I wouldn't normally bring it up ... but since the gauntlet has been thrown down, the refereeing in that game clearly favored Iowa. There was a 5-minute stretch early in the second half (I believe starting with the Haley interception) where they blew call after call in Iowa's favor.
This is a post about Indiana fans writing a funny article begging Penn State to sit their best player against Indiana.
Thank you for adding some reasons why Saquon Barkley should suit up on Saturday.
Kelly's problem was that the offense declined quickly and left the defense out to dry. You still have to execute even if you move fast. Which is the whole point: let's talk about execution instead of time of possession, which is a byproduct of other core problems and not the actual problem.
There is no doubt that he is a big play threat, but I think Thompkins provides consistency (better route running and run blocking) that Blacknall has never been able to put together. I think his role as "first wide receiver off the bench" is just fine considering his skillset and production during his career.
The pass protection was very inconsistent. But admitting that would take heat off McSorley (who people aren't even defending, as this was a bad performance), which is the only point you ever have.
Pitt's secondary was certainly better than Akron's. That said, there were a few instances where guys were open but the pocket collapsed before McSorley had an honest chance to get it down the field. He had to throw quite a few away, and almost every time it was due to pressure, not lockdown coverage. Pass protection needs to improve.
I have watched every game at least twice since 2015.
1. I'm not sure if that's necessarily the case. They were rotating a ton on defense and a number of starters had less snaps than their backups. And Blacknall is genuinely behind Johnson and Thompkins on the depth chart, from all accounts.
2. He definitely struggled, and I think if Polk wasn't in his first game back since early last season, we may have seen more of him in the slot. He saw more time there in the second half once the game was in hand.
3. I think Oruwariye is basically even with Campbell and Haley on the depth chart and will play a ton this year. His issue, like Campbell's, has always been staying healthy.
4. They're so deep on the defensive line, aren't they? So much to like on the second and third units. Losing Cothran/Cothren for 2018 would normally be a much tougher blow than it will end up being from the looks of things.
5. It certainly was not impressive, but there were three freshmen making their collegiate debuts (Fries, Menet, and Gellerstedt) and one walk-on getting his first offensive snaps (Simpson). They're not there yet, but they're not all supposed to be.
Cabinda is a slower linebacker, but I don't think slow to read or react is a fair assessment. Yours is really the only comment I have seen that's called into question his football instincts.
I think the simplest explanation is that they want to get Fries and Gellerstedt work since they're both ahead of him on the depth chart. Though Jenkins was not on the field goal unit, a role he did play last year, which is a bit curious. Probably too early in the season to make any judgments, however.
I suspect he's playing significantly more at the end of this season than he is at the beginning.
That's his only good game in three years. Plus, and I can tell you this as someone who rewatches every single game, he tires very quickly. He's better as a backup.
I understand Mitch Vingle's ranking even less after reading his explanation.