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|3 hours 46 min ago||Can't wait to see what he can do||
Can't wait to see what he can do with 1st line snaps over the course of a season!
|8 hours 13 min ago||Wait, how good is this class?||
Did I miss it...is this the best UM recruiting ever?
|3 days 10 hours ago||Classic "fill in the blank recruit is better" argument||
This is the classic "next exciting recruit or young guy on the bench is better than the current starter who is not as good as we want all the time" logic.
None of the guys on the roster have given us any evidence from game snaps at UM that they are likely to fare better than Speight...like not even a speck of arguable evidence in college football games played at UM. And, there are way too many factors left that we don't understand to make good judgements on Speight's late season struggles. We do know there were bright spots and we also know it's generally expected that the 1st to 2nd year of starting play is likely to see a jump in production.
I'm pretty certain Speight is our QB until Peters or McCaffrey show something in a game. And, I'm also pretty sure that everyone else on the roster will never be a productive starting QB at UM.
|1 week 5 hours ago||OK, but that's really||
OK, but that's really changing how we define the best team in sports, especially in football. Yes, in one contest, does the best team always win? Of course not. If they did the World Series, NBA, & NHL championships wouldn't be a series and it would also be a clean sweep. But, in football particularly it's generally accepted that the better team argument is settled on the field.
PSU/UM was not a close game, so it's harder to make that comparison, despite similar opponents & records. With Iowa, there was a much bigger difference in how they fared in the rest of their schedules so that argument gets a little muddier. But, Iowa, Wisconsin, OSU, and FSU are all teams we struggled against and all have something in common. They have good defensive lines, which opposes UM's biggest weakness, their offensive line. So, one could make the argument that despite other weaknesses, teams with strong defensive lines are challenging matchups for UM.
IMO there is enough evidence to say UM was very close or just as good as OSU considering the things you already mentioned...the location of the game & questionable calls. But, that doesn't gurantee we would win in a neutral site. Maybe a neutral site game makes UM overconfident, OSU more driven, whatever. We just don't know & there just isn't enough evidence to say that IMO. Only additional games could tell us that. For now all we can say is we were two evenly matched teams where the game was decided by a few close calls & plays that could have gone either way, but went OSU's way.
|1 week 6 hours ago||This is the way of things||
It's an arms race that is all about recruiting, winning games, TV deals, high profile coaches, etc. which all lead to more money for the university. If other sports use the facilities, then it's not as appealing to recruits which eventually costs the university money. Almost every P5 football S&C facility is used primarily by football. An S&C facility is only one part of the arms race, but facilities absolutely affect recruiting, which affects profits.
|1 week 14 hours ago||He worked for Harbaugh when his son wasn't eligable||
I don't get it. That means he's obviously qualified and Harbaugh has paid him to be an assistant when his son had nothing to do with his team.
Bottom line that Feinbaum doesn't get is that Harbaugh isn't saying he won't push the envelope. This is one of the things I love about Harbaugh and that makes him transparent and able to openly speak to his tactics as well as criticize others that break the rules. JH makes no bones about the fact that he will be aggressive, tireless, and creative about competing to the best of his abilities within the rules, but he won't break rules.
You can be damned sure that if he's allowed to do something that other's aren't doing that gives him an advantage that doesn't require him to lie or be dishonest, he will absolutely do it and do so unapologetically. If the rules change, he'll change with them and continue to look for creative ways to beat you within them. There is nothing wrong with that and I think most people will say that is the kind of person they want to play/work for/with and hate playing/working against. And, that is the bottom line is that JH and Feinbaum have opposing interests and that is all this is about.
|1 week 1 day ago||$4 million/year ain't too shabby||
I'd take it to be a backup anything!
|1 week 2 days ago||I wouldn't necessarily call that UM's fastest player||
That race is a little too long and involves both acceleration, top speed, deceleration, then another acceleration, top speed, etc. to be a pure speed test. We might get a different result if it were a 40yd dash or 100 meter race because we are starting to dip into muscular endurance with a 200 yard race that includes a stop, change of direction, and restart.
|1 week 2 days ago||That's a tough sell given we||
That's a tough sell given we lost to them. I can see thinking we are close or even as good because we lost in OT, had some questionable calls go against us, and the game was play in Columbus. But to say firmly UM is better...idk man, I don't see enough evidence for that.
