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    Up Front: The OL vs. Illinois

    Whenever I see a team execute at a high level, I feel like I'm watching a sport "performed," rather than merely played. There were times Saturday when our offensive line performed football. In addition, the OL at times seemed to exhibit more aggressiveness than it has in previous games. Is...
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    Up Front: The OL vs. Purdue

    Well, now. That's more like it. For the most part. Let's take a look at the OL's first-quarter numbers, then break down a few things. RER - Rushing Schlueter (9) 92.6% Andries (8) 91.7% Olson (9) 100% Schmitz (1) 100% Dunlap (9) 96.3% Faalele (9) 95.8% RER - Passing Schlueter (6)...
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    Up Front: The OL so far (non-conference edition)

    Let me start by saying that as far as the OL – and this entire team – is concerned … I don't think the sky is falling. My review of the OL so far is based on about 2.5 games. Thanks to some Hulu voodoo, I missed the first nine plays of the Fresno St. game, as well as the entire second half and...
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    Up Front: The OL vs. Georgia Southern

    After watching Saturday's game, I thought I was as perplexed as anyone regarding the true nature of this Gopher football team. Now, after re-watching the first half (multiple times), I can say with assurance that I truly am as perplexed as anyone. As I said elsewhere, I'm not sure if this is a...
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    Up Front: The OL vs. Fresno St.

    I was looking forward to digging into this pile o' tape ... which I'm sure is exactly why I'm being thwarted by the gridiron gods. Hulu, in its infinite wisdom, apparently decided I didn't deserve to see the first five minutes of the game. Not only did I lose contact with earth while trying to...
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    ANTOINE FREAKIN' WINFIELD

    That's all I got to say. JTG
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    Up front: The OL vs. SDSU

    Well, that was an underwhelming opener. I watched on TV, and there was a lot of unrelated conversation going on in the room around me, so I was unable to get too locked in to the game. Will be going through the tape over the next few days. I'm doing things a bit differently this year. First of...
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    Up front: Questions regarding the OL

    What I'll be watching for along the OL in the opener: 1) What happens at LT? – Sam Schlueter took a lot of grief for his performance at RT last year before being supplanted by Daniel Faalele. Now Schlueter is charged with protecting the blind side of our one experienced QB. (If you really want...
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    Big Dan & Co. vs. Georgia Tech

    Watching a game for the second time is always interesting, often because of the things you don't see. For instance, I was expecting to see our offensive line really kicking GT butt, given the way we dominated the game (and especially the first quarter). Instead, I saw a first quarter in which...
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    Rockford's files: The offensive line

    The 2018 season is nearing completion, which means its not too early to start looking ahead to 2019. :D This is the first of several installments I'm planning that will look at our personnel by position groups. The purpose is to help me get better acquainted with our guys, get some idea of how...
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    BIg Dan & Co. vs Wisconsin

    I suspect this may be a rather bland recap, at least based on re-watching the first quarter. The Badgers quite simply seemed to lack any fight up front. We ran 13 plays from scrimmage in the first quarter, four runs and nine passes, making it the second straight week where we opened pass-heavy...
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    Big Dan & Co. vs. Northwestern

    When I watch a game, I watch it like a fan. Some guys are able to dissect a live game and tell you exactly what's happening in real time. I'm not one of those guys. All I get is a general idea of what's going on in the various little games within the game. It takes a few replays before I fully...
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    Big Dan & Co. vs. Purdue

    This will likely be an abbreviated recap, as time is short (and there's Gopher hoops to watch tonight!). With Donnell Greene back in the lineup at LT, I confined my observations to the three underclassmen starting on the line. It's not that I'm not interested in Greene and fellow senior C Jared...
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    Big Dan & Co. vs. Illinois

    The OL was not immune to the contagion of ineptitude that swept through the Gophers football team last weekend. The performance by the big boys -- through the first quarter, anyway -- was far and away the worst I've seen in studying the last four games. With Sam Schlueter making a surprise...
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    Big Dan (& Co.) vs. Indiana: Grading the OL

    The Gophers are pinned on their own 1-yard line with three minutes left in the half. We're gonna run Brooks up the middle to gain a little breathing room. On the right side of the line, T Daniel Faalele opens with a quick jab step to command the inside lane and be in position to counter an...
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    About that "youth" thing ...

    How young of a team are we? Well, here are the numbers: (Numbers now, maybe some perspective later. ;)) After seven games, 59 players have appeared in at least three games; 40 players have played in all seven. • 11 freshmen • 8 sophomores • 12 juniors • 9 seniors Note that the freshmen...
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    Big Dan (and Andries) vs. Nebraska: Grading our offensive linemen

    Last week, I critiqued the debut of Daniel Faalele as our starting right tackle. This week, we'll look at both Big Dan and his neighbor on the line, fellow freshman Blaise Andries. I couldn't watch the game live, but have been making my way through the tape. I'm currently through with the first...
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    The rockford file: Notes on the Nebraska game

    After further review of the first half: • If Coney Durr makes two tackles, it's likely a one-score game at the half. Listen, I know these players are still little more than kids, so I'm not trying to rip anyone. But it appeared Durr completely botched his assignments on two rushes that went for...
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    Big Dan vs. OSU: Grading Faalele's performance

    Many of us are excited about the potential of massive offensive lineman Daniel Faalele, whose redshirt officially came off with his debut as a starter at OSU last week. And why not? It's not often you get to dust off a brand new, 6-foot-9, 400-lb tackle. The consensus seemed to be that the OL...
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