at least it's not just us?
I just got back from the scrimmage today and wanted to pass on a little information. The scrimmage was open to suite holders and club seat ticket holders. It started at 3pm and ran until 5:00. It was structured much like the spring game, where they began with special teams, and exchanges, punting, kicking, punt blocks, and punt/kick returns. Lastly, was the Blue against white scrimmage starting at the 30, then the 2, then the 50.
Prior to seeing this scrimmage I was a fan of Tate and would tell anyone who asked, that Tate would be the starter. After watching the scrimmage, D-Rob will be the starter. He was much better in the pocket, made good decisions when faced with getting rid of the ball or being sacked with loss of yards, and his exchanges were very good. Think about some of the ball fakes that Juice Williams had. D-Rob isn't there yet, but he will be. I also think there is NO WAY that Gardner will redshirt. He played very well and almost as good as Tate in every phase of the game.
With passing, D-Rob led his receivers well and his completion rate was astronomic as compared to last season. Both Tate and Devin had throws that were routinely behind the receivers or not catchable.
The most pleasant surprise for me was Stephen Hopkins. This is a guy who has a chance to be a 1,000 yd rusher. He hit the holes well and was a load to take down. Smith, Cox and Shaw also did well, but in my mind, not as good as Hopkins.
Kelvin Grady played VERY WELL today and was probably responsible for the most yards of any player.
On the defensive side of the ball, M-R0b had a nice pick that he took for 50 yards. I love it when I see someone who can walk the walk and talk the talk. There was solid play by T. Talbott, Ryan, Jones, Gordon, Herron, Hawthorne,Van Bergen, Roh, Avery, Johnson, and Demens. I do not mean to leave anyone out, but they all looked good.
The O-Line was great and it was nice to see that we truly are 2-deep with linemen. The D-line looked good and will definitely cause some problems for teams.
Special teams will be better this year, watching Broekhuizen kick 40 yard field goals on a regular basis. There were no fumbles on kick returns and although there were some turnovers during play. They were few, and not by the "first string". We are going to have a much better team than people think.
Rich Rod was having fun. He was smiling, meeting with fans and player's families, and didn't appear to be stressed at all. I walked into the stadium with Hagerup and had a nice talk with him. What a great guy. After talking with him it is very clear that this team is out to prove something. I can't wait until the 4th.
I don't think I have revealed anything about the team that would aid scouting by UConn, but if Brian or Tim think so, delete this post. There's no way I want to do anything to hurt the team.
Good Lord saturdays can be boring...can't wait til football starts, 2 more weeks!
So will a Single Michigan player rush for over 1,000 yards this season? Lets look at the likely canidates
Denard- My choice to be starting QB this year. To get to 1,000 yds a player needs to avg 83 yds a game. Denard is an amazing athlete and even though he's grown as a passer he will still be rushing quite often. In Pat Whites career he rushed for over 1,000 yds twice, can denard do what pat white could?
Rb's- Not even Rich Rod seems to know who the strarting running back will be yet. But I believe at least one back will emerge and be the featured back. I would put my money on Toussaint. But even as a featured back he's carries are gonna be cut into by others like vincent smith. Will Toussaint or others get enough carries to reach the 1,000 yd mark?
I don't believe a single player will rush for 1,000 yds. Denard will come close, but even if he is the starter Tate will get some snaps. For the running backs I believe we suffering from the good problem of having multiple talented backs. I just don't think one player will get enough carries. Our running game is going to be great this year.
So what does everyone think?
So i just saw that Brock has added two new videos of him walking on his youtube profile. Still using the canes a lot but still amazing the recovery he has made in less than two years now. As long as RR follows through on his word then it is less than two weeks before one of the most emotional moments in Michigan football history.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBef_uBeYt4&feature=sub
I'm wondering if anyone is at the scrimmage and if there will be any updates here today?
Seems like a lot of predictions have us losing that game, but I'm just not seeing it.
They'll be a predominantly run based offense, and I have a feeling our run defense will be pretty strong this year.
They might try throwing over our super young secondary, but with who? Kevin Newsome, a true freshman, or a redshirt walk on?
I'm pretty confident that we're going to run over PSU, and yes I know it's still the preseason, but I need to survive 2 more weeks somehow.
Many on this board detest speculation, so for those, I am not trying to gaze into a crystal ball and make some kind of prediction, just bored, tired of trying to find ways to turn our freshman receivers into a defensive secondary, and want to throw out a remote possibility for discussion. Just as everything with RR has been somewhat of a headf#%k so far, I assume that the possibilty of having to fire him would not end up cut and dry either. What if......
Michigan is rough, last year all over again, a couple of nice moments, a win over MSU or Notre Dame, but sitting at 4 or 5 wins before the OSU game. Fire RR, correct, no brainer. Michigan then shocks number 1, 2,3 etc. Ohio State in a shocker of epic proportions, eliminating them from NC contention and a shot at the BCS title game. Secondary comes of age, the offense clicks like we knew it could, silence from 100,000 at the Shoe, chaos on the mean streets of Ann Arbor.
Fire him? There is one to think about.