Hey guys, I was lucky enough to chat with AJ Williams recently and it was one of the more entertaining interviews I had. He's a lot of fun and will be easy to cheer for in the coming years. Hope you enjoy: AJ Williams
Per his Twitter account:
Officially playing football at Michigan next year! Couldn't be happier with my choice.
EDIT: DGDestroys informs us that Gibbs will be a preferred walk-on.
Original Rivals rank: 8
Record since 2009: 22-15
BCS bowl appearances: 1
Conference titles: 0
2011 starters: K Brendan Gibbons, WR Jeremy Gallon, S Thomas Gordon, OT Taylor Lewan, QB Denard Robinson, DE Craig Roh, RB Fitzgerald Toussaint
Rich Rodriguez didn't do everything wrong in Ann Arbor. After all, he signed this group, which provided much of the leadership for a team that went 11-2 and won the Sugar Bowl. Obviously, Robinson is the crown jewel of the class, and it appears coach Brady Hoke has figured out how to take advantage of Robinson's speed and playmaking without relying on Robinson so much that the quarterback gets maimed.
I have heard this floated a little while back and I gave it as much value as Soup potentially becoming the Iowa OC. HOWEVA, one of Iowa's DT signees posted last night on Facebook that Hermann was indeed to become the next DC at Iowa. Captain Kirk and Lloyd are close acquaintences, Hermann would know the B1G, but, well it seems a bit off. Hermann ran crazy complex schemes which made him great for the NFL. Iowa has excelled using lesser talent in a very basic scheme with limited blitzing to allow for simple reads, "fast play" and ability to quickly integrate personnel. Anyway, will be interesting if it plays out.
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Steve Wiltfong at 247 just tweeted:
Commit coming today to Michigan
Let the speculation begin.
Not caring much who won yesterday, I thought that the most interesting part of the game was the Patriots' decision to let the Giants score. Reactions seem to fall anywhere from "That was crazy" to "They should have done it sooner." The latter makes more sense, I think - and specifically that the Pats should have let NY score on first down at the 18.
Some quick facts (one based on my memory of the game):
* CNNSI.com lists Giants' kicker Lawrence Tynes' stats on the year as 3-4 from 30-39 and 12-12 from 1-29.
*IIRC, the Giants had the ball at the 18 on first down with two minutes left.
*Manning has been historically good in the 4th quarter this year.
*The Patriots had the 31st rated defense in the league, but were much better (15th) when it came to points.
My thoughts: The Giants seemed very unlikely to end up with a 35 yard attempt when they were at the 18 with two minutes left. They were moving the ball with little trouble. I don't think, then, that we can look at the situation as one in which giving up a touchdown there is giving surrendering a 25% chance of winning (1/4 being the amount of field goals from 30-39 that Tynes missed). Even if the Giants had stalled at the 18, they were likely to use up a lot of time before they kicked that 35 yard FG (and/or caused the Pats to exhaust their timeouts). The Pats would only have needed a FG in response to a NY field goal, of course, but the value of that diminishes as every second ticks off of the clock.
Letting the Giants score a TD with roughly two minutes left gives you the ball back in Brady's hands with two timeouts and a realistic amount of time. Letting NY score with one minute, on the other hand, didn't leave you enough time. Finally, letting Tynes kick a 35-yard field goal as time expires gives you, IMO, the smallest chance of wininning (25% based on his performance during the year?).
Two final notes: I realize that Bill Belichick's socks know more about football than I do. I'm just throwing this out for fun.
Second, I realize that this probably came up yesterday at some point on the board. However, many of us were not on the board then because we were watching the game with friends and family or manning the international space station.