Daily Bullets (November 14)

Written by Steven Mandeville
Deceptively Deceptive

Pound for pound, Justice Hill may require more defenders to take down than any in the country.

A second defender arrives, and a third one appears to finish the play from behind. But Hill squirms through them. He gets away at the 44-yard line. With Dillon Stoner blocking in front of him, Hill accelerates, sprinting past (No. 3) as he reaches the 30-yard line along the right sideline.

He keeps his pace, attempting to run through the last Iowa State defender between him and the end zone. It takes three Cyclones to finally haul him to the ground at the 1-yard line. And three plays later, Hill uses another second effort to score the touchdown anyway. [Tulsa World]

The discussed play was truly incredible. He’s more cut than when he arrived but he doesn’t look like Perine or a Georgia running back – and that may be what throws defenders off.

You wouldn’t project him to be on the Barry Sanders squat plan either.

A Real Thud

Oklahoma State’s defensive ups and downs have been big this year – but are some of the strengths (well-rested, not injury prone) and explanation for the weaknesses?

The issue is this Oklahoma State defense often has long periods in games where the other offense seems to get into really comfortable periods of success.

I’ve watched a lot of this and I think those periods of success can be summed up with two issues, poor tackling and missed tackles and lack of pressure applied at opposing quarterbacks. There is no doubt that the Cowboys defense has suffered at time all season from poor tackling.

Head coach Mike Gundy takes the bullet for this as he prefers not to put his tacklers or his skill players through the risk of lots of full speed tackle football and that begins in fall camp as Oklahoma State goes easier, maybe easier than most on full contact drills and scrimmaging. The goal is to stay healthier and I think it is reasonable to say that Oklahoma State does that. [GoPokes $]

So thud over tackling leads to less players injured but lesser tacklers on Saturdays? A tough call.

OSU and NCAA Notes

ESPN goes Cowboys vs. Catholics in the Cotton….Iowa State head coach goes all class, taking no shots at the refs….Best and worst coordinator hires of 2017….Six candidates for the Tennessee job….Opening betting lines for Week 12 in college football….Pokes at second (HCS) and third (ESPN) in some Big 12 power rankings

I’d put $$$ on a Big 12 receiver bringing it home over the rest.

At this point would getting an invitation to NY be an accomplishment? I say yes.


Seems like a good fit to me.

How he falls into the end zone just breaks your heart.

Leftover from the weekend: why are bad offenses more respectable than bad defenses?

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  • Brian Cassens

    Oh that Goodwin TD. I’m not crying, you’re crying!

    • Uncle Dan

      My eyes were sweating…

      • two4osu

        Damn you Steven, at least add a warning to stuff like this. I”m on the blog at work.

        And blessings for the Goodwin family.

  • Forever 14

    Justice Hill is a great back in his own right, but you do him a disservice when you try to compare him to Barry Sanders.

    For some perspective, in 1988 Barry Sanders averaged over 238 yards per game, 10 yards per game higher than Justice Hill’s best game. After the first 10 games, Barry Sanders had 35 (thirty-five) touchdowns. He would score NINE more touchdowns between the last regular season game and the bowl game for a twelve-game total of 44 touchdowns.


    • Tayvl

      I have no idea how a per-play stat would compare with the per-game stats, but I doubt that Hill and Sanders’ plays-per-game are exactly the same. (And I don’t know which one had more plays per game, but both surely sat out some fourth quarters along the way.) I wish someone would research those stats just for curiosity’s sake.

      • Forever 14

        The link has carries and yards and touchdowns per game. For the eye test, there are numerous Barry Sanders OSU highlight reels on youtube. You’d have to lookup the individual game recaps/boxscores to see how many fourth quarters Barry played.

      • Forever 14

        Some quick math from the link. Through the 11-game regular season, Barry Sanders averaged 7.64 yards per carry and around one touchdowns per 10 carries. Add the bowl game to get to a 12-game season, and he still had 7.64 yards per carry and a slightly higher touchdowns per carry average.

    • Chris Baker

      The same could be said for just about everyone who has ever played the position pro or not. Barry is at worst the 2nd best RB in the history of football. What he did for one of the worst franchises in all of sports with no help is unreal. If he had run behind the OL Emmit Smith ran behind he would have average 2k yards and 20 TDs per year and been the MVP at least 3 times. Barry is as close to peerless at his position as anyone else in football. So I agree 100%, and take it one step further, don’t compare anyone who isn’t already a HOFer to Barry Sanders, it’s just not fair to either party.

  • Tayvl

    Sills wasn’t that “tough to beat” when they played OSU…