So far I’ve done two of these diaries looking at only the public rosters as posted by each school, free Rivals data and blogger based depth charts. Pt1 looking at height/weight and Rivals rating by position. Pt 2 looking at redshirting numbers. In this diary I’m mainly breaking down the recruiting classes by where they come from and how far they travel to come to the respective schools. A quick review and I will get on with that…
The Tide is bigger in girth and number, more Rivally, redshirty and about as elderly class wise. Their OTs are humongous. Our DEs are lithe and hopefully hard to lay hands on. Can we out play their strengths? Certainly we can. I’m interested in fall camp. The onus is on Michigan to execute and develop where expected and also early where otherwise RSing would be a good idea.
It’s frustrating given the early entry and success of Bama that they are so well off personnel-wise. Saban recruits moves and manages rosters differently and/or repugnantly in my estimation. I want to get into that but it’s just not the data or the focus of what I am doing here. It’s worthy of a diary but it’s been done before.
OK… on to the data smash that I have…
Where these guys come from isn’t really as important as what kind of players they are. But it’s interesting and speaks to who these guys are as well as where in the CFB world both schools are. Enough “ares” let’s get on with this.
A variability chart of distance to campus compared team to team…excluding the walk-ons that are not on the 2-deep...that would be Kovacs (Alabama does not have any walk-ons in the 1s or 2s except kickers and long snappers.)
Note to self - kids like to go to school near home in general. I would be interested to roll this up for all of College football. Especially in light or recent success by USC despite just deserved penalties. I take that challenge but have limitations in time.
(EDIT: Zone Left points to an article by Andy Staples in the comments that has 2004-2008 data for Div 1 schools. I rolled that up in the comments. This was a good link.)
Michigan is more spread out and and in a Florida sense – bi-modal. I highlighted the guys in the 2 deep above (they are slightly larger dots above…this shows up better in the distribution charts below where the two deep guys are darker.
The differences here are not so great for the most part. The distributions are the same in character but Michigan is clearly more spread out than Alabama in it’s recruiting territory. The red brackets below the box plots are the shortest interval that contains half the data. I think it’s interesting that despite being more spread out Michigan has a large contingent of close to home guys. This is due to our proximity to Detroit I’m sure, but Bama is close to Birmingham – not Detroit but biggish.
Overall CFB is a local sport which probably goes a long way in explaining it’s popularity. It’s just another trait that makes this sport great. Neither team here is recruiting on the national scale of USC or forward slash “S” Sparty .
Here’s a US map with push pins of the known scholarship guys who signed LOIs plus Kovacs. With a few exceptions (notably and significantly Florida) it’s a north south battle royale.
Here’s a breakdown of guys on the roster by class to see Alabama’s trends given their National Championship runs and Michigan’s distribution given our recent coaching change.
Michigan shows Pahokee nights and Detroit days, while there is only a small signal with Alabama of a wider recruiting stamp given the recent success.
Here’s the same chart with all the crucible of recruited athletes that made up the current team.
Comparing these two charts says to me Alabama did not haul in out of town talent who have since left. This is a similar team in a geographic sense to the crucible of players that has made them.
If anything these charts showcase the regional expertise and interest of the coaching staff as well as the inherent location of the schools in general. Alabama won their NCs with largely southern talent (with notable exceptions like Ingram) and will be an almost exclusive southern team come September. Hoke as well is getting it done with more local kids. Most of his guys from the west coast are kids he had a relationship with at SDSU.
Michigan is a tale of two coaches with respect to recruiting… here’s a chart showing within class adjusted for redshirts.
Here’s the 1000+ mile club for Michigan’s upperclassmen…RR guys.
Here’s the 1000+ guys from the lowerclassmen…Hoke guys except for Ash.
Here’s the same distance to campus data with respect to position…
Our TEs are home grown but otherwise we range fairly evenly across all positions (except kickers thanks to Wile and Gibbons.) Bama is fairly constant as well by positions and relatively more local. Here’s the same data for the walk ons.
It surprised me that their walk-ons would be even slightly more traveled than Mich. I don’t think that is significant though. More interesting is the fact that they have LB walkons and we don’t. I thought about that and decided to look at walk-ons by position to gauge their fit vs. team need.
This analysis by class includes current walk-ons which as I learned in doing these diaries can screw up your data when you are too lazy to go back and research who those guys are/were. This is kind of where I left that off in the other diary.
Alabama’s walk-ons are evenly spread by position (if you breakout DBs and safeties together.) Michigan’s walk-on class complements the holes in the team roster. I’m going to be interested in seeing if any special teamers are walk-on guys for Bama. Here’s a distribution chart showing the breakdown of each team by position with the walk-ons highlighted.
Talking about walk-ons is a signal of the differences here in teams. The Tide doesn’t need any walk-on help. Mich does or at most will need Frosh to play. There are perhaps reasons Bama has more walk-ons on the spring roster (it can pay to have played for the Tide in the long run for the sake of your heirs – I doubt we will see a Sons of Saban scholarship fund – who knows) but as we saw in Pt2 they had a large contingent of EEs show up and a couple significant JUCOs to make up for NFL and normal attrition. The non EEs will show up in the fall and squash the Tides walk-ons when they cut to 105. Michigan doesn't have that issue as seen in Pt 1.
This is about as much as you can tell from looking at the rosters. The sub-plots that underlie these bullets are discussion worthy but I do have a bunch of more odd/interesting takes from the Rivals/Roster mash.
Here’s the number of videos posted on Rivals per Star.
I posted the summary analysis just because this is so off the wall. What I was looking at was if the southern talent was treated differently by Rivals. This shows a similar treatment if just in the number of videos posted per star.
HUGEtractsofland asked for a speed breakdown in Pt1. Rivals data for 40 times is sparse but I pulled it and showed it. Here it is again by position.
Here it is by roster…again this is sparse and fakey… just showing the available data in chart form. We all know how fast the SEC is (/s).
The breakdown does show a faster OL for Mich. Again this is ridiculous stuff but I do think we have a good OL that is going to get undersold to Bamas NFL like talent.
Here’s BMI vs speed for both teams…
You get the idea… Lewan and Schofield are Oregonesque in their proportion but perhaps they are more light of feet than the Tide’s OTs.
76 or 77 – which do you think will go higher in the draft?
Enough said about rosters. Ultimately this series of diaries shows that September can’t come soon enough.
FF410: 2012 Spring Game Breakdown - RB Pass Plays - Day 4
In the past I broke down 13 of DG’s pass plays (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3). This included my reaction about how DG and the offense performed, the idea or theory behind the offensive play, and how the defense performed. This helped me get a much better feel for how DG is actually improving and allowed me to evaluate his performance considering the performance of those around him.
Today, we will take a look at how Russell Bellomy performed. Note that it is sometimes difficult to determine the routes and defense being run due to tight camera angles, but I will do my best to grasp what I think is happening. I will once again be taking a look at all of the pass plays, and separate them into 2 separate days. Today, we will take a gander at the first 5 pass plays.
