Edit: Original map was subject to ballot stuffing. Here's the updated one. Take it FWIW
Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Delaware all hate us for some reason. OSU most hated in NY, New Hampshire, and Connecticut
On WTKA this morning, Sam Webb said he had a "gut feeling" about NC DE/DT Darian Roseboro. While he's claimed that Roseboro has been trending blue for a while, I'm pretty sure this is the first time he busted out the big label.
You can hear for yourself on WTKA's podcasts. It's Segment 3 at around 5:40.
There's lots of time and nothing is set in stone. The coaches must, as always, recruit to the bell. But this bodes well.
Just realized how much Michigan has lost on special teams. Special teams can win or lose games much like offense and defense.
Michigan has one scholarship snapper on the roster right now and will add a preferred walk on when the NCAA allows teams to list their complete roster.
Those two guys are Scott "Snappy" Sypniewski and Andrew Robinson respectively.
Snappy obviously redshirted last year and Robinson is an incoming freshman. This is probably the biggest position on special teams I'm concerned about.
When you lose a guy like Jareth Glanda who did his thing here for years, you better have a good replacement (who also catches passes in a bowl game).
Holder- Drew Dileo might be the most famous holder in history after the Dileo Power Slide. It seemed like he was the holder essentially his entire career.
On Michigan's depth chart last year, they listed punter Kenny Allen as a backup holder. So, I would like to think that we're good here.
Kicker- We lost a famous/infamous kicker who has his place in Michigan's record books. Wile has hit some long FGs but has missed a few that stand out. I think it's pretty obvious he will start his senior(!) season.
Punter- With 5th year senior Will Hagerup making his triumphant return, I think the 2012 B1G Punter of the Year takes his rightful place and has a great final year. Matt Wile was a temporary solution that worked well.
Punt Return- With both sure-thing punt returners in Gallon and Dileo gone, this is going to be a very interesting battle that could be wide open. Will Norfleet finally step up and field punts? Or could a freshman potentially grab this spot....
Kickoff Return- Norfleet is on track to become Michigan's greatest kickoff return man in history. He is top-2 in many categories, despite not breaking one off for a TD yet. A very valuable player on this team.
Michigan's depth chart last year listed a variety of guys from Dileo to Justice Hayes to Chesson as the opposite kick return man. Again, a very wide open battle.
My projected week 1 special teams lineup-
I do think Peppers will return punts at some point this season. So I'll say he'll have a majority of the starts at PR come season's end.
I think we will have a "Michigan Defense" this season and one gander at this starting lineup should be enough to convince even the most fatal of fatalists. We are stacked. Can we live up to the billing? The biggest question I have is team speed which will be revealed against ND, Ohio, Sparty and our bowl opponent. Ideally you would like your DBs (sub 4.5) LBs (sub 4.7) DEs (sub 4.9) and DTs (sub 5.1). Not sure if we are there on the Dline yet. Regardless, heres what I've got guys......
C- Blake Countess- 5ft10 180lbs (Rjr)
C- Raymon Taylor- 5ft10 184lbs (Sr)
SS- Jarod Wilson- 6ft2 205lbs (Jr)
FS- Dymonte Thomas- 6ft2 193lbs (So)
Nickel- Jabril Peppers- 6ft1 205 (Fr)
OLB- Joe Bolden- 6ft3 231 (Jr)
MLB- Jake MF Ryan- 6ft3 236lbs (Rsr)
SAM- Royce Jenkins Stone- 6ft2 234lbs (Jr)/ James Ross III- 6ft1 227lbs (Jr) Torn.....
SDE- Taco Charlton-6ft6 276lbs (So)
WDE- Frank Clark- 6ft2 277lbs (Sr)
DT- Chris Wormley- 6ft4 295 (Rso)
DT- Ondre Pipkins- 6ft3 306lbs (Jr)
Average size for Secondary= 6ft+ /193lbs
Average size for "Backers"= 6ft3 / 234lbs
Average size for DLine= 6ft4/ 289lbs
Average * rating for Defense= 3.92
Average years in program= 2
*Safety is the weakest link. Peppers can slide to safety and Hill and Clark can be of service there as well.
*Jourdan Lewis will push at both corner spots and Stribling/ TR3 should contribute.
* We have a slew of 4 star LBs on the bench (4) plus D. Morgan.
* We have 5 Four star D-Lineman on the bench not including Godin/Hurst/Henry.
* This Michigan defense is deep and talented. Fatigue should not be an issue. We have more NFL talent on this defense than we have had in 8 years. Time to get after peoples' ass.
*Charlton/Bolden/Jenkins-Stone/Clark can all run well from what I've gathered which alleviates much of my concern with team speed. Our secondary should be just fine in that dept.
With Ohio's Oline issues I don't see an offense that we can't matchup with.
This is what I'm thinking. At first glance, there is a ton of size and potential. Like many have pointed out it all comes back to the line. Talent is absolutley not an issue with this team.
QB- Devin Gardner- 6ft4 216lbs (5th yr Sr)
FB- S. Houma- 6ft 242lbs (Jr)
RB- Derrick Green- 5ft11 220lbs (So)
WR- Devin "Funchise" - 6ft 5 230lbs (Jr)
WR- Amarah Darboh- 6ft2 211lbs (Rsoph)
Slot- Freddy "Footwork" Canteen- 6ft1 176lbs (Fr)
TE- Jake Butt- 6ft6 250lbs (So)
LT Erik Magnuson- 6ft6 294lbs (Rsoph)
RG- Kyle Kalis- 6ft5 298lbs (Rsoph)
C- Graham Glasgow- 6ft6 311lbs (Rjr)
LG- David Dawson- 6ft4 296lbs (Rfr)
RT- Ben Braden- 6ft6 322lbs (Rsoph)
Average size= 6ft5+ 304.2lbs
Average years in program for line/entire offense = 2 /1.8
Average * rating for line/entire offense= 3.8 /3.91
Somebody tell me why we can't win the B1G with this line and this offense moreover.
Consider that we also have 5 Four star linemen in their 2nd and 3rd years in the program on the bench.......
This team will win 10+ games and there simply is not a mismatch on the schedule.
The defense looks even better than this ladies and gentlemen.
Per Sam Webb!!