this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Ok, so after a week off from wallpapers (good thing MonuMental dazzled with his wallpaper!), I got back at it. This week, I chose a theme that placed Michigan's stars as "cornhusker servers." Essentially, I love corn on the cob, it fits with the cornhusker theme, and it was fun to make Denard and Jake into little yellow plasticky corn on the cob holders/servers. I think it turned out pretty well, considering the fact that this was done in the least amount of time of all of my wallpapers thus far. As usual, I welcome your suggestions and/or comments. So far, just the 16:9 version is done, but I'll work on getting a mobile version done ASAP.
Enjoy and Go Blue!
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What a game. Just wanted to pay tribute in some small way to the Bear. Kid had a rough start but has been an absolute clutch performer for us. Hats off to our celebrated bearded and flow-possessing pla
On Thursday we look ahead to a big showdown... in Nebraska of all places.
In light of all of the mayhem over the weekend, plus a really frantic week of serving as a de facto tour guide for visiting in-laws, I opted to push back the Caption Challenge to next week. I obviously also wanted to do a piece on the MSU game, so it turned out to be win-win. I'll present the Caption Challenge next Tuesday in all its confused glo
Those taking part in the first ever Caption Challenge include: ESPN's Tom Van Haaren aka TomVH (duh!), JustCoverBlog's JamieMac, MLive's Kyle Meinke, The Wolverine's Tim Sullivan, Tremendous's Steve Lorenz (the artist formerly known as Aquaman), MVictor's Greg Dooley, Maize n Brew's Anthony Mammel, The Hoover St. Rag's Craig D. Barker, Maize n Blue Nation's Brad Muckenthaler, Midnight Maize's own The Shredder, and some guys named Seth and Brian that you might have heard of.
I'll work them all up, and we may even have a poll. The winner will receive a free
all-inclusive trip with Charlie Blockham to Ms. Katzenmoyer's office. Look for it next week!
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The last two weeks, THE KNOWLEDGE had mentioned on these very pages that msu posed an insignificant threat and implied that we should overlook them; but some people did not heed the words of THE KNOWLEDGE
as a result, these people were unduly anxious about the outcome of the game
msu struggled mightily on offense, scoring only 10 points even after a fake punt play (which was their best offensive play of the day)
Michigan won this game rather comfortably, as THE KNOWLEDGE had mentioned. Michigan just let them hang around and let them take a lead (by missing an open receiver in the end zone for fun) - like when you let your little brother take a lead - only to come back and put them in their place
THE KNOWLEDGE has soared again as his revelation has come true yet again
the Protege Of The Week (POTW.5) award goes to Trebor who was off by 5 points (predicted 17-10)
congratulations to this person for achieving this great glory
Michigan has 5 more games left in the regular season. Two of these are against middling teams (Iowa, Northwestern). The upcoming game against Nebraska is the toughest challenge. The remaining two are, of course, virtual bye-weeks for Michigan.
as THE KNOWLEDGE has mentioned before on these very pages, Michigan will win them all
the most important game left for Michigan fans is the "civil war" game between Oregon and OSU, because that will determine who Michigan faces in the Rose Bowl
as for this week, the 'raska 'huskers pose a great challenge, not because they are very good, but because it is an away night game and Denard has not historically performed well in those
as THE KNOWLEDGE has mentioned before on these very pages, in the original space-time, this was supposed to be Michigan's second loss of the season. However, due to the irregularity that occurred, Michigan will now win this game
so, the question is how close will this game be. and the correct answer to that question can make the reader the Protege of the week when they participate in THE KNOWLEDGE CHALLENGE 2012.6
pointers to the game:
- Michigan will win
- Nebraska will lose
- Turnovers will not play as important a part as everyone is expecting
- Taylor Martinez will play much better than last year
Life intervened last weekend, preventing me from scouting a high school game in person. Thankfully, the amazing MGoBlog community came through in the last couple weeks, so I have scouting reports to post on 2013 commit Patrick Kugler and 2014 prospects Montae Nicholson (offer), Mason Cole (offer), and Artavis Scott.
We'll start with reader Eric, who attended the Gateway/North Allegheny game a few weeks back and delivered this report on senior line commit Patrick Kugler:
Patrick Kugler looked definitely larger then most of the other students. Gateway spent most of the night running away from him when he was covering the D tackle position. Kugler, who plays both ways, definitely looked winded as the first quarter and early second quarter wore on. His pad level on defense leaves something to be desired but a solid first step allowed him to push double teams in the backfield on a few snaps. His offensive line work is a completely different animal. The kid switches gears and is a brick wall at left tackle. Great hand work (from what I could see) and good leverage on single coverages. Consistently gets to the [defensive] backfield for second level blocks. Has a tendency to stop once the play is not headed his way, a lot of standing around and watching (playing both ways leads to energy conservation at all costs). North Allegheny definitely a solid run scheme, a lot of off tackle running, and misdirection bubble screens etc.