Play 14 – 0:00
The defense appears to be running a cover 0 look out of a their normal over 4-3 look and a safety coming down to help against the run.
Bellomy makes the right read (a fairly easy one), as he sees the DBs drop back into their soft coverage. His footwork looks good and he looks comfortable, and I think the short throw is really a matter of arm strength more so than any fundamental problem (he could get a little more push off his back foot, but that’s about it).
The design of the play and the theory behind it are going to look very familiar to readers of the previous days. The slot is running a corner route and the outside receiver a dig with the idea or running a high low on the corner. As the corner drops, Bellomy knows his play is to the dig route.
On the backside you see a post run. This is designed to do a double move on the boundary corner and get behind the man and into the deep middle of the field. This is to take advantage of teams cheating on the corner route with their safety by hitting the area of the field they vacate. You will seldom see the QB have the time/patience to go through his progression and hit this receiver, but that is the idea behind that route. The route is run well. Note that the boundary corner doesn’t bite hard on the initial slant as he sees the play running away from him (a QB won’t roll opposite a slant route). When the WR sees that the corner didn’t bite and still is step for step with him, he breaks his post a bit more shallow to take advantage of the intermediate zone being open.
The SAM is a little late diagnosing the play. His initial responsibility is leverage and FB coverage, but he could turn and get to the boundary quicker than he does. The outcome of the play isn’t affected because of a poor pass, and the play would have picked up yards regardless due to the design of the defense, but you would like to see the SAM closer to the man as he catches the ball, and preferably that corner as well, though being out on an island the primary responsibility is not to get beat deep.
[More after the jump]
There's been some complaints recently on the message board about how BTN always shows the same cycle of classic Michigan games. Last year's games against Notre Dame, Nebraska, and Ohio. A game from the 1997 season. An old Rose Bowl. Some original programming to top it off.
Someone speculated that lots of people go into the decision-making process for these games, from network execs to AD's. Obviously, some games are probably off the list to be shown.
This is one of those games.
Going into the tail end of the 1999 season, Michigan was looking like a team for the ages. Despite two mid-season losses, the Wolverines were in the process of ending the season strong, at 4-2 in the conference and 8-2 overall. Senior quarterback Tom Brady and Anthony Thomas led the offense, with Dhani Jones and Rob Renes on D.
Penn State, on the other hand, was going into their final home game reeling. After starting the season 9-0, Minnesota upset the Nittany Lions on the last play of their game, leaving Happy Valley with a huge upset. Still, Penn State was in the hunt for a Big Ten championship, making their game against Michigan one of 1999's last big matchups. Penn State and Wisconsin were the Big Ten's leaders, with Michigan closely behind. This game would essentially knock someone out of the race for a championship, and possibly a BCS appearance as well.
Of course, despite all of these circumstances surrounding the game, there was another subplot that factored heavily into ABC's coverage. This game was Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky's last home game, making the TV coverage Jerry Sandusky-themed. That's right. It's a Jerry Sandusky-themed broadcast.
Needless to say, the Big Ten won't be taking this game for a visual victory lap any time soon.
Watch and enjoy. The first half is in the first link, the second half is in the second. And as always, go Blue.
YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE
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Yes, yes, of course she went back to pick him up.
And that night, she felt horrible because Charlie had terrible nightmares. Poor kid.
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Earlier this morning, Maize.Blue Wagner posted a fantastic diary detailing the "Best Michigan Player From Each State". In order to finish his diary, he did an extraordinary amount of research into the amount of players hailing from each state (and Canadian provinces), which I'll base this post on. To be clear: I did not compile these numbers myself. Any and all credit for the research it took to get my raw data belongs to Maize.Blue Wagner.
I started by breaking down states by athletic conferences, with states able to double-count (Ohio skews the Big East numbers in a huge way) and took a look at who Michigan likes to deprive of talent. The results look something like this:
Within the Big Ten:
Excising the Big Ten from the numbers:
As I said before, states double-counting skews numbers, especially Ohio in the Big East, and to a lesser extent Iowa in the BXII. Since I can't simply pretend Cincinnati and Iowa State aren't BCS schools likely to offer in-state talent, I decided to compare by region.
I'm sure there's some criticism headed my way for how the states are broken down (I have an entire book devoted to defining the concept of "Midwestern"), but I'll explain my rationale here. I went with six regions: Midwest, Colonial, Left Coast, Rocky, Cowboy and Dixie.
Midwest was the most straightforward, including the Big Ten footprint plus Missouri and Kansas.
Colonial is the former colonies that didn't secede, plus Maine, DC and Vermont.
Left Coast is made up of states with a Pacific coast. Hawaii is included in the Left Coast states simply because there was no other semi-logical choice.
Rocky states include Colorado, Idaho, Montana, the Dakotas, Utah, Wyoming, and Alaska for the same reason Hawaii is "Left Coast".
Cowboy is Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Dixie is the former Confederacy, minus Texas and with Kentucky and West Virginia added.
By region, Midwest included:
Basically, breaking this down to its simplest form, Michigan, throughout its history, has been totally dependent on Michigan and Ohio recruiting to survive. Even with a "national brand", the vast majority of players (84.6%) come from within our conference footprint and 77.1% of players from the footprint hail from Michigan or Ohio. I hope this was informative, and again, make sure to go read and posbang Maize.Blue Wagner's diary.
As a slow offseason continues, I thought a discussion of the best University of Michigan football player from each state might be of interest. First, a few notes of explanation:
Inspiration: A while ago, I discovered Seth's post from February of 2009 discussing the best player by jersey number. I found it a very interesting read, and perhaps it's more interesting now because we can already look back and see what number might have a new "best" (see, number 16). Also, Magnus' post at TTB that analyzes 2012 recruiting by state is an interesting continuation of this idea.
For what it's worth, I was just browsing through Rivals 2012 Michigan football preview magazine at Barnes and Noble. Apparently, they did a story that is somewhat similar to this, though they didn't mention who they considered best from each state. They did list how many had come from each state, and my numbers may be different from theirs because counting every player was not easy. However, I am positive that there were two players from Hawaii, though they list zero. Maybe they didn't realize that Bentley has Hawaii listed under HA, as opposed to its normal postal abbreviation of HI?
Disclaimer: I acknowledge that my choice of "best" for each state is extremely subjective. In some cases I thought the choice was clear-cut; in others, there was very little information available for any of the players from the state, and my choice wasn't much more than a guess. As with any exercise of this type, it is difficult to compare eras because of differences in scoring, scheme, equipment, schedule, etc.
Sources: My primary source was Bentley's searchable roster. I also used Bentley's team history index extensively, as well as the Statistics Archives at MGoBlue.com. The latter's current roster, and Rivals listing of the incoming class of 2012 were also helpful. Finally, I used generic internet searches to find out what Google had to say about a particular player.
- Total: 6
- First: Theodore Fortson - Line - Montgomery - 1924
- Most recent: Max Martin - RB - Madison (Bob Jones) - 2004
- Best: Marcus Knight - WR - Sylacauga (Comer) - 1996-99
Knight isn't the toughest choice as best from Alabama. He had just over 1,500 yards receiving and 8 touchdowns along with almost 200 yards in punt returns.
