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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Valpo
« on: September 17, 2018, 08:47:32 AM »
Your takes are delusional. Have been for years..

Your boy Mays isn't a D1 QB.

#12 isn't a D1 player either. Local kid. Only reason he's here on the team. Wasting a scholly to catch punts ? He had a 20 yard return against Valpo and that makes him special ?

Yes I am a fan, so that is going to make me delusional more times than not :)

If you mean #10, I am not sure we are wasting a scholarship or not. (is he on scholarship?. If so, is it full or partial?) I am with you on grabbing too many local kids in a washed-up local recruiting area. The "state of Youngstown" is missing it's center piece. It looks like they are priming Coates to try and break a few kicks and that could lead to some excitement for the fans. Would I rather have more quality linemen utilize scholarships? Of course. Could this backfire on us? Absolutely and does most of the time. (flash in the pan). I have never seen him really play at WR, so I cannot comment.

Mays is not "my boy". He is a much better QB than you infer and I simply wish to see a QB that is not in his final season. Once the decision was made, I am behind VG. Is there any other choice? I simply was comparing the two QB's over summer camp and saw nothing (aside from and injury) to indicate that we needed to start VG over Mays, but knew it was going to happen. You and I both know what Bo wants "and it ain't Mays", so why kid around? I am not that delusional. So it is easy to insult the guy (Mays), but also kind of cowardly. Mays has never had the chance to be told that "he is the guy" and start a couple of "gimme games" and another that no one expects to win. He has always come in at back-up or started in must-win league games ... and he has yet to truly disappoint. This being said, VG has improved each week and clearly has skills. However, let's not fool each other. He never opened his offer letter from YSU 4-5 years ago, he dropped it in the garbage; just like any other big-time recruit. Mays was happy to get his offer letter from YSU.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Vindy article about 1993 championship season
« on: September 16, 2018, 08:07:54 PM »
Could not agree more. NDSU has run a clone of the Tressel/Heacock offense for years, with much success. In today's landscape it is so unique, nobody can prep for it.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Valpo
« on: September 16, 2018, 08:01:05 PM »
Monty thought Craycraft was going to be the guy.
So does Bo.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Valpo
« on: September 16, 2018, 07:39:15 PM »
I am not getting too excited against Valpo. ON the other hand we won, that is all I will say. We won as we should have ...nothing more. Offense improved? Yes. Why? Passes to #20 (a tailback) and behind the LOS.  Right out of coach Shane's playbook Chief and not used the first two weeks. You act like myself and others dislike VG. I have recognized his improvements every week. However, I find myself out there grading him like a frosh, when he is a senior. You are not mentioning the best thing about VG's performance yesterday ...he tossed longer passes over-the-middle; for accuracy; that was the main thing that made me prefer Mays. Those corner tosses are just safe hopes at a penalty or blown coverage; which we should expect against Valpo. I mean Valpo's top coverage guy is a transfer from SDSU, that was not a starter for the Jackrabbits. Also new to the offense this week, they again dove into Monty's (former coach) book and returned some backfield motion,  ran one sweep and brought in a fullback. However, we cannot continue to play with no real plan again the league. I don't know what cereal McCaster ate yesterday, but he was much more explosive ...something he has never shown before and it was nice to see. I hope he can do it against real competition. Need more strength up front still & that is unfortunately not there & I am not sure that we can make the MVFC gauntlet without it.

Defense is still really weak and lacks fundamental skills ...like tackling. Did you see a single hands-on tackle (against a running ball carrier) below the waist yesterday (or in any of the first 3-games)? You do not think that league teams are going to run around that (just as WVa did)? Shoulder bumping is just prep-school play, only useful in the NFL and for knocking the guy out of bounds. We still have coverage that is scared-stiff to let something get behind them and playing 5-yards off their man every time. Dline & LB's okay after 1.5 quarters, but again, level of competition has me suspicious. I am not going to forget that Butler pushed them around and the MVFC is not Valpo or Butler. Also did anyone else get a kick out of a DB wearing the headset, instead of a QB? Nobody questions coaching?

Other miscellaneous. I am still behind Kennedy's leg and punting has been spectacular so far this year. I really like the way our special teams coverage splits-up and comes in 2-waves. #10 could be something really special for our return game.


Just remember 6-2 in the MVFC or we have no post-season. Also Hess, Davis and Wells were great QB's recruited by coach Shane. Nania, Wargo and Garry were more than respectable back-ups. Just as Mays is a good QB right now. So just because you prefer a different style of offense, there is nothing that you can say that does not make Shane the second-best OC that we have had in my lifetime (no Tressel is not #1, nor is he an OC)

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Season is over
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:46:34 PM »
First do I want the season to be over.  Absolutely not.  But I am a realist.  When I looked at the roster for this year there was a lot of question marks.  We have a good player gear and there and if you look from the middle that is where you build the team.  The DL is vastly lacks talent and depth the offensive line still is a question mark, I feel the love affair for a certain lb on this staff is like the situation we had with a certain corner safety on the previous staff.  Heart and smarts is all good but if you donít pass the eye test physically in D1 ball itís not a recipe for success.  Then we still dont have the man at QB.  For whatever reason since Pelini been hear we canít figure it out.  Then we lost both top assistants.  Instead of  getting quality hires we stayed in house.  So when you stir it up I see a team that has no chance to make the playoffs. This is a 4 or 5 win team maybe 6 if lucky. Since the catch at Eastern Washington we have had no luck.  The recipe for the Butler defeat was their and it happened. Letís hope we have learned and find a way to be successful again.

