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|1 day 3 hours ago||About to blow your mind...||
I actually totally agree with you that we need more OTs, but I think people are way too quick to slap "guard" on any guy that isn't 6'6 or bigger.
Here are some actual heights from the NFL combine:
Those are the heights of every OT drafted this year in the top 3 rounds that wasn't a top ten pick. Not what you would expect if you follow recruiting, where every 6'5 and under guy is a presumed guard...
|5 days 2 hours ago||I'm not disagreeing at all. I||
I'm not disagreeing at all. I hope we get to the point where we can redshirt every guy (well, not EVERY guy, but as many as possible) because an older more experienced player with similar talent is ahead of the guy redshirting.
The best way I can summarize my overall feelings on redshirting most positions is to say: when is the last time an Alabama fan complained about a senior burning his redshirt? Probably not too recently. I mean, they lost something like 7 draftees off their defense prior to last season and they were once again the best defense in the country. That's when you know it doesn't matter.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Yeah, but presumably the way||
Yeah, but presumably the way Hoke is building the team he will have signed 2-3 guys at that position in the classes after the 4/5 star I mentioned and those guys will be the guys competing to be 2nd on the depth chart the next season.
The problem we've had in recent memory is huge holes in recruiting classes where needs that had to be met were never met. That will not happen under Hoke because he seems to put an emphasis on taking exactly as many players as they need at each position. Hell, every time a player leaves at a particular position, the coaches seem to offer more players at that position until they get another one. This has happened numerous times the past couple years, and it makes your roster much more seamless.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Yeah, but it's much easier to||
Yeah, but it's much easier to say that after 2 coaching changes including a few recruiting classes (2005 and 2010) where half of the players were off the team by the end of their careers.
My whole point is that the stability and approach of Hoke as a coach makes this really a non-issue. For one, Hoke seems to put more emphasis on recruiting X number of players to a certain spot in a given year over just recruiting whoever he can get or waiting on higher ranked prospects. Secondly, when he takes those players, they are often pretty darn good and dedicated to getting better. Also, these players actually improve over time and seem ready to play by their 2nd or 3rd year.
Add all of this up and it doesn't really seem to matter all that much. In contrast, RR for instance had whole years where we took 1-2 OL or DT or signed 6 slot receivers etc. Eventually, it caught up with us. Look at the players Hoke has brought in just the last 2.5 classes. If you stack them up, it's a solid 2-3 deep just off 2.5 classes with every position covered. Huge difference.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Two points:||
1) How does losing a player that was 2nd on the depth chart not affect the 2-deep? (Robinson battled Wilson for the other starting safety spot the entire spring).
2) Why does everybody get so butt hurt by redshirts being burned for safeties/corners/linebackers etc? Does it really matter that much outside of the quarterback position? When you're recruiting and developing talent like we have the past few years, I guarantee 99% of these burnt red-shirts will have no effect on anything. Half the players will not be starters by the end of their careers (like Marvin Robinson), some of the rest will be stars and will potentially be ready to leave for the NFL after 4 years regardless of redshirting or not, and those players who you kinda wish had another year will probably just be replaced with a high 4-star/5 star player who everybody is eager to get on the field anyway.
It's really not a big deal unless some crazy injury bug or attrition hits one position and you wish that one guy was still around, and even when that happens, there is no way anybody could have accounted for that happening when the decision is first made, so why have a mental breakdown based on hindsight?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I would definitely go for it||
I would definitely go for it on 4th down before I punted...
|19 weeks 6 days ago||The reason that he will||
The reason that he will likely not pick Michigan is because we actually may be having a problem getting him an early enrollee spot. I know this sounds dumb, but this was supposedly the issue with Arnett last year too.
Also, I'm not just totally pulling this out of my arse. This was my first thought after reading something Sam Webb put out on Scout, mainly that there was a non-shady something to work out kinda thing that was looking hard to work out, hence making Michigan almost a non-factor if this something working out doesn't get worked out. Only one other poster directly asked Webb if this was along the lines of the problem, yet among several dumb responses he totally ignored to add anything to this question. This seems more than likely then, and likely also eliminates USC as they recently lost a commit to not being able to take another early enrollee (and they only just recently realized this, so this happening to McQuay wouldn't be so hard to believe).
Of course, people like myself wonder why seniors that aren't playing anymore count toward your numbers in some bizarre way around early enrolling time. Well, at least I think this is the case, based on comments made last year as mentioned above. Who knows, but this is a VERY likely reason, and Webb said this same reason may have eliminated other schools...
