Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
PSU TE Garry Gilliam was just granted a 6th year after appearing in more games and later in season than Gardner did in 2010 (same year in question). This on the heels of MSU DT Tyler Hoover getting a 2nd medical redshirt for a 6th year, and OSU RB Jordan Hall getting a medical redshirt for a 5th year next year. Starting to get a little nervous that we have heard no news on Gardner's petition though.
At what point would this start to hurt your chances at landing a recruit? Personally, if I were a prospect or had a child that was, this would cause me to remove the offender from contention. This seems completely ridiculous to me.
Rothstein did a good interview with 'Tree over at WN (LINK, $). It's worth the read; I know I always appreciate hearing the players' views on the program and their perspective on the things we watch and discuss. I know I had big expectations for him coming off his sophomore season, and he didn't exactly live up to them, but he was always a hard worker and his final numbers are nothing to shake a stick at:
Roundtree's flip ended up a major benefit for Michigan. The No. 104 receiver in the Class of 2008, Roundtree ended up as the only receiver in Michigan history to have 200 yards in one game (246 against Illinois in 2010). He finished his career sixth in catches (154), sixth in yards (2,304) and tied for 11th in touchdowns (15).
And, uh, is this a typo?
That game really showed I really wanted to bounce back, because the year before I was the slow receiver who got humped down by a guy. I set my mind to it that I would never get humped again. That was my goal.
Good luck 'Tree, wherever you go!
Al Borges knows expectations for Shane Morris are going to be unreasonable. In Al's less than 60 second take on Shane, Borges gives an idea of how pleased he is to have Shane aboard the team, and how far Shane has to go to be ready to see the field for M. Al doesn't rule out Shane playing this season, but I get the feeling a redshirt is likely.
It is kind of strange to have Shane on the M football team. Shane has been a verbal for so long, I thought the position had become permanent
I will put the Inside Michigan Football Signing Special 2013 in the first post, in case anyone wants to watch it live, but here is a recap of what Al Borges had to say regarding Shane Morris.
Al Borges on Shane Morris:
He has everything you want as a QB
A bright kid
At Michigan for a reason and it goes beyond his abilities.
We’re going to develop him kind of from the ground up.
We’re going to start with the idea he doesn’t know a thing about playing QB.
We’re going to teach him everyday every phase of the position and get him ready as quickly as we can without rushing him into something he’s not ready to do.
From a skill level perspective; from a mentality perspective; from a demeanor perspective; he’s pretty much what you’re looking for in the position.
ESPN updated their 2013 Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 to account for the impact of signing day and other recent developments. They moved Michigan up from 23 to 12 because of the Wolverines' strong class and Taylor Lewan's decision to return.
Previous rank: 23
With the way Michigan coach Brady Hoke and his staff have recruited the past two years, the Wolverines aren't just going to concede a Big Ten championship to hated rival Ohio State. Hoke landed a top-10 class for the second consecutive year, hauling in perhaps the country's best crop of offensive linemen. A few of the freshmen might have to provide immediate depth after the Wolverines lost three starting linemen. It would have been worse if star left tackle Taylor Lewan hadn't surprised many NFL scouts by deciding to return to school for his senior season. Michigan signed six offensive line prospects, including No. 2 guard David Dawson. They'll help pave the way for No. 5 running back Derrick Green, who might see early action, especially if Fitzgerald Toussaint is slow in recovering from a broken leg. Junior Devin Gardner takes over at quarterback after Denard Robinson departed. Gardner went 3-2 as a starter, completing 59.5 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns.
Other Big Ten teams:
3. OSU (previously 4)
23. Nebraska (20)
24. Northwestern (22)
Say good-bye to Wisconsin, which lost coach Bret Bielema to Arkansas and hired former Utah State coach Gary Andersen to replace him, and USC, which remains a mess under coach Lane Kiffin.
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