Seems like the staff could make a late run at Darnell Ewell. We were favorites to land his signature before we apparently cooled due to other options at the position, but he fits the 3-tech mold (6-4, 300ish lbs), went to high school with Wayne Davis and (maybe?) Jalyn Holmes, and is a Notre Dame commit which means he should pretty easy to pry away. Plus our DL coach is pretty great at recruiting the DMV area and this is a guy with whom he has a prior relationship.
I'll have some of what you're having
Landers is more of a 5-tech rusher than 3-tech gap plugging type, which is I think more what they're trying to find. Neither Cage nor Garrett really fit that mold, as neither are really imposing tackles.
This really turned on the waterworks, especially as a chronically ill person, myself
I've never heard of a high school with a December graduation ceremony, so he'll probably just need to find his way to a guidance counselor's office to pick up his diploma
I'd say more like 3rd-5th, there are definitely teams that look beyond raw production. If he stays another year, he needs the promise of more targets. Maybe that's working on getting more separation from DBs or being a bit more sophisticated with his route running.
Here's an interesting article about differences in different spread teams' spread concepts.
Not that I don't think Helfrich could adapt, it's just that OSU plays plenty of looks that Oregon isn't used to seeing, as evidenced by our domination in the CFP Final in 2014.
I don't see JT as a NFL player in the future, like ever. If he left early it would be because he wanted to sit on the couch all weekend and watch his friends and former teammates play football.
What advice would he give? How to have a fall guy when you break the rules/ the law?
He might not test better than Braxton, as Braxton is a better athlete but Samuel seems stronger and is clearly the better football player.
It's not like JT is gonna be better at getting Brown the ball if he stays another year. The NFL guys see his body type and blocking ability, they'll draft him based on that, not stats.
In Kansas City earlier this year, three white males were arrested for plotting to bomb a housing complex, with a highly Somali tenant population. It was domestic terrorism, but no one used those words. Yes, Somalians are majority Sunni Muslims, who are the population that are most susceptible to ISIS recruiting, but the anecdotes you mentioned are a tiny fraction of the total Somali population in the U.S.
You're thinking of Haiti, friend
It isn't because he sat out the season, if he transferred immediately after under normal circumstances he'd have to sit out another season wherever he went. He's just eligible to graduate after this semester and transfer to Texas as a graduate student, thus making him able to play immediately.
Maybe Price too, god forbid
From what I saw, it wasn't just his mobility, which is admittedly below average; he also seemed unable or unwilling to engage rushers, he was sort of throwing his body at them, which against guys that rely on their speed and length (like Charlton) is ill-advised.
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'.