Looks like a natural.
This is not meant to be a deeply researched post. This is just a discussion. (The post may come later in a diary. We'll see). Anyhow, I'm just wondering, after watching a bunch of recruit's highlight videos, how we come down, as a forum, on the issue of Open Field runners vs Between the Tackle guys.
Obviously, you want both. But lets say you can't have both. You have to chose one. I'm wondering, specifically, this:
Do you feel a, shifty, open field runner who breaks ankles is more or less valuable to a football team than a bowling ball made of knives who is the living embodiment of Leroy Hoard?
Personally, I love, love LOVE watching an open field runner freeze a linebacker like SubZero, BUT, I ascribe to the notion that there's only one way to score on the 50 yard line, and it's not possible on gamedays.
We all got excited when Mike Hart did show the ability to shift in the open field, but that wasn't what made him great. It was his ability to be indistinguishable from a tiny bulldozer on many occasions.
*Mike Hart in his natural habitat
If you made me choose, I would have to go with Between the Tackles. That is NOT to say a guy can't do both. Just if you have to choose one.
Title says it all. Denard will attend minicamp today in Jacksonville, today, then will head to Ann Arbor for graduation tomorrow. Gotta love this kid, even though it's no surprise.
Will miss him in A2
Saw this via Whitfield's Twitter account:
Also, another picture from his workout:
I'm really excited to see him on the field this fall!
Football Outsiders did a preliminary projection and simulation of the 2013 Big Ten Standings today. They projected Michigan to most likely finish 7-5 and 4th in the Legends Division with a potential win range between 5-7 and 9-3. I was pretty surprised by this as usually Football Outsiders models are some of the better ones in football. Article is ESPN Insider ($):
Projected finish: 7-5
Win total range: 5-7 to 9-3
Chance to win Big Ten: 1 percent
This projection model isn't too kind to the Wolverines, a program with an elite historical tradition but one that is still seeking its identity in the Brady Hoke era. The offense was prolific in spots under quarterback Devin Gardner after he took the reins midseason, but there is youth along the offensive line that will probably keep Michigan from being a contender. If the Wolverines can help themselves on defense and special teams, it can ease the burden. But Michigan started twice as many drives from inside its own 20-yard line (24 percent) as its opponents (12 percent) and lost the field position battle eight times, including in four of its five losses.