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Just not sure; I'll go back and see if I can find the others. Going fishing with my old man in an hour though, so I may not get to it till tonight.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
I always enjoy the MSU/PSU matchups. Yeah, it's not a rivalry and there is very little bad blood between the schools, but I think it has been a good end-of-season game.
That and the trophy is the tits.
Loser gets to keep it!
I took it as Sadler just making a joke
Perhaps I was a bit too quick to assume so before reading about the other teams, but it's just hard to believe another team being worse off...
"On paper they have nothing to play for– no bowl games, rankings, or championships– yet they play like they have everything on the line."
So here are some interesting returning stats (per Phil Steele)
1. Gibbons, Michigan, 16/18, L 52
2. Meyer, Iowa, 17/21, L 50
3. Budzien, Northwestern, 19/20, L 44
4. Basil, Ohio State, 8/11, L 52
5. Zalewski, IL, 4/7, L 54
6. Ewald, IU, 15/20, L46
7. McCartney, Purdue, 5/7, L 36
8. Griggs, Purdue, 4/7, L 46
9. Ficken, PSU, 14/21, L 38
10. French, Wisc, 10/16, L 46
Punting, with Team Net punting in ( )
1. DuVernois, IL, 41.9 ypp (39.2)
2. Sadler, MSU, 42.8 ypp (38.5)
3. Meyer, Wisky, 41. 5 ypp ( 37.6)
4. Williams, Northwestern, 39.9 ypp ( 37.6)
5. Webster, Purdue, 42.3 ypp (36.7)
6. Toth, IU, 39.5 YPP (36.5)
7. Butterworth, PSU, 37.4 (34.5)
8. Eldred, MN, 38.1 (34.4)
9. Kornbrath, Iowa, 37.9 (34.4)
1. Cotton, Iowa, 28.2 ypr
2. Mostert, Purdue, 25.7 ypr
3. Norfleet, UM, 23.6 ypr
4. Coleman, Indiana, 23.6 ypr
5. Smith, Ohio State, 24.3 ypr
6. Bell, Nebrasak, 23.2 ypr
7. Hunt, Purdue, 22.2 ypr
8. Hill, MSU, 21.6 ypr
9. Abdulllaha, Nebraska, 21.2
10.Mark, Northwestern, 19.8 ypr
11. Ferguson, IL, 18.1
1. Mark, Northwestern, 18.7 YPR
2. Abdullah, Nebraska, 13.1 ypr
3. Doe, Wisconsin, 12. 4 ypr
4. Brown, tOSU, 12.3 ypr
5. Hill, MSU, 8.9 YPR
6. Sims Jr., MSU, 8.4 ypr
7. Della valle, PSU, 7.6 ypr
8. Abbrederis, Wisky, 6.5 YPR
9. Stoner, IU, 5.8 YPR
10. Gallon, Michigan, 5.5 YPR
Nick Hill is not very good. Hope he gets replaced on both KR and PR with Sims, Kings, Arnett, or maybe one of the young DBs. Get someone with real speed and jukes back there. Hill is a power back stuck in a scatback body.
PSU wasn't last in any of those stats
Did Iowa not return any punts? Lol
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by MrWoodson 9 months ago
These are returning players only. Iowa's PR graduated.
Iowa is up shit creek. Whoever their backup QB is supposed to be didn't throw a pass in 2012.
This is a tough one; every team has at least one area where they're weak and most teams only have 1 "elite" guy out of the 4 positions (K, P, KR, PR). With the ability of true and RS FR to make an instance impact in the return games, this is the most subjective and probably least accurate ranking I'll come up with.
1. Northwestern - Budzien hit 95% of his FGs, the Punter was pretty good and Mark was the best PR in the league. Yea, the KR leaves something to be desired, but this seems to be the most solid line-up. Big question for me is whether or not Mark continues to be a return guy, given that he's the main RB.
2. Iowa - Meyer was a good K last year, Cotton was the best KR and Kornbrath was a true FR last year; I've seen Punters improve dramatically in their first 2 years, like MSU's Sadler. No PR returns.
3. Ohio State - Basil was good last year, Smith and Brown was good returners. Basically all 3 were upper half players, with Brown having a return TD to his name.
4. Michigan - Gibbons may be the best K in the league and Norfleet is a good KR. Hagerup is supsended for the year and the PR game was mediocre a year ago.
5. Michigan State - Sadler was the best P in the league to me and Sims Jr. came on strong down the stretch at PR. New K, but the #1 ranked K is coming in. KR wasn't as bad as I remembered, but there should be a new guy in there.
6. Purdue - Ks combined for 9/14 which is ok, but not great. #2 KR in the league, upper division punting. New PR.
7. Indiana - mid-level K and P, solid KR, bad PR.
8. Wisconsin - Meyer is a very good punter, French has room to grow as a K, Doe is a good PR. Needs a new KR
9. Nebraska - Replaces their K and P. Great PR, so-so KR
10. Illinois - Great punting, mediocre K, new KR and PR
11. PSU - Even though the requests were for last place . . . Ficken improved after a really rough start, P wasn't great last year, PR weren't horrible, KR needs a lot of work.
12. Minnesota - New K, bad P (but could improve), need a new PR and KR
We also have Matt Wile as our #2 K. He kicked a 48 yarder against you last year.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by MrWoodson 9 months ago
Count this as my vote as well.
Well, that doesn't really change my view; I already have you guys with the #1 PK unit.
Roll Call for lists; I think we have 6 so far . This is by far the hardest group we've had to rank.
Or easiest for you to put together. I don't think many people care the details of ST, let alone other teams.
No, the INS isn't chasing him; Taylor Martinez just runs like that. . . .
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by CaliSpartan0606 9 months ago
We all know corch is a special teams genius. Plus our new bad ass Aussie punter can punt 65 yards
1. Northwestern - 1.27
2. Ohio State - 3.64
2. Michigan - 3.64
4. Michigan State - 4.55
5. Iowa - 5.0
6. Wisconsin - 5.91
7. Purdue - 6.09
8. Nebraska - 8.09
9. Indiana - 8.36
10. Illinois - 9.09
11. PSU - 10.81
12. Minnesota - 11.55
No doubt these are going to look totally different at year's end
Are we doing one for coaches? I'd imagine that will turn into a pissfest unlike any other.
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