MGoPodcast 10.0-a: Early Zentry Candidates Comment Count

Seth August 25th, 2018 at 8:22 AM

1 hour and 27 minutes

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1. Quarterback

starts at 1:00 …actually 5:00

Shea Patterson is the K.C. Lopata of quarterbacking. Hugh Freeze jokes are still allowed—Ole Miss scouting shows a guy throwing just RPOs and sight read single-coverage throws that work when his WRs are better and don't when he's against Alabama. When is the last time we had an expectation that a Michigan quarterback would hit the open guy? Tate Forcier maybe? Henne? The Forcier comp is strong with this one. Peters back to #2 (yes, that's solid) is good for him after a year that he wasn't brought along like a young guy ought to be.

2. Running Backs

starts at 20:35

Higdon was 6 yards away from going to the NFL, got much better at finding his holes, is excellent once he's past them, is still weirdly less mass than Chris Evans, who had Eddie McDoom's job as well as his own. Argument of Evans vs. DPJ in space. The heavens opened up and Peters sent a wheel route TD to Evans…against Rutgers. Can anyone block?

Fullback: we try to say BEN MASON with capitalization. You have to platoon these guys but the platoon is probably going to be tight ends and Ben Mason plus a Ben Van Sumeren play. Seth calls a Peter Bush TD vs Rutgers.

3. Receivers and Tight Ends

starts at 39:00

Freshmen receivers suck, sophomore receivers pushed out all the juniors. DPJ and Black are great, Perry has been getting all the practice hype lately, Collins and Oliver are going to be good too, and we even like a couple of walk-ons, one from seeing it. It'll be okay. Last year wasn't.

Zentry is an early entry (see what we did there?) candidate, and that means the freshmen will be brought along. It says things about McKeon that he came in as a redshirt freshman and forced Ol' Skillet Hands out.

4. Offensive Line

starts at 59:51

The guards are fine, Brian has a hot take on right guard. Tackles…don't say that word. Integrating Shea Patterson: RPOs and please be average at pass blocking. I want to point out here that we put the segues in after recording, so Ace actually got to the "don't say that word" joke before I did, and I meant it as a callback to his joke, except now it comes before his joke so it sounds like it's my joke.

Jeff George Jr. appears seconds before he leaves the program.


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I think they're prepping or a Gentry early entry. A Zentry. In case you don't know that's his Zoolander name. Is that a thing?



August 25th, 2018 at 5:24 PM ^

Great to hear Ace on this. You sound good, hope all is going well! 

I may have been the original Shea-Tate comparison questioner and for that I apologize. 


August 27th, 2018 at 12:52 PM ^

Seth was a great addition to the podcast.  He made some great points in addition to what we got from Brian and Ace (especially the point about how RPO's can help a poor pass blocking team). He held his ground well when getting talked over or outright dismissed by the hosts.  Knowing what type of RPOs Harbaugh ran while at San Fran or how Ulizio graded in the non UFR'd games is next level.