Rivals scouts Purdue for us...

Submitted by Search4Meaning on November 10th, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Here's how it breaks down according to Rivals:

 

"Scouting The Offense:   The Wolverines are dealing with uncertainty at the quarterback position, where QB Denard Robinson leads the Big Ten with 150 yards rushing per game, but he had to leave the Illinois game in the fourth quarter with concussion-like symptoms. He is expected to be available for the game with Purdue, but Robinson’s durability is suspect, since knee and shoulder injuries have also knocked him out of previous games. Should Robinson be sidelined, Michigan has a different offense, but not necessarily an ineffective one. QB Tate Forcier filled in for Robinson and led the Wolverines to the triple-overtime win against Illinois with his passing and running."

 

"Scouting The Defense:   The Boilermakers have had the heart of their offense removed when season-ending injuries claimed their top receiver, running back and quarterback, so the Purdue team Michigan faces is somewhat limited in its options. Michigan’s struggling defense will be best served by living with the blitz and hoping to force mistakes aplenty from Purdue’s trio of young quarterbacks."

OK, so Robinson is an uncertainty?  Really?  According to whom?

We beat Illinois on the last play by blitzing, so we have to live by the blitz?  What?

Comments

DGDestroys

November 10th, 2010 at 8:21 PM ^

OK, so Robinson is an uncertainty?  Really?  According to whom?

While I like your grammar, that's directly from RR's mouth. They want to play it safe with a head injury, which is a more-than-smart thing to do.

We beat Illinois on the last play by blitzing, so we have to live by the blitz?  What?

Live by the blitz might be a bit of a stretch, but when you have the secondary that we have, with the DLine that we have, it makes a lot of sense to bring a lot more pressure than we normally see.

oriental andrew

November 11th, 2010 at 10:45 AM ^

I think the author's point is not so much that DR won't be ready for Saturday, but that he has been knocked out of a majority of games this season and that it seems plausible that he could miss significant time this week, too.  The uncertainty is over his durability, not his current health.  I share the uncertainty, as I'd bet many fellow Wolverine fans do, also.

ATLWolverine

November 10th, 2010 at 8:25 PM ^

It's not just RR; when was the last time Denard played a full game, opening offensive snap to final offensive possession? Hopefully an off-season in the weight room will help him shake the "injury-prone" label, but for the past several weeks he's certainly been hurting.

That being said, I don't know that it's "uncertainty," since the receivers seem to have good chemistry with Forcier as well.

tenerson

November 10th, 2010 at 11:09 PM ^

The answer to him becoming more durable lies in the health of Fitz, the development of Smith, Shaw, Cox and Hopkins as well as the impact Dee can have. If all of them are viable options, Denard runs less and therefor stands less of a chance of injury. At this point I don't know if the weight room is going to be the total answer. It's not like he is going to throw 20 pounds on. 5-10 is much more likely.

Magnus

November 11th, 2010 at 7:51 AM ^

OMG RIVALS IS SO DUMB!!!  HOW COULD THEY THINK THAT A GUY WHO RECEIVED A HEAD INJURY LAST WEEK AND WHO HAS HAD A BUM KNEE AND A BUM SHOULDER AND WHO HAS BEEN INJURED IN 7 OUT OF 9 GAMES THIS YEAR MIGHT BE AN UNCERTAINTY?!?!?!?!?!  THE WHOLE WORLD IS AGAINST US! 

Magnus

November 11th, 2010 at 12:45 PM ^

Right...and if you believe that Denard is 100%, then I've got a bridge you might be interested in purchasing...

Regardless, as I said, he's missed time in 7 out of 9 games.  Odds are almost 8:1 that he misses time in the Purdue game, too.

So is he an uncertainty?  Yes.