a terrible blight on our fine country
List of Walk-On Freshmen, from mgoblue.com:
Andrew Offerdahl, #31, S, 5-11, 199, Fort Lauderdale, FL Prep ... attended Cardinal Gibbons High School (2012) coached by Mike Morrill ... three-year letterman in football ... national honor society ... Other Sports ... also participated in soccer, swimming and track and field. (Son of five-time Miami Dolphin Pro-Bowler, John Offerdahl)
Bo Dever, #3, WR, 6-2, 193, Lake Forest, Ill. Prep ... attended Lake Forest High School (2012) coached by Chuck Spagnoli ... three-year letterman in football ... earned first-team all-conference recognition at wide receiver as a senior ... Other Sports ... also participated in baseball. (TTB interview)
Chris Maye, #46, DB, 5-11, 182, Union City, MI Prep ... attended Union City High School (2012) coached by Eric Tundevold ... four-year letterman in football ... Honors and Rankings ... received all-state recognition junior and senior seasons ... Other Sports ... four-year letterman in track and field. (Board fluff) (He's fast)
Brian Cleary, #6, QB, 6-3, 204, Detroit, MI Prep ... attended Detroit Jesuit High School (2012) coached by Jeff Putnam ... national honor society ... four-year varsity letterman in football ... Honors and Rankings ... earned first-team All-Catholic League honors as a quarterback during junior and senior seasons ... added second-team all-city accolades as a senior.
Kenneth Allen, #91, K/P, 6-3, 205, Fenton, MI Prep ... attended Fenton High School (2012) coached by Jeff Setzke ... two-year varsity letterman in football ... Honors and Rankings ... first-team all-district punter senior year ... Other Sports ... also participated in basketball and soccer. (Held offer from Oregon State)
Dan Gibbs, #79, OL, 6-7, 311, Birmingham, MI Prep ... attended Seaholm High School (2012) coached by Jim DeWald ... three-year varsity letterman in football ... Honors and Rankings ... earned first-team all-state honors at offensive tackle senior year ... received first-team all-conference recognition sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... Other Sports ... also participated in track and field and wrestling. (Scout: 3 stars, #97 OT)
Ben Pliska, #63, OL, 6-3, 269, Kirkland, WA Prep ... attended Lake Washington High School (2012) coached by Stephen Supple ... three-year varsity letterman in football ... national honor society ... Honors and Rankings ... earned all-conference recognition junior and senior seasons ... Other Sports ... four-year letterman in lacrosse. (Video highlights from hudl.com)
Ryan Glasgow, #96, DL, 6-4, 294, Aurora, Ill Prep ... attended Marmion Academy (2012) coached by Dan Thorpe ... national honor society ... two-year varsity letterman in football ... Honors and Rankings ... recognized as Suburban Christian Conference Defensive Player of the Year senior year ... Other Sports ... two-year varsity letterman in basketball. (Brother of Redshirt Freshman OL Graham Glasgow. One or both of the brothers had preferred walk-on offers from Ohio (yes, that Ohio))
Mark Lawson, #59, LB, 6-2, 213, Ada, MI Prep ... attended Forest Hills Eastern High School (2012) coached by Tim Gibson ... three-year letterman in football ... earned all-state and all-conference accolades as a senior (2011) ... national honor society ... Other Sports ... also lettered in lacrosse and wrestling. (Ann Arbor.com article)
One of my favorite things about Michigan football Saturdays is the feeling I get when I walk back into my living room after grabbing a fresh beer and see my friends all together. I absolutely love bringing people together, more than anything in the world.
I've been wanting to start an MGoClub or M Club or whatever here in Evansville, IN for the past two seasons, because I see an uncanny amount of Michigan license plates, car decals, hats and shirts around the city. I want to meet new people and enjoy this great thing with them.
I know it's literally unfeasible to have a seperate thread for every city (especially those the small size of Evansville) destroying the board, but is there anyway we could create something on the blog, or even just use this to organize some kind of MGoClub?
I really like the model the American Outlaws have, where there are local chapters, with someone heading up each chapter. I wouldn't want to get any $ involved the way they do with dues and paying for tailgates, I just want to hang out. You know, meet up at a bar once a month during the offseason, catch Football, basketball and hockey games together.
Hell, you might be like my dad, content just watching games by yourself, or with only the people you've been watching with so far. There's nothing wrong with that.
I'd rather connect. What does the blog think?
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd love for those of you interested in chairing, or leading your own cities local chapter to let me know. We can get a list together of contacts, and maybe even expand our "michigan bar locator" a bit.
EDIT (OP) : So far, there has been alot of positive feedback and ideas. Here's the plan. CRex, or someone, mentioned using social media (i.e. facebook) to get this beast rolling.
Step 1. Check on facebook to see if there already is such a group for your desired area. We don't want to be harshing anyone's gig, you know.
Step 2. If there isn't one, create it, and invite your current Michigan buddies on Fbook. Call it whatever you want, but for uniformity's sake, use the term MGo in it. I hope/suppose this is okay with Brian, Dave Brandon, and what not.
Step 3. If you're the one spearheading the effort in your city/region, please send me an email at the aforementioned address, with the following. Your name, the region, your email or contact info you're comfortable with, and the url link to the facebook group page. We'll see if we can't get a list together for the blog.
Step 4. Remember to set the blog's homepage as Mgoblog.
Mgodemigod Brian, if you see any problem with this effort, let me know.
I'm totally down for any other ideas or commentary you guys have on this.
EDIT #2: Lots of good stuff in the thread. Please remember to connect with me via email at email@example.com once you get the ball rolling.
BeyondTheBets.com is looking for college football "experts", they're hoping to sign up volunteers for each team to write about team updates, injury info, analysis and picks......thought some of the MGoBlog.com community may be interested in looking into this.....
Meinke posted a story about what he believes are the five position battles to watch during camp. The two that stick out to me are at LG and WR. Meinke lists Burzynski as a possibility to be the starter at LG, namely because he has been impressive and got the start in the spring game. I think starting the spring game is overrated, especially since Mealer was backing up at other positions on the line. Add in Hoke's loyalty to seniors, and I see Mealer batting super-freshman Kalis for that spot.
Also interesting was the battle for No. 3 WR. Chesson and Darboh have an excellent chance to contribute this year.
Mgoblue.com now has an updated roster - it says "Spring Roster" but that's a misprint. Some of the weights are different from the earlier ones posted in the Media Guide, and a few are interesting:
T. Rich + 8. to 162 (soaking wet?)
Funchess +4 to 229 (close to legit TE size)
B. Moore +7 to 268
Drake Johnson +6 to 209
Hopkins +5 to 240 (not sure if this is a good thing)
J. Clark +9 to 200
Houma +6 to 227
Wilkins +4 to 294
Wormley +11(!) to 279 (playable)
RJS +7 to 213 (that's more like it)
Ojemudia +8 to 231 (ditto)
Willie Henry +12 (!) to 314 (good weight??)
Braden -11 to 308 (probably a good sign)
Blake Bars + 8 to 291
Godin +7 to 277 (playable)
Ryan Glasgow +9 to 294 (Pfd. WO Freshman DL)
This is the last of the five part senior leadership training series. I'm hoping for some practice footage tonight.