Upon Further Review 2011: Defense vs Minnesota

Upon Further Review 2011: Defense vs Minnesota

Submitted by Brian on October 5th, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I'm pretty sure this is the shortest UFR table in a long time. Probably not forever since in the embryonic stages a lot of plays were described as "a big wad of bodies I can't figure out," full stop, but in a long time.

Substitution notes: Secondary was the usual; Countess came in in the second quarter for Woolfolk. He is clearly the #3 CB, with Johnson the #3 S. At LB it was Ryan/Demens/Hawthorne the whole way until garbage time. On the line the usual rotation with a bit less of the backups because there was no opportunity for the starters to get tired. Still no Cam Gordon.

Formation notes: Nothing we haven't seen before, and since Minnesota was so transparently bad I didn't bother to get a bunch of screenshots of certain plays.

Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Rush Play Player Yards
O20 1 10 Pistol 3TE 4-3 under Run N/A Power off tackle Hawthorne 1
Heininger(-1) blown off the ball by a double; this should provide a lane but Martin(+1) drove the center back, Roh(+0.5) held up on the outside, and Hawthorne (+1) hit a lead blocker on the LOS, holding up surprisingly well. With nowhere to go we have a wad play that Roh eventually ends by tackling the RB.
O21 2 9 Shotgun 3-wide Nickel even Run N/A Inside zone Roh -1
I think, anyway. No doubles from Minnesota as two guys release downfield into Gordon and Demens immediately. This means all of the DL are one on one and all of them end up controlling their guys, able to release on either side of them if the RB tries to hit a hole. RB tries to go outside where Roh(+1) is waiting and Gordon(+1) flows up to help; Demens(+1) had also beaten a block and was there. RVB and Martin pick up half points.
O20 3 10 Shotgun 4-wide Nickel even Pass 4 Sack Van Bergen -5
Stunt gets RVB(+2) through as the Gopher line busts; RVB tackles the relatively immobile Shortell before the Gophers can even finish their routes. (RPS +1, Pressure +2)
Drive Notes: Punt, 7-0, 9 min 1st Q
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Rush Play Player Yards
O41 1 10 Pistol 2TE 4-3 under Run N/A Power off tackle Demens 3
Martin(+0.5) is doubled; while he does give a little ground it's not much and the pulling G doesn't have much room. Hawthorne(+0.5) hits him near the line, causing a cutback into Demens(+0.5), who is unblocked because of the double and scrapes into the backside hole to tackle. Heininger(+0.5) did a good job closing down the intended hole as well; he popped off a defender and had a shot to tackle if the RB didn't cut back.
O44 2 7 Shotgun 3-wide Nickel even Pass 4 Out Floyd 5
Delayed blitz does not get through; Minnesota throws a dinky route that Floyd lets happen; he tackles immediately. Fine.
O49 3 2 Ace twin TE 4-3 under Run N/A Power off tackle Kovacs -1
2TE motions into an H-back spot; Kovacs rolls down into the box. H-back flares in an attempt to kick out Roh(+2), the EMLOS. Roh bowls him over backwards. This cannot happen on a power if you're ever going to gain any yards. There is no lane. Pulling G derps his way past everyone without blocking anyone; Kovacs(+1) is blitzing from the outside; untouched, he tackles for loss. Hawthorne(+0.5) had also blitzed right into the play, so three separate M players were in a position to stop this. Minnesota is not good.
Drive Notes: Punt, 14-0, 4 min 1st Q
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Rush Play Player Yards
O6 1 10 Pistol twins 4-3 under Pass 5 Out Woolfolk 12
Minnesota successfully high-lows Woolfolk in zone. Not his fault as he's got a corner route coming from the inside and has to drop back into that; this naturally opens up an underneath receiver since there's no underneath help. (Cover/RPS -1)
O18 1 10 Shotgun trips bunch Nickel under Run N/A Inside zone Ryan 9
Martin(+1) fights a double team and gets enough penetration when the second guy releases into the linebackers to close off the hole himself. RB has to bounce and it looks like Ryan is about to read this and pop out on the edge to finish the play when he's yanked and seemingly ankle tackled by the OT. No call. Refs -1. Floyd(-0.5) did a kind of weak job on the edge, though the Ryan issue allowed a quick bounce so he had a tough job.
O27 2 1 Shotgun 2TE 4-3 under Run N/A Inside zone Heininger 0
Nowhere to go as Martin(+1) holds up to a double and Heininger(+1) a single block. Cutback from the RB; an unblocked Roh(+0.5) read the play and shuffled down the LOS before exploding to tackle at the line. Heininger gets his extra half point for getting control of his guy to the point where he can disengage to help tackle.
O27 3 1 Pistol 2TE 4-3 under Pass 4 Sack Ryan -4
I'm not entirely sure but Shortell appears to be looking for his TE on a tiny little hitch first but pulls it down because Black(+1, RPS +1) chucked him before going into his pass rush. This disrupts the timing and causes Shortell to move on. RVB(+1) gets in at this point, flushing the awkward Shortell out of the pocket, where Hawthorne(+0.5) and Ryan(+0.5) roar up to sack. (Pressure +1, cover +1)
Drive Notes: Punt, 21-0, 12 min 2nd Q
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Rush Play Player Yards
O20 1 10 Pistol 3-wide Nickel even Run N/A Inside zone Demens 7
Michigan's line steps to the left on the snap. This doesn't seem like a full on slant, it's just a way to one-gap the D. I'm not sure if Heininger(+0.5) is playing this okay and just gets pushed past the play or if he got out of position. He does slice through two blockers, causing the C to attempt to peel back and forcing a cutback behind him—away from the blocking angles. Demens(-1) has a free run at the gap but reads it late and meets the RB a couple yards downfield when he can make a tackle at the LOS. Then some bad luck as a pursuing Black impacts the tackle from behind, knocking Demens to the ground and giving the RB some YAC.
O27 2 3 Ace twins 4-3 even Pass N/A Sack Ryan -9
Ryan is lined up over the slot and blitzes. Minnesota is trying a PA rollout to his side, pulling a backside OL around to give some edge protection. Ryan(+2) explodes upfield, getting into Shortell's feet and cutting off the outside. Shortell does manage to escape upfield, where Martin(+1) is tearing around blockers, coming from the inside. Shortell spins back to avoid that sack, whereupon the Red Sea caves in on him. (Pressure +3, RPS +1)
O18 3 12 Shotgun 3-wide Nickel even Run N/A Inside zone -- 4
Give up and punt.
Drive Notes: Punt, 28-0, 7 min 2nd Q
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Rush Play Player Yards
O20 1 10 Shotgun twins twin TE 4-3 under Pass 4 Rollout hitch Countess 8
Countess in for Woolfolk. You can see Michigan checking when the TE motions across the formation; Gordon comes down into man on the slot receiver, implying that Ryan(-1) should come to the LOS to act as a 4-3 SLB. He doesn't, instead dropping into a redundant zone and opening up the corner (pressure -1). Shortell finds his hitch in front of Countess.
O28 2 2 Shotgun twins twin TE 4-3 under Pass 5 PA Quick seam Hawthorne Inc (Pen +9)
TE motions to Ryan's side and this time he does creep down off the slot. He blitzes off the snap, getting picked off by a pulling pass protector after the PA fake. Michigan is zone blitzing and tips it by leaving Roh in a two point stance; he drops off in coverage over the TE. Hawthorne makes one of those back-to-QB zone drops across the field, and this zone seems perfectly designed to stop this route. Hawthorne(cover +1) gets over to the TE quick seam before the TE can get there; he slows up rather than run over Hawthorne and Shortell's wobbler goes well long. Demens(+1) timed his blitz excellently and got a free run, thumping Shortell as he threw(pressure +2) Hawthorne(-2) then gets an incredibly late, but legit PI call for grabbing the TE as he tried to cut inside.
