I apologize for making two threads in a row. That being said, former UM TE Bennie Joppru took in a scrimmage last night and had this to say:
Saw scrimmage in the stadium last night, take way, defense is the fastest I've seen & offense is explosive— BennieJoppru (@Umich83) August 18, 2013
Some good news
same guy who wizard guessed Derrick Green as having a boo boo. hopefully it's one of those 2 week dings
Per source: Amara Darboh is walking with a limp and wearing a boot. What the injury is and timeline for recovery unknown by source.— Jeff Weintraub (@TheDailyTraub) August 18, 2013
Since Steven Rhodes participated in "Organized football games" while being deployed with other marines (aging from 18-40) the NCAA has ruled him inelgibile. MTSU is appealing this ruling, and if there is any good left in the NCAA they better let this guy play.
Would like to see the general thought on the entire starting lineup from fellow MGoBloggers.
Just passing along some info, which might resolve some of the panic a couple threads below:
Shane Morris, Jibreel Black, Chris Bryant, and Jeremy Gallon were held out of the scrimmage. We'll hear from Hoke about it Tuesday. I was told it's nothing to make a big fuss about, although personally I think Morris would have benefited a lot from the scrimmage. C'est la vie. Nothing really changes the fact that if Gardner goes down we should pack up and go home.
As you saw, Bryant's absence moved Glasgow to left guard in the scrimmage. Wherefore art thou, Ben Braden, ye of my prediction for lock at left guard? Braden, notably, has not been practicing at guard for some time. He's a tackle these days (womp womp), so the depth chart at left guard (assuming Bryant is fine) goes Bryant, Glasgow, Bars.
The point of a closed scrimmage is for the team to work on areas of improvement in a real game setting but far from the prying eyes of the public. As such, yesterday was run heavy, especially when Gardner was in. Green and Smith got a lot of looks. I'm told that neither really stood out because the blocking still had some ways to go. I wouldn't worry too much about that because the two freshman backs worked heavily with the second team, and the starting line was minus Bryant anyway.