|1 week 2 days ago||In all fairness||
They can't invite freshman & sophomores. The impression from your post is that UM had more NFL talent than OSU last year and I'm not sure this alone is evidence of that. If it's just a cool tidbit, then totally. Either way it's nice to be better than OSU at anything!
|1 week 4 days ago||5'10"||
I fully expect him to be 5'10" and never believed the 6'1" label ever since seeing him stand next to Woodson.
|1 week 4 days ago||I hear ya||
I would agree with you too in the sense that if I had to pick one, it would certainly be DPJ. My only point is that we don't know yet, and what we do know to date is that DPJ is clearly more athletic. So with a lack of other pertinant information we'll take the more athletic guy because there's more to work with. My only point is that we don't really know if he has football talent because he hasn't really been forced to use any yet because he's so much more athletic than his HS peers.
|1 week 5 days ago||Athleticism is seductive||
Do you think anyone looked at Tom Brady in HS and said he has the potential to be a superstar? We are easily seduced by athleticism, which DPJ clearly has. But, when he's so much more athletic than his peers (in HS) it's difficult to assess his talent. Its not until he's playing against guys of similar athleticism that we can really tell. (You could make this argument between college & NFL as well for truely superior athletes)
Imagine a guy who eventually becomes a superior college athlete (but may lack true football talent) when you compare them to the run of the mill HS football player. He can easily overcome his HS peers with his athleticism, which may or may not translate at the next level, because he's so much bigger, faster, and stronger than them, without really having to be a great football player.
|1 week 5 days ago||Depends how you define talent||
Many people define talent in a similar way the NFL does by who's best at the combine battery of tests...size, strength, speed, agility, how you look with your shirt off. etc. This is basically athleticism. But, in general being the best athlete doesn't neccessarily make you the best football player. Phenomenal athletes are guys like Jabrill Peppers, Michael Vick, Vernon Davis, Adrian Peterson, etc. They are all phenomenal football players. But, you don't have to run as fast, jump as high, bench press as much, be as jacked, etc. as they are to be the best football player. These sorts of traits seduce us into thinking they are more talented becasue they look so good. But, the data comparing the NFL combine tests and NFL playing success is not great.
Dr. Stuart McGill notable said:
The best athletes rarely outperform their peers in pre-season testing like bench pressing, squatting, jumping, and sprinting. Their distinguishing qualities are motor control. The ability to exert strength quickly, deactivate muscle quickly, and optimally project forces throughout body linkage is characteristic of this skill.
IMO this is what talent really is when it comes to sport participation. So, it just depends on how you define talent. If you define talent by size, speed, strength, agility, and looking jacked, then yes DPJ is super talented. But, if you define it as McGill does, then it doens't matter what your 40 yd dash, vertical jump, or bench press is. And, that definition of talent between these two players remains to be seen until they both play on the same level against the same competition. All things being equal, having athleticism helps, but all things are never equal, and there's more to talent than athleticism.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Why?||
I may not like Dantonio as a guy and think he's a bit crusty, but he's a good coach, and that's good for the conference and it's good for UM to play and beat a good team.
Dantonio's days of beating RR & Hoke are over. We don't have to worry about that anymore. Once we've gotten by that, then it's better for MSU to be good for the conference, to give OSU good games, and for UM when they beat them.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||and healthy||
One could also argue if he was healthy (and Newsome) we would have won more.
And, it's hard to put FSU on him...we couldn't block anyone. There's not much you can do when the DL is in your face immediately when you recieve the snap.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||News flash||
We don't have that in any of our offensive skill positions. Don't get me wrong, I think Evans, Peters, DPJ, etc will eventually be there, but so far all of our offensive skill positions players are likely to be young and/or first year starters.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||We won't anyways||
I mean we should beat MSU because it's at home and they won't be good, but we aren't beating PSU in Happy Valley for a guaranteed night game, white out and we won't beat OSU, with or without Speight.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Totally!||
Totally, I'd take a quarter of a million dollars per year and be just a position coach at a Power 5 program any day....not a bad gig!
