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|1 day 7 hours ago||Blocking or opponent?||
I don't know if the second-half struggles in the run game have much to do with the blocking. Teams are really loading up the box to stop the run and a lot of our passing success has come from heavy looking formations.
Teams are making a tradeoff and getting burned by screens, end-arounds, and (now) downfield throws for big chunks of yardage on a regular basis. As long as they're downing the poison on a regular basis, does it really matter what flavor they pick?
I actually wouldn't be surprised to see Smith have a big day on Saturday, as OSU is a team that is more likely to play us straight up, protect against big plays, and assume they can win on talent.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Pass rush and playmaking||
The optimism about the d-line was really fueld by a belief in Hoke's recruiting and name recognition rather than actual production. We lost our top 3 guys in TFL (Ryan, Clark, and Beyer) from 2014 as well.
The guys on this year's team have made huge leaps across the board. Wormley went from 5 TFL to 12. Henry from 5.5 to 10. Glasgow from 4 to 5 (in three fewer games). Ojemudia went from 7.5 to 6 (but in 6 fewer games). Charlton from 5.5 to 7.5. Hurst from 1 to 6.5. And Jenkins-Stone went from 0 to 5.
To have that many guys lift their production by that much isn't something you can realistically expect coming into a season.
But the answer to the original question is Chesson. He had been on campus three years and scored one TD. He has 10 this year. His longest reception a year ago was for 28 yards. This year he has a reception for over 60, a rush for over 60 (Hoke only gave him the ball for 2 carries when he was here when clearly he is a huge weapon on reverses and end-arounds), and he's run back a kickoff for a TD.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||2013||
Rawls never really played in 2013 (3 carries all year). He backed up Fitz and later Denard as a sophomore in 2012 when he posted 242 yards on 57 carries (4.2 avg.) and 4 TD.
Rawls wasn't a guy who got a ton of opportunities and failed to perform. He got benched after his sophomore year (legal trouble may have had something to do with it or coaching staff preference for Green and Smith) and then transferred a year later. If there is a criticism to be made it has nothing to do with his instruction but rather with the decision to give him the ball or not.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Next two weeks are huge||
Beat NU, and the MSU game is going to get a ton of hype and has a good shot to be the choice for Gameday (A&M/Bama, LSU/Florida, and ND/USC are only other real choices, and at least 2 of those will be on rival networks).
Win that one and we shoot up the polls and have a very favorable schedule until the OSU game. We'd be in the news every week on the way to 10-1 and a collosal showdown with a team that won't have more than one loss either.
Quite a turnaround from a year ago.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting||
Hadn't really thought about that spring semester thing, but that may explain why Harbaugh "allegedly" wanted Pipkins to medical even though he was a senior eligibility wise and his scholarship couldn't be used to help out during the season.
Right now we're at 82 with former walk-ons included. Will be interesting to see how many current seniors pursue pro football and if any potential attrition announcements are made in January to free up spots for guys enrolling early.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Some reasons||
Not sure when that article came out (before or after the visit), and there may be others down the road or from earlier where he seems less sure (recruits can be finicky, especially in soundbytes).
Even still, this is a kid from FL (a place we want to establish a presence), with a high school teammate who is a freshman at UM (Reuben Jones, who was committed to Nebraska when he visited). You can't get any of these kids without getting a visit, and you never know what is going to happen (does Sark's seat get hotter at SC, do they start looking at someone else, does the kid just have a change of heart, etc.).
And even if he doesn't end up here, there is a lot of good that can come from putting on good visits and making a positive impression. If his high school coach is talking up the experience the kid had at UM to other coaches, or the kid tells teammates or guys he plays against or guys he camps with that UM is a cool place, that sort of thing snowballs and more and more kids become an option, even in Florida.
Making a good impression is never a bad thing in recruiting.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Seems weird||
You can only count three early enrollees toward the prior class with respect to the 25/year limit, but I've never heard of any cap on the total number you can actually bring in. I know USC had 7 guys enroll early this past spring. And functionally, it is hard to find that many guys in a class who are even eligible to do it (I remember Shane wanted to but couldn't because of the way his high school structured its curriculum).
Have to think something else is going on there, though it could be as innocent as not thinking he will be able academically to come to Michigan in the middle of his senior year.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Not true, actually||
We didn't have NU on the schedule in 2009 or 2010. Only game RR coached against them was the freezefest loss in his first year.
Hoke's first year they were outplaying us at the half, then the offense ramped up with some deep balls and we got two turnovers (only time we really stopped them) and ended up winning by a wider margin than they probably deserved.
