Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
I know these speculation threads get annoying, but 247 had a thread like this that had a pretty good discussion.
With the potential freshman, emerging sophomores, Taylor and Countess, there seems to be a lot of variance in what people think will be our starting secondary by the time we get to Minnesota late September.
So I am posting this to get your opinion and start a healthy discussion.
Personally, I think (remember, by B1G):
FC: Jourdan Lewis
BC: Blake Countess
N: Jabrill Peppers
FS: Jarrod Wilson
SS: Dymonte Thomas
Fearless Leader starts the column from SI's Stuart Mendel. He looks at population growth and says that B1G expansion isn't (only) about TV dollars, but about population trends too:
EDITED TITLE for easy visibility of Brian getting the article lead.
There is a post below about UM being a QB U. Well, ESPN has this article that UM is almost the OL U. The only school above us is Alabama.
The article says:
"If any program was going to threaten Alabama’s claim on the top spot, it was Michigan, which has enjoyed a ridiculous run of success along the offensive line. Four first-round picks (Jeff Backus, Steve Hutchinson, Jake Long and Taylor Lewan) include one (Long) who was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft. Throw in five consensus All-Americans, two national award winners and 21 All-Big Ten selections. The 2000s were truly a great time to be a Michigan offensive lineman."
Here is the link (not sure if it is behind a paywall)
The USPTO has cancelled six of the trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins on the ground that the registrations were obtained contrary to Section 2(a), 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a), which prohibits registration of marks that may disparage persons or bring them into contempt or disrepute.
[Obviously, this will put Dan Snyder and the NFL in an interesting position since it is very difficult to promote a brand lacking vital intellectual property protections. Not sure that the NFL minds this decision, though, since the USPTO has essentially taken the decision of whether to force Snyder to change the team name out of Snyder's hands. To the people who wanted to keep the team name, the USPTO, and not the NFL, is now the "bad guy".] EDIT: This is all wrong according to a dog with a Michigan football hat who claims to be a lawyer, since this decision wouldn't really prevent the Redskins from protecting their name/logo/etc under other Federal/State laws.
An ARTICLE at nfl.com analyzes which schools have produced the most quarterback talent for the NFL over the past 25 years. Michigan comes out tops in the B1G, finishing second only to USC. The methodology is not fully clear, but the evaluation
took into account their history of producing NFL quarterbacks over the past 25 years, the quality of signal-callers they've produced, the offense they typically run and even took a look into future a little bit to see what kind of pipeline there is for the school.
Second place in the country (really world ... really, space!) is a testament to the pedigree of the program. Granted, the article rightly notes that Tom Brady has skewed things a bit in Michigan's favor, but the rest of the list is pretty good too.
The paragraph on Michigan states:
Thanks mostly to Brady, the Wolverines might have one of the better hit rates on sending QBs to the NFL in recent years. All seven quarterbacks drafted in the past 25 years started at least one game in the NFL and four of them have thrown for more than 10,000 yards as a pro. While it's unclear if head coach Brady Hoke will keep his job much longer, it's doubtful Michigan moves away from a pro-style offense after the failed Rich Rodriguez experiment. With a big brand name and the ability to get signal-callers from any part of the country, this is one area where Michigan wins a head-to-head with its rival, Ohio State.
So pay attention QB recruiting prospects. Here you can play school and play ball. And we promise never to saddle you with the likes of Lane Kiffin.
With his arrival to campus this Saturday, it's unoffically Jabrill Peppers week. I know it's Bleacher Report but it's coming straight from the man himself: