fair point that
EDIT: Updating list to encompass suggestions from the thread...
Good idea per TheTeamx3: Someone with a lot of time should assemble this all Michigan team on madden and sim a season.
Reading the NFL Wolverines breakdown got me to thinking, could an all-Michigan alumni team be competitive in the NFL? Where would they fall in the 0-16 to 16-0 range? Depth is obviously an issue, so let's assume we live in a happy world where injuries are just fanciful things that only exist in our imagination. This also means Koger is healthy this year.
RB and OL are our biggest concerns. We'd have to shift a center over to guard, or do some similar movement on the line.
As a follow up, what other teams could make the claim? USC and ...? Texas? OSU and Bama don't have QB's for the league. Nobody can really claim a two-deep without any holes. Michigan may have the most evenly spread talent in the league.
I'm sure I'm not the first to bring up this notion on this site, but I haven't seen a thread like this at all. So here is my tentative two deep for the good guys:
Brandon Minor (?)
Mike Hart (?)
ummm... Chris Perry or BJ Askew (???)
Steve Watson (?)
Stevie Brown (still amazes me that this is real)
Zoltan F. Mesko
- Jim Harbaugh, HC
- Cam Cameron, OC/QB
- Bill Sheridan, DC
- Mike DeBord/Terry Malone: WR/TE
- Harold Goodwin/Andy Moeller (option 1): OL
- Jerald Ingram, RB
- Mike Trgovac, DL
- Jim Herrmann/Andy Moller (option 2), LB
- Teryl Austin, DB
1. Ohio State
2. Michigan (3-2, 1-0), Last Week - 4: Head coach Brady Hoke has always maintained that U-M's goal every year is to win the Big Ten championship, and the Wolverines looked like a different team in the first game of the conference slate.
U-M shut down Purdue's offense, which was averaging 51.0 point per game at Ross-Ade Stadium, and senior quarterback Denard Robinson (105 passing yards, 235 rushing yards) was efficient and effective - proving that he remains one of the most dangerous players in the nation.
Much is yet to be learned about the competitive Legends Division at this point, but after two weeks of conference play, the Maize and Blue look to be the favorite.
3. Penn State
5. Michigan State
12. Illinois (2-4, 0-2): Tim Beckman's squad is easily the worst team in the conference.
Over the Illini's past four games against FBS foes, they have not scored much (14.8 points per game), and cannot stop anybody (40.8 points allowed per game).
The Orange and Blue have dropped its last eight conference contests dating back to 2011, and I don't see that trend changing any time soon.
I'm not sure if I buy into all of this Penn State hype yet. The rest of the rankings don't look too far off.
Over at WN, Rothstein compiled stats of all active UM grads in the NFL. Here's the link.
The most encouraging thing to me:
Mike Martin, DT, Tennessee: Had five tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted) and a sack in a 30-7 loss to Minnesota. Next up -- vs. Pittsburgh, Thursday 8:20 p.m.
For the season, the big fella has 18 total tackles (9 solo, 9 assisted) and he leads the Titans with 2 sacks. Nice to see him making an impact in the NFL.
This week's iteration of "Michigan Monday" went up yesterday at Ohio website "The Ozone." LINK: http://theozone.net/football/2012/Indiana/MichiganMonday.html
A few quotes and highlights:
Any time you can rush for over 300 yards like the Wolverines did (304), and you're not an undermanned triple-option team, it means that you are in complete control of a game.
Regarding Denard and the rest of the running game:
They were even in position to stop Robinson on his big plays, but he was just too good. What wasn't "just too good", however, was the rest of the running game. Fitzgerald Toussaint carried the ball 17 times for 19 yards, and Vincent Smith carried it three times for eight yards.
Thomas Rawls came in when the game was well over and looked very impressive, running for 33 yards on four carries, and leaving a wake of brutalized Boilermakers in his path. Whether his play would translate while the game is still in doubt is hard to say, but it's probably time to at least let him try.
Regarding Jake Ryan's play:
I know I say this every week, but strongside linebacker Jake Ryan is so good at his job. He does a few things in every game that stands out, and they are all in different spots on the field.
For instance, there's no reason that a guy who is strong and bullish enough to rush the passer with his hand on the ground should also be able to defend slot receivers, but he does it. Granted, it's for a short period of time, but he doesn't look out of place in the open field.
A few bullets summarizing content:
- The first drive was a microcosm of the game, ruthlessly driving down the field.
- Michigan completely controlled the game on both sides of the ball.
- It is incredible that 235 yards for Denard isn't remarkable, and not a career high.
- While the OL isn't opening huge holes, the lack of running yardage is partly on the running backs.
- Devin Gardner and Jeremy Gallon are doing a good job receiving, and both could get more looks and do well.
- The entire defense was impressive, and tackled well in space.
- Mattison has the defense well prepared to overachieve again this year.
- The front seven controlled the line of scrimmage, important because:
- The secondary is still suspect, with Taylor beaten badly on his interception.
Opponents will actually have to work hard to move the ball on this defense. The cute stuff that Purdue likes was useless . . . I want to see how this defense does against a team that is devoted to seeing how soft Michigan's middle is by running a power game. . . .To say that I'm excited to see how the Wolverines perform against Michigan State and Nebraska this month would be an understatement.