spoiler alert: i linked this
After today's disheartening loss, I thought I'd distract us from bball for the moment and look at the strengths and weaknesses of next year's football team and we are solid at almost every position with a few weaknesses mixed in.
OL: Lewan and schofield will be one of the best tackle combos in the big ten. The interior of the line will be young but talented. I think Kalis will make a huge impact next year.
RB: This was thought to be a weakness but after signing Smith and Green and the good reports on Fitz this could turn out to be a strength of the offense.
WR: We're a little thin on depth here. Gallon really came on strong last year and I believe he was 4th in the big ten in receiving yards. He'll be the go to receiver. Dileo showed flashes of briliance but disappeared during some games last year. The other WR spot will ikely go to either Darboh or Chesson.
TE:This should be one of the strengths of the team. After Funchess' freshman year, he should dominate with a year in the weight room to improve his blocking.
QB: Devin was really good in the NW and Iowa games and really played well against SC. I think he'll be our most accurate QB since Henne.
LB: This is definitely our best unit. Jake Ryan, Desmond Morgan, Joe Bolden, and James Ross are all solid.
CB: Hopefully Countess is healthy because he could be one of our key players on defense. Raymon Taylor was good in some games and torched in others.
S: Thomas Gordon played ok in 2012. I think either Jarrod Wilson or Dymonte will start at the other safety spot.
DL: This unit had some terrible games and some great games. I think it will really improve in 2012 with an extra year of coaching and young players like Ojemudia, Pipkins getting time in the weight room. I predict Quinton Washington will be a beast next year.
K: Gibbons has been money since his sophomore year. Wile looked good in the few kicks he had.
P: Even if Hagerup doesn't come back, I think we'll be fine here. Wile can boot the ball just as far.
ND tossup/win (at home and at night we should pull it off)
at Uconn W
at PSU W
at MSU win (they don't have the offense without bell and Sims)
Nebraska W (they don't play well away from home and Mattison will force Martinez to throw)
at NW W (could be a trap game)
at Iowa W
Like many of you, Ondre is one of my favorite Wolverines, so I was very happy to see a short segment featuring Ondre during the Inside Michigan Football signing day special. Pee Wee reflects on his signing day and first season as a Michigan Wolverine.
If you watch Ondre's segment on the signing day special, you will notice he has lost a lot of weight in his face:
Ondre Pipkins: His two minute segment had some interesting tidbits. Best news of all may be the 32 lbs Ondre has shed since arriving on campus last summer
For a guy who only made two solo tackles as a freshman; Expectations are stll very high and rightfully so.
|Career Defense for Ondre Pipkins|
|2012||vs South Carolina||0||1||1||0.5|
I though Ondre had his best game, and most playing time of the season vs South Carolina. I can't really be sure because of the unreadable jerseys Michigan wore for the Bowl Game.
I am going to post the two hour signing day video in the first post of this thread because it is too difficult for me to do so in this section.
I would recommend watching the video in its entirety, if you have a couple hours to burn.
The parts on Ondre are in the following time segments.
Start time 1:25:19
End time 1:27:42
Ondre speaking of his indoctrination to Michigan football:
“I had a rough start”, laughs, “dealing with technique, learning to play with your hands and things like that”
“listening to details was a challenge for me, but as the season went on I had some help from the upperclassmen, Jibreel Black, Will Campbell, Q Washington…They all helped me out to groom me for later on in the season, and that’s why I started to build my confidence up, and you know that I appreciate those guys for that.”
“You know I came in at 347 and know I’m down to 315, That was part of discipline and part of knowing everyday what you need to do to accomplish that common goal”.
“I’m very excited, I still got a lot of learning to do, still got a long way to go…. But I’m ready to step up and help this team win and help them win the Big Ten championship”
Over the last several months, I've been keeping track of names to watch in the state of Michigan for 2014. Then in the last couple days, I've written up short snapshots of 44 of those players. There will likely be some sleepers that emerge in the coming year, but I did my best.
The trend in this year's class? Short-ish, stocky running back/linebackers. Between Lorenzo Collins, Gary Hosey, William White, and Raylan Hill, the state has several of those RB/LB tweeners.
I was listening to a National Talk Show and they were talking about SEC Football. They mentioned the Cam Cameron hire and the guy says I got a good story for you.
He said 5 years ago he was at Stanford talking to Harbaugh in his office when Harbaugh said I got something you need to hear. It was Bo's pregame speech for the 1988 Notre Dame game. He said it was awesome full of fire and brimstone. Apparently Cameron taped it and ther are 5 copies of it out there. This had my head spinning with questions like I was in the Davinci Code. I have no idea if I'm out of the loop or this is news, but this is why we have the internet.
Anybody heard the speech before? Who has the other 3 copies? Why 5 copies Cam? Do you have to join a secret society to hear the tape?
Solve this for me MGOBLOG.
Here are Urban's top 11 recruiting tips for fellow Big Ten coaches. I hope you dig.