- Total: 1
- First: Jermace Jackson - DB - Anchorage (Bartlett) - 2007
- Most recent: Jermace Jackson - DB - Anchorage (Bartlett) - 2007
- Best: Jermace Jackson - DB - Anchorage (Bartlett) - 2007
Easy choice for Alaska as well. I have no memory of Jackson, and the internet turned up zero information on him. He was a junior in '07 and listed at 5'11" 210 lbs.
- Total: 9
- First: Herschel Smith - LB - Phoenix - 1911
- Most recent: (Tie) Craig Roh - DE - Scottsdale (Chaparral) - 2009-present Taylor Lewan - OL - Scottsdale (Chaparral) - 2009-present
- Best: Taylor Lewan - OL - Scottsdale (Chaparral) - 2009-present
I picked Lewan over Roh and Norman Heuer/Boebert. I still believe Roh has great potential, but the many, well-document transitions have taken their toll on him. I remember Heuer as being a decent player (Hoke coached, so obviously), but not necessarily a key player on his teams. The pick of Lewan is based partly on potential, but he has already established himself as a two-year starter at arguably the most important position on the offensive line.
- Total: 5
- First: Albert Moore - HB - Fayetteville - 1883
- Most recent: Ryan Mallet - QB - Texarkana (Texarkana) - 2007
- Best: Zach Adami - OG - Maumelle (Little Rock Catholic) - 1993-97
Mallet certainly had the talent and produced after he transferred to Arkansas, but as far as best 'M' player, I have to go with Adami. He was a three year starter, playing a different position each year. In '95 he played LG, in '96 he played RG, and finally he stepped in as Center on the '97 National Championship team. That's impressive flexibility and an important leadership role on a championship team.
- Total: 69
- First: Norman Sterry - LE - Los Angeles - 1900-02
- Most recent: (Tie) Joey Burzynski - OL - Carlsbad (Carlsbad) - 2011-present
Matt Wile - PK - San Diego (Francis Parker) - 2011-present
Erik Magnuson - OT - Carlsbad (La Costa) - 2012
- Best: Jim Harbaugh - QB - Palo Alto (Palo Alto) - 1982-86
Despite the larger number of players from California, I feel that the choice of Harbaugh is fairly obvious. Most of Tom Brady's fame has come from the NFL, and Amani Toomer was a good receiver but not in an elite group. Harbaugh threw for 5,449 yards and 31 touchdowns, and he was an All-American (the most recent 'M' QB to earn that honor), team MVP, and team captain for his senior year in '86.
- Total: 24
- First: (Tie) William Caley - G - Boulder (U of Colorado) - 1896-98
Norwood Ayers - E - Colorado Springs - 1896-97
- Most recent: Steve Watson - TE (and OLB, DE, and TE) - Cherry Hills Village (Mullen) - 2007-11
- Best: Burnie Legette - FB - Colorado Springs - 1989-92
Frankly, I was at a loss for this one. The two most recent players, Watson and Greg Banks were role players, and the only other players who had careers longer than 2 years were Legette, Caley, a FB from the early '50s named Robert Hurley, and a QB from the late teens named Harold Zieger. I don't remember Legette, but he rushed for 653 yards and scored 4 times. He also caught one touchdown.
- Total: 13
- First: (Tie) George Herr - QB - Waterbury - 1899
John Francis McDonough - HB - Nangatack - 1899
- Most recent: Todd Mossa - OL - Darien (Darien) - 1997-2000
- Best: John (Fritz) Seyferth - FB - Darien (Darien) - 1968-1971
I can't say I knew of Seyferth before this, but he started 7 games in his junior year and every game in his senior year ('71). He had 529 yards rushing, and 14 total touchdowns (12 rushing/2 receiving).
- Total: 1
- First: Tony Kelsie - MG - Dover (Ceasar Rodney) - 1978-80
- Most recent: Tony Kelsie - MG - Dover (Ceasar Rodney) - 1978-80
- Best: Tony Kelsie - MG - Dover (Ceasar Rodney) - 1978-80
Again, I'd never heard of Kelsie before I researched this, but he is the only player to hail from Delaware. Interestingly, he is listed as beginning his career as a DB at 6' 200 lbs. and then as a Middle Guard his last years, but he lost an inch and only gained 8 pounds. He started 3 games his last year.
District of Columbia
- Total: 13
- First: Paul Magoffin - HB - Washington D.C. - 1904-07
- Most recent: Cato June- FS - Washington D. C. (Anacostia) - 1998-2002
- Best: Paul Magoffin - HB - Washington D.C. - 1904-07
Magoffin was a regular starter for all of his four years, and he served as team captain his senior year. June had a solid career and was also a regular starter, but he was never selected for any individual honors, such as All-Big 10 or team captain.
- Total: 69
- First: Purl Woodruff - Forward - Westville - 1881
- Most recent: (Tie) Richard Ash - DT - Pahokee (Pahokee) - 2010-present
Ricky Barnum - OL - Lakeland (Lake Gibson) - 2008-present
Jeremy Gallon - WR - Apopka (Apopka) - 2009-present
Brendan Gibbons - PK - West Palm Beach (Cardinal Newman) - 2009-present
Brandin Hawthorne - LB - Pahokee (Pahokee) - 2009-present
Mike Jones - LB - Orlando (Edgewater) - 2009-present
Ricardo Miller - WR - Orlando (Dr. Phillips) - 2010-present
Denard Robinson - QB - Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach) - 2009-present
Marvin Robinson - S - Winter Haven (Lake Region) - 2010-present
Vincent Smith - RB - Pahokee (Pahokee) - 2009-present
- Best: Anthony Carter - WR - Riviera Beach (Riviera Beach) - 1979-82
Denard or AC? Probably the answer will depend on what generation you're from, but despite being born three years after Carter played, I still went with him. Ultimately, this could be Denard, but I think that depends on what happens this season. Carter is one of the legendary figures in 'M' history, and at this point, I believe he should get the nod as best from Florida. Honorable mention: Steve Everitt, Brian Griese, Stefan Humphries, and Steve Hutchinson.
Oddly, Steve King is listed 5 times in Bentley. In 4 of them (SO, JR, SR, SR), he is "Stephen L.", and in one (FR) is "Steven R." I presume it is the same person because both are from the same high school (Palm Beach Gardens), play the same position (DB), and are roughly the same size. Bentley error? Something more interesting? Any story behind this?
- Total: 13
- First: Eugene Edward - NA - Atlanta - 1922
- Most recent: (Tie) Carlos Brown - RB - Franklin (Heard County) - 2006-09
David Cone - QB - Statesboro (Statesboro) - 2006-09
Jordan Owens - SR - Alpharetta (Alpharetta) - 2009
- Best: Jeff Backus - OL - Norcross (Norcross) - 1996-2000
I'm sure some will be upset that the nod didn't go to Cone, but Backus started every game at LT for 4 years, earned All-Big 10 honors twice, and was a 1st round NFL pick.
