landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
The season of random summer conversation starters is winding down, but not quite over. Today I wanted to pose the question of what games from Michigan history people have an irrational fondness for. No obvious choices like 1997 Ohio State or the Syracuse game in the Final Four. I'm looking for random blow-outs, unimpressive wins, or any other form of game that is generally unmemorable, but that you go back and watch the highlights of (or replay them mentally) again and again. Might be because of a favorite player or a weird play, could be because of a friend or family member you went to the game with - your reason is up to you.
For me, the Air Force game a couple years ago ranks high. Denard was absolutely fantastic at points, ending up with 101% of Michigan's total yardage. Also, I love watching the triple option, so getting to see Air Force was nice, if frustrating. Thankfully we did manage to slow them down just enough that I can remember it fondly.
There is an extensive article this morning from Sam Webb covering the BBQ at the Big House. Ace did a great writeup already, and covered much of the material in his Monday piece here at Mgoblog (http://mgoblog.com/content/monday-recruitin-races-first#comments)
Here's the link to Webb's article at the News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140731/SPORTS0201/307310019/0/sports0201/Latest-Barbecue-Big-House-wows-Michigan-football-recruits
For those of you who are recruiting junkies, there is never too much material, and I think Sam Webb is one of the best in his connections with recruits. He covers the good news of cornerback recruit Marcus Lewis decommitting from Florida, RB Mike Weber taking a redeye back from USC to make the BBQ, and DE Darian Roseboro making his last scheduled trip to UM before his Aug. 29 announcement date.
There was info, however, on one recruit I haven't personally read much about: OLB Jalen Bates. Here's what Webb had to say on him:
The Wolverines have seen their stock improve almost as much with Kaplan (La.) outside linebacker/tight end Jalen Bates on the heels of his time in Ann Arbor. The buzz on 6-5, 235-pounder has gotten louder in recent weeks thanks to a Texas A&M offer and an exemplary camp performance at LSU. As was the case with Lewis, the Maize & Blue were sitting outside his top five. Since the barbecue, that is no longer the case.
“(Michigan is in) the top five right now for sure,“ said Bates. “(The barbecue) was fun. It was one of the (most fun) times I’ve had. They treated me like family. All the coaches, they all treated me like they have been recruiting all their life. They all kind of flocked to me and they treated me like I was a celebrity. I liked the way they treated my family — all the coaches’ wives and their kids.”
“(Michigan assistant Fred Jackson) was like one of my uncles. It was like he missed me. We hung out almost the whole time. It was like I was out here visiting family, and I haven’t even met some of these people. It was cool.”
Bates found himself just as awestruck by the school itself.
“It was cool,” he said. “I liked the facilities and the stadium. The biggest part was everything was original and historic, and that was the best point for me. Overall, it was one of my best experiences ever. It was almost like going to a historical place. You can’t beat that.”
Michigan is joined atop Bates’ list by Arizona State, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, and Louisiana Lafayette. With a Sept. 19 decision date already set, there is a good chance he won’t be able to officially visit all of those schools before his announcement. The Wolverines’ ace in the hole could be the support of Bates’ cousin, former Michigan linebacker standout Jonas Mouton.
Lastly, there are snippets on a bunch of great 2016 recruits, including OG Ben Bredeson, WR Cameron Chambers, RB Elijah Holyfield, DL Mike Onwenu, OT Clark Yarbrough, and others. What was striking to me was how many of these recruits have also been offered by Ohio State, Alabama, as well as other major schools. These are mostly 4 star recruits. Michigan clearly is holding it's own on the recruiting trail.
Nothing earth shattering but since this unit's development probably swings 2-3 swing games to wins v losses this year obviously it is under the microscope. One interesting thing is - in light of some discussion I saw on another thread about Magnuson at LT, pushing Cole back to his "more natural" guard position - that does not seem to be the plan. Hoke says Cole is the backup LT, despite what some here were opining. At 6'5 I don't see why some think he has too small of a frame to play tackle but maybe I misread the comments.
Some positive things about Kugler growing physically but sounds like Glasgow is the C which is more than fine by me - experience matters. Take away the STARZ and one could argue Glasgow is the most sure thing coming back on the line.
Radio interview, M grad Dana Jacobson in the studio. The issues, for better or worse, are the team's worsening record over three years, whether he's on the hot seat, and who's going to shine on the field this year:
Good guy, but I think we can say at this stage that Hoke is not a great interview. Says some admiring things about Devin Gardner, but mostly it's boilerplate, somewhat defensive stuff.
In the recent interview with Wojo, Brandon said Hoke's job would not be in peril this year if the team struggled, but how can it not be? Common sense, for me, would dictate that Brandon be a little bit more cautious. Still, I'm ready to be happily surprised!
I had been meaning to make a better copy of the Fail Mary game against Colorado for a while now. I finished it and then watched the final minute and had nearly forgotten how that last play was set up and how disaster nearly screwed us again against the Buffs.
First to give some perspective for that time, Colorado was one of the best college football programs in America. This Buffs team would finish 7th in the final polls. The game is in Boulder and we're just two years removed from the Kordell Stewart saga.
With 1:30 left in the game, we have a 7 point lead and the ball at our own 40. We start taking knees so Colorado can burn their last timeout, which they did after 2nd down. On the 3rd down knee, there's 37 seconds left and Keith Jackson points out the slight difference from the play clock which is about 1-2 seconds less. On 4th down, Dreisbach takes a knee with 8 seconds left for some reason giving Colorado one play. The silent stadium suddenly comes to life and we're in this horrible position again, only the mishandling of the clock gives the Buffs a much easier hail mary attempt from our 37 yard line. Even Bob Griese has this WTF voice when he asks, "Is this weird or what?"
This Hail Mary had a chance with it slightly bounching off the finger tips of Woodson and Chuck Winters, dangerously close to a Colorado receiver a few feet behind them. Thankfully, he was just out of reach and the ball bounced to the turf off to his left. No disaster this time but can you imagine the shitstorm had the Buffs caught it again all thanks to Michigan mishandling the clock? Lloyd took blame for the clock issue in the Michigan Replay episode but he and Brandy sort of change the subject rather quickly.
The game would have gone to overtime. 1996 was the first season college football had overtime. Thankfully, that didn't happen.
Skip ahead to 12:03 to see the ending.
Beforehand, there's some great catches by Tai Streets and a few shots of Mattison on the sideline.