"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/6474/michigan-defensive-fron... Great article on the D-Line. Take a look at these two classic quotes:
"He has a lot of swagger as a quarterback, so we’re going to have to definitely get after him," Martin said. (refering to Jimmah) Anytime MM says he's gonna get after you, the prognosis is not good.
This next one is my favorite: Van Bergen, who served as Roh's mentor during camp, expects big things from Roh.
"I asked him before the game if he was ready, and he gave me the coldest look I’ve ever seen," Van Bergen said. "He proved to everybody that he’s ready to play this game as a freshman."
I can't wait to see how fired up these guys are gonna be come Saturday. Go Blue!
There have been some talk about Craig Roh being molded for the hybrid DL/LB position. (I can't remember if it's the spinner or quick, I think it's quick.)
From the scouting reports and the film I've seen, he has an unnatural crab-stance that he uses to unleash a killer spin move. He was obliterating OL at the All American game, and I couldn't wait for him to get to campus.
I always thought he would be utilized as a pass rushing DE, however, wouldn't a move to quick would force him to drop into coverage sometimes? I'm all for keeping defenses guessing, but I'm not sure if that will really utilize his strengths.
I know that the coaches see him every day and know way, way more than me, but I just feel like I'm missing something here because I never saw him as a "quick" type player.
Nice article about Big Ten recruiting. Fluff, really. When discussing Michigan, Haubert mentions Forcier, de-commitments, LaLota and Lewan. Michigan's top prospect?
Funny, he went to the Under Armour game didn't he? While I do think Roh is a fantastic prospect, ESPN really is turning the screw on Big Will and JT Turner aren't they?
With our entire starting D-Line graduating or leaving (I presume Brandon Graham will leave), I am worried about where we will stand next year. I know Martin has been playing well and the Butler shift may be interesting. Also, Van Bergen has showed some promise. Roh and Lalota and Campbell(?) are coming in next year. It would be a shame if we improve our LB core and DB's but our D-Line falls apart. Do we have any budding superstars I am unaware of? Is there any real cause for concern?
So due to a family emergency I have not had the chance to post this until now. I was able to see Craig Roh in action last Friday night and came away very impressed! I only stayed unitl halftime as his team was up like 28 nothing or something and the oppostin team was struggling to even collect first downs (sounds familiar). But he had 2 sacks and probably at least 7-10 tackles in the limited time I saw him. The one thing that stood out was his first step. The dude had the quickest first step I have ever seen! (I played college ball and no one compares!) He was seriously in the backfield on every play before the lineman got out of his stance. He is undersized and will probably benefit from a redshirt/Barwis, but he has natural pass rushing abilities that are clearly evident. Another nice thing was his motor. It seems like every good white DE gets classified as having a "good motor" but he truely does. Think a smaller but quicker version of Green Bay's Aaron Kampman. Anyways, it was cool seeing him play and I look forward to watching him the next 4-5 years.
On a side note and not to sound creepy but WTF is with high school girls these days. Is it just me, or do they all look 20 and try to dress as slutty as possible? I can honestly say there were a few times I did a double take and had to remind myself I am 25 and they were probably 16...not good!