January 19th, 2013 at 1:45 PM ^

primary weakness at OSU?

Urban is clearly offering most of the same guys as Hoke but not winning the head-to-head battles. Their latest 3 classes look thin on contributors.

Rest of their roster is fairly deep with talent.


January 19th, 2013 at 1:50 PM ^

Perhaps you all should focus more on the fact that we havent won a Big10 title in a very long while, than to overhype OSU losing one player.  Surely they'll be fine at OL.  And I won't be surprised to see Hunt go there now.

I digress.... Lewan is the man because he is coming back for 'unfinished business'  which means he gets it... its for a Big Ten title.


January 19th, 2013 at 1:55 PM ^

Because the reason why UM football hasn't won a B1G title in so long is because of the fan base discussing our rival's team on a message board. As fans this is what we do; we look for even the tiniest reasons why we will be successful and others not. What we discuss has little to no effect in how the team performs on gameday.


January 19th, 2013 at 1:58 PM ^

They do look pretty big for 2013 based on their projected starters with both tackles over 6'6" 310, both guards over 6'4" 300, and their center at 6'3" 295.  But, for 2014 they will have to replace both guards, center, and one tackle.  I'm not sure where their depth comes from based on the last few recruting classes and the transfer.  They could struggle for Miller's senior year, which is nice because that's when our d-line will start to be coming into it's own.


January 19th, 2013 at 2:04 PM ^

Went back and looked at the Florida recruiting classes from 2005-2011. (I do realize that the 05 and 11 classes were not fully Meyers). Florida took more than three o-lineman just once. And a couple of the years they took under three. Does this mean anything? I don't know for sure but I feel it relates to the thread.

Also, it interesting that the the past three Florida seasons have produced very bad offensive numbers. The first one coached by Meyer and the last two mostly his guys. And where do most offensive woes begin? The O-line. I'm most likely reaching right now but I figured it was worth a look.


January 19th, 2013 at 2:30 PM ^

Other than Maurkice Pouncey, it didn't seem that Florida produced many big-time linemen during his tenure there.

There have also been rumors/inklings that Meyer isn't the greatest talent evaluator and dislikes the recruiting process.  He had some decent talent left from the Ron Zook years, and he turned that into some pretty good teams.  So far he rode Braxton Miller (a Tressel recruit) to an undefeated season, but we'll see what happens as the years go on.  


January 19th, 2013 at 3:15 PM ^

QB is definitely key for Meyer's teams. When some guy named Tebow wasn't playing for him at Florida his teams weren't real special special offensively. The first championship team had Chris Leak under center but looking back on that team they were far from an offensive juggernaut. In fact, it was a dominate defense led by one Greg Matteson that carried that team to the mythical national championship game.


January 19th, 2013 at 2:27 PM ^

It will be interesting to see the matchups in the future. It looks like Meyer prefers D lineman to O lineman. OSU is getting some pretty decent DL guys and I think our OL vs. their DL will determine the future of this rivalry. The quality of our DL recruits seems to be going up so I think they will be able to handle their own. If our OL recruting can trump or neutralize Meyers DL recruiting than I don't see any reason why we wouldn't fair well in the coming years.



January 19th, 2013 at 3:18 PM ^

I think you're right, but if we can get RBs like Derrick Green then a great running game would be the answer to their speedy playmakers. Below is one of  his most recent tweets to David Dawson. I don't know what it means but probably that he is coming to Michigan (sarcasm).



D.GREEN #⃣2⃣7⃣

Shout out to the bro get follow asap!!


January 19th, 2013 at 11:07 PM ^

If it is O'Connor, he was injured this year and had to red shirt. News about him has been scarce all season, so who knows. I'm not incredibly concerned about losing him (if it is him) as he hasn't proven to be a vital backup even. The 2 deep for next year is mostly set as well. The 2014 season is when the impact may be felt the most. I'd honestly like to poach a few of your OL recruits, but will be content if we finish strong in the next couple weeks. I expect us to to do pretty well in 2014 on the OL with 4, possibly 5 taken. I imagine you guys will be pretty light on the OL recruiting next year. What's the MGoBlog guess on your 2014 OL numbers?