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- Development of Oline (please, please, please) to help out getting Gardner more time / better throwing lanes? Better completion %?
- Threat of better running game (please, please, please) that makes the passing better via play action?
- Senior Gardner with Nuss guiding = better completion %? Or more throw-aways to keep possessions alive and down and distance more manageable? And thus more manageable throws to complete?
- Do any of the RS or True Freshman receivers make a moderate impact, which would probably be a ceiling expectation with this group?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||It's a valid point, as experience is invaluable,||
but part of that equation of youth vs. experience is physical development as well as skill development. Magnuson, Kalis, Glasgow, Bosch, Butt, Henry, Pee Wee, Wormley etc., yes, all have some experience now, but none are as strong or as skilled as they are going to be down the road.
And when "young" guys are matched up against 22-23 year olds who've maxed out their college skill level and physical development, even if their game experience is no greater than the "young" guy across from them-- they still have some advantages typically.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Not in direct response to your comment||
but yours covers some of the things I was comtemplating so thought I'd put this TLDR comment here ..
To replicate 2013 numbers, Michigan needs to replace 129 catches, 1,821 yards and 11 TDs lost to graduation of Gallon, Dileo, Fitz and J. Jackson. Gallon is the key loss, obviously.
Returning is 104 catches, 1331 yards, and 12 TDs, with the bulk of that coming from Funchess, Butt and to a lesser degree Chesson. No other returner had more than 6 catches and all of those came from the backfield via Northfleet on the little jet sweep hand-off passes, or Hayes and Kerridge randomness. Williams had one catch all year. As we all no doubt recall, a TD! Yay!
Can we replace those 129 graduated catches? Seems like it will be tough:
First, let’s take out the 18 balls that Fitz caught and assume somewhat similar production from RB corps. Call it a near wash but not quite Fitz senior level. (-18 goes to -3)
Funchess, without a Gallon type that teams have to be aware of, may do well to get back to 49. But l think he’s talented and physically gifted enough to make a jump anyway. I call for him to grab an extra 1.5 per game, so call it +20 for a total of 69. (+20)
Butt, I think, will have a big leap and get near Sophomore Funchess production. Call it just shy at 43, but that more than doubles his freshman production. (+23)
Chesson. Another year in system, another spring and summer. Necessity of being more involved. Estimated increase in catches by 1/game. Call it +10 to 15 more than last year for a total of 27. Could be conservative on this, but I may be out on a limb on Butt. Even out? (+12)
Darboh. I see a RS Chesson type year, slightly better out of necessity/depth. Call it 20 catches. (+20)
That’s a subtotal of 72, still 57 balls short of the 129 lost.
Okay so now let’s call the 14 balls that Houma, Hayes, Northfleet and Williams caught a wash with similar one-off catches that will likely be replicated in 2014 from random guys. (+14)
Now we’re down to a deficit of 43 or so. Can M get those via the following?
Rational me is doubtful but fan me thinks it can be done if OL and running game is much improved. Am I way off base here in projections? Fun to speculate.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||All major conf.||
coaches in football tend to vote for their conference brethren. That's not just an SEC trait.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||The Robinson call||
was the right call, though, so that didn't seem to be it. During the press conference, Coach B said he was "in control, believe it or not" when someone asked about the Stauskus "assist" in pulling him away from the one ref. He kind of smiled and made that remark, as if that whole episode was calculated.
I assumed he was frustrated with the grabbing and clutching that wasn't getting called, but total guess on my part.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I thought Shulman||
at least tried to raise the point a couple times about McGary. But yeah, listening to Dickie V is painful any game. This one, especially so.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||This is the kind||
of moment that if they guy plays for your team, you love it. But if he plays for your rival, different story. Say Harris does someting similar in AA in a hypothetical Sparty win in a few weeks, no doubt some M fans cry foul. All part of the rivalry.
I love Nik's confidence (and even his moments of cockiness) because shooters thrive on it. They know the ball is going in, and when it doesn't, the know the next one is going in, and when it doesn't, they know the next one is going in.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||But he was elusive on||
That's Incredible!, you have to admit. No one could tackle that guy. Mad scrambling genius. Ran circles around that tool John Davidson.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Did you know||
Spikes dad was a baller in Gary? #DakichGoToReferences
I don't love Dakich all the time but for the most part like his willingness to be very opinionated. He's the anti Dickie V to me, willing to piss off fans if he thinks someone needs to be called out. Doesnt mean he's always right but so few guys do it, it's refreshing to me. He's made some questionable moves on Twitter however as others have pointed out.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know, man ...||
His pad level looks too high on the towel twirl ...
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed on the corners. Unlikely||
they'll have two corners as good as the Dennard / Waynes combo. Obviously Waynes returns but Dennard seemed like a once a decade kind of corner to me.
Loss of Lewis at S will be tough too. Drummond is good, but who's next to him? Won't be as good as the Lewis/Drummond combo. With the defensive backfield surely a downgrade, I don't see how they are as good as they were this year. They'll be good, most likely. But tough to be great given the quality of players they're losing.
