That's a really good call. It would take crazy precision from that kicker and a return team that really falls asleep, but there is enough speed on the edge of that line with Samuel, Conley, and Bell.
Stevens is one hell of a coach, and you can see why in this breakdown of that 'stack' play that ET used over and over in the 4th to kill Brooklyn. I'd love to see him stay in the NBA and as far away from the Indiana job as possible...
I'm not aware of any names for the punt team, but I'm happy to break them down in the future if there is any interest. Honestly, the sample size isn't huge to work from though, since Cam Johnston rarely seems to take the field.
Though it was called back due to a hold, Oregon broke a long return in the national championship thanks to a kick that missed to the middle. If you miss left, the amount of damage that can be done is strictly limited to 35 yards. Missing right can result in 6 points. Clearly one is better than the other.
Regardless of any communication issues that may have taken place, throwing with his lead foot behind his plant foot isn't something he should repeat. The focus is less on the result and more on the process.
Good catch. In my mind i've melded the two together to feature Jamar Butler holding a championship trophy while Joakim Noah stands nearby...
Nor would OSU. Amir/Trey/Loving etc all set screens just like the ones seen above, as do 99% of screeners.
It's similar to the idea that there is holding on every running play in football - It has to be pretty egregious to get called.
Numbers at DL aren't a problem, it's production. Meyer consistently called out the backup interior players in the media this year, which tells me that the staff believes they have the talent in place already without moving someone over. I think it also showed that the staff views each of the 4 DL spots as a unique position. Washington is the rare exception that could be moved between them, but I don't expect that to be common.
As for Hubbard/Brown, coaches as a place like OSU have to make sure they're setting the kid up for success in the long term, meaning they won't move them to a different spot unless they feel like their future is there both once they're an upperclassmen, but also potentially in the NFL. For Brown, he may move to TE because that's where the NFL sees him. For Hubbard, I think they might still be trying to identify how to best put him in a position to succeed. Luckily OSU has plenty of talent at each spot right now (Baugh at TE, Holmes and Tyquan Lewis at Weakside DE), so they have the luxury of taking time to make these decisions.
Thank you and you're right, the Bennett hole will be tough to fill. I'd expect Washington to move back to the 3-tech next year, in hopes of showing his ability at the spot he'll actually play on sundays. Schutt/Munger/Hill have the chance to grab that nose spot if they want it though.
I really like Holmes at the weakside DE/LEO spot. Hubbard has been in the Tight End room enough that we don't know where he'll end up playing yet. Spring will be big for him, but that means good things for Holmes.
Also, one can write in Gareon Conley (with pencil) for the other CB spot, I believe. Also, Cam Burrows got a lot of playing time when Reeves was recovering from those concussions, so we can look in his direction first for NB.
The turnaround isn't super shocking, honestly. Michigan had been such a mess for the past two years that no one really knew what to expect from them schematically. There was little to really be gained from turning on the film, since there seemed to be little carry over from one game to the next which, in my mind at least, would make guys less able to read and react instinctively. Now, the opposite is true of both Wisconsin and Alabama. Those two did pretty much exactly what they showed everyone all year. If you go back and look at the scouting reports from Ross and I and match it up with the breakdowns afterward, there is very little that's new. That allows kids to play faster, when they recognize what he other team is doing immediately (just ask Malcolm Butler).
Against Oregon, the schematic preparation was impressive and the effort from the players was as well. My guess is the D was playing with so much confidence after the previous two games that any hesitation about recognition was gone, and guys like Curtis Grant were finally comfortable flying around.
Yes, he liked to use a 3-man line, but still had 4 D-linemen in the game. Guys like Thad Gibson and Nathan Williams acted as that stand-up DE/LB. The personnel swap was still LB for DB, whereas this year's team was going DT for DB, making the group on the field for third downs exponentially faster.
Going strictly by the numbers, it is a little surprising that they went to this look a week after registering 4 sacks against Rutgers. However, it could be that they made the call to use the 3-3-5 more against Penn State based on something they saw on film, and after getting 5 sacks in Happy Valley, they clearly knew they had stumbled on to something.
Regardless of production, it was clear that teams had begun focusing their pass protections toward Bosa, so even though his production didn't seem to dip, it made sense to be more diverse in their approach. Luckily, Lee's athleticism allowed them to do so.
The 2013 class rivals the 2002 class in terms of success already. Barrett, Elliott, Marshall, Wilson, Bosa, Lee, Bell, and Apple all played major roles on a national championship team. Might be the best class since '68...
They didn't seem to have a true "spy" as much as they just ran a lot of zone coverage, which allowed their Linebackers to always have an eye on Cardale in the backfield. It took him a little while to get comfortable in that game, but he really only had one long run over 10 yards that whole night, if I recall. Oregon did a decent job of containing him, but got mauled by the O-Line and EzE so it didn't really matter. Cardale's biggest threat that night was throwing over the top at literally any moment, not running by them.
I thought Apple played really well acting as the force player on the edge. He hasn't had to play that role often, but with the shifting of the OSU LBs, he basically had to play the role of the WILL on numerous occasions. I think he set a career high with 7 tackles as a result.
Still hard to say he played better than any of those other guys though. Definitely a unit-wide award this week.
Good catch. Too much excitement equals occasional brain farts.