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|6 hours 1 min ago||That's his words though||
They don't have to show the science. That doesn't excuse Barwis not understanding it...he shouldn't have to have his knowledge edited...thats basic stuff. I'm probably nit picking here, but I'v heard him say inaccurate things regarding science theories before. As an exercise science guy that irks me a bit, but big picture, he seems like an awesome dude and great coach despite this. Still seems like a cool show. I'm definitely tuning in!
|6 hours 5 min ago||Love the attitude question the science||
Love the attitude, intensity, and obvious care for the athletes he works with. I really liked seeing all the former UM football players. And, I really liked seeing Sherman help a young player. But, I seriously question his understanding of exercise science. "Hypertrophy is all about high repetions with no rest." I'm not sure the research would support that claim. That style of training has value, especially with atheltes and in team environments, but it's not hypertrophy training.
|9 hours 53 min ago||Sure, but do you assume any guy passes?||
While I agree that of course the best player will play and at some point some underclassman is bound to leapfrog an older guy on the depth chart, there is no one guy that you can't point to and suggest that's the case with. If you look at the history of UM QBs 1990-RR running a pro-style it goes Grbac, Collins, Dreisbach, Greise, Brady, Hensen, Navarre, Henne. How many of those guys leapfrogged an older established QB that started the year before without getting injuried? I feel like Henson maybe initially started over Brady, but he eventually took over the starting role. I know Henne and Navarre both started as freshman, but I'm drawing a blank on who was ahead of them, maybe Gonzalez but he never started.
Anyways, the point wasn't to predict the future lineage of the QB position, but rather to note there's little pressure on him because of the depth ahead of him.
|15 hours 6 min ago||Rivalries||
That would be both tremendous, optimisitc, and super annoying at the same time. It would be tremendous to win all the games we think they should be favored in. It would be optimistic to expect to think they have the consistency to do that however. But, it would be super annoying to lose to all 3 rivals, especiallly in the last game against ND and the with all the talent MSU loses on defense. Personally with the importance these coaches put on the rivalries I don't see them dropping all three, even though I beleive all three are better teams. But, I also don't think this team has the consistency on offense to win the other 9.
|15 hours 11 min ago||8-9 wins||
It's hard to expect much more with 3 really difficult road games and a young o-line. The talent at every other position is there and the defense should keep them in games, but they aren't gonna be MSU's defense last year. My hunch is they win one of the road rivalry games against ND or MSU. I can't see how with OSU's strength at d-line and UM's weakness at o-line, and the fact that UM hasn't won in Columbus in over a decade, that UM could win that game. I know UM will win there eventually if they keep some coaching consistency, but I doubt it's 2014. They are also not consistent enough on offense, so they will probably drop a game or two we don't expect. I don't see them losing to PSU at night. But, a loss to NW or Indiana wouldn't surprise me. At best I'd say 10 wins, at worst 7, but most likely 8-9. I just hope the offensive line, the running game, and Gardner's decision making improves as the season goes on on offense and that the ability to pressure the QB with the d-line improves as the year goes on. If that happens I will happy about expectations for 2015. That's all I got.
|15 hours 21 min ago||D-lines||
It's hard to say what makes a good d-line, rushing defense, sacks, QB hurries, ect. But, one that I know is that OSU's d-line talent is a litlte scary. I am not looking forward to our o-line having to deal with Spence, Bosa, Washington, etc. I'm not too impressed with the back 7, but the front 4 is gonna be nasty.
