I, for one, didn't expect this at all. I know he's been conditioned in the basketball program, but I thought the switch to football would've been too much of a change. I expected him to add depth at an already strong position, nothing more.
This is very impressive as we are stacked at that position with a lot of young talent. It's great to see Kelvin make his case - hopefully it will light a fire under his brother and make the RB position that much stronger as well.
We'll see if he's really good, or if it's just that our defense in practice isn't great (which hopefully isn't the case), but expect to see Kelvin making plays this fall.
Another tidbit, but this also makes me wonder about Greg Paulus. I wasn't too thrilled about bringing him in, but with Paulus' success in Syracuse's camp and Grady performing well in ours, maybe this PG - > College Football thing isn't a novelty after all.
In any case, I like our options at QB and can't wait to see them making plays with Grady and the other slots this fall.
“You say Goodbye, and I say Hello”
This is the ninth entry of the 2009 MGoShirt Alert, a design project that will enable MgoBlog readers to vote for upcoming designs in the brand spankin’ new MGoBlogStore.
As I discussed earlier this week, I sat down on Saturday morning and watched a DVR of the Friday night BTN UM practice, and fired up the laptop at the same time in case an idea or two came to me. It was clear that above all other topics, you all collectively wanted an MGoBlog insider shirt to feature Tacopants, and I had just asked all of you for Tacopants ideas on the previous day. It's a tricky concept, because Tacopants is very much a Henne/Coach Carr regime thing, and how could we possibly tie it together with the new and improved Rodriguez-era Wolverines?
Amidst the nasal inflections of Dave Resvine I came up with this design-- acknowledging the new, and signing off on the old. I've tried to avoid doing front-and-back designs, but this one pretty much demands it and might affect the final price. Naturally, this shirt is a bit dependent on the fact premise that Forcier will not suck and/or throw the ball like a 19-yr. old Chad Henne. It does put a certain amount of pressure on the young Californian as well-- which pretty much sums up this entire offseason nicely, if I do say so. Ha.
Now, in the event that Forcier loses the job to Denard Robinson, I've prepared this similar alternate version.
And... in the (gulp) scenario that neither are competent and the #8 returns under center, I give you this.
So, 2009 is here... thanks for the memories Tacopants. Now hit the road.
So, time to vote-- on the Forcier shirt, of course. What do you guys think?
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***** Five Stars: Tate The Forcier starts day one and never looks back.
**** Four Stars: Tate can't hold off the speed&talent of Denard Robinson.
*** Three Stars: Nick Sheridan is asked to again drop the clipboard and not suck.
** Two Stars: A very nervous Nader Furrha is handed the keys to the offense.
* One Star: Some guy named Kennedy takes the field. And we don't wake up.
Yesterday saw the last of any canine biology. I will say that the eee... Barwis shirt just looked pretty gay, and I even made a SuperGay version for all of the man-crushers out there, but on the sheer basis of defaming the entire Michigan fan base, I refused to use it. So that's your Barwis-- sorry. Besides, we already have Barwis's Gym. Tomorrow we'll be going with something nice and basic, and I have another Friday fun activity for all of you to take part in before the milk and cookies. So I'll see you then for another exciting edition of-- MGoShirt Alert!
From behind a paywall, Michigan kids like Cam and Thomas Gordon, Rocko Khoury, Teric Jones, and of course Will Campbell are drawing praise from an "insider" who sees a lot of practices. Right now, Teric Jones, who was moved from offense to defensive back, is responding well and asserting himself as a talent that will warrant playing time. Khoury is pushing those in front of him. Cameron Gordon, who many believed would end up at linebacker, has been very impressive as a receiver; a big guy with good hands who is not afraid to go over the middle for a catch, and he will undoubtedly be a good blocker as well.
For those of us who believe in recruiting Michigan, this comes as no surprise. What Michigan kids may lack in development due to the constraints of the MHSAA, weather, coaching and facilities, they make up with in ahleticism, talent, love of the game, and desire. You can't say enough for kids who have dreamt of playing for one of the big in-state schools, and if given a fair shot, as they are, they do not back down to their much more heralded colleagues from football havens like Ohio, Florida, and Texas.
I am encouraged by the reports coming in regarding Michigan kids and look forward to seeing how they perform on the field. I also hope that Rodriguez works to downplay, and even wipe out this silly perception that seems to be going around Michigan that the Wolveerines are not necessarily a welcome wagon for home-grown talent. Especially in his first few formative years, when as we saw with DaQuinta Jones and Pearlie Graves, out of state kids in general and southern kids in particular can be awfully wishy-washy about their committment to play for Michigan.
Much of the 2010 class is made up of midwest recruits, and UM has landed three top players from the home state already. It will be interesting to see how this trend develops in the future.
I know there has been a wave of folks who say things like "A three star from Florida is better than a four or five star from Michigan" or "I don't care where the players come from"--but again, getting kids from your own back yard, solidifying your home base, is a foundation that I believe UM needs and can benefit from. These kids won't get homesick, are used to the weather, can be spiritual and emotional leaders, won't wilt under Barwis, and will more likely stick out their first couple years when playing time is not exactly easy to come by.
