he wants to do...as in the way he did it at Stanford does that take into consideration the roster? It's concievable that Harris, Cole, Perry, and Bunting are looking like strong recieving threats in 2 years and that Gentry seems like a talent. But, aren't we still a really good RB and o-line away from that? I don't see that RB on our roster, so are we assuming we get one this year or next? And, all our o-lineman will be gone by then, so we are assuming our lineman will be Cole, Dawson, Kugler, JBB, and LTT. I don't know about anyone else but that seems highly speculative since we never seen any of them in any real action.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Feel bad for the kid, but OSU will be fine||
They still have Thomas at WR, Miller at H-back, and Elliot, plus two proven QBs. I think they will be just fine, especially considering they have a pretty good offensive line to make holes and a great defense on the other side of the ball. It's so annoying, but they are stacked.
|6 weeks 9 hours ago||Question on Morris||
Although I've provided some reasons why we shouldn't be counting Morris out so quickly in previous threads, the practice buzz lately seems to indicate that Morris is still too inconsistent and Ruddock is our guy this year. My question is do QBs who have obvious arm talent, but lack consistency typically figure it out? Or is being accurate and being able to read defenses just something you have or don't have? Despite being a phenomenal runner and having a decent arm Denard never seemed to improve at this. Neither did Gardner. Caveots about the offensive line, coordinators, etc. apply. But, Coonr Cook improved, didn't he? There was a time when I didn't think he was anything special. Although he still misses guys, he also throws some great balls. Can Morris improve his accuracy and his ability to read defenses and check down or is he a lost cause? Or am I oversimplifying it?