Late notice. Just started.
There is a link to an article HERE for anyone that's interested.
Elijah Hood was a 4* (according to 24/7) running back recruit from Charlotte, NC. He commited to North Carolina today. He held a Michigan offer, and commited to Notre Dame after infamously flushing a bunch of Alabama letters down the toilet. At 6'0" he is the #7 running back in the 2014 class according to 24/7.
As for Michigan's running back hopes, this officially seals the deal on Hood. Here is how the Michigan running back offers in the 2014 class looks:
- Jalen Hurd (Committed, Tennessee)
- Joe Mixen (Not Interested)
- Leonard Fournette (You've heard about him, but we've made his top 5)
- Jonathan Hilliman (Commited, Rutgers)
- Elijah Hood (Commited, North Carolina)
- Kalen Ballage (We are in his top 5-7ish)
Our best chance is most probably Ballage, who is more of an athlete that could play rb, and split out wide some as well.
As the season approaches one of the biggest lingering question marks is how the Offensive Line, particularly the 3 new starters, will perform this year. There are a lot of reasons to believe that we will see improvement in this department such as scheme and personnel fit with regards to size and technique.
The question I have for the coaches and learned football scholars out there is specifically how are the skill sets different for run blocking vs. pass blocking? For all the flack our OL got last year they seemed to do pretty well in pass blocking situations. Was this a result of having upperclassman using techniques that translated from a zone blocking scheme (which our OL was recruited for) to our current scheme? Will it be "easier" for our young OL to run block because of their size advantage, ability to pull, and overall fit within the system than to pass block that requires fine-tuned technique?
Just curious to see in what situations our OL can do well and if that will skew the playcalling in one direction or another.
I am not sure how many tackles he broke there, but its somewhere between 8 and 10 if my counting is right.
A reporter today asked Mattison if he would be in favor of preseason exhibition games for college football and he quickly said yes and loved the idea.
What say you?
Preseason games against FCS or maybe even local Division II schools like Grand Valley State or Wayne State. Dare I say Slippery Rock?