Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
In his physical by the Eagles for the Harrison/Brown trade, they discovered a brain tumor. The attempted trade may have saved his life.
After the meltdown on Sat a lot of people have given up and started looking for next year. I heard Brian mention on his podcast he thought specifically Kalis would/could start next year and saw several similar posts skimming thru the board. My question is for who?
Personally I don't know what people are thinking, because next year we have
T- Schofield, Lewan
Do you think this was some people filled with rage going off the deep end for a few days?
Has someone so underperformed that my starting 5 is not to be expected?
Do they actually think these guys would be ready enough for the power game to beat out 4th and 5th year players?
I understand that due to depth issues a RF or True Freshmen may be pressed into service next year but to think they might start right away seems farfetched and I think barring injury we look really good on OL for next year.....now 2013 is a different story.
Michigan has offered 2013 linebacker from virginia
ESPN 150 member Rivals 4star Scout 4star
offers from Florida, FSU,Auburn, LSU, Oklahoma, Tenn, PSU, ND, Alabama.
Probably going SEC but is a big time prospect
ESPN just updated their 2012 top 150 rankings, and here's where both commits and uncommitted prospects of interest placed:
- OT Arik Armstead - #15 (uncommitted, longshot)
- OT Andrus Peat - #16 (uncommitted, longshot)
- S Shaq Thompson - #22 (uncommitted, Michigan not in top three but still has very outside shot)
- CB Yuri Wright - #40 (uncommitted, M has solid chance)
- OT Josh Garnett - #42 (uncommitted, will likely take official, but could be a tough pull)
- CB Terry Richardson - #67 (commit)
- WR Darius Powe - #86 (uncommitted, M has shot if WR spots don't fill up too quickly)
- OT Jordan Diamond - #103 (uncommitted, M still in decent shape, though late decision could take him off the table)
- OLB Royce Jenkins-Stone - #115 (commit)
- OT Zach Banner - #123 (uncommitted, M in good shape but with a lot of competition)
- OT Kyle Kalis - #135 (commit)
Kalis and Banner stick out to me as being ranked surprisingly low, though with Kalis this may be due to the fact that he projects higher as a guard than at tackle. As you can see, however, Michigan has a chance to round out this class with some really quality prospects.
[Ed-M: If you ignore the obvious derp parts this is diary-worthy]
Here are my takeaways on the MSU/UM game and thoughts moving forward.
1. Gholston - I will start with the elephant in the room. Did Gholston make dirty plays? Yes. Should he be suspended? Yes. Should this be the number one story from the game? No. Do I think Dantonio/Narduzzi teach players to injure opponents? No.
My opinion is that Gholston was super jacked up for a rivalry game and in his warped mind thought that this is what a rivalry game means. He was wrong, he should be punished and I expect him to learn from this. If he continues to make these type of plays he should be gone. That's my take.
For those thinking that Dantonio should have removed him immediately from the game, I think you are crazy. I can't think of any coach who has voluntarily removed a player. Did RRod remove Mouton? Did Carr remove Greg Matthews?. Should Carr have? No. Should RRod have? No. Should Dantonio have? No.
[Ed-M: And there's the derp. I expected both Mouton and Mathews (one 't') to be suspended. Mouton was. If either of those players had a repeat offense during the same game, absolutely you should pull him. Gholston had three such plays, the arm-bar, the punch (the least of them), and the piling-on and facemask twist. He should have been pulled after the second. As I said above, ignore the derp.]
In the heat of the game, coaches don't have ESPN replays and they probably don't even know what happened. Plus, they have a duty to move onto the next play. I just think it is entirely unrealistic to expect a coach to self police DURING the game and unilaterraly remove one of his players.
2. The game is won in the trenches - Nothwithstanding the snap count timing, I still think MSU won the battle up front. This doesn't mean UM isn't "tough", it just means that MSU's patchwork OLine did enough to run the ball. To me, that was the biggest key to the game. I said before hand, if MSU loses it is because they can't run it and UM pressures Cousins into bad decisions. MSU was able to run it and Cousins was clean.
3. 2012 Whooping in Ann Arbor and beyond - I have read some comments from some regarding the whipping UM will put on MSU in 2012. I don't see it happening. You can never predict a year in advance and I'm not saying MSU will win, but I don't see a "whooping". The reason is that MSU will still be better in the trenches next year. We return 10 of 11 defensive starters next year. 9 of 11 if Worthy leaves. MSU's OLine will return 4 of 5 starters and a bunch of injured reserves. Conversely, UM loses its best two DLineman (Martin and RVB) and Molk. IMO, Michigan will not regain the upper hand until Hoke has his OLine and DLine in place. This will probably be 2013 or 2014, not 2012. Here is where I disagree with some UM fans. I think Hoke is a good coach and nobody can dispute that he has recruited VERY WELL. However, some people just assume that MSU will fade into Bolivia (isn't that used on this board) and cede control back to UM. I understand that is what you hope for and expect as UM fans. I get that, but as an MSU fan, I just tend to disagree. I have no illusions that MSU will win 10 in a row, but I feel that once UM gets back on its feet, MSU will stay there with them and go toe to toe.
Why? Because Dantonio has proven he can evaluate and develop talent (especially on defense). This MSU defense is not loaded with 4 and 5 star players. It has a few, but our best players (Worthy, Adams, Rush) were 3 star recruits from Ohio that Dantonio will continue to get. Others (Darqueze Dennard and Trenton Robinson) were 2 stars. My point is, even when Hoke gets his guys, I expect this to still be a hotly contested rivalry, not an ass whipping like it has been the last 4 years (in our favor) or the last 40 years (in your favor).
4. Gardner and Denard - I said before the year that I would have rolled with Gardner because he is the future and he has the tools to do what Borges wants to do. TO HIS CREDIT, Borges put his ego on the backburner and went with Denard running mostly RRod's offense. It's easy to criticise after a loss and call for Gardner, but MICHIGAN IS 6-1!!! If Gardner were QB, what would their record be? My guess is 5-2 at best (a loss to ND). With that said, I never felt this would be a championship year for UM and it would better to gear towards the future (i.e. Gardner). However, it is a difficult and delicate decision. It would have been disingeniuos by Hoke to brink Denard back with the promise he was his QB and then ship him off to WR/RB/Slash. Now that UM is 6-1, I think Hoke would be a fool to switch to Gardner. UM (even with its warts) is still capable of winning the Legends division with Denard at the helm.
5. MSU v. Wiscy&Nebraska - Of course I desperately want to win against Wisconsin on ESPN under the lights. BUT, if I could play "let's make a deal", I would take a Wiscy loss for a Nebraska win right now. Beating NEB would ensure that we hold the tiebreaker over NEB and UM and we would control our own destiny.
Looking at the offensive FEI rankings today...
...the absense of dominant offenses like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Oregon from the top 10 is striking. The presence of teams like Miami (YTM), Baylor, Texas A&M and Notre Dame is equally striking.
We know that FEI normalizes by discounting points scored in garbage time/pile-ons. But does this, in the end, unfairly punish teams for being dominant?
I see where they were coming from in putting the metric together, but does anyone actually think Notre Dame's offense is better than Oregon's? Miami's (YTM) better than Oklahoma's? A&M's better than Oklahoma State?
This is a problem IMO.