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Comment 12 Jan 2018

It's important to note that '17 was realisticaly Dixon's first full playing year with his injury plagued career and his production, especially the deep downfield routes were pretty good, so I expect his growth to continue. I'm also high on Mack and Hill as posessesion WRs as their growths have also been evident and steady.  My '18's expectations for Victor (effort and consistency) and Campell (HANDS!) at this point are relatively much, much lower (sure hope I'm wrong). 

Comment 11 Jan 2018

He's a very limited player who has speed but nothing else. 

May not be popular sentiment looking at all the previous comments, but I do agree with this.  Parris has had two full years now to show the upside of his speed can keep him on the field while we wait for the downside of his catching ability to go away.

For those who are ready to hit the DV button, think about what's written in the article here. How much improvement has he made, specifically, with his hands from the VT game non-catch to the USC game (1 catch) after three years?  The whole Spring/Summer camps' eager anticipation of his breakout season (I remember the coaching staff's consistent praising) simply didn't happen. Albeit his on-field production when it happened, were super exciting, the incessant drops on relatively routine WR catches were just as frustrating. I'm far from saying take him off the field, but I do hope the coaching staff can pull a Saban next year in giving the non-proven/younger guys a fair shot at the H spot. I'm also somewhat concerned with his concussions this year.

I am genuinely happy for him though to have the opportunity to get his degree before moving on (hopefully NFL after next season). 

Comment 04 Jan 2018

A buddy's apt complex 5min from campus, with about half a dozen, die hard football buddies. All students (sophomore to grad student).  Started drinking in the morning...you know how it goes.  By the time game finished, we were all delirious and half of us took our pants down and started running in the apt complex parking lot and screaming our heads off.  I don't think I went home until 5am or later, not that I really remember.  We cracked not one, but two bottles of Johnny Walker blue after the game, THAT I do definitely remember.

Comment 19 Dec 2017

 It just seems so very wrong not to tell the team you are committed to what's going on. 

It's called "California Flaky".  Us midwesterners will never understand it. They don't mean it, they just are.  I've lived out there, extensively, I know.

Comment 04 Dec 2017

Any JUCO/Xfer target potentials with all the coaching carousel impacts? Looking at DE position depth...

Comment 01 Dec 2017

What Beanie said: https://soundcloud.com/97-1-the-fan/tim-and-beanie-jt-barrett-predictions  - @TimandBeanie971

Comment 29 Nov 2017

He said he looked a little less athletic than the rest of the defense; however he plays very disciplined. He noted one play where he couldn't change direction quick enough to make a tackle on UM's running back.

I saw that too and also remember the play where he got trucked over 1:1 against UM RB on one of their TDs on the 1 yrd line.  Hopefully Mick get him up to 250-pound range like Raekwon/Laurinaitis/Katzenmoyer.  He's listed at 229 right now.  

Comment 28 Nov 2017

Interesting read on OU's Orlando Brown, http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2746033-once-a-415-pound-high-schooler-orlando-brown-now-is-the-baddest-ol-in-cf

More interesting tidbit in context to TN and recuriting, 

During the latter half of Brown's senior season, the staff at Tennessee—the school he'd committed to that spring—began calling less and less. And by the time he took his official visit a week before signing day, Brown hadn't spoken with any of the coaches in weeks.

According to Fleetwood, Tennessee had accepted too many commitments and had to turn people away. Brown, partially because of his sub-2.0 GPA, was one of the victims. He wasn't informed until he was on campus for his visit the Sunday before signing day.

"I called Butch," Fleetwood said, "and I said, 'Butch, this is dirty. You knew what you were going to do to this kid, and you waited until three days before signing day. What are you trying to do?' He got all pissed at me and tried to make excuses, and I said, 'Thank you. Goodbye.'"

Comment 22 Nov 2017

I debated if I should post this, but ultimately, this article about preparation is as good a context as any. The Game is THE Game, seeing and hearing someone from the other side (Chris Howard) who had success against us is a good reminder to calm down on the overconfidence, https://www.landof10.com/michigan/michigan-ohio-state-football-chris-howard

Appreciate the rivalry and embrace THE Game.