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I like you am a huge Ezra Robinson fan. I think he's going to see plenty of the field regardless of Trae Wayne's being the fastest guy on the Defense. When Coach says he wanted to burn a guy's RS in the secondary, best believe he's got the goods.
I feel like we made the right move by not adding bodies for fill when our A/B guys were gone. I'd rather see those scholarships go to ATH who can play multiple positions and I think we've done an excellent job of adding speed and athleticism everywhere.
Maxwell was essentially benched in the bowl game and our late points (to win the game) came without his help. I think that's damning on his ability to lead the offense. After 12 games, he wasn't getting it done on the field.
This post was edited by TheBlitzIsOn 13 months ago
Yep. I'm going to be interested to see who gets time in the nickel spot. Whether they go with a cb in Robinson or one of the abundance of talented safeties. I think we'll see a lot of Demetrius Cox, another one that the coaches nearly played because of sheer talent.
"losing Caleb Benenoch is a blow that Dantonio will never recover from. Izzo has lost it as well. Hoke and Beilein own the state."
I'm actually not as concerned about the o-line this year. We almost have to be better...pretty much have to be. The RBs looks to be a huge step down no matter how you cut it. The WRs are still thin and the starters still unproven commodities. QB could become a cluster if Maxwell doesn't improve and either starts the whole season and doesn't do anything or we keep switching QBs and it kills us. Just to be safe...Maxwell should probably just consider getting better.
I don't think anybody here knows more than the coaches, but I've never liked that argument. I hear it all the time, and I don't agree. Just because coaches know a lot more than us about football, that doesn't mean they don't make mistakes.
There are several examples in the history of football, but here's the first that came to mind. Look at the 49ers last year. Kaepernick clearly gave them the better chance to win games in comparison to Alex Smith, but the coaching staff named Smith the starter. It was only because of a concussion that Kaepernick became the starter. I'm positive that the San Francisco coaching staff knows more than anybody here about football, but they were wrong in thinking Smith gave them the best chance to win games.
Having said that, I do think that Maxwell was the best option last year (even though I thought he was horrible on several occasions). I don't think Cook is very good, and we weren't about to pull Tyler's redshirt. But this year, I fully expect O'Connor to get a fair shot at winning the job. I have no clue how good he is, but I'm praying that he is better than Maxwell.
The offense too.
Maxwell fucking blows. If he was the QB of any other college football team we'd all be laughing at how shitty their QB is.
From a very trusted MSU football coach--Cook is on top of the leader board and it will be his to lose. It did not surprise how matter of fact he was.
Then why isn't Cook listed at the top of the depth chart?
We have also heard rumors from "inside sources" that O'Connor was the most talented QB on the roster last year and they expect him to win the job this year.
Good post and fair points but again if we had someone like a Kapernick behind Maxwell it'd be one thing, we don't. We have a guy who did some nice things in the bowl but is overall unproven.
We will just have to see ow it plays out. Hoping whoever wins the job can have a nice season for us
What would it help to anoint Cook right now? It's a formality to list Maxwell with the 1's.
I've also heard the "inside" talk that O'Connor is the real deal. We will see.
I agree with you. The one thing that Cook appeared to have in the bowl game was an ability to make plays when things broke down (something Maxwell never did). I'm very confident that Maxwell has better QB skills (accuracy, arm strength, etc), but he has no intangibles and no football instincts.
Overall, I will not be very confident if either one of them is the starter next year. That's why I'm hoping O'Connor steps up and wins the job.
ok, I will throw my hat into the qb debate. All the people that are butthurt about Max being listed as #1 are just not looking at it correctly. That is the right move, keeps Max engaged as well as saves face for the staff that had him start every game last year. The staff has also stated that it will be an open competition, not the standard "best players will play", what else does anybody want.
With all do respect to dj spartans source, my gut tells me it is Max or Oconner
This post was edited by WalterSobchak19 13 months ago
If you have enough sources, you can get at least one of them to say just about anything.
See you in 6 weeks troll.
That offensive line [mindblown]
Can't wait to see what it will look like with Allen back.
I'm excited at that tackle duo and getting the best 5 on the field. France may function better in limited space rather on the edge. His height isn't anything incredibly out of the norm at the position nowadays.
Edit: and if he's finally fully healthy, Travis Jackson will be all BIG IMO.
This post was edited by Rogue Leader 13 months ago
If you had told me after the 2009 season that Dan France would have 24 starts at OT, and Conway would have 0, I would have laughed so hard.
Neck injuries have ruined 2 of the 3 most talented OT recruits to join this program (Barrent being the other).
Wasn't Barrents injury back related? Either way it still cost us his services.
Travis jackson was arguably just as good as Foreman in 2011 IMO, Foreman being the more dominating run blocker and Jackson being better in the pass game. Jackson's leadership on the line as well as Fou's was probably almost as big of a loss last year though.
France looked good in the bowl game, I think Fou can be better for us there though.
Didn't Fou play LT at his JUCO?
Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.
Actually, I think he was a RT there too.
Sad, but true.
Our receivers catch like little kids whose arms are too short to catch.
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