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I've maintained that he wants his first gig to be at an AQ spot. His stomping grounds are the Midwest and Northeast, so a Big East/ACC job is most likely. He's getting paid well enough that he won't leave EL for another DC position (at college at least), so it depends on what jobs are available this offseason.
There's some speculation that he'll just wait for MD to retire and take over MSU, but I think it's much more likely that he goes to another conference. I don't think he's at MSU for the '14 season.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
Yea, our guys looked a half step slow the whole game vs. Nebraska. Pass D broke down late, but MSU also had their 4th and 5th string safeties playing on the final drive at the FS and nickel spots due to injuries. Still held Martinez to under 50% passing, 2 TDs and 3 INTs.
Mark is a legit RB; I consider Northwestern's Colter/Mark to be about 90-95% of T-Mart/Abdullah. Less TO prone though, which can be problematic.
Nice to play them off of a bye; gets some of MSU's legs back.
I think it'll be a relatively high scoring game; MSU's OL has looked better in the last 2 games and is still healthy (longest stretch for the starting 5 to be together all season . . . which is crazy). Northwestern seems bad against the pass, and I think MSU can have success passing to set up the run. I also would be shocked if MSU held Northwestern under 21-24 points; these fast-paced spreads with quick QBs are just a pain in the rear for MSU.
NW is bad against the pass. My only concern with passing a lot is that it does not chew up enough clock and a incomplete pass or two can result in a quick three and out. You are much better off running if you can (we couldn't). If you pass a lot and it causes you to keep giving the ball back to NW without taking much time off the clock, you will regret it. Their offense is dangerous.
I'm more thinking of hitting a 15 yard crossing route on the first play, then running a screen for 5-6 yards, THEN running. Not saying Maxwell should throw it 45 times . Their LBs seem pretty solid at keeping their gaps, so I'd like to back them off the LOS a little bit. Then again, running Lawrence Thomas at them seemed to work very well against Nebraska . . . he may end up at FB/H-back full time.
I'd like to see a little more of Nick Hill. He had 2 carries for 30 yards against Nebraska and could really provide some burst. MSU has been dying for a #2 RB option, even if he only gets 7-9 carries/game.
I gotta say, interior pass pro improved a ton once Treadwell was able to play LG full time. Jack Allen is much more comfortable at C. Glad to see France able to handle a speed rusher (Eric Maritin) and MSU didn't give up a sack vs. Nebraska. Now Northwestern has a nice pair of DEs too, so I'd like to see some strong play against them before I annoint the OL officially slightly below average, up from cover your eyes awful .
This post was edited by MalibuMan 20 months ago
We couldn't run against NW, but excluding Denard we haven't been able to run against anyone. If you can run against them, you will be fine.
Duzzi pretty much used that "visit" to TAMU for a raise. I think it came out afterward in a RCR that he really had no interest going there. If he's gone, it'll be for a BCS conference gig, which i dont think will come to him until 2014. He had some MAC/Smaller schools interested in him over the summer.
This post was edited by Braintrust 20 months ago
OL looked solid against Nebraska. Not sure if it's their awful run defense, or if its because they were all healthy. Roushar said it's the first time all 5 OL practiced together all week since the CMU game.
What do you expect me to say? I'm telling the truth when I say our hardest games are at home. Playing a 5-5 team on the road is supposed to be one of the hardest games? If that's the case then I will be upset if we don't go 11-0 to start the season.
Stealing Sparty's recruits and owning them on the field since 1898
The DL is basically the same as this year. The Wrs are basically the same minus Roundtree. The only question mark is OL. If Lewan returns we will have almost no flaws.
I was shocked at how well MSU ran against Nebraska. Nebraska's run D looked bad, but if you took away tOSU and UCLA (which featured O's completely unlike MSU's), Nebraska's run D was giving up around 114 yards/game and 3.0 YPC. That's a pretty great run D and is close to what MSU's current rush D stats are (MSU actually giving up 3.6 YPC). They had nuked every pro-style rushing game, including Wisconsin's.
Well, that 5-5 team nearly knocked off UM at home . . . and UM/MSU could still end up with the same record at the end of the year. I wouldn't call that game a gimmee by any stretch of the imagination.
Rushing O sans Shoelace? That sounds like a big question mark to me.
We still have Dileo and Gallon and have the potential to get the # 1 WR recruit in Treadwell. Frank Clark, Brennan Beyer, Jibreel Black, and Ondre pipkins will be back on the DL.
The offense is just as effective through two games without him.
This post was edited by msucantmakebcs 20 months ago
Your offense is still 81st in the country, wouldn't say its flawless.
I was just asking about the running game. UM put up 155 and 133 yards vs. Minny and Northwestern on the ground. That's far from your nearly 200 YPG average.
I'd say we've stepped our offense since DR got hurt scoring 35 and 38 points the last two games.
The DL is basically the same next year? You lose 2/4 starters. It may end up just as good, but not because it is 'basically the same'.
The top 4 WR's (as listed in your Iowa depth chart) are Roundtree, Gardner, Gallon and Dileo. Assuming Gardner moves to QB, that means you will be losing 2 of your 4 best WR's. Furthermore, Roundtree and Gardner would both be on the field at the same time fairly frequently, correct? As the X and Z WR's, I believe? With Gallon lined up in the slot. The issue with this is that two tall, deep-threat WR's will have to be identified. I assume Jerald Robinson will take one spot, and Darboh the other? Again, it could work perfectly fine, or it could not. I presume that chemistry issues could exist in the first half of the year, and the pass game could ultimately rely on how well Gardner gels with the WR's.
I agree OL is a question mark, but disagree that it's answered if Lewan returns. If Lewan comes back, it definitely helps, but the entire interior will be very inexperienced (from what I understand). While having 2 inexperienced guards with experienced players at both OT's and C could work, having an inexperienced C between those 2 G's could hurt a lot. If you think there's going to be improvement at those 3 spots, I think you're crazy, and several of your fellow UM posters have agreed that the interior OL has struggled this year.
laconophilia is everywhere...
Didn't you hear? They're going 11-0 easily to start the year, and will be a flawless team!
That was an incredibly stupid thing to say.
The problem is, you filtered everything else out and read everything as you wrote it.
It's okay, I know we were being trolled by an expert.
Also, I love your signature.
(I have them turned off )
This post was edited by TAMUWolverine 20 months ago
Read a great article today by Rexrode discussing MSU hoops team. I agree that the experiment of having Nix Payne on the floor at the same time needs to end. I'd also like to see Appling spend some time at SG allowing for Valentine to take over at PG.
Sounds like we will see more of Valentine at the point tonight which should help him get some more experience.
I think eventually this is the type of lineup we will see this year:
I know you're a fan and wish for that, but I wonder if they realized their potential this year. Sad if true.
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