For comparison, he averaged a little over 4 yards a carry, had 2 receptions for 25 yards, 5 solo tackles, and no other meaningful stats, including zeros in the sacks, TFL, pass break-ups, forced fumbles, etc. etc. categories. Most notably, perhaps, he had an open field missed tackle on a quarterback on an outside option run.
If we're voting today, I'm sending Curtis Samuel to NY over JT Barrett. JT is good at what he does, and he makes the right reads, and he's an above average athlete that's deadly running the read option, but at the end of the day he's a product of the Urban Meyer offense and Samuel, while to a degree a beneficiary of the same thing, has the potential to put up ridiculous numbers this year.
I'm gonna play Devil's advocate (you're the devil in this case, since most people are apt to disagree with you) and say that Michigan has played 1.5 teams with a pulse and he disappeared against the only ranked team (unless Colorado maintained their ranking after losing to an average USC squad) they've played all season. Let's review his key stats against Wisconsin:
2 punt returns, averaging less than 10 yards per return, and one kickoff return for 14 yards. In other words, not great, Bob.
0 rushing attempts, and a big fat zero in terms of offensive involvement.
2 solo tackles, and 1 assisted, so 3 total tackles.
Sacks, TFLs, QB hurries, Pass break-ups, passes defended: all 0.
Bonus points for not blocking Penn State's fat kicker, presumably out of fear. Defensive guys rarely get the Heisman, and he only played defense/ST in their biggest game this season. Much like last November in Ann Arbor, he essentially disappeared when it mattered most.
I think we have an advantage unless Wilton Speight becomes more consistent making big throws. Michigan seems to get most of their points and years via the i-formation, run it down your throat offense with a few crossing routes and slants mixed in that Speight hits at a low percentage. I just don't know if that's going to cut it against what is arguably (one of) the best rushing defense(s) in the country. Maybe they pick up big chunks with sweeps to Peppers and Chesson, but our LBs are quick enough sideline to sideline that they can snuff out many of those, and the Michigan O-line has been nothing to write home about. They're near the bottom of the conference in TFLs allowed and they're picking up injuries as the season goes on.
They just haven't been as effective offensively as they might've hoped before the season started and I think if the game becomes a head-to-head matchup of rushing attacks against some of the strongest rushing defenses in the league, we have the advantage with the option attack and sweeps and screens to Samuel and the other HBs.
The way I understand it, wingspan is more important than body size as a DT. I seem to recall an SC kid named Poona Ford who was almost a buckeye but the staff hesitated because of his wingspan, and Maurice Hurst Jr. was almost a take that didn't end up in the class because he was undersized/there wasn't room. The latter is having a respectable career at UM.
#Actually, nepotism only replies to hiring family members... so, Jay Harbaugh. Hiring Partridge is cronyism.
There are several current and past OSU players that are less than perfectly articulate. Are you gonna say that about them?
Or maybe, I don't know, he wanted to go to college in the city where went to high school and stay close to his family?
Timing in sports as well as athletics
That feels redundant, but ok.
What I mean is that Mack presents a guy who already has a handle on basic WR fundamentals, who isn't just hype based on athleticism. The WR position is one where if you can play, you will. I don't remember either of those guys taking snaps with the first team and making plays as an early-enrollee, injuries aside. Of course it's not a sure thing; notice that I used the word 'could'.
I'm guessing that the interior is still dealing with some inconsistencies, which isn't surprising given the loss of basically the first and second strings. Mike Hill looked good at times last season, Munger, Sprinkle and the younger guys should be able to put together a depth chart that is at least good enough to let the edge guys do what they do.
Austin Mack could be a godsend for this young/inexperienced WR corps
All it takes to replace Farris (at tackle) is a warm body. I'm hoping for an improvement from last year's struggles. Decker, on the other hand is irreplaceable by a first year starter.
There are bad/racist people of every ethnic and religious group
It's almost as if scholarship athletes are less likely to be concerned with playing school, who could've guessed
I think their specialties are in the engineering fields, so a high R&D number makes sense
Same with Akron, specializing in polymer science and engineering fields.
I don't post much around here anymore, but Hove, my thoughts are with you and your family during this fight. Take care, buddy.
Last week I was pulled out of my spot at the ARC, turned the corner and was waiting at the stop sign when the CampusParc guy walked up and put a ticket on my windshield without saying a word.
I don't know why everyone is taking a win against Michigan as something that should happen, even at home; they're ranked in the top 30 on kenpom. I hope to beat them and think that they'll have issues with OSU's big men, but it's far from a high confidence level.
He's a certified insane person and a genius of manipulation. This makes for some interesting behavior.
I agree with analysis about MSU, but Nate Silver did some research with TV markets and fanbases about four or five years back and estimated that Clemson was the biggest fanbase in the ACC, significantly larger than FSU. This was before FSU rose to the top so I'm sure that difference has shrunk since the study was performed, but the two fanbases are at least comparable.
I'd guess the conflict with NYE and the fact that OSU (and other huge fanbases like Texas, ND, Michigan) was out made the majority of the difference.
Are you talking about the MSU game? The windchill was like 20ish, 45 wouldve been downright tropical
For anyone to whom this applies; CampusParc can only act on your ticket if your vehicle is registered with OSU. I never had an OSU parking pass, and CampusParc has no means of enforcement other than politely asking you to pay at the time of ticketing, unless your plates and tags are on record with the school.
Fairly intelligent of them to capitalize on Americans' mostly irrational fear and complete lack of understanding about GMOs. That business model has worked great for Whole Foods and some other brands.
The way I think of it is if the kid wasn't shooting at a high percentage and he wasn't earning himself play time at a high level, and he may be thinking about himself more than how he can benefit the team, then im glad he took himself out of the equation and made room for someone who can contribute.
You answered your own question. If he was listed at ATH, he'd probably be higher like Torrance Gibson was on sites that listed him as an ATH over a QB. "Raw QB" equates to 3-star QB.