Illini Football 2019

I like Mike Epstein a lot, and agree he's a good complement to Corbin, but Corbin averaged over 1.5 yards per carry more than Epstein. That's almost 24% more than Epstein. To me, that's not close.
 
I like Mike Epstein a lot, and agree he's a good complement to Corbin, but Corbin averaged over 1.5 yards per carry more than Epstein. That's almost 24% more than Epstein. To me, that's not close.
Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't their stats almost exactly the same before Mike went down last year?
 
I think the most important fall on the ends and the linebackers. Critical for the defense and the biggest question marks. Betiku will have games where everything looks great and games where he disappears (based on being new to the position and write upsfron camp). We need a pass rush to allow the corners to get picks.
 
Read these posts reminds me of how hurt we were last year. Man, we were a skeleton crew toward the end of the season. If we can stay healthy this year, I bet we will be more competitive. We are gonna have to thump someone before we get any respect.

I think Corbin and Hayes are the best individual players on the team but may not be the most critical for our success. That honor would fall on the entire defensive line.
I agree, our key (critical to success) player is a different question than our best player. Defensive improvement is key to taking the next step, and if Bobby hadn’t endured the tragic accident earlier this year, he would also be my pick for our best player. Might as well add a second question for the board, which new player (freshman or transfer) does everyone believe will have the biggest impact on this team next year?
 
Robert had a good take..we have lbs that can tackle but not cover, some that cover that are converted dbs that may not be able to tackle..if that is not fixed along with decent dl play, we will not improve enough to get to bowl. I think dbs will be pretty good...but no db can cover in perpetuity
 
Robert had a good take..we have lbs that can tackle but not cover, some that cover that are converted dbs that may not be able to tackle..if that is not fixed along with decent dl play, we will not improve enough to get to bowl. I think dbs will be pretty good...but no db can cover in perpetuity
I agree with this, but it’s a bit extreme. Our lbs can cover and tackle. They are just better at one over the other. The question is how bad is their weakness? Is it bad enough to create a hole in the scheme? Some of that will have to do with competition. Michigan will be much better positioned to capitalize on this than Rutgers, because of talent. Ultimately, the long term situation is good. Shammond and Barnes, assuming normal development, are good enough to win those battles. At defensive end, the same is true. I believe the current set of lbs are also good enough to win many of the battles. But we won’t know for sure for a month or so. I also think that our ends will be hot and cold. The cold weeks could mean really awful outcomes. No qb pressure will lead to high scores. Our tackles seem to be poised to break up the run game.
 
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which new player (freshman or transfer) does everyone believe will have the biggest impact on this team next year?
Next year? I am assuming you mean this upcoming season. Freshman will be Beason, overall newbie goes to Trevon Sydney. I think he is going to lead the team in catches and yards.
 
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Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't their stats almost exactly the same before Mike went down last year?
Before the Wisconsin game, during which Epstein got hurt and Corbin ran really well, Corbin had 87 more yards on 7 more touches and averaged 0.6 yards more per carry (just under 9% better than Epstein's average). Closer, but not nearly the same. After the Wisconsin game, Corbin had 173 more yards on 14 more touches, and averaged just over a yard more per carry than Epstein. And don't get me wrong, I still think Epstein is a really good back.