- Total: 2
- First: William Crockett - NA - Wailuku Maui - 1945
- Most recent - John Althouse - LB - Honolulu (Arthur Radford) - 1985
- Best: John Althouse - LB - Honolulu (Arthur Radford) - 1985
Althouse wins based on the fact that he actually has a listed position. Both players were listed as freshman in their only year.
- Total: 4
- First: Gilmore Price - E - Fort Sheridan - 1894
- Most recent: Rex Wells - G - Twin Falls - 1943 (his classification is listed as "M" - married? mature?)
- Best: Edward Dickey - NA - Weiser - 1901, 1903
I don't know a thing about Dickey, but he's the only player to come from Idaho to play for more than one season, and he played on the "Point-a-Minute" teams.
- Total: 491
- First: Frank Allen - Forward - Aurora - 1879-80
- Most Recent: Chris Bryant - OL - Chicago (Simeon) - 2011-present
Graham Glasgow - OL - Aurora (Marmion Academy) - 2011-present
Michael Schofield - OL - Orland Park (Carl Sandberg) - 2009-Present
- Best: Erick Anderson - LB - Glenview (Glenbrook South) - 1987-91
It's amazing the number of offensive linemen that come out of Illinois. David Molk, Michael Scholfield, Tony Pape, Mark Donahue, Perry Dorrestein, Thomas Guynes, Trezelle Jenkins, George Lilja, not to mention a few more coming in the class of 2013. That said, I went with the linebacker Anderson as the best from the state. Of all the great defense players that have gone through this program, Anderson is
second third in career tackles. He started 3 and a half of his four eligible years, led the team in tackles all four years, and in his senior year he won the Butkus award and was named team captain and All-American.
I wasn't sure what exactly to do with the Wistert brothers. Obviously they deserve a mention, but I certainly do not have enough knowledge of that era to know if one deserves recognition more than another or if any would be considered the best ever in the state. Honorable mention also to Bump Elliott, Mike Mallory, and Dave Molk.
Incidentally, Illinois is also a great state for brothers: Andersons, Elliotts, Mallory (but not Curt), and Wisterts.
- Total: 181
- First: Edmund Barmore - QB - Jeffersonville - 1879-80
- Most recent: Kris Pauloski - PK - Indianapolis (Pike) - 2009-11
- Best: Tom Harmon - HB - Gary (Horace Mann) - 1937-40
Harmon is a pretty easy choice for the state of Indiana and I don't think much more needs to be said about his exploits; however, I would be remiss to not mention Germany Schulz, center from 1904-08 with a year hiatus (during which he put on nearly 35 pounds). Also special mention to Jason Horn and Glen Steele, two childhood favorites.
- Total: 47
- First: David DeTar - Rusher - Boone - 1879
- Most recent: Amara Darboh - WR - West Des Moines (Dowling) - 2012
- Best: Adrian Arrington - WR - Cedar Rapids (Washington) - 2004-07
I hope I'm not slighting anyone from the olden days by choosing Arrington, but Iowa is odd because of the 46 players from there, only three played more recently than 1935 and only Arrington is more recent than 1965 (and now Darboh). I had already forgotten that Arrington put up some pretty good numbers; he finished with nearly 1,500 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns.
- Total: 13
- First: (Tie) George Davison - NA - Wichita - 1901
Moses Johnson - NA - Wichita - 1901-02
- Most recent: Austin Panter - LB - Athol (Kensington/Butler CC) - 2007-08
- Best: Jerame Tuman - TE - Liberal (Liberal) - 1994-98
Honestly, Tuman has to be in the top two best Tight Ends in 'M' history, along with Jim Mandich. Tuman caught more TDs (13 to 6) and had better average yards receiving (13.1 to 12.6), but Mandich had more yards receiving (1489 to 1279) and of course, the iconic photo from after the '69 victory over OSU. Tuman was also a three time All-Big 10 and an All-American in '97.
An honorable mention goes to Monte Robbins who continues to hold the record for the longest punt in school history (82 yards). Other interesting notes about Kansas: I never knew President Eisenhower's brother Edgar played on the football team in 1912, and there was a player named Sherry E. Martin on the team in 1929 -- the only football player to have the name Sherry in school history.
- Total: 26
- First: Louis Curran - E - Louisville - 1921-23
- Most recent: Jeremy Clark - DB - Madisonville (North Hopkins) - 2012
- Best: Bubba Paris - OT - Louisville (DeSales) - 1978-81
Ok, I picked Paris partly because I've had a football card of him most of my life. However, he was an All-American, a two year starter at LT, and the 29th overall pick in the 1982 draft.
- Total: 18
- First: Earnest Ratliff - Line - Lake Charles - 1923-24
- Most recent: Drew Dileo - WR - Greenwell Springs (Parkview Baptist) - 2010-present
- Best: Anthony Thomas - RB - Winnfield (Winnfield) - 1997-2000
A high percentage of "good players" from Louisiana - James Hall, Leroy Hoard, Chris Howard - but the A-Train is the undeniable best. Number two in all-time yards rushing, Thomas also rushed for the most touchdowns of anyone with 55.
- Total: 2
- First: Charles Bliss - G - Durham - 1899-1900
- Most recent: Charles Carter - RG - Lewiston (Brown U.) - 1902, 1904
- Best: Charles Carter - RG - Lewiston (Brown U.) - 1902, 1904
Carter gets the nod because he was on the Point-a-Minute teams, and he is listed at 236 lbs. in 1904 which, as I understand, is pretty massive for his time. Though it could have been bad weight, and it's hard to say if he had good pad level…or pads at all.
- Total: 16
- First: Robert Knode - QB - Baltimore - 1921-22
- Most recent: (Tie) Blake Countess - DB - Owings Mills (Good Counsel) - 2011-present
Josh Furman - S - Annapolis (Old Mill Senior) - 2010-present
- Best: Dhani Jones - ILB - Potomac (Winston Churchill) - 1996-1999
Jones finished his career with 247 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks. He is the clear-cut best, but I hope that Countess and Poggi give him a run for his money in the coming years. Also, I suppose we could speculate on whether or not LS Turner Booth should have been offered a scholarship coming out of high school.
- Total: 46
- First: George Steadman Holden - QB/HB - Palmer - 1890-91
- Most recent: Michael Cox - RB - Dorchester (Avon Old Farms) - 2008-11
- Best: Jamie Morris - RB - Ayer (Ayer) - 1984-87
I never realized that Morris was actually listed as a WR when he started his career. He finished with nearly 4,400 yards and was the all-time leading rusher until Anthony Thomas broke his record. Honorable mention goes to Todd Collins and Greg McMurtry.
- Total: 2,601 (Can't guarantee this number is completely accurate, counting every name was a tedious task.)
