Depth Chart: Cam Gordon over Jake Ryan?

Submitted by MFDoom_ on October 10th, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Per Rivals depth chart for this week Cam Gordon is listed above Jake Ryan. I haven't looked at previous weeks depth charts for a couple weeks so I'm not sure if it has been this way or not. Does anyone have any information as to why Ryan has been moved down or is this perhaps just a situation where an "or" should be there but isn't?


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October 10th, 2011 at 3:21 PM ^

Cam Gordon was announced as a starter just minutes before the game, on the Northwestern scoreboard.  (You'd call it a Minitron.)

And then I never saw him on the field. 

Did he get a chance to play on special teams?  I did not see him, although I was looking for Woolfolk (they seem to have finally taken Troy off kicking teams) and Josh Furman, who is becoming a special teams stud a la Darnell Hood.


October 10th, 2011 at 2:45 PM ^

Ryan has some very big plays both ways in every game. IIRC, he was responsible for several  option plays getting outside of him in the first half. I think it's fine if he stays in because of some of the big plays he's had to help us, but if Gordon can come in and make those same plays while minimizing the mistakes, then we will be much better off.


October 11th, 2011 at 2:18 AM ^

I haven't gone back and watched them, but RVB was pretty consistently forcing the QB to pitch early and then 1 or 2 defenders would miss the RB in the backfield, allowing him to get a big gain. I thought it was Ryan, but maybe it was another defender.

My point is still valid, though, that he has big plays in both directions.


October 10th, 2011 at 2:45 PM ^

If Cam is good to go, I hope he plays but doesn't start. I don't want MSU to be the game we switch things up. Give him some snaps and see how he plays, and in the second half play the guy who's hot until he isn't anymore.

Monocle Smile

October 10th, 2011 at 2:56 PM ^

Ryan is a playmaker and has performed well in most games, so Gordon must really bring something to the table if he's still listed as the starter.

This is probably why Ryan plays so aggressively...he wants the starting spot and is attempting to prove he's worthy by making big plays. Once he settles down and gets a bit older, he could be our version of Clay Matthews.

The coaches aren't kidding when they say competition is good for football. Bo's book spends a lot of paper talking about competition at positions and how Bo would instigate arguments between his own coaches about who should be named the starter.