still not over it in South Bend
In other news, Water is Wet.
Bruce Feldman over at ESPN has an article about "College Footballs Strongest Men"
Hulk Smash ranks as his #2:
2. Mike Martin, NT, Michigan Wolverines
The Wolverines defense may have been flimsy, but don't blame Martin. The 298-pounder, a guy who won a high school state wrestling title in his first season competing in the sport, is a freak. He's squatted over 700 pounds, power cleaned 430, hang cleaned 475 and bench pressed over 500. Oh, and he's also run in the 4.9s in the 40.
More positive press for our wolverines on the WWL today. And those are FREAK numbers.
Sat., Sep. 3
vs. Western Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.
|Sat., Sep. 10||vs. Notre Dame||Ann Arbor, Mich.||8:00 p.m. ET|
|Sat., Sep. 17||vs. Eastern Michigan||Ann Arbor, Mich.||TBA|
|Sat., Sep. 24||vs. San Diego State||Ann Arbor, Mich.||TBA|
|Sat., Oct. 1||vs. Minnesota *||Ann Arbor, Mich.||TBA|
|Sat., Oct. 8||at Northwestern *||Evanston, Ill.||TBA|
|Sat., Oct. 15||at Michigan State *||East Lansing, Mich.||TBA|
|Sat., Oct. 29||vs. Purdue (Homecoming) *||Ann Arbor, Mich.||TBA|
|Sat., Nov. 5||at Iowa *||Iowa City, Iowa||TBA|
|Sat., Nov. 12||at Illinois *||Champaign, Ill.||TBA|
|Sat., Nov. 19||vs. Nebraska *||Ann Arbor, Mich.||TBA|
|Sat., Nov. 26||vs. Ohio State *||Ann Arbor|
Notre Dame is at the Big House. Iowa has it's own set of problems and no real proven QB. NW? Even with DP back and at full strength they do not pose a threat. Minny? Illini? Sparty is really the only question mark in the first 10 games. We have a very viable chance at being 10-0 going into the Nebraska game. In addition, Neb and tOSU are both at home.
Maybe this is far too optimistic. Maybe not. Consider that we find our running game and have a middling defense. Consider Denard as being equal to last year or better. Also consider that we have potentially one of the best receiving corps in the country. Troy is full steam. JT. Carvin. By the NW game this is going to be a well-oiled machine.
Is this optimistic or realistic?
KC Joyner has an ESPN Insider ($$) article on Denard and the "new offense"
However, nervous Maize and Blue fans should take comfort in the fact that, just as the Cowboys' shotgun offensive changes weren't as great as generally thought, a detailed look at the 2010 season shows why Robinson and company have already mastered a number of the passing elements they will be asked to use in the new system. Based on the abilities and promise shown by Robinson as a passer last season, there is good reason to believe that he could thrive in Hoke's system in 2011 and lead one of the top passing attacks in the country.
Robinson also posted terrific numbers last year when throwing to Junior Hemingway (12.2 YPA on 26 targets) and Martavious Odoms (12.1 YPA on 15 targets). If those totals could be added to improved numbers by senior Darryl Stonum (6.1 YPA on 45 targets), it could make for one of the top passing attacks in all of college football.
This is not to say that Robinson's game was error-free, and there are clearly areas in which he'll need to improve if he is going to ultimately succeed in the Wolverines' new system in 2011. His 5.6 percent bad decision rate means that just over one in every 20 of his passes was a mistake on his part that led to a turnover or a near-turnover.
That is an unacceptable figure, but could easily be cut in half if Robinson merely finds a way to stop staring down his receivers (a habit that accounted for six of his 13 bad decision throws last year).
Even with those blunders, however, Robinson was able to post a top-20 mark in passing efficiency last year. If he can combine some error-correcting improvements with a gameplan that takes full advantage of the aerial skills he and his receiving corps displayed last year, it could vault him to a top-10 passing efficiency total.
There's some great charts and other stats and what not that COULD help some people here back off the ledge after the spring game
We'll all find out this afternoon, but wanted to pass on that Josh Helmoldt of Rivals wrote an article in the Freep this morning with that statement, also implying that Auburn was the choice, FWIW. He also discussed other QB prospects we are targeting here:
It's good to see the administration at OSU seems to be bothered by how much tatgate is costing the school.