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|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Good and bad...||
This is the good and bad for where we are today. The scary part is that not only is Gardner the only SR, but Gardner, Funchess and Glasgow are the only members of the JR-SR classes on offense. 2015 will be a great year and hopefully this year talent will trump youth. At least we have players who have seen the field before at every position.
I would put Heitzman #2 on the TE list. I think we will love his position switch. Given his size and athleticism (for a primarily blocking TE) along with his experience in HS, I'll be surprised if he's not ahead of Williams by the start of the season.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Glasgow.||
I thought Glasgow was our best OL not named Lewan or Schofield last year, especially considering he had to move over and play center. Walk-on or not, he's a good football player. He will start somewhere on the line next year and do well, whether it be C, G or RT.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Ryan move seems like a spring test run.||
I see the Ryan move to MLB as a test run to see if he can be a disruptive force in the middle of the defense. If it doesn't work out, they move him back. Even if it doesn't work, they can play Ryan at MLB here and there to throw teams off if he's spent some time playing there. Fortunately, we have a bunch of LBs with 2 years of playing time so we can try some different things and go back to what they know if it doesn't work.
Another amazing observation. We can move a player who started at SDE some of last year to tight end with no concerns about that lack of depth on the DL. This is a little less exciting since we have a bunch of solid players, but not much WOW at SDE other than Taco.
I'm assuming Dawson is at LT because Braden will likley start at RT. I seem to remember seeing somewhere that LTT was the nominal LT with Magnuson out and before he had surgery.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Safety options.||
I'll be stunned if Wilson and Dymonte aren't the starting safeties in the fall, but if one of them isn't ready I suspect Jeremy Clark is a viable option (looked good in the spring game). Down the line, Hill and Dawson both sound like very athletic players who could develop into excellent safeties.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Willie Henry.||
Henry's got enough size/strength to play NT. If Pipkins isn't ready to go, I think Henry is the NT with Wormley at the 3T to start the year. I see Hurst and Pipkins backing up at both positions and pushing to start as the year moves along.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Can the 2014 guys add weight?||
I think that Funchess and Darboh will get the bulk of the catches along with Butt and a few from Chesson.
Of the 2013 and 2014 guys, I was thinking that Harris and Canteen would both make an impact, but I was surprised to watch their highlight tapes and see how skinny they are. Granted Harris' tape was from 2012 so maybe he's put on good weight while injured (?). Ways did not look as skinny, so maybe he'll play. All of them are very talented.
My bet is 1-2 of the 2014 guys contribute with some big plays and that if it's only one of them that Jones will be the other WR getting PT.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Run defense?||
Would make sense based on size, but he'd need to dramatically improve his run defense. Certainly an option on passing downs.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Skins||
I see Clark-wde, Henry-nt, Wormley and Beyer. Pipkins at NT with Henry at 3T if Pipkins is back ready to go. Hurst and Poggi will be next year's version of Henry and Wormley. Play more and more as the year goes on. Charlton will amaze here and there and play a lot by the end of the year.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Similar to last year.||
I see the game going a lot like last year. State won't be able to move the ball but will find there way to a touchdown and a field goal somehow. We'll play it tight to avoid turnovers and win 13-10.
As long as we are -1 or better in turnover margin, I see us winning. I just don't see their offense moving the ball against our D.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||MSU game will look nothing like IU||
Borges' game plan against MSU will be completely different because it will be a completely different game. It will be a grind it out game, and if we get 20 points that will likely be enough to win. TOs will be our doom. Borges will smartly call a safer game (I don't mean run on every 1st down). If it works all is well. If we lose, Borges will be criticized for not using the IU game plan.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||More Magnuson?||
I thought Magnuson was in there pretty much the whole game. I did see Kalis on a goal-line play as the extra lineman and a few more plays. I am far from certain this is correct.
I thought Magnuson, Burzynski and Bosch all looked good enough. None are likely to blow people off the ball, but they'll block the guy they are supposed and not be a liability against a pass rush. This is good enough for me in 2013.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Re-watched U-conn game, feel a little better.||
The first half was awful, but after watching the second half, I feel better about Devin. I felt like he needed to spend the bye week getting his confidence back. I was surprised to watch the second half and watch a poised Gardner play pretty well. He threw 1 bad pass and other than that looked pretty good.
I also noticed on the long Touissant TD run, Gardner saw the LBs gearing up to blitz up the middle and audibled to the speed option that went for a TD. Borges also had a couple other calls geared to deal with LBs blitzing up the middle that went well. The LB blitzes confusing our interior OL has been a big worry for me, so I was glad to see we had adapted in the second half.
