Upon Further Review 2022: Offense vs UConn

FORMATION NOTES: UConn was a charting-friendly fundamental 4-3 two deep the entire sport, give or take some line slides or unique passing down objects.


They might often slide into an over or below entrance.

Observe that I am punting on one thing aside from “pistol” for Michigan’s model of it, which is only a shotgun snap with a again immediately behind the QB. A number of years in the past pistol meant the QB was nearer to the LOS than he’s in shotgun. Not, no less than for Michigan.

SUBSTITUTION NOTES: Apart from the late sport blender, nothing out of the atypical. JJ/Cade/Warren/Bowman your tentative QB depth chart. Stokes clearly #3 at RB with Isaiah Gash getting quite a lot of late run as a brief yardage again. Max Bredeson in all probability your TE 4 behind All/Schoonmaker/Honigford. OL the identical, with El-Hadi getting quite a lot of run after Keegan left on drive two.

[After THE JUMP: 100]

Ln Dn Ds O Type RB TE WR D Type Field Kind Play Participant Yards
M27 1 10 Gun 4-wide 1 1 3 4-3 even 7 Go Out Henning 6
Henning motions throughout the formation and units so we’ll name it 4-wide as an alternative of journeys. UConn shuffles a LB to him however pace out vs LB is a win. This ball will not be in Henning’s facemask however it’s excessive sufficient that it shouldn’t take him off his toes; Henning falls to the bottom on the catch. (CA, +0.5, 3, safety 1/1, Henning -1)
M33 2 4 Gun journeys 1 1 3 4-3 even 6.5 Go Bubble display screen Wilson 39
UConn slot LB stares at McCarthy unmoving till ball is out, Hat -2. That is possible as a result of McCarthy is staring him down the entire manner and pulls, RPO+. Fairly torn in regards to the outcomes after the throw, as Wilson clearly has a lane within All, who will get pushed again a tad by his blocker. Wilson(+2) is anticipating to get exterior and dances round; All(+1) will get some depth on his man and Wilson can sprint round to the skin now. Bell(+1) and Johnson(+1) each get wonderful downfield blocks. (CA, +0.5, 3, display screen, RPS +1)
O28 1 10 Gun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 even 6.5 Run Break up zone Corum 8
Couple of faux snaps after which McCarthy flips Corum to his left. Break up zone follows. Olu(+1) and Zinter(+1) double by means of a DT, with Olu getting a second degree block and Zinter driving that DT after Olu leaves. Keegan(+0.5) and Hayes(+0.5) drive the opposite DT however Hayes doesn’t see a LB popping round exterior, finally irrelevant. Corum(+0.5) zips up the center. Jones(+1) thumped a LB.
O20 2 2 Pistol TTB 1 2 2 4-3 over 8 Run Counter Corum 20
That is good. Olu(+1) pulls round and EMLOS thinks cut up zone and is combating to get inside. Olu partitions him off and stalemates him. Schoon(+0.5) pulls throughout the formation and will get sufficient of a LB taking pictures within him to push him previous Corum, who’s now in quite a lot of house. Anthony(+0.5) will get an honest CB block and Corum(+1) makes use of to to get to the endzone.
Drive Notes: Landing, 7-0, 12 min 1st Q.  
Ln Dn Ds O Type RB TE WR D Type Field Kind Play Participant Yards
M27 1 10 Gun double stacks 1 1 3 4-3 even 6.5 Go Bubble display screen Bell 8
UConn stays heavy within the field relative to blockers right here and has 2 v 2 on the skin for each stacks. Boundary man is in press however All(+1) is the blocker on the market so he wins in opposition to a DB. (CA, 3, display screen). It is a presnap learn so no RPO right here and I’m attempting to maintain display screen factors comparatively muted right here so no half level.
M35 2 2 Gun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 below 7.5 Go Out Johnson Inc
Johnson(route-) falls down. Regarded like a great choice and a great throw. (Not charted, 0, safety 1/1)
M35 3 2 Pistol 3-wide 1 1 3 Nickel even 6.5 Run ZR Counter GT hold McCarthy -5
ZR wrinkle right here as this isn’t cut up zone. UConn DE will get two yards in backfield, types up, and is ready to chase McCarthy down after he retains. Nice play by that man however even when he misses the sort out he’s pushed JJ so extensive that Schoon has no angle on a block and he’ll possible get shut down in need of fhe sticks. ZR-, McCarthy -2. Zinter(+1) and Jones(+1) crushed their double however Keegan(-1) ate it on his pull so this was a bit questionable.
Drive Notes: Punt, 7-0, 10 min 1st Q.  
Ln Dn Ds O Type RB TE WR D Type Field Kind Play Participant Yards
M46 1 10 Gun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 even SAM 7 Go Bubble display screen Wilson 14 (pen -1)
One other presnap choice as UConn is 2v2 to high of display screen with a SAM LB clearly coming. UConn S at 9 yards is charging at this, although. Wilson(+2) offers him the ole on the LOS after which rips off a primary down. Normally unblocked man at LOS is an RPS minus however this man is coming from 9 yards and is hammering down so quick that Wilson’s capable of dodge after which it’s a free first down. I feel it is a push. (CA, +0.5, 3, display screen). Johnson will get a fairly weak holding name to convey this again. (Refs -1)
M45 1 11 Pistol 2TE 1 2 2 4-3 even 7 Run Counter Corum 2