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Is there a shred of evidence||
Is there a shred of evidence that Derrick Green actually plans to enroll early? I read this on a daily basis, yet all information points to this not being true. For instance, a recent mention of Green's recruitment said that his coach expected him to make his decision on signing day. That's not something an early enrollee does. I also have never read a reference from a pay-site mod discussing how his early enrollee status affects his recruitment, yet I see such articles in reference to McQuay often. I just get the feeling that this is not accurate information at this point in time. Please somebody correct me if I'm missing an unambigious quote from Green himself confirming that this will happen.
|22 weeks 1 hour ago||I looked up if that 40 time||
I looked up if that 40 time was from the opening and I became even more convinced that this guy really does have elite speed. He finished 4th in the 40 at the entire event, an event featuring probably the best collection of talent of any camp/combine this year.
It's amazing that we're about to go from over a decade of generally unathletic safeties (except for Stevie Brown, but that didn't work out as planned) to having two of the fastest guys at the position in the country. Dymonte Thomas has reported run hand-timed 4.3s this off-season, so it's probably pretty safe to assume he's also a sub 4.5 guy if timed electronically (I also have seen stories mentioning that he ran an NFL combine-style electronically timed 4.57 when he was only a sophomore, so even more reason to believe so). This isn't even mentioning that Wilson isn't a slouch speed-wise either.
|22 weeks 1 hour ago||Shouldn't his 40 time have 0||
Shouldn't his 40 time have 0 FAKES out of 5?
He got that 4.44 time from the Opening, where they used actual NFL combine style timing methods to my knowledge (I apologize ahead of time if I'm wrong on this). I mean, if a guy getting timed with an electronically controlled finish line can't get 0 FAKES, who can?
|29 weeks 6 days ago||A ten year war is not a||
A ten year war is not a concept Urban Meyer could understand. He maxes out at 5 years a coaching stop.
Seriously though, with all his "rules" and the pressure at OSU I can see him flaming out in no time. It actually kinda pisses me off that he's 8-0 just because their schedule is an absolute joke. If we played their schedule we'd be 8-0 as well, and if they played ours they'd be lucky to be 5-2 right now I'd guess. Their defense would have been a mess against Air Force, and their offense has been absolutely terrible for long stretches of games this season. They needed a miracle to beat Purdue at home, and we beat them by 31 on the road. Anyway, rant over, I'm just sick of OSU fans thinking their team is any good after near losses to Purdue, Indiana, California, and MSU already.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||I do actually agree with you||
I do actually agree with you for the most part, and as I stated, I have learned to not take this crap too seriously anymore. The fact that others feel the need to call kids names on twitter is sad, but unfortunately predictable.
He has a twitter handle that I'm assuming has thousands of followers (I don't use twitter) who were mostly Michigan fans. He didn't have to give them access to his twitter feed. He chose to, and he abused it by being pretty immature with the whole medium. These same people were great when he was a Michigan commit because they reacted to everything he did and he got attention. If he couldn't handle the obvious backlash coming, maybe he should have deleted the account. He doesn't need it. I'm positive he could create a new one and follow/get followed by his actual friends without incident. Instead, he sat around and argued with the people. It's like politics, expect to get some hate.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||I'm sorry, but the endless||
I'm sorry, but the endless defenses of Dawson because he's 17 or went through a rough death in the family just don't do it for me at all. After years of following recruiting, I have learned to only get upset about a few things. For instance, Laquon Treadwell does not upset me because all he is doing is making an informed decision. He's never said or done anything disrespectful or purposely misleading of which I am aware.
Dawson, on the other hand, has routinely shown his immaturity throughout the process at the expense of the Michigan fans. Shane Morris, who apparently considers(ed) him a friend, referred to his act as "annoying" in an interview. When other 17 year olds can see it, and go so far as to point it out to a national audience, maybe us grown men can finally accept it as true. He has started multiple twitter frenzies for no other reason than to see the (over)reaction of fans. He has reaffirmed his commitment multiple times to only start another rumor that he's leaving. He has claimed that he only wanted to attend a prestigous camp in Florida, yet now he suddenly wants to commit to that same school. He has potentially hurt our OL class by stringing this whole drama out to a point where few viable options remain when he seemed destined to switch all along.
