Top 10 Posts of 2020

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31Dec 2020
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Top 10 Posts of 2020

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Well, as we all know by now, the year 2020 sucked, for reasons big and small. But luckily, we all had Touch the Banner as a place to go and talk football, even when football wasn’t happening.

For a walk down memory lane, here are the top 10 trafficked posts from the past 365 days:

  1. How to Fix Michigan Recruiting (LINK)
  2. Visitors: January 24-26 (LINK)
  3. Visitors: February 28-March 1 (LINK)
  4. 2020 Scholarship Count (LINK)
  5. Michigan 49, Minnesota 24 (LINK)
  6. Dominick Giudice, Wolverine (LINK)
  7. Michigan vs. Minnesota Awards (LINK)
  8. Visitors: Michigan vs. Wisconsin (LINK)
  9. Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 1 (LINK)
  10. Michigan’s Biggest Recruiting Needs in 2021 (LINK)
31Dec 2020
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Goodbye, Cam McGrone

Cam McGrone (#44, image via 247 Sports)

McGrone attended Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central, where he was a 4-star, the #7 outside linebacker, and #118 overall. He was chosen for the Army All-American Bowl that year in 2018, despite having torn his ACL as a junior. I gave him a TTB Rating of 80, and here are a couple paragraphs from my writeup on him (LINK):

McGrone’s blitzing is perhaps the best phase of his game, but it’s the way that he plays the ball carrier in the backfield that is most impressive. Some guys are mauling blitzers who just eat up everything coming their way, but McGrone plays with a low center of gravity that allows him to redirect and make plays all over in the backfield. Lawrence Central brings him from various angles, and he plays fast and reckless. He uses his hands well to shed blockers, and even when he gets caught up in the trash, he fights non-stop to shed. When he arrives at the ball carrier, he’s a violent hitter who runs through people. Unless he has hit a growth spurt, he has a solid frame but probably shouldn’t get too much larger than 235 lbs. or so in college, which is still a decent size.

On the negative side, McGrone has that injury history that can sometimes come back to repeat itself. It’s always concerning to have a guy who already tore an ACL. His play recognition skills need to improve, since he occasionally finds himself a half-step out of position on basic run reads. That may be partially the reason why his coaches choose to blitz him so often, to negate some read-and-react deficiencies.

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30Dec 2020
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Anatomy of a Running Back Substitution, Part 3

Missouri football coaches meeting (image via Twitter)

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For previous posts in this series, click here (part 1) or here (part 2).

Having addressed the similarities between Tyrone Wheatley and Jay Harbaugh on distributing carries and then the reasons for rotating running backs, here’s the final piece on how a coaching staff might handle the weekly rotation.

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28Dec 2020
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Anatomy of a Running Back Substitution, Part 2

Zach Charbonnet (image via Freep)

The other day I posted about Michigan’s running back rotations (LINK). Today I will be addressing why running backs might get rotated.

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There are a lot of reasons to rotate running backs from play to play. Ideally, you have a perfect, three-down running back who never gets hurt or makes mental mistakes . . . but those are rare.

Hit the jump for a discussion of eight reasons to sub in new running backs.

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