Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Some Stuff
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Have UM’s practices been too physical? I have been receiving requests on this topic, due to the injuries. couple of comments:
I don’t see that many injuries. Sure Ryan and Darboh are out, but both were injured in non-contact related activities. The remainder of injuries have been nagging type of stuff that basically comes with playing football.
In addition, look at the difference in opponents ability to gets (YACS) or yards after first contact. Our tackling is so much improved and coaches believe there is a long way to go.
Also the interior OL continues to progress, but there is no way young OL’s can develop by just playing on Saturdays. Fundamentals have to be practiced during the week and there is just some fundamentals that you have to practice against some type of live competition (such as one on one drills in pass protection).
Coach Borges is living up to his pre-season word. There were 4 different times in the red-zone that Borges threw to the TE. One was the interference call, one other time Funchess had position and was under-thrown, but we had the match-ups Borges wanted. Speaking of Funchess, he has really shown great improvement on playing the game hard when he is not involved in the play. His blocking is much better (although at times he did not stick with his blocks). I hope it was not just because it was ND, but its a good sign.
In the future, our QB’s are going to play similar to Rees, in fact our overall offense wont be much different than ND’s. We will have more of a power running game, but as long as Borges is around our offense will be tailored to the players we have and with our additions of top WR’s we could evolve into an offense like ND’s. The thing I like about ND is they use the TE very well and have the ability to not only throw short, but also long and they use their RB’s in all aspects of offense.
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