alternate headline: man does job
Somethings to consider in the discussions of moving Mario to OLB.
First - For his high school career he has played with his hand on the ground as a defensive tackle or a defensive end. According to the "Hello" post he is a monster coming off the line:
The 6-3, 215-pounder is undersized in the trenches, but his power and quickness mitigates that disadvantage. So, too, does his relentless aggression. "Mario is unstoppable," said Burbridge. "You never seen him blocked. Mario is a beast." Funchess agreed: "(Ojemudia) is just an animal. He just gets the job done."
Ojemudia made 127 tackles on the season from his defensive end spot, including 12 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. Ojemudia was a driving force behind Harrison winning their 13th championship in 2010. He was also one of only three underclassmen to be named to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team.
Second - He is only a Junior in high school at 6'2 and 220 lbs. He may add inches and weight over the next year and arrive on campus at 6'3 or 6'4 and 230 or 240. Compare his size and stats as a junior to two Michigan greats when they were high school seniors:
While I realize that it's unfair to expect Mario to measure up to these all-time greats, I thought it was reasonable to remind the many posters who claim he won't play DE that a lot of growing can happen between age 17 and 20. Since we all hope he has that much time to mature he could be 6'3 265 by then and a pass rushing monster.
Isn't it nice to dream about the potential of this 2012 class?
The company is called the Compass Mangement Group, founded by Ross graduate Dan Sillman.
Brandon Graham and DeSean Jackson are featured in the article, as prime examples of properly managing money. Other clients include Manny Harris and Brandon Minor.
It's a great read, and very relevant, given the impending lockout and general monetary issue that so many pro athletes face. Within 2 years of retirement, 78% (!) of all NFL players are in financial trouble (or worse).
HT: Doc Sat
As a huge BG fan, I was happy to hear about how well he had been doing in training camp/pre-season for Philly (e.g., some observers predicting he could be NFL Def Rookie of the Year).
After this busy sports weekend, I realized I had missed the Philly-Packers game and I mosied over to the box score to see how BG had done. Unfortunately, he didn't show up (i.e., zero tackles). He wasn't hurt, and played a lot of the game, he just didn't make any tackles.
It's only one game, I am sure in his next game he'll return to awesomeness, but in a town that has notoriously tough fans, I hope he gets it going soon.
Thought I'd post this, in case other's had missed, in the aftermath of our ND victory euphoria, how BG did during his first pro game. Here's an article which describes BG's game:
Not a big fan of the guy, but Morgan Trent had a big day for the Bungles with 3 picks, 2 tackles.
Brandon Graham also showed up tonight with his first sack (yea, it's preseason, but I'm sure it was a big moment for him) as well as another TFL.
ESPN Box Score Honorable mention: Avant 1 catch, Leon Hall and Dhani Jones w/ 2 tackles each.