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|1 week 1 day ago||Looking forward to it Paris||
Looking forward to it Paris Roubaix too, not only the race, but it usually marks the beginning of my own personal cycling season. Seems to be around this time every year that the weather gets better and the trails dry out enough to ride (edit, although with all the snow this winter, we're a little behind ATM). I usually start bike commuting around this time too.
|1 week 4 days ago||Any reactions from Lindsay||
Any reactions from Lindsay (the former AL center?). Also, what's his timeline to make a decision, both in terms of his personal timeline and general timeline for grad transfers(i.e. is there a NSD equivalent)?
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't think this was the||
I don't think this was the author's starting line up based on performance as much as the actual depth chart based on who took what snaps during the Spring Game.
If I were doing starters based on Spring Game performance alone, on offense it would be
QB - Morris
FB - ??? (Did we even use a FB?)
RB - D Smith
TE - Heitzman
WR1 - Funchess
WR2 - Canteen
RT - Braden
RG - Kalis
C - Kugler
LG - Glasgow (I thought Bosch had a pretty rough day out there)
LT - Magnuson
|1 week 5 days ago||Anyone know if any of the||
Anyone know if any of the scrimmage after BTN cut out will be available anywhere? That was such BS that they showed 1:15 of drills and then cut out before the scrimmage part was over.
|1 week 6 days ago||DL looked great, even with OL||
DL looked great, even with OL caveats. I thought we had a good mix of slashing quick guys in Strobel, Wormley, Godin, etc and some planetoid beasts in Mone, Henry and Hurst. I think Mattison will have the tools he needs to sub in the right guys in the right situations unlike last year. If Pipkins makes a full recovery, we should be pretty set here.
LB were ok. Filled holes and made reads. I like JMFR at Mike. If he can make the reads correctly, he'll be a nightmare to deal with for opposing teams.
Backfield: Hard to tell with the camera angles, but the corners seem to be a lot less passive. Lewis is going to be pretty damn good. Despite the penalties (one deserved, one kind of ticky tacky) he was step for step with his guy most plays. Stribling looked tight in coverage as well, but again had terrible luck. Wilson was in position the couple times they needed him to be and read and came up for that nice PBU. He had a nice blitz "sack" IIRC too.
|1 week 6 days ago||Kalis was fine. I didn't see||
Kalis was fine. I didn't see a bust by him all day. Remember, this is a different blocking scheme. They're not going to be blowing guys off the line anymore for the most part. We'll see a lot of lateral blocks that create creases. That stuff isn't going to be as visually impressive as pancaking a guy 5 yards down field, but it doesn't mean he's not doing his job.
|1 week 6 days ago||Spring's when you want to||
Spring's when you want to dick around with different combinations and get guys reps with the 1s that might not otherwise, just to see what they can do and if nothing else keep everyone motivated and engaged. If they don't pencil in a starting line-up fairly early in fall camp, then I'll be worried. I hope we don't get any more last minute swaps like the last two years, certainly.
|1 week 6 days ago||Don't forget Devin was on||
Don't forget Devin was on crutches for months after the OSU game, it's not too surprising his timing and accuracy seem off. What I am encouraged by is he looks physically back to 100%. I almost forgot how dynamic he was at the beginning of last season before the hits started piling up and taking their toll. Shane looks very good, but doesn't have the pocket presence yet. He got happy feet a few times. No doubt about his arm though, kid can get away with forcing it in places most guys can't.
RBs looked good. Smith was a complete beast out there. Green looks like a totally different player, showing the acceleration that made him a 5 star and some shake and bake too. Hayes adds a speed and shiftiness dimension that'll be a nice change of pace too. All 3 need to keep working on blitz pick-up, there were some attrocious attempts to shoulder check rushers.
WR: Hard to tell from the camera angles, but I think we'll be just fine here. Funchess looked smooth and fast, more like a pure WR now. He dropped a couple he shouldn't have though. Canteen hype is real, the guy isn't just quick, he's plain fast too. Really excited to see him run circles around LBs trying to cover him in the slot.
FB/TE.. meh, Didn't seem to play much of a factor today.
