Unverified Voracity is Rested, Fresh, Healthy

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Brian October 24th, 2018 at 1:14 PM

Yes sir I will subscribe to this newsletter. This Week In Schadenfreude spends all its time with Ohio State:

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I need a break from this noncents. Gonna hang with my 2 boys or take the broad out for mini golf. I need to repriotoeoeize my life.

… I…

Okay. Thank you.

Gary details. Rashan Gary's mom decided to put all the cards on the table in re: Gary's injury. Executive summary: he got hurt before Notre Dame, aggravated it by falling on the shoulder in the Northwestern game, and was told that he needed 4-6 weeks for the injury to heal. Penn State is 5 weeks, Rutgers 6. He is not pulling a Bosa. The end.

A terrifying glimpse inside the program. Stephen Spanellis reveals Ben Herbert's mantra:

They seem to like the guy, at least? Enough to photoshop him into things?

No lies detected. Sterile giant fields surrounded by empty buildings and Buffalo Wild Wings, is what Jordan Poole just saw:

“I had never been to Michigan State before, and their campus was awful – it’s trash,” Poole said. “It was just dry.

There's actually a giant, interesting thread on the RCMB about this very thing dating back a couple years. Folks are openly envious of Ann Arbor's ability to put up new buildings, which… hoo boy, that says something about East Lansing NIMBYs.

Okay, here's a hype video. Needs more Metellus skipping but otherwise I will allow it.

Metellus grade. Michigan's safeties are one of only two spots on the defense that seem even a little permeable—DT is the other—but even there Michigan has a guy grading out very well per PFF:

S Josh Metellus, 76.7 Overall Grade

While coverage metrics aren’t typically the best to look at when discussing safety play, Metellus’ play in coverage is certainly deserving of highlighting here. He holds an absurd 5.7 passer rating allowed to opposing receivers, which leads all defensive backs with at least 135 snaps in coverage. He has not allowed a single touchdown this season to go with three interceptions and is allowing just 31.6% of passes thrown his way to be hauled in. In coverage from the slot, he’s allowed just a 13.8 passer rating and has two of his three picks.

That rating has to be giving Metellus credit for all his INTs like he was in coverage on those throws. He was not on two, which were deflected by David Long and Lawrence Marshall. So don't focus on the passer rating, focus on the grade, which is All Big Ten-level.

In other PFF stuff, Gary has dropped out of their first round and Devin Bush has slid to #32 on their draft board. The first is pretty obvious. The second… uh?

[After the JUMP: glacing owlishly]

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Western Michigan Postgame Presser: Jim Harbaugh

Western Michigan Postgame Presser: Jim Harbaugh Comment Count

Ethan Sears September 8th, 2018 at 10:03 PM

Things Discussed

  • The offensive line played well
  • Some insight into Shea Patterson's performance
  • Injury updates on Aubrey Solomon and Lawrence Marshall
  • A special teams question!

[After THE JUMP: Shea Patterson hype, except it actually happened in a game]

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Draftageddon: The Special Teams Edition

Draftageddon: The Special Teams Edition Comment Count

Seth August 30th, 2018 at 9:39 AM

This is the final round of this year's All Big Ten roundtablish preview. It's short and you don't need to read it and we might have skipped it altogether except it's bumping the Offensive Tackles preview off the front page. You're welcome.

Previously:

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KICKER

Ace: Get healthy soon, Rafael Gaglianone’s back.

Seth: Just because we can't escape them this year. Dude's going to break every record because he got a season's worth of kicking into the season he got medshirted.

Ace: …if he gets healthy.

Ace: Otherwise, it’s Quinn Nordin or OSU’s Sean Neurnberger, I think?

Seth: Nope, there's another guy from the Big Ten West. Purdue has twitter legend who transferred from Baylor and was really good last year.

Ace: That is a long field goal.

Seth: Evans missed three long ones last year and that was it I think. Brohm doesn't kick field goals unless he has to.

Ace: lmao I had my laptop hooked to my speakers and my brother’s dog fell off the couch when I hit play. (She does this not infrequently.)

BiSB: Miguel Recinos was 11/13 for Iowa. And Iowa will kick them some field goals.

Seth: Anyway WILD THING is going to be the best kicker in the country or terrible and there's nothing in between.

BiSB: Yep, he's #1 with a bullet.

Ace: Northwestern had a freshman who went 13/15.

Seth: Charlie Kuhbander. Does he punt too? That's a great punter name.

No offense to banders/benders.

Ace: None taken. I would’ve happily been a punter.

