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|4 days 17 hours ago||Sweet!||
Just updated my background with the schedule, thanks!
|4 days 20 hours ago||I really like Ross||
Seperate from a player, I just really like the vibe he gives off as a person. He's well spoken, he doesn't complain, he always has a good attitude, he has an engaging smile...he just seems like a good guy. I really enjoy seeing good people do good things.
Plus he reminds me of my friend Matt King who played LB at UMaine and is now their strength coach.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Are the 1T and 3T really that cut & dry?||
I am no coach, and although I watch all the games and visit the board regularly, I really don't know the difference between the two positions. But, I get the feeling they are somewhat interchangable. It really only matters in the base defense, which is only played about half the time, right? I'm guessing there will be plenty of times where two guys of the same position are playing at the same time (Pipkins & Hurst or Wormley & Henry). So, both 1st and 2nd team players at both positions will play a lot of snaps I think.
Regarding the RS, I get the feeling Mone definitely plays. If the coaches think he's good enough, and I get the feeling they do, he'll play...even if only as a 3rd string player. I'd be very surprised if Mone gets a redshirt.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Tough/physical vs fast/aggressive||
When you're saying physicality and toughness it sounds like you're talking about playing fast and aggressive. And, when you have coaching changes, changes in schemes, and youth, it's really hard to do that. This is Hoke's first full recruiting class as upperclassman. So, I think that will make a difference on defense where the majority of players should be experienced. There should only be a few new starters and only Peppers is a freshman, but most freshman rules don't apply to Peppers IMO. So, I kinda buy that defensively with this team. But, I think this playing fast is a part of learning and not totally a "you have it or you don't" type deal. You have to be confident to be aggressive and it's hard to be confident if you don't know your assignment or have to think about it. But, I still think it's gonna be hard for the offensive line (and to some degree the RBs) to do that because they are still young, learning, and are getting used to a new scheme. That lack of experience and trying to learn a new scheme keeps them from playing fast and aggressive, or in your words being tough and physical.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Normally I'd say you can||
Normally I'd say you can never assume much with a freshman, but let's face it...Peppers is not your run-of-the-mill freshman. Most of us are pretty confident he'll be on the field a lot. Wilson is a returning starter with very few other guys that have played that position much, so it's not hard to believe that one. Countess and Taylor are a little harder to predict because although they are returning starters we've all seen what Lewis has done on video in the spring and of course there's also Peppers. But, if you look at a guy like Glasgow, I don't recall him ever getting snaps with the ones in a live game. So, to me that kinda falls under the talk about guys like Miller, Braden, etc. from last spring. They were talked up and we saw both of those guys get surpassed by other players. I hear what you're saying, but when you look at returning starters at that position, both of which are considered more talented guys, it's hard to believe what he says. That doesn't mean I'd dismiss anything he says, but I do take it with a grain of salt and certainly don't assume he's being 100% candid.
|5 days 20 hours ago||He picked UM #6 this year...love Desmond!||
Did you see he picked UM #6 this year? Everyone gave him crap last year when he said UM would beat OSU. Granted, he was wrong, but his score was a heck of a lot closer than most who thought OSU would win by 14.
|5 days 20 hours ago||#1||
Granted, the amount of tape I've seen on him is small, but based on what I've seen he'd be #1. He seems to have the best combination of skills the staff wants. He's a big guy and can run with power, but he's also deceptively fast. He can block and catch the ball out of the backfield. He's not a highlight real type guy, but he seems very good with picking holes and his vision and he looks very smooth when he runs. I think he's our best back.
|5 days 20 hours ago||I don't buy that||
Yeah, I don't see that happening. I feel like it will be Henry (DT) and Pipkins (NT) running with the ones and with Wormley, Hurst, Mone, and Glasgow being the first guys off the bench. I never buy into what Hoke is saying in pressers. I think he's just giving credit to guys who had good practices. Pipkins will be our best interior lineman this year IMO.
