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|1 hour 21 min ago||They're trying guys out at||
They're trying guys out at different spots what I've heard, especially fullback and tight end. Folks are going to jump all over these as the leak out because in several cases it seems to suggest guys who aren't in line for PT at their recruited positions aren't going to work out.
That will indeed prove to be the case in a few spots, because so it goes, but separating those from dudes looking to get a little more early playing time is really hard given the nature of the the pre-break practices. The staff was trying to see what they have, and were encouraging anybody to try out for snaps at positions of need, particularly the TE/H-back roles Harbaugh loves, where they're thin (Khalid Hill is coming back from injury and they're rightfully being careful).
In some places it's possible to get the wrong idea. Winovich is a good example; he tweeted that he's trying out H-back, and immediately I thought of the thin depth chart at LB after this year. But consider Winovich will never project as an MLB type--he's ideally a 4-3 under SAM, or a 3-4 "Cat" OLB. If he was larger I'd wonder if they could move him into the WDE competition, but at 230 lbs that's sub-optimal. Snaps after spring break will be going disproportionately to the 1st and 2nd teamers, and Winovich's position currently has Ross, RJS, and Gant using up the 50% of snaps that the SAM is not pulled for the nickel. It's also a more instinct-driven position than the middle LB spots, so losing development time there isn't as much of a concern.
His best asset is that Jake Ryan-esque quick burst. Translated to H-back, remember that power running is essentially a race to the point of attack. A great blocking H has to explode off the snap and often get across the formation before an edge attacker (DE or OLB) can flash and squeeze down the hole. The more explosion from your H-back, the bigger the hole.
|2 hours 9 min ago||If Rosenberg didn't condemn||
If Rosenberg didn't condemn it, it must be okay.
|2 hours 45 min ago||T-shirt in the works.||
T-shirt in the works.
|5 hours 3 min ago||Gardner wouldn't be eligible||
Gardner wouldn't be eligible this spring even if he was enrolled since he has secured an agent and taken royalty payments. Also I expect every person in Ann Arbor has bought him a beer by now.
|1 day 19 hours ago||That and I know a guy at the||
That and I know a guy at the practices. He posted here before and got in trouble but I find places to leak that which he offered for leaking.
|2 days 2 hours ago||You're talking about more of||
You're talking about more of an under and yes I believe they plan on having and under or 3-4 look with Wormley at SDE and RJS at SAM and Ojemudia/Marshall maybe in a two-point stance.
In their base over formation the SDE takes on the Y tight end and sets the edge, and the C gap is usually the responsibility of a linebacker. So you're not looking for a plugger there so much as a guy who can get up field in a hurry to generate lots of sacks and hurries, while being bih enough that the offense can't get a double wide hole by doubling him with the TE and OT. Shilique Calhoun and before him Will Gholson put up big sack numbers from SDE. That's what they're hoping to get out of Taco.
|2 days 2 hours ago||yes. reworded.||
|2 days 4 hours ago||It's leet for Ha or Harbaugh.||
It's leet for Ha or Harbaugh. I asked readers for a new name for Hokepoints and this is what they came up with. We split Hokepoints into a general football X's and O's and history and whatnot column (H4) and a let's play with stats and spreadsheets column (Jimmystats)
|2 days 4 hours ago||I do remember it and got a||
I do remember it and got a refresher while doing this article. Luck's recruiting story happened mostly his junior year, so while he was a 2008 recruit his stories were rolled up into the 2007 class articles. That's why I remember it better than I would otherwise--Mallett was in those articles.
He went to a school in Houston that's called the Spartans and wears green and white and uses MSU's logo. However he wasn't very "Texas." Luck was born in Washington D.C. (his dad was a former West Virginia AD) and grew up mostly in Europe (London, Frankfurt, forget where else) so he wasn't a UT or A&M fan like his classmates. Actually he liked soccer--his dad started the MLS team in Houston. If any school had an inside track it would have been West Virginia, but Rich Rodriguez wasn't an Andrew Luck kind of offense and Rich Rod wasn't going anywhere (...until 8 months after Luck committed to Stanford).
He did go to Texas's camp but didn't get an offer--they were all in on Garrett Gilbert (and OC Colt McCoy's little brother). They offered RGIII as an athlete and didn't offer Johnny Manziel because they were looking at him as a defensive back.
From the get-go he wanted to go to an elite academic institution, and was looking at things like Rice and Northwestern (and Purdue). Michigan didn't get into it because we were courting Mallett, and Threet was transferring in, so Lloyd expected they could get by with Weinke in the 2008 class unless like Les Miles or Mike DeBord or Kirk Ferentz or whoever took over Michigan wanted someone else.