Fairly good play by DE to get skinny as he steps left and will get vertical; Jones(-1) can’t deal with this and provides up penetration that knocks Olu off his pull. Zinter(-1) finally ends up working to the second degree with out touching both DT; Keegan can’t deal with a man slanting away from him and will get no assist. Angles are actually messed. Corum(+1) does properly to zip inside a possible TFL and spin by means of one other one to rescue this considerably.
M47 2 9 Ace twin TE 1 2 2 4-3 below 7 Go PA Deep cross Bell 15
Old fashioned enterprise right here with below middle max professional with solely two guys within the route and a few guys leaking out late. JJ has perpetually and when two guys pop up on Corum he fires in a dart to Bell to transform. (CA, +1, 3, safety 1/1)
O38 1 10 Gun 4-wide 1 1 3 4-3 even 7 Go Out Henning 15
Eight yard out to the sector in opposition to car parking zone protection. This ball is decrease than the primary one to Henning however this time Henning(+1) retains his toes and dusts the CB for some YAC. (CA, +0.5, 3, safety 1/1)
O23 1 10 Pistol 3TE 1 3 1 4-3 even 7 Run Arc learn keeper McCarthy 14
This time the tip will not be within the backfield, as an alternative establishing on the LOS, presumably as a result of the earlier TD on the counter has different issues in his head. JJ(ZR+) appropriately pulls and a UConn LB shoots inside so Schoon barely has to do something. Bredeson(+1) will get out in house and wipes a security; Anthony(-0.5) has a questionable CB block. RPS +1. Hat +1.
O9 1 G Ace 3TE 1 3 1 4-3 over 8 Run Break up zone Corum 3
I’m spitballing right here however this looks as if a concentrating on concern for Bredeson(-2), who decides to kick out a defensive finish two yards upfield who obtained ole’d by Schoonmaker and is off stability. He needs to be concentrating on a filling LB and if the DE will get Corum properly performed. Unblocked man at LOS. Corum nonetheless will get one thing as a result of Zinter(+1) and Jones(+2) obliterate the related DT and Corum can reduce up within unblocked LB.
O6 2 G Gun 3TE 1 3 1 4-3 below 9 Run Break up zone Corum 5
These are two totally different run performs within the Michigan playbook however right here they’re cut up zone, we will solely get so deep within the weeds. Right here Schoon engages the EMLOS and Bredeson(+0.5) is right to get the man flashing to drive. Schoon(+1) will get a yard of depth on his man and Zinter(+1) and Jones(+1) once more clobberated a DT and a second man, Corum(+0.5) will get a filling security two yards downfield and is ready to spin off to close the aim line.
O1 3 G Objective line 1 4 0 Objective line 11 Run Dive Corum 1
They get it.
Drive Notes: Landing, 14-0, 2 min 1st Q.  
Ln Dn Ds O Type RB TE WR D Type Field Kind Play Participant Yards
O22 1 10 Gun 3-wide 1 1 3 Nickel even 6 Go Flare display screen Henning 12
Orbit movement from Henning and no person goes with him; UConn rotating one security all the way down to the boundary and taking part in tremendous gentle to the sector. Presnap choice from JJ to throw the display screen as a result of it’s manifestly open. Bell(+1) and Anthony(+1) get their blocks, first down, RPS +2. (CA, 3, display screen)
O10 1 G Gun 2TE 1 2 2 4-3 over 7 Run Energy GT Henning 3
Unsure what to do with this one. Seth desires Hayes to chop within El-Hadi and block the final LB, as a result of that’s a landing. I feel that’s bold to ask and Henning(-2) doesn’t present any endurance to see the place Hayes goes, which is exterior. Outdoors seems actual good. Zinter(+0.5) washed his man all the way down to create a giant gap right here and El-Hadi(+1) stands up a DL. Can’t consider the opposite blocks on the skin due to the reduce.
O7 2 G Pistol 3-wide 1 2 2 4-3 even 7 Go Y Cross Bell Inc
El-Hadi(-2) thinks it is a run play and provides up a stress as a result of he doesn’t move set. Max professional, too. Two man route with Bell working throughout the formation having drawn man protection; no separation. McCarthy will get off an unbelievable throw within the circumstances, a back-foot lofted ball that solely Bell has a shot at. Bell can’t fairly make the unbelievable catch. (DO+, +3, 1, safety 0/2)
O7 3 G Gun TTB 1 1 3 4-3 over 7 Go Improv Wilson inc
UConn covers everybody popping out of the bunch however can’t get any move rush. McCarthy sits after which his timer goes off so he begins transferring. A LB sucks up and McCarthy does discover a window to Wilson for a TD however the LB is ready to bounce and bat the ball down. This was not likely an interceptable throw because it’s hammered onerous and the LB is simply capable of get one outstretched hand on it, and it does seem like the very best obtainable possibility. (MA, +1, 0, safety 2/2)
Drive Notes: FG(24), 17-0, EO1Q.  
Ln Dn Ds O Type RB TE WR D Type Field Kind Play Participant Yards
O18 1 10 Ace 1 2 2 4-3 even 8 Run Zone stretch Corum 6
Zinter(+1) capable of get a reduce in on a DT lined up properly within him and slanting away from him after UConn brings down a LB to the bottom edge. That man does a great job to maintain his toes and circulation nevertheless it’s sufficient. El-Hadi(+0.5) will get a penetrator and escorts him upfield with some push; Olu(+1) stands up and controls a LB after realizing he’s obtained no DTs. Jones(-1) overruns a linebacker who is ready to converge and sort out with the DT.
