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.
JT's special teams were solid for most of his career here..but for whatever reason we started to weaken. His last year and Lukes first year we were allowing returns. Wisky, Miami and Florida gashed us pretty good. I think we seeing a weakening in the recruiting..athletes play special teams like linebackers and safeties. And it's been on display on defense recently. I think that has been boosted..now we have a fr kicker and he's going through some growing pains
I was wondering the same thing. We've been bringing in speed guys like McLaurin, Clark, Wilson..ect. We need some big possession type guys as well. I do think Dixon and Thomas MAY be in that category. And I think we have to look at our receiver coach. He's a great recruiter but we keep seeing the same mistakes...guys catching with their body..not catching at a high point...difficulty getting off bump/run coverage
<Hell, I'm struggling to remember Devin catching a short or intermediate pass>
Didn't Devin catch the pass on the first play of the game Saturday. I'd have to look but I though it was him..bascially wr screen.
Some guys just have a knack for making plays in games that don't really show in practice. I remember Conley talking about Joe Germaine...in practice he looked like a 'wasted scholly' (his words). But in the games he just seemed to make plays.
I know I'm beating the proverbial dead horse here..but it really peaves me that we have replay and it's not used at crucial times or it flat out fails. Anyone could see the Navy back was oob prior to hitting the pylon. My 13 year old spotted on the first replay. The fumble should never have stayed. It seems it's arbitrary as to when something is reviewed. They'll review a 2 yard pass to see if the reciever was really inbounds then ignore a cruicial turnover. I hope they do reviews of those in charge of replay reviews.
Great hit..but they did have some misses. I rewatched the game last night and our olb's got caught up in blocks quite often. Granted it's guys diving at their feet at times so trying to save their ankles. I'll say at this point we have great athletes at the linebacker positions but they don't have the 'nose' for the ball Shazier had..at least not yet.