I'd like to know the thoughts any MGoBloggers have with regard to this topic!
Stephens will be looking to break into the starting lineup this season after seeing very little action this year. He usually only came in when Dufek was moved from first base to the pitchers mound. Look for that to increase next year.
In other news, Derek Dennis met with ABC13 WZZM's Angela Cunningham last week to discuss his choice to by pass the pros and play for Michigan. Dennis was offered $700,000 to play for the Rays as a 6th round pick, and he even counter offered $1,000,000 before deciding to head back to Michigan. Quote:
"I just figured going to Michigan I'd get an education first and get a lot of exposure playing baseball there," he said. "It was hard just because if I did sign that would be a ton of money to have but I figured after college I'd stand a better chance of getting more money and set more for life."Solid choice. Dennis will be in the mix to start as a true freshman this season with Kevin Cislo graduating. It'll be interesting to see if he takes over second base, or if Anthony Toth may be moved to second and Dennis take over at short stop. I'd bet on the former.
(HT: Brian Foley of The College Baseball Blog)
I went to the practice today and here are some things i noticed...
- Vlad has terrible hands and looked like he didnt know what he was doing out there
- Denard looked better than every other quarterback out there and his throwing was wayyy past my expectations. I was talking to some of the guys who are there every practice and they said this was the first day he looked better than tate. (i think tate had an off day)
- Vincent smith somehow takes huge hits and doesnt go down..he can lay a lickin on people too.
- stonum has the most talent out of the recievers but had a bad attitude last year and kinda under achieves and doesnt give his all...the slot starters will be tay and roundtree..
- Hemingway is much bigger than i thought he would be. I knew he was tall but he is built and is a hell of a blocker..i think he is the biggest and strongest wide reciever on the team.
- Kelvin grady has incredibly good hands and is lookin good. he will def. get some playing time this year.
- warren didnt practice today and was wearing a green jersey
- michael williams DESTROYS people. he is the hardest hitter on the team and the best tackler. he pays no attention to his bodies health. i was told this along with seeing him lay people out again and again...I think he should start . he played incredible today
- woolfolk is super fast and races people down while coming out of no where but isnt the most phisical
- All of out tight ends that i saw (webb, koger, moore) have extremely good hands and i saw during the scrimage a huge play by koger for a touch down
- mouton was looking good
- graham got a "sack"during the game (he just kinda wrapped up and didnt tackle him)
- Martin has gotten huge and should suprise some people this year.
- roundtree runs really good routes and has great hands altough he doesnt have the explosivenes and speed taht the other slots have
- the O line looked very good and i think they will be a big help in the first few games by giving tate a lot of time.
comment if u have any questions...dont be afraid to ask..just say the players name and number if possible to help me remember
“RELEASE THE HOUNDS...”
This is the eighth entry of the 2009 MGoShirt Alert, a design project that will enable MgoBlog readers to vote for upcoming designs in the brand spankin’ new MGoBlogStore.
To see the same design in blue ink on a maize shirt, click here.
Mike Barwis. The man, the myth, the gravel-voiced legend. If you don't know the story about Barwis and his pet wolves, I invite you to come up to the surface and stay with society for awhile. Basically, our collective obsession with this man-god can best be summed up with one word:
I'm not sure if that's actually one word, two words, should be hyphenated, is an adjective, a noun, a state of being, a limeade flavor at Sonic, etc. Discuss amongst yourselves. But we all know what it is, and Mike Barwis makes our players learn to sweat the stuff. And love it.
So that's pretty much where I was going with this shirt. Pure Barwis-Inspired BadAss. I envisioned a design that would empower those who have survived the strength and conditioning program. Imagine, if you will, our team winning a tight conference game by just refusing to let the opponent in the end zone as time expires... let's say Michigan 14, Iowa 10. Our D wins the game... and so, scrambling into the locker room, tired yet victorious, bruised yet proud, our team begins to sing "The Victors" like only the Michigan football team can. And, amidst the celebration and hoopla, Brandon Graham slides off his jersey, pulls himself out of his shoulder pads, and there it is... Barwis Hell.
So, time to vote! What do you guys think?
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***** Five Stars: My fear/fascination of Barwis is controlled with medication.
**** Four Stars: When I turn out the lights, I know Barwis is there. Somewhere.
*** Three Stars: Barwis is a scary pretty dude-- good for us, bad for them.
** Two Stars: He can't really be that tough. I was a wrestler in high school.
* One Star: I ain't afraid a' no Barwis!
Yesterday was clearly the biggest success story of MGoShirt yet... thanks for the love. I will say that if you liked "The Desmond," you'll probably also enjoy "The Charles," which will be debuted next week. Tomorrow I'll reveal my own Tacopants design, so if imaginary receivers is not your thing, prepare to be unimpressed. BUT I will say that I think it's a great way to incorporate MGoBlog lore into the excitement of the upcoming season. So I'll see you then for another exciting edition of-- MGoShirt Alert!