I'll keep this one simple. Dylan McCaffrey's commitment this week got me thinking; Michigan is quickly stacking up talent at quarterback, comparable in fact to what Ohio State has boasted the last few years. And something about it seemed cathartic.
|Passing Yards||TD Ratio||Comp. %||Leading Receiver|
|2015||Michigan||Jake Rudock||3,017||20/9||64.0%||Jehu Chesson, 764 yards|
|2015||Nebraska||Tommy Armstrong, Jr.||3,030||22/16||55.2%||Jordan Westerkamp, 918|
|2015||Michigan State||Connor Cook||3,131||24/7||56.1%||Aaron Burbridge, 1,258|
|2015||Indiana||Nate Sudfeld||3,573||27/7||60.0%||Simmie Cobbs, Jr., 1,035|
|2013||Illinois||Nathan Scheelhaase||3,272||21/13||66.7%||Steve Hull, 993|
|2012||Penn State||Matt McGloin||3,271||24/5||60.5%||Allen Robinson, 1,018|
|2011||Wisconsin||Russell Wilson||3,175||33/4||72.8%||Jared Abbrederis, 933|
|2011||Iowa||James Vandenberg||3,022||25/7||58.7%||Marvin McNutt, 1,315|
|2009||Northwestern||Mike Kafka||3,430||16/12||64.8%||Andrew Brewer, 925|
|2009||Purdue||Joey Elliott||3,026||22/13||61.7%||Keith Smith, 1,100|
|1998||Ohio State||Joe Germaine||3,330||25/7||59.9%||David Boston, 1,435|
Minnesota has never had a 3,000-yard passer in its program's history. Maryland has had two individual 3,000-yard seasons, in 1992 and 1993, while Rutgers has had three - '04, '07, and '08.
Look at the discrepancy between Michigan and Ohio State. In some ways, it's misleading - Michigan has only had two 3,000-yard seasons ever, in 2003 (John Navarre) and this past season. But long before the game saw 400-yard passing games come and go every week, guys like Jim Harbaugh and Elvis Grbac set the standard for efficiency and deadliness within a pro-style offense.
Ohio State has also had a pair of 3,000-yard individual seasons - 1995 and 1998, by Bobby Hoying and Joe Germaine. It has since gone the way of spread quarterbacks, guys like Terrelle Pryor, Braxton Miller, and Troy Smith. Few would see this as a weakness, but Jim Harbaugh specializes in turning opponents' strengths upside down. Thanks to more athletic wide receivers, a passing game led by Jedd Fisch, and a group of quarterbacks that are all learning from and challenging each other - Michigan is finding its calling card again. It's about to find it in a big way, and add plenty more layers to that legacy - from statistics to awards and everything else in between.
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Briles joins John Harbaugh and Baltimore's entire staff, Frank Beamer, Mike Martz, Teryl Austin, and several high-profile high school coaches - including Joe Bolden's uncle, Tom Bolden, the head coach of St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida, Roger Harriott, the high school coach of Eddie McDoom, Bob Head, the high school coach of David Long, Marvin Sanders, and the head coach of IMG Academy, Kevin Wright. It's going to be a good show.
There are few coaches in the game that I respect - on the field - as much as Briles. He's a real cold fish, but the Baylor rosters that he's put together consistently form one of the best all-around teams in the country. I'm sure Harbaugh will enjoy talking some details with him, along with all the other names mentioned.
Two competitive guys going at it, one of whom has a weirdly long memory. Besides the tattoo, which is a little bizarre, this kind of smack talk happens on the field all the time. Corners are trained to forget about it and go to the next play. Receivers bring a little more diva to the party. Whatever works.
We'll see if satellite camps are allowed this summer; there should be a decision in April about it. In the meantime, Michigan has some company in their Southern invasion.
Congratulations to Illinois, and hopefully this makes them more competitive in the coming years.
Speaking of Lee, here is a good highlight video of him that I enjoyed. Song: "Go Harder," Future.
Northwestern has some great talent filtering through the program. They might not win 10 games again next year, but they should remain a contender in the West. It does feel like they're still peaking.
This goes into a whole bunch of detail about the program, with information I had no idea about - like assistants needing special background checks because of recent Pennsylvania laws that were passed as a result of Penn State's scandal a few years ago.
The impact Barrett could have on that offense - and as a leader of the entire team - worries me more than the impact that Greg Schiano could have on the defense. Maybe that turns out to be insane. We'll see.
I've said this before (and I'll retire it after this), but McMillan's growth will be a key storyline of 2016 - I could easily see him turn in an All-American season if he checks off the things on this list. Absolute physical freak.
A surprisingly meaty article by Off Tackle Empire. And, true to form, they're not very fond of Michigan. Hidden towards the bottom was a good burn by an Illinois fan against their athletic department - having this to say about Illinois' linebacker situation: "I'm gonna be a good fan and do exactly what the university's interim administration wants me to do, and that's stop caring." Ouch.
If you didn't click the Navarre link up top, at least check out this trick play.
Not surprising, but still of note as Jim Delany renegotiates the Big Ten's television contracts this spring.