MGoPodcast 9.11: We Have to Inform the People

MGoPodcast 9.11: We Have to Inform the People

Submitted by Seth on November 13th, 2017 at 7:27 AM

mgopodcast 9.11

This was recorded at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor in one of their TEN conference rooms.

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Offense

starts at 1:00

That 3rd Q gave us something to complain about. Ground game was effective despite LBs screaming into gaps at the snap. Worst UFR experience: Denard vs Indiana. Higdon and Evans are good backs. Offset draw came back. Zone too. Injuries...collar pull. Not the game to ding up Higdon and Gary.

Defense

starts at 24:30

Defense: Maryland got some edge things. Brand would be a player if he was 6'2. Uche moving Prince, stealing McCray's screen picksix. Hudson gets a Eurostep blocked punt. Are any complaints valid? Defense got a little gashed vs an offense like Ohio State. Everyone got put to sleep by this game, including Ace.

Ace’s Hockey Podcast and Brian’s Basketball Podcast

starts at 39:12

Four Minnesota-Michigan hockey games a year makes all of the griping over the Big Ten realignment worthwhile. Quality win bonus for this weekend is going to help them on the tournament bubble. Quinn Hughes is fun, thinks he’s hockey Denard. Marody we underrated.

Beginning wasn’t good—once Wagner woke up things went better. Livers can hold up but he’s not bumping Robinson out of there—might round into a defender later this year. Runner runner jumper.

Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

starts at 56:38

Jamie hadn’t heard the news so you get to hear him get the news: Cajun Hoke vs. Real Hoke is happening. Everybody gets a win over Illinois. Huskers give up a ton of yards to Demry “Who needs a mesh point?” Croft: Iowa couldn’t move the ball on Wisconsin after, you know. Michigan State are who they are: another 6-6 team that gets lucky but when it’s dry out they get shredded by Ohio State. Penn State was down 6-0 to Rutgers. The Justin Jacksoniest game ever.

MUSIC:

  • “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme Song”
  • “Poets”—The Tragically Hip
  • “Rocky Top Kazoo”—Candice Brooke Norman
  • “Across 110th Street”

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Michigan 35, Maryland 10

Michigan 35, Maryland 10

Submitted by Ace on November 11th, 2017 at 7:58 PM


[Paul Sherman/MGoBlog]

Jim Harbaugh must be so disappointed.

Once upon a time, when Maryland coach DJ Durkin was Harbaugh's young assistant at Stanford, the two locked horns in one of the most competitive games of one-on-one "basketball" on record.

"It took like an hour and a half, and it ended 4-3 or whatever," recalls former Stanford offensive tackle Ben Muth. "Neither of them would call a foul. Someone did in the first five minutes, the other guy made fun of him, so it was on from there.

"It was like that James Caan 'Rollerball' movie, basically a fight to the death."

Today, Durkin called for not one, but two Sad Field Goals on fourth-and-short situations with his team down 28-0. Henry Darnstadster connected from 20 yards on the second, most depressing attempt with 19 seconds left in the third quarter, ensuring Maryland wouldn't be shut out. James Franklin would be proud.

Given (1) Maryland's white flag, (2) an unfortunate series of hopefully minor injuries, and (3) the desire not to put anything on film for Wisconsin and Ohio State, Michigan went into a shell. The offense went run-run-pass or run-screen-run for most of the fourth quarter, resulting in some quick exits. The Terps put together a couple decent drives, even managing to score a touchdown on one. A certain segment of the fanbase found this quite alarming.

Then Chris Evans jumped over a guy, bulled through two tackles on his way to the end zone on the next play, and kicked the Terrapin corpse.

The game was already over, no matter what Glen Mason said. Michigan jumped all over Maryland from the start, establishing the duo of Karan Higdon and Chris Evans early. The two combined for 44 yards on Michigan's second drive before Henry Poggi, playing in his home state, plunged in from two yards for a 7-0 lead. After Brandon Peters broke the pocket and found Higdon for a 35-yard catch-and-run, Evans covered the remaining 16 yards on four rushes, diving in from a yard out to bring the margin to 14.


