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Today, 134 years ago at White Stockings Park in Chicago, IL, Michigan played their first football game. Or "foot ball game" against Racine, winning 1-0 on a touch-down and goal kick.
Irving Kane Pond (first in middle row) scored the first touch-down for Michigan.
The story which never seems to end is back in the news. The Paterno family and certain other trustees are suing the NCAA over the Freeh report, etc. What is interesting is that Penn State itself is not part of the suit. Bob Costas was to have had a segment on the suit last night, but I didn't see it.
The suit is designed "to redress the NCAA's 100 percent adoption of the Freeh Report and imposition of a binding consent decree against Penn State University. The reality is that consent decree was imposed through coercion and threats behind the scenes and there was no ability for anyone to get redress," Sollers told Costas.
Note: I assume this is not OT as it is B1G-related.
Without oversimplifying Robinson’s role in Jacksonville, that is what the Jaguars have to work with in their rookie: He’s about as raw as possible as a pass catcher (Robinson himself admitted at the combine that he has trouble finding the ball downfield) and he’ll force offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to draw up plays where he is the primary target, but the payoff might be worth it because of how bad Robinson can make defenses look.I think in the short term they should line him up primarily at RB so he can get comfortable with NFL speed and blocking. Hopefully his arm is fully healed because he could definitely moonlight at QB and make defenses pay if they don't respect his throwing ability. http://nfl.si.com/2013/05/29/jags-must-balance-denard-robinsons-athletic...
I was going to write about how ridiculous it was that teams were already contacting this kid given the face he's in 8th grade. I was going to write about the difference between he and Damon Bailey and the fact that if Bobby Knight saw enough in this kid to think he had the skill set as an 8th grader to make him an offer, he would definitely be ready by time he came to IN.
As Dante's highlight reel-Do they really have these at this level?-or is just games to date in Pop Warner(?), started playing he simply took the snap and started running over people in his way. Afterall he is 6'3" and weighs 205 so you'd expect as much. Then I saw him start throwing the ball, and I think I might have seen in this kid what Bobby saw in Damon. He not only throws darts, but shows some real juice while throwing on the move and has pretty damn good touch on deep balls. I'm certain, given his D1 physical stature now, he'll start picking up more and more interest as the years go by, so we'll here a lot from this kid.
You might think, as I did initially, that there is no way to tell how good this kid really is because he's a head taller and a whole lot stronger than all those poor kids attempting to bring him down. But then, as soon as he starts throwing the ball, it's ez to see why people who get paid a lot of money are taking an interest in this kid so very early in the process. Class of '17? WOW. Should be fun to keep our eyes and ears open on this one.
With the recent commitment of Peppers, I thought it'd be interesting to see how many of the last 2 (edit: now 3) classes of recruits were considered top 5 nationally at their positions by at least one of the services. This is kind of an arbitrary cutoff, and actually leaves off a decent amount who are top 10 at their position nationally, but here's what we've got. Services listed in order of highest ranking for each player:
2012 (thanks to user Allin4Blue)
Ondre Pipkins #3 DT - Rivals
Sione Houma #4 FB - ESPN
Kyle Kalis #4 OG - 247
Joe Bolden #3 OLB - 247, #4 OLB - Scout
Royce Jenkins-Stone - #2 MLB - Scout
Chris Wormley #4 SDE - 247
Terry Richardson #5 CB - ESPN
Devin Funchess - #5 TE - ESPN
Kyle Bosch #3 OT - Scout, #4 OG - 247
Taco Charlton #3 WDE - 247
Derrick Green #1 RB - Rivals, Scout, #5 RB - ESPN
Shane Morris #3 QB - Scout, #4 QB - Rivals, 247
David Dawson #3 OG - 247, #2 OG - ESPN
Patrick Kugler #1 OG - Scout, #2 C - 247, #3 OG - ESPN,
Jake Butt # 4 TE - ESPN, #5 TE - Scout, Rivals
Dymonte Thomas #4 S - Scout
Jabrill Peppers #1 CB - Everyone save Scout at #4
Drake Harris #4 WR - 247, #3 WR - Scout
Bryan Mone #5 DT - 247
Ian Bunting #5 TE - ESPN
3 TE - 1 H, 2 Y