ESPN has been releasing the usual pieces you'd see this time of year. The first fluff piece is our "All Century Team", which can includ any player that suited up for Michigan between 2000 and the present.
We're look at a time period of 2000-2007 with Lloyd Carr, 08-10 with Rich Rod, 11-14 with Hoke, and 15-Present with Harbaugh. Unsurpisingly, most of the players selected were from the Lloyd Carr years.
26 players total. 12 Offense, 11 Defense, 3 Special teams.
Of the 26, 18 of them had their best years under Lloyd, 2 under Rich Rod, 2 under Hoke, and 1 under Harbaugh. 3 players were evenly split between two coaching tenures; Taylor Lewan with Rich Rod and Hoke, Denard with Rich Rod and Hoke, and Brandon Graham with Carr and Rich Rod.
I gave Jourdan Lewis to Harbaugh not only because of how great he was last season, but how great he can be this year as well.
I wanted to split it up just to show something we already knew, which was how great we were up to 2007, and how bleak it's been since.
The second fluff piece is ESPN ranking the B1G "Triplets", which is defined as the top 3 offesnive skilled position players. It can be any combo of QB, RB, WR/TE. For Michigan, they chose Chesson, Butt, and Smith. Link? Link
Our trio came in at #4. I may have switched Smith with Darboh. I think we'll see a platoon at RB, given how many options we have to work with. The opposite is true for WR, which means Darboh, Chesson, and Butt will all see the bulk of the passing game. MSU's trio came in at #7. The top 3 will be OSU, PSU, and Nebraska. My guess would be #1 OSU b/c of Barrett, #2 PSU b/c of Barkley, and #3 Nebraska b/c of Armstrong.
I think we're OK at #4, because nobody knows who the starting QB will be.
Steve Kornacki writes a fluff piece on Jake and his role this year. Obviously is pretty high on him.
More Manny fluff. Lots of direct quotes from Manny. He says all the right things.
I didn't find it linked here, so here goes:
I stumbled upon this article on Cleveland.com Re. Jake's Michigan commitment.
The article gives some stats from this past season and lists some of his offers, all MAC schools.
The offer list is a little lacking but I still think this kid has a shot at being a productive B11 player, especially considering our current LB situation.
I think his videos show solid pursuit and tackling fundamentals, something thats been lacking the last couple of years imho.
I talked to a couple kids after the Gridiron Kings 7 on 7 tourney. Here's what was said.
- LaTwan Anderson is going to go home, and try to set up a date to visit Michigan soon. It seems like the Michigan kids there were talking to him quite a bit. He was also defensive MVP.
- Cullen Christian told a couple kids he is going to make his decision in the beginning of the season. All he was talking about was Michigan.
- Austin White, Ricardo Miller, and Devin Gardner have all formed a really good friendship. They all plan on working out together once Ricardo gets up to Michigan in a couple weeks.
- Apparently Kenny Shaw still has some interest in Michigan. I don't know how much, but IMO it's not enough.
I believe this article is what Brian would call fluff.
Still, I think it's good pub for Michigan. Funny how they don't mention Gabe Watson or Alan Branch, both teammates of Woodley and Breaston while at Michigan.