"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
In an attempt to avoid doing "real" work this morning I figured I'd start a thread that might get some action. If this works, I'll have something to compulsively check, you know ... as opposed to continuously refreshing the main page and hoping new/interesting topics appear. Without further adieu:
Who do you guys think is the best pure athlete currently on the roster. I'm aware that athletic ability can be measured in a variety of ways, so I figured I'd just take the easy way out and define athletic ability in terms of SPARQ scores. As noted by TomVH, a player’s SPARQ score is determined by a combination of their forty yard dash, shuttle, Powerball (tossing a medicine ball from their knees), and vertical leap. Additionally, I'd like to add bench press into that equation to help level off the apparent skew towards smaller ninjas and away from the big hog-mollies (and because it's tested at the NFL combine).
Here are my best guesses ... for whatever they're worth ...
Smaller players (DB, FS, WR, RB, QB) -- Mike Cox. While he's been doing his best to avoid playing time with some (apparent) playbook and fumbling issues, his raw athletic ability is well documented. Enough said. Honorable Mention: Devin Gardner, Denard Robinson, Carvin Johnson, Fitz Toussaint. Best Incoming Player: Thomas Rawls
Mid-sized players: (SS, LB, TE, Big Tweeners) -- Marvin Robinson. While this category probably encompasses the smallest number of players on the roster, it also houses (IMHO) the majority of the top 5 athletes. MRob has a great combination of size and speed, and hopefully he's see him on the field this fall snagging INTs, breaking opposing players ribs, and wreaking havoc on the occasional blindside blitz. Honorable Mention: Josh Furman, Kevin Koger. Best Incoming Player: Frank Clark
(EDIT: After a bit of research it looks like Furman would likely do better than Robinson. I'll leave my original opinion up there for debate, but I'm going to go on record as saying that I've since changed my mind would pick Furman. Of note, I was a bit surprised that a) Rivals claims Furman can do 26 reps on the bench and b) that Marvin Robinson has a listed vertical of 38 inches.)
Large Players: (OL, DE, DT, Jumbo Tweeners) -- Craig Roh. While this category seems to encompass the strongest overall players, Roh posses the natural speed and agility that most NCAA big boys just dont have. Honorable Mention: Taylor Lewan, Mike Martin. Best Incoming Player: Brennen Beyer
I'm sure I've missed some people, so feel free to discuss.
The new rules will be introduced as a growing amount of research suggests that limiting full-contact practices may be among the most practical ways of reducing brain trauma among football players. According to a study of three Division I college teams published last year in the Journal of Athletic Training, college players sustain more total hits to the head in practices than in games.
Really interesting stuff. Teams will only be able to hold one full-contact practice per week during the season. Hopefully it helps.
“I’m not sure there will be any dramatic changes, because the changes over the last few years for dealing with head hits have changed dramatically,” said Tim Murphy, the football coach at Harvard. “If we want young people to continue to fall in love with this great sport, we have to protect the athletes.”
Ed: Link (Sorry, I'm drunk)
All right, I know I am not supposed to do this, but there is a headline on Rivals that says they have an Aaron Burbridge update. Can anyone give me a non-rule breaking synopsis of this?
SIAP, but OH RB Alden Hill committed to Tennesee today-- at least that's what they're saying on Twitter. Given how few RB slots we have and how many other guys we're looking at, it's not a major loss, but Hill is definitely a good prospect and a nice pickup for the Vols.
As many of you know I have been cup really full guy for the 2011 season for about 2 years. We're getting close to some real football and I can't wait to put my money on the over 7.5 wins for Michigan(Easy Money). Denard will be in the gun and the defense will look completely different. We get past ND and anything is possible. I got an Insider at ESPN on the wagon as people are starting to look at us more closely. It's an Insider so I'll just post the snippe about us. Basically he looks at teams that have decent talent but a schedule set up to make a run if they play well. He uses the Sparties from last year as a perfect example which we know all about.
Keep Hoke alive! The Wolverines break in a new coach and buy into the Pure Michigan tourist campaign in clever fashion: They leave the state once before November, and that's a trip to distant Evanston, Ill., a short drive outside the border (where they'll see a 50-50 crowd, at worst). If Michigan gets by Notre Dame, it has a great shot to start 6-0 before a visit to East Lansing.
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