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While we're all lamenting on how well Urban closed with this recruiting class, the truth remains that only so many of them will see the field next season.
Which means that the Sophs and Juniors who comprise the majority on this roster are going to have to step it up big time in terms of their on-the-field production.
One year ago this time we were all asking ourselves who'd be the ones to crack into the rotation. Most of us thought it'd be more than just A. Wash, Schutt and Spence but that obviously wasn't the case.
Curtis Grant, Camren Williams, David Perkins, Armani Reeves, Steve Miller, Josh Perry, Jamal Marcus among others MUST find a way to step it up beyond special teams. Four of the above mentioned were 4-star LBers (except for Marcus, 3 stars). S. Miller and J.T. Moore are in their third year and have yet to show any signs of developmental maturation. And what about Chase Farris, Michael Thomas, Tommy Brown, Antonio Underwood and Chris Carter?
If we're to be successful, we're going to need at least nine of the fourteen above mentioned to step it up big time. We're going to have to depend upon them in some capacity this season. So regardless of what I believe to be Fickell's deficincies as a LBers coach, the prospective LBers are going to have to be self motivated and self determined to succeed in spite of. That means they're going to have to bury their heads in their playbooks and do their very best to figure it out over the course of the next six months. And not just these few but pretty much all of them.
Because If they don't, trust that we'll have far more than 15-20 scholarships available after next season. More than 15-20 because Meyer will have realized that they're just not good enough and therefore it'd be time for this program and them to move on. No room for dead weight weighing down this team any longer.
Bottom line here is that I hope that a few from this group can emerge as team leaders and/or playmakers. It has to happen because without it, this team will not reach its ultimate goal. I hope I'm wrong but I believe that it'll be one of the key X factors going into the '13 season. But between Marotti grinding and grinding them over the next two months, I'm sure someone will emerge amongst this group but will it be enough is the question.
We were unable to depend on any of them last season and we were able to eek out a 12-0 record in spite of their lack of availability and production. This season there's no Simon, Hankins, Travis Howard, Reid Fragel, Zach Boren or the other seniors coming back for a fifth and sixth year to bail us out if we ever find ourselves in a bind as we had on several occasions last season. That's why it's vitally important they shape up in a hurry.
I think we have the talent/experience to win the Big Ten this year but I think we are still a year away from competing seriously for a NC. I am concerned that the defense could be worse rather than better due to the key losses..going to need those highly recruited sophomore D-ends to really step up this year and cause havoc.
Agree, This years recruting class reminds me of the 68 class with all the stars (Tatum, Brockington, Kern ect.) The difference being that this class might not surprise like that one did.
So Sugar, you're saying that young players who did not start last year need to improve, play well, and take leadership positions this year. Can't argue with that!
lol. lamenting? We are mourning or passionately grieving?
This will not help you on your Creed evaluations.
Hating scUM since 1964
Wow sophs and jrs need to play well .... Sigh ...
All right. All right. You got me there. I made a hiccup on that term--a word which like you I also know the meaning of. I had just used the word just several minutes earlier in an unrelated post and it was still stuck in my mind for some reason. Clearly I meant to say reveling instead.
But as for as Creed's I.Q. evaluation of me? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There's not a goddamned thing that I could say here that'd ever verify his dumbass 60 I.Q. analysis of me. NOT EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I could give a damn about Creed's F'N evaluations. Who the fuck is he anyway to try and "analyze" anything?
Sugar iq.62 ... Reevaled
i also feel that the seniors will play a large role .. as well as the freshman will play a role also.
in conclusion, the sophomores, juniors, seniors and freshman will all play roles in this years team.
I was just joshing anyway. Lol. We have all done it. I never would have mentioned it but it was posted right after creed's evals.
With the exception of Roby and Shazier, how can the back 7 be any worse?
When the idiot Bollman recruited Underwood, Carter and probably Brown, everyone other than Bollman and Tressell knew these fat sloths would never see the field so these clowns can be written off.
Fickel has proven he can not develop LB's, they either have it when they get here, or they never have it (regardless of star potential).
The DB's & LB's consistently performing the bump them down and then watching the opponent gain his balance and continue down the field is ghetto mentality that is accepted by all coaches involved. If this is the theme again this year, then you are right, the defense could be worse, but not because of key losses.
In reality I do not think I have ever seen a team ranked as high in the pre-season as we are based solely on the offense. To be ranked #2 or #3 while losing 7 defensive starters (all of whom played a ton of minutes) is staggering to me. Certainly we all know that the media has "darlings" and obviously our 2012 made the media believe in us, and quite possibly more than we deserve before playing the first down in 2013. For me, the jury is still out on Fick, Withers, Coombs as developers of football talent and a predictable, rock solid defense. Great recruiters, but their primary job is to develop talent as well as a "bench" capable of re-loading. D was certainly better in the last few games and especially in the 2nd half of the Michigan game, but I believe we are going to have to outscore more than a couple of teams this year to fulfill some of the lofty expectations while the D matures.
How firm thy friendship O-HI-O
Luckily the scheduule is a joke
Lucky for time to develop, IF the coaching is there. But one falter or a couple of close games will hurt us in the rankings
Love your optimism
Too logical, too obvious, too simple, therefore unacceptable to this board...
What does.ghetto mentality have to do with this
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