i like 'em both
As has been noted on several different occasions this year has been absolutley wild in college football, the swings week to week are baffling. I think the bettors are taking a hammering, I know I have. I've never seen a year where the top teams have looked so vulnerable and Texas and Florida are just off the charts considering the collection of talent on both sides. 1 team takes the cake even more than Texas for manic depressive behavior. Check out this. Talk about a wild ride for fans. Is this even possible? Low scoring, high scoring, blow outs to good and bad teams against good and bad teams. Ladies and gentlemen the Cal Bears.
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The Campbell-Washington swap is bad news because it further depletes the depth on the OL. Q. Washington is a RS freshman while Campbell is a sophomore, so unless Campbell redshirts, he's yet another player on the OL that will depart after the 2012 season. The coaching staff is setting themselves up for some serious concerns going beyond that. I admit this is premature, but I also think its reasonable. Here's my logic:
2012 - the OL should be a team strength, as its is in 2010 and 2011.
T: Lewan (JR), Schofield (JR)
G: Omameh (SR), Barnum (SR) Mealer (SR) Campbell (SR)
C: Khoury (SR), Pace (SO)
Two things to notice: very little depth at OT (though Barnum appears able to move around) and a lot of seniors, which means bad things for 2013.
T: Lewan (SR) Schofield (SR)
C: Pace (JR)
With Q Washington's presumed move to DL to address current depth problems, the long-term OL depth is further depleted. Only 3 OL would remain from the last two recruiting classes. You want upperclassmen on your OL, even moreso than at other positions. Lewan, Schofield and Pace would be the only upperclassmen on the OL, and this assumes no further attrition
Obviously, recruiting has to fill the gaps here, but to what extent can we count on the 2011 and 2012 class to do so?
The 2012 recruiting class won't help in 2012 and will be RS freshman in 2013. Usually RS freshman don't play, but occasionally there are superstars like Lewan who can do this well. These people are rare. We can't count on this happening again.
The 2011 class (RS freshman in 2012) may not get much experience behind a veteran unit in 2012, but will be needed in 2013, many of them will be counted on to be starters as RS sophomores.
OL is THE critical recruiting concern for the 2011 class. These players, particularly the OGs, almost HAVE to pan out for Michigan to have a chance of being competitive in 2013. For those who want to argue that this is all premature and alot of things can happen, what do you see fixing the situation? More position switches from the DL? Transfers? JUCOs? Another Lewan/Long type in the 2012 class?
There will be next to no returning experience on the 2013 OL. We absolutely NEED Miller, Fisher, Posada and whoever else joins them (Bryant, Zettell, ?) to stick around and develop.
I know its popular to hope for hyped recruits to be saviors on the defensive but the long-term depth there looks great compared to OL. The coaching staff has put themselves into a corner. I'd really like to see them recruit a minimum of 5 OL with maybe a guy like Zettel who can play either side added into the mix in case things don't work as hoped with some of the others.
I thought he was still highly regarded at guard due to his size and ability to move. I don't have any details regarding his progression, maybe somebody else has something. Just seems odd that he is considered for a flip.
Granted you need numbers on defense, but wouldn't you use somebody else? QWash is shown behind Ferrara on the depth chart, maybe he just isn't progressing, however he is only in his second year. We trade 6'5", 324 for 6'4" 307 on the dline and no confirmed tackling skills (as seen while on campus, not counting HS). Note sure what to think about it.
Many of us know, and remember, Roundtree's former commitment to Purdue because Purdue's Mustache coined the famous RR "Snake Oil Salesman" comment.
However, Mr. Michael Shaw was once a commit of a Big 10 rival: Penn St.
RR convinced Mr. Shaw (the same class as Roundtree) to give UM a look --- and he did. He looked, he liked, he wears a winged helmet.
The last two years Shaw has been behind Carlos and Minor with little opportunity to show PSU what they are missing.
Here's hoping that a healthy Shaw gets his 100 and a TD.
And on a similar note, UM former commits: Here's hoping that PSU's punter/kicker Fera shanks-the-night-away while Newsome throws a line-drive to Vinopal (welcome to the starting line-up, kid!) and lofts another to Cullen Christian (a PA native) in the 4th Qtr.