O12 2 4 Gun 3-wide 1 2 2 4-3 over 7 Go Yo-yo flat Bell 11
Bell begins to movement from the sector to the boundary, will get the indicative man to man chaser, after which stops proper over Zinter and runs again the opposite manner. DB glances at teammates as this occurs and is a second late to understand what’s occurring and Bell has the sting, getting all the way down to the one with assist from Johnson(+1). (CA, +0.5, 3, safety N/A, RPS +2)
O1 1 G Gun 2TE tight 1 2 2 Objective line 11 Run Dive Corum 1
Tempo(27) and Michigan surges into the endzone as a group.
Drive Notes: Landing, 24-0, 12 min 2nd Q.  
Ln Dn Ds O Type RB TE WR D Type Field Kind Play Participant Yards
M29 1 10 Pistol 2TE 1 2 2 4-3 even 7 Run Insert iso Stokes 11
All folds in to be the lead blocker. Zinter(+1) and Olu(+1) double by means of one DT and Olu crushes the MLB. El-Hadi(+1) controls the opposite DT and will get a yard or so of depth. All doesn’t actually have something to do. Stokes(+0.5) retains his toes properly so as to add some YAC.
M40 1 10 Pistol 2TE 1 2 2 4-3 even 7 Run Break up zone Stokes -2
M motions Bell throughout and UConn has an auto-check on for the CB to blitz. That is powerful for the OL to deal with however Hayes(-2) makes a mistake by peeling off for the nook and letting the DE by means of. There isn’t a manner El-Hadi can see this blitz or react to it so you must let the skin man by means of and dwell with it. Stokes will get crunched. RPS -1. Honigford(-0.5) and Jones(-0.5) gave floor on their blocks; Olu(+0.5) and El-Hadi(+0.5) gave their double the enterprise.
M38 2 12 Pistol 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 even LB slide 7 Run Energy CH Stokes -2
This simply will get clunked. Zinter(-1) and Hayes(-1) pushed again. Olu(-1) will get shouldered by means of as he tries to kick the EMLOS. Stokes will get buried.
M36 3 14 Gun journeys TE 1 1 3 3-2 dime 5 Go Sack N/A -2
Three man rush, First learn is Wilson on a Y cross, bracketed. A stunt virtually will get a man by means of earlier than Zinter picks him up late, this causes a McCarthy flush. Scramble drill Fs for Johnson(route -) and Bell(route -); McCarthy finally ends up attempting to increase the play and eats a sack. Maaaaybe he might have discovered Corum releasing upfield however this seems like the best play imo. (world’s unlikeliest PR, N/A, safety 1/1)
Drive Notes: Punt, 24-0, 8 min 2nd Q.  
Ln Dn Ds O Type RB TE WR D Type Field Kind Play Participant Yards
M40 1 10 Gun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 even 7 Go Flare display screen Bell 28
Similar because the Henning flare display screen earlier. PA sucks in the complete entrance and press CB bails. M has two blockers for 2 DBs and there’s no person else on the display screen. Wilson(+1) and Johnson(+1) do their jobs and Bell(+1) breaks a sort out or two. (CA, +0.5, 3, display screen, RPS +3). This has obtained to be the best 30 yards in Michigan historical past.
O32 1 10 Pistol twin TE 1 2 2 4-3 even 7 Go Waggle TE Y cross Schoonmaker 31
PA, rollout from McCarthy. He will get a DE flying up at his face however accelerates to get round him after which throws a rope to Schoonmaker on a useless run. The ball holds Schoonmaker up a bit however within the circumstances hell yeah. On the replay you may see him pace as much as get to the spot. To not beat the useless horse however McNamara isn’t making this play. (DO+, +2, 3, safety N/A)
O1 1 G I-Type Massive 1 3 1 Objective line 11 Run Down G Corum 1
Okay I’ll concern some factors since Corum is untouched. Honigford(+1) crushes his man to the bottom and Zinter(+0.5) will get a kick, from there tutorial.
Drive Notes: Landing, 38-0, 3 min 2nd Q. McNamara will get the following drive kind substance, which begins with 24 seconds on the clock.  
Ln Dn Ds O Type RB TE WR D Type Field Kind Play Participant Yards
M43 1 10 Gun journeys 1 1 3 Nickel even 6 Go Sack N/A -5
Mixture of two issues: Hayes(-1) will get bullrushed again into Cade’s lap, which in all probability prevents him from getting a throw off instantly, and Jones(-1) is beat across the nook at what’s often okay however not nice depth; McNamara strikes backwards due to Hayes and will get crushed. (PR, N/A, safety 0/2)
M38 2 15 Gun empty TE 1 1 3 Nickel even 6 Go Deep comeback Bell 18
Corum is lined up within the slot simply exterior of Hayes and ranges a DE earlier than coming out in to the flat. Hayes(-1) then decides to sit down on this man simply as El-Hadi’s man loops round this mess. Olu(-1) is late recognizing one other stunt so two guys are coming proper at McNamara, who stands in and delivers to Bell. Ball is a bit excessive however I imply. (DO+, +2, 2, safety 0/2)
Drive Notes: Missed FG(62), 38-0, EOH. McCarthy again for yet another drive.  
Ln Dn Ds O Type RB TE WR D Type Field Kind Play Participant Yards
M17 1 10 Gun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 even 6.5 Run Pin and pull Corum 2
