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Comment 24 Mar 2014

I like that Ross made the decision quickly and didn't drag it out; it should help us with recruiting.  With Q Ross gone, we're losing 57% of our PPG production (40.0 ppg between Ross, Craft, Smith, and ADV out of 69.8 ppg total).  The situation is perfect for a new player to come in and be the man/main offensive threat alongside establish senior role players like Slam, Scott, and Williams.

Comment 20 Mar 2014

Matta missed badly on the 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes, and this was the result.  2014 boys are legit, though, and next year's team should be substantially better than this year's squad, even if Q Ross goes early (which he probably will do, but shouldn't).

Comment 25 Feb 2014

The same guy who authored Roby's profile had this to say about Philip Gaines:

BOTTOM LINE

Lean, active zone corner whose ball skills will have to carry him. Could be a practice-squad candidate, but lacks lacks desirable speed, twitch and physicality.
-Nolan Nawrocki

Gaines ran a 4.38, BTW, second-fasted among all DBs.

Comment 13 Feb 2014

Jesse Owens South (does that place still exist?) used to have pretty intense/entertaining pick-up games.  Dustin Fox would ball a lot -- that kid had serious hops.  And I'll never forget watching Ted Ginn Jr. run the point -- he'd bound down the court in what seemed like 3 or 4 strides, ahead of everyone else.  All while wearing giant diamond stud earrings in his ears.  

Comment 22 Jan 2014

His future with OSU seems uncertain, but it sounds like he has a good set of parents who care about him.  I hope he lands on his feet -- if he leaves OSU, he's talented enough to make it elsewhere, and maybe being close to home would be better for him.

Comment 03 Dec 2013

MSU's DBs are the real deal, and I think they'll neutralize our WR screen game and WRs in general by playing press coverage and being more physical than our wideouts, none of whom is especially physical (perhaps Spencer, but he's not an elite receiving threat).  What I hope to see is a passing game that depends on Heurman/Vannett getting loose up the middle and forcing undersized LBs to contest jump balls, and/or inventive stuff that we can do utilizing Hyde/Wilson/Hall on RB screen passes, mixed in with heavy doses of the Hyde/Miller in the read option game, along with Wilson and Brown working the edges in the sweep game.  If we work our constraint plays and go with a fast tempo, MSU will likely succumb to our offensive line asserting its will by the latter part of the second half.

Comment 03 Nov 2013

Big week in BCS -- we need OU to beat Baylor, Stanford to beat Oregon, and LSU/Auburn/SEC East Champ to beat Bama.  OU is currently a 13 point dog, Stanford is 10 point dog, LSU is 10.5 point dog.  I don't see FSU losing given their remaining schedule -- outside shot that Florida could shock the world, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Comment 15 Oct 2013

Hoke said it was a "hip deal" and "something else" but that it was mostly a hip thing.  He'll be back for their next game.

Comment 15 Oct 2013

Jeez Johnny, did Fitz take your mother out for a seafood dinner and then never call her again?  You really loathe that guy.

Comment 10 Oct 2013

I've just about given up on Grant ever becoming a complete player at LB.  He could be a situational pass rusher, but I'm not seeing much more than that.  Grant was literally motioning/looking to the sideline/counting players when Colter snapped the ball for the critical failed QB sneak on 4th and inches in the 4th quarter, causing Grant to miss the snap entirely and only belatedly getting a jump on the play.   He had almost no impact on the play, with Perry instead coming in to help stop the rush. 

Meanwhile, Shazier perfectly timed his rush of the snap on that play and almost certainly contributed to the fumbled exchange.

Curtis Grant was rated the No. 2 overall recruit nationally by Rivals in the 2011 class, behind only Clowney.

Shazier was rated No. 42 overall -- in the state of Florida.

Comment 17 Sep 2013

Tend to agree with Ace re: JG views on Fitz -- he's a good, not great, RB, but not as bad as JG making him out to be. 

With Michigan's great haul on O-linemen in the last few classes, I'm a bit confused re: why the O-line is stinking up the joint.  Presumably they'll come together eventually.

If the DBs are so bad, why isn't Dymonte Thomas getting more PT?