After that we had pretty much the craziest three game run (especially in terms of finishes) I can remember against anybody. 2012 we got the ball with 18 seconds left and down by three. Gardner hit the crazy juggling-catch bomb to Roundtree for 50+ yards, and we kicked a game tying field goal, then won in OT. 2013 we hit the Dileo slide 44 yard field goal with no time left to tie it at 9-9 and force OT, then win the game in the third OT period. 2014 they score with three seconds left to make it 10-9, then go for two and the win and fail to convert.
Hopefully this one isn't close, because they have to be due for some luck against us.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||At least there is a weather emergency||
Indiana basically sold a home game in 2010 and played Penn State in the Washington Redskins home stadium. PSU fans outnumbered IU folks something like 10-1 and the Hoosiers just cashed a big check.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Hope you're right||
It would be great to have him as a high quality player down the line. We potentially have a pretty big hole in the safety depth chart coming down the road thanks to our recent small classes, especially if Peppers leaves early.
But you still seem to be judging a guy's ability based on his recruiting profile. Clark is a 4th year guy, he's 6'4" with decent speed (especially for his size) and had seen the field quite a bit before this season. It doesn't take any extra coaching to make guys like him, Kovacs or the Glasgow brothers into good players, and it doesn't take screw-ups to get less production from guys like Pipkins and Marvin Robinson. Some times the recruiting gurus are the ones who screw up.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I guess||
Except Gardner was a freshman who only played because Tate was a knucklehead and Denard got hurt, and the roster was set up in a way where it looked like he was definitely going to be the starting QB at some point in his career. Thomas is a junior and isn't getting on the field ahead of guys like Clark and Hill (guys who are also juniors) at the moment. And you still need a documented injury.
The idea that he is suddenly going to get really good with more time seems like wishful thinking based on his recruiting profile.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||More of a numbers game||
Even if our DL whips their ass, they are going to play with more two-back and/or two-TE looks than BYU did. As a result, our linebackers will probably at least have to put on their equipment and trot on the field from time to time, something they really didn't have to bother with in this game (outside of Morgan).
|8 weeks 1 day ago||No||
Thomas has already played this year. Unless he picks up a season ending injury right about now he will not be redshirting.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||When?||
You say he didn't perform well, but that just isn't the case. He never really played here at all. The last time he saw the field at UM was as a true sophomore backing up an incumbent 1,000 yard rusher. He had some good moments (90 yard game against Illinois) and decent if not great numbers (4.2 ypc and 4 TD). By midseason he was pretty much in a direct competition with Fitz for the starting job until Denard came back and put up multiple 100 yard games to close out the year at RB.
Then he didn't play at all a year later. Then he transferred.
You can argue he should have played more or that more should have been done to discourage his transfer. But you can't argue that he failed as a Michigan player because he really wasn't one for very long, at least in terms of getting a legit shot on the field. I don't get the people acting like he started for 2-3 years and played like shit. That just did not happen.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Not the issue||
Rawls left because in 2013 he was behind Fitz AND Green AND Smith. Fitz (who put up nearly 2,600 yards of offense and scored 30 TD at UM, despite battling injury and playing behind a horrendous offensive line as a senior, and is still on the Steelers practice squad in the NFL) isn't the guy to blame for anything that has ever been wrong with Michigan football.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Green and Smith||
I'll try to add some facts instead of making awful, dumbass statements like "he was trash at UM."
As a sophomore in 2012 Rawls got into the mix behind Fitz and produced 242 yards on 57 carries and scored 4 TD.
Then Hoke signed Green and Smith, and for whatever reason Rawls was buried on the depth chart in 2013 (he only got 3 carries against CMU all year while Green got 83 and Smith got 26 behind Fitz). He then transferred to CMU and went for 1,100+ yards and 10 TD in 2014.
Smith is starting to look like a player this year, so not sure if at the end of the day Rawls will look like the better option between those two. If there's an accusation to make, maybe it is buying the 5-star hype on Green and giving him every chance to fail rather than having faith in a guy like Rawls (or even Smith who is outperforming Green now), but even that assumes there were no other issues (behavior, grades, learning the playbook, etc.) that we don't know about.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Not to mention||
One of their very few successful plays saw a ball go right through a DB's hands only to be caught by the receiver (who was promptly crushed). Also probably could have picked up one of those botched snaps with a little better luck.
|10 weeks 21 hours ago||Made creole shrimp||
Finished a jug of Bella Serra with the gal, now moving on to Tobaritch vodka and whatever mixers I can find lying around the house.
|10 weeks 21 hours ago||Fellow Hall of Famer||
I'm voting for him just so he can pardon Snuka.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Just make a reservation||
Kick time should be announced a week or two ahead of the game, so you would most likely have ample time to cancel if you end up not needing a hotel room.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||When this all went down||
I remember people defending Brandon when UM and OSU ended up in different divisions on the grounds that there were a lot of parties at the negotiating table and we couldn't just expect to get everything we wanted when entering into negotiations with Northwestern and Purdue.