At this level Michigan could be doing suboptimal issues simply to apply some stuff as a result of this orbit flare is extensive open however M isn’t throwing it. 38-0 with 25 minutes left so we’re gonna get lax right here with the what-should-you-do stuff. Anyway. PNP right here that’s blocked fairly properly however the bottom sort out slants left and cuts off El-Hadi. Hayes climbs to the second degree however by no means has an opportunity in opposition to the MLB. Zinter(+0.5) will get a kickout; All(+1) will get a great downfield block; Jones(+1) turns within the DT. Olu kicks a DB downfield. RPS -1?
M19 2 8 Ace twin TE 1 2 2 4-3 even 7 Run Inside zone Corum 11
Bell motions in to be basically a 3rd TE to the sector. IZ with UConn blitzing a nook who overruns it, heading to McCarthy. Corum threatens frontside and will get the MLB taking pictures by means of the hole; Hayes comes off on him, however he’s within the backfield. Corum(+1) shifts to the opposite facet of the sector and finds a spot. Olu(+1) controls and will get a yard of depth on a single block. Zinter(+1) will get a free launch and deletes a LB; Jones(+1) kicks out a DE who was not presupposed to be kicked out with the CB blitz.
M30 1 10 Gun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 over 7 Run Energy CH Stokes 1
Late shift from UConn takes playside DT from head up on the G to shaded inside. This journeys up Jones. He now not must double, or if he does it may be very cursory since Zinter is downblocking on a man he has a positional benefit on. Jones(-2) crunches that DT however a LB scrapes over him and when Jones seems to launch downfield MLB is already gone. Olu(+1) does a great job to seek out and delete a man attempting to shoot within him. Bredeson(+0.5) will get a strong kickout. MLB thumps stokes at LOS.
M31 2 9 Gun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 over 6.5 Go TE Hitch All 4
Unsure I really like this however I don’t assume anybody else is clearly open so I assume the 4 yard hitch is OK. Barely questionable move professional from Jones, who appeared up potential blitzers on the skin and barely anchored in opposition to the DE. (CA, 3, +0.5, safety 2/2)
M35 3 5 Gun 3-wide 1 1 3 Nickel even 6 Go Out Bell 5
UConn sends 5; mansome blitz pickup from Corum however El-Hadi(-1) will get obtained on a stunt; he does hit the man however he’s surging by means of and McCarthy decides to bail. He bails with a function, shortening the space to a throw he already desires to make, which is Bell on the sticks to transform. (CA, +0.5, 3, safety ½)
M40 1 10 Gun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 even 6.5 Go Bubble display screen Wilson 17
Uconn reveals press and bails on faux snaps, verify, no obvious verify from UConn, bubble. Wilson(+1) can shoot up inside a great block from Johnson(+1) two yards downfield however violates protocol by going exterior of that block; he does that so quick that it really works. Wilson is then quick. (CA, 3, display screen, RPS +1)
O43 1 10 Gun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 over 7 Run Jet sweep Henning 4
RPS for UConn as they rotate down a security to an empty facet of the sector as M threatens jet. They get jet. S has drive, so the DE to the playside who All expects to be drive will not be; he dives inside. All(+0.5) will get some chip on him and it’s sufficient as Henning(+0.5) runs by means of an ankle sort out. Jones and Zinter(+1) combo by means of a DT after which Jones extends to second degree. Jones(-1) hits the identical LB Stokes(+1) has dealt with and by no means will get off this to poke at another person. Henning cuts inside that DE and will get buried. Nevermind the RPS, I assume.
O39 2 6 Pistol 2TE 1 2 2 4-3 over 7 Run Insert iso Stokes 5
UConn actually firing on the run right here so sledding is more durable. Makes for extra attention-grabbing charting although. M has Jones move set and All fold within him to guide out. All will get a charging LB on the LOS and stands him up; Stokes(+1) doesn’t just like the straight forward as a result of that LB reduce it off. He might bounce exterior this and take his possibilities with an unblocked S who’s charging however as an alternative cuts again right into a wee hole that hardly exists, and squeezes by means of. Zinter(+0.5) obtained sufficient depth on his man, I assume? Stokes breaks a pair arm tackles and will get a strong acquire.
O34 3 1 Gun 3TE 1 3 1 4-3 below 7.5 Run Dive Gash 11
Jones(+1) and Honigford(+2) clobber the DE with Honigford getting off this block tremendous quick and getting a charging LB. Bredeson(+1) plows the SAM. Gash will get a free pas
O23 1 10 Gun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 even 7 Go Deep out Bell 12
Deep out to the sector takes Bell off his toes to forestall some YAC. (MA, 2, safety 2/2)
O11 1 10 Pistol 2TE 1 2 2 4-3 over 7.5 Run Break up zone Corum 11
Jet movement from Anthony, handoff inside on cut up zone. All(+0.5) will get the kick and Honigford(+0.5) washes a man down the road. LB shoots a spot uselessly; Hayes(+1) crunches a DT out of the hole. Two gamers comply with the jet faux so when Corum(+1) cuts again he scores simply. RPS +1.
Drive Notes: Landing, 45-0, 4 min third Q. Right here begins the QB Ferris Wheel. Charting ceases, although I pulled out a few Orji runs for season preview functions.  




