good luck with that
Hey guys. I am interviewing Jim Brandstatter tomorrow afternoon and figured there's a ton that I could ask him. I thought I'd enlist your help to get me the best question set possible. I'll pick the best ones besides the ones I've already set aside. Thanks for the help!
Good Tom Brady article by A Changelis in the DetNews:
This piece counters the myth a bit, that Brady was underappreciated and overlooked when he was at Michigan. Mentions his 20-5 record, bowl wins over vaunted SEC opponents, how he nearly saved Lloyd's butt against MSU after Lloyd had ridden Henson too long in that game. Of course no one could see what he was about to do in the NFL -- statistically speaking, no one does what he's done. It's also worth noting that during Brady's five years in AA, there were three other QBs on the roster who would play in the NFL.
One thing that I've never seen brought up is the opening drive of the '98 Notre Dame game, Brady's first as a starter. I'm totally in the school that a game can swing entirely on one play anywhere along the way. The '98 game was in South Bend, and Brady is shoving the ball down the Domers' throats. Inside the five, about to stick it in, and Lloyd yanks Brady and puts Scott Driesbach in. Driesbach had a bit of a star-crossed career at UM, led the then biggest ever comeback against UVa in Carr's first game as HC, had some injuries IIRC, Griese took over the team in '96/'97. Driesbach landed on the backburner, even though he eventually hung around the NFL for a while. He was a senior in '98 and from somewhere right near South Bend. I guess Lloyd wanted to get the guy a touchdown in his hometown swansong. Not a bad impulse but questionable football judgment. Driesbach goes in cold and fumbles. ND drives the length of the field to score and never looks back.
EDIT: It has been poined out below that my recollection immediately above is not quite reliable. We were up 3-0, shooting to go up 10-0, Dreisbach fumbled and the game was soon tied, 3-3. We led at the half, but not by as much as the statistics might've suggested. Then we lost. This shit will happen when you get old and have watched a lot of football games, kids.
Michigan had 4 recruits in the top 150
#69 - Dan Oneill - Transferred to Western
#71 - Darryl Stonum - Kicked off team
#115 - Brandon Moore - Used primarily as a blocker
#141 - J.B. Fitzgerald - Primarily a backup
No contributing recruits from this class and we still managed to win a bcs bowl game. Just imagine how successful we are going to be with top recruits under the wings of our current coaching staff!
What does everyone think will happen with Justice Hayes? I know he was a pretty highly touted running back coming in, but that position seems pretty well locked down with Fitz, V-Smith as a 3rd down guy, and maybe Rawls waiting in the wings.
I thought I heard he could convert to a wideout, but he doesn't seem like he's got enough size (5'10'', 176 lbs according to MGoBlue). Granted, he took a redshirt this year and will probably put on some more weight in the offseason, but does anyone have any ideas on where he might fit into Hoke's scheme? His situation, at least to me anyways, seems kind of ambiguous, and I'd hate to see that kind of talent not get utilized.