I am not brand new to this blog, but I admit that I haven't been around long enough to tally massive points. I have read a lot of good posts and gained a lot of insight to how the game is really played at the college level since being on this blog.
In my opinion, the "Michigan Nation" is one. We live and die together as the same creature and I had an idea that would help. Our beloved coaches are humans and are prone to errors here and there. On a weekly basis, I would love to see a diary that would lay a precise blueprint on how to beat our opponent each week.
For example, someone could do analysis that would dissect the offense and defense of the team we are about to play(In the same painful detail that is done after a Michigan game). Specific tendencies and certain match-ups that may be exploited. Maybe just one idea that maybe the coaches might not have thought of and maybe read here. I find it very possible this blog could help Michigan win football games. Another example, if the diary notices a running back squats a little differently in their stance on a run play, it could telegraph plays all day long or many other tendencies.
I could not accomplish this because I don't have the expertise nor do I have the time with 3 kids and being locked away in a cancer research lab. Anyway, it was just an idea I thought of.
During the non-conference schedule, I recall a goal-line play where Will Campbell lined up in the backfield as a fullback, and Michigan scored. I do not recall seeing that play again.
Am I right that it was used only once? Does anyone have a theory as to why it hasn’t been seen again? I thought it would be called much more often, given that it worked the first time, and it’s not a trick play that loses its value once the defense has seen it. A fullback Campbell’s size is going to be a force in short-yardage, practically by definition. It ought to work elsewhere on the field, too.
Tanned, rested and ready is the DC of our ferocious 1985 defense as featured by The Wolverine Historian. Gary Moeller is still part of the Michigan family and though no spring chicken he is a bit younger than Monte Kiffin. If he is at all interested in getting back into coaching this could be a good fit and a chance to expunge the unfortunate feelings that surrounded his departure. A few years with Mo at the helm to get traditional Michigan toughness back into the defense and then have him groom a successor.
I've been trying to see where Stephan Schilling ranks among Michigan's o-lineman in all time starts. I saw that he's tied for fourth all time with the late great center John Vitale, but I can't find any database, including the one on Mgoblue, that will list start leaders for any position.
Does anyone know where I might find these stats?
Also, I hereby raise a glass to Stephan Schilling for a great, albeit sometimes trying, Michigan career. I hope he plays on Sundays.
what is next week? Hold the rope week?
There's a lot of chatter on the Rivals board that Justin Turner is transferring from WVU to Notre Dame...College of Ohio.
Maybe this kid just isn't cut out for big time competitive play and was overhyped. Probably immensely talented in high school, but obviously, there's more needed to excel in D-1 ball.