i like 'em both
I just wrote an article for U Recruit on 2012 LB Reggie Ragland, and thought I would share the Michigan news with you here.
Ragland currently has offers from Alabama, Auburn, and Kentucky. He's a 6-foot-4, 245-pound linebacker from Alabama that also plays wide receiver for his high school. He's a monster, and he's also hoping to hear from Michigan.
Of course Michigan is one of my top schools. I always loved to watch them play.
I also asked him about how Denard Robinson's success might help Michigan with recruiting:
He might win the Heisman this year. If we think the school isn't going to have players we might not look at them, so he helps them a lot.
Just a name to keep an eye on for the future. Most schools are recruiting him for linebacker or tight end.
I'm bored and the following is a concern of mine. I'm sure some here will share these concerns so I figured I'd throw it out there...
Would it be cool/useful for there to be some global location (i.e. a section on the Michigan Athletics wiki page) devoted to the various M student sections?
I'm a grad student now and this year one of the weird things that occured to me was that current UM juniors have not had the pleasure of a winning season. As such, we've had the wave started in a 2 score game. We've had people try to start the wave on the wrong side of the section, do it in the wrong order, etc.
Worst of all (to me) we've had people chant "It's Great to be..." in games that it shouldn't be chanted in. I don't know about others, but to me in my Maize Rage days that cheer was always reserved as a victory celebration of a big game. We should not be chanting it while walking out of a UMass victory.
But yeah, would the wiki page be a good idea? I'm not a regular of hockey games and I know hockey isn't as organized as the Maize Rage, so maybe this would be a usefull tool for them? Maybe a way to get sections like the Zone (volleyball) and the Ultras (soccer) some recognition.
Are there other traditions/cheers that have been struggling lately?
Or if you just don't care and think I'm yelling at people to get off my lawn, what's your favorite Mich cheer/tradition?
So, The Zone has a wiki page. Pretty cool, seems to have been made by members of the '04 pep band. Oddly, there's no page for the Maize Rage.
Also, I put together a userpage to work on a page for all student sections and have gotten it started. Please, feel free to edit it and get it rolling! I think something cool that this could do is serve as a bit of historical record for old traditions gone by the wayside (marshmellows!) so the more contibutors, the better!
Alright, so 1) I'm no Mathlete and 2) This may mean squat come Saturday, but here goes...
We've all been preached to about how our mighty Dilithium powered offense hasn't faced any REAL tests yet, with the inference that MSU will somehow be our first real litmus test. In particular, our first challenging RUN defense faced.
I've also read a few casual at best mentions, acknowledging that our past opponents defensive rankings may be slightly inflated for having played against said dilithium power. Nowhere though, have I seen anything that quantifies this effect, hence my attempt.
Looking at Notre Dame and UConn (chosen because they've played the toughest schedules of our ooponents to date), I factored out the numbers that UM hung on them, both in terms of total defensive yardage allowed, and rushing yardage allowed:
Notre Dame moves from per game avgs of 401 total yards, 153 rush yards down to 368 total, 119 rush.
UConn moves from per game avgs of 338 total yards, 162 rush yards down to 304 total, 130 rush.
For comparisons sake, MSU is currently at per game defensive avgs of 328 total yards, 101 rush yards. While it would appear that MSU does indeed have a better "D" (and specifically, RUN D) than we've seen thus far, I'd argue that their own numbers have been skewed.
Two of their opponents rely heavily on the passing game: Florida Atlantic's offensive total yards to date have been 922 pass yds to 291 rush yrds (45 yds vs MSU). Western Michigan's offensive totals to date have been 1100 pass yds to 307 rush yds (85 yds vs MSU).
In my opinion, we're going to run all over Sparty, Greg Jones or not. MSU will get their points, but I I'm not worried at all about us, I think they're a pretender.
As you probably know, the spartys love to cite the fact that our fan base contains a lot of non-alumni. Somehow, they view this as a negative, and view "Wal-Mart Wolverines" as below them.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Michigan fans out there that did not attend UM. Whether its the way you grew up, or your time at UM hospital, your support of and contribution to Michigan athletics is invaluable. The fact that you did not attend UM does not detract whatsoever from your knowledge of the game, loyalty, dedication, or passion. Our ability to function as a football power is based on your support.
Once again, thank you. And +1 for all non-alumni Wolverines.
Right Place, Right Time, Right Coach
Quick shout out to Denard in the Onion.
To me, this is the first sure sign that he has arrived.