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4 minutes ago, Oxbow6 said:

The injuries to this year's team revealed this squad is very talent poor from a depth standpoint. To not see or understand that is pretty ignorant. 

Very few FCS teams could handle this type of injury situation without huge drop off on the field.   Some certainly can handle it better than others but that is a select few.  

 

What I find interesting is a player like Canady who is playing fairly well given the circumstances.  He wasn't even really considered an option to start the year, why is that?  Was he coasting and not putting in the work to make it on the field?  Did the coaches not like something about his play and development? 

 

I recall players who were down the depth chart not really pushing to get better and work all that hard because they weren't going to get on the field anyway.  Most players like this didn't start developing until they got a realistic chance to start and play when an upper classman graduated.  I wonder if this is still happening with some of the players.

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8 minutes ago, Siouxphan27 said:

I'm surprised our exciting, creative, effective offensive scheme hasn't brought in more blue chippers.  

If you were a young stud running back would you want to come here?  We have 3 and are using none correctly and have shown signs that we will never change.

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13 minutes ago, Oxbow6 said:

The injuries to this year's team revealed this squad is very talent poor from a depth standpoint. To not see or understand that is pretty ignorant. 

You're telling my our #6 and 7 MLB's and entire 2nd string secondary weren't ready to play every single down of a game at the FCS level? If only they would have had some All-Americans or experienced seniors in front of them to play the majority of the snaps and give them one more year to get acclimated.

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4 minutes ago, jdub27 said:

You're telling my our #6 and 7 MLB's and entire 2nd string secondary weren't ready to play every single down of a game at the FCS level? If only they would have had some All-Americans or experienced seniors in front of them to play the majority of the snaps and give them one more year to get acclimated.

Bubba's 4th year at the helm...........who's players are most of these kids?  Not saying injuries have not contributed to a 2-6 record to an extent but if you are on a D1 roster you should not look and play like you are a back-up at Hillsboro HS.  

......didn't UND just get rolled by a 4th string QB???

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3 minutes ago, Oxbow6 said:

Bubba's 4th year at the helm...........who's players are most of these kids?  Not saying injuries have not contributed to a 2-6 record to an extent but if you are on a D1 roster you should not look and play like you are a back-up at Hillsboro HS.  

......didn't UND just get rolled by a 4th string QB???

3rd string...and he was throwing at an 18 year old true freshman who shouldn't be playing for all those yards.  Hardly an impressive performance.

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2 minutes ago, Oxbow6 said:

 if you are on a D1 roster you should not look and play like you are a back-up at Hillsboro HS.  

 

"At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

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1 minute ago, BigGame said:

"At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

:lol:

Well played

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4 minutes ago, UND1983 said:

3rd string...and he was throwing at an 18 year old true freshman who shouldn't be playing for all those yards.  Hardly an impressive performance.

Well....now we can all feel better about that loss.

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6 minutes ago, Oxbow6 said:

Well....now we can all feel better about that loss.

You can if you want.  You were the one loving up how well their QB played.  

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16 minutes ago, Midwestern Hawk said:

In 2017 we have found out....

Our defense is not very good with 3rd string ILB and and 2nd string corners and safeties. 

Our D line, while experience needs more size and explosiveness overall.

Our O line still needs alot of work.

Our S & C needs to be reworked.

Our offensive coordinator needs to be replaced.

Our defensive coordinaror needs to be more flexible and inventive.

Our backup qb is zimmerman and not heidellbaugh.

The team needs to find some leaders to step up in the future to improve the culture and the focus on football.

The big question is how much of this Bubba will actively try to fix.  He seems to be complicit in our having little flexibility and in supporting our pathetic offensive strategies.  Will he have the insight to make the needed changes?  

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Question for those more inside football than me. How does a school like UND even get recruits. We are not gonna compete with Ohio State for the Blue Chippers. How do they determine if a player is not a 5 star recruit, but still college potential. 

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7 minutes ago, Irish said:

The big question is how much of this Bubba will actively try to fix.  He seems to be complicit in our having little flexibility and in supporting our pathetic offensive strategies.  Will he have the insight to make the needed changes?  

Let's win this one tomorrow, say for the injured!

Then on two very tough finishes, Bubba can supply Rudolph with a couple aspirin for a prescription misfire and a playbook transplant. Every offensive play called will be one that the Hawks have not used this season, what we have to lose?

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17 minutes ago, northernraider said:

Question for those more inside football than me. How does a school like UND even get recruits. We are not gonna compete with Ohio State for the Blue Chippers. How do they determine if a player is not a 5 star recruit, but still college potential. 

Great question.  The process usually starts out with high school coaches determining who can play and at what level and then the coaches will contact the college football teams that fit the kids ability and potential in the coaches opinion.  This is done via email and phone calls, with the larger high schools that produce multiple players receiving regular visits from college recruiters.  The college recruiting teams analyze film trying to recognize potential.  Most schools then contact the kid via email, twitter, phone calls or personal visits depending on the age of the kid and the level of interest on both sides.  Most schools will also try and get face to face contact with the kid before making an offer either at the kids school or getting him to attend a summer camp.