Combo of Allen / Bulloch unlikely to be replaced with equitable talent/production. True, there is some talent behind them. Just inexperienced.
A lot comes down to schedule again, and MSU gets everyone tough in conference at home save for PSU (who may be in shambles by that time). Road games at Purdue, Indiana, Maryland and PSU. Has to be one of the weakest away conference schedules out there.
Kudos for Sparty for going to Auzten, though. That will be a fun non-con game to watch.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Lord of the rings, IIRC||
Was a single volume before the publisher put it out in 3 installments. This kind of thing isn't new. But yeah, agreed. Smacks of money grab.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||There are||
millions of fans of CFB who didn't attend the university they cheer for. Without that interest, CFB would be a shadow of itself. Most notably, Ginger in Chicago wouldn't have the Big Ten Network or ESPN 2 or U to watch Sparty club Illinois without non-alum fans of CFB.
Likewise, there are thousands of students who are totally apathetic to sports teams on big campuses and feel no connection whatsover to XYZ field or Coach ABC.
Good rant, though. Kid was pretty annoying / entertaining.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||There's a Geico||
ad in there somewhere.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Okay but on that||
particulat play, Lewis's head was behind. Could have easily been called a clip if it wasn't called a personal foul. No complaints on that flag. You want kids to be aggressive but play smart.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||People don't mention Wake and the||
the SEC for good reason.
Quality and depth of conference is doing wonders in recruiting for traditional doormats in the SEC like Ol' Miss, Vandy and Kentucky.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||USC/Oregon||
success vs. SEC success in the national title games? I'll take the latter. If Michigan had to share the kind of success LSU, Florida and Bama have had to share recently in NC games, I'd be okay with that.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Excellent read on||
both sites. Well done, chaps. Also, ventured over to MSpaint like Champion Today for the first time. Thumbs up to that guy, too.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||No kidding. Can we get a refund||
on your ND guy? He had his staight-delivery-no-sense-of humor-ray gun set to stun.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Anyone recall how||
effective MSU was in keepting Braxton Miller contained last year? Miller had yards but I don't remember how many came out designed runs vs. drop back-nothing there-scrambles.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Was just going to point||
out OSU geography fail but see you've already taken care of it. Good work. The New Zealand All Blacks warm up ritual, the haka is based on Maori tradition.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Right, because Meyer's||
national championship teams weren't fundamentally sound, played soft in a soft conference, etc. C'mon people. He's unlikeable but there's a reason he's considered a elite among coaches.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Centers, please stop||
toying with the fan base. Grumble, grumble. I assume this bodes well for a Kugler run at the spot in 2014. Anyway, back to thinking positive thoughts. Positive thoughts. Positive thoughts.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||You didn't work||
out the exchange rate for Candadian inches, bro. Common mistake.
|30 weeks 6 hours ago||Instead of "what are you watching,"||
WifeinLA shouldsay: "Hey WolvinLA2, whacha doing?"
Other favorite lines from Phineas & Ferb:
Brady Hoke is taking over recruting in the entire tri-state area!
Hey ... where's (chris) Perry?
Time to get out the GoBlue-inator ...
yeah, I watch too much of that show myself, I guess ...
|30 weeks 8 hours ago||Thinking same thing||
... Brian's not old enough. Phineas and Ferb is some of the most tolerable Disney content out there. When my kids have Disney Channel on, I ordinarily want to throw something at it. P&B? I'll actually sit down and watch with them. Clever stuff usually.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||What's the Tebow story? Did||
he finally have that second head growing from his armpit removed? I always suspected that was the source of his bad throwing mechanics.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Agree. Expect that unit||
to be much better, particularly if MSU is okay at running the ball, which I think they will be. Less talent at RB but some of their OL troubles last year (injuries and shuffling) shouldn't be as bad this year. Also, seems unlikely their receivers will have a 2-year case of the dropsies.
I'm curious to see if they'll be able to move the ball against ND, in South Bend. Even if they can't, they play enough of a weak schedule to build some confidence on the Offensive side of the ball early in the season. I expect them to be at worst a 1-loss team when Michigan goes to EL.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Plenty of schools||
compare to Michigan and OSU. Texas, Oklahoma, Penn St, Nebraksa, and ND, to name a few. Rabid fan bases for decades. Alabama as a "newcomer?" That's pretty funny.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Tackling in this case =||
|32 weeks 6 days ago||They likely won't find the||
quality of back they had in Bell, true, but the OL should be much better given all of the injuries and shuffling they had to do last year. May be a wash in the running game--less talent in backfield but better blocking.
Passing game will be considerably better, I expect, becasue they can't possibly drop that many balls again this year, can they?
The D looks like it will be as good as last year, maybe better statistically given the schedule.
Will be interesting to see how well they move the ball against ND in South Bend. If they win that game, they should be 8-0 when Michigan goes to EL. Michigan possibly undefeated too? Would be cool.