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|1 week 4 days ago||Dwumfour, Solomon, Hudson.||
I think Dwumfour, Solomon and Hudson with a sprinkling of Gary will be fine if noone gets hurt. I wouldn't be happy expecting these guys to start, but this is our biggest worry I will sleep soundly.
If we were desparate, I also wouldn't mind seeing Onwenu play a few snaps of D on the odd long drive. Wouldn't make sense except when the D was tired because the offense hadn't been on the field much. Unusual, but Harbaugh just might do it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Like this logic.||
I like this logic. I thought he'd back-up all 3 LB positions, but I guess with McCray, Bush and Wroblewski maybe it's not needed.
Furbush did play a bunch of snaps at SAM against FSU with Peppers out, so he may play more if Khaleke is substituted for more than Peppers was. I thought Furbush looked pretty good when he did play. Given the lack of experienced starters, I'm convinced he'll see significant snaps somewhere.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Kemp at WDE?||
I don't see why Kemp can't play back-up snaps at WDE. Seems the right size and a good complement for Winovich on more run-oriented plays. It's likely Gary plays quite a bit, so I'd imagine he could play back-up snaps on both sides. Makes sense in spring to focus on getting good at one position first.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||2013 OSU game.||
My recollection is that Gedeon started and played the majority of the 2013 OSU game. I don't think those are meaningless snaps.
I'd love to have him back this year, but we needed him in 2013. Without him, we had no back-up LBs.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||JBB improved?||
Has JBB gotten better since last year or do you see him starting because there is noone else? He got by without hurting us but seems there was a reason he was replaced by Bredeson with Braden moving to LT.
It wouldn't be surprising to see him improve after getting some game time last year. Obviously it would be huge if he can hack it as a starter.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Kugler at center.||
I'm confused by the comments about Ruiz at center in the early glimpse. The mgoblue videos I have seen show Kugler at center in all shots but 1 or 2 (Cole in these) with a plausible Cole-Bredeson-Kugler-Onwenu-(Not in video/JBB) first string. I'm buying this until someone says differently.
I've shifted into the Cole at LT camp and like the line above. Bredeson at RT replaced at guard by Ruiz or Runyan would be good too.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Already did.||
I thought this thread yesterday fit the bill in terms of apologies.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Live in DC area.||
I am one of a number of DC area Michigan fans very happy to have the BTT local, and I will be there. They shouldn't do it that often, but I like the idea of having the tournament at a different location every 5 years or so. It gives fans in different areas an opportunity to go. Indianapolis isn't very convenient for Maryland, PSU and Rutgers fans.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||5th year for Furbush||
I have liked what have seen so far from Furbush. Given our LB depth, I expect him to play a lot this year (inside and outside) and be back for a 5th year in 2018.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Not worried for 2017.||
I shared your concern until we signed Solomon. I think Dwumfour (solid but not playmaking), Solomon and Hudson is just fine as back-up DTs. Plus, Gary can slide inside here and there, particularly on passing downs. We should be able to find some decent SDE snaps among Ron Johnson, Marshall, Kemp, Jeter, Irving-Bey and Hudson to give Gary an occasional rest. I do see Gary getting a lot of snaps.
If our young but talented secondary can get the job done, we could have a very good defense.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Glasgow 4th?||
Was that the younger Glasgow in 4th? I don't think he would have made anyone's Top 10. Good for him. Probably not top 40 time, but I'm impressed.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Spot on.||
I agree with you on the most likely starters and Filiaga in consideration at RT but not at the front of the line. I believe Cole will be the center as Harbaugh wants his best player there and that is a natural position for Cole. I think Onwenu is a lock at RG (could be LG, I suppose). I believe Bredeson will be at tackle since we have no other obvious options, he started this year, and his 'Hello' post states he could play any position on the line. I agree Bredeson is most likely LT if Newsome is not ready.
Based on last year's performance, I don't buy JBB at LT, maybe RT and maybe guard, but I will be shocked if he is at LT. I think there is the most uncertainty over RT. Could be anyone listed below as well as Bredeson if he's not at LT.
LT - Bredeson/Newsome (I can hope), Ulizio
LG - Ruiz/Kugler
C - Cole
RG - Onwenu
RT - Ulizio, JBB, Filiaga, Spanellis/Hall/Stueber
|17 weeks 13 hours ago||Ruiz and Cole.||
Ruiz sure looks like he would be ready to play based on his film. I can see him moving into a starting guard role during the year as a freshman and then over to center in year 2. I think Harbaugh likes his best lineman at center ala Glasgow and Cole, and I think he'll put Cole at LT as a last resort only. However, I can see Cole being the LT anyway unless one of the freshmen or Ulizio are ready.
|17 weeks 18 hours ago||Furbush.||
I thought Furbush played quite a bit. Strangely, it looked to me like he came in on passing downs. It seemed like the nickel package was Furbush (maybe for a DL?). I think he'll play a lot next year, possibly at multiple LB positions, and do well. Coaches seem to trust him.
|17 weeks 18 hours ago||Safety.||
Hudson was at safety during pre-game warm-ups. Also noticed back-up OL from left to right was Dawson, Onwenu, Kugler, Runyan and Ulizio. JBB was the third string RT. Not sure how much this means.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||McCray/Bush.||
Sounds like McCray and Bush will start in the middle/WLB spots that play every down as the top two LBs. I can see Furbush being both the SLB against MSU/Wisconsin and the back-up to McCray (MLB?) and maybe Bush. In this capacity, he could get almost as many snaps as McCray and Bush assuming he is good enough to play a lot.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting.||
I'm assuming some sort of Furbush/Hudson/Uche split. Furbush more on running downs and against MSU/Wisconsin types. Hudson most similar to Peppers and Uche similar to Hudson but with a little more LB.