The defense held Maryland to 3.0 yards per play in the first half. [Sherman]

The Wolverines broke it wide open four plays later, stuffing Jacquille Veii on an ill-advised fake punt in Maryland territory, then striking on the next snap with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Peters to Zach Gentry. Josh Metellus gave the offense great field position once again with a remarkably casual blocked punt on the following Terrapin drive. After a 16-yard Higdon run to set up first-and-goal, Peters found Sean McKeon wide open on a waggle.

Michigan missed an opportunity to extend the blowout even further before the half. Maryland's best drive of the day got them into a goal-to-go situation, but on third down, fourth-string quarterback Ryan Brand—the latest injury replacement at QB for Maryland—panicked under heavy pressure from Rashan Gary and Josh Uche, throwing a duck that David Long plucked out of the air and ran all the way back to the Maryland 20. The offense went three-and-out; for the third straight game, Quinn Nordin missed a kick, this one from only 31 yards out.

Even so, Michigan held a 212-112 edge in yardage at halftime to go with a 28-0 lead. Peters was averaging ten yards per attempt even though Maryland got away with some very physical coverage early. The backs were plugging along at five yards a pop. The defense was the defense.


Evans' late hurdle and subsequent TD made the final score more fitting. [Sherman]

After stopping Maryland, Michigan went three-and-out on their opening drive of the second half. That'd be the last time this game had a whiff of competitiveness, as Durkin elected to try a 43-yard field goal on fourth-and-two with under eight minutes to play in the third quarter. To cut a four-score game to a four-score game. Some pity points for the home crowd. The kicker missed.

From there, little of actual note occurred. There was a successful Sad Field Goal. The Terps scored a touchdown. Evans responded on the next drive with his leap-and-score sequence. In an unfortunate way to prove why Harbaugh shelved most of the playbook in favor of clock-chewing, multiple Wolverines got dinged up; Higdon exited after the first half with a right ankle injury, Long had to put a brace on his left knee, Lavert Hill suffered a concussion, and Rashan Gary walked off favoring his arm. After the game, Harbaugh said "we'll see" about the status of those four players.

Peters kneeled the game out inside the Maryland ten.

The final stats show a Maryland advantage of 340-305 in total yardage. That's a hollow victory for the Terps in a game that got out of hand early and featured several short fields for Michigan—there were only so many available yards to gain in the first half. Don't be fooled: this was a blowout with nearly a full half of garbage time. Durkin certainly treated it that way.

Next week in Madison, Michigan can start emptying out the playbook.

Liveblog of Terpitude

Liveblog of Terpitude

Submitted by Seth on November 11th, 2017 at 3:07 PM

Maryland links: Preview, FFFF Offense, Defense

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We are the scarlet and yellow and white and black knights! Also our NFL team is purple (not the racist one)

New features this week: This crappy quarterback is a lot shorter than the last one.

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The yellow/ orange bar is your mana. 
Sending messages costs mana. 
Messages cost more, the more active chat is. 
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Enter here: http://kibitz.io/#/maryland

Punt/Counterpunt: Maryland 2017

Punt/Counterpunt: Maryland 2017

Submitted by Seth on November 11th, 2017 at 9:14 AM

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no, stay down. [Patrick Barron]

PUNT

By Bryan MacKenzie

Football games are predictable only in that they are almost uniformly unpredictable. Sometimes the result itself leaves people scratching their heads or throwing things through the television screen. But even the most to-the-script games played on a given Saturday bring at least some surprises. You know that if you drop an Illinois onto an Ohio State the Illinois will almost certainly break, but like an offensively-challenged snowflake, it will break in its own unique and unpredictable way.  It is part of the allure of the game.

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But if you are anything like me, dear reader, there are three kinds of football Saturdays leading up to kickoff.

The first are the games in which you expect your beloved team to get thumped. These are not terribly fun, although there is something almost liberating about the freedom from expectation. Occasionally you will get a 2013 Michigan/Ohio State performance as a bonus. Michigan fans have experienced fewer of these in the last few years, though the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2014 seasons did exist. It's not fun, but a blend of fatalism and gallows humor can get you through. 

