a terrible blight on our fine country
The 1973 Michigan Football team was a special one. They bulldozed through the season with an elite defense only giving up 58 points in 10 games while picking up 3 straight shutout wins over Navy (14-0), oregon (24-0) and state (31-0) .
Most of us know how this season ended. #4 Michigan was down 10-0 to #1 ohio at halftime, and scored 10 unanswered points in the second half to tie the game. Mike Lantry missed on two FG attempts that would have won the game, sent Michigan to the Rose Bowl and possibly a claim of a mythical national championship. Both Michigan and ohio split the Big Ten title and the vote went to the athletic directors of the Big Ten to decide who was going to Pasadena.
ohio went on a 6-4 vote by the ADs, despite Michigan outplaying them in the second half of The Game and shutting down Archie Griffin. People think they voted that way because QB Dennis Franklin was injured in the second half.
While this was the only undefeated team coached by Bo at 10-0-1, Michigan was awarded a share of the mythical national championship by two selectors. I touched on this last year in a lengthy post on whether Michigan should claim it or not.
Fast forward 40 years later from 1973, and the team addressed Michigan today after practice-
Also found this a few minutes ago. Apparently this guy is a director and does stuff for BTN's the journey and ESPN films-
I recently moved and got Att&t uverse, I had DirecTV in the past. I was wondering if anyone has Att&T and knows if they show multiple big ten games at the same on BTN like they do on DirecTV?
Someone bubble wrap all receivers, current and future - it has been a rough week.
Grand Rapids Christian’s Drake Harris, a University of Michigan commit and one of the top rated high school receivers in the country, will miss four to six weeks with a hamstring injury, Eagles coach Don Fellows said Saturday, Aug. 24. Harris, a USA Today preseason All-American and ranked a top five receiver by most recruiting sites, re-injured his right hamstring during a team scrimmage Friday. “It’s not feeling too good right now,” Harris said after the Eagles held team photo day Saturday at the high school stadium. “I messed it up about three weeks ago but the past week it felt normal.
In 2012, Devin was second on the team with 4 TD receptions and first with 11 TD passes. If not for Funchess (5 TD), he could have been the only college player in recent history to lead the team in those two categories.
Went to the Mott thing today. After last year's relatively interesting scrimmage they went back to a no-pads situational walkthrough that was a lot of punting and field goals. Irritating. They did do a couple of two-minute drills on which they went full offense and defense that were illuminating.
Things I gathered:
1. Gibbons was automatic until the field goals got out to 54 yards, at which point he and Wile took turns missing. Had range out to 49 easy.
2. Kenny Allen keeps booming punts. Wile is so consistent though that I think it'll be hard to take the job away. Both kicking spots are in very good hands.
3. They showed a spread punt, then would motion into a conventional punt. Trolling Brian? They did kick from the spread a couple times but the personal protectors didn't close ranks after the snap went through... looked dangerous.
4. Stribling and De'Veon Smith were heavily involved in kick coverage teams to the point where it seems unlikely they'll redshirt. Gedeon got on the field in special teams but only late, seemingly as a third-teamer. I think both LBs will redshirt.
5. Shallman, Avery, and Gant were off to the side doing rehab-type exercises with Wellman. Shallman had a big brace and was walking with a limp. That's a boo-boo that seemed like it would take some time to heal. Redshirt likely. Avery has his chronic back thing, so I assume that's just the usual with him. They had Shallman drag a rather large cart in with a big rope.
6. In the two minute drill the line was Lewan-Glasgow-Miller-Kalis-Schofield. When the second team came in it was Braden-Bryant-Burzynski-Gunderson-Magnunson. Looks like all the freshman OL are headed for redshirts, and that Braden is no longer a serious consideration at guard. I think Miller will win the C job even if Bryant comes through because they can't trust his health yet.
7. Gardner was awesome. He fired balls in inch-perfect, hit a lovely fade over the top to a diving Chesson, and just looked killer. Morris alternated excellent throws with horrible stuff, including a pick way wide of his intended target and a crazy sidearm panicked hurl that was reminiscent of freshman Mallett. But he also threw some beautiful balls, a couple on the run.
Gardner was *awesome*.
8. Butt had a great catch and run, but bobbled and dropped an easier one. Reynolds made a nice leaping catch on Gardner's only iffy throw of the day, a short hitch that sailed on him.
9. They held Gordon and Avery out. It was Furman and Wilson with the first team and Clark and Hill with the second at S. Assume that's because Avery and Gordon have won jobs.
10. They ran mostly nickel, which featured Clark-ROTATING-Black-Beyer on the line, with Glasgow and Wormley rotating through there amongst a couple others. Countess folded inside to nickel with Hollowell and Channing Stribling at the corners. Taylor was second team with Jourdan Lewis and Thomas at nickel. It really looks like Stribling's going to play.
11. Holowell looked good. Hard to get separation from him.
12. Gardner was awesome.
13. Norfleet and Dileo were the only punt returners, looks like Gallon has retired there. Norfleet didn't screw up any catches or decisions not to catch in a half-dozen chances. FWIW.
14. Wormley got some good pressure when he was in. No pads, so tough to tell if that's meaningful.
15. Ryan didn't do anything but was walking around without a brace or limp.
16. Both Smith and Green are very impressive physically. Green's arms are the size of legs. Hard to tell anything about them in passing drills. Toussaint got one carry on which he made a really quick cut upfield; Morgan was right there, though.
17. They drilled pistol snaps and shotgun as much as under center, and from the shotgun they ran veer handoffs on which a GA would come upfield or not, thus determining who would keep the ball. So the inverted veer lives and the pistol is happening.
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