strength and conditioning
The Detroit News's John Niyo has a nice overview of Jon Sanderson's S&C program - and how he works with Beilein to develop '15-'16 Moe Wagners into '16-'17 Moe Wagners.
The whole article is worth a read - here's a taste:
“(Beilein) has a lot of confidence in recruiting and signing a kid that isn’t quite big enough, strong enough or athletic enough,” Sanderson said. “Because I think he has a lot of confidence that we can develop and make him better.”
Much is made of Beilein’s finicky recruiting, and a reluctance, it seems, to chase five-star talent.
“But if you get a guy who’s A-plus in every category, he’s a top-5 recruit — those guys are hard to get,” Sanderson said. “And if you do get ’em it’s hard to have a stable program because you only have ’em for one year. So to me, if you’re going to be deficient in any of these categories, get the length, get the skill set, get the kid that fits the culture, and I’ll make him a better athlete. I’ll develop him.”
Brian mentioned this in the mailbag...
As for maximizing Michigan's resources, I literally cannot imagine what else Harbaugh could be doing to increase Michigan's recruiting profile and on-field fortunes.
How about getting a new weight room that can compete with the big boys.
Our current weight room looks like an 80s basement compared to Alabama and Oregon.
May be this is far from new, but I just found this website which had some material and fluff about Mike Gittleson and some his strength and training equipment while at Michigan between 1978-2007. No pizzas involved.
Some of it is pretty effed up. Other parts are kind cool, i.e. of the He-Man, Dolph Lundgren "I must brreak you!", bone crushing sort:
As I was watching the game on Saturday, I couldn't help but notice how it seemed a lot of our guys got dinged up (the ones I remember are Carvin, Jonas, and D-Rob, but it felt like more), and not a lot of their guys did (there was one toward the end of the game that I remember).
I'm not bashing Barwis at all with this, he's obviously done a terrific job of getting our guys in elite shape, but I remember him saying that a big part of his program is about injury prevention. Can these injuries be pegged on him? Or are they more attributable to the fact that injuries just happen as a result of bad luck/some guys being more prone to injury? Maybe someone with more time on their hands could put together a diary comparing injuries at various programs over the past few years to see if the Barwis Effect is helping us.
This comes to me via an FSU fan, so consider the source, don't break out to jump to conclusions mat just yet, but damn, these boys must be drinking a lot of chocolate milk.
Nice shirt, dude: