PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
Besides RDS where were the Linebackers saturday ? I watched the game but can't remember seeing or hearing much of Curtis Grant.
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I agree with BUDDHABUCK, I know that Sabino and Shazier were on the field quite a bit, but I heard that Curtis Grant was pulled due to the Nickel packages and the lack of a rushing attack. I heard Grant's name called early in the game, but I think the adjustments in the 2nd quarter probably had a lot to do with the lack of PT.
Both of you are spot on. Grant wasn't needed with the defensive schemes we were running. We won't run into too many teams that are as pass-happy as Miami. I think Grant has the opportunity to make tons of plays this year. Was really happy with Sabino's hitting ability and Shazier just being Shazier.
Although E.Sabino was flagged for a helmet to helmet hit. I do believe that hit caused at least 2 dropped passes later in the game.
Agree with BUCKINBAMA.
A few other times there were passes over the middle in Sabino's area where the receiver looked hesitant. That means Sabino did exactly what you expect a linebacker to do.
Totally Agree I would take an early penalty like that every game if it meant opposing receivers would be hesitant for the rest of it. That said I am only interested in taking the penalty if its just a good old fashion hard play and not something malicious, which I got no impression that Sabino's was.
Sabino played slow at times, and it would've been nice to see Grant on the field, but I get the feeling the corps as a whole will be considerably less lost this year
Grant will play much more as the defense returns to base 4-3 after playing a lot of 4-2-5 against Miami.
At B1G Media Days, Sabino told me that he was the hardest hitter on the team - looked accurate.
We'll learn a lot more about this group against UCF and Cal.
UCF runs the ball a lot (although their top back may be out per Buckshots), I would expect it to be a better yardstick to see Grant's progress.
i believe Ryan Damn Shazier had the most tackles.
Chad and others are correct...they knew Dysert and Miami OH were going to be passing majority of the time. So 4-3 with Grant in at Mike will be used more against most teams with a bit of 4-2-5 when they're in obvious passing downs. The LBs looked better vs the run than last year and look at it like this AGL...they were only using 2 most of the time (granted Miami OH sucks rushing but oh well). Not to bad as compared to last year.
"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."
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UCF does like to run the ball, as they have multiple backs that can contribute, which means you should expect to see more Curtis Grant in this game.
I thought Sabino played a great game against Miami. Miami didn't like the middle of the field with him there.
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