|17 hours 27 min ago||He has very little pressure||
The way things are going it looks like Gardner starts this year with Morris as his backup and Speight gets a redshirt (Bellomy is 3rd), then Morris has two years as a starter with Speight backing him up, then Speight gets two years. At best Malzone gets two years assuming he redshirts. There will be plenty of opportunities for more talented players that are a year or two younger than him to jump him in the depth chart and get playing time. Because of the QB depth, this is really not a big deal if Malzone isn't a top notch QB IMO, especially considering he gets plenty of time to develop before he's asked to contribute. I'd put more stock into the '16 class QB.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Harris Vids||
I only saw a few clips, but Harris looked really good both in the clip of his straight line speed as well as his foot speed and elusiveness getting around some LB who I beleive was a UM target (forgetting his name). He looks pretty danged good.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Coaching and Recruiting||
I'm not saying that RR couldn't have done better with the guys he recruited. However, I am saying that the change of style on offense coupled with the guys RR recruited made it very difficult for Hoke to have a productive offensive. His offense relies on a power running game and he simply didn't have the o-lineman to do that the past few years. I think it's easier to run RR's offense with pro-style offensive lineman and Denard or Forcier at QB. But, we obviously saw he couldn't do it with an ineffective QB (Threet).
So, my point is not that RR sucked at recruiting, but rather his recruits made is hard for Hoke to succeed on offense. Hoke has proven he can recruit his style of players that are also highly ranked. So, my point remains it's unfair to say he can't develop players until the offensive line is walking out the majority of upperclassman. That won't happen until 2015 at best and maybe not even until 2016.
|1 day 9 hours ago||I don't see it||
I know Mattison has mentioned him a number of times during the spring, but I haven't seen anything from him in the games. He is a guy that I thought would be really good as a recruit and I think Gedeon has already passed him. He always seems to be chasing the play, taking bad angles, and avoiding contact. I'd love to see better reactions, getting off blocks better, and being more physical when he makes contact. IMO Gedeon does all those things better than Bolden already and he's bigger.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Every head coach but one...||
Saban is insanely involved in the process of every detail of his team. He may be the only one, but he's also the best one.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Media Buzz I guess||
He hasn't really gotten a lot of attention. He didn't make any of the all-conference lists last year. Granted, guys like Bullough, Denicos Allen, Shazier, Borland, and the Iowa LBs all being gone should help his chances. But, so far I'd say he doesn't really have any national buzz. I think he gets that this year by continuing to rack up tackles, but also making some more big plays, sacks, hits, etc.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Wilson, Lewis, Ross, & Henry||
Since it's not fair to say freshman (Peppers & Canteen I'm looking at you), and guys like Clark, Ryan, Gardner, Funchess, etc. are already pretty well established, I'd go with Wilson, Lewis, Ross, and Henry. I think all of those guys are talented and not have done a ton yet, but should be in a position to make a lot of plays this year. I'd love to say Pipkins, Darboh, or Green, but injuries and the o-line inconsistencies will limit those. But, I think Wilson, Ross, and Henry all have great years.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Recruiting||
While I hope you're right, recruiting has never really been the issue. Even though Carr, Hoke, and RR recruited different styles of players, they were for the most part fairly consistent in their rankings. UM is often slightly behind OSU in recruiting, but if you tracked them for the past 10 years they are very similar. I think it has more to do with the coaching change, the attrition from RR, the lack of o-lineman recruits under RR, and the two vastly different styles of offense of the coaches. If RR ran a pro-style things would have looked different.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Recruiting||
So, are you saying Meyer and his staff are better recruiters than Hoke and his staff or that OSU has better recruiting than UM? Those are slightly different, because Ohio obviously has more talent than Michigan. So, the real question is could Hoke recruit as well as Meyer if he were at OSU and could Meyer recruit as well as Hoke if here were at Michigan. It's hard to argue against Meyer either way, but then again his last two stops have been at 2 of the more fertile recruiting states there are (Florida & Ohio).
|2 days 6 hours ago||Development vs position recruiting||
I think it's unfair to say its Hoke and the staff's fault for development. Until the majority of o-line starters are upperclassman that issue is on RR.
|2 days 6 hours ago||It's not that I doubt that's||
It's not that I doubt that's accurate, but Miller is not young, if he couldn't hack it last year I doubt he can this year. I can't imagine a RS freshman is ready at center either. I just hope we don't burn Cole's RS over this. Can he be that much better than Braden or Dawson?