- First: (Tie) William Calvert - Sub - Ann Arbor - 1879-80
Charles Campbell - HB - Detroit - 1879
John Chase - Rusher - Ann Arbor - 1879-80
Thomas Edwards - Rusher - Ann Arbor - 1879
William Hannan - Rusher - Dowagiac - 1879
Collins Johnston - HB - Grand Rapids - 1879-80
Albert Pettit - NA - Ann Arbor - 1879
Irving Pond - Rusher - Ann Arbor - 1879
Frank Reed - Rusher - Ann Arbor - 1879
- Most recent: (Tie) Nate Allspach - TE - Grand Rapids (Grandville) - 2010-present
Al Backey - CB - Ypsilanti (Yspilanti) - 2009-present
Brennan Byer - DE - Canton (Plymouth) - 2011-present
Nathan Brink - DT - Holland (Holland Christian) - 2009-present
Seth Broekhuizen - PK - Holland (Holland Christian) - 2009-present
William Campbell - DT - Detroit (Cass Technical) - 2009-present
Kenny Demens - LB - Oak Park (Detroit Country Day) - 2009-present
Chris Eddins - TE - Detroit (Detroit Country Day) - 2010-present
Dylan Esterline - TE - Blissfield (Blissfield) - 2010-present
Devin Gardner - QB - Detroit (Inkster) - 2010-present
Jareth Glanda - LS - Rochester Hills (Brother Rice) - 2009-present
Cameron Gordon - LB - Detroit (Inkster) - 2009-present
Thomas Gordon - S - Detroit (Cass Technical) - 2009-present
Erik Gunderson - OL - Milan (Milan) - 2009-present
Paul Gyarmati - FB - Birmingham (Brother Rice) - 2008-present
Justice Hayes - RB - Grand Blanc (Grand Blanc) - 2011-present
Delonte Hollowell - DB - Detroit (Cass Technical) - 2011-present
Jeremy Jackson - WR - Ann Arbor (Huron) - 2010-present
Jack Kennedy - QB - Walled Lake (Walled Lake Central) - 2009-present
Joe Kerridge - FB - Traverse City (St. Francis) - 2011-present
Mike Kwiatkowski - TE - Macomb (Dakota) - 2011-present
Kristian Mateus - OL - Ada (Forest Hills Central) - 2010-present
Desmond Morgan - LB Holland (West Ottawa) - 2011-present
Thomas Rawls - RB - Flint (Flint Northern) - 2011-present
Joe Reynolds - WR - Rochester (Rochester Adams) - 2009-present
Baquer Sayed - WR - Dearborn (Fordson) - 2010-present
Floyd Simmons - S - Detroit (Crockett Technical) - 2008-present
Raymon Taylor - DB - Detroit (Highland Park) - 2011-present
Steve Wilson - QB - White Lake (Lakeland) - 2011-present
Ben Braden - OL - Rockford (Rockford) - 2012
Devin Funchess - TE - Farmington Hills (Harrison) - 2012
Matthew Godin - DT - Novi (Detroit Catholic Central) - 2012
Royce Jenkins-Stone - LB - Detroit (Cass Technical) - 2012
Drake Johnson - RB - Ann Arbor (Pioneer) - 2012
Dennis Norfleet - RB - Detroit (Martin Luther King) - 2012
Mario Ojemudia - DE - Farmington Hills (Harrison) - 2012
Terry Richardson - DB - Detroit (Cass Technical) - 2012
James Ross - LB - Orchard Lake (St. Mary's) - 2012
- Best: Braylon Edwards - WR - Detroit (Bishop Gallagher) - 2001-04
It's a tough decision to pick one out of around 2,600 players, but the numbers that Edwards compiled are undeniable. He finished his career with 252 catches, 3,541 yards and 39 touchdowns, all school records. He also came up with a number of important catches in big moments that have become iconic moments in 'M' history.
I chose Edwards over Rick Leach (Flint/Southwestern) and Bennie Oosterbaan (Muskegon), and I believe a good case can be made for each. I also considered Ron Kramer (East Detroit), Gerald Ford (Grand Rapids/South), and Jake Long (Lapeer/Lapeer East). Other players that deserve to be mentioned are Derrick Alexander (Detroit/Benedictine), Forest Evashevski (Detroit/Northwestern), the real RoJo - Ron Johnson (Detroit/Northwestern), Harry Kipke (Lansing/Lansing High), Harry Newman (Detroit/Northern), Neil Snow (Detroit), and Tyrone Wheatley (Inkster/Robichaud).
Finally, I was interested to learn that Dave Brandon (Plymouth/South Lyon) began his career as a QB, but then switched to DE after two years. However, he didn't have the size increase that you would think would come with this odd position switch; he remained the same size at 6'3" 202 lbs.
- Total: 34
- First: Charles Mitchell - goalkeeper - Alexandria - 1879
- Most recent: Sam Buckman - PK - Tonka Bay (Minnetonka) - 2006-08
- Best: Bennie Joppru - TE - Wayzata (Minnetonka) - 1998-2002
Joppru had 800 yards receiving and 8 touchdowns over his career at Michigan. He was also team captain along with Victor Hobson in 2002. I chose him over Jeff Perlinger a DT who played from 1971-75. He had 133 tackles in his career and was All-Big 10 in 1974.
- Total: 1
- First: Jeremy LeSueur - CB - Holly Springs (Holly Springs) - 1999-2003
- Most recent: Jeremy LeSueur - CB - Holly Springs (Holly Springs) - 1999-2003
- Best: Jeremy LeSueur - CB - Holly Springs (Holly Springs) - 1999-2003
So, apparently 'M' has never recruited Mississippi that hard (although wasn't this supposed to be Jay Hopson's best area of recruiting?). Not that there is any debate on this one, but LeSueur had 167 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 interceptions, and a 60 yard interception return for touchdown against Indiana in 2003. He was also extremely versatile, starting two games as a RS freshman in 2000 - one at cornerback and one at free safety, five games at cornerback in 2001, seven games at free safety in 2002, and twelve games at cornerback in 2003.
- Total: 37
- First: Charles Kellogg Hart - T - St. Louis - 1891
- Most recent: Jehu Chesson - WR - St. Louis (Ladue Horton Watkins) - 2012
Ondre Pipkins - DT - Kansas City (Park Hill) - 2012
- Best: Jon Vaughn - TB - Florissant (McCluer North) - 1988-90
Vaughn had an interesting, but short career at Michigan. He came to school as a DB, redshirted, and had a relatively quiet RS Freshman year. However, he seemed to burst on to the scene in 1990 with back to back 200+ yard games, including three touchdowns against UCLA. By the end of the season though Ricky Powers was getting more carries. Vaughn's success was enough to earn co-Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year award and encourage him to enter the NFL draft early.
- Total: 18
- First: Thomas McNeil - QB - Burdette - 1883-85
- Most recent: Edward Hickey - HB - Anaconda - 1951-55
- Best: Thomas McNeil - QB - Burdette - 1883-85
Not going to lie, I'd never heard of McNeil before, and I still don't know much about him. However, I think him being considered best speaks more to the other players from Montana than about McNeil's abilities. However, he was the starting QB for three years from 1883-85, and the team was undefeated for the last two of those years (granted that only covered five games). He also played alongside of Horace Prettyman, so he must have been good.