Alabama was recruiting him heavily and they were probably the stiffest competition at the start (Saban was in year 2) but Luck was making comments like he didn't want to go somewhere that he'd need to sign autographs in class and dropped them behind the trio above. Stanford was the most likely destination for him before they signed Harbaugh, and once they did, Jim made a visit to Houston and got mustard on his shirt and Luck loved him immediately and it was a fait accompli. Luck officially committed in June 2007 after visiting and meeting Bill Walsh and Joe Montana, though Stanford was the presumed choice since signing day.
If other coaches tried to recruit him after he committed it didn't register in recruiting news, probably because once Stanford upset USC that year it was obvious Harbaugh had them on the right track, and he was walking into a situation where if he didn't win the job earlier he'd be a redshirt sophomore when Pritchard cleared out.
|2 days 5 hours ago||They had some injuries and||
They had some injuries and yes the receiver corps was falling off. The biggest thing I think that happened to their offense this year is the running game fell apart with a lot of injuries and holdouts and new offensive linemen, and first Gore and then several other backs got hurt. Harbaugh's offense really functions on the ability to manball and when they could no longer run as well defenses got merciless, attacking Kaep off the snap more often. He's a decent QB but not a great one, and once he started getting whacked a lot per game his efficiency dropped from top third of NFL QBs to just under average, and he got caught with more INTs.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Invest in Harbaughs.||
Invest in Harbaughs.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Thanks. Wasn't it Kelvin||
Thanks. Wasn't it Kelvin Grady who caught that pass though? I remember he caught two yards past the 1st down marker and was hit mid-air, which pushed him back those 2 yards because he was a slot bugger.
|1 week 46 min ago||Year?||
<--- Groves '98. Scriptor, ski team.
|1 week 48 min ago||I like sports.||
I like sports.
|1 week 1 hour ago||I would have answered white||
I would have answered white and gold and and wouldn't ever have imagined people saw differently. I saw the black shawl-like thing in the background and ruled out any black that way.
|1 week 1 hour ago||I'm a white-gold extremist apparently||
Even now at the far right I see only a white and gold dress that is being put through a blue shadow filter.
|1 week 2 hours ago||And $100 gift certificate. I||
And $100 gift certificate. I think it's more like "if you're buying a house use this guy."
FWIW our email subject thread was "HATS ARE FOR CLOSERS"
|1 week 23 hours ago||There's another quote I||
There's another quote I skipped but I love. He was asked if Alex Smith is questioning his confidence and Harbaugh said:
"It's just a lot of gobble gobble turkey."
Asked to clarify he was like:
"You know: just gobble gobble gobble turkey from jive-turkey gobblers. You know? It paints a pretty good picture. He's a pretty confident guy."
|1 week 1 day ago||No Sharp||
the reason for the no sharp rule us he practices annoyance journalism. Drew just writes stuff to make people say omigod did you see what this asshole said?!?
Nobody should reward him or the freep for that by playing his game. Just ignore Sharp.
|1 week 1 day ago||Because it comes off the||
Because it comes off the machine easier if it's flat and people can then make their own bend. I know leaving it flat with the sticker on became fashionable at some point (is it still or is that dead please say it's dead) but the point is for each person to bend to the shape of his/her forehead. The more round your head, the more you bend the brim to fit it. Yay: hats that fit!
This has been Seth's Lessons in Hats. Tune in next week when we show you how to remove the mesh inside to get a worn-in old-fashioned look.
|1 week 1 day ago||The scoop on the New Era Hats||
I just got off the phone with the owner of Moe's and Underground and got the story on the Bo Hats.
Hats from before last year have the logo on the back, but all the new hats (i.e. all those in stock and available) have the logo on the side. The picture on UGP's website that the OP posted was one of the old ones--there was a New Era logo on it; just not visible in the photo--but they were updating as we spoke. This is the hat in the store right now:
|1 week 1 day ago||An average of 35 yards of||
An average of 35 yards of field position per game.
|1 week 1 day ago||Dave Brandon found a job,||
Dave Brandon found a job, everybody!
|1 week 1 day ago||I think you failed to give||
I think you failed to give all the respect due. Gender itself doesn't determine whether someone can hack it; hacking it determines whether you can hack it.
|1 week 2 days ago||UGP has had it for awhile||
I'm sure M-Den had the New Era one too. I've been eyeing it forever.
|1 week 2 days ago||Harbaugh.||
|1 week 2 days ago||^this.||
|1 week 2 days ago||You kids and your boomboxes||
You kids and your boomboxes
|1 week 3 days ago||O'Korn is official. I think||
O'Korn is official. I think he's already enrolled
|1 week 5 days ago||There goes the shutout.||
There goes the shutout.