Quick Game recap:
The QB was super great, Michigan finally has a running QB that fits in the system and having Tate there as a backup makes us really comfortable. One Robinson established himself in the game it was super, opened up the passing game and opened up the option and opened up the option of using Running Backs.
The RBs were impressive, both of them, Shaw had a weird fumble that was recovered by Webb and had a weird run that lost 8 yards, but otherwise both played mart football and Smith is really fast too.
The Offensive Line, to me they are the the MVPs in this game, wow was that really a great line, I think Barwis gave them strength and speed. Opened lanes for that QB and RBs and allowed 0 sacks.. Nice!!
The WR/TE, both excelled, nothing special, they did block downfield, Koger excelled with a couple of big receptions, the rest helped so much in 3rd down situations. A couple of good catches and no real drops to be worried about.
On the defensive side, its official, Michigan will be playing true contain, allow 7 to 12 yard receptions and don’t allow big plays. With the exception of that one really lucky reception where the ball bounced a couple of times, Michigan really didn’t allow any big plays. Both JT Floyd and # 4 Gordon played great.
On the D-Line I would like to say Roh is a stud, he was in there all the time, pressured that QB a lot. I still believe the DL, DEs and LBs could’ve had even more pressure on the QB, but it was enough for this game. The Run defense was not really impressive, I think we will need to tighten up there to have a chance against the run happy offenses of the Big Ten.
On Turnovers, again JT Floyd great great play with Obi Ezeh recovering, I do believe the DBs could’ve had a couple of picks late that were dropped, its just lack of experience there.
Special Teams not impressive at all, that return fumble could’ve been a disaster! The punt was ugly with a great roll, and the Kicking game was ugly, one bad short kick and one missed XP, that falls under really bad kicking, we’ll call it first game jitters for now.
Coaching, just super great.. good job Rich Rod
In all, 4 names that have to be mentioned, Denard, JT Floyd, Roh, and Gordon. And as a unit the O-Line gets my vote for being the true workhorses of this game. Congrats everyone, GO Blue, was worth the 9 month wait.. my call was a 21 point win (off course I was being optimistic!!) but a call is call, and I guess I’m ecstatic.. wish I was in Ann Arbor to celebrate .. Hail to Victors.
"Even the greatest have to struggle sometimes" - ALI
The last to seasons are seasons we as a fan base have never witnessed. To me it almost feels like a weird Nightmare or dream, and it is my hope that this season is the season we wake up and return to the top.
This train of thought provoked me to create another Michigan video (to add to the hundred others), but i decided to make this one a little different. In this video, i start off with the painful "nightmare", before the the wake and rise.
I hope you have the stomach to stick through the beginning, i barely had the stomach to make it.
Edit: If you hate it thats cool i just tried a diffrent approch, Swing and a Miss?
Ok, so I finally got this image embedding thing to work. This is a very rough draft of what could be a pretty cool tour "poster" or back of a t-shirt. So, if anyone would like to clean it up and add their own touches feel free to do so. Sept. 4th can't get here soon enough.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan athletic director David Brandon said Monday there's nothing in the NCAA allegations hovering over the football team that has put coach Rich Rodriguez job status in question.
Brandon had a lot on his calendar on his first day on the job, but acknowledged nothing on his list of things to do was more important than his plan for Rodriguez and college football's winningest program.
"It's critical," Brandon said in an interview with The Associated Press. "If you look at the annual revenues that drive this department, football is three-quarters of who we are. It's essential for that program to be successful if our entire athletic department is going to be successful.
"I will continue to spend a lot of time with Rich and all of the people associated with the football program to understand it really well and to hopefully make an impact in terms of how we precede going further."
Michigan's once-proud team has been embarrassed on and off the field lately.
The NCAA notified Rodriguez and school officials two weeks ago that the football program is facing five potentially major rules violations in part because its report said Rodriguez "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program" in regards to time spent on practice and football-related activities.
Brandon backed his coach then and on Monday reiterated his support for Rodriguez.
"He's our coach for this season," Brandon said. "There's nothing within the framework of the NCAA allegations that led me to believe that it should change his status as our coach."
Michigan was given 90 days to respond and is scheduled to appear at an NCAA hearing on infractions in August. Brandon said he is "very" involved in formulating the school's response, but declined to comment much about it.
"We're going to continue to be in a quiet period as all of this evolves," Brandon said.
Rodriguez lost a school-record nine games in his debut season two years ago, then finished 5-7 last year after a 4-0 start.
"Rich knows football, he's passionate and his track record for success -- winning everywhere he's been -- is there for the world to see," Brandon said. "He's feeling very good about the upcoming season."
Then, Brandon paused and simply said what many in Ann Arbor and around the country are saying.
"It's a big season ahead," Brandon said. "A big season."
It was a big day Monday for Brandon, walking into his new office at 7:45 a.m. after stepping down as the CEO of Domino's Pizza Inc. The first-time athletic director -- with his autograph monogramed on his blue dress shirt -- was clearly fired up about his new challenge a couple hours later as the sun poured into his office.
"There's no place to hide up here, especially at night when the lights are on and that's OK," Brandon said. "I can't wait to get started."
Brandon replaced Bill Martin, who announced last year he was stepping down. Martin will serve as a special adviser to university president Mary Sue Coleman until his retirement in September.
"Dave is going to be an outstanding athletic director because he knows the university inside and out and he has a great passion for Michigan," Martin said. "When I was driving to the hockey game the other night, I saw him up in the office."
Any word on the CA Athlete? I've been hearing about how he's choosing between USC, Oklahoma, and Michigan, but I've heard he's quite a long shot to coming here. Isn't he choosing sometime today?