Upon Further Review: Special Teams vs Indiana

Upon Further Review: Special Teams vs Indiana Comment Count

Adam Schnepp October 20th, 2017 at 4:32 PM

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Formation/Substitution Notes: Not much at all. No noticeable substitutions. In terms of formation, Michigan would drop a couple of wings a few yards back on punt when Indiana stacked the line. Michigan also brought the gunners in tight and staggered two wings when it looked like Indiana was going for the all-out punt block with a little over a minute to go in regulation.

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[After THE JUMP: DPJ’s development, Ben Wallace-ing your way to success, and other items from Puntapalooza 2017]

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MGoRadio 3.6: Up Down Same

MGoRadio 3.6: Up Down Same Comment Count

Seth October 19th, 2017 at 7:31 PM

1 hour, 30 minutes

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1. Indiana After UFR

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Indiana’s in the Denard 2012 part of the inevitable offensive fadeout under new management. Long and Hill and Watson excelled against Simmie Cobbs, who’s the best WR they’re likely to face this year. Dwumfour has a rotation role now. Gary breakout. Refs had a terrible game—McCray cut block, Metellus thing, and Fant got the worst PI maybe ever. Ran a freshman offense for O’Korn; that throw into double-coverage on a two-man route summarizes the passing offense; where do we go from here? Running game is finally coming into its own.

2. Mid-Mezzo-Equidistant Feels

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The defense is above where we thought they’d be, especially the cornerbacks. Keith Washington loss isn’t even a thing so far. Noah Furbush: defensive fullback as your backup DT! Special teams the returns could be better but nice not to worry about kicker all of a sudden and nobody saw Foug coming. QB… RB… OL… But hey TE is up despite Wheatley being hurt and Bunting falling off. WR…fuh.

3. Gimmicky Top Five: Favorite Things About Penn State

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Nick Hopwood of Peak Wealth Management joins us. Some of these are really actually nice, like they have good tailgating, the stadium is kinda nice inside, and their uniforms are never uniformz, and they let you get revenge on Gerry DiNardo. Joe Pa was basically a guy with a sideline pass.

4. Penn State Preview

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How is that defense very good? They’re very stout up front with the DT firm of Cothran and Cothren. The new DEs are good; Shareef Miller especially. Still have some stars in the secondary and Cabinda at linebacker is a solid dude. PSU gets pressure from blitzers. Barkley has 29 catches on 32 targets—he’s very very good—Devin Bush will have to draw him in coverage. Missing that big play receiver (Gesicki isn’t it as much this year) to replace Godwin. OL is a bunch of guards and look like Michigan in stats, but it’s Michigan with a quarterback and a Heisman candidate.

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Upon Further Review 2017: Defense vs Indiana

Upon Further Review 2017: Defense vs Indiana Comment Count

Brian October 19th, 2017 at 3:31 PM

2017 logoo_thumbSPONSOR NOTES. Matt's on his way to Penn State as we speak, thinking no doubt about various ways in which US Soccer's surplus can be spent effectively: reducing the cost of A-level coaching licenses, supporting youth clubs that produce USMNT players, building a giant statue of Sunil Gulati being devoured by wolves. Maybe I'm projecting. I'm probably projecting.

Matt's probably thinking about ways to get your mortgage quote even faster, like inventing a time machine or hiring really fast donkeys. Because he gets you quotes fast, like a competent person not in charge of US soccer does.

FORMATION NOTES. Another 60-40 split between the stack package and a four-man line. 31 four man line snaps of which Mone probably got 25, with Dwumfour in on passing downs. 4-3 snaps went down 3 against a spread offense.

Michigan is deploying some dime now, with all three CBs on the field simultaneously. I had them for 11 dime snaps.

Indiana was all spread, never under center. Here is a picture of Indiana:

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Other than the usual diet of weird line alignments on passing downs this was basically what you'd expect.

SUBSTITUTION NOTES. Secondary was the usual: Kinnel and Metellus omnipresent except for a play or two after Kinnel got dinged when Woods came in. Thomas and Glasgow both got a few snaps. CBs rotated through snaps, with a half-dozen or so snaps where all three were on the field.

Bush was omnipresent; McCray nearly so except in the immediate aftermath of a cut block when Gil got a play.