O37 1 10 Shotgun trips Nickel even Pass N/A Bubble screen -- Inc
Dropped. Strong possibility Hawthorne blows this up for little.
O37 2 10 Shotgun twins twin TE 4-3 under Pass N/A Rollout hitch Countess 11
Replay of the previous hitch except Ryan is on the edge this time, though he gets eliminated easily. (Pressure -1) Again in front of Countess(-1, cover -1) and I will ding him for not being there to challenge on the same route he just saw.
O48 1 10 Ace 4-3 under Run N/A Inside zone Demens 0
Martin(+1) takes on a double and wins, forcing his way into the gap to his left and preventing anyone from getting out on the LBs. Demens(+2) uses this to his advantage, seeing the gap open up behind Martin as he pushes playside. He shoots it and makes a tackle at the LOS after having removed the cutback lane. RVB(+0.5) held up well on the edge and helps tackle.
O48 2 10 Shotgun twin TE 46 front Pass 5 Fly Countess Inc
Campbell(+2) runs over the center and comes right up the middle of the field (pressure +2), leveling Shortell. Shortell stands in and chucks one to a guy on a fly route. Countess was in press coverage and is step for step(+2, cover +2); he finds the underthrown ball and adjusts to it. He has a shot at an INT but it's a tough catch and he settles for the PBU.
O48 3 10 Shotgun 3-wide Nickel press Pass 6 Hitch Countess 7
Michigan sends the house and doesn't quite get there; Roh(+0.5) seems like he's coming around the corner fast enough to cause problems if Shortell has to wait another beat. Instead he throws a hitch route short of the sticks that Countess(+1, cover +1) allows to be completed but tackles immediately on. He pops the ball loose as he does so; Michigan recovers.
Drive Notes: Fumble, 31-0, 3 min 2nd Q
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Rush Play Player Yards
O34 1 10 Pistol 3-wide Nickel press Pass 4 Fade Floyd Inc
Testing the press w/ McKnight. Floyd is in good position and has pushed McKnight almost to the sideline but does not time his jump well; he gets his head around and then it seems like he fails to locate the ball. McKnight goes up to grab it but steps OOB on his way down. Given the position of McKnight this was circus all the way, so (+1, cover +1)
O34 2 10 Shotgun trips Nickel even Run N/A Inside zone Demens 7
Kovacs blitzes from the backside and gets upfield outside of the TE. That seems okay since he'd have to contain the QB. Roh is shuffling down the line on the inside zone and gets cut behind. This may be possible because instead of a mesh point the QB accidentally bats the snap right to the RB. The cut backside this should expose RB to unblocked Demens; Demens(-1) drops into a short zone and then lets the RB outside of him. Johnson has rolled down over the slot and does keep leverage; Demens tackles from behind. Partially one of those things—an actual mesh point and Demens/Roh probably have time to react better to this—but an unblocked LB should not let an RB outside of him.
O41 3 3 Pistol 2TE 4-3 under Pass 4 Rollout TE Flat Roh 1
Roh(+1) drops off into a short zone as Ryan blitzes. He gets cut; Heininger(+1) bumps the TE and then heads upfield between two befuddled Gopher blockers once that guy releases. He pressures(+1) and Shortell has to dump it off; Roh gets outside to tackle(+1)
Drive Notes: Punt, 38-0, 14 min 3rd Q
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Rush Play Player Yards
O16 1 10 Ace 4-3 under Pass 5 TE comeback Ryan Inc
Roh again in a two point stance, indicating he will drop; he drops. Ryan(+1) blitzes from the other side, beating the TE and flushing Shortell up into the pocket(pressure +1). Shortell manages to find the second he needs and finds a receiver, who happens to be the TE on a comeback in front of Roh. TE drops it. (Roh -1, cover -1)
O16 2 10 Shotgun 3-wide Nickel press Run N/A Inside zone Van Bergen 2
Michigan blitzing Ryan and Demens; Demens lines up right over the C and then twists outside. The C is convinced he's supposed to block Demens, which he doesn't; G releases downfield. This allows RVB(+1) a single block that he gets playside of and carries to the hole; Martin(+1) also closed off the frontside, leaving nowhere for the RB to go.
O18 3 8 Shotgun trips Nickel press Pass 6 Fly Johnson Inc
Johnson backs out in to a deep zone late as Kovacs is sent on a blitz. Roh(+1) beats his blocker and is getting into Shortell's face (pressure +1) as Kovacs comes; Shortell bombs it deep. Gordon(-1) is beaten but Johnson(+2) is quick enough to get over and get a PBU as he arrives at the ball at the same time the WR does (cover +1, better thrown ball does find space).
Drive Notes: Punt, 38-0, 10 min 3rd Q
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Rush Play Player Yards
O34 1 10 Pistol 2TE 46 front Run N/A Power off tackle Heininger 2
Heininger(+1) dives inside the OT trying to block down and comes around. Black(+1) has driven the OT back, giving the RB an awkward cut to make upfield. This allows Heininger to tackle from behind. Demens(-0.5) ended up running past the play as the pulling G got to him.
O36 2 8 Shotgun twins twin TE 4-3 under Pass 5 Rollout TE Flat Black 9
Again with the blitz and WDE dropping off into coverage. Minnesota runs a quasi-screen here, pumping to the left, then coming back to the little TE flare as the RB comes out of the backfield intent on blocking. This time Black(-1, cover -1) drops a ways and because the RB gets in his way he's not in position to tackle this on the catch, allowing the TE to turn it up for a first down.
O45 1 10 Ace twin TE 4-3 under Run N/A Power off tackle Heininger 1
Similar to the previous power on this drive. Minnesota flips the TEs, which doesn't make M flip the lines, they just move Hawthorne and Kovacs over. Hawthorne lines up right over the tackle. On the snap he takes a block and starts giving ground; Heininger(+2) bowls over this blocker as Black(+1) gets penetration that restricts the hole and prevents a bounce. Those two combine to tackle at the line as the RB just kind of falls over.
O46 2 9 Shotgun 2TE 4-3 even Pass 5 Hitch Avery Inc
RVB(+2, pressure +2) slants inside a blocker and comes right up the center of the field to get a hurry; throw now or get sacked. Hitch is open in front of Avery(-0.5, cover -1) for near first down yardage; throw is upfield and dropped.
O46 3 9 Shotgun 3-wide Okie Pass 5 Hitch Avery Inc
Good pocket(pressure -1); Shortell wings it well high. Avery(+0.5, cover +1) appears to have reacted quickly enough to make a play on the ball if there was one to be made.
Drive Notes: Punt, 45-0, 6 min 3rd Q
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Rush Play Player Yards
O25 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide Nickel over Run N/A QB power Campbell 0
Hawthorne(+1) reads the QB's cut upfield and runs away from the blocking angle further outside; he and Campbell(+1), who beat a single block to show up in the hole, combine to tackle.
O25 2 10 Shotgun trips 4-3 under Pass 5 Fade Avery 33
Okay, Brink and Avery and Fitzgerald in. This game is not long for the charting. Shortell gets the corner (pressure -1) and has an easy deep throw to Avery's guy(-1, cover -1) as he's beaten so badly he cannot recover.
M42 1 10 Shotgun trips Nickel press Run N/A Inside zone Campbell 3
Wad o bodies as Minnesota can't move Campbell(+1) out of the playside hole with a double. He gets support from Heininger and Ryan(+0.5 each) and the RB runs up into the wad for little.
M39 2 7 Pistol 2TE 4-3 under Run N/A Down G Brink -4
Instead of blocking Brink(+2) the playside TE watches him run past and make a TFL. Minnesota: not good.
M43 3 11 Shotgun 4-wide Nickel press Pass 4 Slant Countess Inc
Countess(+2, cover +2) fights the WR for position and makes a play on the ball as it arrives.
Drive Notes: Punt, 48-0, 14 min 4th Q. Charting ceases.

