here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
I was kind of surprised that ESPN picked up the Bowling Green game. Does each team still have to appear in 3 games on the BTN each season? If so, what games do you expect to be on the BTN going forward? I would think Indiana and Purdue/Illinois. Sidenote: Indiana has completed their stadium renovations, and I heard that they were rededicating their stadium that night. Any chance this is an 8pm start on the BTN?
I was wondering whether anyone has read any articles or seen any interviews that describe how the Michigan coaching staff spots high school talent and/or their coaching philosophies. It seems to me that Coach Rodriguez found a diamond in the rough in Denard and I am curious to learn more about how the staff got him ready for such a big jump from last year to the present. I've always been a Rich Rodriguez supporter and Denard's start this season has to be the perfect example of Coach Rod's (or at least his coaching staff's) ability to recruit and really teach kids the game of football.
From what I've read, Coach Rod is the only coach that offered the QB position to Denard - all the other schools were recruiting him for the WR or RB position. Not only that, but Coach Rod made it clear to him that he would be given the chance to play QB as long as he had the desire to play that position. Thus far (knock on wood), the success Denard's had at the QB position is a great testament to Coach Rod and his coaching/recruiting. Even the naysayers and people that don't support him have to at least admit that, right?
I read Forde's article on ESPN and he directly compared Tate 2009 to Denard 2010. He has a less constructive and more pessimistic, anti-Michigan tone when he seems to assume Denard doesnt have the intelligience to tie his shoes, and that Michigan should have used their extra practice time in 2009 to teach Denard how to tie his shoes. This is typical of ESPN, the same people that have him at the top of their Heisman board are ripping him. I trust Denard when he says he doesnt read all that stuff, its worthless. For now, let just enjoy watching Denard do his thing and let the other stuff happen. Denard isnt paying attention to it, why should we?
For those interested, it's in the second quarter, amazing how many non calls the refs gave ND
Rich was on “The Experts” on ESPNU just a bit ago, here’s some relevent bits (nothing groundbreaking, but still worth it)
Laughed at the intro from generic sports show guy asking how the statue of Denard was coming along in front of the Big House: “Yeah…Let’s slow down a little bit...It’s only been two games. I know he had a little Heisman pose or something but that was in the course of a game, it wasn’t anything that was staged.”
Asked if Denard brings an added element that he hasn’t had yet in his coaching career. He replies with the list of quarterbacks he’s had in the past shooting down the leading question then goes on: “we try to fit our offense or play calling around the skill set of our quarterbacks and we’re fortunate to have 3 quarterbacks that have a pretty unique skill set. Denard is certainly the fastest and he’s got the ability to take the ball the distance every play. He’s performed pretty well as a first time starter, and I think the best is still yet to come. I’m excited to see what happens in the future.”
On the standard Denard getting pounded/28 carriers/injury question: “We’ll we don’t want him to have to get pounded 28 times. But you’ve seen it across the country that sometimes the drop back guys are getting injured just as much, just like in our last game against Notre Dame. If Denard is gonna get hit, I’d rather he get hit by a glancing blow by a defensive back than by one of the big guys in the front seven. There’s no question we hope to be able to spread things out a little bit more. We always said the quarterback in our offense is like a point guard that can shoot the 3. He’s been shooting a lot of 3’s, hopefully in the future he’ll distribute it a little more.”
On the QB rotation for the upcoming games: “…2 other quarterbacks I wanted to play more, I think we can win with both of them but Denard is playing so well and the way the game was flowing we weren’t able to put them in as much. I think going forward we’re gonna need to, we’re gonna need guys, whether Denard gets tired or what have you we’re gonna have to have those other guys ready to play. But I think the competition between all three of them has elevated our entire program, not just our offense.”
It may be a little early but scout.com has released there Top 100 for 2012. I haven't had a chance to to go through the list in detail (college homework) so if you see anyone with legitimate intrest in Michigan let me know.