Before I start, I'd like to apologize. When I posted the first update on ND, I said that I'd try to post an update like that every other week and eventually incorporate updates on MSU and Ohio as well. That thought turned out to be rather ambitious as I forgot that summer, and the accompanying dead period, was bearing down upon us. As a result, I'll probably only post this and another update at the end of July. Anticipating a pick up of information in August, I'll probably be able to post a full update for each of Notre Dame, Ohio, and Alabama until we play each team. I'm not going to do MSU because they simply don't have a single good site from which to gain information.
This update will focus more on ND with a little bit of Ohio and Alabama at the end.
Brian Kelly on ND's Hopeful Record
Brian Kelly has gone on the record as the goal for this season being 8 wins. That seems to be a realistic goal as ND's schedule is very, very difficult.
ND's Quarterback Situation
The general consensus of ND fans is that Kiel will redshirt and that the competiton is between Golson, Hendrix, and Rees. Rees' arrest adds another dimension to the competition as well so it'll be interesting to see how that shakes out. Anyone who saw ND's spring game would think that Golson hands down won the starting job and that would likely be the case if not for several issues that he needs to work out before he gets the job. The two primary concerns with Golson are character issues and a lack of understanding of the playbook. Golson had a problem with showing up to practice on time and Brian Kelly had to have a talk with him. Some ND fans are saying that he also has a problem with leadership and that the team does not yet respect him like they did Rees. As for the lack of knowledge of the playbook, during the spring game the coaches had to turn off the play clock so that Golson could get the plays off and the coaches had to tell him what to do on several plays. As for Hendrix, the main problem with him has been inconsistency. Despite Golson's problems, gun to my head, I think that he starts and splits time with Hendrix during the first game. I figure Rees gets suspended for at least 1 quarter and we'll see what happens with him after that.
It's also important to note that Kelly plans on continuing the competition during August, which some ND fans worry will take away snaps from the eventual starter and hurt his chemistry with his receivers.
The situation is still terrible . The 2 safeties look to be at least decent, but they really have no one at corner. I wouldn't be surprised if it was as bad as our secondary in 2010.
Look for the role of the TE to be significantly increased this year in ND's offense. They're specifically planning on maximizing the role of Eifert and the lack of proven WRs plays a big role in that. Along with the increased focus on the TE, the brunt of the offense will be earned on the back of the running game. ND returns 2 very capable backs in Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III who'll provide a nice 1-2 punch.
Regarding incoming recruits making an immediate impact, look for WR Davonte Neal to make a splash. He runs a 4.4 40 and brings speed to the table. WR Chris Brown is just as fast and could be another name to watch out for. Look for DT Sheldon Day to come in and make significant contributions as well.
If you haven't been paying attention, ND is putting together a very solid class, likely a top 10 class if it sticks together. Look for Alex Anzalone to commit to ND soon-ish as reports regarding the two have been increasingly positive. I also think that if Devon Allen decided to leave the South/West, it'll be to ND or Ohio. I have no inside information and I don't know how likely it'll be that he goes to ND but it's at just something to look out for. A few of ND's players are on the track team and have done very well and track is obviously very important to Allen.
Now, on to Ohio....
I really don't have much to comment on other than they're obviously putting together a solid class and that their O-Line recruting is reaching near perilous levels. Of their top 2 remaining O-line targets, Dorian Johnson and Khaliel Rodgers, Johnson just committed to Penn St. and Rodgers is rumoured to be leaning towards either USC or Auburn. They also seem to be leaving LB recruiting to 2014. In typical Ohio fashion, they think that they'll have their pick of things at the position.
A little on Alabama....
Eddie Lacy Update
As you might recall, I posted a while back on how Eddie Lacy might not be able to play beacuse of injury. The word from Alabama fans is that he's making progress and that they won't really know until closer to the start of the season. As of now, he is apparently slightly out of shape and overweight at the moment but he should be back in shape by the time the season starts. Alabama fans aren't expecting him to have as large of a role as Richardson did last year, mostly as a result of his turf toe injury. If he plays, and I think he will, he'll likely split carries with TJ Yeldon.
Hope you guys enjoyed this, I get almost all of this information from perusing message boards and blogs so this is right from the fan base. If you have any quesetions about something I didn't mention, I'll try to answer them.
Mods if this is too long, feel free to move it to the diaries.
So, was Kickstarter a scam or what?
On it's way via TacoPants Express?
Some Ohio guy can't find my address?
Also, I think Brian should come down to the Tampa Bay UofM Club and party and deliver the book and party.
Is there anyone who works at the stadium or someone in general that knows if Molk will be getting a plaque on the east side concourse?
Every national award winner from Michigan has a plaque there. Desmond, Harry Newman, Tom Harmon, Erick Anderson, David Baas, Woodson etc.
Since Molk won the Rimington and is Michigan's 78th consensus All-American, he should be getting a plaque like all the others have.
Hi all. I'll have a diary later in the week, but its a boring Monday morning and I want to talk College Football right bleeping now.
I have a new post on the current bettting lines for Big 10 teams in Week 2 of the season. The post is light on Michigan as their game that week isnt on the betting board. Yet.
Over at the JCB, I am making my way chronologically through the Golden Nugget's Games Of The Year betting lines released earlier in the month. We're still looking at CFB Week 2.
The post focuses on the Iowa St-Iowa and Nebraska-UCLA games, which the Golden Nugget casino has already releases actuall betting lines on. The rest of the Big 10 will have to wait, but we do have possible spread projections. Lets talk all the action. Thoughts on these games, teams or anything related. Lets kill this Monday afternoon and get one day closer to kickoff together. We can do it
Iowa State +5 at Iowa (actual lines)
Nebraska -7.5 at UCLA (actual lines)
Those games are actual lines to bet on in Vegas. Who you got. The remaining Big 10 slate that day with projected lines. The Wolverines are kinda heavy chalk, yo!
Air Force +24 at Michigan
Wisconsin -14 at Oregon St
Vandy +1.5 at Northwestern
Penn St +2.5 at Virginia
Illinois pick 'em at Arizona St
IU -14 at Umass
New Hampshire +23 at Minny
UCF +16.5 at Ohio St
Mich St -23.5 at Central MICH
Purdue +11.5 at Notre Dame
If those projected lines are close to reality, I like UVA over Penn St--are we sure the Nits will even be in a bowl game this year? I am not. Losing this game will hurt.....and I'll take ASU, the home Pac-12 team in a coin flip against Illinois.
I like that Vandy/NW game a lot. Not to bet, but to watch. Vandy is really on the move. Loser probably wont be able to make a bowl game, however.
One of Michigan's O-linemen from the early '90s:
Sounds like Lewis capped off a great weekend with another excellent day today in the 7-vs-7 event. This was all the more impressive condidering Tim Sullivan Tweeted that teams were throwing away from Lewis and going after Kendall Fuller instead. Seems like a boost in the rankings is all but a done deal for Lewis. Kudos to Tremendous for predicting that Lewis should end up as a top 100 player by the time all is said and done. Congrats to Jourdan and the rest of the guys who competed.
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech cornerback Jourdan Lewis
In one of the first plays of the day, Lewis made Whitewright (Texas) quarterback Tyrone Swoopes his victim. It was a go-route down the sideline and Swoopes threw it to the outside shoulder of the receiver. Lewis showed his great closing speed and got in front of the receiver getting his hands between him and the ball securing the interception. It was a highlight-worthy play. Another nice interception on the day came from Auburn (Ala.) linebacker Reuben Foster, who kept a deflected pass off the ground by inches securing the interception while laying out.