So, about that.

Yeah, not much you can take from that game.

But it's nice to be able to say that about a Big Ten team, right?

Sure. The last team Michigan made look that inept was Baby Seal U, and the last team before that was the 2007 Notre Dame outfit that was the absolute nadir of super-geniusdom. Last year's Purdue team may have been as bad on offense; with the help of a driving rainstorm Michigan held them to 256 yards, giving up a 61-yard field goal drive early. This edition of Michigan's defense was better against the 2011 equivalent.

But… yeah, the Purdue example is instructive. There is a level of offense that can make even last year's Michigan D seem competent. Minnesota is at that level of offense.

There is something we can take from this, though, I mean, right?

A little, sure. A couple years ago Michigan gave up 17 to EMU in the first half, ceding 179 rushing yards to that year's #116 total offense. Last year Michigan gave up 37 to I-AA UMass.

You can never tell anything good from a game like this, but you can receive an ominous message that causes you to stock up on survival gear. The failure to get one of those represents progress.

Also, I only caught one wacky misalignment in the above-charted plays, that a failure of Jake Ryan to come down to LB depth after Minnesota shifted a TE. That's significant improvement from the nonconference portion of the schedule. That first drive against Western where no one knew where to line up has receded almost entirely.

I suppose we should look at the chart.

Man, you are subdued.

I'm locked and loaded. Actin' like I've been there. Emulatin' Brady Hoke's cool sideline demeanor. Somewhat terrified about what happens after game five in Michigan football seasons.

Right. Chart.

Keep in mind that this is only 36 snaps, five of which were contested mostly by backups. If you had to reduce certain games last year to find reasonable numbers, for this game you need to almost double them to find a per-play average approximately in line with historical norms.

Defensive Line
Player + - T Notes
Van Bergen 7 - 7 Minnesota couldn't move him.
Martin 7 - 7 Or him.
Roh 7.5 1 6.5 Seems to have reclaimed the starting spot.
Brink 2 - 2 Thanks, lack of Minnesota blocking.
Heininger 6.5 1 5.5 Hard to move after first snap, too.
Black 3 1 2 Playing time reduced.
Campbell 4 - 4 "Get off me"
TOTAL 37 3 34 lol. +0.94 per snap
Player + - T Notes
C. Gordon - - - DNP
Demens 4.5 2.5 2 Not many plays even got to him.
Herron - - - DNP
Ryan 4 1 3 Couple of explosive pass rush moves.
Fitzgerald - - - Nothing of note.
Jones - - - DNP
Evans - - - DNP
Beyer - - - PT in garbage time.
Hawthorne 3.5 2 1.5 Not giving his PT back.
Morgan - - - PT in garbage time
TOTAL 12 5.5 6.5 Enjoyed some tea as they watched the DL do the tackling for them.
Player + - T Notes
Floyd 1 0.5 0.5 Not tested(!)
Avery 0.5 1.5 -1 Has obviously slid behind Countess.
Woolfolk - - - Rest this man.
Kovacs 1 - 1 Earl Grey, please
T. Gordon 1 1 0 I'll have chai
Countess 5 1 4 Think we may have something here.
Johnson 2 - 2 Roobios for me
TOTAL 10.5 4 6 Smashing, chaps
Pressure 15 4 11 NO BLOCKY FOR YOU
Coverage 10 5 5 Tony Gibson –6.02 x 10^23
Tackling - - - Nothing even approached an open field tackle.
RPS 3 1 2 Whateva

So… yeah. The defensive line annihilated the opposition to the point where nothing else really mattered. Can we take anything away from that? Eh… probably not. I'd love to live in a world where Will Heininger can flatten an opponent's interior OL, but I don't think that's the case.