Speaking of which,

[AFTER THE JUMP]

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Upon Further Review 2017: Special Teams vs Ohio State

Upon Further Review 2017: Special Teams vs Ohio State Comment Count

Adam Schnepp December 1st, 2017 at 12:00 PM

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someday I hope to be as happy as Robert Landers (far left) [Fuller]

Ohio State’s punt coverage team is pretty good. Drue Chrisman, Ohio State’s punter, is really good. As a unit, they’ve allowed four returned punts for a total of 55 yards this season. Forty-two of those yards came on this play.

[After THE JUMP: more on both returners, parsing the punting, appreciating James Foug]

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Upon Further Review 2017: Special Teams vs Wisconsin

Upon Further Review 2017: Special Teams vs Wisconsin Comment Count

Adam Schnepp November 24th, 2017 at 6:32 PM

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[Fuller]

Formation/substitution notes: Uche made an impact, charting for the first time after (per the official site) playing on ST the previous two weeks and against Air Force. Had to look that up because I thought this was the first week they were using him on kickoff.

Otherwise, things remained the same. Michigan brought pressure on their punts when they had Wisconsin pinned deep, otherwise dropping at least one man post-snap. They doubled a gunner on punt return coverage once again this week; Wisconsin was deep in their own territory, and it worked fairly well.

[After THE JUMP: what could be more BIG TENNNN than the mere existence of a ST UFR? EXTENSIVE DISCUSSION OF THE PUNNNTTTTEEERRRR]

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Upon Further Review 2017: Special Teams vs Maryland

Upon Further Review 2017: Special Teams vs Maryland Comment Count

Adam Schnepp November 17th, 2017 at 10:04 AM

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[Paul Sherman]

Substitution/formation notes: Michigan lined up a gunner in the slot…

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…and then motioned him in. In this instance he carries the Maryland player lined up across from him into the middle, and he taps his lineman to let him know which gap he’s in.

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Michigan used this motion again later in the game, though that time they had the gunner motion across the entire formation and then head downfield.

[After THE JUMP: A Eurostep punt block? Head to the comments, you titan of special teams nomenclature]

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Upon Further Review: Special Teams vs Indiana

Upon Further Review: Special Teams vs Indiana Comment Count

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

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[Fuller]

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

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

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Upon Further Review 2017: Special Teams vs Michigan State

Upon Further Review 2017: Special Teams vs Michigan State Comment Count

Adam Schnepp October 13th, 2017 at 5:03 PM

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[Fuller]

Substitution/Formation Notes: With regard to substitutions, the big one is Ambry Thomas taking over as the primary kick returner. We saw this in the second half against Purdue and, after this game and Chris Partridge’s comments this week, it seems like it’s going to hold for the foreseeable future.

MSU did some interesting things in response to the punt return team’s ability to bring pressure; it warrants further discussion after the charts.

[After THE JUMP: the ball itself is a focal point of the yardage-tracking charts, which will surprise exactly zero of you who sat outside for this game]

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Upon Further Review 2017: Special Teams vs Purdue

Upon Further Review 2017: Special Teams vs Purdue Comment Count

Adam Schnepp September 29th, 2017 at 12:35 PM

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in need of a prospecting name [Fuller]

Formation/Substitution notes: Only change of note is subbing Kekoa Crawford out for Ambry Thomas on kick return. Crawford was the deep man for the first two returns of the game, both of which went out of the end zone. Michigan then inserted Thomas to start the third quarter. Timing is a bit odd considering Crawford didn’t have a shot to return the first two kicks before ceding his spot, but there’s a chance he can earn it back considering how the third-quarter return went. More on that later.

It’s not a substitution, but Brad Robbins’ redshirt is gone and Will Hart’s on the bench. Robbins did an excellent job getting distance and hangtime on his punts. It’s hard to tell whether they just drifted or were intentional, but it seems more likely that Robbins executed two directional kicks—Hart’s bête noire—in the second half. All told, it was an excellent debut for the touted freshman.

Other than that, Michigan would often hold three guys in a zone short of the sticks on punts. This was a smart decision and likely something Michigan picked up on film, as Purdue was frequently motioning out one of the members of the shield wide. The only all-out rushes were when Purdue was punting from inside their 10-yard line. They also went safe on Purdue’s lone field goal.

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Makes perfect sense considering Purdue’s Brohminess and where the ball is located.

[After THE JUMP: Robbins’ new gig; roughing vs running into the kicker; and Foug, god of hangtime, ruler of return teams]

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