Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
In SI's preview of today's game, Junior Hemingway is Michigan's featured pro prospect:
Notably, none of the graduating seniors were chosen for that spot.
I'm a big fan of Hemingway and I think he's done a great job this year, but I see him as more Avant than Edwards, if that makes sense. I haven't seen the "speed to stretch the field" part and it's hard to imagine him being a #1 receiver. I won't be surprised if he has a pro career, though.
Happy DAC (day after Christmas), MGoBlog readers. Most of you are probably quite familiar with Ryan Mallet, who may or may not have been *run off* by Coach Rodriguez. Here's an interesting take by The Sporting News on his play this year:
Later in the article you'll see some material on Mississippi State's Derek Sherrod, whom we'll see in a few days.
There are a few Big Ten players in their "Fab 40." I noticed Adrian Clayborn is still well-regarded. Wasn't he neutralized by Taylor Lewan for most of that game? My memory might be spotty.
SI's Tony Pauline on Michigan's NFL prospects:
That sounds great for Mouton and is in line with earlier reports from this year.
I thought this was off-base: "Schilling made an immediate impact as a freshman when he started at right tackle for the Wolverines." He made an impact, I guess, but it wasn't necessarily a good one. I think he's benefitted a lot from the coaching change.
Oh, and here's a snippet from the Eric Gordon review that must warm the hearts of all the Dantonio-loving, Family Values types (some of whom are Michigan fans and RichRod haters): "... brings his lunch pail to every game ..." Man, I sure wish *we* had some guys like that (instead of dreadlocked hoodlums).
So, we all know how awesome Butch Davis was at Miami, pumping out 1st rounder after 1st rounder.
Well, he's doing it again at UNC.
Based on ESPN, here are some draft projections:
Robert Quinn - 4stars (5.8)
Deunta Williams - 4stars (5.8)
Bruce Carter - 3 stars (5.6)
Marvin Austin - 5stars (6.1)
Greg Little - 4stars (5.9)
Quan Sturdivant - 3stars (5.5)
Kenric Burney - 3stars (5.3)
3RD DAY OF DRAFT
Charles Brown - 2stars (5.4)
Ryan Houston - 3 stars (5.7)
Zach Pianalto - 3stars (5.6)
Brandon Tate - 2stars (5.3) - drafted 3rd round
Hakeem Nicks - 4stars (5.8) - drafted 1st round
The remarkable thing is that he's done it for the most part with lightly regarded HS prospects. If I remember correctly, it was a similar situation at Miami. Is there any other coach that seems to spot and develop talent better than Butch Davis?
I read an article about Graham today. I thought about the current roster, and realized it might be a while before we produce another high draft pick.
Who do you think is the next M player to crack the top three rounds?
My guess: "With the 43rd pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons select Taylor Lewan, tackle, University of Michigan."
"1. Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead, Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams and Michigan defensive back Donovan Warren will not be drafted
Donovan Warren was a productive defensive back, but he is a prime candidate to be among the unlucky underclassmen not hearing his name called during the draft because of his stiff hips and lack of speed."
I think I mentioned this before, but could we really be seeing Ernest Shazor all over again?
I hope not.