to play football, not to play trumpet
Rivals has a non-paywalled article (Link: http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1316740) asking and analyzing whether Michigan should move Ryan. He was at SAM linebacker this year, but could potentially have a position move to play weakside defensive end in the upcoming season.
As is typical with a Rivals or Scout teaser headline, the answer is "no." Their reasoning? First, it is questionable whether Jake Ryan's frame can sustain the additional weight needed. Second, and probably most important, between Roh, Jibreel Black, and Frank Clark, Michigan already has solid candidates at both SDE and WDE. Keeping Ryan as a SAM LB allows Mattison to put more of his best players on the field at one time.
This analysis makes sense to me. However, it makes me wonder whether we should expect any position changes in the coming year. I suppose to really answer that, we'll have to see how the incoming class performs, and which guys are truly strong enough and good enough to compete for PT right out of the gate. While there has been lots of love expressed for both Bolden and Pipkins, it is definitely too soon to slot them in as starters. Exhibit A is Ryan. As good as he was in this last campaign, Ryan was undoubtedly helped by a redshirt year. I'm sure that Mattison will get guys on the field right away if their practice time warrants it. He already did with Countess. When others perform the same way, position changes will become more obvious.
T-Bob must feel like a kid whose dad got thrown out of a little league game for arguing with the umpire, except this was the National Championship game and Hebert kind of has a point. I thought Miles showed great restraint given the circumstances.
Final Coaches' Poll:
3. Oklahoma State
6. Boise State
8. South Carolina
10. Michigan State
One time Michigan linebacker recruit from Ohio, Ifeadi Odenigbo commits to Northwestern University. Rated 50th in the nation on ESPN, might be the biggest recruit they have landed in a long time. Can't really see why he would commit to Northwestern with plenty of good offers, might be able to see early playing time at Northwestern. Oh well I am happy with our LB crew!
One of the top RB's of the 2010 class, and young sensation for Auburn has decided to follow his OC Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State. Chizik suspended him indefinitely before the Chick-Fil-A Bowl for disobeying a undisclosed team rule.
Crazy turn of events for Dyer whose "I WUZ DOWN, NO I WUZN'T" play led to Auburn beating Oregon in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.
Sorry i know it is not related to Michigan, but a sad story out of Wisconsin.
Packers OC, Joe Philbin's, son has been missing since Sunday at 2 am. It is believed that he drowned in the Wisconsin River around the Oshkosh, Wisconsin area. The ESPN story says that a body has been found that appears to be between the ages of 20-25. His son is 21, also a security guard heard cries for help from the ice.
My thoughts are out to the Philbin family as well as the Packers organization.
Sad to say the update is the body is Joe Philbin's son.