WTKA Roundtable 11/9/2017: The Capron Conspiracy

WTKA Roundtable 11/9/2017: The Capron Conspiracy

Submitted by Seth on November 10th, 2017 at 7:01 AM

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Things discussed:

  • Craig discovers a ref who’s been screwing Michigan for 114 years.
  • What-ifs: Lew Alcindor, Antonio Bass
  • Minnesota’s secondary was all kinds of out of position—not a good test.
  • Is inside zone dead and buried? No, but this is a power team now because the guard play, and JBB is moving dudes.
  • Once Michigan has a passing game, they’ll be able to really punish guys like Wisconsin’s 2nd corner, who got toasted by Simmie Cobbs.
  • Khaleke Hudson’s big day; Winovich would like to know where his stats went.
  • Is Michigan backing off Ohio? Michigan is recruiting Michigan and treating the rest of the U.S. as the rest of the U.S. No approach is all upside.
  • What happened in Iowa City? Penn State and Michigan State have bad pass defenses that have been sheltered by the Big Ten.

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

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MGoPodcast 9.10: Footloose and Fancy Free

MGoPodcast 9.10: Footloose and Fancy Free

Submitted by Seth on November 6th, 2017 at 8:13 AM

1 hour and 29 minutes

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[Patrick Barron]

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

We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

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1. Weatherfeels and Offense

starts at 1:00

Wetfeels: Brian’s 20-year streak of going to home games ends; Thanks Delany. Shout out to Black Engineer for tracking this: 20 commercial breaks, which is twice an appropriate limit. Did not play even 5 minutes of football between commercial breaks, couldn’t even get to 9 minutes of real time.

Offense: he Indiana split flow counter worked all night—we were actually getting annoyed with the Minnesota linebackers screwing that up. Manball approach took advantage of DBs who couldn’t run support. Running game is now consistently getting to ol’Stanford/Wisconsin levels. JBB is still an awful pass protector. Higdon’s long speed is impressive (>>>). Passing game look extant and functional early, later was just eating sacks, and unnecessary.

2. Defense

starts at 27:38

They completed three passes and gave up five sacks—you really have to work to find complaints here. They kept running the wildcat despite that not working at all. Khaleke Hudson finally got a chance to be hitman. Might have been robbed of the grounding sack; if that’s the case he passes Foote with 3 sacks and 7.5 TFLs in a single game. Some of that was attacking the not-mesh. Like a shark. Hurst was Hurstian.

Metellus ejected for nothing—least equal offsetting penalties ever.

3. Brian’s Wet Gophers: Hoops & Hockey

starts at 44:50

The guys read my joke Lantana read verbatim because they’re deranged. Do you know who else is deranged? Spencer Tillman.

Hoops takes: Mathews (GVSU caveat) might be the real deal. Duncan Robinson is Duncan Robinson. Zavier Simpson started over Simmons; that probably won’t last. Expect Simmons to win that with Z regularly in. Working on transition a lot. Teske rebounds, knows his way around the court, has some passing skills.

Hockey: Michigan doubled up Ferris in shots, earned a win and OT loss. Lack of skill up front came back to bite them. Marody coming into his own at least. At-large conversation. It’s fun to go to Yost again.

4. Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

starts at 1:03:00

Chaos reigns in Iowa: JT Barrett made a statement in the Heisman race, which is that J.K. Dobbins was getting 8 ypc and they forgot to give him the ball. Josh Jackson is so good. Wadley finally got loose. Northwestern plays for OT with a 7-point lead because he always wins in OT. Maryland is down to an Air Force quarterback. Did Purdue put it on Lovie Smith? Indiana made it a game with Wisconsin. Penn State and Michigan State both discovered the other doesn’t have a secondary: 103 passing attempts in a rainy game.

MUSIC:

  • “I Ran”—Flock of Seagulls
  • “Sunglasses at Night”—Corey Hart
  • “Source”—Fever the Ghost
  • “Across 110th Street”

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Likes vodka. He’s a shark. He’s a Belgian shark. He likes chocolate and cycling.

