As a good follow up to discussions in this thread: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/michigan-man-jason-avant-acting-partpeter-king-article-nfl-standards where Peter King quotes Jason Avant on behavior in NFL locker rooms, Jason wrote his own article for Peter's site the MMQB:
I wonder if Michigan Football has more of an "orientation" for freshmen now than they did back when Jason started, but this is an interesting read none the less:
I began playing football my sophomore year of high school in Chicago. I got pretty good pretty quickly, and by senior year I was the top recruit in the state of Illinois. That’s when I noticed people started treating me differently. One day I was just a regular person. Now I was kind of given this position of power. Students, staff members and teachers looked at me in a different way. They kind of winked at my mistakes, instead of trying to correct me. That’s part of the problem: too much empowerment without proving we’ve earned it. A lot of players aren’t used to being held accountable. The other part is of the problem is a lack of education about diversity and tolerance.
I think back to my freshman year at Michigan, and what it’s like at pretty much any college program. In high school you’re with kids from the same town who are a lot like you. In college all of the sudden your locker room is filled with guys from every background—a guy from inner-city Bronx, another one from the backwoods of Iowa, a guy whose parents were nourishing, a guy with gang issues, a guy who is very religious. You put us all in the locker room and expect us to get along with each other. Yet there’s no orientation, and barely any discussion of it. That’s why a lot of times you see the black kids sitting on one end of the lunch room and the white kids on the other.
Good day for a couple NFC East Wolverines. Jason Avant of the Eagles had a career day not only statistically with 133 yards receiving (no TDs but came close) but also had two key grabs; one was an amazing 3rd and long catch shown in an earlier thread, but even more importantly he hauled in a game saving 4th down catch down at the 1yd line to set up the game winning TD. The NY Giants' Stevie Brown has 2 INTs so far and on the second had quite the run back. Good to see those two guys doing well!
As an Eagles fan it is doubly enjoyable when Michigan men have an impact on the Eagles. This is a link to a Philly.com article about Jason Avant winning this year's Ed Block Courage Award for the Eagles. He is a solid guy who never puts himself first and is willing to do anything for the betterment of the team (most recently demonstrated by the crushing block during Jackson's punt return for a TD against the Giants). His efforts often fly under the radar but he is invaluable with all the little things he does every week.
Didn't see this posted yet. Jason Avant was signed to a new 5 year contract.
Does the following sound familiar?
"Jason Avant has developed into one of our most dependable and productive players on offense," coach Andy Reid said. "He's physical, he's tough and he has the respect of all of his teammates. Jason plays the game of football the right way; he competes on a daily basis, whether it's in the game or in practice."
I think there is huge potential for Minor to become the Beer Truck. As stated in Brian's post above, he loves smashing into people. A backfield of Minor lined up at 'Beer Truck', McGuffie at 'Slaton', Brown at 'White' and Odoms at 'Devine' is extremely exciting to me and I think would terrify linebackers. Especially if you could get Butler and Mathews on the field in that formation and Brown has the ability to get them the ball, although that is seriously doubtful.
Minor was originally recruited as a Fullback, too.
Why have we not seen/heard any McGuffie to Reggie Bush comparisons?