We require some sort of crazy extrapolation to justify this piece.

Okay. We did get some depth chart clarity. Roh seems the clear starter at WDE, and Countess is #3 at CB and rising. Also we should now know who is redshirting and who is not. On defense:

  • Burned: Countess, Brown, Taylor, Beyer, Clark, Morgan
  • Redshirting: Carter, Hollowell, Heitzman, Rock, Poole

A couple of those do strike me as AAARGH burned redshirts: Brown and Clark. Brown is the #5 CB at best and Clark has two guys in front of him at WDE. Maybe the long-term plan is to slide Roh or Black to SDE next year, in which case I retract my argh.

Can we at least get a little Countess eeeeing?

Oh, all right: Countess had a couple of hitches completed on him but also acquired two PBUs, one of them another of the "too bad the QB didn't throw that more accurately" variety, the other a broken-up slant:

That looks like an exceptionally crappy route to me, but every little bit helps as we try to extrapolate young Countess into Charles Woodson. He also forced a fumble thanks to Mattison's new turnover-causing technique: tackling the opposition. That was a completion given up but it was also seven yards on third and ten, ie fine.

Was Minnesota really bad?

Oh, God yes. It was kind of marvelous. The best examples (on defense, anyway) I found were two separate incidents where Michigan defenders destroyed Minnesota OL. The first was Craig Roh taking a kickout block and turning it into total destruction:

That never happens.

And then there was Will Campbell using his sumo belly flop on someone other than Thomas Gordon:

After that it was a surprise Shortell didn't get up two-dimensional.

Minnesota is a bad football team.


Everyone but especially everyone on the defensive line.


No one.

What does it mean for Northwestern and beyond?

It means we don't have a terrible, terrible defense but not much more.

Upon Further Review: Offense vs Delaware State

Upon Further Review: Offense vs Delaware State

Submitted by Brian on October 22nd, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Personnel notes: Everyone gets in. One correction from Monday's game column: the second-string center in this game was Tim McAvoy, not Rocko Khoury.

Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Type Play Player Yards
O45 1 10 Shotgun 2-back 2 0 3 Nickel Run Zone read stretch Shaw 2
Moosman(-1) beaten down the line, partially because Schilling didn't stay to help any; a cutback is not possible with the backside DE crashing down and Shaw ends up plowing into the guy Moosman is escorting down the line, falling forward for a couple.
O43 2 8 Shotgun 2-back 2 0 3 Nickel Pass Rollout hitch Mathews 14
Wide open to the point where this five yard hitch can get turned up for nine more. (CA, 3, protection 1/1)
O29 1 10 I-Form 3-wide 2 0 3 Base 4-4 Run Inside zone Shaw 2
Huyge(-1) driven back by the DSU DT right into the path of Shaw, who slows up as a result, actually impacting the DT a yard in the backfield. He cant make a one-armed tackle, though, and Shaw squirts outside where an unblocked linebacker grabs him by the feet.
O27 2 8 Shotgun 4-wide 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Pass Bubble screen Odoms 25
Extremely open with the DSU LB lined up a good two yards inside of Odoms and slow to react to the bubble. He watches the exchange, only getting out on Odoms when Forcier pulls up to throw, by which point it's way too late. Despite the CB forcing the play inside Odoms can zip between him and the LB all the way down to the 1. (CA, 3, screen)
O2 1 G I-Form Big 2 2 1 Goal line Run Iso Shaw 2
Yay we blew a I-AA team off the ball. Good YAC by Shaw, though.
Drive Notes: Touchdown, 7-0, 12 min 1st Q.
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Type Play Player Yards
M28 1 10 Shotgun 4-wide 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Run QB lead draw Robinson 7
This isn't that hard against a shifted line: kick the DE out, double the DT, shoot the RB at the linebacker right over the hole, and use Robinson's speed to pick up good yardage. Both guys blocking the playside DT peel off to attempt a block on a blitzing linebacker who's just running himself out of the play, allowing that guy to come off his block and tackle after 6-7.
M35 2 3 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Run Zone counter dive Shaw 8
Backside DE, who looks like a sixth grader, gets kicked out, one LB runs up for contain and the other gets blocked, and Shaw makes a sharp cut into the hole we all know and love. Linebackers do recover to hold it down a bit.
M43 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Run QB zone stretch Robinson 20
This actually gets strung out pretty well by DSU, with the playside DE fighting off Ortmann's block and forcing Robinson wider than he'd like. By the time he cuts up there are three DSU guys in the area and apparently no room, but Robinson manages to squeeze through a hole that doesn't even appear to be there and breaks into the secondary.
O37 1 10 Shotgun 4-wide 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Run Edge pitch Shaw 16
One deep safety and an outside corner playing ten yards off the line with an OLB over Grady-19. That guy makes the mistake of trying to go inside of Grady, giving up the edge, but this was to the wide side of the field and there was no support so even if he tries to fight through the Grady block he's probably not going to have much luck.
O21 1 10 Shotgun 2-back 2 0 3 Base 4-3 Run Zone read stretch Smith 11
DSUs DTs are headed straight upfield. One is easily sealed by Schilling(+1) the other beats Moosman(-1), leaving that guy attempting to charge down Smith. He can't, and there's a bunch of room because a DE's been blown downfield and Grady kicked out the linebacker to that side. Smith can just run outside of the DT.
O10 1 G Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Run Power off tackle Robinson 4
Michigan doubles and down-blocks the playside DT, pulling Schilling around to act as a lead blocker as Smith heads outside. The double on the DT gets him blown off the ball but he eventually splits it, throwing Schilling to the ground and tackling Robinson after a moderate gain.
O6 2 G Shotgun 2-back TE 2 1 2 Base 4-3 Run Zone read stretch Smith 6
This one goes outside the tackle as a textbook scoop block from Dorrestein(+1) and Huyge(+1) seals the playside DE and gets Dorrestein out on the MLB. Both those guys get blocked, the OLB to the playside gets taken out by Grady, and it's a walk-in touchdown.
Drive Notes: Touchdown,14-0, 8 min 1st Q.
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Type Play Player Yards
O39 1 10 Shotgun trips 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Run Inside zone Shaw 11
DSU slanting into the play, driving Moosman and Ortmann back, getting playside of them and forcing a cutback. Ortmann does do a good job of sticking with the block and getting enough push to help with the cutback. The threat of Robinson holds one linebacker outside and he can't make a diving tackle from behind. Shaw spins through another tackle attempt and picks up good yardage.
O28 1 10 Shotgun trips 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Run QB zone stretch Robinson 8
Excellent block by Moosman(+1) gets the playside DT sealed; Shaw sees the lane and cuts up inside to provide a block, which isn't great; Robinson hops behind it without losing much speed at all. He takes a hit from the DT, who's given up seven yards of field position, and the ball is raked free.
Drive Notes: Fumble, 21-0, 4 min 1st Q.
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Type Play Player Yards
O38 1 10 Shotgun 2-back 2 0 3 Base 4-3 Pass PA Deep Seam Grady 38
Play action fake sucks up the safety ridiculously and gives Grady huge room. Robinson finds him for the touchdown. The throw is short and if I hadn't seen Robinson leave a couple other balls like this short to poor effect I might give him credit for just making sure the ball is complete. I have, though, so I think he just underthrew it. It's not too bad, though, and it's a deep throw, so: (CA,3, protection 1/1)
Drive Notes: Touchdown, 28-0, 3 min 1st Q
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Type Play Player Yards
M13 1 10 Ace 1 2 2 Base 4-3 Run Zone stretch Smith 13
Playside DE steps inside, which allows Dorrestein to engage him and double with help from Huyge, blowing him way off the ball and giving Smith an easy lane to dart into. Webb kicks out another linebacker, turning it into first down yardage.
M26 1 10 Ace 1 2 2 Base 4-3 Run Zone stretch Smith 11
Moosman(+1) gets enough of the playside DT to provide a tough reach block; Smith darts up through a smallish crease between Moosman and Dorrestein. Webb and Huyge have second level blocks, leaving Smith one-on-one with a closing safety in a phonebooth; Smith lowers his shoulder and pops him, falling forward. Tough little guy.
M37 1 10 Shotgun 2TE Twins 1 2 2 Base 4-3 Run Inside zone Smith 8
This is where I think Smith has some top-end ability. The backside DSU DT has split a double and gotten playside of Dorrestein(-1), which should jam the play up. Smith just hops around the mess, hardly breaking stride or slowing, and manages to zip up through a hole before the unblocked backside DE can close it down. That change of direction is stellar.
M45 2 2 Ace 1 2 2 Base 4-3 Run Inside zone Smith 42
Virtual replay of the last play down to the backside DSU DT zipping inside and Smith smoothly cutting past it before the backside DE can react. This time a crushing downfield block by Webb(+1) has opened the corner and Smith is off to the races. He does not win the races. It's possible he's just tired. Look at this drive.
O17 1 10 Ace 1 2 2 Base 4-3 Penalty False start Schilling -5
O22 1 15 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Pass Rollout hitch Stonum 19
Corner to the side where the play is is headed for the parking lot, just amazingly far off the ball. Robinson's a tad late with the throw but it gets there and accurately; it's got some zip, too, allowing Stonum to turn it upfield in the cavernous space afforded and head for first and goal. (CA, 3, protection 1/1)
O3 1 G I-Form Twins 2 1 2 Base 4-3 Run Power off tackle Smith -1
Michigan breaks this bad boy out, as discussed yesterday, but to no effect because Smith does not get the playcall. He heads to the wrong side of Robinson, which makes for an awkward handoff, and runs right into the space the pulling guard vacated. Smith instantly pulled for Shaw.
O4 2 G I-Form 3-wide 2 0 3 Base 4-3 Pass Rollout cross Roundtree Inc
Great block by Grady on the edge to stone a blitzer as Michigan goes play action waggle. Robinson uses the time afforded by Grady to find Roundtree breaking open at the back of the endzone; the throw is a little behind and low, forcing Roundtree to go down and dig it out. Catchable, but unnecessarily difficult; Roundtree can't bring it in. (MA, 2, protection 2/2)
O4 3 G Shotgun trips 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Run QB zone stretch Robinson 4
Robinson darts up in a crease between Dorrestein(+1) and lead blocker Shaw for a short touchdown. Rodriguez ticked at Shaw for something.
Drive Notes: Touchdown, 35-0, 12 min 2nd Q.
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Type Play Player Yards
M40 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Run Zone read stretch Grady 5
Schilling(-1) and Moosman(-1) fail to seal the playside DT on an attempted double, so Grady has little choice but to slam it up into him. They meet at the LOS, are joined by another Hornet, and Grady manages to grind forward for five yards.
M45 2 5 Shotgun 4-wide 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Run QB lead draw Robinson 9
Down-block double from Moosman and Huyge does get the playside DT blown out of this hole; Huyge(+1) then disconnects to take out one linebacker; Grady cracks the other. Robinson zips through the hole and ends up grinding a pile forward. Grady, okay, but man. When Robinson's doing that you've got issues.
O44 1 10 Ace 1 2 2 Base 4-3 Run Zone stretch Grady 9
Great cut block by Ortmann gets the backside DT to the ground and opens up a huge cutback lane as Koger blocks the WLB down the line and out of the hole and DSU flows too fast to the edge of the field. Grady cuts it behind, gets grabbed, and does his usual YAC thing.
O35 2 1 I-Form Twins 2 1 2 Base 4-3 Run Power off tackle Grady 7
Ortmann and Schilling down block and obliterate the playside DT; Koger kicks out the DE. Huyge pulls around but has no one to block because both DSU linebackers follow the FB outside. A filling safety brings Grady down.
O28 1 10 Ace 1 2 2 Base 4-3 Pass Waggle TE Post Webb 28
Play action fake again sucks up DSU almost wholly, leaving Webb in a sea of green wondering where everyone else is. He is Moeaki open. Robinson pulls up late and has a guy in his face, so the throw is harried and way way short. Coverage is so bad that it doesn't matter though. Robinson's problem on these is not seeing stuff fast enough, I think. (MA, 3, protection N/A)
Drive Notes: Touchdown, 42-0, 7 min 2nd Q.
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Type Play Player Yards
M17 1 10 I-Form 3-wide 2 0 3 Base 4-3 Run Iso Grady 26
Sheridan in. Okay: so. I've been half-assing it so far and now this is like 3/4ths assing it. Michigan runs a simple iso play that should be good for a few but for a corner shooting too far inside and letting Grady outside of the leverage, turning like four into a big play.
M43 1 10 I-Form 3-wide 2 0 3 Base 4-3 Run Zone stretch Moosman 6
Moosman(+1) seals away the playside DT and Schilling(+1) gets a very good second level block, springing Grady into the secondary. Quick fill from the safety and Grady's tendency to run right into filling safeties hold it down.
M49 2 4 I-Form 3-wide 2 0 3 Base 4-3 Run Iso Grady 5
Plowing ahead; decent filling from DSU holds it down, somewhat,
O46 1 10 Shotgun 4-wide 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Pass Hitch Stokes 9
Open, decent YAC. (CA, 3, protection 1/1)
O37 2 1 Shotgun trips 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Pass Bubble screen Grady(19) 9
A crappy throw Grady has to dig out; Webb got beat to the outside here but Grady(+1) makes that guy miss and zips outside the interior pursuit for a good gain. (MA, 2, screen)
O28 1 10 Shotgun 2-back 2 0 3 Base 4-3 Run Zone read stretch Smith 1
Huyge(-1) gets pushed into the backfield and basically defeated by the DSU DT, who's playing pretty well here. Smith can't run to the outside of him because the MLB has shot up through the gap developing between the playside guy and the DE, so he has to slow up, spinning through the MLB's arm tackle attempt and getting a yard out of nothing.
O27 2 9 Shotgun 2-back 2 0 3 Base 4-3 Pass PA deep hitch Savoy 20
Man, when Nick Sheridan surveys, finds nothing, starts rolling out, is pursued by a DE who can't catch him, and finds a wide open WR, you are not good. (CA+, 3, protection 1/1)
O7 1 G Shotgun 2-back 2 0 3 Base 4-3 Run Zone read stretch Grady(24) 7
McColgan, the backup FB—where is Moundros?--whiffs on a blitzing LB, which gets him on on Grady; Grady makes him miss, then jukes another guy, then scores. See above about not good.
Drive Notes: Touchdown, 49-0, 1 min 2nd Q. Last drive of half not charted. Shaw has a couple of nice runs. Charting stops here since the second team OL plays the entire second half. I'll chart certain plays of interest for the rest of the game.
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Type Play Player Yards
M49 `1 10 Shotgun 4-wide 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Pass PA TE cross Moore 16
Play action on which Brandon Moore just sort of drifts into a hole in the zone, making his first catch as a Wolverine. (CA, 3, protection 2/2)
O13 2 3 I-Form 3-wide 2 0 3 Base 4-3 Run Inside zone Smith 7
More top end savior faire from Smith; just grabbing this for the smooth cut again.
M8 1 10 I-Form 3-wide 2 0 3 Base 4-3 Run Outside zone Smith 15
Check the juke on the LB. Sweet.
M22 1 10 Shotgun trips 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Run Zone read stretch Smith 35
McAvoy gets blown back but Smith makes the most of it, bouncing off the problems and zipping upfield thanks to a crushing block from Mealer.
M26 1 10 Ace 1 2 2 Base 4-3 Pass Hitch Stokes 10
CONESTRAVAGANZA I: Stokes runs a hitch route at the sticks that Cone finds, but he leaves it short and forces Stokes to dig it out. (MA, 2, protection 2/2) Called back because Stoke lined up on the LOS.
M22 2 16 Shotgun 2-back 2 0 3 Base 4-3 Pass Skinny post Savoy 19
CONESTRAVAGANZA II: straight dropback, Cone ZINGS it to a seriously covered Savoy over the outstretched arm of a linebacker. Dude is all over Savoy's back but he reels it in anyway. That's right: (DO, 2, protection 2/2)
M43 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 2 0 3 Base 4-3 Run Zone read stretch Cox 57
McAvoy gets a seal of sorts and Ferrara manages to get a charging linebacker, so there's a small crease that Cox explodes into, easily outrunning the DSU safety for a touchdown.
O49 1 10 Shotgun trips 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Pass Bubble screen Reyes 4
CONE... okay he just throws a bubble. (CA, 3, screen)
O45 3 6 Shotgun 4-wide 1 1 3 Base 4-3 Pass Seam Reyes 39
CONESTRAVAGANZA III: Dang, man. Reyes runs a seam route past his LB cover guy, doesn't get much separation, and then Cone just drops it in as perfectly as you can. I'm not fudging this it all: (DO, 3, protection 2/2)

