Illini Football 2022

#202      
Love it! And, before anyone puts too much emphasis on Michigan driving the numbers, it's pretty clear we did our part, as that was Michigan's most viewed game of the seasons besides PSU and MSU:

6.45 million for #10 Penn State at #5 Michigan
5.58 million for Michigan State at #4 Michigan
5.47 million for Illinois at #3 Michigan
4.34 million for Maryland at #4 Michigan
4.20 million for #4 Michigan at Iowa
4.01 million for #4 Michigan at Indiana
3.93 million for Colorado State at #8 Michigan
3.88 million for Nebraska at #3 Michigan
2.06 million for Hawaii at #4 Michigan
1.29 million for #4 Michigan at Rutgers (BTN)

It's especially impressive when we take into account Nebraska's supposedly huge fan base and compare back-to-back ABC broadcasts for Michigan games the last two weeks:

3.9 million vs. Nebraska
5.5 million vs. Illinois

Go Illini!
 
#204      

mhuml32

Cincinnati, OH
First update since 10/30

Offensive Plays Per Game
2021: 67.7 (93rd)
2022: 76.4 (t-15th) (!)

Offensive Yards Per Game
2021: 326.9 (111th)
2022: 385.1 (63rd)

Offensive Yards Per Play
2021: 4.8 (109th)
2022: 5.0 (89th)

Rushing Yards Per Game
2021: 170.8 (53rd)
2022: 182.5 (45th)

Yards per Pass Attempt
2021: 5.8 (121st)
2022: 6.3 (102nd)

Average Time of Possession
2021: 29:19 (83rd)
2022: 33:29 (9th) (!!)

Third Down Conversion Percentage
2021: 37.99% (76th)
2022: 37.75% (79th)

Average Team Passer Rating
2021: 109.4 (117th)
2022: 135.0 (60th)
 
#205      

mhuml32

Cincinnati, OH
Opponents Points Per Game
2020: 34.9 (94th)
2021: 21.9 (25th)
2022: 14.4 (5th) (!!!)

Defensive Yards Per Game
2020: 467.3 (113th)
2021: 366.6 (43rd)
2022: 273.0 (t-3rd) (!!!)

Defensive Yards Per Play
2020: 6.3 (104th)
2021: 5.1 (31st)
2022: 4.3 (t-3rd) (!!!)

Opponents First Downs Per Game
2020: 24.6 (116th)
2021: 21.1 (70th)
2022: 15.0 (8th) (!!!)

Yards per Pass Attempt
2020: 8.9 (118th)
2021: 7.1 (43rd)
2022: 5.5 (3rd) (!!!)

Third Down Conversion Percentage
2020: 43.00% (89th)
2021: 35.33% (27th) (!)
2022: 28.57% (6th) (!!!)
 
#206      
Opponents Points Per Game
2020: 34.9 (94th)
2021: 21.9 (25th)
2022: 14.4 (5th) (!!!)

Defensive Yards Per Game
2020: 467.3 (113th)
2021: 366.6 (43rd)
2022: 273.0 (t-3rd) (!!!)

Defensive Yards Per Play
2020: 6.3 (104th)
2021: 5.1 (31st)
2022: 4.3 (t-3rd) (!!!)

Opponents First Downs Per Game
2020: 24.6 (116th)
2021: 21.1 (70th)
2022: 15.0 (8th) (!!!)

Yards per Pass Attempt
2020: 8.9 (118th)
2021: 7.1 (43rd)
2022: 5.5 (3rd) (!!!)

Third Down Conversion Percentage
2020: 43.00% (89th)
2021: 35.33% (27th) (!)
2022: 28.57% (6th) (!!!)
Was wondering where these stat updates went! Thanks!
 
#212      
file under wow!

can't see BB pulling one of these, ever.
MSU's assistants aren't exactly hurting, either.

Offensive coordinator Jay Johnson, defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton and offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic are now among the highest paid assistants in the country, making over $1 million annually. Johnson’s new salary is $1.35 million, up from $906,750. Kapiliovic will make $1 million, up from $651,000. Hazelton will make $1.1 million, up from $883,500.

Secondary coach Harlon Barnett’s new salary is $525,000 a year, up from $480,000. Wide Receivers coach Courtney Hawkins will make $425,000 up from $367,650. Tight Ends coach Ted Gilmore will make $550,000, up from $465,000. Special teams coordinator and linebackers coach Ross Els will make $575,000, up from $446,500.

The new hires will have to wait for the next round of raises. Running backs coach Effrem Reed will make $200,000 annually. Pass rush specialist Brandon Jordan will make $225,000 annually.

 
#219      
Random thought that isn't particularly a post mortem on this year. This can be taken as negative or positive, and has been noted as both over the past two seasons. Last year, we were 5-7, and could easily been 8-4 without conjuring up any wild scenarios. This year, 4 losses, each of which could have been wins, again without any wild could'a, would'a, should'a.

Negative thoughts expressed have been, with being more aggressive in play calling, these could all have been wins. To me, while that may be true, the positive is that, in at least seven of our losses over the past two years, we were that close to winning. Feels much nicer than looking back at 63-0 losses.
 
#221      

DeonThomas

South Carolina
More of a 2023 post here.......

I just glanced at a "Top 100" NFL draft board. Witherspoon was pegged at #65 (near top of the 3rd round) and no one else from our roster was listed. Perhaps we'll have more of our current squad back next year than we earlier anticipated. Guess that's potentially a good thing about the team coming back down to earth.
 
#223      
MSU's assistants aren't exactly hurting, either.

Offensive coordinator Jay Johnson, defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton and offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic are now among the highest paid assistants in the country, making over $1 million annually. Johnson’s new salary is $1.35 million, up from $906,750. Kapiliovic will make $1 million, up from $651,000. Hazelton will make $1.1 million, up from $883,500.

Secondary coach Harlon Barnett’s new salary is $525,000 a year, up from $480,000. Wide Receivers coach Courtney Hawkins will make $425,000 up from $367,650. Tight Ends coach Ted Gilmore will make $550,000, up from $465,000. Special teams coordinator and linebackers coach Ross Els will make $575,000, up from $446,500.

The new hires will have to wait for the next round of raises. Running backs coach Effrem Reed will make $200,000 annually. Pass rush specialist Brandon Jordan will make $225,000 annually.

Not exactly the point though.
 
#224      
Do we know that he kept the $100K? I’m not a Tucker apologist and don’t like the MSU athletic department at all…but this is SO over-the-top egregious it feels like we are missing some piece of info.

Like, after discussion with all his coaches, (who’d only get a few thousand bucks if it was spread out evenly amongst staff/support members) did they agree that Tucker would take it and then donate it to XXXXXX charity?

Then during the process of him getting it from the AD, into his bank account, then over to the charity (or whoever) he got sniped by the media for “taking it all”.

Maybe the dude is righteously dense or has some money issues of some sort, but taking that entire bonus when he makes almost $10M a year (for now) just doesn’t make sense when it could buy a ton of goodwill elsewhere…goodwill he desperately needs.