Anyway, if you want to feel better about the team, rewatch the U-conn game, but start right after the second half fumble. I actually think it says good things about Devin that he was able to pull it together at halftime.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Yuck.||
That was awful, but we didn't lose. The team got away with taking the week off and playing vanilla offense and defense.
Positives: Chesson yards-after-catch looked really good. More touches for him as teams double and triple Gallen, please.
Lots of snaps for Jourdan Lewis. Not sure why we've played a different 3rd CB each week (Stribling-Hollowell-Lewis). Thought Lewis looked pretty good out there.
Willie Henry played and appeared to look pretty good on first viewing. This season, I was expecting him to be the first DT off the bench and do well.
Prediction: U-Conn will be very sorry we played so poorly today.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Looked like Magnuson at LT.||
My recollection from the game was that Magnuson appeared to be going in at LT, not RT (standing on that side of line before Lewan came in). I assume this was because they expected it to be only one play, and it wasn't worth moving Schofield back and forth for one play.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Hopefully will improve with carries.||
I think Fitz will run better as he gets more in game carries with this OL. As he gets more carries and learns the tendencies of his blockers and where the holes tend to end up on a given play, he should get better.
Seems like two years ago he had trouble finding holes early in the year and then suddenly exploded after a few starts once he figured out where to go.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Lots of Wilson||
I think it will be all Wilson and no Avery. Hoke's quotes sound like Avery won't actually play even though he says 'yeah' he'll play.
I'll also predict Countess stays at CB and someone else plays nickle so he can match up along with Taylor on their outside WRs.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Glasgow will start somewhere.||
I predict Glasgow will start somewhere because I think he's good. He looked pretty good in the spring game, he looked good pulling near the goal line on the last scrimmage highlights, and he started the spring game and ran with the first string in the last scrimmage. The dude is 6' 6" and moves like a football player. My guess for the starters would be Glasgow at guard and Miller at center. The only way I can see Glasgow not starting is if it were Braden at guard and Miller at center.
It would be one huge line if it were Lewan-Bryant-Glasgow-Kalis-Schofield.
The suspense will end Friday after today's scrimmage so the line can get some run as a unit the rest of the way.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Glasgow looked good.||
If Bryant is better than Glasgow then that is a good thing. I thought Glasgow looked good in the highlights from the practice. He had a really nice pull where he nailed Morgan (I think) coming through the hole.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Miller.||
I think Miller will be good enough. He won't overpower people, but he'll be in the right position and block the right guy.
His biggest strength is getting out and blocking a LB when that's his job. I watched him closely in the spring game, and he goes full bore for the LB and always gets there.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Aaron Shea and Borges weapon.||
I agree completely with the Aaron Shea comparison, and I think Shallman will be a fan favorite before his career is complete. He will be used by Borges as yet another player (along with Funchess, Butt, K HIll and Bunting) that will drive defenses nuts with mismatches. I see his best role as an H-back similar to K. Hill. I see him differentiating himself from Hill with his ability to play RB enough to keep defenses honest in addition to being able to run and catch.
I can imagine a lot of combinations of personnel with Shallman that would drive defenses nuts. My favorite thought is lining up with 1 WR, Williams/Butt along with Funchess at TE with K. Hill at H-back and Shallman at RB facing 3rd and 2 or so. If the defense matches the heavy formation, I can see switching Funchess out wide with Hill and Shallman in the slots.
We're probably a year away before all these guys are ready to block and catch, but it will be fun to watch when they are.
|34 weeks 8 hours ago||Fan favorite.||
I guess I agree with the assessment of low plus relative to some of the other guys since, he won't look like Devin Funchess outrunning linebackers 30 yards downfield, but I think he will be a fan favorite by the time he graduates. I see him as a guy that will want to be a blocking tight end as well (as well as receiving) and will have lots of Roy Roundtree-like catches where he is wide open because they though he was a blocker. I also think he will have a lot of 3rd down catches for a 1st down where a linebacker or safety just couldn't cover him.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||3+ decent back-up OL.||
I"m with Heiko on the OL of Lewan-Braden-Miller-Kalis-Schofield as a given for the starting O-line. Watching the spring game, I though Braden was the 3rd best OL with his size and athleticism, and I liked that when Miller's job was to get out and block a LB he made sure to do it. They all need more experience playing together, especially against stunts.