So, um, charts?


(Hennechart legend; MA is "marginal", screen results are in parens.)


Western Michigan 2 14 1 2 1 2 - 3
Notre Dame 5 20 (6) 2 4 3 3 - 4
Eastern Michigan 1 8 (2) 1 1 (1) 1 4 (1) - -
Indiana 3 13 (3) 1 (1) 2 5 3 - 2
Michigan State 5 19 (3) 2 4 3 3 - 5
Iowa 1 8(1) 1 3 (2) 2 3 2 2
Delaware State - 2 (1) - - - - - -


Western Michigan - 1 1 1 2 - - -
Eastern Michigan - 1 1 (1) 2 (1) - - - -
Indiana - 1 1 (1) - - - - -
Michigan State - - - - - 2 - -
Iowa 1 2 - - 1 1 - -
Delaware State - 2 2 - - - - -

I'd love to see some Hennechart visualization of those babies.

Wait, why are you providing charts for this one but not the other one?

Offense has a number of defense-independent things. Did you throw the ball in the right place? To an open guy? Did said guy catch it? Etc. It's slightly useful to have the numbers. The defense numbers are not useful at all. 

Also, several readers threatened terrible things if I didn't provide this:


Delaware State 2 1 1 - - - - -

Dang, son, do work:


This Game Totals
Player 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 3
Hemingway - - - - 3 - 1/2 7/7
Mathews - - - 1/1 7 1/4 1/2 7/7
Stonum - - - 1/1 2 1/3 3/4 10/10
Savoy - - 1/1 1/1 2 - 1/2 4/4
Odoms - - - 1/1 4 1/3 4/6 13/14
Grady-19 - - 1/1 1/1 2 - 2/2 9/12
Roundtree - - 0/1 - 3 - 1/3 -
Stokes - - 1/1 1/1 - - 1/1 1/1
Koger - - - - - 3/4 3/4 6/7
Webb - - - 1/1 1 - - 3/4
Minor - - - - - - - 1/1
Brown - - - - - 1/3 1/1 5/6
Shaw - - - - - - 0/1 -
Smith - - - - - - - -
Grady-24 - - - - - - - 1/1

Not exactly a hugely challenging game but they didn't screw up. Roundtree's incompletion was a borderline 1/2.