  Good   Impartial   Unhealthy   Ovr   Reads
Recreation DO CA SCR   PR MA   BA TA IN BR   DSR GRADE!   RPOs ZRs
Colorado State   4+                     100% oops   0/0 4/4
Hawaii 4 8(1)+                     100% +14   1/1 3/3
UConn 2++ 5(6)     1 2             100% +11   1/1 1/2

(The run minuses are within the different chart; the above is solely a passing grade.)

I feel I am presupposed to say “that boy good.” So, good?

McCarthy was not actually excellent on this sport however shut sufficient. He made one dangerous pull learn and he took a pair guys off their toes on outs; he additionally had a sack suffered and a move batted down. We’ll take a look at all of that in a second. First this is a superbly lofted ball from McCarthy, off his again foot, whereas getting hit, to a really lined receiver, that solely his man can get:

I’m much more disillusioned that Bell didn’t truly catch this as a result of that it was much more rad than it first appeared.

Additionally in wow, McCarthy accelerates previous a DE simply so his throwing lane is totally open:

That is all of the wow we obtained as a result of there have been a complete of 11 non-screen makes an attempt, considered one of which did not make the chart as a result of Johnson fell down.

However the issues that weren’t excellent?

Now, let me absolve McCarthy of a pair potential sins. I didn’t assume both the batted down move or the sack had been dangerous performs. This is the bat down:

That is what he is when he decides to interrupt the pocket:


Wilson and All are lined, and Bell is someplace at the back of the endzone close to the C. He might in all probability hit All to arrange fourth and two, however why? So he bugs out and Wilson does come open. And he fires it in:


Wilson’s open. The linebacker is at full stretch attempting to get to this ball. It is not likely interceptable. Perhaps you get the ball batted up and dangerous stuff occurs, but in addition seven factors are 4 extra factors than three factors. Are we right here to kick discipline objectives? No.

In the meantime, the sack:

He does not have something helpful right here. He is obtained Schoonmaker for fourth and 4. He is out of the pocket. Somebody must get open for him; nobody does. Might he boot the ball out of bounds to avoid wasting two yards? Yeah, I assume, however who cares? Up to now we have seen McCarthy make quite a lot of good, refined choices, so except he begins doing this on first and ten I am inclined to provide him the advantage of the doubt right here. If Johnson breaks lengthy it is a potential landing. Cling in and see what occurs.

Pshaw, you will have been taken in by his wiles! That is puffery that will likely be uncovered by the primary competent protection to come across our younger squire.

Perhaps? I do not assume so however boy howdy am I going to be nervous the following couple weeks as McCarthy makes an attempt Do not Be Bizarre in opposition to 1) a Massive Ten protection and a couple of) an truly wonderful Massive Ten protection. In my protection, I’m apparently not alone once I hand-wave the above two performs away:

My response to that’s “what in regards to the zone learn pull,” however possibly they’re solely contemplating throws (or tried throws). Leaving apart the one TFL suffered, all McCarthy complaints so far are the veritable definition of nitpicking. For some godforsaken motive I clipped a six-yard out to Henning, in all probability as a result of I used to be going to have a paragraph about how I believed the ball—whereas barely low—didn’t truly must take Henning off his toes and possibly this is the reason Henning hasn’t featured downfield a lot. However, like: dude. That is what we’re speaking about in terms of McCarthy negatives.