OL: *sigh* I actually didn't think it was too bad. Not sure I see the Cole hype, he's got talent sure, but definitely looked like a freshman and physically overmatched. I thought Kalis, Braden, Bosch, and Kugler did pretty well considering it's spring and it's a new system. I see improvement in blocking assignments and getting push in the run game over what I saw last year (at least they weren't going backwards). Pass pro was a little better too when all starter type guys were out together. Not too many busts from what I could see. Kugler especially impressed me, he was comboing downfield and picking up blocks on LBs consistently. G Glasgow looked pretty bad at RT, not sure if that's part of his punishment or what, but I don't think that's a good spot for him, He doesn't have the quickness. The projects (Bars, Dawson, LTT, Samuelson) all looked pretty raw still.
|1 week 6 days ago||Honestly, the starters and||
Honestly, the starters and first off the bench type guys looked ok. Not ready, but standard 15 practices in type issues. Actually Glasgow actually looked the worst of the starters, but he spent most of the day at RT, so not too surprising. No one got put on skates like last year, everyone looked like they knew where to go. There were a couple pass offs in protection that got screwed up, and slants were still tripping up combo blocks but those sort of things fall firmly under "gelling" which takes time for any team.
Back ups were just awful, not sure what they see in Cole but he was clearly not ready . Really no one that wasn't one of the 6 or 7 guys we already knew about really emerged. LTT, Dawson, Bars all looked very raw. EDIT: I forgot about Kugler. He actually looked very good, better than Miller in fact.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'd love to have him come in,||
I'd love to have him come in, but I have to say I was pretty impressed with Kugler for most of the scrimmage.
|1 week 6 days ago||BTN, step into my office||
BTN, step into my office 'cause you're fucking fired.
|1 week 6 days ago||First rule of MGoBlog:never||
First rule of MGoBlog:never miss an opportunity to bitch.
|1 week 6 days ago||Smith's got a little Mike||
Smith's got a little Mike Hart YAC in him.
|1 week 6 days ago||The guys that are penciled in||
The guys that are penciled in as starters actually look ok. The 3rd stringers and back-ups are, predictably, getting owned.
|1 week 6 days ago||Jake Ryan knifed into the||
Jake Ryan knifed into the backfield like a laser beam. I can see why they moved him. If he can make the reads, he'll be a nightmare to contend with for opposing teams.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not all that surprising, he||
Not all that surprising, he was on crutches for a couple months.
|1 week 6 days ago||Beyer TFL is vintage OL play||
Beyer TFL is vintage OL play from last year. Ugh. They had a few plays before that that actually looked pretty good.
|1 week 6 days ago||G Glasgow as RT, interesting.||
G Glasgow as RT, interesting.
|1 week 6 days ago||Gardner looks not very good,||
Gardner looks not very good, but everyone else on offense is better than I expected (yay, lowered expectations). I know the defense is pretty vanilla, but the O Line seem to be getting their assignments way more than I remember them doing last year.
Our secondary is impressing me, I think a few of the young guys are going to be pretty good. They're playing a lot tighter coverage for sure.
|1 week 6 days ago||Speight just looks like a||
Speight just looks like a Michigan quarterback.
|1 week 6 days ago||I really hope they re-mix the||
I really hope they re-mix the coverage for the 8pm broadcast. Whoever is directing the program is doing a terrible job. Why would you switch away just before a snap to show someone standing on the sidelines?
|1 week 6 days ago||So, did they cut in late?||
So, did they cut in late? Looked like it was the tale end of actual 11 v 11 scrimmaging right when they cut in.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke's response to the||
Hoke's response to the coloring book jab "we try to stay inside the lines" is.... actually pretty awesome. Witty, not too serious, and maybe even a subtle jab at at Urban's history of fast and loose discipline style.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Repost, Freep link||
Repost, Freep link
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Hey! What's all this laying||
Hey! What's all this laying around shit? Why are you all still laying around here for? What? Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! Cause when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Who's with me?
What the fuck happened to the <MGoBlog> I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh? This could be the greatest <season> of our lives, but you're gonna let it be the worst. "Ooh, we're afraid to go with you, we might get <our hearts broken>" Well just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this. <Notre Dame>, he's a dead man! <State>, dead! <Ohio> DEAD!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||that's THE Oiho State||
that's THE Oiho State University to you.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||That was a charge.||
That was a charge.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I wish someone would overseed||
I wish someone would overseed my lawn.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||http://mgoblog.com/content/un||
It became the site banner shortly after until the football season last year
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I hope Gardner develops the||
I hope Gardner develops the same mind meld with Funchess as he had with Gallon last year. With Funchess's size and athleticism, if they get the timing routes down, he will be damn near undefendable.