MGoRadio 3.8: The Little Brown Growler

MGoRadio 3.8: The Little Brown Growler

Submitted by Seth on November 3rd, 2017 at 7:17 PM

1 hour 23 minutes

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Note there are 8 cups in this photo, and only 4 are coming home with me, so some of you who were here stole my cups you cup-thieving bastards. Drop them off at Bear Claw from your Cadillac while wearing black goggles and jumpsuits and all is forgiven.

SPONSORS!

The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, Lantana Hummus and Ecotelligent Homes

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1. Jug Tales, with Greg Dooley of MVictors

starts at 1:00

The origins of the oldest and greatest rivalry trophy were way more normal than the legends, but there are some really good legends, like the time the Jug was stolen by some frat guys and they pretended to have found one.

2. Rutgers After UFR

starts at 21:45

Let’s talk about Peters: not just an O’Korn versus Purdue game. We nitpick because that’s what we do. The power running game and the tweaks to it were really encouraging.

3. Gimmicky Top Five: Other Things That Would Lose to Rutgers

starts at 39:10

We welcome MGoBlog sponsor/business attorney Richard Hoeg of Hoeg Law to try to help out Mr. Emmert in his goal of giving the NCAA some credibility again.

4. Minnesota Preview with Disinterested Ben

starts at 1:06:14

Ben Mathis-Lilly of Slate is here so we stuck a mic on him while we preview Minnesota and not the things that BML talks about because who wants to talk about that? Brian and Ben apparently, because I have great takes from watching Iowa-Minnesota that I want to share and they’re all “Hey, 15-month-year-olds, what’s up with that?”

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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. “Little Brown Jug”, some stupid songs Seth downloaded, and “Across 110th Street”.

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WTKA Roundtable 11/2/2017: There’s Rain and Then There’s Rainman

WTKA Roundtable 11/2/2017: There’s Rain and Then There’s Rainman

Submitted by Seth on November 3rd, 2017 at 7:49 AM

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[Patrick Barron]

Then he's going to throw a touchdown and it's like ooh he's calm and collected again.

Things discussed:

  • The Petersing! Exciting to see he was hitting his checkdowns, varying speeds. So calm and cool. O’Korn had a particularly bad game to get himself pulled. The margins here are small: don’t get carried away.
  • Good idea to wait until Rutgers?
  • How did O’Korn stay ahead of this guy? There are practice guys: Bolden memorized the offense but didn't learn how to play football. Could be that explains O'Korn's practice performance vs his on-field performance.
  • The Peters Progression: Spring game was just the lunch menu. His sister went through the leadership crucible at Purdue in volleyball. He was so cool, laid back, Yzermanian even.
  • Section 38 has three dancers. Scott Childers wants to get the whole section dancing.
  • The ground game mauled people. Felt so good.
  • Hey remember Rich Rod?
  • Ohio State vs. Penn State: no, Don, we aren’t happy about it. Barrett looked like a Heisman player in that one—definitely not like he looked when they played Oklahoma.
  • Is the run game sustainable? If the passing game can keep the safeties off yes, because they’re blocking well.
  • Minnesota: the weather could screw Michigan by taking away the part of the game where we’re superior.

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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MGoPodcast 9.9: An Off-Putting Person

MGoPodcast 9.9: An Off-Putting Person

Submitted by Seth on October 30th, 2017 at 7:58 AM

1 hour and 27 minutes

It's nice to be surprised that a quarterback did something poorly.

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[Marc-Grégor Campredon]

1. Offense

starts at 1:00

The turning point was that outside Higdon run where a different guy handed off to him. Peters can go soft or rocket it in there depending on the situation. The bad: all explainable and freshmany. The good: ALL THE REST! May be some John O’Korn vs Purdue caveats. Running game: McKeon is becoming a big run masher. Big sets worked against a weak run defense. Everyone on the OL kicked someone’s ass. Everybody rooting for Kareem Walker. Drevno

2. Defense

starts at 29:28

Back to usual: rooting to keep them under 200 yards. Ban skill player wildcats. One drive was the Grant run, one drive was Rescigno going unstoppable throw god and almost getting sacked on the MSU thowback screen. Gary went off. Rutgers sacked on 20% of dropbacks. Aubrey got the start. Gary can jump high. Cornerbacks ignored again.

