This list doesn't scare me all that badly, but one thing all those names have in common is something you can't buy or teach... EXPERIENCE! Our defense has to be better than they were last year and they need to rise to the occasion and make statements against these guys.
Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.
I like our odds
That 5 star kid that transferred to Northwestern from Clemson will have a few games of experience by the time we play them in October.
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Your comment got in just ahead of mine. Obviously we agree. Great minds thinking alike, etc., etc. -
Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers
Northwestern will have their first 5-star quarterback in program history this season. Perhaps Hunter Johnson should have made the list.
Otherwise, in his second year with Frost, Martinez worries me on their home turf - unless our back seven really turn it around this year.
And as much as I hate to admit it, with a new offensive coordinator, Patterson could be much more impressive this season. UM gets to play us at home, also. Plus, we'll be coming off our game with Penn State the week before
By the way, so much for Harbaugh being some sort of offensive genius/quarterback guru. His QB is expected to improve significantly under a new OC who's supposedly going to transition away from Crazy Jimmie's stone age O -
Yeah, I think we have enough evidence at this point to safely say that the "QB guru" title was given to Harbaugh prematurely. I know he also got a lot out of Kaepernick that one year, but he mostly got that title because of Andrew Luck's performance at Stanford. In retrospect, I suspect Luck's success had more to do with A) his own innate, preternatural talent as a quarterback and B) the fact that his father was an NFL QB, than who he had as a head coach in college. Luck would have been an elite quarterback regardless of where he went to school; Harbaugh's impact was likely negligible.
As others have mentioned, Hunter Johnson will have some experience by the time we play them and will be dangerous.
I think a lot of people are under estimating Desmond Ritter. Especially early in the year with the defense possibly still adjusting, he could give us some serious trouble.
That said, Martinez is the best QB on this list. Looked really solid down the stretch last year, and with another full offseason, he’s going to be good.
Throwing Sean Clifford (PSU) in the mix, even though he's an unproven commodity. But reads I've seen have drawn comparisons to McSorley, who did enough damage to Ohio State the past couple years.
Hindsight is, and in, 2020
Another name in the talented but untested mode is Graham Mertz of Wisconsin. Given that the Buck defensive back seven is an unknown quantity in itself, any opposing quarterback should be considered tough until proven otherwise.
Too much time spent at the North Heidelberg rather than the classroom. SSD 68-72
Mertz too, yes.
He has an excellent situation to start out, with that o-line and Taylor.
I know TTUN is supposed to be better offensively, but I believe our defense will be MUCH better. We have a lot of experienced, talented players returning, and I think the D will take a major step forward. I hope that will offset the improvement of the QBs mentioned above.
You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!
They very well could be better but when your offense is sped up their defense will be under more pressure. The big difference between OSU and UM is at the second level and UM will not get away with just playing few dline replacements like last year. You have to have really good depth unless you want to be a BIG 12 team. They won't be a to defense in stats this year.
I'm sure the reason Coach Day and his defensive staff have moved to the hybrid/bullet position is to combat the dual-threat QBs and spread offenses. Martinez will be the biggest problem. He was a PITA last year as a true freshman and he's only going to improve. Ramsey gave us issues last year and I am sure Ritter will be a problem. I dont fear drop-back passers in the least bit.
"I find your lack of kalua disturbing" - Darth Lebowski
It is a nice feeling to sense that if we beat UM badly enough this year that alone might get Harbaugh gone. I think the feelings are so strong and frustrated and desperate - and familiar to someone who lived through the Cooper era - that even if UM won every other game and lost by 21 to us they'd boot him.
Wahoo! Wahoo! Rip, Zip, Bazoo! I Yell. I Yell. For O.S.U.
The deal is that I don't want him gone. I want him to continue to stick around and lose to us. Over and over and over.
One for the sheer joy of beating them, two for my personal joy as I live near that town, and three to hear all of the excuses thrown about year after year.
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I can't possibly be the only one who saw "The Toughest Quarterbacks" headline with a picture of Shea Patterson, and then laughed remembering this kid left the field in November crying his eyes out from what ended up being a turf burn
Leave one wolf alive....and the sheep are never safe
I wouldn’t trade Justin Fields for any of those mentioned... Shea Patterson has to be the most overrated QB in the league... I just don’t see him as ever being an impact QB in the league...
Brian Lewerke is not on this list. 15-10 as a starter and has played in 28 games. Sparty lost 6 games last year and were in every game until the 4th quarter. They had a ton of injuries last year and this contributed to why they were what they were. This guy is back, experienced, battle tested and has a healthy group around him. Sparty will beat Michigan this year and could be in it to win it all.
You never lose to those pricks. Ever. Ever. Urban Frank Meyer
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