Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Didn't see it posted, but there will be a Michigan Football preview on in a little over 30 minutes on FSN-Detroit at 7pm.
EDIT: Now that the Michigan Preview is over, 2013 commit Gareon Conley of Massillon is playing Akron Buchtel on FSN+. It is the national HS football game of the week.
Ricky Powers is the coach of Buchtel by the way.
HURRR HOMO TITLE! No. Shut up.
At this point, we all know that everyone's favorite basketball coach has an excellent talent for talent evaluation. He gets locked onto players and makes inroads before they blow up to top-100 guys. Hence Trey Burke and our next couple of incoming basketball classes.
The question I have is, do you think Hoke has some of that in him? Now, it may not matter as much, because at Michigan, a recruiter like Hoke can go after the nation's very top prospects and have an equal or better chance of bringing them in. HOWEVA! Our depth chart is going to be devoid of high level, upper-classman talent for the next couple of years yet, and we're gonna need Hoke to have success finding not just those guys that could be mega-stars once they develop this or that to the best of their ability, but the guys that others overlooked, that can step in and fill holes and win games, now.
I think he does. We saw it last year in players like Desmond Morgan, who certianly could've gone elsewhere and played, but in whom Hoke saw a guy he wanted to make a difference, now.
This year, we're gonna have holes in the D-Line and very weak depth in the O-line. We lack recievers. Our defensive backfield is improved, but Never Forget will take years to completely obliterate. We will be relying on guys like Ondre Pipkins, Willie Henry, Kalis, Magnuson, Braden, Darboh and Wilson. I expect to see all of them on the field sometime this year. And when they're there, they will have to perform.
Trey Burke was ready to perform after D-Mo left. Do you think Hoke has that same vision? I do.
Big Ten Network Football Tour is at Michigan practice this afternoon. The show will air tomorrow at 10pm, and they will be live tweeting observations from practice. September 1st can't come soon enough.
Collection of BTN crew livetweets & observations from Michigan practice:
Tom Dienhart's thoughts from Michigan practice:
Some stats from BTNStatsGuy @BTNStatsGuy:
#Michigan's scoring defense improved by 17.8 points per game last season.
One of the topics that always seems to go missing every year among the discussions of returning starters, and incoming true freshmen is which RS freshman (class of 2011 recruit) will make the biggest contribution to the team this year? IMO, they are just as unknown as the true freshmen, but have as much experience is the system an many of the Sophs.
So, who wants to put together a rundown of the RS freshmen for the 2012 season?
By now everyone has heard of the five-year-old who dared to wear a UM T-shirt to his Oklahoma kindergarten class. He has become a symbol of the the fight against mideaval Oklahoma laws that not only force five year olds to hide their Michigan logos but can also can turn kindergartners into criminals for:
1. making ugly faces at a dog.
2. taking an elephant into the downtown area
3. biting another's hamburger.
4. wearing shoes to bed
5. having the hind legs of farm animals in his boots
6. molesting an automobile OR
7. opening a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer.
I kid you not. These are real Oklahoma laws!
So, how can a kindergartner fight cops, who enforce such unjust laws? Is there anything we can do to help poor Cooper Barton?
I suggest a new UM jersey that says:
"Free Cooper Barton": the brave five-year-old freedom fighter from Oklahoma.
Please feel free to share your other ideas.
According to Chris Balas at Rivals (TheWolverine):
@Balas_Wolverine OL Chris Bryant out for the yr with a fractured tibia; LB Kaleb Ringer to redshirt in 2012 after successful knee surgery
Hurts depth, for sure.
[BISB - Added Ringer to title]