|5 days 20 hours ago||If I recall right...||
They experimented with him returning punts last year and his decision making and fielding of punts wasn't great. And granted, this is a super small sample size, but I did see a few clips of Jabrill fielding punts and having to go back and over his shoulder and he had not problem at all catching them cleanly.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Bad is stronger than good||
I posted this in another thread too. I don't know if you're familiar with any of Chip and Dan Heath's books on psychology and change. But, one of the things they talk about is that bad is stronger than good. Of all the English words on human emotion 62% are negative. In a review of literature of over 200 scholarly articles one thing stood out...bad is stronger than good. People focus on the negative, remember negative events, and harp on negative things longer than they do good things that happen. So, in this particular situation once you've been exposed to poor play by Miller, that bad memory will stick with you longer than any good vibes that may be coming out of camp. But, with no negative memories on new guys like Cole, there's nothing to get in the way of our optimism. That could quickly change however.
|1 week 1 day ago||I see what you're saying. I||
I see what you're saying. I don't know that I want to believe one over the other. It's hard to have strong optimistic beliefs with anything o-line related these days. More, it's just I've somewhat already closed the book on Miller, but Cole's book is still wide open in my eyes. I think it's more about gettting excited about something new than it is about where they fall in the recruiting rankings. The next big thing is always more exciting than the run of the mill thing you've already got. The new thing may not be any better, but at least there's still excitement about it's possibility.
|1 week 1 day ago||They can, but in Columbus?||
They can beat them, and the talent level is very close. Beleive it or not, the recruiting rankings have been very close, even during the RR era. Granted OSU most years tends to have a slight edge, but it's still fairly close and always has been. What has put UM back is the change in coaching styles from pro-style to spread and back. Anways, agreed they are very close on talent, but it's hard to beat OSU in Columbus and it hasn't happened much since the days of Cooper. Ultimately in a close game I tend to lend towards the home team, especially when we have a young o-line and they have a great d-line. You may be able to say the same thing the other way around, but I tend to think both of their lines will be a little better than both of ours.
|1 week 1 day ago||Congruency between talk & play||
There was congruency between what the coaches said about Cole and how he looked in the scrimmage in my eyes. The same was not true of Miller. I saw Miller struggle last year too and have no evidence that anything has changed. I'm no o-line coach, so maybe I'm wrong, but that's my impression. Do you really beleive what you're insinuating...that you're concerned about Cole and not about Miller? I don't blame any concerns regarding the line at this point, including Cole, but I have very little confidence in Miller until he proves me wrong. I guess it's more that Cole hasn't proven that he can't do the job yet, whereas Miller has. So, I'm more apt to beleive the coach talk on Cole than Miller.
|1 week 1 day ago||O-line success hinge on Kalis?||
If Cole is good enough not to worry about, which believe it or not seems to be the case, that allows the coaches to put a more seasoned guy at LG in Mags. Despite what Hoke is saying I think we all expect Glasgow to be at center once his suspension is over. The coaches talked up Miller last year too and we know how that worked out. It seems like Braden is at the very least not a huge concern, at least in terms of the effectiveness of the run game. I'm starting to get the feeling that our running game hinges on the development and health of Kalis. I just hope he's healthy enough to get reps so that this line can actually work together as long as possible and gel.
|1 week 2 days ago||No reason UM can win that game||
While I'm not gonna defend Brandon on this, I see no reason UM can't beat MSU on the road, and that should be the focus. The game is played where it's played...nothing we can do about it. If we are scared of MSU there's a problem. With all the talent in the middle of that defense MSU lost and the guys UM has on defense stepping up, I see no reason UM can't win a close game on the road. I'm as concerned as the next guy about UM's o-line, but UM should be able to play good defense and if they can just keep the negative plays at bay, not turn the ball over, and get good special teams play...all of which I expect based on personnel and experience, there's no reason UM can't win this game. At the very least, it's certainly close enough not to be automitaclly calling it a Sparty win. If you're gonna blame the AD for the play on the field, I think you're missing the point.
|1 week 2 days ago||Isn't it funny?||
Isn't it funny how we assume the coaching staff at OSU will work out the kinks without Miller before The Game, but few of us assume the UM coaches will work out the kinks of the o-line?
|1 week 3 days ago||Yeah, real tough ugh||
Yes, I feel so sorry for a supremely talented Heisman Trophy candidate that has an opportunity to make millions of dollars playing a game for a living. It must be rough.
