Hitting the Links Buries The Hatchet
Heeey, Rich Rod, you're all right. (Too soon?)
Now I want a picture of Rashan Gary with a shirt that reads, "Life is good, and I am very good."
While the defensive line has enough depth to supply a couple good teams, the linebackers and the secondary could get punctured with enough injuries. How well the freshmen perform will be important in that regard.
Out of all the events Harbaugh does, the A2 QB Camp is turning into my favorite. George Whitfield gets top billing next to Harbaugh.
I love seeing players who aren't afraid to speak up. It adds some flavor to the game.
I had put in a link about this before, but it's something important that has gone a little under the radar so far. Getting Tom Brady's support would be huge.
Normally I go easy on Big Ten recruiting links, but Eno is a guy Michigan has been chasing for a while. A commitment from him would have also been good news as the staff pursues Baron Browning, but it was not to be.
Oh my god. I can't get enough of this guy.
I would have been deeply surprised and excited if Illinois was switching to just Tampa 2, which was a defense made famous by Tony Dungy and Monte Kiffin in the mid-90s. In essence, Tampa 2 involves a middle linebacker dropping back to act like a safety when a pass play happens. It's one of the more interesting cover schemes to read about if you're a nerd like me and read Wikipedia pages for fun.
This was a very well-done roundtable. Hats off, guys.
This got lost last week in all the satellite camp brew-haha, but Mikey Dudek's injury was indeed terrible - an ACL tear in the same knee he had injured before. It's doubtful he'll make an impact in 2016.
Some other injury news to report: Purdue's sometime-starting running back, D.J. Knox, will miss 2016 with an ACL. I looked for a really good highlight of him, but YouTube and ESPN care as much about Purdue as you might expect them to.
Long, long before Robert Downey, Jr., there were the 1939 Hawkeyes. The final member of that team died the Friday before last. Rest in peace.
A couple other transfers to mention as well: Minnesota's Chris Streveler and Indiana's Dominique Booth will both be moving on to other opportunities. Also, Michigan State defensive ends Montez Sweat and Craig Evans have left the team. Happy trails to all.
Hidden discreetly in the defensive line section of link #1, you can smell a whiff of drama. Strongside defensive end Greg McMullen, who is retiring, will be remembered by me for his role in helping Melvin Gordon get to 408. McMullen contributed more than his fair share to the poor reputation Nebraska has gotten the last few years over its run defense.
The "school" quote from this interview caused a little (overblown) drama. Overall a very honest take from Meyer.
Some other Ohio State news: the Buckeyes sold out their spring game, and reported after that the 100,189 in attendance marked a college football record. Also, they picked up a Notre Dame tight end graduate transfer who has one career catch for 6 yards. In debatably interesting news, a 2018 Michigan commit was spotted at the game wearing scarlet and gray. I'll make sure to have more analysis of their spring game up this week or next week - but in the meantime, you have to check out this one-handed interception by Jerome Baker.
Durkin has added an enjoyable rah-rah aspect to moving his program forward.
"Every guy that practiced with us this spring played in that game. That's what it was about to me. We've asked a lot of our guys throughout this spring, we've really put it on them hard, and today was a day for them to come out and have fun. It wasn't about win or lose - that's why we did offense and defense. It was just go out there and play some ball."
The 1995 college football season was all about Nebraska and Northwestern. https://t.co/fRNoulpODB— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) April 18, 2016
If Ed Davis does get a sixth year of eligibility, pencil him in for All-American honors.
I wouldn't have included this if not for the three paragraphs on satellite camps further down. Still, interesting stuff all around.
We'll see if the fourth time is the charm with Dontre Wilson or if the hype he's carried with him all these years was more an example of crying wolf.
Quick: name three players on Illinois' list. Name three on Rutgers' list. Yeah, not easy.
I'm tired of pointing out that Hackenberg is actually not a good player. So, let's jump on the Hackentrain! Hackenberg to the Jets seems like a Super Bowl waiting to happen. Or, the Cowboys! Even better!