He has shown zero respect to Michigan or its fans, yet you all feel inclined to defend him because he is young and Michigan fans were nasty to him on Twitter. Well, I think a case can be made that he should have expected some Twitter backlash because the majority of the time he has been committed all he has done is try to incite debate on twitter. I doubt he'd have received nearly as much backlash if it didn't appear so obvious that he has endlessly sought attention and intentional deceived people for months now. 17 or not, he should have expected it, and if he's upset, it's his fault and nobody elses.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||I was beginning to think||
I was beginning to think nobody else noticed. I came on here purely to comment that it wasn't a bubble at all. Don't worry, it isn't just you who didn't think it was a bubble, all of humanity should accordingly agree with you.
It's puzzling to me how it confused so often. I remember last year when Michigan fans were pondering the lack of bubbles an analyst on a pay site offered that they don't run it because the OL weren't very good at releasing and blocking downfield...to which I replied "your OL doesn't go anywhere, it blocks an inside zone to the other direction."
|31 weeks 6 days ago||You're confusing getting||
You're confusing getting caught from behind with getting tackled from behind. Yes, Denard has been tackled numerous times by a player who started behind him, but it's never because the guy gained any straight-line ground on him, it's always because Denard comes to a stop to make a big cut or starts to run laterally downfield. For instance, in the game yesterday, there were a few times where he was 20-30 yards downfield and tried to make huge lateral moves and he pretty much came to a stop, then when he started to accelerate again he got tripped up from behind by a guy already running that direction.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||To say that scholarship||
To say that scholarship reductions will have any effect on USC this season is likely not accurate. Their first reduced class was last season and they landed 16 recruits. If having 16 true freshmen on your squad affects the outcome of any of your games, then your team was already flawed.
Also, Michigan has something like 8-10 walkons on scholarship this season, yet nobody seems to blame depth for our woes. I guarantee USC doesn't have more than a couple walkons with scholarships, if ANY.
|35 weeks 3 hours ago||So that's who was carrying||
So that's who was carrying the ball for us against Alabama.
We should have made him a WR...
|35 weeks 21 hours ago||Did he say Hops, as in||
Did he say Hops, as in Hopkins?
Not that it matters, assuming this game goes as planned and all. We couldn't have had this game at a better time really.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||You sir, have made an||
You sir, have made an excellent first post. It made my entire visit to the site worth something. I mean, arguing over whether a guy's nickname is Poochie, Poochy, or Woody, or on the other hand arguing whether a back-up walk-on kicker at PSU leaving the team is news was not doing it for me.
On a similar note, the first I ever approached a player was at Rick's also. I saw Gabe Watson after a game and I had never seen a guy so wide in my life. For no good reason I walked up to him and put my hand out to shake his, saying "Good game!" Being that he was a NT and I had no idea if he really had a good game because that is not an easy position to judge at a game, I wasn't really sure if my statement was true. He shook my hand, but replied "It was? I thought I played like crap." I didn't know what to say, so I just walked away quickly as it is disconcerting to have a 350 lbs wall disagree with you.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||I looked at them, and my||
I looked at them, and my legal analysis would be that they would not qualify as "fair use" in the slightest. The title of the strip tells you the extent of the changes to 90% of them. Occasionally a word in a speech bubble has also been changed to dick or cock, but that's about it.
However, I have to admit that I have not laughed so hard in a long time. I mean, it is funny for no good reason whatsoever.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Who cares about the||
Who cares about the competition, when his head coach coached at Auburn and is presumably saying he's every bit as good as Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown, I say yes please! (he didn't use those names directly, but I think that was what he was implying)
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Sorry, neg away, but the||
Sorry, neg away, but the Rawls jab is pretty dumb. You claim he has Shaw syndrome when he runs outside on a play designed to...run outside? Rawls had 6 freakin carries and he seriously did just about everything he could have on many of them. In no particular order, he 1) got hit immediately after being handed the ball behind the LOS and still bounced off to not lose yardage, 2) picked up a short yardage 1st down up the middle, 3) got facemasked on a horribly blocked outside run with nowhere to go, 4) bounced off a blocker, went outside, and picked up an improbable 4 yards, 5) put his head down and collided really hard with 2 defenders when he had no other option, and finally, 6) got drilled on an option play where he was destined to get drilled. I guarantee Ingram would have had no better success.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||You were able to determine||
You were able to determine this from 6 carries, most of which he was being hit almost immediately after being given the ball? Seriously? I hope the NFL scouts are checking out the site because you just revolutionized talent evaluation. Imagine the time you will save an NFL team by watching players for only 6 plays against the best defense in college football. I'm truly impressed.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Aren't you just proving his||
(EDIT: I clicked to reply to Magnus above and there being little chance to fail) Aren't you just proving his point by implying that a lot of guys can do it without anybody ever noticing the difference?