- Total: 13
- First: Luther Gottschalk - Sub - Columbus - 1885
- Most recent: Brandon Williams - CB - Omaha (Central) - 1999-2002
- Best: Brandon Williams - CB - Omaha (Central) - 1999-2002
Williams started one game his freshman year, two his sophomore year, one his junior year, and none his senior year. He had 74 tackles, 8 PBUs, and 2 INTs. Not out-standing numbers, but Williams is the only player to come from Nebraska since 1940, and the only player to play for more than two years.
- Total: 2
- First: Manus Edwards - TB - Henderson (Green Valley) - 1997-98
- Most recent: George Morales - LS - North Las Vegas (Moajve) - 2008-2011
- Best: George Morales - LS - North Las Vegas (Moajve) - 2008-2011
I could have gone with Edwards here; after all, he was a part of the '97 National Championship team. However, Morales was a member of the team for two years longer than Edwards, and he probably saw the field a bit more as a Long Snapper.
- Total: 4
- First: Frank Crawford - Sub - Colebrook - 1891
- Most recent: Eric Phelps - DE - Salem (Salem) - 1973-76
- Best: Frank Crawford - Sub - Colebrook - 1891
Despite being listed as a "sub", Crawford was one of the first two coaches for 'M', along with Mike Murphy. Crawford played in two games and scored a touchdown. Phelps was the only competition for the title of "best." However, in his four year career, he only played in two games as well and recorded four tackles.
- Total: 50
- First: R. D. Law - E - Lawrenceville - 1898
- Most recent: J. B. Fitzgerald - LB - Princeton Junction (West Windsor Plainsboro) - 2008-11
- Best: Butch Woolfolk - RB - Westfield - 1978-81
Woolfolk is the easy choice for this state. He accumulated just under 4,000 yards and scored 29 touchdowns. He had the longest run from scrimmage: 92 yards against Wisconsin in 1979. He also rendered useless the tongues of announcers everywhere. Also of note from New Jersey are Victor Hopson and Dwight Hicks.
- Total: 2
- First: William Morley - QB - Socorro Datil - 1895
- Most recent: Alan Branch - DT - Rio Rancho (Cibola) - 2004-06
- Best: Alan Branch - DT - Rio Rancho (Cibola) - 2004-06
Branch only played three years but had 61 tackles, 11 TFL, six and a half sacks, and three forced fumbles. He also intercepted a pass against OSU in '06, and provided us with this glorious picture:
- Total: 133
- First: (Tie) William Duff - HB - Oswego - 1882, 1884
William Mace - Rusher - Syracuse - 1882
- Most recent: John Ferrara - OL - Staten Island (Monsignor Farrell) - 2006-10
- Best: Mike Hart - RB - Syracuse (Onondaga Central) - 2004-2007
The all-time leading rusher in Michigan history will certainly be chosen as best from their state. Hart gained 5,040 yards, averaging 5 yards a carry, and scored 41 touchdowns. The interesting thing is that Hart's stellar credentials don't even seem to be necessary. New York has a severe lack of other top-flight talent, with the exceptions of John Elliott and Marquise Walker.
- Total: 7
- First: William Colburn - C - Ashville - 1919
- Most recent: Jamar Adams - S - Charlotte (Butler) - 2004-07
- Best: Chris Perry - RB - Advance (Fork Union Military Academy) - 2000-03
Perry comes in at 6th on the all-time rushers list. In his four year career, he rushed for 3,696 yards and 39 touchdowns. He had 572 yards receiving, averaging 8.7 yards a catch, and caught two touchdowns. He was also an All-American and the team MVP in 2003.
- Total: 9
- First: Richard DePuy - HB - Jamestown - 1879-82
- Most recent: Robert Wiese - FB - Jamestown - 1941-46
- Best: Robert Wiese - FB - Jamestown - 1941-46
I couldn't find any stats on Wiese, but he won the Meyer Morton Award in 1942, team MVP and All-Big 10 in 1943, and team captain (until he left for military service on November 1) and All-Big 10 in 1944. He came back to start another 6 games in 1946.
- Total: 683
- First: Horace Prettyman - Forward - Bryan - 1882-90 (yes, an astounding 8 years)
- Most recent: (Tie) Courtney Avery - CB - Mansfield (Lexington) - 2010-present
Jibreel Black - DT - Cincinnati (Wyoming) - 2010-present
Tamani Carter - DB - Pickerington (Central) - 2011-present
Frank Clark - DE - Cleveland (Glenville) - 2011-present
Curt Graman - LS - Cincinnati (Elder) -2009-present
Keith Heitzman - DE - Hilliard (Hilliard Davidson) - 2011-present
Jordan Kovacs - S - Curtice (Clay) - 2009-present
Elliott Mealer - OL - Wauseon (Wauseon) - 2008-present
Jack Miller - OL - Perrysburg (St. John's Jesuit) - 2011-present
Brandon Moore - TE - Trotwood (Trotwood-Madison) - 2009-present
Patrick Omameh - OL - Columbus (St. Francis DeSales) - 2008-present
Antonio Poole - LB - Cincinnati (Winton Woods) - 2011-present
Jerald Robinson - WR - Canton (South) - 2010-present
Roy Roundtree - WR - Trotwood (Trotwood-Madison) - 2008-present
Jake Ryan - LB - Westlake (St. Ignatius) - 2010-present
Terrence Talbott - CB - Huber Heights (Wayne) - 2010-present
Fitzgerald Toussaint - RB - Youngstown (Liberty) - 2009-present
Joe Bolden - LB - Cincinnati (Colerain) - 2012
Allen Gant - DB - Sylvania (Sylvania Southview) - 2012
Willie Henry - DT - Cleveland (Glenville) - 2012
Kyle Kalis - OL - Lakewood (St. Edward) - 2012
Kaleb Ringer - LB - Clayton (Northmont) - 2012
Tom Strobel - DE - Mentor (Mentor) -2012
A. J. Williams - TE - Cincinnati (Sycamore) - 2012
Jarrod Wilson - DB - Akron (Buchtel) - 2012
Chris Wormley - DE - Toledo (Whitmer) - 2012
- Best: Charles Woodson - CB - Fremont (Ross) - 1995-97
Woodson or Desmond Howard? Howard or Woodson? Is there a wrong answer to that question? Or I suppose conversely, is there a right answer? Ultimately, I went with Woodson for a number of reasons. He excelled in so many areas of the game. Woodson was 100% passing the ball (2 for 2), he had 173 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, 402 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns, 78 kickoff return yards, and 407 punt return yards and the one infamous touchdown in '97 against OSU - all of this outside of his natural position of CB. Woodson finished 162 tackles, one sack, and 25 pass break ups. He intercepted 18 passes including the amazing pick at MSU in '97. I never realized, or perhaps forgot, that lost in Tim Biakabutuka's performance against OSU in '95, Woodson had two picks in that game.