Absolutely! Absolutely there’s something unambiguously unfavorable!

Nice, this 15-yard out to the sector was a bit brief.


We’re gonna lose to Rutgers.

Oh so that you’re a kind of, are you.

Nicely, mix it with what I think about this weblog will darkly name “The Pull” for the following decade and I am unable to see any hope in any respect.

Sure, superb, The Pull. It was not good, nevertheless it was additionally Ojemudia-level zone learn D. Boyer-Randle will get two yards within the backfield, by no means turns his shoulders, squares up, and makes a play:

When you’re Denard you get away with it, however McCarthy will not be Denard and may dwell with the “if it is a tie, hand it off” mantra. Right here it is a tie, at greatest. Faucet chest, transfer on.

Man, that is quite a lot of screens.

Six bubble/flare screens averaging 19.6 yards(!!!) an try, although one obtained erased by a doubtful holding name.

That is going to be the excessive water mark for bubble screens this season and that is superb. Most of them had been clear pre-snap reads that did not have quite a lot of intrigue exterior of JESUS CHRIST UCONN HAVE SOME SELF RESPECT, however there have been a pair incidents of observe. The primary one was not a pre-snap learn however a bonafide RPO, as this has an actual mesh level and McCarthy’s eyes maintain the linebacker in place, entranced:

Others had been clear presnap choices, however they weren’t ones that got here with a verify to the sideline. McCarthy was making these choices himself, which is nice if he can do it as a result of considered one of a protection’s favourite issues to do once you verify is verify themselves. These are more likely to get the look you need.

UConn did blitz considered one of them and will have had Wilson at or close to the road of scrimmage, however Wilson went WOOP and that was that.

Doubtlessly notable merchandise: Henning, Bell, and Wilson all caught these, so they don’t seem to be tipping something by formation or personnel, particularly with Henning getting some downfield seems right here.

How in regards to the floor?

Here’s a chart. It is good.

Offensive Line
Participant + T Notes
Hayes 1.5 3 -1.5 Two move professional minuses on the 2 McNamara throws. Not quite a lot of opp on the bottom, one mistake.
Keegan 0.5 1 -0.5 Went out early.
Oluwatimi 6.5 1 +5.5 Shifting individuals on doubles.
Zinter 10 2 +8 Oh there you might be Peter
Jones 8 5.5 +2.5 One concentrating on concern, obtained beat a pair instances, nonetheless good.
Barnhart       DNP
El-Hadi 3 0 +3 One run block on a passing down and one other off == –3 move professional
Anderson       DNC
Persi       DNC
All 4   +4 Totally on these screens.
Schoonmaker 1.5   +1.5 Rather more 3-wide on this sport.
Honigford 3.5 0.5 +3 Crunching at aim line.
Hibner       DNC
Bredeson 3 2 +1 Concentrating on concern for –2 however in any other case good.
Loveland       DNC
TOTAL 40.5 15 73% It is superb! It is good!
Participant + T Notes
McCarthy 1 2 -1 Two arc reads, one good, one dangerous.
McNamara       N/A
Warren       DNC
Corum 5 0 +5 On twelve carries
Edwards       DNP
Stokes 2.5   +2.5 Ghosted by means of nonexistent gap.
Dunlap 0 0 0 DNC
TOTAL 8.5 2 +6.5 Corum brief yardage activate.
Participant + T Notes
Johnson 4 0 +4  
Bell 3   +3 Fumble
Henning 1.5 3 -1.5  
Wilson 6 0 +6 Quick.
Anthony 1.5 1 +0.5 Lower off a CB blitz.
Clemons       DNC
TOTAL 16 6 +10 Screens!
Participant + T Notes
Safety 12 6 66% -3 El-Hadi, –2 Hayes, –1 Jones, –1 Oluwatimi. All non-El-Hadi minuses on the 2 Cade performs.
RPS 11 2 +9 Screens!

So Michigan was 0/4 on move professional when McNamara was within the sport and 12/14 when McCarthy was. Poor Rattling Cade McNamara. Desk, for the document:


  Good   Impartial   Unhealthy   Ovr   Reads
Recreation DO CA SCR   PR MA   BA TA IN BR   DSR GRADE!   RPOs ZRs
Colorado State   5(2)+     2 1     2 3 2   42% oops   0/0 0/0
Hawaii   3+     3         1*     75% -1.5   0/0 0/0
UConn 1+       1               100% +2   0/0 0/0

Again to the run chart. It has a ton of WR factors, a 100% day from the 2 primary RBs, and a really proper handed floor sport.

What’s this about Corum being the brief yardage man?