Michigan again rotated between two of Hudson, Furbush, and Mone, with the 3-3-5 set far more common than alternatives. Uche got a few of Hudson/Furbush's snaps in the second quarter. The DL did see some rotation, with Solomon, Kemp, Marshall and Dwumfour all getting scattered snaps. Winovich did not come off the field; Dwumfour was usually in as a fourth DL on passing downs instead of Mone.

[After THE JUMP: bolded alter-ego can't maintain the fiction any longer!]

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WTKA Roundtable 10/19/2017: Détente

WTKA Roundtable 10/19/2017: Détente Comment Count

Seth October 19th, 2017 at 11:13 AM

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Things discussed:

  • Craig now sits between Ed and Brian, who get along. Craig is a bystander.
  • Offensive adjustments: more manball. Michigan went to a Harbaugh identity: 22 personnel and equal parts power and inside zone.
  • Higdon made yards, won the game with his OT run, which wasn’t even his best.
  • O’Korn: coaches gave him a freshman gameplan and avoided him as soon as they got a two-score lead. Coaches say he always wants to make the big play and a lot of coaching him is settling him down.
  • The bad man yelled: horrible PI wiped out a Fant interception, then Tom Allen flagrantly violated the “Just for Jim Harbaugh” rule to get 10 calls in a row to go his way (says Craig). Yes, Urban doesn’t get flagged for this either: it’s just Harbaugh.
  • Indiana pass pro success: got their RT back, used an RB to block Bush, which didn’t go well for them but went better than leaving Bush unblocked.
  • Stunt game should be shelved—just opens up running lanes. Too tricky. Mone effect means less pass rush too.
  • Speight earlier this season? Pressure, WRs, stopped seeing things and lost footwork.
  • Sam has a recap of his Brandon Peters take: no he’s not a whiff, he’s not bad, he’s not transferring, he’s not behind, he’s a freshman and the offense asks the quarterback to be very advanced before and after the snap. Sam Darnold was a different story: he came in and threw 2-yard passes to 5-star receivers as a freshman.
  • PSU: McSorley is a B+, Barkley is legit. This isn’t an national championship team but it’s a very good one that’s closer to challenging Ohio State than losing to Michigan.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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Wednesday Presser 10-18-17: Mike Zordich

Wednesday Presser 10-18-17: Mike Zordich Comment Count

Adam Schnepp October 19th, 2017 at 8:01 AM

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Jim said the Lavert [Hill] pick was not a penalty. What did you see on that play?

“Yeah, I was astonished. I actually asked the official at halftime, I said, ‘What happened? What’d he do?’ He said he tugged on his top shoulder and that’s what made him able to slingshot in front of him. You look at the film and you don’t see that, you just see a kid making a hell of a play, so I was surprised.”

Tyree [Kinnel] said he sees a little Jourdan [Lewis] in him. Do you see that?

“Yeah, you know what, I can see it. I can see what Tyree’s saying, and Lavert is starting to come out of his shell a little bit and you can see his fieriness, his competitiveness more in practice as the year goes, so absolutely.”

Have you been pretty happy with David Long’s progression at the other spot?

“David has progressed well. B-Wat has progressed well. Yes, happy. We still need to progress, absolutely.”

We’re starting to see a little bit of Ambry Thomas in pivotal game moments. What has he been able to do?

“Ambry’s come along. He had to go in there because David got dinged up a little bit or a little dizzy, but Ambry’s coming and so is Benjamin St. Juste. Both those guys are working extremely hard. I would say if they keep up this pace, in a couple weeks I wouldn’t be afraid to put them in more than what they’re seeing now.”

[After THE JUMP: the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau is gonna love this]

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Wednesday Presser 10-18-17: Tim Drevno

Wednesday Presser 10-18-17: Tim Drevno Comment Count

Adam Schnepp October 18th, 2017 at 6:15 PM

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How much improvement did you see from your guys up front in that Indiana game?

“I saw a lot of improvement. It was good. We still need to play better offensively and the guys up front, but when you rush for 271 yards there’s a lot of positivity. Guys are moving guys off the ball and protection was better, so it was a step forward as we prepare against Penn State this week.”

How much improvement have you seen out of Mike Onwenu?