|1 week 3 days ago||This hurts OSU, but it won't kill them||
Firs, The Game is a long way off, so there's no gurantee he won't be back/healthy by then. Second, this hurts OSU, but it won't kill them...It never does, and I'd hazzard to guess that even without Miller, OSU is the favorite over UM. It certainly makes their B1G title run less likely since MSU seems strong again, and probably means some games may be a little tighter, but I doubt this is a killer for them.
|1 week 3 days ago||Agreed he needs another chance and it shouldn't be at UM||
I hope he finds the help he needs to learn and grow as a person, and I hope that somehow he makes it right with his victim. But, his behavior deserves a strong consequence. I feel like his challenge will be to stand up and accountable for his behavior and grow from it. I hope that he does because it's not easy, even when you're at fault.
|1 week 3 days ago||O-line progress||
I'm excited about a lot, Clark, Pipkins, Henry, Hurst, about 5 LBs and at least as many DBs. I'm excited about aggressive defense, pressuring the QBs, some big hits by our LBs, and maybe even a shut down CB. Insert your favorite choice here. I'm pretty excited about the vast majority of the defense. But, we all know our season pins on the o-line and as skeptical as I am, I refuse to assume that with a new coordinator that things will pan out the same way they did last year. So, more than anything I am excited to see if the o-line will improve over the course of the season. If it can this can be a very good team. If it can't this will be an average team. Here's to tempered optimism for o-line progress.
|1 week 5 days ago||Wormley||
I haven't heard anyone mention Wormley. Any observations?
|1 week 5 days ago||Coaching change||
Even if the o-line doesn't improve much, the mind-numbing playcalling of Borges no longer around, and the, granted hopefully, better playcalling from Nuss should make for an improved offense.
|1 week 5 days ago||Defense was ahead of offense last year too||
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I recall us all thinking the defense was ahead of the offense last year too, but then the offense looked pretty good against ND in week 2. Not trying to say the o-line will be fixed, but I think it's fair to say that just becasue they look bad tonight doesn't mean they will be bad all year. And, just because the defense looks great tonight doesn't mean they will be great all year. That doesn't mean we can't take anything away from this, but lets not get carried away either. In reality, the schedule is very backloaded, the ND game is meaningless towards winning the B1G, and our first real conference test won't be until Oct. 11th when PSU comes to town. We have almost 2 months to improve.
|1 week 5 days ago||Doesn't make sense||
Nuss is in charge of the offense and it looks like crap. He's not getting a head coaching gig until he fixes the o-line/running game.
|1 week 5 days ago||Why?||
Just becasue they are both white WRs? Dever is 6'2" 200 lbs. Dileo is 5'10" and 180 lbs and that's probably being generous to him.
|1 week 5 days ago||So...||
From what I'm hearing...the defense looks great and the o-line still sucks? Well, at least that was predictable.
|1 week 5 days ago||DE/Tackle matchup||
OSU's primary strength on the d-line is in their DEs in Spence and Bosa. Although, I think Washington is probably developing as a DT now. But, last season UM had 2 good tackles to neutralize them. I'm not sure Braden and Cole/Mags will match up quite as well this year as Lewan and Schofield did last year.
|1 week 5 days ago||Honestly Braxton is not the biggest concern IMO||
I don't think Braxton is the biggest concern, especially since OSU has a less-experienced o-line, and UM brings all those guys back on defense, and have JMFR in the middle to neutralize him. I am more concerned about OSU's d-line matching up against UM's o-line. If UM can't get a running game going, their pass rush with Spense, Bosa, and Washington is more concerning.
|1 week 5 days ago||They've won 10 games 8 of the last 9 years||
Here's why, because they win 10 games every year. Here are their records for each of the last 9 years.
The only year they didn't win 10 games was during a coaching fire just before the season. It's not hard to figure out why they're expected to be the best in the conference. As much as I hate it, it's just assumed, and deservedly so.
|1 week 5 days ago||Agreed||
I see a lot of folks saying that too. I think sometimes people get caught up in following popular opinion to fit in. Although I don't want anyone to get seriously injured or miss out on any opportunities in life, I don't mind if all of them get banged up and they lose all of their games because of it...with the one caveot I'd prefer UM beats them at 100%. But, if we can't beat them at 100%, I'll take it with them banged up any day. Five years later no one will remember who was healthy and who wasn't, but they'll remember who won the game.