that is nice bonus change
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|3 years 39 weeks ago||Trust Brandon||
to make the right decision either way. I would like to see Rich Rod have success but honestly, have you watched the last 7 games and HOW we lost to the better Big Ten teams? We weren't even competitive!
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Ok, this is becoming embarrassing||
Maybe we don't wait to make the change
|3 years 39 weeks ago||As hard as it is||
It makes sense to wait to make any coaching decision until after the season,including the insight.com bowl (or whatever it is)... then I'm confident DB will make the right decision whatever that is!
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Agree||
The defense is holding their own... offense isn't scoring, turnovers, and special teams are the difference right now. Let's see if we can make some adjustments in the second half for a change!
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Defense||
It's not rhe refs... Our defense is playing well enough to keep it close if only the offense and special teams would pick it up as well.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Ugly||
Really ugly. That is all.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||When we win||
The Bucks will probably blame it on their ugly throwback uniforms!
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Praying for a win||
9am start west coast time... coffee moving to beer and maybe hard liquor by the second half.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Maybe not last year's team||
But let's see how we do against these last two games.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Defense saved the day||
Progress will be winning one of the next two games against a good team
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Kudos to the defense||
Ugly win but a win nevertheless.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Many Good Memories||
I grew up in A2 during the mid 60’s and late 70’s… played b-ball at the IM building with most of the players during the spring and summers. The ones that still stand out that were good guys and fun to run with: Phil Hubbard, Rickey Green, John Thompson, Joel Thompson, Tom Staton, Steve Grote and Mike McGee. I also played several times with Cazzie Russell during this time when he must have been in his mid 30’s. He was a lot of fun to play with and I also remember he had a good sense of humor. I really had no idea at the time he was the legend he is. The only guy I recall that wasn’t much fun to run with was Dave Baxter. He was just more arrogant for some reason. I played ball with a lot of football players too during the off season but can’t recall the names as readily. Thom Darden was my student teacher in 6th grade. I can recall tossing a football with him during recess. I also remember he could really fly. His 4th quarter interception against OSU in ’71 was something I’ll never forget. No 11 year old student was more proud of his teacher!
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I watched both Wynn and||
I watched both Wynn and Forcier last year as seniors... Wynn made Tate look big a year ago. He has put on some weight, though I'm not sure about the 40-50 lbs. Wynn was a very good high school QB and although his team beat Tate's two years in a row in the playoffs, there really was no comparison - Tate was far superior as a QB. However, Wynn played on a team that had better talent all around on both sides of the ball. Oceanside has been a perennial state power forever (Junior Seau among most notable alums) and in fact won another state championship going undefeated a week ago. Clearly, Wynn has developed nicely in a very short time and hopefully we'll see the same with Tate going into his Sophomore year!
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Great Article!||
It is truly remarkable how high his level of play is at 33 - as a corner none the less! Even better a person. GO Blue!
|4 years 38 weeks ago||A little of both||
A little bit of both overrated and underacheiving. Still a young team and they will get better as the season goes on. I see effort but not sure I see the passion yet to really get after it like they did last year. They may have read a few preseason press clippings. That will change with Beilein coaching them up.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Devin vs. Tate HS comparison||
First, let me say that whatever QB gives us the best chance to win next year should get the starting job, even if it is a freshman again. I want to win now and the more competition we have at every position, the better. Since I had the opportunity living here in San Diego to watch Tate a couple times in high school last year and now today having had the chance to watch Devin in the state finals, here are some observations for what it’s worth.
Devin is definitely a more impressive physical specimen at 6’4” and over 200 pounds. However, as others have said, he is still very raw from what I saw. He probably has more upside as he develops but as I think back to watching Tate in the state playoffs a year ago, he clearly was the more polished and impressive player.
Today’s game may not have been Devin’s best but what surprised me most was not seeing the speed or shiftiness I thought he had. The few times he tried to run wide, the Lowell defenders didn’t seem to have any problem catching him. I would have liked to see him run vertically just once to see if he could have broke one open. He has a nice arm and throws very effortless, but threw off his back foot a few times under pressure and lofted a few too many passes. When he sat back in the pocket, planted his feet and delivered the ball with velocity, he looked great. Unfortunately, Inkster’s defense was on the field most of the time and he didn’t have the ball a whole lot.
When I think back to watching Tate last year (one game he won, one he lost – both in the CIF playoffs), he really stood out as a player, despite the even higher level of competition played in the San Diego area. Though he made some of the same mistakes in these games he made as a true freshman this year, his running, passing and playmaking always made him standout, even against the better competition. He even was one of the better players on defense, starting as a defensive back/safety. The two things that worried me about him then and still now unfortunately, are his size and his tendency to gamble too much trying to make a play when there wasn’t one.
Ideally, Tate would have been redshirted and had a full year to put some weight on, get use to the speed of the game and learn the offense as part of the practice squad. Obviously, that wasn’t going to happen given the QB situation we have so we got to see the ups and downs of a true freshman playing for the first time against big-time D1 competition. Just thinking about it, overall Tate played about how I would have expected, though early in the year he was much better than I thought he’d be.
What is obvious to me from watching Devin play today (and Tate a year ago) is that there is a HUGE difference going from high school to major college football, and even more so at the QB position. We all get enamored by the rivals, scout, and espn ratings looking for “the one” that will make this nightmare end, but there is a reason why so few true freshman QB’s play (let alone start). Development of Devin and Tate (along with Denard and Conelius Jones) is going to be critical over the next 9 months. They all need a lot of coaching between now and Sept 4 when UCONN comes to town. I just hope one of them is ready to step up big time when this time comes. GO BLUE!
|4 years 39 weeks ago||It's a good thing||
They need the bye week and to play later like SEC and Pac 10. Less time between last game and a bowl will help in the future. Playing in the cold and even possibly snow shouldn't be a big deal other than maybe scaring away the FL and CA recruits!
|4 years 40 weeks ago||QB position will be fine||
The competition at QB next year will make everyone better. Whoever gives the program the best chance to win should play, even if it is a freshman, like this year. Physically DG may have an advantage right now but the ability to handle the mental part is usually the most difficult as a freshman. It's also one of the most complex offenses to pick up.
Tate's actually done a fairly remarkable job as a true freshman, given the numbers posted in the original topic. Size at the college level can be overrated. There's all kinds of highly successful 6'1" and under QB's at the major college level. Oregon's Masoli is an impressive dual threat QB. He's only 5'11" and 220 lbs but he's 21 and a junior.
Everyone has to remember that Tate's only 19 and never lifted a weight until 9 months ago. His body will mature over the next couple years and he will get stronger and faster as a result of the strength and conditioning program. Hopefully, he will also progress from a mental standpoint and just having another year in the offensive system. Most people usually learn from their mistakes and my bet is that he does and we see a lot more of the good things he did this year and much less of the stuff that drove us crazy!