“Urban and the staff were recruiting me hard for a while but I have recently told them to back off some because I am firm with my commitment to Michigan,” Kalis said. “This trip just made me want to be at Michigan even sooner. I really got know some of my future teammates and my host Jack Miller showed me a great time.”
This should end any question about his commitment to Michigan. This kid is true blue, and will probably be the best guard at Michigan since Hutch. I get the feeling that he's starting to feed off the hatred that the Ohio fans give him, which is scary. I wouldn't want to give him any more motivation, because he's already a kid that can dominate in the trenches.
Channeling his best Bobby Petrino, Todd Graham notified his players at Pitt that he was leaving, by text message. You stay classy, Todd Graham.
Here's Frank asking Hokie fans for support . . .
Admittedly, I don’t usually care for Michael Rothstein’s writing, but he throws out the opportunity that Fitz could be a Heisman candidate as early as next year, which I like. Fitz ran for 1000+ yards in basically 10 games so far. DNP against ND and only two carries against MSU. He is obviously the feature back and it looks like he could consistently see 20-25 carries per game next year. If he averages, say 22.5 carries per game at this year’s YPC (5.8), he would end up with 1696 yards (13 games).
I have never thought of Fitz being THAT good, but he was seriously impressive from Purdue through the end of season. Here are some recent Heisman contender/winner RB stats:
2011 T Richardson: 1583 yards/20 TD/6.0 YPC
2011 M Ball: 1759 yards/32 TD/ 6.4 YPC
2010 L James: 1731 yards/21 TD/5.9 YPC
2009 M Ingram: 1658 yards/17 TD/6.1 YPC
2009 T Gerhart: 1871 yards/27 TD/5.5 YDC
My first thought was that it might be more realistic for Fitz’s senior year when Denard isn’t there to take away carries and yards. But, DRob may be part of the reason Fitz is cashing in. Regardless, we currently have a potential GREAT back at Michigan.
So let's pretend there was a 16-team playoff in what we call the FBS now, but would need to change its name if it had an actual playoff. (Does it become the FCS-A, versus FCS-AA?) (Maybe they don't have a playoff merely because they don't have a good name for it -- FCS is already taken?)
Now, ignore the stupid polls and computers. YOU are the selection committee. Who do YOU choose as the 16 teams? How do you rank/seed them?
Top 4: 1. LSU; 2. Okie State; 3. Alabama; 4. Oregon. Only possibly could argue if Oregon deserves to be up here, but who else does? Not Stanford; Oregon crushed them, two years in a row.
5. Wiscy; 6. Stanford; 7. Arkansas; 8. Boise State. All of these teams have thin resumes, except for maybe one win (and even Wiscy doesnt have that). But Wiscy has only 2 last-play losses, on the road. Stanford got blown out. I hedge that Wiscy is clearly about the same as MSU, and Boise State is about the same as TCU. But who else deserves to be this high?
9. Clemson; 10. MSU; 11. Georgia; 12. TCU. Yeah, TCU seems high to be in this group, but they had a close loss to Baylor, and are about the same as Boise State, have 10 game win streak. MSU seems high too, but they are about the same as Wiscy (but had two bad losses). Clemson had inexplicable losses but, when good, is pretty good. I put Georgia here b/c they really are a 2-loss team plus then the LSU thing at the end; they won 10 games before playing LSU.
13. South Carolina; 14. Kansas State; 15. UM; 16. Baylor. This isn't so much as who's here, as who ISNT here. Oklahoma - sorry, that last loss left a bad taste in our mouths; team is depleted now. VaTech - some really uninspired wins, plus no really good win. USC - not allowed to play. Houston - one bad bad loss, no marquee wins. tSIO - just had to point out, THEY SUCKED THIS YEAR.
Is it this obvious, these are the right 16? And I seeded them this way to avoid, for the most part, any conferences matching up in the second round (although UM/MSU would be possible, as would Alabama/Georgia):
LSU/Baylor v. Boises State/Clemson
Oregon/South Carolina v. Wisconsin/TCU
Oklahoma State/Michigan v. Arkansas/MSU
Alabama/Kansas State v. Stanford/Georgia
If this came to pass... personally I like our chances. Okie State hasn't played a real defense all year and we CAN put up points; if we escaped Stillwater, I'd favor us to beat done-nothing-all-year Arkansas, or get MSU a second time in EL with a HEALTHY Shoelace. 'Course, the semifinal game against Alabama... well it would be practice for the first game NEXT year!
I don't get to go to games very often. So I was curious if what David Mol said about people booing the players during RR tenure was true? I would tend to think that real fans would never boo. But if some felt really compelled to express their frustration I would hope that it would be directed at the coaching staff and never the players. Of course if you're a player on the sideline it's probably not easy to differentiate who the boo's are aimed at. Many of you are regular game attendees, what did you witness? Are some fans really that classless?
Edit: My apologies I meant to type David Molk but instead typed Mike Martin.