Lucky Socks

October 13th, 2012 at 6:47 PM ^

I love Denard.  I love his nickname and the story behind it.  Having said that, is it time for Denard to start tying his shoes?

He's lost a shoe on a big play in like 4 of 6 games this season (IIRC).  They've ended in big gains and we've been winning, but against the meat of our schedule the ability to make that last guy miss and take the ball to the house could be the difference in the game.  

Point:  Notre Dame.  All we needed was one touchdown.  If Denard has a shoe on big play, he might have the confidence to make a cut against a DB who is trying to chase him in space. I like that he's being smart and avoiding uneccesary contact, but I can't help but think that he's operating at like 90% of his potential elusiveness with his shoes untied.  When that shoe falls off, his elusiveness meter falls to around 30% of his potential.  

I'd love to see Denard tie his shoes.  Does anyone agree?  I sort of believe the NFL would enforce it somehow, why not start now?  


October 13th, 2012 at 8:08 PM ^

of all statistics are made up. Also if I could figure out how to embed, i'd put up the 16 candels Family Guy episode where Jake Ryan takes what he wants. I always think of that when I see Jake going crazy in the back feild. NO Jake! Not like this!   


October 13th, 2012 at 6:51 PM ^

If Jake Ryan is the best player on defense right now, Demens is number 2.  Guy has been dominant past few weeks.  Nobody other than those two really make me go 'wow, he just did that?' but everyone else is super-responsible and forces teams to put full drives together, and fortunately it seems like B1G teams aren't capable of doing that.

On offense... holy Funchess.  That play in the back of the end zone was jaw-dropping.

I'd be surprised if we opened up as <10 pt favorites against MSU.


October 13th, 2012 at 6:55 PM ^

The defense has really gotten on a roll the last few weeks; I think the Q.Washington and BWC have done a really good job in occupying the interior of the offensive line, allowing for Demens and Morgan to make a lot of plays.

Ryan has been an utter monster. 


October 13th, 2012 at 6:55 PM ^

Growing worry for me:

Jake Ryan is a redshirt sophomore. His draft prospects have to be growing, and if Michigan's trends from last year hold, the defense will only be getting better.

Is he a flight risk? He has to be improving his draft status. Could we lose him after this season?