“A lot, a lot of improvement. You can see that he’s moving his feet, he’s understanding it, he’s finishing. He could finish a little bit better, like all of them can, everybody on the offense. But you can see it. Light bulb’s going on, which is neat. He’s playing good football—really good football.”

How did Juwann Bushell-Beatty do in his first full contest?

“Juwann did a nice job. He competed well. There’s some thing we’ve got to clean up but he did a nice job for his first start here. He had a false start there at one point in time in the game but for the most part his protection was good. We’ve just got to clean up some of the run blocking things, but it was real positive.”

[After THE JUMP: Tim Drevno, an American Legion baseball field, a water pump, and a metaphor for the offense]

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One-Play One-on-One: Devin Bush

One-Play One-on-One: Devin Bush Comment Count

Adam Schnepp October 17th, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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Devin Bush picked an opportune time for his first credited QB hurry of the game. It took Indiana two plays to get to Michigan’s side of the field on their final drive of the fourth quarter; then their right tackle false started, resulting in a 10 second runoff and 1st and 15. From there Michigan lined Bush up over center and he went to work, twisting Ramsey to the ground and causing what looked like it should have been intentional grounding. I thought it would be interesting to talk to him about a play where he bulled his way through the line instead of looping in from a couple gaps away. The conversation that follows starts right after we finished watching the play below.

Obviously we’re at the end of the game here. What are you expecting out of their offense at that point?

“At that point?”

First and 15, 28 seconds left in the game.

“Oh, with 20 seconds, trying to drive the ball down the field, keep the ball in bounds or try to get the ball to the sideline as fast as possible and run out of bounds so you can get another play.”

You’re head up on the center, then you hit the A gap. What are you expecting from the center and the guard and what does that guard end up doing? Looks like he loses you.

“I’m expecting a double team, for them to mesh me. I’m able to gash that gap and draw both of their attention and try to get Maurice [Hurst] a lane to hit and get a QB pressure.”

Walk me through the finer points of splitting a double team.

“Just putting your helmet in that gap and hitting it as hard as you can trying to crease it. Keep your hands alive. Don’t bury yourself; they can jump on your back or push you down. Keep your head up and keep your feet running.”

What did you see when you got in the backfield? Did you see Rashan flush him up and into the pocket?

“Yeah. I saw his eyes drop. He wasn’t looking downfield no more. Rashan had him flushed away from him. He created an opportunity for me to get off a block and make a play.”

So when you see his eyes drop, that’s the moment you know you have to get that arm out?

“Yeah.”

Coach Harbaugh just said you guys were concerned about him and his mobility, so is--

“Yeah, we knew pressure’s going to make him drop his eyes and run, so we tried to get him in that situation as much as possible. Once I saw him drop his eyes I knew he wasn’t looking to throw the ball downfield. He’s looking to get out and create a first down and try to get as much yardage as he can to get in the red zone.”

Did he drop his eyes pretty quickly or were you surprised by how long it took?

“He kind of held it a little bit but eventually he dropped his eyes.”

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Unverified Voracity Insults Philadelphia's Mayor

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Brian October 17th, 2017 at 12:35 PM

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Oh. Barstool. Barstool is trash and it's no surprise that it's Barstool that has again found the trashiest sign on Penn State's campus and been like "oh sick burn, bro," because Barstool just hires whatever local Chad they can find and Chad does Chad things. The latest:

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Set aside the potential odiousness of the joke. It's not even a good joke. The University of Michigan did not decide to change the source of Flint's water, or attempt to cover up the humanitarian disaster that was unfolding. This is equivalent to burning PSU for the actions of Philadelphia's mayor. Nobody does this, because nobody has to when trying to burn Penn State.

Anyway, Barstool's second-biggest problem is that they think "edgy" is funny by itself. Andrew-Dice-Clay-ass website. 

The decline of home court advantage. Home court means less these days:

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This validates Craig Ross's frequently-expressed opinion that in the dingy arenas of the 1970s refs would bone you without repercussion. A couple other items from that piece:

  • home court is a stronger effect the farther you travel
  • it's a stronger effect in bigger conferences, probably because of crowd size
  • all your conspiracy theories about referees are correct

All of 'em. Pick one. Yes, you're correct.