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The second are the competitive games. These are everyone's favorites. The games circled on the calendar. The games where, when you wake up in the morning, you don't think, "hey, Michigan plays today." You think, "hey, Michigan plays OHIO STATE today." You brush your teeth with a little more enthusiasm. Your thoughts never drift far from the upcoming game. Your loved ones ask if you are feeling okay, because you look a little constipated. These are the days for which college football fans spend so many months honing their fandom. They crave those few hours of painful anxiety that leads up to the opening kick. If you do it right, you can't exhale properly.  It is stupid. And it is glorious.

Then, there's... this.

This is one of the empty calorie games. The games that barely get mentioned on College GameDay. The games that get the who-dat announcing crew that can't pronounce your right guard's name. The game may not be "easy," but it makes for an easy game day. There is no stress. There is simply waiting patiently for the inevitable (regardless of how inevitable it turns out to be).

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We complain about these kinds of games early in seasons. Like a teenager eager to get out into the Real World, we want to get to the meat of the schedule. But now, as the season passes middle age and we get contemplative about the approaching football-less Great Beyond, there is something to be said for an afternoon of sitting down to a relaxing afternoon of beating the hell out of a bad team. Do we learn anything? Probably not. Is there any real upside? Eh. But we get to watch Michigan's Mammoth Right Guard To Be Named Later smash some dudes on a power play. We get to watch Mo Hurst hurl humans into other humans. We get to laugh and enjoy a simple, unfair fight. This is the last of these until next September. So, enjoy it.

Michigan 38, Maryland 6.

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COUNTERPUNT

By Nick RoUMel

COUNTERPUNT MARYLAND 11/11/17

By Nick RoUMel

There’s an animal in trouble!

For those of you who are culturally unaware, “Wonder Pets” is a Nickelodeon animated show featuring Linny the Guinea Pig, Ming-Ming Duckling and Turtle Tuck, who team together to rescue baby animals in distress.

The opening theme song grips you from the ringing telephone, through our superheroes’ realization that their services are needed:

The phone … the phone is ringing!

The phone … we'll be right there!

The phone … the phone is ringing

There's an animal in trouble

There's an animal in trouble

There's an animal in trouble somewhere

I once created an entire Wonder Pets episode in my head. My wife and I were driving on a highway in upstate New York, when we swerved to avoid a giant box turtle in the road. I turned to my wife and exclaimed, “This is a job for Wonder Pets!” I envisioned birds flying down to place orange cones in the road, while other animals nudged the turtle to safety. (Of course, this could be more elaborate, with additional drama like the texting driver who doesn’t notice the animated animals, frantically trying to get his attention.)

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Today, Testudo, the Maryland Terrapins’ mascot, is an animal in trouble.

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Our chaplets, on his bier we throw, Our braided tresses tear, and join a turtle’s woe! [Barron]

It didn’t start out that way, with all the excitement about beating Texas to start the year. But that was before everybody started beating the Longhorns like a hardware bucket in Central Park. Then injuries brought Maryland down to their fifth string quarterback.

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So today, this Wonder Pets episode is going to end up with a different song altogether.

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Tire tracks all across your back, I can see you’ve had your fun.

MICHIGAN 21, MARYLAND 7

MGoRadio 3.9: You Can Feel Very Smart Beating a Seven Year Old at Chess

MGoRadio 3.9: You Can Feel Very Smart Beating a Seven Year Old at Chess

Submitted by Seth on November 10th, 2017 at 7:28 PM

1 hour 23 minutes

MGoRadio3.9

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1. Minnesota After UFR

starts at 1:00

You should probably block Khaleke Hudson. Minnesota’s approach to this game was bad. Not baffling—they were recycling ideas that worked once each for Penn State and Rutgers. Just…bad. It was bad. Offense things: JBB is obviously a good power blocker; when the offense was going to be a spread-to-Speight outfit in the offseason he probably was too bad at pass pro to be viable. Nice to see the running backs now picking up the subtleties of power running.

2. Hoops Preview LET’S GOOOOOOO

starts at 20:58

Who’s our point guard? Guessing Simmons will end up there, but it’s weird to go into a season without that spot settled—when was the last time that was true? Charles Matthews is the guy they trust to isolate and crate his own shot. MAAR’s usage up this year? Rebounding misses Derrick Walton; Moe Wagner knows he has to start grabbing boards to make the NBA. Teske is now Big Nasty (up from Big Sleep). Duncan Robinson is a coach out there. He might be the best shooter in the country; he might be the worst defender too.

