I find it somewhat alarming that I'm up at 6:00 AM doing this thing. Anybody else find that weird?
Nobody? Hm. Oh well.
Oh? Chart? Okay, chart.
O-Line (from LT to RT): Ortmann - McAvoy - Molk - Moosman - Schilling
|1-10||Shotgun trips right||McGuffie||Delayed zone handoff||5||Schilling, Moosman, Ortmann||-|
|2-5||I-form 3 WR||Moundros||FB trap||7||Schilling, Molk||Moosman|
|1-10||Shotgun 3 WR||Threet||QB sweep right (?)||6||Moosman||Schilling|
|2-4||Shotgun split slot left||Threet||Zone read keeper||9-TD||Threet (+2)||-|
1st and 10: Ortmann pulls to the left and helps create a hole along with Moosman and Schilling that McGuffie squirts through.
2nd and 5: A play that I don't think was ever called in this decade by Lloyd Carr or Mike Debord. Could've been a bit better, but Moosman doesn't get out in time. Still a first down.
1st and 10: This appears to be an option of sorts. Tay Odoms pops out from his slot position, waiting for Threet to get there, which gives him the appearence of a potential pitch man. Schilling however, is blown back by an end, cutting off the option, but Moosman gets a solid block, and Threet scampers upfield.
2nd and 4: This might be wrong of me, but this is all on Threet and the fake. The O-line does a good job selling it, but this is 100% for Threet making an excellent decision on pulling it out on a perfectly executed zone read. This play is what Michigan fans are drooling to see. If this play had been at the 40 yard line, Threet gets 10-15 yards. If it's at the 40 and Shavodrick Beaver or Tate Forcier has it, it's probably a 40 yard touchdown.
|1-10||Shotgun 3 WR||McGuffie||Zone read handoff||5||Schilling||-|
|2-5||Shotgun 3 WR||McGuffie||Zone left||0||-||Stonum, McAvoy|
1st and 10: McGuffie takes the handoff and goes up the middle as the line zones to the left. Schilling does a nice job sealing the end, but the weakside linebacker stays at home to contain this play.
2nd and 5: Handoff all the way. McAvoy gets bullied into the backfield, but this play is initially blown up on the perimeter. Stonum seems indecisive in blocking the corner, who shoots in and tackles McGuffie at the LOS.
|2-10||Shotgun 4 WR||Threet||Zone read keeper||9||Threet (+2)||-|
|3-1||I-form twins right||Grady||Iso||2||McAvoy, Moundros||-|
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR||Shaw||Zone read handoff||30||Ortmann, McAvoy, Butler, Hemingway||Moosman, Schilling|
|1-10||Shotgun split slot right||Shaw||Zone read handoff||15||Schilling, Moosman, Molk||-|
2nd and 10: Again, this is all Threet. The fake to Shaw gets the entire defense to bite, and Threet has wide open spaces to run in. He even puts a juke on one of Miami-OH's Butkus watchlist linebackers.
3rd and 1: Kevin Grady's first appearence of the season is not in a runaway beer truck (!!) Owen Schmitt-type role; just a simple iso play out of the i-formation to pick up a first down on 3rd and short. McAvoy and Moundros create a hole for him to fall through.
1st and 10: I'm actually probably too hard on Moosman and Schilling on this play. Schilling didn't factor into the play at all, but nevertheless, he gets driven back immediately. Moosman was a little closer, he gets beaten by his man, but the hole created by Ortmann and McAvoy is gaping and Shaw is through it before Moosman's mistake can bust the play, but eh, I was lenient last week. Butler is slotted out on the left at wideout here, along with Hemingway, and they both get solid blocks downfield to assist Shaw's big run.
1st and 10: The right side of the line (Schilling and Moosman) along with center Molk do an excellent job this time, giving Shaw room to make a man miss.