Howard finished his career with 2,146 yards receiving and 32 touchdowns. Of course he also had an impressive performance outside of his normal position with 249 yards and two touchdowns rushing, 1,211 yards and two touchdowns from kickoff returns, and 337 yards and one touchdown from punt returns.
What stood out about Woodson was that he started from the second game of his freshman year. Howard only played six games of his freshman year. Woodson was three time All-Big 10, two time All-American, and MVP on the '97 National Championship team. Howard was a two time All-Big 10, and in '91 he was an All-American and team MVP.
The career arcs of Woodson and Howard are remarkably similar. Both are from Ohio, both played three years before leaving early for the NFL, both were 4th overall picks in the NFL draft, both won Heisman Trophies highlighted by punt return TDs against OSU, and both left 'M' fans with many iconic moments. Again, I think this choice could go either way, but I'm giving the slight edge to Woodson for the reasons stated above.
As with the state of Michigan, there are a number of other players from Ohio that deserve special mention. In another state, they would probably be best, but not in a state that produced two Heisman Trophy winners. In no particular order: Gordon Bell (Troy/Troy), Bob Chappuis (Toledo/DeVilbiss), Tom Curtis (Aurora), Dan Dierdorf (Canton/Glenwood), Dennis Franklin (Massillon/Washington), Bennie Friedman (Cleveland), Elvis Grbac (Willoughby Hills/St. Joseph), Mike Hammerstein (Wapakoneta/Wapakoneta), Rob Lytle (Fremont/Ross), Jim Mandich (Solon/Solon), Zoltan Mesko (Twinsburg/Twinsburg), Horace Prettyman (Bryan), Michael Taylor (Lincoln Heights/Princeton), and Bob Timberlake (Franklin/Franklin).
- Total: 11
- First: Jesse Langley - NA - Alva - 1904-07
- Most recent: Woodrow Hankins - CB - Owasso (Owasso) - 1992-96
- Best: Clay Miller - OT - Norman (Norman) - 1981-85
Miller started every game at LT his sophomore season, and then was a full-time starter at RT his junior and senior years. For his senior year, he earned All-Big 10 honors and won the Meyer Morton, Arthur Robinson Scholarship, and shared the Hugh Rader Jr. awards.
- Total: 4
- First: Willie Heston - HB - Grants Pass - 1901-04
- Most recent: James Wiley - T - Portland (Lincoln) - 1960-62
- Best: Willie Heston - HB - Grants Pass - 1901-04
Despite only having four players come out of Oregon, they get the honor of producing one of the best ever (ok actually he was from Illinois for the first 16 years of his life, but for the purpose of this exercise, and for the sake of Oregon, we will go with the state where the player was from as they entered college). To me, Heston is the face of the Point-a-Minute era. After following Fielding Yost to Michigan, he was a full-time starter all four years of his career and on four teams that never lost a game. He was a two time All-American and team captain in 1904, and he held Rose Bowl record for most rushing yards (170) in a game for 59 years.
- Total: 141
- First: John Couch - Rusher - Pittsburgh - 1882, 1884
- Most recent: Jordan Paskorz - TE - Gibsonia (Hampton) - 2010-present
Kenny Wilkins - DT - Washington (Trinity) - 2010-present
- Best: Chad Henne - QB - Wyomissing (Wilson) - 2004-07
Can't deny the QB who leads the winningest college football program in history in attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns. Henne threw for 9,715 yards and 87 touchdowns. He also holds the distinction of being a QB who started as a true freshman, held with Rick Leach and Tate Forcier (off the top of my head, others?). I was surprised that the only year that Henne earned All-Big 10 honors was his senior year; ironically, the only year he didn't start every game.
Honorable mention goes to William Cunningham and Steve Breaston. Also, the first 'M' Hoke came from PA: Hugh Hoke Jr. a Guard who played in 1955 and 1957. He hailed from Schuykill Haven. Finally, I never realized that Bob Ufer also played for the football team. He played in 1939, and no position is listed.
- Total: 3
- First: Frank Zendzian - HB - Providence (Greenbrier Military) - 1931-32
- Most recent: Donald ZanFagna - QB - Providence - 1948, 1950-52
- Best: Donald ZanFagna - QB - Providence - 1948, 1950-52
So I never heard of ZanFagna before, but I chose him over the other two, because well, he played four years, two years more than Zendzian. ZanFagna never started a game, and Google failed to turn up any stats for him. However, incredibly it did turn up the fact that he is a relatively famous artist. This article claims he was a "star quarterback" and he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Cardinals (football). However, Bentley doesn't list him ever starting a game. Amazing what the interwebs turn up.
- Total: 7
- First: Harold Goodwin - NA - Hopkins (Lower Richland) - 1937
- Most recent: (Tie) J.T. Floyd - CB - Greenville (J.L. Mann) - 2008-present
Quinton Washington - DT - St. Stephen (Timberland) - 2009-present
- Best: Junior Hemingway - WR - Conway (Conway) - 2007-2011
A few years ago, no one would have pegged the oft-injured Hemingway for this spot. However, he finished his career strong with 1,638 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. Chosen over Jonathan Goodwin, I basically picked him for his heroics over Illinois in '10, Notre Dame in '11, and Virginia Tech in the '12 Sugar Bowl. Hemingway has to have one of the more interesting career paths in 'M' history. He played in parts of five seasons under Carr, Rodriguez, and Hoke. Quite a lot transpired from when he caught his first passes from Henne in '07 until his Sugar Bowl MVP performance in January of '12.
- Total: 13
- First: Timon John Spangler - C - Mitchell - 1892
- Most recent: David Lawrence - C - Perronville - 1958
- Best: Daniel Dworsky - C - Sioux Falls - 1945-48
Dworsky began his career as a FB and started five games as a freshman. Later, he transitioned to Center, and by his junior year (the '47 team that finished 10-0) he started a game at both positions. Ever see David Molk do that? Didn't think so…
- Total: 13
- First: Horace VanDeventer - Sub - Knoxville - 1889
- Most recent: Blake Bars - OL - Nashville (Montgomery Bell Academy) - 2012
- Best: Eric Brackins - ILB - Pigeon Forge (Gatlinburg-Pittman) - 1997-2001
Tom Goss anyone? He was All-Big 10 in '68, but I think the halo outweighs anything else he will ever be remembered for. Brackins was a two-year started at linebacker, and he was named team captain in '01.
- Total: 53
- First: Jack Green - Rusher - Austin - 1879
- Most recent: (Tie) Russell Bellomy - QB - Arlington (Martin) - 2011-present
Stephen Hopkins - RB - Double Oak (Marcus) - 2010-present
- Best: Jarrett Irons - ILB - The Woodlands (McCullough) - 1992-96
For a school that has long prided itself on defense, you have to go with Michigan's
all-time second leading tackler here. Irons had 429 tackles, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 19 pass break ups, and two interceptions. Interestingly, he never recorded a sack. Irons was also an All-American in '96, a two-time team captain, and two-time All-Big 10. I chose Irons over Chris Hutchinson. It's interesting that 'M' got most of their players from Texas in the late '80s through early to mid-90's; not sure why that was such a good time for recruiting Texas.
