Looking through the roster and seeing a lack of seniors it is quite amazing to go back and look at how bad the "20th ranked" 2010 class turned out to be for the school, and why this team is so young. Yes there is always attrition and if 60-70% of your recruits make it to senior day you should be happy but this was an epic tire fire.
Here is a list of guys who essentially are on the side of milk cartons (15 names): Cullen Christian, Marvin Robinson, Ken Wilkins, Carvin Johnson, Conelius Jones (edit), Antonio Kinard, Ricardo Miller, Christian Pace, Jerald Robinson, Davion Rogers, Terrence Talbot, Terry Talbot, Austin White, DJ Williamson, Ray Vinopal.
Add the infamous Demar Dorsey to that list although I am not sure he is now considered an official recruit.
Only real contributors - Devin, JMFR, Richard Ash, Courtney Avery, Jibreel Black, Dileo, Hagerup (err), Jeremy Jackson, and sorta kinda Furman. Stephen Hopkins did pitch in a for a while. I count 5 front line contributors .... if you are generous and include Ash, then 6 out of 27 players. EDIT: Jordan Paskorz also back line contributor. I don't have much to contribute to that in any form of analysis other than to say something about a bare cupboard and point to this as a reason so many young guys have had to play the past 2 years. [original post incorrectly had Gallon in 2010, was a 2009 recruit]
Michigan Today has nice story on the 75th anniversary of Michigan's iconic winged helmet. It includes the stuff we know (e.g., Crisler brought the wing concept with him from Princeton) along with a lot of stuff many of us didn't.
Introduced to MIchigan in 1938, this marks the 75th year of the winged helmet. The article has some curious assertions such as:
(b)ack then the headgear looked like the leather biking helmets favored by today's Tour de France riders
telling us the author (none other than FOB John U. Bacon) does not spend a lot of time watching professional cycling, but overall it gives a nice history of one of Michigan's defining symbols.
In a case of function defining form, the author relays that at the time helmets
typically consisted of a leather bowl with an extra pad to protect the forehead, from which three strips of padding ran to the back—all of it painted black. To help his Princeton quarterback identify his receivers downfield and give his team a little style in the process, Crisler simply painted the extra padding Princeton orange and—voila!—the winged helmet was born.
Princeton dumped the design in 1937 (before Crisler left), so I'm guessing Crisler did not feel bad about taking the innovation with him.
So rather than subjecting ourselves to more "Akron ... grumble, grumble" (I'm sure the UFRs can get us right back in that mood), enjoy a bit of Michigan football history.
After watching the first three games, it seemed to me that an inordinate amount of opposition scoring is actually being generated by Michigan's offense (specifically interceptions and bad punts...). I broke down all of the opponents' scoring drives to get a better idea of what's going on.
This is not intended to pick on Devin Gardner or Matt Wile. I only counted drives that are highlighted by an asterick (*). We all know about Gardner's interceptions. I've also highlighted Wiles punts of 25 yards or less. Based on my calculations, 57% of oppenents' scoring (36 out of 63 total points) can be attributed to interceptions or shanked punts. These are correctable issues.
Details below......please forgive any formatting issues!
CMU Scoring Drives
* Gardner interception returned to Michigan 7. CMU moves ball to 6. Kicks field goal.
* Gardner interception returned to Michigan 29. CMU moves ball to 10. Kicks field goal.
CMU takes touchback. Drives to Michigan 17. Kicks field goal.
Gardner: 6 of 9 points. 67%
Notre Dame Scoring Drives
ND takes touchback. Drives to Michigan 4. Kicks field goal.
* Wile punts 24 yards to Michigan 46. ND drives to 26. Kicks field goal.
ND takes touchback. Drives to Michigan 7. Kicks field goal.
Wile punts to ND 10. ND drives for TD
* Gardner interception in end zone. TD.
* Wile punts 21 yards to ND 48. Drives to Michigan 23. Kicks field goal.
Gardner: 7 of 30 points. 23%
Wile: 6 of 30 points. 20%
Akron Scoring Drives
* Wile punts 21 yards to Michigan 31. Drives to Michigan 28. Kicks field goal.
Wile punts 47 yards (net) to Akron 25. Drives for TD.
* Gardner intercepted. Returned 27 yards for a TD.
* Wile punts 22 yards to Akron 33. Drives for TD.
To be fair, Akron was intercepted in end zone and ended game at goal line. Two potential scoring drives that were generated by their offense.
Gardner: 7 of 24 points. 29%
Wile: 10 of 24 points. 42%
Gardner 20 of 63 points. 32%
Wile: 16 of 63 points. 25%
I'm in the market for my first ever Michigan football jersey. Ever since I was a kid I wanted a #1 jersey (because of David Terrell). Now they don't really use that number, or even sell that jersey (except for a few places).
I'm wondering if the #98 jersey will become the new #1. Each year it will be given to the best player. Potentially you could always have the jersey of the best player. I guess it's hard to say how often they will give it out. If all else fails it's still a Tom Harmon jersey.
EDIT: ONE OF the best players. Better?
Pretty interesting stuff to say the least. On top of former QB Tommie Frazier bashing Pelini, he went on a little tirade in a presser as reported by Deadspin. There is audio of him saying it in the link.
EDIT: Thanks for the heads up on the mistake. Apparently this was in 2011. Nebraska fans are pissed all over the twitter.
"It took everything in my power to not say, 'Fuck you, fans. Fuck all of you.' Fuck 'em."
"Our crowd. What a bunch of fucking fair-weather fucking—they can all kiss my ass out the fucking door. 'Cause the day is fucking coming now. We'll see what they can do when I'm fucking gone. I'm so fucking pissed off."