Hoke is a good guy, who loves UM, who was stuck under an oppressive AD. I will root for him as long as it doesn't compete with UM.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Coaches will give up some of their salaries||
It's OK, the coaches in football & basketball can afford to take pay cuts ;)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Paramus||
It's pretty amazing that the top two recruits we've ever had in the modern era played on the same high school team, not to mention Drew Singleton. I think it's safe to say Coach Partridge was a good hire!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Solomon has the be the #1 priority left||
Not that we won't miss Peppers or that Gay isn't a great player, but we really need NTs more. Our #1 NT looked dominant at times (Mone), but if he goes down (and he hasn't been healthy an entire season yet) we don't have much behind him and/or in the future when he graduates. Last year we didn't really land any top NTs and we don't have any in this class either. I think Solomon is the the #1 priority left of the board. All the other NTs on the roster or verbally committed seem like they will need 2-3 years to develop.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Hard to fault that||
I personally appreciate that he didn't talk too much, kept to himself, went about his business, then explained it after he made up his mind. You really can't fault a kid for wanting to practice/play against better competition. The one caveot to that is that he will also likely compete against one of the nation's top RB recruits for playing time every year too.
I'll be curious to see how he pans out. It would have been great to have him, but I'm quite excited about Samuels and looking forward to seeing how his skills translate against better talent in college. I can't remember the last time we had a guy like that. And, if all else fails at least we'll have the most muscular RB duo in Sameuels and Taylor in the country. Maybe we can be the all-biceps team.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||Between Samuels and Taylor||
We may have the most muscular RB duo in the country.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||Not gonna lie||
I just like him because he's jacked for a short guy.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Love, but what's the value?||
I love that JH is kinda doing an eff you to the NCAA. But, what is the real value? In Fla and AL there were legitimate recruiting benefits. What's the benefit of this? I guess there's the pitch to future recruits that a trip like this is possible. What do you see as the real value to our team?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||That's still 5 years||
If we only get 2 good ones each year it, assuming it takes at least 2 years before he is ready to really do anything more than just be there, it will take 5 years before we have 5 guys ready to contribute.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I hated that cycle||
This is precisely the reason I got out of being a college strength coach. You have to move way too frequenty in order to make a living in this business. There just isn't often much coaching stability in P5 football. I don't personally understand the lure, especially for someone that already makes well into six figures and played in the NFL. I'll take my modest teacher salary, work a 40-hr work week, leave work at 3pm every day, and have nights, weekends, and holidays to enjoy life rather than work any day. But, to each his own.
Whatever he decides I'm glad we had him as long as we did and I hate to see him go, but wish him luck in his journey.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Its more than weight||
Two things come to mind. One, there is more to moving the guy across from you than weight. Malik McDowell is 275 and routinely moves people back 20-50 lbs heavier than him. He is not particular big, muscular, nor has an intimidating frame for his position. Granted, all other things being equal, adding more body weight helps, but all other things are never equal and a guy that is stronger, more explosive, has better technique, is tough, and can identify who to block is much better than simply a larger guy that isn't as good at the other things. You won't find many better bodies than Braden at 6'6" and 335 lbs at a good body composition. He's also fast and strong for his position. But, he's still an average lineman. McDowell will eat Braden's lunch every time despite giving up 50 pounds of size and probably quite a bit of strength.
Second, dentifying who to block and getting to the second level is another problem we've had. Many of the o-line, and particularly Kalis it seems, really has trouble identifying who to block. Kalis is a big, strong, intense, and powerful young man, but he's not a great lineman because he never knows who to block, which slows him down and takes away his aggression. None of our lineman do a particularly good job at getting to the second level which is one of the reasons why we rarely break big runs.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I thought OL repped at multiple positions just for this reason||
I thought that many of these guys repped at multiple positions so that if someone went down they can capably move to another position without a huge dropoff in their own performance, which may be easier than a first time starter moving somewhere new(er). Isn't that sort of the philosophy around "the best 5 start"? Shouldn't a 4th or 5th year guy be capable of moving from LG to LT or vice versa? I can understand a true freshman struggling anywhere.
But, I guess if the LG, in this case Braden, was only an average LG, then asked to move to LT, where he becomes below average, that makes sense. It's not like asking Steve Hutchinson to move from LG to LT. I guess it's just disaponting. Oh well. Hopefully Harbaugh can get the ship right in another recruiting cycle and year of experience.