I think Glasgow will be ok as the next man in, but I'm guessing that Bryant will push him by the end of the year. Bryant played with the 3rd string OL in the spring game, but he looked really good even when going against the 2nd string DL. He's big and strong, but I doubt he pulIs very well. I think he was 3rd string because he's working his way back from injury and that he'll move up in the fall. I also think Burzynski showed last year that he could play in a pinch and be ok, and he pulls well. I thought Magnuson was not too bad in the spring game but needs to get stronger. I think he would be ok to sub in for a few plays if one of the tackles has to sit out a couple plays, but I wouldn't want to see him play a whole game. I'm hopeful he'll be ready to play next year.
The OL will not dominate, especially early, but they'll be ok and get better as the year goes on. I'm just hoping they're looking pretty good for the tough games at the end of the year.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Scott and Canteen.||
They haven't added anyone yet, but it changes if we take both Scott and Canteen. Sound like both of them are speedy, slot guys.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Thomas won't stay at nickle.||
I don't believe for a minute that Dymonte Thomas will stay at nickel. I believe he's playing nickel to get better at coverage and because playing safety as a true freshman is too hard. We have others that can play the nickel, but we don't have others that can grow into an all-american safety.
We need Wilson/Thomas/Clark to fill the two safety spots next year and Hill, Dawson and maybe Stribling as back-ups further down the line. It's a little tight, but if Wilson and Thomas can both play there won't be many snaps for anyone else for a few years.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Miller-Kugler center battle will be a good one, later.||
My read on our centers is that Miller is going to be just fine. I think by the end of this year, Miller will be showing well in the UFRs and noone will be worried about who will play center in 2014. Given that Miller and most likely Glasgow would be at least 'ok' at center (Burzynski might be ok too), I don't see any way that Kugler plays this year.
In 2014 Kugler will likely push Miller, but I'm guessing Miller will be the starter at least at the beginning of the year. He'll have started for a year and have an extra year in the system. Plus, success at center is less about being a super athlete and more about technique, knowing who to block and getting the line calls right. I can see Kugler getting a shot at playing guard if he doesn't win the center job.
By 2015, we'll have two very good centers, and I can see Kugler being just too good to not be on the field.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Poggi=Van Bergen=Godin.||
I see all three of these guys as being very similar, and I think that's just fine. I also think with the current coaching, Poggi and Godin will reach senior Van Bergen much earlier in their careers (redshirt sophomore year?). I'll take a senior Van Bergen level talent at 3T and another at 5T happily.
I agree he looks like a high floor, medium ceiling kind of guy. It's great to have players like this mixed in with boom/bust guys like Charlton (don't see him busting) and Hurst.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||My worst as well.||
I was at that game at the 1990 Rose Bowl against USC which was the worst loss.
Sitting through the Tennessee Outback Bowl was the least fun football game I've ever been to.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Hoke's current favorite at a position of "need".||
I'm interested because he seems to be the current best available for Michigan at SLB which is a poistion of "need" in this class. I use "need" because we have a starter there for the next two years, but after that we only have a couple potential players (McCray and Ferns).
Personally, I think Ferns can play either MLB or SLB. With the depth chart at MLB/WLB being Bolden, Jenkins Stone, Ross, Poole, Gedeon and the depth chart at SLB being McCray, I see Ferns at SLB. You'd like to have more than two players competing at a position, especially if one is redshirt freshman.
Hope Winovich goes Blue.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Morris' competetiveness.||
We need to factor in how competetive Morris is. He's going to come in with the goal of beating out Gardner (not that it's going to happen). I think by the end of fall camp that Morris will have shown enough that it will be clear that he will be a much better back-up as the season goes on. I haven't done any research on this, but I don't think you redshirt your back-up QB. Also, Morris is competetive enough that if he is the second best QB that he won't want to redshirt.
My guess is that Morris won't play in the CMU game to give the coaches a chance to see how things are going (Morris progress, Bellomy injury recovery and Cleary readiness), but he will play against Akron.
We are helped that other than against Notre Dame, we shouldn't need him to be very good to win until the PSU game in Mid-October. That gives him an extra month and a half to learn the offense. His arm is strong and accurate enough that Borges can put in a package that he can run successfully without knowing the whole offense.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||No Wisconson or Nebraska.||
I can't see how anyone is complaining about MSU/OSU on the road from a schedule difficulty point of view. We don't play either Wisonsin or Nebraska (one of which would likely be on the road if we got MSU or OSU at home). I think that more than makes up for the difficulty of having to go to E. Lansing an extra time. By 2014, our superior talent will trump home vs. away.against MSU.
I agree it stinks from a home schedule standpoint.