3. Special Teams & Feelingsball

starts at 43:38

Jim Delany ruins Big Ten football to enrich himself—fans left the stadium because the commercial breaks were coming at a 4 to 1 ad minutes per game minute ratio at that point. Suggest soccer-style ads and play football. Internet Raj does not consider 4th down spot karma against Rutgers a 1 for 1 trade.

4. Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

starts at 57:00

Let’s talk about the big game this week, after we talk about road dog Nebraska pulling it out against Purdue, and Minnesota-Iowa kindly waiting for the 3:30 games to end before having anything that we need to watch. Wisconsin beat Illinois by throwing to their left tackle. Penn State-Ohio State: I hate those guys. Prevent Fitzgerald invites doom, replay officials tried to help MSU too on the Felton Davis fade.

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MUSIC:

  • “Locked in the Truck of a Car”—The Tragically Hip
  • “Time Has Come Today”—The Chambers Brothers
  • “Justin Scott”—Big K.R.I.T.
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoRadio 3.7: Dramatically Improved and Still Below Average

MGoRadio 3.7: Dramatically Improved and Still Below Average

Submitted by Seth on October 27th, 2017 at 6:53 PM

1 hour 22 minutes

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Excuse me sir, I found your column banal and infuriating.

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The Sponsors

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, Lantana Hummus and Ecotelligent Homes

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1. Penn State After UFR

starts at 1:00

Defense got got: Penn State mitigated the DL, confused the LBs, and ignored the cornerbacks. Trace McSorley had his unstoppable throw god game. Nitpicks from getting picked apart by the Nits: don’t play an RPO team with your safeties at 15 yards, or get McCray on a Barkley-like object. Offense was some improvement, still a long way to go. Line calls look screwy: is Kugler to blame?

2. A Refuse Repartee with John U. Bacon

starts at 24:17

The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism comes out soon and Bacon just Before we start, dear listener, I want you to imagine your over/under for how many minutes it takes us to:

a) say “Shut up, John”
b) mention Dave Brandon
c) call Bacon “Dave”

Also we talk about about WWI soldier, ladies’ man, ancestral pirate, amateur surgeon, hockey coach, machine gun officer, and hero.

3. Gimmicky Top Five: Other Things That Would Lose to Rutgers

starts at 52:48

Brian takes issue with people who reply in gifs, Seth takes issue with everyone who ever talks on the internet about anything, ever. Princeton has to deal with some awful red version of Sparty trying to steal their artillery. Hillary would lose to Rutgers.

4. Rutgers Preview

starts at 1:06:00

Ross Douglas in a Jake Ryan role is not going well. The defensive tackles are big and the noses are more than solid. Michigan should be able to flip the strength of the formation, blow out Turay, and run power to the house enough times to get Brandon Peters some snaps. Their offense is three running plays and can’t get the ball to Janarion Grant. We strongly suggest Michigan’s special teams also avoid doing so.

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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. This week our bumper music was provided by the (A+) Machines because they gave me a sampler back when our bands played a show together. The songs are “Antidote”, “Any Given Day”, and “Come Back Swinging”. Plus as always “Across 110th Street”.

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WTKA Roundtable 10/26/2017: You Can’t Get What You Want ‘Till You Know What You Want

WTKA Roundtable 10/26/2017: You Can’t Get What You Want ‘Till You Know What You Want

Submitted by Seth on October 27th, 2017 at 8:20 AM

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[Eric Upchurch]

Things discussed:

  • Penn State played a very good game; Michigan played an uncharacteristically bad one.
  • Michigan was expecting the Barkley at QB thing; Gary just got too far upfield.
  • Playing safeties at 15 yards is asking for run-pass-options in your face
  • PSU hit their bombs; why can’t we chuck it to the 6’8” guy?
  • Trace McSorley has been lucky previously; he was flat-out good in this one.
  • Don’t put McCray on Dudes. Guys? Fine. Not dudes.
  • Cornerbacks not tested after Long’s pick; played entire game in slots.
  • Uncharacteristically Michigan lost one-on-one battles on the DL in this one
  • Brian calls Craig Ed. Ed-Craig likens running quarterbacks to guerilla warfare. Ed-Craig listens to punk rock and opera. Joe Jackson narrowly edges out the 5th century BCE’s Caíndelbáin al Óengusa of the Cholmain clan of the southern Ui Niall as the greatest musician in Ed-Craig’s 3,001 years on this planet.
  • Devin Bush had a bad game.
  • Brian is taller than Grant Perry.
  • Can’t live without a passing game—safeties are 8 yards off the line of scrimmage.
  • Peters won’t start but this is the game to get him on the field
  • Jose says the defense has performed poorly in 10 of their 7 games.
  • Personnel issues, not coaching issues.
  • McCaffrey vs. Peters: Brandon has the golden arm, McCaffrey has to grow physically but has an edge as a runner and natural swagger.
  • One-minute hoops takes.