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR trips right||Threet||Zone read keeper||12||Threet, Schilling||Butler/Odoms|
|2-4||Shotgun 4 WR||McGuffie||Zone read handoff||-7||-||McAvoy (-2), Molk|
1st and 10: Another perfect fake and a perfect pullout by Threet as Miami sells out on the handoff which isn't a handoff. Schilling gets +1 for holding his block long enough for Threet to get outside. I'm sketchy on the minus here, as Butler, slotted out to the right again, could not maintain his block without holding, and Odoms may have been a potential pitch man on this play again based on his body language once Threet pulled the ball out. Minus 1/2 for each.
2nd and 4: The read end stays at home this time, prompting Threet to execute the handoff to McGuffie. This fails because McAvoy completely whiffs at a blitzing linebacker, who is in on the ballcarrier from the start. Molk is also beaten badly, but McAvoy gets the extra minus. This play never had a chance.
|2-12||Shotgun 4 WR||McGuffie||Zone read handoff||19||Ortmann, McAvoy, Molk||-|
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR trips right||McGuffie||Zone read handoff (?)||0||-||Schilling|
2nd and 12: This time the left side of the line plus Molk get excellent blocks. Ortmann in particularly just dominates the end. McGuffie is fast.
1st and 10: I can't really tell if this is a read by Threet or not. Regardless, Miami-OH's linebackers attack the middle of the line immediately, prompting McGuffie to cut right. Unfortunately, Schilling has not blocked the end, who stops the play with ease.
|1-10||Shotgun split slot left||Grady||Zone read handoff||1||-||Moosman, Ortmann|
|3-10||Shotgun 4 WR||Sheridan||QB draw||9||Ortmann||Butler|
1st and 10: A wholly uninspiring play, where no one on the line gets much of a push. This is compounded by a corner blitz by the Redhawks. Ortmann gets muscled into the backfield, and alarmingly, Moosman is literally thrown to the ground by a Miami-OH linebacker (!!).
3rd and 10: Give up play designed to try and fool the defense. Ortmann flings his man aside, opening a hole for Sheridan and his lead blocker Grady. Grady and McAvoy sort of neutralize a linebacker, but the ref had a hand in that too, so nothing doing there. Butler, in the left slot, doesn't block another linebacker who had faked a blitz, causing this play to come up short of the first down.
|1-10||Shotgun 3 WR||Odoms||Reverse||1||-||Threet, Schilling|
|2-9||Shotgun 3 WR trips left||McGuffie||Zone read handoff||-2||-||McAvoy, Schilling (-2)|
1st and 10: Zone left handoff to McGuffie, who flips it to the slot man - Odoms - on a reverse. Plays like these always need a backside block from the QB, and it didn't happen here. Schilling also whiffs, allowing a linebacker into the backfield unimpeded, which forced Odoms to take a wider angle. Nice thought, but poor execution here.
2nd and 9: Strongside blitz by Miami forces McGuffie to cut as soon as he gets the ball. Schilling is schooled here, as MAC DPOTY Clayton Mullins knifes through past him as he flails in vain. Mullins stuffs McGuffie with ease. Even if Schilling had picked him up, McAvoy had blown his block as well.
|2-5||Shotgun 3 WR||McGuffie||Zone read handoff||9||Butler, Ortmann, Molk||-|
|1-10||Shotgun split slot right||McGuffie||Triple option right||2||-||Odoms|
|2-8||Shotgun 4 WR trips left||McGuffie||Speed option left||-1||-||Nowicki, Odoms, Butler|
2nd and 5: Torn on Butler here. On one hand, the man he is blocking makes the tackle. On the other, and the one that tips in the "Yay" column, it is a corner blitz that would've stopped the play dead if Butler doesn't pick it up nicely. Ortmann and Molk also show off here, with Ortmann getting away with just a bit of holding. ("Just a bit" = like woah, throw the flag ref.) After his hold, Ortmann is caught up in a mass of humanity, falls, and dislocates his elbow. Gack. Enter walk on Bryant Nowicki.
