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I just finished watching the game and focused on the SC commits. Here are my thoughts for anyone who did not get the chance to watch. I am sure that some of this will be repetitive so I apologize in advance, but wanted to provide at least a little insight for those who missed
1. I was thrilled with the play of Rodgers and Falah on the offensive line. Rodgers is an absolute beast. Boy is he nasty and incredibly strong. His run blocking was the best at the game. When the East ran behind Rodgers on the left side, there were gaping holes, and against this competition that is really saying something. I think he will get playing time as a true freshman. He also provides an attitude that is the toughness we want. He even had a personal foul penalty for mixing it up. I absolutely loved his play. Falah played left tackle and really impressed me. He is undersized, but obviously he will get bigger at college. He has great feet, and moves incredibly well. And, when you break down the plays, he was rarely beaten. He could and I believe will be our answer to left tackle after he bulks up. So, that was great to watch
2. Browne did not get much opportunity. He played the initial two drives and sat for a while. However in the fourth he lead the one drive for a touchdown, two point conversion, and looked fantastic. He made great throws on the move and in the pocket. He was clearly the best pro style qb there. I also loved Mitchell. He is quick and shifty and gets sepapration quickly. We have a guy who will be a stud for us, and he has great hands
3. Our DB's looked really good. Hawkins actually impressed me the most. He has great speed as evidenced by his awesome kickoff return in the fourth quarter. He also has good coverage skills and strong hands to play press coverage. Ramsey is a physical specimen. They had him play ten yards off the ball so never saw his hands at work near the line of scrimmage. He did get beat on Browne's TD, but it was a great throw. I predict he starts as a freshman as his size, tackling ability and speed give him the most upside of anyone currently on the roster
4. I loved Justin Davis. Nice runs inside, good hands (saw that in practice) and he can block.
5. Bigelow is incredible. He sacked Browne on the first play of the game and lived in the West's backfield. Wow. Eddie V also looked so darn strong and much better than Robinson who never made an impact in the game. Eddie had a sack and was constantly beating his man off the ball. The other thing I love about Eddie is his hustle on every play. He never stops. Bigelow and Eddie V were only topped by J. Smith going to ND. He looked absolutely dominant.
It was also nice to see Fitts back in action. He made a nice pursuit tackle in the fourth quarter. He looks to be quick and relentless in his limited action. Hutchings also made a nice pursuit tackle near the goalline.
I hope that this helps people who missed the game. I love our class. The other thing you missed was NBC shamelessly plugging Notre Dame for obvious reasons as they have all ND home games. It was disgusting. Oh well. Fight on!
This post was edited by Brian Schim 18 months ago
Great post Brian. Thanks for the analysis!
Cry Havoc; and let slip the dogs of war!
I remember when Galippo won MVP in that game. Let's see how these guys develop...
Someone seriously downvoted this?
Brian - Enjoyed your take on the game. You and Phear provide a lot of insight here - along with SC Rich.
Rodgers is so impressive. He is nasty and a ROADGRADER that we need.
A fair point - this game isn't the be all end all. But the counterpoint to that is so long as none of our players break their back they'll probably be okay. Galippo's career was derailed by injury and he was never quite the same player and never seemed to adjust to the change in his body. It's a terrible shame.
thank Brian. Great writeup.
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