"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
We'll probably get more of the same from Brady (Tremendous, Passion, Defense, Control the Line of Scrimmage, Pointing etc...) but I'm ok with that.
FYI -yesterday Griese picked Wisconsin and Sparty as the two front runners in the B1G.
My wife and I will be in Ann Arbor is there any place that anyone can suggest that we can do and see while we are in town ? Can we see Practice at all ?
There's been a lot of talk lately regarding which schools could be a possible fit for Big Ten expansion. Much of this centers around geography, athletic achievement and academics (particularly AAU membership).
I've created a spreadsheet that shows the rankings of all 66 BCS schools that are currently affiliated with a conference. This is broken down into Academic Rankings (as determined by US News & World Report) and Athletic Rankings (as determined by the final 2010-11 Directors Cup results). I realize that this is not exactly scientific but both ranking methods seem to be generally accepted.
Finally, I've taken the average for both categories and then took the aggregate to give a Final Result. I was a little surprised to see that the ACC won the academic title but the Big Ten was the overall champ. The SEC, Big 12 and Big East.......well, they have a little work to do.
A few things that stuck out to me:
1. All of the B1G schools are in the Top 80 except for Nebraska.
2. Mississippi schools are really hurting (academically and athletically)
3. The Big East should stick with schools in the Northeast Corridor. Academics drop off considerably when they move out of the East.
4. Stanford and Duke are pretty impressive academically. Northwestern and Vanderbilt could probably learn a thing or two from their model.
OK, I hope that this formats properly in translation.....
[Ed-M: Call me "translation" I reformatted the info to fit in our space but you can access the original here. Also, USN&WP notoriously under-ranks Big Ten schools.]:
Academics: US News & World Report.
Athletics: Directors' Cup
Okay, so it's kind of slow tonight and I figured I would strike up some somments on the board. I ran across an article which talked briefly of Alex Carder being named to the Manning Award watch list.
Western Michigan's QB Alex Carder was 1 of 31 QB's named to the Manning award watch list, which is awarded to the nation's top college football quarterback. Manning could very well be lethal with his arm this year, but Michigan has nearly a month to scheme for the passing attack Western will try to employ.
Do you feel we will see a lot more press coverage in Mattison's defense? The past few years our secondary always seemed to play 7-10 yards off the receivers. I know we wil blitz a lot more, and should be able to take advantage of a young Western O Line, but need to be tight on the receivers.
Of these 4 corners which 2 do you feel will be the most successful playing press coverage, and bumping the receivers off the line? Woolfolk, Floyd, Avery, Countess. I threw Countess in there, because I am not counting him out as a starter at some point early in the season.
I may be a little more nervous than most regarding the Western game, only because of Alex Carder. I still have nightmares of the presvious regime's pass defense.
Without a visit, it seems unlikely he'll commit to Michigan, but looks like the staff made another great, late push for him. As @Wlubd pointed out on twitter, his coach is Chris Barnett's dad.
Announcing between TCU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and Michigan tonight at 7.
Article from the Dallas Morning News...
Wilmer-Hutchins football coach Elzie Barnett said star senior safety LaDarrell McNeil will announce which college he is committing to at 6:45 p.m. Monday at Wilmer-Hutchins. Barnett said McNeil has narrowed his choices to Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, TCU and Michigan.
Rivals.com ranks McNeil (6-1, 190) as the nation's fifth-best safety in the Class of 2012 and as the 107th-best senior recruit in the country. McNeil, who had 132 tackles and three interceptions for A. Maceo Smith last season, is No. 3 in SportsDay's area recruiting rankings.