No doubt..if you look back at our absolute best teams they all had great D lines. It's often overlooked and as some have stated..it's what seperates some of the SEC teams from the rest of the country. It's no suprise MSU and OSU have been at the forefront of the B1G rebound as they have solid if not outstanding Dline play. It's really a shame Spence is gone..what a terror him and Bosa would be.
You probably want to avoid the fan sites until fall camp..there isn't much to talk about except the occasional commit so it will be a hot topic for the next 5 months
Not yet..Standfor DB Wayne Lyons is considering a number of schools. Michigan just happened to create a new position and hired Lyons mother for the position. Nothing odd about that!
The idiot Michigan press failed to realize Weber was more important of a get/loss for M than it was OSU. He's a hometown kid who once committed to M. Most buckeye fans would have been fine if he chose otherwise. Now if this was a Ohio kid and a longtime buckeye fan..
Love the pic of the qb's..you can really see the difference in them. Jones is a just a big old happy teddy bear. JT is one cool dude. Braxton actually looks happy.
Harris is special but I really like Weber. The guy is a bruiser..he and Samuel could be our own version of 'thunder and lightning'.
Bama also offered Weber. My fear now is Harbaugh..he's going to make a full court press on Weber.
Didn't this group of seniors win the Sugar Bowl (regardless of vacated wins) and B1G champs in 2010?
Appreciate the info..I really like Weber but I've only seen the highlight film. I wish we got some more updates like this from those who see these guys in person. I can see why MSU likes him..he looks like the typical Spartan back. But we shined with Hyde in our backfield and can easily fit in a downhill runner like Weber..imo.
IF Braxton goes elsewhere..it can't be a future opponent. If were to make the playoff's next year I don't want to see Braxton across the field. So that should negate teams like Oregon. There are plenty of programs that need a qb and run an offense that will suit him..and are extremely unlikely to make it to the 4 team playoff.
I love Samual but I still think Eze is our best all around back. He has the blocking down and that will be extremely important against the MSU D. I felt bad for Rod when he was dismissed but this O is much more dangerous with Samuel getting Rod's carries.
What Urban has always been great at is..assembling a great staff and recruiting. Honestly about all the great programs are built on such things. If he doesn't like the way something is going he'll make changes (unlike our predecessor). You see vast improvement on the defense with the new DC.. We'll see what we elect to do on offense. He made some rather stinging remarks in Hermans direction after the game. He's doing fine on recruiting. I know it's been said regardless of how well JT is playing..we lost a the reigning B1G player of the year 2 weeks before the season started. Not many teams would do so well after such a blow. My only dissapointment since Urban was hired has been the D..and that's on it's way to getting where it needs to go imo
I feel bad for Rod..but I never really saw the talent others seen. He certainly has great size and speed..but I didn't really see a running back. He was a big fast guy that could do fine with a hole. I always thought they would move him to a different position. Frankly as the season wore on I wanted to see more of Samuel than Smith. He looks like he could be the home run hitter the running game is missing. Hopefully Rod get's his life moving in the right direction
I'm not sure why so many are bothered by this..who gives a sh**. It's not like the guy brings it up.
Though Urban didn't say..I imagine he returns the favor.."yea Tommy..your D sucked..we picked up on that..BOOM!"
Really like Bates-Diop' game as well. I know some think Russell may be our leading scorer but it won't suprise me if Keita claims that title.
Obviously a Michigan man..he has MSU and M higher than anyone else. For those thinking he's correct.... why does everyone else have us higher? Freshman in bball can make a world of difference
I watched Rutgers play WSU early in the season...they just pounded the WSU D (as everyone does). I remember thinking they look like the classic B1G team..strong running game and decent D. I think they've lost their big back though.
Almost forgot about Hill..I really like him coming out of HS and a couple of the Oline guys last season predicted great things from him
Wow..amazing story on Jerrie Mock.
Spiels was wrong on this...they do not play bump/run. Ash has talked quite a bit about what he want's his D (spefically coverage) to do. He prefers to route receives to areas they want them to go. You can do this without bumping them..though it may be needed at times and I've seen it depending on what type of receiver your playing. Most receivers want the path of least resistance. I'm just happy we aren't playing 10 yards off the los..like last year. Any short pass was pitch/catch..and forget about them being in position to covers screens.
Obviously these guys know what they are doing..but agree with your sentiment. A guy may be a great tackle but it doesn't mean he's a great guard. He MAY be. I was a guard in high school and switched to tackle for a game or two..it's a different skillset to be sure. You have to have great/quick feet as you may have to keep up with a DE for 5 yards. As a guard I rarely moved out of a small zone on passing plays. I had to pull but that's different. I remember listening to a guy at a coaching clinic and he said your guards drive your running game..tackles your passing game. It makes some sense really..and points to the difference.
I don't think it's talent. When I've rewatched the games and just focused on the oline...there are plays where some of the guys don't know who to block. When they know who to block they do just fine. I would say Price and Farris are both in this category. There were two plays in a row where Farris just missed his guy and touched no one. One of them was the shovel pass and Wilson would have had plenty of running room had Farris made his block. I would guess they are hoping the light goes on for one of these young men.
i don't see McMillan or Grant going to DE..even for passing plays. Grant get's tied up to much with blockers as it is and if his legs get hit he's down. I think we'll see more of Jalyn Holmes if anything. The guy just looks like a pass rusher. He did get kind of a bs late it call that even Millen said was touchy.
I still seen some mistakes against KSU but obviously not as many. Usually it's not a guy getting physically beat but it's someone missing an assignment. You can't fix slow feet but you can fix missed assignments.
As Hoody said....good coaches adapt their offense to their strengths. The sad part is..I think this year would have been close to what Urban looks for. Some speed on the edge and a qb that can run the various options.