"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
If you don't have time to watch the whole preview, scroll down for clips of Hoke, Mattison, Borges, Denard, Kovacs and Lewan.
EDIT: I added the FS Detroit preview and changed the title.
BTN Preview (full broadcast):
BTN Preview Torrent:
FS Detroit Preview:
Taylor Lewan was ranked the #22 player in the country by the Yahoo top 100 players countdown.
"Particulars: 6-8/302, Jr.; Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral
Buzz: Lewan redshirted as a true freshman in 2009, then moved into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection last season and looks to be the next great Wolverines lineman. He didn't play offensive tackle until he was a senior in high school; before that, he had been a defensive end. Lewan plays with a mean streak and it got him in trouble a couple of times in 2010, including being called for a personal foul after Denard Robinson scored the game-winning TD against Indiana."
He is currently the only Michigan player on the countdown. Denard is sure to be somewhere in the top 20.
Also, Nebraska ranked #19 in the preseason countdown.
Bruce Feldman did a profile on William Gholston today, most of it focused on his acts in the Michigan game last year and suspension that followed. Some interesting Michigan related notes:
1. Feldman fails to point out that Gholston used an illegal armbar to injure Lewan on the first series. Someone should send him some video of this.
2. MSU coaches claim that Gholston was just responding to repeated cheap shots by Michigan (yet ignoring the Gholston armbar).
3. MSU coaches claim 2 other schools documented cheap shots made by Michigan. All anonymous claims by MSU.
"Some around the Spartans program reasoned that while Gholston was wrong for his reaction in the Michigan game, they also noted that after studying the game film that he lost his poise after he repeatedly was cheap-shotted. They'll tell you how two other Big Ten programs contacted Michigan State after the Michigan game to inform them about cheap shots by the Wolverines that they also documented."
This can only be from the following teams if it did indeed occur the week after the game: Minnesota and Northwestern as they were the only Big Ten teams we played before MSU. This sounds fabricated to me.
4. No mention of the false claims made by MSU immediately after the game that Lewan used racial slurs to try to justify Gholston's actions.
Just wanted to comment on Taylor Lewan...
From last years moments like http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/what-did-taylor-lewan-do and http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-football/a-kicking-nightmare-taylor-lewans-interesting-first-half-and-injuries-for-michigan-football/ which made me all..
To this year... I'm having trouble remembering a single penalty (I know he got at least one.. but dang.) Then I was watching the Ohio GlorioussmashingSuckiteverysinglebuckeyefan-
illplaythevictorseveninthebathroom Highlights and saw this... (Go to 6:37)
Taylor Lewan has progressed from a high ceiling prospect to a team leader all very quietly. So damn proud of him and all my wolverines.