It is hard to imagine he was allowed to rush back honestly and I know that you will be circumspect in you response if even you do - yet after several obvious issues in space why not an effort to play others and use him as short yardage.
Not sure who that guy you referred to is?
Werner was not said to be being pushed - given all the comments regarding the strength of our new coaching staff and them owing no allegiance to our current players that would lead me to be hopeful NOT scared!
As I posted earlier in thread I am hoping that it is a battle for back up MLB where Browning is the starter. If not then he is set to spend the rest of his career as a back up or worse a cautionary tale. He is not going to beat Harrison on the outside and for him to switch to strong side and learn yet again ANOTHER set of responsibilities seems like a quick way to end his play period!
I hope he and Harrison are being pushed to be the very best LB's we have, I would think by the way - that would be important! Interesting that he did not say Browning was pushing or being pushed which would signal a clearer picture at starting MLB than many would have guessed
This season will show whether the actions and accusations against Coach Meyer were damaging to our program or not - Harbaugh is implying that issues surrounding Coach Meyer has left disarray in the programs he has moved on from - I just do not see it with our program and I like the rest of you have been watching and reading closely! Then as others have mentioned Jim will now have to face those remaining who followed the man he just spoke of!
The young man is impressive and his writing displays an active mind - who is aware of the good fortune of his circumstances. I feel like regarding his speed that even accounting for the level of talent around him someone did a poor job on the stopwatch!
Not just the optics, I firmly believe any player wants to be in a national championship game and the chance to do so will outweigh many risks. It is the nature of those at the level we speak of to be competitors - not to mention those who dream of becoming immortal in the annals of their school, teammates and yes fan base which has a serious financial benefit POST graduation!
Yet that we have so many players that could be concerned about this is an incredible feat the likes of which only four or five other schools truly have as a roster
I think the excitement of the staff will be contagious and the players will be up for each new test their coach must face! There are very good coaching staffs throughout the B1G Ten and those our beloved Buckeyes face are in fact some of the better! Nebraska, NW, Michigan, MSU - these teams are filled with outstanding coaches who are eager to derail the team who has been up top for so very long - How are team deals with the ups and downs of these match ups will show us all what type of leaders Day and his staff truly are! We will have tactical advantages through our tremendous recruiting as well as strength & conditioning staffs. Now if our coaches continue to attack teams as they have begun to under Day on offense - they can do so for BOTH sides of the ball which I am beginning to believe will be the case according to a few who have witnessed Hafley in action!
I keep circling back to the statement about Hafley and wonder just how much of an impact we are about to see for our secondary!? I also am excited for the opportunity this likely means for the entire defense as Ransom probably saw an accumulation of Hafley's ability to dissect and teach attacking passing offenses and Mattison's ability to ingrain fundamentals. These will not be the ONLY parts of our defense this will impact!
I agree, that was MY 40 time in 1990 with two other equally mediocre runs. I am 5'8" and certainly did not play power 5, yet he makes fantastic decisions EARLY! That my friends will change when you arrive at the point of attack just as much as unusual speed does!
His article was impressive, straight forward and composed!
This film study article brings me back to two separate message board conversations
One - Our offense late in the year was deadly enough that I did not care about playing Alabama or Clemson, they would score somewhere between 30-45 we would score somewhere between 30-45 it would have been a hell of a game!
Two - for all the warranted complaints about our defense, Purdue had two huge factors that derailed our team. A player freaking TUMBLED into a punter giving them a fresh set and tremendous field position and our offense was pathetic on the opponents 40 yard line and in! I am not going to jump through cosmic hoops just simply this line of reasoning
No penalty on that fourth and all things being equal they score 42 pts
I our offense scores three touchdowns out of 5 possessions and SUBTRACTED both those field goals we lose 42-35 and go to the playoffs to face likely Bama and by the end of the year as you all watch this series of highlights who knows!
It does seem like we are stepping away from the SEC style of signing players yet we shall see if the lower numbers which allow for less injuries is a safe play though a cleaner one assuredly!