Nicely, one, we truly obtained some brief yardage performs on this sport; additionally UConn put up considerably higher resistance so we obtained to see what occurs when Blake Corum has to tackle guys in brief areas. His greatest run from a “possibly this man is the brief yardage again” perspective was truly on first and 11:

That is 4 yards after contact and a spin by means of a direct hit. He additionally scored a brazillion brief touchdowns.

In tangentially associated information, this is Corum reducing the increase on an unsuspecting DE:

RB #2 internal slot to backside

And this is a Hart-worthy blitz pickup:

RB #2

Offseason chatter held that move professional from the backs was an issue, in order that’s good to see. This additionally figures into our calculations of Corum’s total physicality-ness-ism and whether or not he can grind out a key yard or two.

I would nonetheless quite have anybody however Corum step ahead for brief yardage since I would quite hold the miles off his legs, but when he is the best choice he is the best choice. It is not like he is been a bell cow to date.

You’re group Stokes as properly. You’ve gotten been kidnapped by aliens and have had your mind trans-reversed.

Perhaps, possibly. Anyway: we did not see a complete lot from Stokes on this sport as a result of his runs had been both buried within the backfield or Purchase One Yard, Get The Subsequent Ten Free. He did make a reduce that I am nonetheless unsure is there, nevertheless it was there:

It might be utterly cheap to pop exterior on this and take your possibilities with the protection:


As an alternative he slips between 90 and 99, which is nearly alarmingly mature. Man who goes round saying he is not completely satisfied, he is by no means completely satisfied. That form of reduce.

In Offended Michigan Working Again Hating Blogger mode protection, Henning’s carry ended up being a –2 regardless of some protests from Seth that Hayes ought to have learn the blocks in entrance of him and reduce up into the identical gap. Perhaps so, however Henning simply goes meep meep and runs straight forward; even when Hayes does change his path Henning’s in all probability going to run previous him into the LB anyway:

That is being a no-cut runner. It’s a must to threaten and redirect.

Is it bizarre that I really feel a sure degree of unease in regards to the offensive line?

That is in all probability simply Michigan fan mind. There’s a TFL in opposition to UConn and the partitions are caving in.

Michigan graded out properly and put up good numbers when Corum (5.9 YPC) was on the market however had some hiccups, and since they had been taking part in UConn any two yard run, not to mention a two yard loss, has individuals heading for the hills with tinfoil tents. I’ll submit that this run protection was moderately good in opposition to Syracuse and that they are in all probability a step up from the primary two video games.

However there have been blips of concern. There was just one play the place Michigan obtained crunched comprehensively—the second and twelve TFL:

just about all people

This play was Not Good, however I embrace it to notice that it is an outlier. Failed Michigan run performs have appeared like this as soon as this season. Opponents, sure, but in addition the error charge is already fairly low and may enhance as we go alongside, notably if and when Keegan is totally recovered.

Most different points had been concentrating on issues. On the whole you need to take probably the most harmful man when there is a selection between two, and that is virtually at all times the man to the inside. Twice Michigan did not choose that man. As soon as was an honest run contained in the 9 that’s possibly a landing if Bredeson strikes previous a linebacker sucking up in the direction of McCarthy:

Wing TE #82 to high

If that DE Bredeson blocks is ready to redirect and make a play 1) wow, 2) he is hitting Corum from the facet at greatest and it is YAC time.

The second was a UConn auto-check to a nook blitz. Hayes chases that nook and a DE will get a free run:

LT #76 to backside

I do not assume it is cheap to assume El-Hadi can anticipate that and get to it, and even when he does you’ve got simply created an unblocked linebacker on the LOS. Right here the nook is far more prone to make a play than the DE within the first clip besides he is the much less harmful man.

I screwed up the clip for our final concentrating on concern, so let me preface this by saying that UConn has simply shifted from an excellent entrance to an over the moment earlier than this clip begins. This takes the DT above the hash from a man Trente Jones has to double by means of to a man he ought to ignore and climb to the LB. Jones doubles and by the point he pops to the LB degree the LBs are gone:

RT #53

It is a good form of downside to have, as a result of it is a tough factor—having an task after which having a late shift change it—and it is only one man not getting a block. Olu and Bredeson clear the trail on their pulls, so there’s a straightforward approach to see this working.

Outdoors of these hiccups, guys obtained moved. If we will return to the Bredeson concentrating on concern play above, take a look at Trente Jones:

RT #53 second from backside

That was not an remoted incident. Michigan was transferring guys lengthy distances. Like Jones on the following play:

RT #53 second from backside

This was just about the entire day. I want UConn’s star DE performed however one man does not make a protection.

Zinter, in the meantime, had a really sturdy bounce-back efficiency. He is the opposite half of these crushing doubles from Jones and he confirmed each agility and knowledge on a few different performs. Michigan’s working a stretch to the underside of the display screen right here; UConn drops down a linebacker late to turn out to be the EMLOS to the highest of the road. It is a blinking “we’re going to slant away from this LB” signal more often than not. Zinter is already attempting to cope with a man lined up within him. This needs to be a catastrophe.