I remember saying Brandon either sucked at his job or didn't actually want what we wanted (and what made sense for preserving the importance of the rivalry). Apparently both were true.
Fuck Dave Brandon.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Seen very little||
Never got into the masked stuff, really. Was always more of an NWA fan in the old days, started to dip my toe in the ECW waters through Terry Funk (his '89 feud with Flair is still probably my favorite thing as a fan) and around the same time bailed on WCW when they basically killed off the Horsemen and put everybody and his mother in the NWO (then had to split the NWO because it was too big, then had Russo bury the company).
So every once in a while I try to see if there is a viable alternative/rival to WWE. I've got my eggs in the NXT basket for now, and hopefully Vince is listening and can make it into a legit competitor. Can't imagine it would be bad for business if he could create something like the Monday Night Wars under one roof.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Doubt it would take much push||
I was mildly intrigued by the idea of Global Force but when they immediately partnered up with Dixie I knew that shit was going nowhere. Can't imagine it would take much to sign those guys. WWE could probably scoop up the Wolves pretty easily as well.
They just don't seem to prioritize the division at all anymore. They had to bring the New Age Outlaws back from the scrap heap just to hold a title match a while back. The Rhodes brothers thing was an okay pairing but Dustin is too old and I think basically retiring. They had a quiet Swiss dude posing as a xenophobic American just to create something approximating a team identity not long ago. Compare that to a time when you had The Rockers, British Bulldogs, Hart Foundation, Orient Express, Demolition, Nasty Boys, Bolsheviks, Bushwhackers, etc. all active at pretty much the same time. NWA had Road Warriors, Steiners, Midnight, Rock&Roll, Doom, etc. as well.
Now it just seems like the corny ethnic pairings division. No personality, no real storylines, and just one match per card for the title, often with 3 or 4 teams thrown together at once because nobody gives a shit about the outcome.
You could have teamed up, say, Neville and Balor, given them a persona or maybe a manager, and done something interesting. Instead one guy is down in NXT and the other is stuck in limbo as a mid-card stuntman who will eventually fade away like Kofi Kingston.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Cole ruins Ambrose for me||
The guy justs twists his face up a little and Michael Cole starts wetting himself talking about "the lunatic fringe". Just gives the guys entire persona a weak feeling to me, even though I know logically he's a quality performer. Fuck Michael Cole.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Agree on golden era||
First off, Michael Cole sucks balls. And it makes a huge difference in the product when compared to JR (especially in his NWA days) or Monsoon/Ventura.
Second, personality is lacking compared to the good old days. Wyatt has it. Rollins has it. Brock/Heyman have it in spades between the two of them. Most of the other guys come off as lame and scripted. Any mention of "the WWE universe" in a promo just fucking kills the tension.
I'd like to see NXT elevated to an actual rival/competitor. Replace the B-level stories/matches on Smackdown with their own show. Move some of the better workers who aren't getting a big push (Ziggler, Cesaro, and maybe the Miz if you are short on heels) and raid TNA's best guys to kill them off completely (Wolves, Magnus, EC3, maybe Bobby Roode). Add a harder edge since you don't have to appeal to the Cena/kids crowd as much and you might have something really big (two solid but distinct national promotions under one umbrella).
Also, they need to go back to using managers (look at the pop Heyman gets and he's the only one really on the roster) and seriously upgrade and use the tag team division. Sad when a couple of mustachioed douches on unicycles winning the NXT title is actually more compelling than a four team title match at SummerSlam (which is basically just two teams with zero personality, the Dancing Black Guys vs. the Masked Mexicans).
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Not everything|
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Not true||
The other died of cancer in the snowy woods, but before he passed away we were treated to an extended revenge-fantasy dream sequence to appease the sentimentalists in the audience.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting||
If true, I would hope those rumors are coupled with ones about Dymonte Thomas getting a shot on offense. Would hate to see him go the way of guys like Marvin Robinson and Josh Furman, fantastic athletes that never got put in a spot to really succeed and stay on the field here at UM.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Still mad about that second one||
Was crushing an NCAA tourney pool that year through five rounds but the championship game was worth a ton of points. I had the Illini and the guy in (a very distant) second had UNC.
I was young and dumb at the time, so I would have wasted the cash prize on cocaine and strippers. I'm still pretty peeved about it.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||USC||
Went to law school there and love the Trojans. I'll be the drunk guy on the South Lawn in a Roddy Piper t-shirt in two weeks time, though I attend way more SC baseball games than anything else.