It's very easy to forget how good Malik Golden was last year. For my money, he was the best safety on the team. Allen needs desperately to improve in coverage, which is why I'd like to see a true defensive back (if not Monroe, then Lamont Wade) who won't get beat over the top.
Shoulda been "how many times will Ryan Dunleavy's tweet be RT'd during the game" imo
That dream scenario is extra tantalizing because we wouldn't get Bama in the first round. They'd obviously beat the everloving shit out of us, but we could potentially hang with Clemson (though they'd probably be 10-14 point favorites)
Brian Cook is an incredible interesting case, in that he is basically one of the godfathers of the college football blogging world, built an unbelievably successful site (mgoblog) on his own, but seems to be so utterly devoid of the joy and whimsy that it's all about.
Well, McGloin definitely strengthened his arm before the 2012 season, and tightened up his mechanics, because no way someone who threw like he did the previous couple seasons could be an NFL player. But even before that - and I am not going to be a retroactive McGloin apologist, because I never bought into pre-BOB McMoxie - he didn't lollipop the balls as much as McSorely.
Start this video at 9:00, and look at the next two passes. There's no way McSorely makes either throw.
I guess, and I know there were first-game jitters, too, but that lack of arm strength really terrifies me, especially in games against the likes of Michigan and OSU where they'll have insanely athletic DBs sitting on the short routes and LBs ready to jump crossing routes. And he's not big enough to take the pounding from the 10+ scrambles, designed keepers, and read-option plays without losing any more. I don't know that Tommy Stevens is the answer, but I have to believe he gives you a better chance moving forward. Since this year isn't the crucial one, I don't see what you have to lose by putting in the guy with a higher ceiling. This team has so much fucking talent at WR that it's a real shame that we're not going with a QB who can't take advantage of it.
We knew Trace McSorley wasn't actually going to be very good, but, uh, you guys? Trace McSorley is not actually very good.
It's amazing, for how terrible the last two years have been, just how many great games we've had during the sanction period. I couldn't have quibbled with literally any game on this list (aside from Rutgers '15) in the top 3. I miss fun football.
I also left in disgust with like 8 minutes left, then got pulled over for speeding on my way back to New York.
Fun day, fam.
Also, no college basketball player has ever looked more like a middle school vice principal than Mike Watkins.
6'7, 290 puts Joe Hampton in "Big Lumber" category.
Not John Donovan.
Realistically, it seems we're all willing to acknowledge that James Franklin is more of a recruiter-in-chief than hands-on head coach. If we're grading him solely on recruiting, what are the metrics and grading criteria moving forward? Is a top-10 class achievable? Is a class outside the top-25 unacceptable? What's the realistic best- and worst-case scenarios, and how should that affect how we evaluate Franklin?
The only bars that matter are Cafe and Zeno's, and whatever that new joint is on College. You know which one I'm talking about. Lotsa craft beers.
I get that most of his issues are psychological, and he's got an unbelievable amount of skill and potential, but if he can't stop dropping passes like he did last year, I'm almost ready to write him off. The dude was inside his own head worse than anyone I've ever seen.
Let's go old school. Split backs, Barkley and Sanders. Stevens at QB. And McGovern and Menet at C and RG, respectively
Wendy Laurent not starting at Center will never stop not making sense. Also, firmly hoping Stevens gets a fair shot at the QB job, because McSorley looks like JoePa-era McGloin and we don't have BOB to fix him.