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Because I think the Spring Game will most closely simulate a real game? Maxwell is probably ok to leave off limits now, but I'd like to see O'Connor and Cook be live. You don't get a real feel for a QB's playmaking ability if he can be "sacked" just by having a defender get close to him. I'd like to see if O'Connor escape a DE who just graps a handful of jersey, or if he goes down easily.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
I agree. No reason MSU can't get 30 K out to Spartan Stadium. Should be sunny at least.
Well, no on stepped up to be Ringer's back-up in '08 . . .. and none of the veterans stepped up in '09 either.
Staff dropped the ball by not giving Maxwell and at least Mumphery some decent PT in 2011. Maxwell should have had 2x his passing attempts at least.
i'd like to see them try getting wrapped up as down, instead of touches. still allows the QBs to show of their escapability without getting hit.
Only because 2008 was horrible: 130 YPG, 3.3 YPC. It went "up" to 137 yards and 4.2 YPC in 2009. Oh joy.
In fact, MD has had only 1 year where the ground game exceeded 155 YPC, 2007 (198, 4.4 YPC). I must say, his track record is not good when it comes to producing strong rushing attacks. I'm not optimistic that MSU will have marked improvement (20+ YPG difference) in 2013 vs. 2012.
I will say this: if MSU does push the rushing attack into the 160 YPG area, this team will be a Rose Bowl contender.
I'd be down with that. It's too easy for a QB to think "Oh Yea, I WOULD have gotten away" after the whistle calls the play dead.
I still think Maxwell starts the year. Does he finish it? We shall see.
What about Bollman being added to the staff Rocky? I think the old man knows what he's doing. I've read lately the blocking schemes and technique he's added this spring are really making a difference. I think it's very possible, because as I said the last 2 seasons, Mark Staten is NOT an Oline coach by trade. JUSt because he looks the part and the kids like him doesn't make it so. Coaching Oline is about technique, precision, and scheming properly for the talent you have. I am hopeful. (it's April...I better be, huh?)
Wish I could make it. It starts at 2:30, right? But with a running clock, i'm not sure how long the game would last. I'd like to be able to make it for at least the second half but i'm not sure if I can. Are the gates just open for anyone to walk in?
I'm not saying it was good, I'm just saying that it wasn't like our running game was great Ringer's senior year so anyone who claims we had a major falloff in the running game because Dantonio failed to groom a successor is just talking out their ass.
Heath needs to make an impact as the #4? Disagree, would say he needs to show flashes, keep discipline. #4s don't need to make an impact, they need to show they will rise above #4.
We have 3-4 kids coming in at RB, frosh RB are not a rare thing. Until it become an actual problem on game day, I don't feel your angst. And Caper & Bell both flashed as true frosh.
As for O'Connnor's mobility, your eye won't lie. And keep in mind, after the first practice, he was rewarded the #1 QB, spot. After that practice, Maxwell won it every day after.
1) I agree with you about Heath; I guess what I meant was that he needs to do what Calhoun did last year; flash his ability when he gets in, learn from the veterans and make a push to the #3 spot (ahead of Drone) over the later half of the year.
2) Yea, FR RBs can play and Caper and Baker both flashed as true FR. They also failed to rush for a combined 1000 yards. MSU basically needs 2 times Caper and Baker's FR production . . . .but then again, both of them suffered injuries and couldn't play the whole year. I think MSU needs at least 1500 yards from its top 2 RBs this season to have any semblance of a running game, and another 500 yards from somewhere else. Over a 13 game season, that's a little under 153 YPG on the ground, or basically 2010.
3) I'm interested to see O'Connor and the rest of the 2012 class (Tompkins, Lyles, R. Bullough, Conklin/Kieler/HIggins/McGowan, Ezra Robinson, Madaris, etc.)
This is dependent heavily on how much our WRs can block, but I expect short passes (quick outs, bubble screens, etc.) and end arounds/options to be a big part of our running game if viable RBs don't emerge. Similar to the Detroit Lions.
I think Bollman raises the floor for the OL, just by his cross-training background. As for the ceiling . . . we'll see. tOSU fans complained about him a lot, but I remember Troy Smith having plenty of time to throw back there. The guy does know his stuff.
Again, we'll see it on the field or else it doesn't matter. Also very interested to see the DL under Burton. Reports are that he's adding new moves to the DL and they're trying to emulate LSU's DL (trying to slid through gaps, turning their hips, etc.) at bit.
As if Big 10 offenses want to deal with a hyperactive MSU DL on top of the back 7
Yea, 2:30 "kick". Game lasts about an hour, maybe an hour 15 minutes. Gates are open.
Yea, run game was horrific his SR year. I think the issue is that MSU didn't even have a guy with a standout season in '09 that other teams had to game plan for; Baker finally boosted his YPC to 5.0 in the bowl with that 40+ yard TD run and Caper was really coming on strong until he got hurt vs. IL.
I did not know Andre Anderson tried to have a rap career
Yeah, I guess he was always into music but just got more so oger time. His heart wasn't in football anymore so he decided to try his hand at the rap game.
Clearly he's a household name now.
According to the RB coach at the time, Winston was the player they were planning on replacing Ringer, not Anderson.
At what time? Before or after Anderson left?
Also, Ray was the starter at the beginning of the season.
This was during the summer of 2009. Not sure when Anderson left.
Turns out we were both wrong in a way. Anderson was the favorite going into the fall of 09. Ray won the job initially to start the season. Winston took over in October. By the end of October, both Anderson and Ray had left the team. By the end of the year, Baker and Caper had passed them all.
1. I would love it if Heath showed flashes like Calhoun did last year. It would give me a lot more confidence in our depth at DE. As it stands right now....I don't know what we have behind Drone on the depth chart. Should be fun to watch.
2. Our Freshmen RBs have to be salivating at the opportunity that they have. Any of them can come in and get immediate PT at a school that loves to run the ball. I think Hill will get some carries too, but we've all seen what he can do. Riley Bullough will not be playing RB in the fall.
3. I'm very excited to see the 2013 class play....Specifically the lines. I also want to see Cox play because the staff is raving about him. I also want to see if Kings has that Keyshawn Martin thing that we all thought he did.
Supposedly O'Connor wants to be live too. To me, if you're truly having a competition, the rules have to be the same for everyone. So you have to decide whether you're ok possibly losing one or more of the three to injury, remembering that the OL has been weakened. The patchwork OL means it doesn't simulate a real game, and is the reason MD doesn't want the QB's live.
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Keep in mind that even LeVeon hit the freshman wall, or simply got so beat up he wasn't really an option the second half of his freshman year. I have a feeling the staff feels like they need to find a back that can carry most of the load, and aren't expecting it to be a true freshman.
1. Agree. Need a solid replacement for Drone next year and Heath is next in line.
2. I disagree that Riley will not be at RB. From all accounts he has been quite impressive and gives the offense an identity. If Holmes or Williams do not end up auditioning well for the role I think Riley would stick there. It's good for him too - be the #1 or #2 guy at RB or sparingly rotate at LB.
3. Agreed, I thought the 2012 class was one of the best classes we've signed. Lots of playmakers here, Cox, Madaris, Kings, Burbridge, Tompkins, etc.
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