Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Mixed bag for our recruits still in playoff action tonight.
Channing Stribling and Matthews Butler edged East Forsyth 25-15 to advance to the Regional round (NC State Semifinals) where they will play Mallard Creek (Marquez North - 2013 top 10 WR).
Patrick Kugler and North Allegheny crushed Seneca Valley 47-17 to advance to the WPIAL Quad A Finals at Heinz Field next week against Woodland Hills.
Mike McCray and Trotwood Madison cruised over Turpin 42-14 to win their Regional Final and advance to the OH Division II State Semis. McCray had an INT.
Jaron Dukes and Marion Franklin's comeback attempt came up short in a 32-30 loss to New Albany & OSU commit Darron Lee. Lee intercepted a pass intended for Dukes with less than a minute left in the game. Dukes caught a 2pt conversion in the loss.
Ross Douglas and Avon lost 42-14 to Toledo Catholic Central (S Jayme Thompson (OSU commit), 2014 QB DeShone Kizer, TE Keith Towbridge (Louisville)) in a rematch from last year's playoffs. Douglas had a 20 yd TD run.
Michael Ferns (2014) and St. Clairsville won 37-29 over Johnstown to win their Regional Final and advance to the OH Division IV State Semis.
Chris Fox and Ponderosa are shooting themselves in the foot right now down 19-7 at the half with 3 lost fumbles, a punt blocked, and a punt snapped out of the end zone for a safety. Rough start.
EDIT: Fox's Ponderosa got upset last night 19-14 in a crazy finish. Tough loss for the kid.
#cspreps INSANITY! Ponderosa fumbles on 1st and goal from the 1, down by 5, with 53 seconds left. Mesa Ridge can take knees and win it. Wow!
All three plays in the 'Ending It' Picture Pages series in one video. Analysis courtesy Brian, per usual.
They're doing a story on the business of college football.
So back in 2007, Michigan had their Grbac/Griese/Brady/Henson/Henne clone in Ryan Mallett. Exit Lloyd Carr. Enter RichRod. Mallett, taking one look at an offense that, on paper, didn't play to a single one of his strengths, left (as was his right). Does anyone remember what happened next? A season of Sherthreetdammit. 3-9. Two B1G wins. A home loss to f*cking Toledo. 2009 was "better," if by "better" you mean "one conference win and no bowl game." Enter Denard. In 2010 (aka the only year he got to play in the offense he was born/recruited to play in), Denard became the only college QB ever to post a 2,500/1,800 season while almost single-handedly carrying the raging tire-fire that was the 2010 Michigan defense to a January 1st bowl game. Exit RichRod. Enter Brady Hoke and his MANBALL offense. Denard, taking one look at an offense that, on paper, didn't play to a single one of his strengths, lef... err... stayed. In 2011, playing in a square-ish offense despite being the roundest peg in the history of ever, Denard leads UM within a game of a B1G Division Championship, plays an all-but-perfect game in our first win over Ohio in 10,000 years and wins a BCS game. In 2012, he had exactly one turnover (an EOH Hail Mary against Sparty) thru 3.5 B1G games and was in the process of grinding out an ugly win over Nebraska when his elbow hit the turf.
Is Denard ever going to drop seven steps, run thru five progressions and pick apart a defense? No. Is he going to back-foot some ill-advised throws into coverage? Absolutely. Since arriving in Ann Arbor, has he put every ounce of his talent/heart/soul into what he does on a football field? Unquestionably. He isn't USC Matt Leinart. He isn't UT Vince Young. However, anyone who thinks that the Michigan Football Program would have been better off the past couple years with Denard in a "Reggie Bush" role while someone else played QB is entitled to their opinion. Unfortunately, their opinion would be wrong.
Tomorrow is Senior Day. Hoke will "The Team. The Team. The Team." because, obviously. We'll know better. The hero is the one who stays. Michigan is well on its way to being MICHIGAN again, largely due to the fact that Denard didn't bail on us when it would have been the easy (and maybe, for him, the right) thing to do. For that reason alone, he
deserves has earned our gratitude.
Denard Robinson—a "Michigan Man" if there ever was one.
It looks like the NCAA is kicking the University of Tennessee while they're already down. With a disgruntled fanbase and the huge rumors of Jon Gruden taking over the coaching job for Derek Dooley after seasons end that almost seem to be going no where, this is going to send their fans into a frenzy.
A former University of Tennessee assistant football coach knowingly worked with a booster to provide impermissible travel and lodging to a prospective student-athlete, according to findings by the Division I Committee on Infractions. The former coach was also cited for unethical conduct for his role in the violations.
For those of you that are going to be in town for the Iowa game, former University of Michigan and current New York Giant safety Stevie Brown will be at Underground Printing on South University from 10-11 am before the game signing autographs and meeting fans.
We will also be selling commemorative "Stevie B" shirts with proceeds benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief efforts through the Red Cross. On Sunday, Stevie will be back in NY with other Giants players at the Palisades Mall raising some money for the relief effort as well.
If you aren't able to make it to Ann Arbor, you can still get the shirt from the MGoStore and help a good cause.