So I'm procrastinating and reading the offense UFR when I decide that I'm curious to check if wikipedia has any articles on speed--not the classic 90s action movie, the amphetamine, or your run-of-the-mill rate of d/t, but perhaps something on the physiology behind the varying ability of an organism to move fast, especially when that ability varies within a species, specifically humans. Basically, a "science of sports" type of article. Misguided and stupid? Perhaps, but just let it be.
Anyone see any of the Cardinals-Rams game yesterday? And if so, did you see Breaston's hustle play? I couldn't find a clip (maybe someone else has one?), but for those who didn't see it, here's a recap:
The Cardinals are in a shotgun formation on their own 45. Anderson takes the snap and the Rams' LDE comes around the edge and knocks the ball out of his hand. At this point, Breaston is running laterally in a drag route and is on the Cards' 47. He recognizes the fumble and without hesitation makes a b-line towards the ball, with a total of ten players (mostly linemen) between him and the pigskin. The ball meanwhile, apparently a fan of the Rams, bounces all the way back to the Cards' 23, where it is picked up in stride by the Rams' RDT, Clifton Ryan. Ryan (a Spartan, lol) sees nothing but daylight and begins racing (liberal usage of the word) to the endzone. Breaston is by now sprinting with full afterburners and is bypassing everyone between him and Ryan. As Ryan gets to the 5 yard line, Breaston catches him. But instead of trying to tackle him, Breaston, with authority, slaps the ball out of Ryan's arm, saving a touchdown and allowing the Cards to recover the ball.
Thing o' beauty.
Let's here the predictions. Assuming that Denard starts. Will he rush for over or under 100 yds against UConn? Also, Over/Under 1,000 yds on the season? I personally think he'll rush for over 100 vs. UConn but just shy of 1,000 for the year. What say you?
...and travels 170 miles in 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Wow.
Adam is a very gritty player with great speed and some pop in his bat […] He is a very competitive athlete and we are excited to have him join our family and compete with us.
That's Michigan coach Rich Maloney informing us of a new baseball recruit, Adam Robinson; let the never ending comparisons to David Eckstein begin. GRRIIIITTT.
Jokes aside, Robinson, a left fielder and leadoff hitter for Glenbrook North in
GlenNorthbrook, IL is a very solid pick up for the Wolverines. He's entering his 3rd year on the varsity team on a very good program in the state of Illinois. Last season, his team made it all the way to the 4A Regional Championship.
As far as the scouts are concerned, Prep Baseball Report does it best in Illinois, listing him first in their 2010 top prospects from the state:
A top-level athlete, Robinson is clearly one of the quickest prospects in the Class of 2010. Physically strong and compact, Robinson ran an event-best 6.76 60 and a 4.32 home-to-first time from the right side. At the plate, Robinson has gap-to-gap power, extremely quick hands and a compact swing. His athleticism translates well in the outfield as well, as he moves fluidly and takes excellent routs to the baseball.
Adam has approximately 40 steals in two seasons, which translates to about 1 per game. That's more impressive than it sounds. That speed and athleticism have him as a two sport athlete as he also is the starting running back for the football team, pictured below.
"We've had 25 kids get drafted over the past six years, and we pride ourselves on giving kids an opportunity to play at the next level," said Top Tier 17-U American coach Todd Fine. "But from a team standpoint, the CABA World Series title was the biggest win in the history of the program."
That sounds promising. As far as early playing time, I don't think Robinson makes the starting lineup too quickly. We'll first have to see how much longer Ryan LaMarre is still on campus before we can start projecting the outfield two years down the road.
This makes 5 in the recruiting class already for Coach Maloney. I reviewed the other four early signings previously. The class has two outfielders, so I doubt we see too many more. By the time we get the full list of enrollees, I imagine we'll see a couple more pitchers and another corner infielder.
Denard Robinson is in the latest sports illustrated in the "Faces in the Crowd" section. Basically it says that he is really fast, won the Florida State 4x100 relay and is commited to Michigan. Not really news, but just more proof that D-Rob is fast.