Michigan vs. Penn State Awards

Michigan vs. Penn State Awards

November 2, 2010
PSU wide receiver Graham Zug catches a touchdown pass over freshman
safety Ray Vinopal.

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Vincent Smith as slot receiver.  He can catch the ball and make an occasional person miss in space.

Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Vincent Smith as running back.  I don’t care if it’s Michael Shaw, Stephen Hopkins, Michael Cox, Teric Jones, whatever.  I’ll take the heat if the experiment doesn’t go well.  Just get Smith off the field when you slam the ball up the middle.

Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Renaldo Sagesse at nose tackle.  I guess the experiment with Adam Patterson at nose tackle didn’t work out.  Gee, I wonder why.  There are lots of 275-pound nose tackles in major college football, right?  Right?  Anyway, Sagesse is clearly a more capable NT now that Mike Martin is missing significant time due to injury.

Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Cameron Gordon at Spur.  I felt like this game was Purdue 2008.  In that game Carson Butler played defensive the week following a position switch from tight end.  In this game Cam Gordon replaced Thomas Gordon at Spur, even though Thomas Gordon looked decent throughout the year.  Seriously, a redshirt freshman goes from starting free safety to starting outside linebacker from one game to the next?  At least give him a few weeks to get acclimated to his new position.

MVP of the Penn State game . . . Denard Robinson, obviously.


  1. Comments: 21386
    Nov 11, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    This post is kind of funny to read after the Illinois game, where Cam Gordon played well at Spur and Vincent Smith played his best game at RB.

  2. Comments: 21386
    Nov 11, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    @ Michael 7:55 a.m.

    You're right. They proved me wrong, at least for this week.

    For the record, I'm all for moving Cam Gordon to Spur. I just didn't think he should have started at Spur the week after being the starting FS. That obviously didn't go well. He's going to play better and better as he gets acclimated to the new position.

    As for Smith, I still don't think he's the best answer out there. He did play his best game, and I have to give him his props for that. And as he gets farther and farther away from his surgery, he SHOULD be getting better. I hope he plays well for the rest of his career, but once again, his longest carry was 13 yards. That's the thing that concerns me. If you look at his long carry throughout the year, it's either 11 or 13 yards for probably 6 or 7 of the games this year. Other than the 56-yarder against Indiana, he gets small chunks of yards and hasn't shown much burst.

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