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Last night’s game featured a problem with New England’s back-up extra point holder. Ryan Allen (punter) got hurt on the safety and was unavailable in the 4thquarter. (NE went for 2 on their 3rdquarter TD). With Ryan Mallett, wide receivers, and other ‘hands’ type players on the bench, in steps Tom Brady to hold. This was the first time he held for an extra point since college.
This says a lot about the guy. Big game, certainly a must win, but a chance to get injured. All he needed was a knucklehead Colt with a chip on his shoulder, willing to risk a 15 yard penalty, to come crashing into Tom on a “PAT block” attempt. Tom came out for a second hold after the game was in hand. Leading by example or what!
P.S. – Ryan Mallett is rumored to be on the trading block.
Coach Nussmeier has made quite a name for himself by having success in every position he's held, with his most notable success being at Alabama. Nuss has officially been a Wolverine for about two days and he's already reached out to recruits he recruited while he was at Alabama. That's not really surprising but it's been cool for me to find out about some recruits who didn't even think about Michigan, that are now highly interested in the Wolverines simply because of Coach Nuss.
I went through who Coach Nuss follows on Twitter and have been able to to confrim that he has reached out to 2015 TE Jackson Harris and 2016 QB Josh White as recently as yesterday. His direct message was simple to both, "GO BLUE and I'll be in touch soon." Both young men went from having zero interest in Michigan to now being very intrigued and anxious to speak more in depth with Coach Nussmeier about the Wolverines.
I will continue to dig and research to see who will be thrown onto the big board now that the offensive scheme has changed and a new man is in charge.
I know it's been a few days since the press conference, but I'm still pretty excited about the hire. I hadn't seen it posted anywhere, so I thought I'd ... like... do that.
2014, Hail: http://www.mgoblue.com/allaccess/?media=426520
Not surprising to anyone 2014 RB Vic Enwere reaffirmed his commitment to Cal tonight via Twitter and it appears the Michigan coaches already knew it was coming.
Well before Enwere announced anything publicly, earlier today Coach Singletary and Coach Nussmeier reached out to RB Marlon Mack who is currently committed to UCLA. The offer from the Bruins is by far his biggest on paper as most of his other offers are from less than powerhouse programs.
Position: Running Back
Ht/Wt: 6'0" / 190 lbs.
Location: Booker High School (2014) – Sarasota, FL
Offers: Ball State, Florida Atlatntic, Florida Intl, Indiana, Iowa State, Marshall, Middle Tenn St, Northern Illinois, Ohio, South Florida, UCLA
Ranking: ★★★ .8365 (247 Composite)
Coach Singletary and Coach Nuss reached out to Mack today and expressed how impressed they were by his film. He told me that the coaches asked him a lot of questions to see how interested he might be in Michigan and tried to make sure he understood that they had taken notice of his skills.
Mack was very open with me about how he basically committed to UCLA simply to see what other schools might then become interested. He told me that he likes UCLA, but he doesn't love them. That to me sounds like a kid fishing for a specific offer, although he tells me that there isn't necessarily one particular offer he covets.
This might come off as a little dishonest but he told me that he truly feels like he's been overlooked and thought committing would be a good way to get noticed. He did say he felt shocked that Michigan has now taken notice. The coaches didn't mention anything to him about an offer yet but obviously they would like to add a running back to the 2014 class and Mack appears to be a backup plan if things go south with Jeff Jones.
The Wall Street Journal has a very interesting article up that details how Seattle's defensive backs become elite.
The strategy is simple: test the referees early and find where the line is drawn. Begin mugging the wrs and there's no way a ref will call a penalty on every play.
Could this strategy work in the NCAA?
Edit: Do you think this strategy will translate to all other teams?
A little mgoblue.com video action of Doug Nussmeier touring the facilities with a couple of player cameos from Gardner, Funchess, Ryan and what looks like Hagerup in Glick Fieldhouse. Usually Karsch finishes these sort of videos but instead we have Eli Zaret. Enjoy!