"You know how Kyle Flood still has a job? Yeah, all Jourdan."
KC Joyner has an ESPN Insider ($$) article on Denard and the "new offense"
However, nervous Maize and Blue fans should take comfort in the fact that, just as the Cowboys' shotgun offensive changes weren't as great as generally thought, a detailed look at the 2010 season shows why Robinson and company have already mastered a number of the passing elements they will be asked to use in the new system. Based on the abilities and promise shown by Robinson as a passer last season, there is good reason to believe that he could thrive in Hoke's system in 2011 and lead one of the top passing attacks in the country.
Robinson also posted terrific numbers last year when throwing to Junior Hemingway (12.2 YPA on 26 targets) and Martavious Odoms (12.1 YPA on 15 targets). If those totals could be added to improved numbers by senior Darryl Stonum (6.1 YPA on 45 targets), it could make for one of the top passing attacks in all of college football.
This is not to say that Robinson's game was error-free, and there are clearly areas in which he'll need to improve if he is going to ultimately succeed in the Wolverines' new system in 2011. His 5.6 percent bad decision rate means that just over one in every 20 of his passes was a mistake on his part that led to a turnover or a near-turnover.
That is an unacceptable figure, but could easily be cut in half if Robinson merely finds a way to stop staring down his receivers (a habit that accounted for six of his 13 bad decision throws last year).
Even with those blunders, however, Robinson was able to post a top-20 mark in passing efficiency last year. If he can combine some error-correcting improvements with a gameplan that takes full advantage of the aerial skills he and his receiving corps displayed last year, it could vault him to a top-10 passing efficiency total.
There's some great charts and other stats and what not that COULD help some people here back off the ledge after the spring game
We'll all find out this afternoon, but wanted to pass on that Josh Helmoldt of Rivals wrote an article in the Freep this morning with that statement, also implying that Auburn was the choice, FWIW. He also discussed other QB prospects we are targeting here:
It's good to see the administration at OSU seems to be bothered by how much tatgate is costing the school.
Colorado TE Evan Baylis (6'5", 225 lbs) told me that he's getting close to making his final decision. He'll be announcing his decision in early May, so only a few weeks away. I spoke with Evan after his visit to Michigan, which you can read here.
Michigan is in the running, but for some reason I have a feeling they might be a little behind. He hasn't told me where he's picking and I still think Michigan has a good shot, I'm just not sure.
If they happen to miss out on him they've positioned themselves for success with Ron Thompson, Devin Funchess, and AJ Williams.
Espn's College Football has a front page feature on Michigan with a couple of articles including a quick interview with Denard.
Article 1: Denard Robinson key to UM's offense
Article 2: Michigan hopes Hoke has the ties that bind
Article 3: Michigan defenders responding to Mattison
Article 4: Van Bergen loves spotlight on 'Ohio' rivalry