According to this Detroit News ARTICLE, Jake Butt is recovering well from his ACL injury and was able to run some yesterday without pain. Coach Hoke anticipates that he could be game-ready by the third or fourth game of the season. There's a lot of time between now and then, but it sounds like it's more likely than not that Michigan will have Butt available in time for the B1G season, with one or two games already under his belt to shake off the proverbial rust.
Hoke see's Butt's rehab situation as being similar to Jake Ryan's recovery from ACL injury:
“I would think to really have him back where you’d want him, it probably would be game three or four,” Hoke said this spring of Butt. “So it is similar in some ways to (Ryan), but we’ll just have to see. Everybody heals differently.” From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140528/SPORTS0201/305280109#ixzz336jW6N1G
Other than the link to the Bill Connelly preview, there's a bunch of s*** on the board right now. So here's some football-related stuff.
Michigan has offered three 2016 quarterbacks in the last couple weeks, so they're obviously getting a jump start on the class instead of waiting like they did for the 2015 class.
Offer #1 went to Maryland's Dwayne Haskins, Jr. (FILM).
Offer #2 went to California's Malik Henry (FILM). He's a 4-star (247 Sports is the only service to release rankings so far), the #1 dual-threat quarterback, and #13 overall.
Offer #3 went to California's K.J. Costello (FILM). He's a 4-star, the #5 pro-style guy, and #139 overall.
UPDATE: Offer #4 goes to Washington's Jacob Eason (FILM). He's the #1 pro-style QB and #5 overall to 247.
" James Franklin who spent the previous three seasons at Vanderbilt, has arranged a deal that will allow his coaches to work Georgia State's football camp in Atlanta on June 10 and Stetson's camp in DeLand, Fla., on June 11. This is brilliant move by Franklin, whose assistants can personally evaluate high school players in two of the nation's most talent-rich areas. "
If you think the 2014 home schedule is bad, take a look at 2016.
"There has never been a better opportunity to see a Michigan football game at Michigan Stadium," said Hunter Lochmann, Chief Marketing Officer for Michigan Athletics. "A smaller returning student ticket number has opened ticket availability and allowed us to create and offer these affordable and fan-friendly ticket offers."
I'm here to discuss the 800 pound gorilla on the right side of the Blog. We're several days into the kickstarter for HTTV 2014, and we're still sitting at around 70% funded. I don't recall the exact figures, but it seems to me that in years past, the kickstarter has been fully funded shortly after the link went up. So I'd like to ask the board, have you participated in the kickstarter in prior years and are holding back this year? If so, why? Is this just part of the general malaise that follows a 7-6 year? Is it too early in the year to be excited about football?