3. Gimmicky Top Five: Thoughts About Board Games

starts at 44:50

We welcome special guest Reid McCarthy from Ann Arbor Elder Law to call Brian to task for calling out Settlers of Catan. This becomes a segment on all the board games we love and hate, and just put together once and thought it was cool but never actually played before losing a piece and now it’s worthless no YOUR childhood was ruined by MouseTrap. Also Brian realizes 5 minutes into talking about Wizards of the Coast buying out Dungeons and Dragons that he just went deeper into nerdiness than even this blog is comfortable with.

4. Maryland Preview w—once again relegated to—sg Seth Fisher

starts at 1:12:35

At least they have an excuse for their quarterback play. THE BORTENSCHLAGER experience might be over in favor of 5’11” Air Force kid. It’ll be like the Rutgers game but not the Minnesota game, basically. Come to me you precious easy passing yards. Come to meeeeeeeee.

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MUSIC:

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you. Tonight we return to the considerably more ravey stylings of WILSON, featuring his tracks “Roll on Your Wave”, “World Class”, and “In the Meantime” Also “Across 110th Street”.

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    Preview: Maryland 2017

    Preview: Maryland 2017

    Submitted by Brian on November 10th, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    140044286_5c4552af8e_edit2-1400x788Essentials

    WHAT Michigan (7-2) vs
    Minnesota (4-5)
    WHERE Maryland Stadium,
    College Park, MD
    WHEN 3:30 Eastern
    November 11th, 2017
    THE LINE Vegas: M –17
    S&P+: M –10.4
    TELEVISION BTN
    TICKETS can be had
    WEATHER high 30s, 0% chance of rain, little wind

    "Maryland Stadium" used to be named Byrd Stadium until recently, if you're doing a double-take. At right: Maryland QB depth chart.

    Overview

    It all started so well for the Terps this year. Piggy(!) Pigrome was installed as the starting QB, which seemed insane until he spearheaded a win over Texas. Most of a win, anyway: he was knocked out for the year late in that game. Freshman Kasim Hill came in, looked good for a a game, and then exited with a season-ending injury of his own. This paved the way for The Bortenschlager Era, which is going about as well as you think it would. And he might be out this week.

    Poor damn DJ Durkin.

    Run Offense vs Maryland

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    Opara has not lived up to preseason expectations

    Michigan's ground game is up to 12th on S&P+ after consecutive pavings of bad opponents. Last week's preview turned out to be pessimistic, somehow:

    I don't know if you can ever expect a 300 yard outing, but 200 seems in the offing at a solid 5-6 yard clip.

    Michigan was nine yards away from having two different guys crack 200 on their own. This continues a season-long trend of steady improvement. That trend has to be nearing its end, and now it's about maintaining performance against a steadily tougher series of defenses.

    The step up from Minnesota to Maryland is not a big one. Minnesota entered last week's game 82nd in S&P+ rush defense and left it 100th; Maryland is 59th. The trend here is not a good one for the Terrapins. Rutgers—yes, that Rutgers—averaged 5.6 YPC last week. Two weeks before that, Wisconsin went for 5.2. That latter performance was like Michigan's game against Rutgers: a paving that didn't seem like it due to an extreme lack of big plays. Wisconsin's 3.8 line yards per carry is a pip better than what Michigan managed against the Cable Subscribers.

    Per Seth's scouting this is another defense that looks susceptible to a bunch of mashing power runs. Maryland runs a 4-3 over with a "buck" LB/DE—you remember Durkin—who goes about 250—and a couple of penetrator types who you can move at DT. Their linebackers, as so many linebackers are these days, are 230 pounds and slightly safety-ish; WLB Isaiah Davis is a weak spot. He's playing in the suspended Shane Cockerille's place, and Cockerille was already a very confused converted QB who had a tendency to run himself out of the play. His backup is like that, but moreso. Seth's notes from the first half:

    • 22 (+) attacks, beats lead blocker. Why was Cockerille ahead of this guy?
    • mesh, 22(-) follows not his guy, multiple guys wide open
    • 22 (-) starts chasing wrong guy
    • 22 where are you going that’s your hole (-!!!)
    • backside flips 22(-) swallowed

    3-tech Kingsley Opara entered the season with a bunch of hype but hasn't translated that into stats or on Seth's scout vs Wisconsin.