1st and 10: Fake inside to Minor, then option right and a pitch to McGuffie. This is a weird play. The line does its job, but Miami has the play read on the perimeter. Odoms doesn't help matters by just standing there instead of trying to block. Understandable I suppose, since he is pint-sized and liable to be obliterated if he throws a block. Again, this is a nice idea which will be lethal with more practice (and a faster QB).
2nd and 8: Nowicki gets tossed aside on his second play, prompting a quick pitch from Threet to McGuffie. Once the ball is pitched this play has potential, except neither Odoms nor Butler on the outside block the corner, who splits them and makes the tackle. Probably not the best guys to have in there when you're running an option to that side - one a diminutive freshman, and the other a tight end who has never been known for blocking at all.
|1-10||I-form twins right||McGuffie||Sweep right||26||Moundros, Schilling, Hemingway, Savoy||-|
|1-10||Shotgun split twins left||McGuffie||Zone read handoff||1||-||Moosman, Schilling|
1st and 10: New Era channels the Old Guard here, lines em up in power I, shuffles the FB to the strongside and then runs to that side. It works beautifully here. Moundros pounds his guy, Schilling prevents the end from getting outside, Hemingway comes in from the slot to chip on the linebacker, and Savoy shows why he was high on the depth chart with a solid downfield block. McGuffie also sheds a tackle.
1st and 10: Might've been a lack of communication here. From first glance I had Moundros in the Nay column, but second glance shows the guy he ran right past on this play had completely shed a Moosman block. Schilling falls while engaged, and his man finishes the tackle.
|1-10||I-form twins left||McGuffie||Iso||13||Moundros, Schilling||McAvoy|
|2-2||I-form twins right||Grady||Iso||3||Molk, Moundros||-|
|1-10||I-form twins right||McGuffie||Sweep right||5||Schilling, Butler||-|
|2-5||Shotgun 4 WR||Sheridan||Zone read keeper||1||-||Sheridan|
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR||Minor||Zone left||15-TD||McAvoy, Butler, Savoy||Nowicki|
1st and 10: McAvoy gets twisted around, forcing McGuffie to the right. Luckily, Schilling has occupied the linebacker, while Moundros has cut the weakside defensive end. From here it's McGuffie all the way, as he beats the corner around the edge. White lightning, baby. +15 after the play, personal foul.
2nd and 2: Stalemates by Nowicki and McAvoy combined with a nice block by Molk which in turn is aided by a bowling ball shot from Moundros give Grady enough room for the first down.
1st and 10: Excellent blocks on the edge by Schilling and Butler (!) to clear enough room for a solid gain by McGuffie. I wonder how much I-form we'll see throughout the year. It definitely worked in this game.
2nd and 5: This is a big, big gain if McGuffie gets the handoff. The gaps are huge, because the linebackers stay at home...and tackle Sheridan with ease, since he pulled the ball out and had no blocking.
1st and 10: This is just petty of me. Nowicki gets beaten, but Minor beats the guy who beat him. Eh, shoot me. McAvoy gets the nice initial block to spring Minor, and superb downfield blocks by Savoy and Butler (!!) pave the way for the touchdown.
Charting ends here, as final three McGuffie carries are obvious clock killers.
- You didn't need this chart to know that this was a much, much better performance than Utah. The running game sputtered at times, but the issues with the offense in this game were more passing-related.
- Threet definitely had passing problems, overthrowing touchdowns on three separate occasions. But from what I saw, he is a much better decision maker than Sheridan, both in throwing the ball and running the zone reads. Passing the ball, he didn't make any of the throws that make you scream. Nothing like Sheridan's interception vs. Utah. And in the zone reads, he made excellent decisions with the handoffs. Part of this is the fact that he's still pretty slow and defenses don't respect him, but he's doing his part in that regard.
- I hope Shaw's groin is healthy for Notre Dame.
- I was impressed with Mark Moundros. I thought he was a pretty good blocker last season, and he seems even better so far this year.
- I'm curious to see how much I-form Rich Rodriguez and Calvin Magee run from here on out. There was a lot of success with sweep plays to McGuffie in this game.
- Just for you Jabba: To Hell with Notre Dame.