Nightly Roundup: December 14, 2019

Nightly Roundup: December 14, 2019


December 14, 2019
Ben Bredeson

Ben Bredeson is a 2nd Team All-American, according to the Walter Camp team (LINK). I generally do not put a ton of stock in post-season awards for linemen, because it’s impossible to pay that much attention to the “big uglies” up front on a national scale. For the most part, I think voters just look around at solid offensive lines and find guys who have been starting for a long time.

Dylan McCaffrey’s dad, Ed, has been named the head coach at Northern Colorado. This is more just an interesting note than anything. Dylan is obviously at Michigan, and the youngest McCaffrey brother, Luke, is at Nebraska.

Hit the jump for more news and notes.

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley is headed to Boston College to be their new head coach. That means Don Brown is presumably staying at Michigan.

Speaking of Boston College, former Michigan running back commit A.J. Dillon is leaving after his junior year for the NFL. Dillon has 845 college carries, which is about 280 per season…so yeah, it makes sense for him to get money now before his body breaks down.

On an unrelated note, Florida State running back Cam Akers is also leaving after his junior year. I’m only mentioning this because I really liked Akers coming out of high school and wished he came to Michigan.

Barton Simmons of 247 Sports really does not like Rivals, his former employer:

6 comments

  1. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Dec 16, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    So what advice would you give a casual fan who wants to understand how good their OL are relative to other teams in their conference and beyond?

    Can’t watch every game. Can’t trust awards. Can’t trust PFF. NFL projections differ from college performance.

    • Thunder
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      Dec 16, 2019 at 2:39 PM

      I mean, no system is perfect when you’re talking about grading people/players. The TTB Ratings aren’t perfect, either. First of all, I’m imperfect. And it’s also limited in its scope, since it only projects success at Michigan and in Michigan’s system at the time, which sometimes changes due to coaching changes, system changes, other recruiting developments, etc.

      But I would say I’m more than a casual fan. Casual fans can pay attention to awards, PFF, NFL draft position, etc. It doesn’t really matter.

      • Lanknows
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        Lanknows
        Dec 17, 2019 at 12:54 AM

        TTB rank is a prediction – entertaining and useful – but that’s not what I’m asking about.

        I’m asking how a fan, casual or not, can evaluate players across a conference objectively if we can’t trust conference awards or play-by-play evaluations. Beyond watching every game – fun as it sounds, not realistic.

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    je93
    Dec 17, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    I watch a lot of CFB, but no, it’s not possible to watch every game, especially in detail

    But if you know the game, watch games, and critique games, players & units catch your attention. If it aligns to the aforementioned awards and/or rankings, watch a little closer
    If there’s an outlier – a player or unit playing better or worse than expected, again: watch closer

    This happened with Joe Burrow. I thought he looked waaay better against Texas than he did last year. He starts getting all kinds of buzz through the next few weeks, so I made a point to watch LSU again (lived in NOLA for 3yrs)

    Same in basketball. I was doubtful Eli Brooks would sustain his Bahamas performance. When I watch UM hoops, I’m watching 55 especially close

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Dec 17, 2019 at 3:09 PM

      I would put it even more strongly than this — you can only watch a small fraction of games.

      If you “know the game” you would hopefully take away something more meaningful than the Heisman-trophy winning QB or the hot-shooting guard. These are things a box score can tell you anyway.

      If you’re going to evaluate OL that means not just the eye-catching highlights but the play-to-play consistency. Again, a human can’t capture that comprehensively they can only grap a sample of standout plays.

      What I’m getting at is this. Analysis by highlight is easy. It forms a lot of opinions. But it’s imperfect. Probably even more imperfect by definition than a flawed but comprehensive approach by a professional. (qualified or not).

      Keen observers of UM bball saw Eli Brooks doing a lot of things right last year – playing defense, moving the ball, dribbling with purpose. His shot wasn’t falling which seemed mostly like a confidence issue (that were even more apparent when he was a freshman). He’s not going to shoot 46% from 3 all year but he’s also probably a much better player than the guy who shot 30% and 37% from the floor his first 2 seasons. With a bigger role he has gotten more comfortable and is now putting up numbers that compare well with the far more talented player he replaced.

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    je93
    Dec 17, 2019 at 9:47 PM

    That’s a lot of words to not say anything

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