First Offensive Play

Submitted by icefins26 on September 3rd, 2010 at 8:44 AM

I think someone posted this last year as something to toss out before the opener.  What will the first play be tomorrow for Michigan and who will be involved?

My guess is a quick bubble screen from Tate to Roundtree for 5 yards.



September 3rd, 2010 at 9:55 AM ^

I know Odoms is playing outside this year, but my memory of the scrape-exchange-counterpuch screen was of the outside reciever moving toward the quaterback and cutting under the slot(s).  Having reviewed the picture pages from last year, that is clearly incorrect.

I still think this is the right play call (Rich Rod will want to see how the defense plays the zone read, but will want to give Denard an easy completion to get his rhythem going), so change Odoms to Grady, and the gain to 8 yards (Odoms is the teams best blocking reciever, and Grady is quick).


September 3rd, 2010 at 8:48 AM ^

Denard hitting Koger on a seem on play-action for a TD as the linebackers and safeties are too worried about allowing Dilithium to get loose.


September 3rd, 2010 at 9:35 AM ^

I was outta line a little. A LITTLE.

That said, pretending to know what goes on in RR's mind is ridiculous. I'm betting on Denard, but it'd be just like Rodriguez to send Gardner out there and then do a direct snap to Hopkins or something.

Edit: I've now decided that this will be the first play.

A Sexy Otter

September 3rd, 2010 at 9:42 AM ^

Im going with Sheridan to Hemmingway for a 90 yard bomb. The injury report is a lie and Sheridan has been training under the big house in a series of catacombs for 2 years now.


I apologize for yelling, that was uncalled for


September 3rd, 2010 at 9:08 AM ^

... that showcases Denard and is a high-percentage one.

I think it's key to to have a good first possession.

And to stop UConn on theirs.

The Big House will be rocking, I want to keep the crowd in the game.


September 3rd, 2010 at 9:08 AM ^

After the first and only fumbled snap of the year, Denard picks it up, instantly shakes off gameday jitters and converts the broken play into run up the gut to the house.


September 3rd, 2010 at 9:29 AM ^

I dunno what our first play is going to be, but there's a damn good chance UCONN's first play will be a play-action bomb.

Luckily since Rodriguez mentioned it in a recent press conference hopefully we'll be ready for it.


September 3rd, 2010 at 9:33 AM ^

Like a Denard keeper on a fake reverse.

That being said, put me in the minority who thinks Forcier gets the first series and Denard the second.  And I think the bubble screen guess of the OP may be correct here.


September 3rd, 2010 at 9:38 AM ^

I don't see the ball going in the air right away - I'm guessing we let everyone calm down for a few plays before we start any passing.

UConn is going to try and road grade us right from the start, with a  few play-action medium to long passes.


September 3rd, 2010 at 9:52 AM ^

Do RR & Magee have a set number of offensive plays they will run before making adjustments? If so, how many do you all think? I ask because in one of my books on organizations, the author says that Bill Walsh, when choaching for the 49ers, would write out the first 20 offensive plays for each game before the game started (Karl Weick's Sensemaking in Orgnaizations, citing Business Week Oct. 24, 1983). That seems like a lot to run through before adjusting. Thoughts in terms of the college level? Thoughts in terms of RR & Magee?