the season has truly begun now
It was refreshing to see Devin Gardner practicing in the first spring practice video. Let's hear it for some good news on the injury/recovery front!
Good luck to Devin and the rest of the team! Go Blue!
The title says it all.
The article indicates that the NFL is going to eliminate all pads and contact during the nine week offseason practice program, and that the NCAA should significantly reduce the amount of contact allowed during spring practice.
A couple of weeks from now, newly drafted former college players will join their NFL teammates in the NFL's nine-week offseason practice program. But not a single player will wear pads or have live contact during any of those practices. The NFL doesn't allow it. The league determined that it's not good for the long-term brain health of its players to have that offseason contact.
Why do this? Because it's necessary. According to medical experts, every block and every tackle in the spring is one more hit that brings a player closer to having long-term brain damage. Each tackle and each block jars the body -- much like being in a car crash. Each time that happens, the brain hits the inside of the skull. (It is difficult to determine the actual amount of contact players have during practices since it varies by coaches, drills and repetitions for players. Some research suggests that the number approximates an estimated 200-plus hits per game.) The cumulative effect of all those crashes over time creates the risk of long-term brain damage. As a result of this, the NFL eliminated live contact during the offseason last year in order to reduce that risk.
I was looking at Minnesota's spring info a little bit (as well as their recruiting. Only 1 2014 guy so far, but he's a 4-star RB with a really nice highlight real. That's all we need is for Minny to go back to the school of no name guys with an RB that owns everyone). Anyhow, I came across this little gem through their twitter feed. Sometimes, it makes me regret that Michigan has such a huge fanbase that things like this are impossible.
Kill just screamed to bring all 200/300 fans at practice on to the field to put "pressure" on the FG unit. Classic twitter.com/NSandell/statu…— Nate Sandell (@NSandell) April 20, 2013
Football news, you say? Gerry DiNardo visited Michigan's practice today and tweeted his observations. Here they are (if you'd rather read his tweets directly on Twitter, click here):
Should be a good year.
The photos from today's practice are up on mgoblue.com, and I thought I'd bring a few things I noticed to your attention.
Devin Gardner IS still practicing at QB.
Taylor Lewan no longer has any need at all for his fingerstache. Also, his gunz look even bigger, methinks.
Will Campbell Q. Washington and somebody I can't identify (BWC) are Very Large People.
seriously... did Hoke shrink in the off season?