Nice post. Very accurate.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: QB Play
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:35:24 PM »
I love Conner's size and Pedigree. May no longer fit the system. Under Montgomery (OC, not QB) I saw him stepping is after (or in place of) Mays  I do expect to see Wildcat with Cunningham ...they were running it during the second-to-last scrimmage. Not much success, but the defense was expecting it.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Season is over
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:52:01 AM »
The team (Valpo) was in the same conference as YSU for over 15-years (2 conferences) and you know Slippery Rock better? I guess you do not follow any other YSU sports? I would rather play Valpo and Butler, because these teams were in the HL when these games were scheduled.

My comment on the team stands until I see a real YSU football team take the field. We lost to Butler. There is no justification, no excuse, never should have happened and there is nothing that Bo can ever do (including national titles) that can ever make up for it. SO how can I now expect any more over Valpo? If you say it is a learning curve; sorry that excuse ends opening day. This team has not proven to me that they can defeat anyone. So until they do ...  I have actively supported this team since 1978 (with my dad much before that even) and will do so for the rest of my life; but I call it as I see it.

BTW: Michigan's loss to Appy State was just as embarrassing and Carr knew his career ended when the clock hit zero. UM was not going to just fire their second-leading (modern era) coach. The entire country knew he had 11-more games left. You know what? As great of a coach as Carr was (far better than anyone UM has had since, including the clown they have now) ... to the college football fans, he will forever be nothing more than the coach that lost to D-II team. (D-II is intentional).

Yeah... I guarantee you if Lloyd Carr goes on to beat Ohio state and wins a major bowl game that year his career wouldnít have been over.

And how in godís name does winning a title not make up for the Butler game??? The whole point of the season is to win a championship not avoid embarrassing losses. These pre conference games are the least important games of the season. The conference schedule is what truly matters.

Winning Fixes everything. An MVFC championship would  make up for the Butler loss in my book.

Have to disagree on Carr. H was done that day. He still had a decent year, but he was retiring, resigning, or being dismissed at year end. 0-5 against Tressel did not help.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Season is over
« on: September 12, 2018, 04:43:29 PM »
The team (Valpo) was in the same conference as YSU for over 15-years (2 conferences) and you know Slippery Rock better? I guess you do not follow any other YSU sports? I would rather play Valpo and Butler, because these teams were in the HL when these games were scheduled.

My comment on the team stands until I see a real YSU football team take the field. We lost to Butler. There is no justification, no excuse, never should have happened and there is nothing that Bo can ever do (including national titles) that can ever make up for it. SO how can I now expect any more over Valpo? If you say it is a learning curve; sorry that excuse ends opening day. This team has not proven to me that they can defeat anyone. So until they do ...  I have actively supported this team since 1978 (with my dad much before that even) and will do so for the rest of my life; but I call it as I see it.

BTW: Michigan's loss to Appy State was just as embarrassing and Carr knew his career ended when the clock hit zero. UM was not going to just fire their second-leading (modern era) coach. The entire country knew he had 11-more games left. You know what? As great of a coach as Carr was (far better than anyone UM has had since, including the clown they have now) ... to the college football fans, he will forever be nothing more than the coach that lost to D-II team. (D-II is intentional).

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: QB Play
« on: September 12, 2018, 04:11:15 PM »
I am not saying that VG is not a better choice, I am saying that I do not know. The difference is slight and the future is graduation. I also agree that we should start a young guy ... not sure it is Craycraft ...he has just been ordained in the past month. I think Mays passing inside is better. There is just no way for me to say that VG is hands-down better than Mays. However, I would agree that we have an offense better suited to his skills, so it is probably best. Let's just wait and see I guess. If we go beyond 4-losses I better see one of the young guys use all 4 of his allowed games.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Season is over
« on: September 12, 2018, 12:04:33 PM »
How can you even conceivably say that you have no interest in Valpo, against a team that lost to Butler? If you are looking for a competitive game, this seems to be it. Furthermore, if things do not improve, this will the the only game we can win this season and that is far from certain. From a location perspective; do you have any more interest in a team from the Dakota's? I certainly do not.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / QB Play
« on: September 12, 2018, 11:58:00 AM »
I keep going back and forth on the aspects of VanGorder vs. Mays.

-VG has a little quicker release, but not much. Additionally I think they both are about the same in knowing when to dump it.

-Mays has more power on the short passes, but we do not seem to have a receiving RB this year (something I really miss) so it may not matter. While VG has better touch on medium passes. Long passes I would call a draw.

-They are two different types of runners, with Mays better off-line for yards and VG better at getting open to throw.

-Mays seems to read the field slightly better, but neither is up to par.

-As to leadership, I have to think that we do not fall apart so easily under Mays ...simply because of experience.


So it is still a draw and I would like to see how Mays performs. Any other thoughts?

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Bet on YSU?
« on: September 06, 2018, 07:05:38 PM »
-27 is about as bad as it gets. Any more and no one will bet and the house does not like that ...especially on a top-25 team.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Who is the DC?
« on: September 03, 2018, 12:35:19 PM »
What makes me furious (I saw it again in the replay) is that we actually had players shoulder-tackling  in the box. Sure they went down, but not until Butler picked-up 3-6 yards. That is unbelievable.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: When are we going to make a FG?
« on: September 02, 2018, 06:52:21 PM »
IMO he is one of the least of our worries. He will get it squared away ... asuming he is healthy.

I will disagree IAA. Kennedy did poorly last year too when it mattered. As bad as ysu was yesterday if he hit either field goal the game ends with a narrow ysu win.

Good point. I am am giving him the benefit of the doubt, as he was hurt last year. Perhaps I just like his strength and I am being to forgiving with his accuracy.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: When are we going to make a FG?
« on: September 02, 2018, 08:53:03 AM »
IMO he is one of the least of our worries. He will get it squared away ... asuming he is healthy.

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