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  • Miami without "as many as nine" players for BG game

    This board seems to have injuries too. Where's JiveHawk?
    Drowning in whiskey.
  • Miami v Marshall-Miami Game Notes

    Some individuals not on the two-deep chart that have me scratching my head...

    DL - Elijah Watson

    DE - Josh Maize

    LB - Nigel Adams

    RB - Leonard Ross

    WR - Tyler Fleetwood

    and what the heck has happened to Paul Moses?

    Watson will be part of the rotation, but with Costin back inside (was stuck at DE due to injuries last season) there isn't much space. 

    Maize, same issue. There are a lot of good DEs now, and I think there will be some of the best we've had since Jones/Albright when Butler and those guys get older. Sharp was beating Maize at DE last season but they really didn't want to burn his RS.

    Adams, yeah. I really thought he'd be one of the next solid LBs, but he'll be playing outside and Koenig and Reid have had that locked down.

    Ross is no longer on the team. Injuries caught up to him. I think Davion Johnson will be the equivalent. He's bigger than Alonzo Smith but faster. He has a very good upside in the MAC.

    Fleetwood will play. I think slot is more of a 4 deep with Sorenson, Mo, Bester, and Fleetwood all rotating based on health and situation. People have underestimated Sorenson's athleticism (maybe stereotyping a bit?) but he's got good hands and can be a bigger Murphy.

    I think Paul Moses has stayed around the team in spite of injuries as an older leader. He had one too many knee injuries iirc.
  • Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave

    With Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, and Maryland all in the Big Ten East, perhaps the SEC divisions are no longer the most corrupt programs  in college sports

    Don't forget Illinois with Tim Beckman (fired after forcing players to play through injuries), Indiana with Kevin Wilson (same), and Kyle Flood at Rutgers (suspended and then fired after trying to get a professor to changes grades for a player).  Good work all around B1G.    

    If you throw in Indiana and Rutgers you are left with only Michigan as still running an honest program with some integrity in the Big Ten East.  Can that be right?

    I mean, it hasn't even been four years since Michigan sent a seriously and obviously concussed quarterback back into a game.

    That is a mistake by someone on the sideline, but as an isolated incident does not really signify that a program is not run with integrity.  I think it was a onetime thing, correct me if I am wrong about that.  I would guess every program makes some mistakes, but the question is do they realize it and correct it or do they cover it up and just keep repeating the mistakes.  In my mind Rutgers, Indiana, and Maryland have acknowledged the errors and made an honest effort to correct things.  You could make the point that they waited too long or let things get out of control before correcting them. That is still  much better than Penn State, Michigan State, and OSU.
    Maryland had to have an athlete die before doing anything. Durkin has been there two years and the S&C coach had been there for over three years. Oh, and Durkin was diverting football funds to hire a lawyer to represent two players accused of sexual assault: https://deadspin.com/report-turns-out-it-was-dj-durkin-who-meddled-in-that-1828600606 ;

    That's a pattern and I'd have a hard time believing it just started this year.
  • Football Two Deep

    I'll take a stab based on the depth chart I posted before:

    QB: Gus, Malzone/Williamson
    RB: Young, Zo
    WR: Gardner, backed up by whoever doesn't start below
    WR: Mayock/Robinson/Gentry-Madaris
    Slot: Sorenson/Bester, Fleetwood
    TE: Becker, Hardy
    LT: Rigg, Schroer/Leever/Doyle
    LG: McCollum, Redding
    C: Godlevske, Palmer
    RG: LaRubbio/Mullen/Nank
    RT: Skibinski, Doyle
    DE: Lemon, Sharp/Watson
    DT: Trawick, Hampton
    DT: Costin, Duffin/Murrer
    DE: Calcagno, Kimpler
    LB: Koenig, McWood
    LB: McMullen, Turner
    NB: Thompson/Brown/Baratti, Reid
    CB: Daniels, Banks
    S: Allen, Brown
    S: Montgomery, Thompson
    CB: Raymond/Asseh
    K: Sloman
    KO: Sloman
    P: Kramer
    LS: Crabtree

    Biggest question marks:
    • Slot receiver will probably be situation dependent. I'm guessing we'll see Thomas, Sorenson, and Bester depending on the situation
    • Not positive who will start on the right side of the oline
    • No idea on second string oline
    • Not sure of second string dline
    • Three guys have been fighting for that LB/S hybrid spot. I'm guessing Thompson gets it, but it really could be any of the three. Will probably be situation dependent as well. We could see a true "dime" package even with all 4 listed CBs and both starting safeties on the field together.
    • Johnson is in a walking boot but isn't ruled out.
    • McMullen played sparingly in some practices it looks like. It could just be gettings Turner some reps with the ones since he's next up there.
  • Pigskin Preview!

    If there was truly a concern about the state of our S&C program under Harker, it sure didn’t sound like it while he was here.

    We kept hearing from the staff how much bigger, stronger, and faster we were, and the players would tell us in interviews how great their time in the weight room was with Harker. Chuck only fired him because he wasn’t traveling with the team at the time of his wife giving birth!!

    Sounds like Luke Kelly is doing well though and a good replacement.

    I heard very differently from the players in private. A lot of current linemen attribute their knee injuries to him and several players said they never fully healed from injuries because of how he handled rehabilitation.

    I don’t doubt it, but if this was the case, why didn’t Chuck fire him earlier? Pure negligence on his part. Surely he should have had a pulse on what was happening in the weight room.
    Keep in mind the head trainer was fired at the same time. If you're a HC and don't know physiology or sports medicine, Harker looks like the guy on paper. Every kid was hitting records on bench and squat and everything else. The problem was a lack of focus on supporting muscles, position specific muscles, and flexibility.

    When you're hearing Palmer talk about how they're working new muscles in their legs they hadn't hit before, or Rigg talking about how they're balancing upper body more for OL to really control people, or (I think) Ragland saying they're working QBs along a more specialized lifting routine, red flags pop up.

    Why do our 310 lb lineman who have great bench and squat numbers, have a hard time moving other teams 230lb defensive ends? That S&C gap starts showing itself more when you know you have talent vs when you were fielding a D2 team and don't know if guys were bad, weak, slow, or all of the above.