Monday, October 27, 2014

Ex-Wolverine Updates

Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown (image via Statesman Journal)
Former DT Richard Ash: Ash had 6 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks in Western Michigan's 42-21 win over Ohio. He helped hold the Bobcats to 88 yards on 36 rushing attempts (2.4 yards/carry).

Former TE commit Pharaoh Brown: Brown caught 2 passes for 30 yards and 2 touchdowns (21 and 9 yards) in Oregon's 59-41 win over Cal on Friday night. Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota finally threw his first interception on the year.

Former CB commit Dallas Crawford: Crawford had 2 tackles and .5 tackles for loss in Miami's 30-6 win over Virginia Tech.

Former S Josh Furman: Furman had 8 tackles and 1 tackle for loss in Oklahoma State's 34-10 loss to West Virginia.

Former RB commit Demetrius Hart: Hart had 13 carries for 87 yards and 1 catch for 21 yards in Colorado State's 45-31 victory over Wyoming.

Former linebackers coach Jay Hopson: Hopson and his Alcorn State Braves improved to 7-2 on the season with a 77-48 win over Prairie View A&M. Alcorn State gained 699 total yards (337 rushing, 362 passing) in a balanced attack, but they also gave up 545.

Former RB Thomas Rawls: Rawls had 3 carries for 4 yards in Central Michigan's 20-14 victory over Ball State.

Former head coach Rich Rodriguez: Rodriguez and his Arizona Wildcats beat Washington State by a score of 59-37. Arizona was outgained (543 to 491) in total yardage, but they returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown and also returned a late WSU onside kick for a touchdown. Meanwhile, quarterback Anu Solomon threw for 294 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.

Former S Ray Vinopal: Vinopal had 7 tackles and 1 tackle for loss, but Pitt lost to Georgia Tech by a score of 56-28. Five players for Georgia Tech had more than 50 yards rushing, and the Yellowjackets averaged 7.3 yards/carry.


  1. The impact of coaching can be seen by looking at that Anu Solomon line. He now has 20 TDs and 4 INTs, and if you watched any of his earlier games, he could have had a bunch more TDs if he was more accurate, as his receivers are frequently w-i-d-e open. Yet, he's doing all this as a RS Freshman first-year starter.

    You'd be hard-pressed to say he's more talented than a senior Devin Gardner. Yet Devin looks erratic, confused and under siege. He has 6 TDs and 10 INTs.

    That's why when someone tries to predict how UM will be next year, it's a fools game. You have no idea until we see what coach we get. They make a TON of difference.

  2. I know RR's offense struggled at times, but I remembered so many times how Tate wouldn't follow through on how the play was supposed to be run. He would bail early and go into improv and screw up the evolution of the play. You commonly saw him telling Tate this.

    RR's offense moved the ball between the 20s, but would always get stuck in the redzone.

    The cure for a team that gets stuck in the endzone: having an accurate, precise passer - something that hadn't come to fruition during his time here.

    I really wish RR would have had a defense here! The offense stalled a lot, but I think would have eventually progressed.

    Its absolutely ridiculous to go from one of the best offensive minds in the country to an offense that can only gain chunks of 3 yards at a time, running or passing.

    Once the new coach is hired, lets hope he reinvigorates everything about this team and forms a watchable offense and competent defense.

  3. Even though Arizona did give up a lot of yards, many of them came late, long after the game was over. Arizona was up 31-0 early in the 2nd quarter and 52-16 at the end of the 3rd quarter. At least 220 of WSU's yards came in the 4th quarter.