|2 days 6 hours ago||IDK||
He also said Justin Hilliard is his boy, so who friggin knows. Predicting the decisions of adolescent boys is nearly impossible.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Open scholarship & hard worker...I'll take it||
While it would have been nice to get McDowell, I like a hard nosed tough kid. He should be able to redshirt and then have a couple of years to put on size and strength and hopefully start making a contribution in his 3rd or 4th year. Sounds good to me. He seemed to do a good job with his hands and seemed to get off blocks well in his clips. If nothing else, hopefully his motor and work ethic will rub off on the rest of the d-line.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Center/Guards||
It seems to me that Kugler was about as ready as an incoming o-line recruit could be, but a RS freshman playing center? I don't see it. Maybe Kugler takes over in 2015 and Glasgow pushes one of the guards to the bench, but I kinda doubt it because even then you're basically taking away a guard (likely Bosch) with 2 years of experience just so you can get in a guy with no experience at center (Kugler). The only way I see Kugler doing that is if Glasgow pushes out to tackle. Because by that time the guards should not be an issue so it won't be neccessary. I think Kugler gets a few more years before he's called into service as a starter. And, at this point Kalis should be game to compete. He's in his 3rd year and was a highly ranked recruit. He may not be dominant, but he shouldn't a liability.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Don't forget Lewis||
I wouldn't omit Lewis from that list either. I personally think he takes Taylor's job. His spring game was reminiscent of Ryan's a few years before. Countess and Lewis should be a pretty good combo with Peppers in there too.
|2 days 16 hours ago||A few reasons||
One, is that Calhoun is just a RS sophomore. Granted, Clark should have redshirted, but nonetheless, Clahoun still has 3 more years to play so he's considered better, even if exactly the same but younger. Two, he's 6'4". Three, he had good games against UM and OSU so people saw him. And four, MSU/Narduzzi's reputation on defense and the player that preceeded him (Gholston).
|2 days 16 hours ago||Reputation||
I get the feeling he's on the list based on reputation versus actual production. Ever since he made that interception for a TD in the Sugar Bowl he's had a reputation as a great athlete. Then, after last off-season's weight gain I think everyone expected him to blossom into a dominant player. Although he certainly improved I still think most expect him to have a pretty good year. This is a kid that should have redshirted, so unfortunately he never did.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Love that kid||
He's like the son that you're just so proud of...such a good kid.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Take Home Message: O-line is a concern||
The o-line is a concern. There are no 4th or 5th year players that have 4 or 5 starts in recruiting profiles. That makes this position a problem because IMO 4th and 5th year players at o-line are like 3rd and 4th year players everywhere else. At the end of the day if the o-line can open up enough holes to keep the offense out of 2nd and 3rd and long situations that should be good enough for a successful year. If they can't, it won't. The team's success all boils down to this one unit.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Skill players are useless without the o-line||
Unfortunately, there's not much any of the skill position players or the QB can do if the offensive line can't open enough running lanes to make the defense respect the run and keep the offensive out of the 2nd and 3rd and long distances. The season really all boils down to the effectiveness of the offensive line, plain and simple.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Of course you're right, but it's hard||
I hear ya, and of course you're right. But, if you're like me in the Northeast your only option if you want to catch UM games (other than against the other national brands) is to purchase the B1G network or deal with crappy internet feeds. It's hard when you feel like your passion for the product becomes part of the problem.
|1 week 10 hours ago||It's a difficult balance||
It's hard when on the one hand you have a strong dislike for the commercialism for the sport, but on the other hand you passionately love for the product. Taking away all the commercialism also probably takes away some the the quality of the product. The big qeustions is where do you draw the line and what is the happy medium? I have no idea. And, I'm part of the problem. I just can't get enough UM football no matter how much I dislike what my dollars do.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Why is this happening again?||
After reading that section I am reminded how much I dislike how money defines all the decisions in this country and why everything is completely corrupt. That was a sad realization. What's the little guy to do?
|1 week 14 hours ago||I hear but...||
I hear ya, but wouldn't it be nice if that baller came in a 6'3 250lbs frame?