    If Michigan continues executing at the level they have been some frippery to send LBs the wrong way or even just delay them should be enough for Michigan to continue in more or less the same vein they have been for the past two games.

    KEY MATCHUP: MARYLAND SAFETIES vs THEIR ABILITY TO LINE UP AT EIGHT YARDS. This is a Durkin defense so you're going to get a very deep free safety instead of the cover 4 looks Michigan has weathered so far. That's bad news for 60 yard touchdown prospects and good news for line yards.

    [Hit THE JUMP for... the same barely functional Big Ten QB, but a fourth string one]

    Fee Fi Foe Film: Maryland Defense

    Fee Fi Foe Film: Maryland Defense

    Submitted by Seth on November 10th, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    [You’re not my FFFF author!: Yes, still Seth because basketball starts tonight, let Ace work]

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    the way to go

    Maryland is bad on defense again, especially off the backside edge, but that doesn’t mean look past the Terps. It’s a road game, after all, and you know former Harbaugh assistant D.J. Durkin would love to use this rebuilding year for Michigan to notch a scalp. That’s why I haven’t even looked at who Michigan plays next week.

    What I did look into was the Maryland defense, who played some Big Ten West team we probably won’t have to face this year that was only interesting because they run a lot of power (and OZ) from heavy sets with big burly offensive linemen who did a good job in pass protection but their quarterback has a ducky arm and made some bad decisions. Also this opponent kept going to their tight end, who is really good, so I don’t know how much to ding the Maryland defenders trying to cover him.

    Also also the offense that faced the Maryland defense has a really good freshman running back so it’s tough to judge things like Maryland’s defenders getting to him then just falling off. To illustrate, let me show you a clip that would probably be more relevant if we were looking at the team Maryland played two weeks ago instead of the team that Michigan is playing this week:

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    Personnel: My graphic gets bigger if you click it.

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    M things: JBB gets cyan’d and Ruiz doesn’t for same fatal flaw bc I don’t want to judge two bad plays by a true freshman in his first start too harshly.

    So my Draftageddon guys were a disappointment. DT Kingsley Opara, who’s been mostly at nose this year, got a chance to play a lot of 3-tech and didn’t get anything out of it. He wasn’t terrible, but he got blown downfield a few times and didn’t MAKE PLAYS to make up for it. He only got to play a half after getting cut-blocked. MLB Jermaine Carter wasn’t as big of a disappointment, and he did make a few plays, but he also ate blockers and got pushed around. He’s 6’0/228 and wracks up big PFF numbers when playing spreads, but this game was a hard reminder about Physics:

    #1 the MLB

    [After THE JUMP we shall explain using Newton’s Laws why Carter just went “boing”]

    Fee Fi Foe Film: Maryland Offense

    Fee Fi Foe Film: Maryland Offense

    Submitted by Seth on November 9th, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    [Guest author: Seth because Ace has bouncy hoopy ball season to preview]

    this got charted as “LOLx”

    Hi there. How you doing? Have you watched the above yet? Are you done laughing? It’s cool, you can watch it again. Here, have another angle. No, it won’t get old.

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    So as you may recall, last year D.J. Durkin and his OC Walt Bell inherited a roster of interception-prone quarterbacks and zero viable receivers tall enough to ride a roller coaster. Their answer was to stack the wee little guys as far away from the play as possible.

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    just go away

    Sure, having all of your receivers bunched together limits the passing game to screens, but given that throwing downfield is more like playing “500” than football, that’s was fine. The payoff for this was fewer defenders in range to stop their two excellent scatbacks. I gave Walt major props for this. This is being the best you.

    This year they’re down to their fourth string quarterback, and not even bothering to have one of those receivers eligible. Who needs five potential pass-catchers when the quarterbacks aren’t going to look for more than one or two reads? Every unit placed further from the running game is one less defender who can beat a bad blocker and corral the boys.