I assumed Metullus would be more of the strong safety type with lots of run support. Maybe Brown wants Hudson at the second safety position due to better man coverage ability (not that you don't need that at SAM).
I think Brown is going to have a blast with young multi-talented players like Hudson and Uche.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Agree.||
It's my hope that Bredeson was a legit option at LT this spring. Harbaugh seems to like to have his best OL at center (ala Glasgow and Cole), so I think he'll do this if he can. My back-up would be Filiaga at LT and Bredeson at RT or LG.
I think the top four lineman are Cole-Bredeson-Kugler-Onwenu. I don't think JBB at LT is the way to go, but maybe with another year he'd be solid at RT.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Went forward.||
I still haven't seen anything that clearly states the rule if forward progress is stopped by your own player, but he went forward after the Michigan player hit him. I don't think the Michigan player that hit him stopped his forward progress.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Show me the rule.||
I was interested, so I tried to look it up. This is the closet I could find. The only other reference to forward progress described being "in the grasp".
Ball Declared Dead ARTICLE 3. A live ball becomes dead and an official shall sound his whistle or declare it dead: a. When it goes out of bounds other than a kick that scores a field goal after touching the uprights or crossbar; when a ball carrier is out of bounds; or when a ball carrier is so held that his forward progress is stopped. When in question, the ball is dead (A.R. 4-2-1-II).
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Forward progress.||
Forward progress stops when you are in the grasp of a defender, not when you run into your own players backside. He wasn't down until his butt hit the ground. At this point, the ball was a 1/2 yard behind the line and clearly not a first down.
The ref spotted the ball based on the wrong rule for forward progress. The replay looked at it for 30 seconds and apparently decided the same thing.
The call was wrong but unfortunately that changes nothing.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Desmond/Woodson KRs.||
I loved the flipping back and forth through the Desmond/Woodson highlights. I flashed to the thought of how awesome it would be to win the game this year on a KR by Peppers.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Chris Evans.||
I think Chris Evans will play. He has speed and an ability to make you miss that is not prevalent on the current team. I think Harbaugh will find ways to get him the ball for a few plays a game that take advantage of these skills. Steve Breaston 2.0.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||McDoom and Uche.||
I'll put in another vote for McDoom and Uche. My first choice was Chris Evans but then I saw he is a 247 composite 4*. He looks like a Steve Breaston clone to me except not as skinny. If he can catch, we are gonna love him.
McDoom looks to be big and fast with moves, so I'll take that.
I think Coach Brown can't wait to bulk up Uche a bit and unleash him on defenses. Without Brown as DC I might go with someone else, but I believe Brown will use Uche's speed and athleticism to terrorize opposing offenses.
|1 year 1 week ago||Fair point.||
It's a good point that Newsome played ahead of Kugler this year. To my recollection, when Newsome did play, he was typically the sixth lineman on a play that was most likely a short yardage run. Given his size, this situation plays to Newsome's strengths. It is possible in extended play or passing situations the substitution could have been different (or not).
Personally, my takeaway from the last 3 spring games was that Kugler looked pretty good, so what do I know.
|1 year 1 week ago||Long time until September for Newsome.||
Agree Newsome looked a bit shaky. My read is that Kugler is the 5th best lineman now, but Harbaugh hopes that by September Newsome will be ready. I see Harbaugh's vision of running left behind Braden and Newsome.
Giving Newsome reps also gives Cole lots of reps at center that he needs. Then, he subs Kugler in at center and both guard spots so he is ready to play any of the three if needed.
I assume if Newsome doesn't make the leap that Kugler starts at center and Cole goes back to LT.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Hill would be fine.||
I think Henderson looked like a perfectly function in-line blocker/occasional runner at FB. I think he could be the starter if we wanted to play Hill at TE.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Had same thought.||
I agree Malzone is 4th or 5th in line for snaps this years (Peters will almost certainly be ahead by next year), but I also thought he looked good. I don't read that as he will challenge for the job only to note how amazing our QB depth is 1 year after last year's spring game. I certainly wouldn't want to get down to our 4th/5th string QB, but I don't think it would be a disaster if we did.
Quite impressive indeed.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Henderson.||
Henderson caught my eye on a couple plays. Looks like your typical walk-on fullback who ends up playing a bunch of snaps. If Khalid Hill can't run with the ball, we may see a lot of him. I'm a big fan of Hill. If he can run with the ball, his pass catching out of the backfield will be quite an asset. He's already showed he can handle the blocking.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||2014 Class.||
I think it's a bit early to worry about the 2014 class depth. They haven't played mostly because of the success of the 2012 and 2013 class that are still here.
If you count hype this spring for guys who haven't played yet (a big if I admit), the following look like they will at least be contributing football players:
Peppers, Mone, Cole, Winovich, Bunting, Ways, Furbush and maybe Speight/Marshall/Harris.
That would be hits on 10/16 with potentially 3-4 stars (Peppers, Mone, Cole, ?). I'll take that.
Let's check back next year on 2014.