September 2nd, 2010 at 4:44 AM ^

Man watching that I can see denard doing that to all non elite defenses.  So everyone but Ohio State, Iowa, PSU.  and maybe Wisconsin.  Thou against them he might get the 50 yard td but will get 30+ yards


September 2nd, 2010 at 4:48 AM ^

White had the type of excellent fake-hand-offs that made LB's bite on the RB. 

Also good blocking on most of those runs.

If Denard can make fakes like that and we get some blocking this season he'll be making big runs like Pat White, every game.  We shall see.


September 2nd, 2010 at 9:33 AM ^

are things of beauty.  A couple of them in the video show him actually stop his feet, look at the ball carrier as if he has the ball, and then take off the other way.  Denard has shown more of a moving hand-off that I think most defenders don't bite on.  Once he gets that down, along with a passing threat, I can see him being almost unstoppable.


September 2nd, 2010 at 5:43 AM ^

White was devastating as a broken-field runner, having the ability to make quick, decisive cuts —while accelerating—that used defenders' own momentum and direction against them. Desmond Howard had the same ability, although I think Desmond didn't quite have White's speed. Like Howard, White would have been a tremendous kick returner.

Denard certainly has the speed to be effective, but I don't think we've had the opportunity yet to see whether he's got White's broken-field abilities.

Tha Quiet Storm

September 2nd, 2010 at 12:17 PM ^

really noticed it before, but (at least on film) Denard definitely looks faster than White as far as top end speed.  You are spot on about the decision making - if Denard can get that zone read down, he will be one of the best offensive weapons in the country.

ND Sux

September 2nd, 2010 at 7:38 AM ^

to think how good Denard can be, BUT he must be able to throw the ball also.  Without a credible passing threat, the stack the box and make it tougher to break the big run.  Also, the handoff to the RB has to have some success or else they will assume Denard to keep it. 

To your point re: making breaks in the open field at full speed, you HAVE to think of Desmond Howard.  I can't recall anyone better at it.   


September 2nd, 2010 at 9:16 AM ^

You can't stack the box with a spread offense without opening yourself up to severe ramifications. With four receivers they all must be accounted for. Everyone uses a safety, if not two. Most times, we force defenses into a dime or a nickel package. In those packages, stacking the box would be detrimental.

ND Sux

September 2nd, 2010 at 7:42 AM ^

Our improved and deeper O-line play should improve both the run and pass.  Face it, the offense made some big plays last year with below average line play.  We are about to unleash the Kracken this year, and Dinardo can stuff it up his ass.  Clearly he thinks we suck.  Well maybe we did, but that ends now. 


September 2nd, 2010 at 8:24 AM ^

It would help if UM had a RB in the mold of Slaton or Devine.  Dee Hart...are you reading this?  

I'm not saying UM's RBs are slouches, just simply not in that league.


September 2nd, 2010 at 8:44 AM ^

The biggest difference between DRob and PWhite is that White played in the watered down Big East and "imposing" defenses like Cincinnati, Louisville, Syracuse, Rutgers, etc. DRob will be going up against defenses from OSU, Nebraska, PSU, Iowa, etc.

I think UM's rushing offense will be good while RR is the coach, but I do not expect the kind of production his offense had at WVU simply because the defensive talent is FAR superior in the Big 10 to what he schemed against in the Big East after the departures of Miami, VaTech and BC.

Remember, RR's WVU teams did not win 10+ games until Miami, VaTech and BC bolted for the ACC. While those teams were still present in the Big East, his teams were only mildly successful to the tune of 8-9 wins per season.


September 2nd, 2010 at 9:03 AM ^ know...when WVU ran all over Georgia and Oklahoma in BCS bowls and abused their defenses like they were in the Big East. Hell, Michigan moved the ball consistently on OSU with a beat up freshman QB, their top 2 RB's out and a makeshift O-line. Will you see Denard going 50+ yards 3 times a game against elite But no defense in this conference is Miami '91 or Michigan '97.


September 2nd, 2010 at 9:21 AM ^

will make everything easier by torching people in the run game. When the DBs are flying up to try and stop his elite speed, our recievers will find themselves more open than they're used to. Think about when Oregon came to the Big House a few years ago. After burning us with the read option, the WRs were running open all day for big passing plays.


September 2nd, 2010 at 9:31 AM ^

The thing that's most evident to me in those clips is how important down field blocking is in the spread. It's what turns 8 yard runs into 80 yard runs. You see a lot of WRs and even OL blocking more than 10 yards downfield in those clips. (see 82 in the first clip for example) Even when they don't knock guys down, they occupy them, giving White cutting options.

Hopefully this year with Odoms, Roundtree, Omameh, and Molk, we'll see similar downfield action.


September 2nd, 2010 at 11:12 AM ^

Thank god we never had to play against him. White would have carried on and probably lead the legacy of athletic, running qb's who absolutely demolished our defenses.


September 2nd, 2010 at 1:19 PM ^

What I have noticed from this video is that Denard looks MUCH faster to me. I think once Denard improves his fake handoffs and passing he will be as good as White and has the potential to be better.


September 2nd, 2010 at 3:17 PM ^

The spread that we run, with the speed that we have, will lead to consistent success that starts this year.  We did not have the depth, speed, nor the experience to make it work the first two seasons.  Looking at our team this year, it is clear to see we now have all 3 on on the offensive side of the ball.  We're going to score a lot of points this year, lets just hope we don't give up a lot and we should cruise to a bowl birth.


September 2nd, 2010 at 4:08 PM ^

Watching the 1997 OSU game on the BTN the other day, I thought it was interesting that our 37-yard pass to Woodson - easily our longest offensive play of the day - came out of a four-wide, shotgun formation.  Woodson was the slot.