    I watched the Wisconsin game, which featured an uncharacteristic surfeit of 5-wide sets and deep balls to their various Lilliputian receivers. This is not who you are, Maryland. You know who you are. The most success they had was running the same run play four times in a row from an unbalanced set.

    Personnel: My diagram (click to enlarge):

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    yes their base is unbalanced

    (Michigan things: Solomon draws into the starting lineup since he’s been there more or less the last two games. Winovich gets flowing beautiful blonde locks by way of apology for having his number wrong all year.)

    So, about the above. In early 2017 the Terps tried having a quarterback do more than hand off to Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison, and throw screens in the direction of D.J. Moore. Like run, maybe. Or pass.

    [Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the breakdown]

    Wednesday Presser 11-8-17: Greg Mattison

    Wednesday Presser 11-8-17: Greg Mattison

    Submitted by Adam Schnepp on November 9th, 2017 at 10:11 AM

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    [Fuller]

    Talk about Aubrey Solomon and what he’s improved?

    “Yeah, Aubrey’s steadily since he got here has improved every day. Again, it’s really like it was in the past, which we take great pride in, is the older guys have really mentored him. I mean, you can see it every day. You get Bryan Mone coaching him on what he should be doing, you’ve got Mo Hurst—guys are watching the film and you’ll hear them say ‘That was really good’ or ‘Step this way’ and he’s really a great young man. I mean a great, great young man that wants to be good, and so he’s gotten the opportunity and when he’s gone in he’s played very well.”

    How often did you interact with Aubrey during the recruiting process?

    “A lot. A lot. Obviously you want a great player like that to come here so you have to. There’s always going to be an opportunity, so that was the big thing he saw and wanted to come.”

    How was it building that relationship during the recruiting process.

    “Good. I mean, it’s the same as it is with any player. You’ve got to be yourself. You’ve got to be fortunate enough to be at a school like Michigan where, to me, when I recruit, it’s a no-brainer for a guy to come here. I really believe that in my heart.

    “You’re going to have a great head football coach, you’re going to have a great football program, and you’re going to have an opportunity to play because we play the best players, doesn’t matter, and you’re going to get the greatest degree in the country. So what else would there be? If you like weather that’s not hot, you’re in great shape. But—so it’s not hard.”

    How has Kwity Paye not only improved since he came in but how far can he go as far as what you can see?

    “Kwity Paye’s another one. Kwity Paye is just like Aubrey. I mean, he has just daily improved. Again, I’ll sit there and just before I’ll say something to him you’ll hear Rashan or you’ll hear Chase say ‘No, you’ve got to step this way’ or ‘You’ve got to be lower here.’ He’s the same way; he listens in meetings, he’s got great pride, he wants to be a really good football player, and so the same thing’s happening with him. Every time he takes a rep, I sit there and say this guy’s gotten better. He gets better every day and he’s gon’ be a special player.”

    [After THE JUMP: maintaining rush lanes, rolling eight deep, Chase gonna Chase]

    Monday Presser 11-6-17: Players

    Monday Presser 11-6-17: Players

    Submitted by Adam Schnepp on November 7th, 2017 at 8:07 AM

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    [Barron]

    Cesar Ruiz

    Where have you seen the offensive line grow in the last two to three weeks after the Penn State game?

    “After the Penn State game I just noticed everybody going a lot harder. I mean, we always went hard in practice but I noticed guys going a lot harder and everybody’s starting to get used to everything now, the young guys are starting to get used to everything; me too. And just a lot more full-speed things. A lot less thinking. More everybody just knows where they’re going now and it’s just a lot of full speed.”

    What are the biggest things that you’ve learned as an offensive lineman at this level since the start of the season?

    “I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned how to play four different positions. I’ve learned also be ready, you never know when your name’s going to be called too, so make sure you know what you’re doing at all times.”

    What’s the one position you haven’t taken reps at?

    “Left tackle is the only position I haven’t taken reps at.”

    Where have you played the most?

    “I’ve been focusing on left guard up until this week, until the last week when I jumped in at right guard.”

    [After THE JUMP: more Ruiz, Spanellis, Hurst, Long, and apologies to Poggi]