Half the defense. It was a good day for Michigan's defense:

Kinnel kind of surprises me, if only because I'm having a hard time thinking much of anything either way about the safeties. They are off screen for the large majority of this game, and Indiana's offense prohibits replays.

Mike Onwenu and Karan Higdon both made the offensive team. Also in "what were you doing with your offensive line recruiting two years ago": Maryland sophomore OG Terrance Davis makes the team. IIRC Michigan straight up passed on that guy.

20 games. Big Ten basketball head coaches have voted in favor of a 20-game conference schedule. Jon Rothstein reports that the change will happen next year. That'll take the schedule to 7 teams you play twice and 6 you play once, and a that point you might as well implement the Scottish Premiere League approach, which only takes 19 games and is awesome.

Harbaugh interacts with son. Via Outsports:

It’s only been in the last year that he came out to his dad. Dismayed by election results last November, he told his father that he was scared for himself and other people like him. When dad wrote back a vague message of support, James went all in.

“I just it blurted out –– and told him for the first time verbatim –– 'Dad, I'm gay. Do you know that? And because of that, this is why X,Y, Z. I'm scared because of this, that and the other.'

“And he just said something else back, it was an encouraging and uplifting response about how you just need to keep your head up. 'As long as you do what you feel is right in your mind, you live your truth. Everything will end up being OK.'"

James does not like his dad's sartorial choices, which makes him like every son in the history of the universe.

Even more hockey recruiting. Michigan continues to pick guys up at a rapid pace. They recently flipped USHL defenseman Jack Summers from Brown. Chris Dilks's take from a couple years ago:

Jack Summers-Victory Honda U16-Summers is a bit undersized and not a huge offensive threat yet, but he has incredible footwork and skating that makes him an effective defender and gives him the upside to potentially be a very dynamic player.

Summers played under Bill Muckalt last year, so he's a guy the coaching staff knows very well. Heisenberg has him listed as a 2019 kid. Michigan's also added 2019 F Cassidy Bowes, who's a bit of an odd duck. He spent last year playing in a western Canadian prep school league, putting up 49 points in 30 games. He's joined the BCHL and has 6 points in nine games in the early going.

Both Summers and Bowes will arrive in 2019 as 20-year-olds, so they're fleshing out the class. They're the 12th and 13th kids across four different recruiting classes Pearson has recruited since he was hired four months ago. He's added four guys to an already five-strong 2017 class, six 2019 kids to Mike Vukojevic, two 2020 kids to a Little Caesar's trio, and 2021 Dylan Duke.

I'm not sure all these guys are getting to campus or guaranteed full rides, particularly the older gents. This is a more aggressive style of recruiting than Michigan is used to; Pearson seems dead set on not having big roster holes from the inevitable departures.

Etc.: M settles FOIA lawsuit and must reform their terrible, terrible FOIA department. Hooray. Scooter Vaughn is a 28-year-old AHL veteran now, and he's also a cool skateboarder. Hurst still drives for Uber. How Bryce Love is... doing all that. Holding The Rope on IU. Urban Meyer's wife: thinks whatever has a hypen, can't spell, kinda racist. Harmon intercepts Kinnick.

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Monday Presser 10-16-17: Players

Monday Presser 10-16-17: Players Comment Count

Adam Schnepp October 17th, 2017 at 8:12 AM

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Mo Hurst

What have you seen from Saquan so far this year when you’ve looked at film?

“He just seems to get better every single year. We identified him as someone who was a really good player even as a freshman, someone who could eventually be a top-ten pick someday. I think he’s just someone who’s really dynamic. He’s running for the Heisman. You always have your challenges as a defense when you’re facing someone who’s in contention for a Heisman trophy.”

Everybody talked about all the guys the defense lost from last year. At the midpoint of the regular season, are you farther ahead as a defense than you thought you’d be?

“I think we’re getting better each week. I think we’re really starting to create our own identity and I think we’re starting to really gain an understanding of our defense and who we are as a defense. That’s really important. We kind of knew what we had last year. This year’s been a little bit more unknown but I think we’ve really started to develop into our own.”

What is that identity?

“I think just a team that tries to stop teams on third down, stop the run, try and be a factor during the game, try and really bring pressure and make quarterbacks feel uncomfortable. That’s sort of our identity and who we want to be as a defense.”

[After THE JUMP: Bush, Higdon, and O’Korn]

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