Gateway's Montae Nicholson and Ricky Rogers WR tandem was a lethal combination (sort of). The two have slender long frames that could definitely use some more weight but they looked the part of D1 WRs. Nicholson was the smoother route runner of the two, coming out of routes and cutting sharply. Rogers more of the slot style slice and dice his way to several 10+yd gain catches near the sideline. Gateway was having some success on the ground so the air attack never really got going negating any real flashy WR play from either guys.
A hard fought victory for North Allegheny of 14-3 but the score isn’t as lop sided as you may think. Gateway is a very good squad and there is a reason it was the Pittsburgh game of the week. A lot of talent all over that field, Michigan is getting something they can mold into a tough O Lineman in Kuglar for sure.
And here's reader Mike, who caught Cole and Scott in action last weekend:
I caught a portion of Mason's game on Friday night... Let me start with the limitations of my review... My daughter cheers for the East Lake team so my attention is split (when you have daughters, you will understand). I got to the game after the first quarter started. As I was walking towards the ticker booth East Lake scored and the announcer attributed the TD to Artavis Scott. I didn't see the play so I'm not sure if it was a pass play or not, I assume it was. The stats for Scott are based on what I saw except I am including that first score in his TD total.
Mason once again dominated. I did not see any pressure on the EL QB that could be attributed to Mason not blocking his man. As I was seated in the lower level, I didn't have much of a view on the running plays (not that EL ran often).
Scott was a stud. I saw 7 throws in his direction of which he caught 6. His one drop was on him, square to the throw, right in his chest. And while I am pointing out this one glaring muff, let me note that two of his catches were highlight reel candidates. The first was a sideline catch and an impressive 25 YAC. The next was a one foot in bounds end zone grab for a TD. Three TD's in the first half. Not bad.
I did not see the second half so that's all I have... In summary, these two were men amongst boys.
No stats for Cole—not a surprise, given that he's a lineman—but I found Scott's: nine receptions, 189 yards, four touchdowns. Not bad.
Thanks to Eric and Mike for taking the time to check out these games and write them up. If anybody else knows of a game in their area for which they'd like to do the same, or want to know if there's a prospect nearby that they could check out, please email me.
With all the "Denard sucks, lolz" and "Denard can't play QB" and "That wasn't one of his best games" coming out of the internet, I thought we could take a look at where Denard is for some pretty awesome milestones, NCAA wide, and Michigan wide:
He's already got these records under his belt:
—NCAA (all divisions)
- Only 1500-yard passing/1500-yard rushing season
- Rushing yards by a QB (season)
- Division I FBS 200-yard passing/200-yard rushing regular season games (career and season)
- Rushing yards by a QB (single game and career)
- Total offense (single-season)
- Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week awards (career)
- Silver Football Award Winner
- Total offense (single-game)
- Rushing yards on the road (single game)
- Passing yards (single half)
- 200-yard rushing games (career)
- Notre Dame Stadium longest run from scrimmage
In addition to being Michigan's all time total yardage leader, beating ND, MSU, OSU, and winning a BCS Bowl in 2.5 years as a starter, let's see how he's doing elsewhere:
Single Game Michigan Records:
Total Offense: Denard has the top 8 and 9 of the top 10 games from a total offense perspective. John Navarre's 368 yards against Iowa in 2003 is the only game record that isn't his.
Passing Yards: He sits at #9, #10, and 20.
Passing TDs: Tied for the record (with many others) with 4TD passes in a single game. (ND 2011)
Rushing Yards: Numbers 5 and 7 belong to #16, with the 2010 ND and Purdue games.
Career Michigan Records:
Passing Yards: With 6195 Yards so far, he trails only Henne, Navarre, and Grbac, with Elvis in his sights less than 300 yards away.
Passing TDs: He's #4 again behind the same 3. The 22TDs he needs to pass Grbac here might be harder to do before he graduates.
Rushing Yards: At 4129 Denard trails only Hart, Thomas, Morris, and Wheatley. He needs 912 yards to pass Hart, but as of right now Hart has an extra 439 carries to his record.
Rushing TDs: Again trailing only Wheatley and the A Train he's now tied with Mike Hart with 41. If he can get 15 more he'll pass Thomas and be the highest in the official record books. *
*Willie Heston's 71 TDs from 1901-1904 aren't included in the official database because the pre-1949 stats are incomplete.
Career NCAA Records:
The big one, QB Rushing Yards. Pat White's 4480 is in reach 351 yards away. Denard has 5 more B1G games, and he'll need to average 70.2 per game to have this record by the time the clock hits zeros in Columbus.
Criticize his decision making, throwing off his back foot, etc. but to say he hasn't been awesome to watch the past few years and that he hasn't had a remarkable career... I'd respectfully disagree.
ok, i cleaned up the redshirt issue, was a holdover from the spring game. figured i should get this out early if anyone is making the trip. let me know if there is anything that needs attention.