here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
Jeff Zuttah, two years older than Jeremy, was one of the top prep offensive linemen in New Jersey in 2002, a consensus All-American who accepted a football scholarship to the University of Michigan in 2003.
It was there that his lifelong affliction derailed him for the first time.
Jeff Zuttah has sickle cell anemia, an inherited blood disorder that affects 72,000 people in the United States. Two million Americans carry the sickle cell trait.
Doctors at the University of Michigan would not clear Jeff to play. He never took a snap in any practice for the Wolverines.
So he decided to transfer to Stanford, where team doctors allowed him to practice the following year.
He played two games for Stanford in 2004, but then could not continue.
He received an economics degree from Stanford.
"There's no cure, you just live with it," Jeremy said. "Since he's not doing anything overly physical, like conditioning for football, he's going to be fine."
So now, Jeremy, a rookie third-round draft pick of the Buccaneers, is feeling his way through his first NFL training camp, without the benefit of his brother getting there before him.
"That would have been cool, but you have to take whatever comes your way," Zuttah said.
Jeff Zuttah is an investment banker for Morgan Stanley in New York City.
"He's doing great for himself right now," Jeremy said. "He's going to make more money than me in the long run."
Completely speculative uninformed but un-biased projection for Michigan's 2009 recruiting class. I'm guessing we find a way to take 22 in this class. If 20, I'd scrap a DE and an OL recruit. Bold indicates a verbal committment as of 8/4
QB (2) – Kevin Newsome; Shavodrick Beaver
RB (2) – Fitzgerald Touissant; Vincent Smith
Slot WR (2) – Teric Jones, Jeremy Gallon
Outside WR (2) – Bryce McNeal; a four or five-star wild card (Shaq Evans??)OT (2) – Michael Schoefield; a 3-star recruit
OG (1) – Either Kyle Koehne or Ricky Clemons
C - none
TE - none
DT (2) – William Campbell; Dequinta Jones
DE (2) – Craig Roh; Will Hill
LB (2) – Jordan Barnes; Mike Jones; Brandin Hawthorne
S (2) – Justin Turner; Isaiah Bell
CB (2) – Dewayne Peace; Mywan Jackson
K (1) – Anthony Fera or Brendan Gibbons
P - none
So, yes, this means whiffing on:
- CBs: Dre Kirpatrick, Darius Winston and Gabe Lynn
- OTs: Marcus Hall, Chris Freeman and Brennan Williams
- RB David Oku
And, yes, it means projecting:
- DeWayne Peace as a CB
- Justin Turner as a Safety (not sure why he is sometimes listed as a CB)
- Teric Jones as a slot WR
- Dequinta Jones as a DT
- Mywan Jackson as a CB
I know Brian has already done extensive coverage of Michigan's recruiting, but I figured I'd take my own stab at projecting the Class of '08. Before I made my guesses, I went through 11 years of Michigan recruiting data (covering 1993-2003) to see trends in how the average recruiting class turns out. Revelations included:
- 22% of recruits end up getting drafted, which is way higher than I would have thought
- Just about as many end up being All-Big Ten
- Half the guys who leave early for the NFL go undrafted. The other half go in the first round. (This doesn't include Manningham/Arrington, both of whom fall in the middle but also fall outside the years I was looking at).
- Almost 40% of scholarship recruits don't make it through their full eligibility.
- You're just as likely to show your bits to girls on Minerva Street as you are to win the Heisman
Since Brian was one of the main bloggers to call attention to Saban's oversigning, I'd be curious about what you think the "ethical" thing to do at this point would be.
As you say, with the Florida kids and the kicker, we will have one more commitment than we have scholarship spots. You point out Winston, the additional Florida kids, and (maybe?) a DE that may be committing in the class. Would it be "ethical" for Rich Rodriguez to continue to recruit kids he's not sure will have space for a scholarship? I understand that these are verbals now, and aren't binding, but what happens if we gain commitments from Hawthorne, Smith, Jackson, Winston, Roh, a kicker, and either Hadley or Teague? That puts us with 5 more verbals than we have scholarships.
What happens if, in February, we only have 2 kids leave the team? Does RR call 3 kids and tell them "tough shit"? Would that be "ethical"? Is it just a race, and the three last kids to sign have to go elsewhere? Wouldn't signing more kids, right now, essentially be "hoping" that we have a certain level of attrition...which is exactly the charge levied against Saban?
I understand that this is a hypothetical, but I wonder if the situation (a potential to not have scholarships for everyone) would hurt on the recruiting trail?
Nice Article by Drew Sharp on Sunday saying that Pudge's Detroit Jersey should be retired.
However even the the fact that it is rediculously short doesnt mean Drew decided to fact check it.
"It's unlikey that Rodriguez will insist upon the Olde English D on his ceremonial Hall of Fame plaque. He'll probably pick Texas because it was the Rangers who gave him his start."
Of course this is simply not how the Hall of Fame works. The Hall of Fame chooses which cap to put the Hall of Famer under. Now this was changed about 1o years ago, beause Wade Boggs wanted to have a Tampa Bay cap, and some players were having auctions on which team they would go under. So it did make news and oh its on the FAQ of the Hall of Fame website. So it didnt take much looking up, maybe 2 minutes.
The choice of which team’s logo appears on a player’s plaque is the Museum's decision, though we always consider the wishes of an inductee. As a history Museum, it's important that the logo be emblematic of the historical accomplishments of that player's career. A player's election to the Hall of Fame is a career achievement, and as such, every team for whom he played is listed on the plaque; however, the logo selection is based on where that player makes his most indelible mark."
Why does the Free Press put up with such a lackadaisical and horrible writer that makes all its sports coverage suffer? He drags the whole quality of their sports section down. There's probably 50 more sports writers in the area who would spend more time and energy than Mr. Sharp, I think Brian spends more time on his writing in a day than Drew Sharp does in a month.