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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    MGoPodcast 9.8: The Emperor’s New Mattress Column

    MGoPodcast 9.8: The Emperor’s New Mattress Column

    Submitted by Seth on October 24th, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    1 hour and 16 minutes

    Scheduling note: A day late because Ace had to get home from Pennsylvania, where they don’t let you buy food with credit cards.

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    [Patrick Barron]

    We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

    We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

    Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad,Human Element, Lantana Hummus and new this week introducing Ecotelligent Homes

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    1. Offense

    starts at 15:00 (uh…yup, unless you want takes on dead bugs and McDonalds)

    Improvement to less than mediocre. Sacks 50/50 between OL and O’Korn not getting rid of the ball. PSU took away the run by playing it tight, and passing O went how it is. Coaching this team has to be a special kind of hell for Pep Hamilton. We’ll see Peters eventually. Yelling “accountability” on the internet totally works guys. Big reason we want Michigan to win is to stop the stupid takes.

    2. The Defense

    starts at 28:00

    Good news: Joe Moorhead is going to be a head coach elsewhere next year. McSorley played out of his mind. You’d think after watching Dalvin Cook vs. McCray they wouldn’t let that matchup happen with Barkley, but they did—Hudson blitzes were too aggressive. Barkley as the QB was a really good idea, good example of how to use a guy worth overreacting to.

    3. Hockey

    starts at 44:53

    Michigan peppered Vermont on Friday for not much to show for it, then got some lucky goals on Saturday. Team looks like what we hoped they’d be: not very talented but defense is solid and they get after it. Lockwood is super-fast. Hughes trying to do too much but does cool stuff.

    4. Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

    starts at 58:41

    Would Maryland take John O’Korn? Would Illinois? Would Rutgers? Minnesota? Northwestern? Would…omigod…most of the conference? Akrum Wadley has mad talent and can’t get out of the backfield. Illinois is all true freshmen and Jeff George Jr. Rutgers had 212 yards and 8 first downs…and won? Purdue couldn’t convert a 3rd or 4th down for their lives. Mike DeBord runs three straight inside zones and punts on 4th and 2. Also two QB draws then threw a fade to not Cobbs. Also a ref jobbing for MSU. LJ Scott had a 7-play suspension: one for each arrest. Wisconsin had just 9 drives, averaged 8 plays per drive.

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    MUSIC:

    • “Mattress”—Atmosphere
    • “Ultralight Beam”—Kanye West
    • “Lights Follow”—Matthew Heath and Grady Griggs
    • “Across 110th Street”

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    MGoRadio 3.6: Up Down Same

    MGoRadio 3.6: Up Down Same

    Submitted by Seth on October 19th, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    1 hour, 30 minutes

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    The Sponsors

    We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

    Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, Lantana Hummus and Ecotelligent Homes

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    1. Indiana After UFR

    starts at 0:25

    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

    starts at 28:24

    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

    starts at 52:05

    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

    starts at 1:10:20

    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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    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. This week our bumper music was provided by the Beatles on Ukulele Project.

    • “Fixing a Hole” by the Repairmen
    • “Paperback Writer” by the Noble Three
    • “Back in the U.S.S.R. by A.L.X.
    • “Across 110th Street”

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    WTKA Roundtable 10/19/2017: Détente

    WTKA Roundtable 10/19/2017: Détente

    Submitted by Seth on October 19th, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Reminder, we have a live podcast at 5 p.m. TONIGHT at THE JOLLY PUMPKIN and NICK HOPWOOD of PEAK WEALTH MANAGEMENT is buying BEER for YOU!

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    [Marc-Grégor Campredon]

    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.

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