Standard disclaimer for clicking on CFN, please take it with a grain of salt. It's ancient in terms of internet time but I didn't see it posted. No dead players starting but UM did pick up a hybrid QB.
Final Polls will be...:
17. Michigan 9-3
The Spring Call: Brady Hoke’s first season will be a major success. Rich Rodriguez left the shelves relatively stocked, and it’ll show with an improved defense and with Denard Robinson doing less (and staying healthier). An early loss to Notre Dame will be big, but the wins will pile up until late in the season when the win over Ohio State brings a Legends title.
Sched. and too early predictions:
2011 CFN Pred. (Spring): 9-3
Sep. 3 Western Michigan W
Sep. 10 Notre Dame L
Sep. 17 Eastern Michigan W
Sep. 24 San Diego State W
Oct. 1 Minnesota W
Oct. 8 at Northwestern W
Oct. 15 at Michigan State W
Oct. 22 OPEN DATE
Oct. 29 Purdue W
Nov. 5 at Iowa L
Nov. 12 at Illinois L
Nov. 19 Nebraska W
Nov. 26 Ohio State W
2010 Offensive Player of the Year … QB Desmond Robinson
Again it CFN and it's the off-season. Hopefully we'll hear some Buckeye tear article or a new recruit pick up and this will fade to the second page or you could to keep pretending that your working.
Is there any doubt we will add a mac team to the 2012 schedule? Michigan’s open dates are 9/15 then ND on the road, and 9/29 then Purdue on the road in the BIG opener. Alabama in Dallas and Air Force at home are the other non-conference games already on the schedule.
Most MAC teams seem set with 4 non-conference games or are otherwise out of realistic contention. With Umass joining there is some potential for changes.
-Buffalo (UGA, Morgan St, Uconn, Pitt--ugh)
-BG (FL, ID, VT, RI--doh!)
-Miami (Ohio St, Boise, Mizzou, Cincy--ouch!)
-NIU (IOWA, UT-Martin, Army, Kansas)
-Ohio (Penn St, NM st, Marshall, Norfolk St)
-Ball St (Clemson, Indiana, USF, Army)
-WMU (Illinois, EIU, MInny, Uconn)
-Kent (Army, UK, Rutgers, Towson)
-EMU (Purdue, Mich St, Army, open date on the 29th)
-CMU (Mich St, Iowa, Navy , open dates on the 15th and 29th)
Leaving as realistic choices.
-Temple (Penn St, Maryland, Villanova, open dates on the 15th and 29th)
-Toledo* (Arizona, Wyoming, Coastal Carolina, open dates on the 15th and 29th)
UPSHOT: Clearly, Brandon based on odds, goes for UMass then Akron or Toledo on the 29th preferably but the 15th is okay if you can get Umass. Temple could be a wild card from the MAC or could Brandon go Coastal or Appy St on us?
Amirite? Are there rumors I've missed?
I have been mentioning Scottsdale Saguaro ATH DJ Foster (5'10", 180 lbs) for awhile now. I've spoken with his coach quite a bit, and his coach had always been telling me they were hoping Michigan would come through with an offer, and they finally did today.
Foster's coach told me that Dan Ferrigno was out to see him today and loved what he saw. They offered on the spot, which was the same outcome he got from Auburn today as well. Foster is the real deal, plays wide receiver, running back, and defensive back. He has offers from Arizona, ASU, Arkansas, Auburn, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, USC, and more.
I'll have more directly from him soon, but his coach told me that DJ is definite interested and excited about the offer. He said, "I know Michigan has been down for the last couple years, but it's still Michigan. It's still Michigan and DJ is definitely interested. We're excited for him."
Conelius Jones, who, like a few other recruits, couldn't quite clear the bar academically at Michigan, is highlighted (positively) in this article:
In analysis of Scout & Rival ratings and correspondance to NFL draft picks, the biggest disparity (between high school and pros) is at the offensive line. It seems that there are guys that max out around their junior year of high school, and other guys that are just getting going, and haven't grown into their body yet. I was talking with the commissioner of the local youth football league, and he mentioned that there is a huge disparity between those who are good players in junior high and those who excel at higher levels. Basically, kids that are pretty strong and coordinated younger have a huge advantage, and once late bloomers catch up, the advantage is obliterated.
Which brings me to my question: can someone out there explain how you recruit for the o-line? Do you look at family history (for growth?) What is the relationship between size, strength, skill, speed, and coordination? Are there a higher number of 5 star offensive line recruits who were graded too high, and who flame out?
While the casual fan (of which I am one) focuses on the skill players who handle the ball a lot, I have thought for the last ten years that the guys in the trenches matter a lot more. This is partially borne out by where the NFL drafts offensive linemen (and also defensive linemen.)
It strikes me that you can uncover more "diamonds in the rough" on the line, guys that still need to develop, and if you have the ability to see and assess this well, it can give a huge advantage to your team.
One example I will be watching is Gary Yerden, a preferred walk-on coming from Parchment, Michigan, the kid who deadlifted 630 pounds. Doing a google search, I found the following:
I know a little background as my son plays youth football for Parchment. All I've heard is he didn't play football growing up due to religious beliefs of his parents. He finally was allowed to play his Junior year. He had some issues with the coach and quit after 2 games. That coach was fired a couple games later for challenging his players to fight him after a game. Really. Then he played his Senior season on a 4-5 team. He was All Conference.
He plays in a conference not known for producing D1 athletes in football. I don't think he ever went to football camps or combines. Just completely under the radar. He's a thick, massive kid with ungodly lower body and back strength. Hopefully the coaches can harness that explosive power and we'll have a hidden gem on our hands.
The more we can pick up guys like that, the better. As an aside, I found it fascinating that Mattison, the defensive coordinator, led the charge in recruiting, contacting his weightlifting coach within 30 minutes of getting a text. Mattison is a go getter.
"Getting Ross and Jenkins-Stone, both from the state of Michigan, probably the two best players there - that's a real smack in the face to Michigan State," Every said. "Then you dip into Ohio for some real good players. Folks can say, 'Well, yeah, but they didn't have Ohio State offers but the rest of the Big Ten was in on them and Michigan sent a message that recruiting battles have to go through them once again."