11. Don’t reinvent the wheel. If ESPN says he’s a good player, why waste your time and resources to confirm what you already know? Look—I’ve met a lot of these recruiting guys. The ones from Scout, from 24/7, from Rivals. Are they geniuses? No. But think about the alternative. It’s not like the wide receivers coach at Minnesota is any secret genius either. It’s not like the linebackers coach at Iowa is all great shakes. Is some guy on your staff going to do a better job evaluating a prospect than the regional guy from Rivals? On our staff, maybe. On Brady’s staff, maybe. On anyone else’s staff, let’s face it: probably not. And even then, is the difference worth sinking the resources into sending your guys out to do those evals themselves? Opportunity cost, men. Don’t overlook what else you might be getting out of that time and money.
10. Now, lots of you guys may think, “well, this kid is only a 2-star, but he fits our system. He plays hard and has a good head on his shoulders.” Better not offer that guy a scholarship, because you know what? Rivals.com doesn’t care if he fits your system. Scout.com doesn’t care if he has a good head on his shoulders. It’s all about perception, gentlemen. If you want to catch the SEC, it’s gotta be 3-stars or bust.
9. Look, I know they can be a little unwieldy. They get in the way when you’re trying to eat, you don’t want to get them dirty, all that. But you just absolutely cannot be leaving your national championship rings at home when you go on these recruiting visits. It’s just plain dumb. I don’t care if it was way back in 2006. That’s not the point. These kids want to see the rings. You want the kids, you got to give them the rings. And that’s just common sense.
8. I see a lot of you guys out trying to sign offensive linemen, or giving scholarships to kickers—and even long-snappers. This has got stop. Nobody gets excited about linemen. A defensive end, maybe, but not some plain old guard. Specialists are even worse—the highest they can get on Scout is three stars, so they are just about guaranteed to bring your average down. Image is everything. If people see you bringing in an average of 2.65 stars, then guess what? Your name is “Johnny Two-Star.” The four stars aren’t even going to think about you anymore. The three stars? Maybe. But you’ll get all the two-stars you can handle. You want to be Indiana freaking University? Just keep giving scholarships to long-snappers, and you can be Indian—oh, sorry Kevin. But yeah, just keep giving scholarships to long-snappers, you can be the Mid-America Conference if you want to. You want to be Big Ten? You save those for playmakers.
7. You know, back when I was at Utah, I noticed a recruit’s mother seemed a little worn out because she was at work all day, the recruit had a little brother she was taking care of, it was late, you know. So I reached over and started giving the recruit’s mother a foot massage. Now you might think, “that’s really not appropriate,” but I assure you our compliance people checked the NCAA rulebook and there is absolutely nothing in there that says giving a recruit’s mother a foot massage is a violation. Now, sometimes a foot massage isn’t going to be enough. But I think you get the point, gentlemen.
6. So, I know that some of my players were previously committed to other coaches in this room and maybe a few of you might be a little disappointed about that. I just want to come right out and address it. No need to beat around the bush. See, when a player makes a verbal commitment to, say, the University of Illinois—what that really means is he’s committed to Illinois or Ohio State. It’s like he’s both of ours, you see? Now maybe it will come to pass that the Buckeyes don’t need him in our class, and then he’ll go to Illinois. But to go and use words like “poaching?” “Snake oil?” Well, that’s really not necessary. And really not accurate, to be perfectly honest.
5. Don’t cuss at the recruits. Yeah, this may sound funny, like “what, I can’t cuss at the recruits?” But seriously—kids these days don’t want to play for some purple-faced asshole. I know, I know—you all want to just ‘be yourself’ with the kids. Well, ‘being yourself’ got you the number thirty-fuck-what recruiting class on Scout, Bo. ‘Being yourself’ got you a class about as good as Middle-fucking-Tennessee, Mark. You don’t see the great recruiters out there screaming at kids. Lane Kiffin doesn’t do it. Kevin Sumlin doesn’t do it. Fred Jackson doesn’t do it. So get it in check, people.
4. I know most of you guys take junior college transfers, prep school guys. Some of you don’t. I can see if your institution doesn’t really accommodate that, but otherwise you’re killing yourself turning them away. And look—juvenile halls? Some of my best players at Florida came out of ‘the system.’ You want to recruit like the SEC? You can’t afraid to get down and dirty like the SEC.
3. Hand-timed 40s are sometime inaccurate.
2. Now, recruiting is hard work. It’s a difficult business. It can take a lot out of you. And some of you may have some health issues that you think might stand in the way of really getting on the recruiting trail. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can’t let that be an excuse. Look, Mark—I know you’ve got that heart thing. Jerry. Hey—I know exactly what it’s like. I’ve had my own “health issues” too—that Nick Saban, he’s a real pain in the ass. But you’ve just got to keep on. Perseverance. You can’t just take a year off in this business. You can’t just go do color commentary for ESPN and expect your dream job to fall into your lap. It’s rough. It’s a grind. But you just have to keep at it. ABR, gentlemen. Always be recruiting.
1. No matter what, make sure you don’t come across as a patronizing jerk. Recruits can see right through that. Parents too. Just never a good idea.
I found this interesting and thought you guys would too since this is a name that's been popping up. Reuben Foster's dad was arrested in Miami recently. The story involves Rueben as a child. Crazy timing considering his sons commitment.