RG #65 simply above C

I do not know if Zinter noticed it out of the nook of his eye or simply defaulted to that as quickly because the man stepped proper, however that reduce is the one manner this play does not finish in a TFL.

He additionally teamed up with Oluwatimi on extra crushing doubles:

RG #65 and C #55

He graded out as Michigan’s greatest OL round these components. Hopefully final week was simply a kind of issues.

Did I see some new stuff on the bottom?

After a few video games the place the run sport was extraordinarily vanilla we’re getting some extra objects filtering in. Corum’s first landing was  a full-on no-read counter that is not precisely rocket science however does add to the issues Michigan is doing:

On the profitable McCarthy keeper you do see the UConn DE to the highest slide down manner inside, as a result of UConn is taking part in these hole runs to spill:

The LB is screwing up right here nevertheless it does not actually matter as a result of Schoonmaker’s going to do one thing with him and there is manner an excessive amount of house to close down. Incorporating performs that seem like cut up/arc however usually are not is simply going to make issues extra difficult for the opposition, and that is why there is a bunch of performs within the chart I labeled “Energy CH”—the middle and the H tight finish are pulling throughout the formation.

In additional H-back misdirection, let’s fold that man in for an iso:

UConn LB and security to high of display screen

That H begins coming throughout and each guys to the highest of the display screen are considering Oh God Right here It Comes Once more, after which it goes three gaps away from them. I do not assume we’re performed including new stuff.

Talking of, how can we really feel in regards to the new offensive coordinator?

I am contemplating a schtick the place we add extra S’s to Weiss’s title, to additional distance him from Charlie Weis, when he does one thing evil and efficient. The Further S play of the day was what I dubbed the “yo-yo flat” to Ronnie Bell:

That CB glances at his linebackers to ensure he is not going to run into considered one of them and by the point he seems again at Bell, Bell is already midway rotated. Ballgame.

Along with this and the run sport wrinkles, Weiss was ruthless at taking the WR screens UConn was handing out like sweet. It wasn’t till the third quarter, when issues had been already 38-0, that we began seeing Michigan go into “let’s rep this” mode.

Any examples of much-needed guidelines modifications which will have introduced a tear to the attention of a Michigan place coach?

The bizarre penalty on the Orji chunk run could as properly be named the Grant Newsome rule:

UConn CB to backside

You possibly can now not reduce block pullers on the skin.


One other comparatively unremarkable day. I do get pleasure from Bell racking up extra targets and catches to distance himself from a pair early drops.

Participant Uncb Circus Robust Routine   Uncb Circus Robust Routine
Johnson 1       1 0/1 1/2 3/3
Bell   0/1 2/2 4/4   0/1 2/2 11/13
Wilson 1     3/3 1     6/6
Anthony               1/1
Henning       4/4       5/5
Walker   0/1            
All       1/1 1 1/1   2/2
Schoonmaker       1/1 1     3/3
Bredeson               2/2
Loveland               2/2
Corum               2/2
Edwards             1/1 1/1
Stokes               1/2

Routes: Johnson –, –. Bell –.

I obtained barely persnickety in regards to the third and 14 sack, and Johnson fell over on that out. Once more now we have an enormous focus of makes an attempt within the routine class, with the low out to Bell, the McNamara throw to Bell, and the near-circus catch the one deviations. Even one of many uncatchables was Bell falling over.

What about Mr. Worldwide?

Since we’re doing the UFRs individually and the schtick might be performed out, we’re retiring Mr. Worldwide. To maintain the gimmick degree excessive, although, I will be monitoring The Hammer Panda, which is an award for block of the yr. We now have one qualifying block that sits atop the leaderboard:

  1. Olu Oluwatimi, yo-yo end-around in opposition to Hawaii.

We didn’t get a contender on this sport.


McCarthy, extensive receivers blocking for screens, Corum, Zinter.

Perhaps not so heroic?

Go blocking for McNamara.

What does it imply for Maryland and past?

Giggity. McCarthy provides extra pattern dimension, stays at 100% DSR. That is going to finish subsequent week. In all probability.

I concede to Corum, brief yardage again. He is grinding by means of tackles higher than final yr and he is actually going to take advantage of open holes higher than anybody else.

OL points are comparatively minor and may enhance over the course of the season. Not transferring guys is a long-term downside. Not IDing guys is fixable. More often than not.

Bubble screens are good with a cellular QB in an built-in system. Hidden advantage of Ravens-associated OC is that the Ravens have Lamar Jackson, so if there’s any NFL group that is aware of what to do with legs it is them.

El-Hadi nonetheless monitoring pretty properly. Put aside the move safety dorf and he had one other strong sport.

Extensive receivers can dang block I tellya. Ka-pew.

Oluwatimi: that dude. Rimington winner? Ah Georgia or Alabama in all probability have a cyborg or one thing, however he is a repeat finalist no less than. Somebody get Bronco Mendenhall one other job.