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  1. Husker in WI

    Duval's S&C - Year 2

    I think it's more likely to be the assistant coaches. Their offense should continue to be solid under Chryst, he knows what he's doing there. But I feel like their defense taking small steps back comes from replacing Aranda with Jim Leonhard. He'll probably develop into a good coordinator, but they threw him the keys early IMO. It'd basically be like making Ruud the DC this year, after one year as a position coach. Well find out more this year, but the ridiculous LB depth they had seems to be gone (and to a lesser degree DL). Maybe those guys just need the chance to prove themselves, but the defense is trending down and they need it to be excellent to contend with top 15 teams.
  2. I'm gonna go ahead and assume we can't roll with the hack-a-Happ strategy when we have essentially a 7 man team. I'd love to see us pull this off though. Last year brought them down to earth a little, but Wisconsin fans are a bit obnoxious with basketball in my experience.
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    Spring Practice Notes

    I'm with you on Miller, I'm still holding out hope he's only in the middle this Spring to have a body - without him, the only scholarship guys able to take live reps in the middle would be Barry and Henrich. I get the move for now. By Fall, you can add Honas, Hannah, and Snodgrass which is a little better but still not much depth. They really talk him up in the middle though, so we'll see. I think it's really going to depend on the team we're playing - they aren't going to put two 230lb OLBs on the field against Wisconsin or Iowa IMO. Against Purdue or Minnesota though, I'd definitely take Ferg, Barry, Honas/Miller, and Domann.
  4. Husker in WI

    Spring Practice Notes

    True, but we need all of the OLBs to improve. Davis played in every game with a couple starts, and he's got some athleticism. There's also not a ton of competition for the true weak side OLB either - I assume that's where Tannor is slotted as well, but he has been out of a few practices. The rest of the guys with that build (Nelson, Alston, Jamin Graham) seem a year or two away. If I remember correctly Davis' starts were against bigger teams where he could set the edge, I think that's his role again this year just hopefully with more production.
  5. Husker in WI

    Spring Practice Notes

    I assumed Davis since Tannor has been out. He got a shout out from one of the other coaches too I think, which is great to see. Hoping he can make a splash this year, we still don't have a lot of the bigger bodied OLBs. Tannor breaking out would work too, I'm curious how much weight they got on him.
  6. Husker in WI

    Duval's S&C - Year 2

    They also don't go against our first-team offense to prepare for other teams, so depth is really important there. Even when our starting lines gets on Iowa/Wisconsin's level, it's the scout team that needs to prepare the defense. I'm not sure we can give the defense a great look at the moment, but we're getting closer.
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    Way Too Early 2019 Depth Chart

    They mentioned he could play Safety in base (even though he's not practicing there much), and with how many times they've talked about needing him on the field I expect he'll play a lot against everybody. A 230lb Safety is an attractive option against the heavy run teams as long as he can keep up with their deep shots, and I think he can.
  8. Husker in WI

    Spring Practice Notes

    One of my favorite takes from the media was here (OWH) where they say Taylor looked like Josh Mitchell - gotta be the laziest take of the year so far. Yes, they both wear #5 and are CBs, but aside from that: Taylor: 6' 205lbs Mitchell 5'11 160lbs - actually measured at 5'9 Maybe they are similar in play style, but I really hope not since Taylor should use his size where Mitchell couldn't. I'm sure it was intended as a compliment, Mitchell was good. But they should be very different players. I am really excited for Taylor this year though, he made a big impact last year for someone still learning corner.
  9. Husker in WI

    Spring Practice Notes

    I'm a little disgusted that you classify Hollandaise as gravy. Also it's the off season, we work with what we've got. At the moment that's 8 second clips from practice and an "injured" Jurgens sighting at a buffet. Details about the buffet are obviously very relevant.
  10. Husker in WI

    Spring Practice Notes

    Wasn't my intention, Jackson and Young just happen to be 2 of the more criticized players from last year off the top of my head. I added Warner to clarify that I was asking about using numbers instead of names with criticism in general, not for any specific players.
  11. Husker in WI

    Spring Practice Notes

    I know, it just seems like some people either use names exclusively and some people avoid using names exclusively. I 100% do not have an issue with either, just seems like since you haven't been using the player's name you would be someone I could ask about the rationale behind that. Again, no problem with it, just legitimately curious since I personally find it easier to just use their name. It's really a question for anyone.
  12. Husker in WI

    Spring Practice Notes

    I didn't say anything about race.. Just legitimately interested in why people use generic terms to talk about a player instead of their name. Same question with either of the guys you mentioned, I know people will point out clips saying things like "#81 just isn't fast enough here" instead of saying Warner. I don't have a problem with that comment, I just don't get why it's not "Warner isn't fast enough here."
  13. Husker in WI

    Spring Practice Notes

    Tackling is a problem, no one disagrees there. Where some people disagree is the claim that the video is an example of that - it's not great form, but it did the job. We can agree to disagree there, but in any case it's one clip and we'll see if it's still a problem on Saturdays. For all we know Fisher chewed him out for it in film review, or maybe the guy was out of bounds already. Somewhat to Big Ern's point I think criticism of play is fair on a board, but I'm curious what the rationale is behind using numbers or "this player" to do it. I know a lot of former players and media members do it as well, but why? We all know who we're talking about, I'm just genuinely curious about the difference between "Jackson has shied away from contact" and "this player has shied away from contact" and similar statements. I know a lot on twitter was directed at Young - what's better about saying "#5 took a bad angle" as opposed to "Young?"
  14. Husker in WI

    Spring Practice Notes

    His tackling was only part of the benching, and once he was reinstated as a starter (after one game, if I remember correctly) he was always on the field. He saw less playing time in one game early in the year - either it's not as bad as you think, or we don't have anyone the coaches trust more. Probably some of both.
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    Spring Practice Notes

    So you must not have cheered when this happened:
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