I'll take heat for agreeing that offering a LS in our current situation doesn't make a ton of sense. Honestly, I really don't care that much and I'm not all that passionate about it, but when you consider the timing and the interest from top players it was a strange decision to say the least. We may end up not getting any of the borderline 5 star guys we're waiting on right now, but then again, we don't even technically have the ships for them as of this moment anyway.
The way I look at it is this: when's the last time we had a bad snap cost us a muffed punt, blocked punt, blocked kick, etc? I honestly can't remember, and I can say for a fact that none of the guys doing the snapping were given a scholarship up front (as opposed to walk-ons who earn them when openings are available like those Kovacs tweeted about today). If he ends up being the best LS in the country we'll see no noticeable difference on the field. If we get the number 1 WR, RB, or S, we likely will. Also, I know he probably snaps it a fraction of a second faster on punts and such, but if it doesn't get blocked, does that help us? It would seem the best punt coverage would come by punting the ball at the last possible instant to let the coverage get downfield. I just don't see it. Why not offer the best holder in the nation too? Again, I don't really care, but I just can't get behind hollow arguments, that's all.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||I hate to break it to you,||
I hate to break it to you, but the list you referenced clearly states across the top of it that it only includes players that played from 2000 until the present. There are tons of Michigan players with more tackles than Ezeh. I'm positive guys like Jarrett Irons and Ron Simpkins would blow him away without even trying (I'm too lazy to look it up).
If I had to guess why the list doesn't start until 2000, it would be because tackles were not always considered an "official" stat at many levels. Maybe this was the cut-off for college football as well.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||You got this from the word||
You got this from the word "precautionary?"
|39 weeks 6 days ago||This tournament has merely||
This tournament has merely confirmed my belief that Durant and Lebron are the two best players in the world, but Durant still has a ways to go to catch Lebron, and he might not ever do so. Durant is probably the best off the ball offensive player in the world, but he can't completely take over a game as a facilitator like Lebron can. There's nothing wrong with that, Durant has been incredible and will will win plenty of games and a couple titles I bet, but he'll just never be the passer or cerebral player Lebron is right now. If Lebron isn't shooting well he can still have a huge impact on the game whereas Durant would probably not be able to overcome a terrible shooting game. Regardless, they are easily the best in the world, and would be unbeatable if they ever played together in the NBA. It's crazy how many three pointers Lebron assisted Durant on in the tournament.
|40 weeks 18 hours ago||Personally, I'm as little||
Personally, I'm as little puzzled as to why this post even mentions that in the way it does. It's seriously annoying reading endless posts where people put Schutt down based merely in the fact that Michigan asked him not to visit. This is like saying that Levenberry is a bad prospect because we just told him no. The reality is that as Pipkins committed something like 5 days after Michigan told Schutt not to come. They clearly expected Pipkins to commit. They likely assured him of how many such guys they were taking. The turning down of Schutt likely has way more to do with knowing Pipkins was about to commit than saying he sucks.I get extremely annoyed by people pretending this is why we backed away from him. I'm sure he's a decent player; he's probably just not as good as Pipkins.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||not a sexy topic, but worth noting||
I constantly read that Roh is undersized as an SDE. Other than being smaller than the guys that played it last year (who averaged roughly 6'5.5 and 290 lbs), Roh is not even remotely undersized. According to the Bill Parcels draft preview show, the average SDE on a 4-3 under style team is 6'4 and 279 lbs. Roh is 6'5 281. He's bigger than the average such player in the NFL. Not sure why this keeps being said.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||I'm sorry, I've seen you say||
I'm sorry, I've seen you say this before, but that is easily the dumbest thing I've read about this whole scandal so far.
I'm sure if somebody came up to you at your job tomorrow and said you had to pack up, move to another city, you'd have no assurances of meaningful employment there, and even if you did, you'd have 2 weeks to learn everything there before being forced to compete with others, you'd lose your accumulated pension or other similar benefits, you'd be unsure of the new benefits you'd get at this potential job, and you'd have to leave your friends and family, you'd say "No big deal guys! It's nothing more than inconvenient!"
Give me a break.