- Total: 6
- First: Robert Gemmel - HB - Salt Lake City - 1882-83
- Most recent: Sione Houma - RB - Salt Lake City (Highland) - 2012
- Best: Jeff Holtry - OLB - Salt Lake City (West) - 1994, 1997-98
No offense to any of the players from Utah, but Houma won't have to do much to be considered the best played from the state. Holtry managed seven tackles, one sack, and one pass break up in his career - better stats than anyone else that came out of Utah.
- Total: 3
- First: (Tie) George Athanasion - T - Cuttingsville - 1946-47
Robert Ballou - T - Chester - 1946-47
- Most recent: Robert Freeman - E - Brattleboro - 1947-48
- Best: Robert Ballou - T - Chester - 1946-47
Apparently Fritz Crisler went all out to recruit Vermont in the mid '40s, but it hasn't been touched since. Ballou won the Meyer Morton award in '46. That's all I've got, on any of them.
- Total: 17
- First: William Cole - LT - Charlottesville - 1902, 1904
- Most recent: (Tie) Marell Evans - LB - Richmond (Varina) - 2007-09, 2011
Alex Schwab - DT - Manassas (Osburn Park) - 2010-11
- Best: David Terrell - WR - Richmond (Huguenot) - 1998-2000
Terrell gets the nod with an impressive overall career. He had 2,317 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns. Outside of his natural position, Terrell ran for 108 yards and one touchdown; had a total 38 return yards; and recorded eight tackles, two pass breakups, and an interception on defense. He capped-off the '99 season with an impressive outing of three touchdown and 150 yards receiving against Alabama in the Orange Bowl. Terrell was All-Big 10 twice and an All-American in '00.
I chose Terrell over Russell Davis who turned in an impressive career in the late '70s. A Fullback, he rushed for 2,550 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was team captain and All-Big 10 in '78.
- Total: 16
- First: Giovanni Villa - T - Walla Walla - 1893-96
- Most recent: Stephen Schilling - OL - Bellevue (Bellevue) - 2006-10
- Best: George Gregory - C - Seattle - 1901-03
I wanted to go with Schilling here, but in evaluating two offensive linemen whose main accomplishment was starting a lot, I had to go with the one who played on three national championship teams. Gregory, like Willie Heston, followed Yost to Michigan from the west coast. There he anchored the 'M' line from 1901-1903, starting 32 times, and never lost a game. Schilling's career - with the position changes, coaching changes, and scheme changes - deserves to be mentioned. Molk, Martin, Hemingway, and Van Bergen got a lot of mention after the '11 season for sticking with the program through a great deal of turmoil. Despite, not playing under Hoke, I think Schilling should be included in this same group.
- Total: 11
- First: Joseph Robins - NA - Charleston - 1914
- Most recent: Donald Dugger - G - Charleston - 1949-53
- Best: Howard Yerges - QB - Pt. Pleasant - 1944-47
Yerges holds an interesting distinction of having played for both 'M' and OSU. He played for the Buckeyes in '43, and then transferred "up north." He started two games in '45 before becoming the full-time starter for his final two years. In 1947, he was one fourth of the Mad Magicians backfield that led the team to a 10-0 record and a 49-0 beating of USC in the Rose Bowl. Yerges holds the honor of being called "Crisler's second brain."
- Total: 70
- First: Henry Killilea - C - Milwaukee - 1883-84
- Most recent: Will Hagerup - P - Whitefish Bay (Whitefish Bay) - 2011-present
- Best: John Navarre - QB - Cudahy (Cudahy) - 1999-2003
When people think of Navarre, inevitably you think of a 6' 6" QB who repeatedly had his passes batted down at the line. This is probably harsh for a guy who is statistically the second best QB in 'M' history. Navarre is second behind Henne in attempts, completions, yards thrown, and touchdowns. Impressively, he is tied for fourth in interceptions thrown, behind several guys who only had half as many attempts. Navarre was team captain and All-Big 10 in his senior year.
- Total: 5
- First: Ernest Dillman - NA - Cheyenne - 1912
- Most recent: Don Bracken - P - Thermopolis ( Hot Springs) - 1980-83
- Best: Don Bracken - P - Thermopolis ( Hot Springs) - 1980-83
Of the five players from Wyoming, only Bracken played more than one year. However, punting records don't seem to have been kept before 1984, so I can't say how much of an impact he had on the field. However, he did have an eight year NFL career, so he must have had some talent.
And for good measure, the Canadian provinces…
- Total: 1
- First: Hugh Wright - C - Winnipeg - 1949
- Most recent: Hugh Wright - C - Winnipeg - 1949
- Best: Hugh Wright - C - Winnipeg - 1949
Wright wins by default.
- Total: 17
- First: Calvin Wetzel - E - Windsor - 1917
- Most recent: Chris Roth - FB - Windsor (Belle River) - 1997-98
- Best: Roy Pella - T - Sudbury - 1950-52
I struggled to find information on any of the players who came out of Ontario. I gave the nod to Pella simply because he went on to be an Olympian.
- Total: 7
- First: Eduardo Azcona - P - Montreal (Vanier College) - 1988-92
- Most recent: Renaldo Sagesse - DT - Montreal (Vieux Montreal) - 2007-10
- Best: Tshimanga Biakabutuka - TB - Longueuil (Vanier College) - 1993-95
I realize Biakabutuka was born in Zaire, but again, I'm going with the state/providence that is listed as their hometown in Bentley's records. He had an excellent career at 'M', rushing for 2,810 yards and 24 touchdowns in just three seasons. Of course he also had the magical day in November of '95 when he ran for 313 yards against OSU.
An interesting note about Quebec: when a player comes from there, they come to stay. Of their seven players, all were on the team for at least three years, and five of them played at least four years. Of the two that didn't, Biakabutuka left early for the NFL, and Emmanuel Casseus is listed as a senior in his third and final year of '02.
- Total: 1
- First: Lorne MacDonald - HB - Saskatoon - 1957
- Most recent: Lorne MacDonald - HB - Saskatoon - 1957
- Best: Lorne MacDonald - HB - Saskatoon - 1957
Again, a winner by default. If you can find out any more about Lorne MacDonald, please share.
…And all other parts of the world:
England: George Northcroft - LT - London - 1888
Peru: Burton McKenzie - NA - Lima - 1964
Puerto Rico: Frank Harding -C - San Juan - 1892
Poland: Leo Keena - FB - Warsaw - 1897-99
A Final Note:Bentley's records really need to be cleaned up. It's amazing how many simple typos there are. Some are obvious; some can lead to great confusion, such as the discrepancy between "Stephen" and "Steven" King. This could lead to some errors in this diary, especially in regards to the number from each state.
In Bentley's searchable roster, there are also a number of players for whom no state is listed. I suppose this is from error or because there is simply no information available about that player. However, I don't believe there is anyone of note in that list.