also duty-free guys falling over and grabbing their shins
Penn State TE Adam Breneman is out indefinitely with a knee injury:
As of now, details weren't made available, but we do know the injury is to his left knee and has nothing to do with the previous ACL tear back in high school. This new injury is also not believed to be an ACL, which would guarantee that he misses the entire 2014 season.
You may recall Breneman as a near-5* TE coming out of HS. The tone of the article would seem to indicate he might miss a big chunk of the season (and possibly UTLIII) though that's not certain yet. A big blow to Penn State, though they always seem to have 2-3 Tight Ends that would start on most other teams.
Iowa blog "Black Heart Gold Pants" is doing a charity drive to raise money for an Iowa Childrens Hospital by collecting donations per Iowa touchdown. If the pledges reach $400/TD writer Adam Jacobi (noted equinophobe) will ride a horse and put it on the internet. Let's turn the Michigan Money Cannon (TM) towards another great charity and put Jacobi on a saddle. Michigan doesn't play Iowa this year (or until 2023... thanks new B1G!) so you don't have to root against kids to root for Michigan.
EDIT: every cent donated goes towards the UI Children's Hospital construction project. After seeing all the good that's done at Mott, more children's hospitals are needed. Let's help them out.
I've been wondering about this for the past few weeks, so I'm curious who you all think will be leading Team 135 this season. Will we go back to two captains, as I believe Hoke would want, or could we see something different?
I'm guessing we go back to two this season, and my guess is Ryan for defense, and Gardner for offense. But who do you got?
Michigan has just 10 scholarship seniors as Brady Hoke enters his fourth season in Ann Arbor. He hasn’t been able to replicate his 2011 debut, when he went 11-2 and won the Sugar Bowl. Needless to say, the Wolverines will be scrutinized this fall. The defense has a chance to be good from front to back. The key to success will be how the offense develops, especially up front. New coordinator Doug Nussmeier has arrived from Alabama. Don’t expect any new, radical schemes. Just look for a balanced attacked built around the ground game. This was a tough, physical practice in full pads. It also was a spirited session with lots of energy, even after the rain came and pushed things inside.
Here are my thoughts from practice. BEST OF MICHIGAN PRACTICE Most impressive player: DE Frank Clark. So quick, strong and explosive off the edge. Expect big things. Top specimen: DE Taco Charlton. No. 33 is a looming presence at 6-6, 275. If he ever puts it all together, he could be a force. Best drill: Fun to watch the o-line and d-line engage in pass block-pass rush drills. Man-on-man on an island. Loudest coach: Brady Hoke is pretty vocal. He has a raspy voice and barks at players with frequency. Impressive newcomer: True freshman OT Mason Cole stands out. He arrived early and went through spring drills. He is 6-5, 292 and will be heavier and stronger. He could be a very good one.
Top moment: Watching Brady Hoke roll up his sleeves and work with the d-linemen. On the rise: RB De’Veon Smith. A 5-11, 220-pound sophomore, Smith is a strong runner who has carved a niche for himself. He may be hard to unseat from the No. 1 spot. Nagging question: Is the o-line better? Under the radar: Dennis Norfleet. The diminutive Norfleet is one of—if not the—fastest wideouts on the team. He often gets overlooked amid hub-bub about Amara Darboh, Jehu Chesson, Freddy Canteen and Devin Funchess. MY POSITION-BY-POSITION OBSERVATIONS Jeremy Gallon will be missed, but the pass-catchers look good. Lots of competition.
BTN Bus Tour #Wolverines Much like last year a team with more talent than most teams in the B1G recruiting rankings r accurate in most cases— Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) August 11, 2014
The o-line has moving parts. Top line today. LT Cole (52); LG Magnuson; C Miller; RG Bosch; RT Dawson. pic.twitter.com/XBOHQfUPlz— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 11, 2014
I thought people might like to read this nice piece about David Molk, who looks a lock to make the Birds, though under unfortunate circumstances. UM players have as a whole a great rep with Eagles fans, who were sad to see Jason Avant go and think Brandon Graham is a great player who has had really bad luck (injuries, system changes, etc).