landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Mattison talks incessantly about a "Michigan Defense". What exactly is it's makeup? Can we catch a glimpse of it in Hoke's defensive recruiting so far?
Much like Alabama kicked our ass, we seem intent on kicking ass in the future. We might lose some games to teams with superior skill and speed in the future but opponents are going to take a physical pounding along the way.
I think we have a good idea what type of offense M is going to run in the coming seasons with big physical OL/TE , big receivers, and big RB's getting recruited en masse, but what about the defense?
Absent from recruiting on the defensive side of the ball is players with great speed. This doesn't seem to concern Hoke and Mattison at all. Hoke wasn't BS'ing when he talked about being physical at the point of attack and seems to be a primary focus of defensive recruiting
Linebackers is where Hoke's vision for M's defense is most evident. Looking at the recruits here now and coming in the future, they are all physical kids but not freak athletes
|Antonio Poole||LB||RS FR||6-2/224|
|Kaleb Ringer||LB||FR||6-1 231|
|James Ross III||LB||FR||6-0/225|
|Michae Ferns||LB||HS JR||6-3/235|
Defensive Tackles are big uglies by trade so no surprise here
Defensive Tackle recruiting:
|Maurice Hurst Jr.||DT||HS||6-2/305|
Defensive Ends, there appears to be a speed rusher on the way in Taco Charlton, but nobody on the roster at this point, though Frank Clark and Mario Ojemudia show promise. A couple of the D Ends seemed destined for the interior, though I know not who.
Defensive End recruiting:
|Keith Heitzman||DE||RS FR||6-3/270|
DB's: I am lumping Safety's and Corners together. A bigger more physical brand of safety is certainly on the way. Corner are coming in two kinds: Boundary and Field is how they are referred to, but again no speed burners in the group.
|Jarrod Wilson||S||FR||6-2 194|
Looks like it will be very rainy all afternoon tomorrow. How will this affect the two teams?
I have a increased fear factor that it will hurt Michigan worse than Illinois, but just wondered what everyone else was thinking.
Stubob used to write an Ugly Game of the Week diary, typically would be a handful of ugly games for the upcoming week plus a recap of the previous week's results. This always was a good laugh.
Stubob, COME BACK!!!!!!! I need sometging to read at work on Fridays before the preview is released.
Great story on Jabrill Peppers -- 2014 CB Target from Paramus Catholic, NJ who is listed at 6'0", 205 lbs and currently plays CB, RB and WR w/ offers from 50 Div 1 schools, including Alabama, Ohio, Florida, ND and Michigan.
Jabrill survived and thrived through significant adversity, including the incarceration of his father, Terry Peppers, and the murder of his half-brother, Don Curtis.
Through it all, Jabrill managed to maintain a phone relationship with his father and they are both looking forward to his father's parole next June. Terry deeply wants to remain involved in Jabrill's life and supports him to the best of his abilities.
"Terry works five days a week at the prison unloading and loading office furniture, earning about $180 a month. He sends the money to Jabrill." [NJ.COM]
Jabrill sounds like a great person, terrific talent and a mature individual who understands that life's ups and downs come fast and furiously. Hopefully, we will see Terry attend games at the Big House cheering on his son, Michigan's future star CB.
Omameh was honored with a surprise ceremony Thursday night at the hospital for being part of the 11-member Allstate AFCA Good Works team, an award given to college football players for their community service work.
Sweating profusely, Omameh was stunned. He had known he had been named as part of the team, selected from a pool of 117 candidates and Michigan's first team member since Zoltan Mesko. He had no idea he would be presented his award in front of some of the families he helps each week, media members and around 20 teammates who showed up to help celebrate his accomplishments.
Without numerous mentions of UMich (past, present, and future ... no kidding) this would probably be too "OT" for the board:
Opinions expressed in the article (such as the one about Gardner) are not necessarily those of the OP.