As we ramp up for Michigan football, we are also heading closer to my favorite virtual sport - NFL Fantasy Football! I thought it would be great if we can pick each other's brains and critique our fantasy rosters for the upcoming 2013 season, starting with mine below!
QB = Drew Brees (NO)
WR1 = Dwayne Bowe (KC)
WR2 = Andre Johnson (Hou)
WR3 = Antonio Brown (Pit)
RB1 = Adrian Peterson (Minn)
RB2 = Maurice Jones-Drew (Jac)
TE = Greg Olsen (Car)
K = Matt Bryant (Atl)
Def = Houston
Bench QB = Eli Manning (NYG)
Bench RB = Rashard Mendenhall (Ari)
Bench WR = Sidney Rice (Sea)
Bench WR = Michael Floyd (Ari)
Bench TE = Martellus Bennett (Chi)
Bench Def = Baltimore
While this is not necessarily a total death blow (user customized conferences could hypothetically "fix" it), I'd have to imagine this makes another EA college football game even less likely, considering the already poor financial state of the franchise and the momentum against it.
A constant issue I read in articles in print and online is the supposed "panic" we're supposed to have regarding the center position battle. This is my argument in favor of not panicking.
First off, it's August 14th. If you're worried about something like this, get a hobby. Let's talk again on September 1st when we have to data to analyze.
Second, there are certainly untold examples of walk-ons pushing starters that are harbingers of doom (think back to 2008-10). Likewise, there are plenty of situations where walk-ons (not preferred walk-ons like Glasgow) turn into NFL players. The "walk-on challenging the scholarship player" is not a storyline worth worrying about.
Third, your reason not to worry proves itself when you look at this particular position battle. When Glasgow entered the recruiting process, there is a specific reason he only garnered preferred walk-on offers from Ohio State, Michigan, MSU, Minnesota and NIU (his parents were team doctors at NIU and Kill offered him in the latter two places as a PWO, and maybe the question should be why didn't other Big Ten schools offer this kid once the big boys showed PWO interest?). He only played one year of high school football. He was all-state that year. However, he had previously played basketball (I could insert talk about footwork here) and switched over late.
SO what do we know? He's a great athlete, he started playing late, the programs offering him probably were playing poker, hoping to get a guy into a program without committing a scholarship to him. He's now in his 3rd year in the program (same as Miller), he's played in one game fewer than Miller (5 v. 6), and is sufficiently developed and ready to play.
And don't forget one more thing. He was on scholarship last year and I suspect this year as well. Evidently, this guy is proving his worth.
So my message to you all - get rid of the "walk-on" talk, and don't worry. If Glasgow is playing, choose to view it as him developing in his third year of the program, and beating out a solid alternative, and pretend this is what Jordan Kovacs's career development would've looked like had the program had solid (hell, any) roster alternatives in 2009 and 2010.
I'm now going to watch a replay of the 73-yard rushing TD Berkley Edwards pulled off in last Saturday's scrimmage at TCF Bank Stadium.
David Harris, Greg Mattison, Brady Hoke, Al Borges and David Brandon all joined "The Rundown" sports radio show on WBBL The Ball this morning for their Michigan Wednesday of their tailgate tour.
Dr. and Bently are pretty terrible to listen to, but Mattison had some good nuggets when talking about the defense, specifically the players we could see a lot of. Nothing earth shattering, but worth the listen.
Thankfully the Michigan Men make it worth listening to.
Michigan has only offered 1 quarterback from the 2015 class in Josh Rosen, and he himself told me that he has ZERO interest in Michigan so obviously another target will receive an offer at some point. Alex Malzone (Brother Rice HS - Bloomfield, MI) is one of the quarterbacks in the class that is getting attention from the coaching staff and Alex tells me that the interest is mutual. I spoke very briefly with Alex after his first day of practice Monday, which followed a weekend trip to Ann Arbor.
How as the visit:
It was good. I didn't watch a practice, I just went to the media day. I talked to one of the QB assistants and I got Coach Borges' number. I loved the campus and everything. The QB assistant said they were going to get me down to a game. I'm not sure which one, but I think it will be one of the first 3 games.
Malzone will get attention being an in-state kid, but I'm not convinced that he is option #2 behind Rosen. It will be interesting to see if Malzone makes it back for a fall visit and how much the coaches pay attention to him as he heads into his junior year.
ESPN released their broadcast pairings for the 2013 college football season. Not much changes. Brian Griese still doing the ESPN afternoon broadcast with Dave Pasch, Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman for one of the ABC Saturday afternoon games, Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge on the ESPN Saturday Primetime game, and Musberger/Herbstreit on the ABC Saturday Primetime game. The biggest change is Friday night is now Carter Blackburn and Danny Kanell which is a huge downgrade from the days of Joe Tess and Rod Gilmore.
For Michigan, we will probably draw Musberger/Herbstreit for Notre Dame, Joe Tess/Matt Millen or Nessler/Blackledge for PSU, and McDonough/Spielman for Ohio State. So we are probably going to have PSU and OSU alums calling color for both games. Fun.