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It looked like Jarrod Wilson, James Ross, and Joe Bolden were in there all at once. True Freshman surpassing upperclassmen.
Let the youth movement begin.
11 National Titles | 42 Conference Titles | 3 Heisman Winners | 78 All-Americans | 37 College Hall of Fame Members
I'm happy about it. The best players should play.
Where was Demens in the 2nd half?
"Those Who Stay...Will be Champions"
He and Morgan looked terrible.
Good, baptise them in fire! Good tuneup this weekend coming up
I was calling for Bolden in the first half because Demens was not good.
I thought Morgan was worse. Morgan and Roh - why are we starting them? Start high school juniors instead please!
Give me 22 Jake Ryans anyday. STUD!
I'm not sure he played at all the 2nd half. Morgan played some but it seemed like Ross played more 2nd half. Didn't see Ross at all first half though.
I think some people are getting a little worked up. Everyone calm down.....during RR era we lose that game. I thought we played just fine. AF is a good team, hard to prepare for, and is always primed to upset someone. Big Blue showed a lot of heart.
This is why your a dumbass. There not hard to prepare for!!! PLAY FOOTBALL!!! If its so hard to prepare for why do only 3 teans in the country run the option???? Moon you'd be a great flag football o coordinator
There will not be any of this. Stop or you're gonna take a break. Personal attacks are and always have been a no-no.
And yes, Air Force is hard to prepare for.
I'm not sure if you're really drunk or something but triple option teams are the hardest to prepare for. Add in the fact that Michigan couldn't prepare for them all off season because of Bama, and there you go. Option teams are like knuckleball pitchers, you hardly ever see them and that's why they're so effective. Air Force probably has the talent level of Idaho or something, but they can sometimes hang in there with the big teams because of the triple option. Michigan's defense will probably be more effective against the spread or the pro because they've played them more often. Chill out.
Agreed. The only area of concern for me that game was the OL, not the DL. The OL failed to get very much push almost all game. The only play that worked was Denard iso.
This is Michigan, fergodsakes.
pulled in favor of Bolden, Demens did not have a good game and Bolden was playing much better.
I must have missed Wilson out there who was he playing for
Gordon most likely. Both play FS.
brady hoke after the game said "Joe Bolden played against the option every day when he was at Colerain. He knows how to defend it and it showed in this game" according to tremendous
You aren't very knowledgeable about football.
Both Demens and Morgan looked slow to evaluate the plays. It could just be the weird offense they were running. We will see.
It's not the offense. Both are heavy on their feet and slow to read/react.
Teams don't run it often because it has limitations in a close game because it uses a lot of clock. Perfect example was the game we played. However, the option can also even the playing field with the clock and the talent level. This is why the academies run it IMO.
Honestly, I knew AF would be able to rush for a ton, but the most concerning thing to me was the inability to contain the edge run. It was clear that someone was blowing their assignment consistently or couldn't get off their blocks (Morgan/Demens). Also, I can't believe how many 3rd and longs they succeeded on with a QB draw. Whoever was playing spy (or assigned to the QB) did an pretty terrible job there. I'd rather force them to throw it in those situations and make sure the QB doesn't have a lane. We won't know anything until the Notre Dame game anyhow.
You are absolutely right on the 3rd down thing. We actually did a comendable job stopping the run considering it took them 70 carries to get 290 yards. That is about 4 yards per carry. The problem was we couldn't get off the field on 3rd down. If the D would of just made a couple more stops on 3rd down this game would of been a blow out.
Well, the 3rd down stats were 12-21, so a 57% conversion rate on 3rd down for a team that is typically in 3rd-and-short situations isn't horrible. It's not great, but it's not awful.
What I noticed on those 3rd-and-long situations was Air Force exploited the DL Mattison was rotating in. The very first drive of the game you saw the plan, it was 3rd-and-9 and the defensive line was Jake Ryan - Jibreel Black - Craig Roh - Brennan Beyer. Ryan and Beyer got upfield a bit, Roh got doubled, and Black was single-blocked. All the receivers went deep which left a huge void in the middle of the field. With Ryan and Beyer too far up and Roh not beating the double, it left Dietz a ton of space to get by Black and outrun Demens to get close to a 1st down. Having a pass-rush line in for a QB like that is going to result in some easy draws. Hard to say if they were designed or he just saw the space and took off, but there didn't appear to be a spy on him since Demens was in coverage trying to follow the TE.
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