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buck-I.8

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Comment 30 Nov 2016

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. 

Comment 30 Nov 2016

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. 

Comment 29 Nov 2016

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. 

Comment 28 Nov 2016

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. 

Comment 11 Oct 2016

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.

Comment 11 Oct 2016

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.

Comment 11 Oct 2016

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.

Comment 06 Oct 2016

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.

Comment 06 Apr 2016

There are several current and past OSU players that are less than perfectly articulate. Are you gonna say that about them?

Comment 05 Apr 2016

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'.

Comment 05 Apr 2016

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.