spoiler alert: i linked this
While today has been rough for us all, it really hit me that BG has come a long way in his development. Can't wait to see him on sundays.
I remember when people got really annoyed with the fact that he was solely playing as a pass rusher a couple of years ago. he seemed to disappear on a lot of plays, only to be heard from on the occasional sack.
The way he's developed into a run-stuffer as well is truly remarkable. In fact, I've been more impressed by his play this year than Woodley's senior year. Woodley had a tendency to disappear at points, even during the 12 sack campaign.
Anyway, congrats to BGraham for developing into such a force. and the effort he gives is unmatched.
Here are some thoughts about Michigan after this past weeks game against Iowa.
* Forcier needs to calm down, and listen to Bagger Vance's Advice, "See the field."
* Forcier needs to make it look easy except when he can't.
* Surprized that UofM offensive and defensive lines out played Iowa's lines. Iowa's strength through this year was line play.
* Bigger surprize is that Michigan won in the trenches but lost on the scoreboard.
* Would like to see Shoelace play a couple of series in both halves.
* Brandon Graham is a stud
* Donovan Warren is "the man".
* It is time to readopt preseason hopes; make a decent bowl game.
Lost in all the furore (classy) about the loss today (what? we lost to the 12th ranked team by two in the country on the road; rable, rable, rable...) was the play of Brandon Graham.
Ok, not lost. Everyone knows Graham was a beast. He played as such.
Let's play a game. Let's describe how awesome BG's play was on this day.
Example: Brandon Graham was [insert superlative here] today!!!
Brandon Graham will eat your babies, bitch!
GERG did well with this adjustment. Troy played shut down ball. This allowed us to rush more (the TD on the blitz was a gamble on Mich's part...Williams was not going to cover Moeaki regardless).
Break out game by BG - I think in part because of the firmer secondary.
Yes Williams should have helped Warren on that bomb. But Woolfolk is the new CB. Please no injuries vs. Delaware State!!
The tailgate I am a part of is right along the service road in the East parking lot near where the busses drop the players off for the Victors Walk. A decent number of players also walk past our tailgate post-game. Brandon Graham and his family walked past after the ND game. Brandon shook hands and gave hugs to everyone. Biggest smile on his face and seemed truly happy and willing to stop and say hello to fans. He is easily one of the nicest people I have ever seen when interacting with fans (saw him at Fan Day and after the Western game as well. Our tailgate is in an awesome player spotting location). His parents also stopped and spoke with us for a few minutes. Needless to say they are proud of their son. But when we congratulated them after the game, their response was along the lines of, "No, thank you and all of the fans. This is why he stayed." Talk about a way to cap off the day.
Good to see Brandon Graham checking in at number 25 on Mel Kiper's first Big Board of the season. While the helmet is losing ground and his touch to Todd McShay at ESPN, his research and analysis can be worth something right.
His blurb about Graham is "Awesome athlete and force off the edge."
Link for the whole list (Insider's only)