talk to caris yo
In the wake of Rodriguez saying that the coaches are looking everywhere for a kicker after yet another game in which the kicker contributed to a loss, I thought I'd do a little looking myself.
I went to ESPN's recruiting site and sorted by kickers. I was looking for people who were somewhat local, had decent ratings, and were undeclared. Here's what I found:
- Kyle Brindza (Plymoth, MI) - Unfortunately he's not a good candidate since he's been committed to Notre Dame for months, but I thought it was worth a mention. He's a highly rated kicker (#6 to ESPN) who was a stone's throw from UM and went elsewhere.
- Taylor Zalewski (Orland Park, IL) - He is ranked #13 and gets pretty good comments from the ESPN site. Right now there are no listed schools on his recruiting profile. Seems like a logical candidate.
- Michael Rasmussen (Orlando, FL) - Also not committed to anyone, maybe Rodriguez could work some of that Florida pipeline magic and get this guy, who is rated #15 by ESPN.
- Tyler Wedel (McFarland, WI) - Gets yet another good set of comments from ESPN and at the #21 ranking is the last of the available 3-star recruits. No schools listed under consideration.
I realize the kicker recruiting is a total crap shoot (i.e. Brendon Gibbons and Bryan Wright were both scholarship kickers who couldn't see the field), but we have to do something. It has always been frustrating to me that schools like EMU or even MSU have consistently had better kickers than Michigan.
The secondary is horrible but will gain a year of experience, bring in a couple of recruits, and get Woolfolk back next year. The LB have been bad and losing Mouton will hurt, but Mike Jones and Kenny Demens look like promising starters for next year. Black should be able to slide into Banks' spot next season reasonably well. The only weakness without an obvious development plan is at kicker.
It dawned on me in the last day or two (after the Iowa game) that I would not be happy with anything less than an 8-4 this year for the regular season. At the beginning of the year, I was willing to accept 7-5 and then expect better things next year. Now, because it is becoming clearer how the teams in the Big Ten are shaking out, I want to see at least 8-4. If we ended up 8-4 we more than likely would beat Illinois, Purdue, and Penn State and then lose to OSU and Wisconsin. This, to me, would show progress in the Conference (4-4) and also an ability to beat the teams that are in the Conference that we "should" beat. I would not be happy with anything less. Just wondering what others out there would consider satifactory at this point.
I was trying to talk sense into a buddy of mine, who is a Michigan fan. Just not a fan of the coach. It went back and forth with me bringing up so many points on how the defense being young and inexperienced. However how they are improving and not giving up! He expects shut outs or an average defense atleast. I told him it will come in due time! To the thread, sorry for the delay. I haven't picked Michigan to lose any of the games this year, I was hoping for a 12-0 season. Realistically it may fall 7-5, 8-4, or even 9-3 (excluding bowl) Just curious as to how many people are on my side and agree that after 2562 days it will end? I guess for some dilithium reasons or not, i believe the "team" will get up for the game and shock all those fans!
Hopefully my Lions can help subdue some of this weekend's disappointment again. I'm not too optimistic with Shaun Hill facing the NYG's defense, especially because we're not sure Calvin is playing. That being said, I'll be chugging the honolulu blue Kool-Aid if we win and will buy tickets to see them play the Redskins in a couple weeks.
Mod Edit: Bumped and slightly renamed for MNF
It seems pretty clear the coaches really like carvin johnson. Does anyone else see him swapping positions with cam gordon after the season? I think carvin is a better fit at deep safety than spur and visa versa with cam. I think spur was the easiest way for him to see the field as a freshman and deep safety is a complicated position to walk into from fall camp for a true freshman. Again, I think Cam is a better fit at spur or OLB (if he can add weight). Discuss...