It is simply, the fundamentals of tackling, angles, and assignments that are lacking. The biggest criticism of the coaching staff on defense has nothing to do with scheme. Youth and talent are a factor of course, but that is not where we fail. It is the simple fact that we cannot teach, for whatever reason, our players to tackle properly, pursue properly, and be disciplined. Coaches CAN teach players of mediocre talent and no experience to tackle properly. That is not a matter of opinion but fact. It happens elsewhere in the country on multiple teams. No one should have expected anything but a poor to mediocre defense this year. But we should expect players that tackle, pursue, and have proper assignments--regardless of experience and talent. I don't care what our scheme is next year, not one bit. I care that we have new defensive coaches who can teach fundamentals. Our coaches have failed miserably at that.
This is officially laughable. Not only did Broekhuizen miss yet another chip-shot, every time he (EDIT: or Gibbons) kicks an XP it is nearly blocked because it is so low. I know we want our specialists to focus on one thing (e.g. punting only or field goals only), but why haven't we heard about the possibility of Hagerup kicking some PKs? Rivals ranked him as the 3rd kicker in the nation coming out of high school. Like I said, I know it is a bit unorthodox to have one guy taking care of all 3 phases of the kicking game, but Hagerup (and nearly every kicker in the NCAA) handled these responsibilities in High School just fine. Though most of our games have not been decided by 3 points, I'm not ok with accepting that we have the equivalent of a 12 year-old girl kicking our field goals. Am I out of line here?
ESPN is reporting that Boise State will be playing vs. Georgia in 2011 & Ole Miss in 2014.
I was intrigued by the idea of Michigan scheduling Boise to come to the Big House in 2012 or 2013. The schedule in 2012 is already a killer. However, it is pretty weak in home games, with Alabama, Notre Dame, and Ohio State all being on the road. Adding Boise in 2012 would definitely be a reward for the home fans, instead of a MAC cupcake. Currently, there are three open slots in 2012, one of which I assume is a bye.
The only games I see scheduled for 2013 are home vs. ND & the return trip to UConn. Obviously there is room for Boise on the schedule.
Some on this board argue that there is no reward for Michigan in playing Boise State. I completely disagree.
- A win against Boise would be regarded highly in terms of quality.
- Boise is viewed as a high quality team, and a loss to them would be viewed very differently than a loss to Appy State, or Toledo, or the like.
- A loss early on would not be completely crippling in end of the year rankings.
- In terms of fan interest and TV interest, a Michigan - Boise State game would generate huge buzz. Be honest: would you rather see Michigan play Eastern Michigan, Delaware State, UMass and assorted Baby Seal Universities, or Boise State?
- I could even see it being a night game, early in the season when it isn't brutally cold.
- Also, Boise is completely ready to play on the road with no return date.
- By 2012, Michigan should be competitive with everyone and afraid of no-one. There is no reason to duck competition.
- Lastly, I am sick of hearing BCS league teams saying Boise doesn't play anyone. Beating Boise is a way to clearly knock them out of the MNC consideration.
For you Boise haters, I want to hear from you reasons why you'd rather play Directional U or Baby Seal U than Boise State in the 2012 or 2013 non-con schedule
This is very short notice, but I have 2 free student tickets (section 26) for the Wisconsin game. The problem is I'm in Dearborn, but you'd still at least be able to make the second half at least. We had a little pet emergency and decided we should stay home. Shoot me an email at email@example.com if you want them or reply here with your email/phone number. I figured I'd at least try to give these away and avoid letting them go to waste.
USC Running Back (and almost wolverine) Dillon Baxter is out because of potential contact with an agent. This may be a reoccuring USC running back problem. Here is the link to the full article:
It looks like we have a solid kid and I can't wait to see him in a winged helmet.
Crawford's play honors his dad
By DAVID DORSEY
On the eve of his father’s funeral, Dallas Crawford said he intended to honor the memory of the man who taught him to throw and to catch.
Crawford did a little bit of both Friday night at South Fort Myers High School, where he helped the Wolfpack to a 33-2 victory against Barron Collier in the Region 3A-3 quarterfinals.
Steven Crawford died last Friday, which was Dallas’ 18th birthday and the same day he verbally committed to play at Michigan, from an illness at the age of 43. His funeral is at 1 p.m. today at Cornerstone Ministries on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fort Myers.
“He was my biggest fan,” said Crawford, who estimated that his father, a Cypress Lake High School graduate, must have been present for “hundreds” of his football games.
Some of those games were sandlot-style, played as late as midnight on the street in front of their home.
“He taught me everything I know,” Crawford said. “He taught me how to throw a football.”
Crawford completed 11-of-15 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown.
“He taught me how to catch,” he said, after catching a 24-yard touchdown pass. He also intercepted a pass. Listed at 5-foot-10, Crawford outleaped Barron Collier 6-foot-3 tight end Mike Heuerman in the end zone, grabbing the ball away from him for a touchback early in the second quarter with his team leading just 13-0.
“That did turn the momentum pretty good,” Barron Collier coach Mark Ivey said.
Crawford said he tried blocking his father’s death out of his mind during the game. His teammates dedicated the victory to Steven Crawford, the father of three grown children.
“This just shows the drive, the ‘it’ factor that he has,” South Fort Myers coach Grant Redhead said of Crawford and his performance. “His dad made him the man he is. It’s a hard loss for the family and for him. We’re going to continue on. When you make a team a family, good things can happen.”