this may be of some local interest
We always have a league of guys from the board compete for bragging rights.. and have some spots left on yahoo site...Who is in ?
Couple of interesting bits:
One of those challenges is the freedom to change offensive line protection schemes. One offseason emphasis from Nussmeier has been to call plays quickly, allowing the offense to break the huddle and get to the line of scrimmage with plenty of available time.
With that time, Nussmeier wants Gardner to evaluate the opposing defense and assure that the offensive line is correctly assigned.
“He’s given me the opportunity to protect myself before the play starts,” Gardner said. “If I see something the offensive line might not see, I can make the change to make sure I’m protected.”
Was that an option a year ago?
“Not as much, no.”
It sounds like two of the (related) things we've been clamoring for are going to become reality this year. A) Gardner having some more freedom to audible at the line and B) getting out of the huddle and to the line fast enough to have time to make those changes. At the moment, only protection scheme is mentioned, but reading between the lines, I wonder if Gardner will have more freedom to check out of plays as well.
It's that time of year again.
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.