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Comment 14 May 2017

The damage done by the collective offensive incompetence of Franklin/Donovan/Rahne/Hand is significant. Given that Hack was a less developed QB when he left Penn State than when he got there straight out of high school is scary. I honestly don't know if he can reasonably expected to be ready in his second season. 

Comment 13 May 2017

Other than Mark Richt, the list looks about right to me. Nitpicking, I'd bump Mike Gundy a tad lower, Mark Dantonio a tad higher. Other than that, I don't see anything wrong with it. Franklin's spot looks about right. You could argue anywhere between 15 and 25. 

Comment 12 May 2017

I picked them to go 10 and 2 best case with losses to Ohio State and Michigan State. D'oh! But I did fully predict Moorhead's impact. If only he were around in 14 and 15 instead of the bumbling idiot. Still can't help but think how good last year's team would have been if Hack had stayed. Maybe undefeated. Barkley may have won the Heisman.

Comment 12 May 2017

Barkely is No. 1, end of story. Hack was the only reason (offensively, the D was great to) the offense did anything and he carried the team to bowl games in 14 and 15, in 16 is was Saquan turn to be the man. Barkley's presence covered up lots of warts all season allowing the team to win a Big Ten title. Without Barkley, they finish closer to 6 and 6. Heading into this year, without Chris Godwin, he may be even more valuable now that opposing defenses have film on the offense.

Comment 29 Apr 2017

That was last year with a soft schedule. This is a new season which what looks like a more difficult slate. Except for the losses, his play was inconsequential in most of them.

Comment 29 Apr 2017

There is a reason for that, and it is it limited skill set. He simply doesn't have the arm to effectively throw the mid-range pass which is why those guys are open. Throwing the ball as hard as you can deep when there is no safety support and the DB is not playing the ball is a much safer throw and has far less risk.

Comment 23 Apr 2017

Love him, can't wait to see what the line looks like come September. McGovern should be a lock for center, where everyone else plays should be interesting. Some talk about Mahon moving inside. Not sure I like that. Of course, we only saw him inside during the heyday of Donovan's and it incoherent blocking scheme so maybe he will work out fine. Either way, get the best players on the field now so we are ready to win a title 2018.

Comment 23 Apr 2017

Where did I ever say the loss was Trace's fault? I didn't. I merely used USC's simple adjustment as an example of the limitations his skill set brings to the offense. The game film backs up that assessment. The defense is an entirely different issue altogether. The loss to USC was a team failure. I already talked about what those adjustments were. All they did was shift the alignment of the safeties and flipped the coverage sot he corners were playing the ball instead of face guarding receivers effectively taking away the jump ball because they don't trust him to throw against certain looks because he doesn't have the arm. It showed up all year and showed up yesterday as well. 

Comment 23 Apr 2017

Do you really know the staff has Trace locked in to be the starter this year? My guess is no. Unlike most, I am grounded in reality. I am also willing to speak my mind even when it is unpopular. 

Comment 22 Apr 2017

"Tommy Stevens isn’t suddenly the starting quarterback."

No he won't suddenly be the starter but we know an open competition is needed this summer if the offense it to improve. 

Comment 22 Apr 2017

We saw them on display today. Did you see the typically underthrown deep ball that should have been picked? USC stopped face guarding receivers and they realigned the safeties so the deep one can go either way. Deep passing game shutdown+no mid range passing game to speak of because Trace doesn't have the arm=Offensive collapse. The defense could have played better but they got not help when they needed it, and it all comes back to the QB. 

Comment 22 Apr 2017

He had two reads in the passing game last year, one pre and one post snap. Figure out where the deep safety is going, look the opposite way, if the DB is face guarding the receiver, buy time and throw as hard as he can, if not, run. That was the deep passing game. It didn't work today because the DBs know enough to keep their head turned around. 

Comment 22 Apr 2017

That is actually a question everyone should be asking, including the coaching staff, and I believe they will come camp when there is an open competition. 

Comment 21 Apr 2017

His TD/INT ratio was good because JoeMo turned him into a role player when the streak started to keep him from losing games. The offense came alive at that point and they went with it. It caught up to them in the Rose Bowl.  

Comment 21 Apr 2017

I was at the game, and I think he played his role. Nothing more, nothing less. He had a couple of nice throws but it was the system more than anything. Forgive me but I am simply not as impressed with the deep passing game as most, especially now after USC shut it down with two small adjustments. I fully expect more of the the same this year which I, and a lot of other knowledgeable people are ready for Stevens.