And a very teeny protection metric:


As they say, nothing to see here.

Anything of note on this side of the ball?

Yeah, some stuff. It's a lot easier to pick out interesting plays against overmatched opponents when Michigan is running the ball lots. The good:

  • Vincent Smith showed top-end shiftiness and looks like he'll be a solid back. I compared him to Mike Hart on Monday, and think that remains a pretty good comparison. He's also got a little Noel Devine in him; the way he darts through crevices and effortlessly shifts around traffic is reminiscent of the WVU star. He appears to lack Devine's fifth—or eighth—gear, but he's delivered more pop to defenders in one game than Devine has in three years. He'll be something less than a star but he can be very productive.
  • Denard Robinson completed some passes yay.
  • And, of course: CONER.

The bad:

  • Robinson left both touchdown passes well short. Against other teams those may have been incompletions or worse. He also left a ball to Robinson well short, turning an easy touchdown into a drop. He didn't do much to dispel the idea of him as a one-trick pony. Pretty good trick, though.
  • I was a little bothered by how often Delaware State DTs, especially #95 Tyron Hurst, beat Michigan OL on stretch blocking, forcing those smooth backside cuts from Smith. Part of that could be Michigan being very predictable and DSU selling out to contain the stretch, but I didn't think the interior OL had a great day.




Dude. 63 points, why ask that question?

I always ask it.

Yeah, well, maybe you need to re-evaluate your life some.

Don't go all sanctionious on me here. We've had enough of that for one week.

Fine, fine.

What does it mean for Penn State, and the future?

Not much other than the tailback position should be in good hands for the next few years.

Upon Further Review: Defense vs Delaware State

Upon Further Review: Defense vs Delaware State

Submitted by Brian on October 22nd, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Personnel notes: Um, well, there were a lot of them. The most interesting things from my perspective: Sagesse reclaimed his spot as the backup NT, and Kovacs was the deep safety whenever Michigan went to eight-man fronts, which was frequently. Kenny Demens and Brandon Smith didn't even see the field, IIRC. And James Rogers moved to corner.

On with the very boring show:

Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Play Player Yards
O5 1 10 Ace 4-4 under Run Dive Mouton -1
No one gets out on linebackers, leaving Mouton(+1) free to hit it up in the intended hole; Graham(+1) zips around two blockers to meet the Delawarian in the backfield; Roh there too.
O4 2 11 Shotgun 2-back twins 4-4 under Run Zone read stretch Roh 0
Roh(+1) flows down the line into the path of the tailback; Martin(+1) avoids a cut block and flows down the line to tackle on the cutback
O4 3 11 Shotgun 2-back twins 4-4 under Pass Screen Martin Inc
Martin spying on it and there to tackle immediately if its caught, but it isn't. (Cover +1)
Drive Notes: Punt, 0-0, 14 min 1st Q.
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Play Player Yards
O29 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 4-4 under Run Inside zone Graham 0
Martin(+1) slants past a guard, causing a cutback; Graham(+1) has also sliced past his blocker and tackles(+1) for no gain.
O29 2 10 Shotgun 4-wide 4-3 under split Run Inside zone Mouton 3
Linebackers flanked outside of the DL here, which I've seen before and will now attempt to deliniate as you see above. Same play as the last one; Graham(+0.5) again gets playside of his guy, causing a cutback. Mouton was blitzing, sees the handoff, and closes down on the cutback to tackle.
O32 3 7 Shotgun trips bunch 4-3 under Pass Hitch -- Inc
Quick three step drop finds a guy open for a few yards; it's dropped. Probably not a first down even if reeled in.
Drive Notes: Punt, 7-0, 10 min 1st Q.
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Play Player Yards
O20 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 4-4 under Pass Throwaway Martin Inc
Martin(+1, pressure +1) zips past the G and gets instant pressure on the QB; he responds by chucking a long, covered (+1) out route well OOB.
O20 2 10 Shotgun trips 4-3 under Pass Screen Heininger Inc
Heininger(+1) reads it and hangs back in the throwing lane; the QB turfs it in response.
O20 3 10 Shotgun 4-wide stacks 4-3 under Pass Out Warren 5
Complete, but well short of the first down and with no chance of getting one.
Drive Notes: Blocked punt, defensive TD, 21-0, 7 min 1st Q. Here it is, you sick bastards.
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Play Player Yards
O10 1 10 Shotgun 4-wide stacks 4-3 under split Run Draw Ezeh -2
Timing on this is really poor; develops super slow. Sagesse takes a double, as does RVB, leaving Ezeh(+1) wide open to read the play, shoot through a big hole, and tackle with help from Sagesse in the backfield.
O8 2 12 Shotgun trips Base 3-3-5 Run Inside zone Van Bergen 1
RVB is left unblocked and Sagesse(+0.5) cuts off the frontside so he can read the QB and close down on the handoff no problem. (Tackling +1)
O9 3 11 Shotgun trips Base 3-3-5 Pass Out Woolfolk 10
Am I going to give a minus here? I think so, actually. Woolfolk(-1) is play way far off of this, which means that this ten-yard throw could get turned up for the first down if it was more accurate. It's a marginal throw, though, and it pulls the receiver off his feet as he brings it in. (Cover -1)
Drive Notes: Punt, 21-0, 5 min 1st Q.
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Play Player Yards
O19 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 4-3 under Pass RB flat Heininger Inc
Heininger(+1) bats it down. Williams(+1, cover +1) was going to crush this for little or no gain anyway.
O19 2 10 Shotgun trips Base 3-3-5 Pass Out Williams Inc
Three-man rush and a short drop so no pressure(-1); receiver is just open at the sticks but cannot come down in bounds; Williams in good not great zone coverage.
O19 3 10 Shotgun 4-wide stacks 4-3 under split Pass Scramble Graham 6
Graham's(-0.5) pass rush move is to the inside and doesn't work; Ezeh is blitzing up the same lane. This induces a scramble from the QB, an unnecessary one, and gives him a lane to run up into. Williams(+0.5) tracks him down and tackles(+1)
Drive Notes: Punt, 3 min 1st Q.
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Play Player Yards
O24 1 10 Shotgun 2TE 4-4 under Run Zone read stretch Fitzgerald -1
Starting to rotate already, and hey, Fitzgerald(+1) does well here, reading the play and zipping up in a small crease that forms as Banks(+1) gets playside of his guy and into the backfield. DSU's ponderous tailback has to kick it outside, where there's help; game over, man.
O23 2 11 Shotgun 4-wide stacks 4-3 under Pass Out Mouton 3 (+15 pen)
A nothing play that's covered(+1) well; tackle made by mouton but he grabs the facemask, giving DSU its first first down.
O41 1 10 Shotgun empty 2TE 4-3 under Pass Out Brown Inc
Brown(+1) bats the pass down on a blitz (pressure +1); illegal formation declined.
O41 2 10 Shotgun 4-wide stacks 4-4 under Pass Bubble screen Warren 1
Warren(+1) shoots past the lazy, inept block attempt from the DSU WR out there and tackles(+1).
O42 3 9 Shotgun empty Base 3-3-5 Pass Sack Graham -5
Three-man rush but Graham(+2) comes tearing around the corner to sack.
Drive Notes: Punt, 28-0, 1 min 1st Q.
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Play Player Yards
O10 1 10 Shotgun trips 4-3 under Run Inside zone Van Bergen -2
Possibly more of an RB messup than a great play as Sagesse got blown back by a double team and there seemed like some possibility they could get some yards here. RVB(+1) does beat a guy into the backfield, causing a cutback into Roh and doom.
O8 2 12 Shotgun trips 4-3 under Pass Angle Williams 7 + 15 pen
Williams(-1, cover -1) gets bumped by a releasing TE, which opens up a little angle route under it that he's not close enough to to close on before the guy can rack up some YAC. He then misses a tackle and picks up another facemask call.
O32 1 10 Shotgun 2TE 4-4 under Pass Hitch Ezeh 12 (pen -15)
Simple hitch for five or so gets turned into more because Ezeh(-1, cover -1) is late reading and arriving, overrunning the play and letting a DSU TE zip up for eight more. A legit chop block call on DSU brings it back; Sagesse got the brunt.
O17 1 25 Shotgun trips 4-3 under Pass Angle Leach Inc
Same angle route they ran just two play ago; it goes through the RB's hands. Leach was coming up and this looked like a minimal gain. (Cover +1)
O17 2 25 Shotgun 3-wide 4-3 under Penalty Delay of game -- -5
Baby seal, no!
O12 2 30 Shotgun trips 4-3 under Pass Out Woolfolk 5
Two guys there, small gain, okay. (Cover +1)
O17 3 25 Shotgun 3-wide Base 3-3-5 Run QB draw -- 7
Give up and punt.
Drive Notes: Punt, 42-0, 9 min 2nd Q
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Play Player Yards
O44 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 4-3 under Run Zone counter dive Graham 3
They us it against us! Sort of! They actually block Graham and use the pulling h-back on Mouton; a crease opens up as Graham(-1) got caught outside. Kovacs, unblocked, fills after a few.
O47 2 7 Shotgun 3-wide 4-3 under split Pass Out Jones 6
Teric Jones in for Woolfolk, as Woolfolk has tweaked his ankle. Jones gets run off but does close to tackle immediately on the catch, so, hey, not terrible.
M47 3 1 Shotgun 3-wide 4-3 under Pass Sack Graham -5
Graham(+1) avoids a lame cut attempt and after the quick throw is covered(+1) comes in to crush the QB.
Drive Notes: Punt, 42-0, 5 min 2nd Q.
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Play Player Yards
M23 1 10 Shotgun 4-wide stacks 3-3-5 Stack Pass Corner -- 19
QB has plenty of time (pressure -1) and manages to thread a needle between Jones and Williams, hitting his WR a moment before he heads OOB. Um... good job, Hornets?
M4 1 G Shotgun 3-wide 4-3 under Pass Throwaway -- Inc
Plenty of time (pressure -1) but no one open, so a roll. Still no one open, still no one. Throws it away. (Cover +2)
M4 2 G Shotgun trips 4-3 under Pass Hitch Leach Inc
Leach comes on a good delayed blitz (+1, pressure +1) that gets to the QB, who attempts to throw it but ends up turfing it because he was hit as he threw. Coverage(+1) was good so that was probably for the best.
M4 3 G Shotgun trips 4-3 under Pass Dumpoff -- 0
Strange cut blocking ends up with a billion people chasing the QB, who can't find anyone (cover +1) and eventually dumps it to the RB, who is swarmed.
Drive Notes: FG(21), 49-3, EO1H. Charting stops. Certain second-half plays of interest are below.
Ln Dn Ds O Form D Form Type Play Player Yards
O36 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 4-3 under Pass Hitch Jones 11
Representative of Jones' play; plays off, doesn't make plays on the ball does tackle after the catch. Obviously needs work.
O38 3 1 Shotgun 2TE 4-4 under Run Inside zone Fitzgerald 0
Hey, this is pretty good from Fitzgerald(+1), who recognizes the play, finds a hole in the line, shoots through it, and tackles. Taking that opportunity represents some progress.
O49 1 10 Shotgun 2TE 4-4 under Pass Stop & Go Jones 42
No to pick on the guy, but the story of the second half on D is DSU just going at Jones again and again. I'm surprised he wasn't given a redshirt.
O22 1 10 Shotgun trips 4-3 under Run Zone read stretch Campbell 21
Freshman and all that sure but man Campbell just doesn't know what he's doing here. I'm down on the guy. I'm sorry if that makes me pessimistic.
O44 2 9 Shotgun 2TE Twins 4-4 under Run Zone read stretch Banks -4
Banks(+2) cuts under his blocker and bursts into the backfield to tackle.

So… about that.

Yeah. About that.

Is there anything at all you can draw from this performance?



Well… I guess Brandon Graham is still awesome. Teric Jones got torn up by DSU, which isn't a surprise since he's a true freshman who was a tailback in high school and never saw a snap on defense. I'm shocked he's not redshirting. And Will Campbell was a primary reason Michigan got gashed on a zone stretch play late. I totally understand why he's a goal-line only guy right now. I know he's a true freshman and all that but I'm starting to get concerned he will not live up to the considerable hype. That would score one for ESPN's scouting service, BTW.

Other than that… no. There is nothing. I guess we know that Justin Turner is definitively redshirting.



What do you mean, "no"?

Man, there's no point. I only did the first half and the backups were in by then. Here's your chart.



Um. Everyone.


I guess if you want to pick on the freshman corner or something you can.

What does it mean for Penn State and beyond?

Absolutely nothing.