"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
Over at Eleven Warriors, there is an article entitled LINK: The Clucking Up North. The column is about Molk's comments dissing OSU Center Brewster, Wisconsin's Konz, and other comments from Michigan recruits. (Pipkins on Schutt, and Magnuson's tweet. (**** OSU. It doesn't matter who their coach is, we will continue to whip their ass, and enjoy doing it.)
While I don't care for Ohio, Byrnes has a point. Sometimes it is better to shut your mouth, and let your play on the field do the talking. In my way of thinking, Michigan's record against Ohio over the last 10 years doesn't warrant a lot of trash talking. Hoke gets this, and actually, he must have conveyed it to the team. The guys doing the yapping are either done (Molk) or haven't started yet (Magnuson, Pipkins, even Dymonte Thomas.)
When we have flipped things, and dominate Ohio for multiple years, I'll feel better about guys talking.
I got to thinking, we throw the term grit around a lot here, which is good. I like my nouns to be portable just like the next man. But what do we mean by grit? Does it mean that you have to be a 2-3 star grinder, who is usually white? Actually, I don't really care to define the term much. Defining it reduces it to less than awesome.
Instead, I thought of nominating players to join the Grit Pantheon and sit atop Mt. Schembechler and drink nectar, ambrosia, and buckeye tears.
I can't do an all time team, since 1991 is as far back as I really remember, and I only got MGoStatus in 2009. Here are my 2011 nominees for Grit Pantheon:
David Molk (Sugar Bowl Injury)
Van Bergen (Sugar Bowl Injury)
V. Smith (handguns, 5'6" of cut blocking cruise missle)
Odoms (injured, buried on depth chart, heart of a champion. see 2008 minnesota game)
Kovacs (you know the story)
D. Robinson (pats Gholston on the ass after Gholston tried to break his neck)
B. Mealer (you know the story)
2012 nominee: Dennis Norfleet. See the video from the 7on7 where he smacks concrete face first at full speed and bounces up for the next play.
Who do you nominate for grit?
The team awards were handed out tonight and I know you're all probably shocked but Denard won the Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player of the Year Award for the second year in a row.
Dr. Arthur D. Robinson Scholarship Award (Leading Senior Scholar): Will Heininger
Hugh R. Rader Memorial Award (Top Offensive Lineman): David Molk
Roger Zakoff Award (Best LB): Kenny Demens
Robert P. Ufer Bequest (Senior who has demonstrated the most enthusiasm and love for Michigan): Split between Ryan Van Bergen and Kevin Koger
Richard Katcher Award (Best DL): Mike Martin
I just want to give another shout out to the Senior class who dealt with so much and fought through it all. This team wouldn't be where it is today if it wasn't for those guys. They're true Michigan Men.
Nothing short of great does it justice.
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According to a recent report, here is a description of Molk's pre-game ritual:
"When talking about harnessing emotion entering Saturday’s game at Michigan State, Mike Martin mentioned that center David Molk has a pregame routine in which he head-butts a freshman to get his anger out so he won't snap too hard. …"