no wonder we hired Hunter Lochmann
Apparently, during a radio interview Hoke has indicated that Lewis and Peppers were going to stick at CB position partly because our CBs were embarrassed during the ND game. I, for one, have not seen much from Peppers so far, but Lewis was really aggressive during the last game and a half and seems to have the speed and the quickness to recover from his mistakes. Peppers, by all accounts, is supposed to be faster so this looks very promising.
Citing program instability and discontent with its presumed position on the team’s depth chart, the University of Michigan Defensive backfield position group has requested its release from U of M, with intent to transfer to another Division 1 school. The position group attempted to explain its decision during an interview.
“It’s nothing about the school, you know? And it’s not the coaches either. I’ll always love the University of Michigan. There’s just been so much uncertainty about me. I’m made up of these guys, then those guys. Sometimes I’m playing zone, then suddenly man. Nobody pays me any mind for three years, and now everybody is. My days were full of hair, and now I don’t see enough of it to make a balding hamster.”
The position group also cited injury and personnel concerns.
“Just between you and me, this isn’t a safe environment for a position group like me. There’s some spooky stuff going on. And then, I’m not sure if there’s enough of me left for the field.”
In parting, the position group did try to bolster fans’ emotions.
“The team will be alright. In truth, I’ve spent the last two or three years paralyzed by fear of injury, so I can’t imagine this will hurt them too much. I’m thinking about talking to BYU. I really need to get a god of some sort on my side sooner or later.”
Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison spoke on the position group’s transfer.
“I wish DB well wherever it ends up. As for us, we’ll finally be able to get that tough defensive challenge we’ve been looking for with only seven men. The players that comprised DB would have been moved, but upon its announcement, they all suddenly disappeared in a cloud of torn ligaments and confetti made from transfer papers.”
He continued, but the glare off of his forehead disrupted our recording equipment.
According to Tom Dienhart, Vance Bedford will be heading to Louisville to become Charlie Strong's defensive coordinator.
I know there was basically no chance of him returning to Michigan, but Bedford is a solid DB coach (not a good DC yet though?) who can recruit. I don't know if him heading to Lousville will hurt our chances with Wilson or any future Florida recruits, but it will be interesting to watch.
I'm still convinced Michigan will end up hiring a young safeties coach or a defensive line coach after the bowl games are over.
How does everybody feel about Michigan's situation at DB and,
specifically at CB, in 2009 and beyond? We lose Trent, Harrison, Doug
Dutch and Charles Stewart. That will leave Michigan with the following
CBs - Warren (Jr), Cissoko (So), Wollfolk (So)
S - Brown (Sr), Chambers (Jr), Michael Williams (So), Branden Smith (So)
Unclear if CB or S - JT FLoyd (R Fr), Justin Turner (Fr)
or may not be a DB - James Rogers (Jr) is probably a WR, DeWayne Peace
(Fr) is probably a CB, Justin Feagin (R Fr) is looking more and more
like a DB, Mike Jones (Fr) and Isaiah Bell (Fr) - at least one of which
is probably an OLB.
So, what I'm getting at is this: is anybody else worried about CB in 2009 and 2010?
I know Michigan lists Turner at CB, but it seems both recruiting sites see him as a safety - reasonable for a guy his size. Peace may end up being stellar at CB. If Peace, Turner and Floyd all end up as good corners, maybe we're ok, but isn't it just as possible that only one of those guys ends up being a good corner?
Besides the starters (Cissoko and Warren), who will provide depth in 2009?
If Warren leaves after his junior year, who will start opposite Cissoko in 2010?
Sky isn;t falling or anything, but this seems like an area to address in recruiting this year.