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It's clear that Bellomy will be the starter in the fall while Denard and Devin will battle for the #1 jersey.
Denard (don't blink or you'll miss it):
Bellomy for Heisman:
Which player, position group, or development was the biggest surprise to you in the spring game?
My pick would be the linebackers as a group. We know several of them are solid (Morgan, Ryan, Demens), but Hawthorne, Ringer, and Cam Gordon played pretty well, too. Bolden didn't really stick out in any way, but at this point, I think we've got five linebackers who could legitimately start without much of a drop-off: Morgan, Ryan, Demens, Hawthorne, and Gordon.
I would also like to toss in that all of the position coaches seem to be doing a good job, but Mark Smith seems to be doing an excellent job with his guys.
Michigan picks up a commitment from Ben Gedeon, so the rankings hit the front page this week. Here's a fun stat that I tweeted out yesterday: Michigan has 17 commits with a star average of 3.80. If you combine Ohio State's and Penn State's classes, there are 16 commits with a star average of 3.58. Holy Moses. Anyway, here's the changes since last rankings:
4-10-12: Michigan picks up Ben Gedeon. Ohio State picks up Marcus Baugh. Iowa picks up Derrick Willies.
4-12-12: Nebraska picks up Josh Banderas. Illinois picks up Kendrick Foster.
4-13-12: Illinois picks up Christian DiLauro.
4-14-12: Iowa picks up Delano Hill. Northwestern picks up Matt Alviti.
4-15-12: Penn State picks up Andrew Nelson.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||24/7 Avg||Avg Avg^|
^The average of the average rankings of the three recruiting services (aka the previous three columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
NOTE: Unranked recruits are counted as one-star players. This may be a bit unfair this early in the process, considering there are many unevaluated recruits out there at this stage, but that's life.
On to the full data after the jump:
I have decided to start a primarily football-based blog called The Rational Idealist. Content-wise, it'll be very different from the Michigan blogs we know and love. I won't be focusing on recruiting or coverage of games or anything like that. The premise of the blog is more on the thoughts and observations of a rational fan looking at college football (not just Michigan) through a logical lense. The first post is on why divisions within conferences is a terrible idea.
I figured this might be of interest to some of you guys, so I decided to post it here. I'm always open to feedback, so if you have any comments just let me know.
I used my time on the field after the Big House Big Heart run to make sure the paint used to write #goblue was, in fact, temporary. The yellow paint on the soles of my shoes confirmed it.
On another note the stadim was full of mascots, including a penguin, a generic tiger, Paws the Tiger, Roary the Lion, and several other animals. I'm pretty sure I heard Dave Brandon's maniacal laugh when Roary and Paws were getting their picture taken with the kids.