I think Price may take that center spot..the guy was just bulldozing guys off the line. It would be nice to have position solidified for the next 4 years. And let's not forget Farris. The guy was in a head/head battle with Decker for that tackle spot last year.
I bet Johnson loves to get a guy like this. I think he redshirts as well..just too raw. But he has the skill set you look for in a DE and I think Johnson will do wonders with the kid. He'll probably be forgotten by most fans until 2015 and starts making some plays.."Oh yea..forgot about that guy" (kind of like Lewis in the spring game)
I was just thinking about that..playing a spring game against an actual opponent. Our local high school team does this. Their spring game is actually against their rival.
Love the selfie boot! I don't know why but I find the selfie's ridiculous
The commentary on how bad M's offense was only infuriates me more..that god awfull scheme had Gardner (on a bum knee) throwing for 500 yards against our pathetic D. The replay of that game was on a couple of nights ago..it was actually harder to watch than the MSU loss.
Honestly I didn't notice the change up front..but the change of the coverage was pretty dramatic. I can't stress how impressed I was with Apple. The guy has the size to route a receiver but still stay with him. Both him and Conley are perfect for this type of play imo. My only concern would be PI calls as I seen some rather physical play well past the 5 yards. MSU was hit with that early last year. We'll see...but it sure looks good at this point
Frankly I think this is good for Luke..he pretty much knew what he learned under Heacock..now he's getting some understanding of different schemes
I think the MSU win only helps us..what would it look like if MSU got trounced by Stanford? Another B1G Rose Bowl loss would resonate louder than the image of a slow lumbering conferance. Actually Stanford is looked at in the same light and it doesn't seem to bother them. And they seem to handle Oregon's speed merchants. Frankly I want to see us utilize the speed and continue to have a power run game. I see no reason that we can't and Urban has stated such a desire anyway.
I'm not against paying college athletes..but the numbers presented are relative. The average college graduate will earn over 1 million more over his lifetime. And a large portion of these kids would not be furthering their education were it not for their participation in the sport.And whenever a case is made we always hear about guys like Manziel..the vast majority of the kids are complete unknowns.How much is the backup left guard for Iowa State worth?
Hard to pinpoint a winner between the two..I prefer JT so maybe it was my wishfull thinking but I thought he looked a tad better. I really liked his run..much more elusive than Jones. He made his reads..inaccurate at times. Probably should have had a TD with Vannett. Jones is a big dude. Reminds me of Dante Culpepper. He rockets the ball though on every throw. Maybe JT had some really bad reads that most of us wouldn't notice but I put him a notch above as well.
Personally..I prefer JT. I know it's crazy early but I see a little Troy in him. He took off running on one play and he's pretty elusive. He put's a bit more touch on his pass's and he was going through his reads. His accuracy is an issue but both QB's had that problem. Honestly I thought when Urban was hired we would have a boatload of great QB's in the wings..not sure that's the case yet.
Not exactly close to his home..Lubbock is a good 5 hours away. Kind of like saying Chicago is close to Cbus. It's closer than he was but there are quite a few programs that are closer then TT. I still think there was more to this..but I wish him well regardless.
I agree on Ball..I've always thought he was a hell of a back if given the opportunity. I'd hate to see him leave but I think he would be starting on many teams. The guy has size and speed and he's pretty elusive for his size.
And you can bet ESPN will never carry this story
Joe may have the last laugh..living a life that most of us would LOVE to have.
Yea..pretty distracting. And whoever it is had some coffee this morning..very fast. I guess they watch the video later.
As a LB in high school I HATED playinga against a team that passed to the tight end. I think most guys playing linebacker are itching to hit someone and bite on the play action way to easy. Playing coverage just isn't fun. Over the years it's been frustrating to watch defense cheat the linebackers so much and we don't make them pay. The tight end is one of the easiest ways to get those guys to back off...just dump it over them as they crash the los.
We've played that soft coverage quite a bit over the years..and you CAN win with it. Heacock was able to pull it off. That said..I HATE it. I think Snyder was the worst. I still remember losing to NW on a Saturday night and NW was at our 12 yard line..our DB's were at the goal line and backpeddling at the snap! We did that last year as well and it's so frustrating to watch. QB's are just too good to give that much room. You may give up a big play here and there playing aggressive but we did that playing soft! There are times I thought (after a big play) where in the h*ll are we covering! We are giving up the short pass AND the long ball. I guess we are really manning that 15 - 20 yard out.
Some of this has to be on Braxton..guys can't catch the ball if they aren't thown too. I thought Braxton regressed a bit near the end of the season and was back to waiting for guys to get wide open before throwing the ball. You watch Boyd in the bowl game and he was throwing to guys that had some decent coverage. Of course having Sammy Watkins helps. Having all this new talent at the wr position will do nothing until Braxton makes this next step imo
I agree completely with Colerain..I find it suprising there has been so little talk of a native Ohio kid that's ranked so high. I guess it's natural to focus on the MLB (McMillan) but I also think Booker will be the best LB signed on LOI day. He's the closest thing we have to a Shazier anyway. I think (hope) that Ash simplifying the D will make it easier to get the best athletes on the field and this should help guys like Booker.
Smith has proved to be quite a recruiter..I think we still need some evidence of his coaching success. Honestly we haven't seen tremendous play out of our receivers..there are many factors that play into that of course. I really thought Devin would have a great year but he's still inconsistent. Urban has give Zach a boatload of talent to work with so we should start to see some serious improvement this year.
I remember Glen Mason saying one time he liked bringing in Dline guys to play Oline. They bring a different attitude and they usually have great feet. And he (Mason) always seemed to have great olines...maybe there is something to it. It seems we've brought more guys over recently that I remember doing in the past. I think Price will be another converted dline guy that will excell.
It's hard not to excited about the Dline. There was a time when a stud Dline could get you into a champ game. I still think it's important but the rampant holding in cfb now really dimishes it's effectivness. Every week you see these guys held and sometimes tackled. I think the secondary is now what makes your D go or not go. As we seen with MSU..great corners allow you to do some things. Still..it will be great to see Washington grown into his new role. The guy always looked the part and hopefully he stays healthy.
When Craft missed the last shot of his career against Dayton..only Thompson went over to console him. Usually you'll have a few guys go over to help a guy. It's clear there was some issues for whatever reason.
We will certainly have some better shooters next year. Unless we get a transfer we'll still be weak underneath but as you can see in the tourney..good shooting can overcome a LOT of weakness. I know Bell is a project but honestly if the guy just gives effort I'd rather see him underneath. Just get some rebounds if nothing else. I expect he would have at least one basket against Dayton and that would have won the game
I'd probably take Lee as well..because he can help us next season. But Thompson's numbers are about the same as Lee's was his first season.
LOL..Hoke is such a goof. "See ya Alex..or Andy..or whoever"