When I watch No. 43 — Michigan D Tackle Chris Wormley – and consider his six tackles for loss (TFL) in two games and the level of push he seems to get off the snap – well, it makes me think of the days of LaMarr Woodley, Alan Branch, Glen Steele, Chris Hutchinson, Brandon Graham and Curtis Greer – just to name a few “TFL-ers”” of Michigan Football lore. Wormley is good….damn good!
Michigan Special Team play – the impact of John Baxter, Special Teams Coordinator, is very apparent – when you consider freshmen Brian Cole came within an eyelash of blocking 5 punts, Kenny Allen was two for two in field goals, and Blake O’Neill – the Aussie sensation – punted for an average of 42.3 per boot. Refreshing!
Post-game euphoria – walking out of Crisler late Saturday afternoon after the Michigan Press Conference 90 minutes after completion of the Michigan-Oregon State game, I was seeing plenty of Wolverine fans still tailgating. For sure — these celebratory Maize & Blue fans are hungry for a winner, as much as hungry for tailgate leftovers. It’s all about attitude – and hope – with this fan base.
Definition of a “train wreck?” – Rutgers Football! Coach Kyle Flood’s suspension of three games and fined $50,000 for violating university policy about contacting faculty about a player’s academic status – well, that is going to be a significant credibility crusher for a program that is just not a very good college football program to begin with.
Ah, the shocking similarity of The University of Texas and the University of Michigan – following the dismissal of athletic director Steve Patterson, who was a David Brandon-type of AD when it comes to raising money and irritating fans and donors. Two very wealthy athletic programs – two great academic institutions – but both sputtering recently with their storied football programs.
4 days later – I still can’t get over how the Detroit Lions couldn’t make defensive adjustments to slow down San Diego Charger receiver Keenan Allen with his 15 grabs for 166 yards. Here I was singing “Another One Bites The Dust” during the 21-3 lead, and then Allen goes off on the Lions secondary. I will never seem to learn you can never count out the opposition of beating the Lions.
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