To the older folks - McCall = Dave Meggett, then power by Teague with an illusive starter in Dobbins you can have all sorts of fun with this line up!
The defense we see this year is filled with excellent 2nd and 3rd year players - I agree with the reasoning that a path to the field even next year would be hard for many 4* recruits to imagine while the opportunity for the offensive side of the ball does seem far greater!
I honestly do not think so, the key to truly stopping us last year is get to and disrupt Haskins. The trouble with trying that is just how quick his read and release truly was coupled with just how insanely fast and by the end skillful his wideouts were and are. Then there were the guys designing the offense. No I am not saying we win either as our defense was hemorrhaging big plays - yet our special teams was dominant - even with our issues we constantly won field position battles and enjoyed short fields and our offense was better than even the numbers show because of the variety of play-makers utilized. I am actually confident that we score on and have sustained drives against ANYONE by the end of last year.
The other part which I acknowledge is an odd one yet I believe would have been key - teams did not do to those two teams what they did to other teams on offense - while for our team we were in many situations - down, giving up huge plays to reverse momentum, needing to make late game winning plays multiple weeks as well as (strangely) coming up with big stops
I see us losing to Clemson 38 - 30
I see us beating Bama 34 - 31
It is exciting that I had a hard time filling in that pair of roster options BECAUSE of the talent not its lack!
I am just hoping that we do not reach for the "Lets get smaller to be more athletic" game plan - I want to see our guys live out on the floor and develop a strategy to get themselves out of difficult situations instead of always being subbed out and that includes K. Wesson - If they are going to call something let it be punishing not the "oh I am a bull in a china shop" scared to break anything, Dials had similar problems, yet would bust your ass and that to me is all the difference in the world between the two men. Wesson being careful makes him look un-athletic which lends itself to cheap foul calls as he appears to blunder into people. Dials was so forceful that when he did make incidental contact refs seemed to give him the benefit of the doubt because "No when Dials fouls a dude you know it!" This enabled him to play looser with far less pointless trips to the bench!
Watching him I do not understand how any lineman does not end up with at least one false start against him per game. As the quarters progress he clearly gets out of his stance faster than those blocking him sending him through the gap, how this does not translate into penalties for the other team every quarter is beyond suspicious!
Do you think Luther is better in the half court, honest assessment - I hope so because being strong and able finish in the half court offense is what I feel he lacked last season. I am hopeful that he could fill the SG in the half court offense because I LOVE everything else he brings. I just believe Jallow could truly be David Lighty for this team! He is strong and can stop opponents bigger guards as well as their small forwards.
The change in response would then be
Walker, Muhammad, Aherns, Liddell, K. Wesson
Carlton, Washington, Jallow, A. Wesson, Young
Still attractive - very fast full court team. I guess I just would love to see our team force a complete change out of our opponent for stretches of the game! Instead of responding with plays we could force them to respond with our personnel and personality!
Walker, Jallow, Aherns, Liddell, K. Wesson
Tough, physical, strong half court defense and offense - you can run plays through this line up!
Carlton, Muhammad, Washington, A. Wesson, Young
You just RUN! PRESSURE and RUN some more!
Mattering on how he has done academically he could set himself up for a fantastic transfer as a graduate and head down to UC with the years and training he has received putting him in fantastic position with 2 years of eligibility left
Munford is another one of those guys whose recruiting rankings are not as impressive because he did not look as impressive instead of just watching him play and the level of talent against him!
With the three men who will have so much to do with his development being incredibly capable - though in Hartline's case with a small sample size I believe Justin will do tremendously certainly in preparation and scheme analysis!
Regarding Fields, I always think the comparison should be Braxton Miller - and think of Fields having a chance for far more development
Given what I have seen from the ability to develop by those on our current staff (at several sites over the years in Wilson and Mattison), I strongly suspect we will have tremendous results from our three stars who do see the field!