The problem with all of this IMO is the recruiting process is much more intense in different parts of the country, different parts of the same state or even in the same city depending on the high schools success on the field and the connections the coach has made and the recruits placed over the years.  Football is far tougher than say basketball, because you rarely get to see the kid compete and participate vs his skill and ability level peers.  There are no summer AAU leagues and such, which results in lots of mistakes by recruiters, both in thinking  a kid is far better than he is or a kid that goes way under the radar based on the which state he goes to high school in and how connected his coach is.  Its why UND gets kids like Santiago Reyes etc.  Its why Carson Wentz went from almost unrecruited to the #2 pick in the draft.  If he went to high school in Florida, Louisiana, Texas or California would have been a 4-5 star recruit and never ended up at NDSU.  Its also why 3-4 star recruits never end up playing a down in college.

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2 hours ago, jdub27 said:

Take a look at the depth charts of those teams. You aren't going to see more than a handful of True/Red shirt freshman on the 2-deeps.

Having unrealistic expectations also can put a program into a tailspin because they are never met. Either I'm misunderstanding your expectations or they are completely out of whack. Programs at the FCS level don't bring in 10-12 kids who are ready to play at the top of the FCS level Day 1. If they were, they wouldn't be in the FCS. Kids like that are 3*+ kids, who go to bigger schools. FCS schools bring in lesser rated kids and take a couple years to turn them into 3*+ kids. Yes, there are going to be a handful that come in and contribute immediately. The majority of that is due to need with a handful sprinkled in that are just that good.

Well, why are there freshmen on the two deep, then? Bubba has been here four seasons, not one or two. There should be better depth. It's not there - that's on some or all of the coaching staff for failing to recruit, retain, develop, and improvise. Stop making excuses. It's not unrealistic to expect UND to be able to win every season (UNI, SDSU, EWU caliber). If you want UND to be a program of Portland State or Southern Utah's caliber, then keep up the current banter. 

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6 minutes ago, UND-FB-FAN said:

Well, why are there freshmen on the two deep, then? Bubba has been here four seasons, not one or two. There should be better depth. It's not there - that's on some or all of the coaching staff for failing to recruit, retain, develop, and improvise. Stop making excuses. It's not unrealistic to expect UND to be able to win every season (UNI, SDSU, EWU caliber). If you want UND to be a program of Portland State or Southern Utah's caliber, then keep up the current banter. 

SDSU is playing with a bunch of freshmen on defense.  While they have two NFL guys in offense, they can’t stop anyone on defense and will likely face an early playoff exit.  Weird. 

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2 hours ago, UNDColorado said:

Step back from the ledge please.

This results of this UND football season are not acceptable. Please acknowledge that before using "doom and gloom" accusations as a way to get through it. Changes are a must and I'm articulating why. What changes remain to be seen. I'm not implying a complete implosion of the current staff or methodology. 

So, recognize that ... please.

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4 minutes ago, homer said:

SDSU is playing with a bunch of freshmen on defense.  While they have two NFL guys in offense, they can’t stop anyone on defense and will likely face an early playoff exit.  Weird. 

Weird, did you say playoffs?

UND has eliminated that word from their vocabulary this season.

 

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12 minutes ago, UND-FB-FAN said:

Weird, did you say playoffs?

UND has eliminated that word from their vocabulary this season.

 

Could you pass the salt?

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3 hours ago, UND-FB-FAN said:

Whatever makes you sleep at night. A 2015 7-4 and 2016 9-3 consecutive season record should be enough to at least bring in some quality recruits that can be competitive backups in the Big Sky Conference. Very few RS sophomores are playing that are making a impact. I guess my expectations are too great for this program according to some. It's not unrealistic because there's more than enough standards around the country to prove otherwise. Just look 80 miles south. I understand that comparison will provoke many on this board, but it is from a success standpoint, not a jealousy or rivalry standpoint. For that matter, look at what EWU and James Madison are doing. 

Someone brought up the theory that UND should be inferior to NDSU because of city size. Well then, Northwestern should be a  better football program than Wisconsin. Or  the University of Minnesota should have a better football program than Ohio State. City size absolutely doesn't correlate with college football program success; its based on alumni support and the subsequent appropriate allocation to the football program. HPC phase II is such a must in this regard. 

I have also talked with some of the coaches that turned things around in the late 80's.  They had the same story as today.  You need to win more recruiting battles and it doesn't happen overnight and doesn't happen until you have had sustained success.  the kids we got after going 7-4 and 9-3 are in their first or second year in the program and you can't win if you have to play too many of them all of the time. We are not far enough along to be able to withstand the volume of injuries we have had. 

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It will be insteresting to compare our early commits from this year to or late ones given our we went from top 5 preseason to a train wreck.

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