"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
I ran across a list of potential Heisman candidates along with moneylines for each. Take the moneyline, divide by 100 and that is the decimal odd (e.g. +1000 is 10/1 odds)
In order for 2011:
- Andrew Luck/ QB/ Stanford (+300)
- Denard Robinson/ QB/ Michigan (+500)
- Marcus Lattimore/ RB/ South Carolina (+500)
- LaMichael James/ RB/ Oregon (+600)
- Landry Jones/ QB/ Oklahoma (+600)
This list actually goes 1, T2, T4, but I didn't know how to do this using the MGoBlog list feature. I think it says a lot about Denard's physical tools (and name recognition) that he's so high up in the odds. I understand how early this is, but I love seeing Denard way up there, so I thought I would share. In other news, from the same service, the odds for the MNC in 2011:
- Oklahoma (+350)
- Alabama (+500)
- Florida (+1200)
- Florida State (+1200)
- Boise State (+1200)
Michigan is sitting at +8000, with MSU at +5000, ND at +2800 and OSU at +1300.
Interesting seeing that Tresselgate isn't doing too much to peoples perception of OSU. Anyway, if anyone feels like talking 2011 MNC race and predicting the 2011 Heisman while there's practically still snow on the ground, here's something at least.
Please put all other suggestions of "X for Denard" threads here.
Honorificabilitudinitasical1 for Denard-- A thread to suggest and discuss various awards (honors) Mr. Robinson may be in line for this season.
Osseocarnisanguineoviscericartilagininervomedullary for Denard2 -- A discussion of Denard's various body structures (bone, skin, blood, organs, cartilage, nerves, core, cardiovascular, etc.)
Because I despised the other thread so much, I thought we needed some balance on the MGoBoard.
1) Why post a thread like that?
2) Borges and Hoke have been at this a while, let's have a little faith.
3) Denard spent a lot of time out of games last year, and plenty of that was due to the large number of predictable QB keepers that went up the middle into the teeth of the defense for four yards. For all we know, the Borges offense will keep the defense guessing, open up lanes for the big jaw-dropping, open field Denard TD runs, and spare our nimble-but-not-exactly-burly quarterback from the punishing hits that limited his PT last year.
I'm excited for Denard and for our new offense. Let's also not forget that in most of our biggest games last year (MSU, OSU, the other MSU), our offense completely stalled.
I know I could have put this down in the other thread, but I figured some of you would miss it.
I commented last night that Brady and Brandon made fun of RR last night. I want to clarify that statement as this, they didn't make fun of RR by name, but they did make references to the old regime and/or previous failures.
Example 1: Someone asked Brady if he will be bringing back the defensive huddle. Brady responded and said something like, "well I'd like to, but a lot of that is dictated by the offense, especially that up tempo spread joke offense". Now that is not verbatim, and I am trying to remember if he used the word "joke", but he made a comment that was close to that.
Example 2: Dave Brandon made a comment to the group saying how much he hated last years Illinois game. Would invite anyone to a basketball game next year if thats what they liked watching. This was in reaction to a comment by someone asking about defense and he basically said that we will be playing defense again under Hoke and our last regime didn't know how to.
1. Denard and Molk are doing very well. Denard looks comfortable taking snaps from under center because he used to do it in HS a lot. Not as big of a learning curve as some people might have expected.
2. Denard was never leaving. Hoke didn't even need to talk to him, but he did. Hoke said that Denard was talking to his Dad during the coaching change and Denards Dad told Denard, "listen, you're not leaving Michigan. End of story." Denard agreed with his Dad and told him that he wasn't even thinking about leaving anyways.
3. Coach Hoke says hello to his players during each meeting by saying these things:
Hoke: "Good Morning" or "Good Afternoon" or "Good evening"
Players: "Good Morning" or "Good Afternoon" or "Good evening"
...and then they go on with their business for the day.
4. We will have a kicker...and he will make field goals.
5. Strike policy that most of you know about is: a strike is academic primarily. If you go to class late, leave early, skip, do something stupid, etc. Then that is a strike.
1 strike = wake up at 5 am and push a 45 pound plate 100 yards 12 times without removing hands from the plate or taking a knee.
2 strikes = same thing except two days.
3 strikes = you and your position group have to do it one morning.
4 strikes = the entire side of the ball you play on has to wake up at 5 am and push plates (he said he has never had anyone make it to 4. Either the kid quits or he is held accountable by his teammates and stops making poor decisions).
Well, thats about all I can think of right now. I'll add more later if I think of anything interesting that I left out.
Bottom line is that Hoke is a pretty darn good public speaker. He makes people feel comfortable in him as a head football coach, is honest, and shows that he truly cares about the kids more than anything else. There was a lot of laughing, joking, poking fun of different audience members that I found to be hilarious and impressive because he knew so many "Michigan people".
just saw this on espn....i really liked his name! and M had offered him, and he's clearly a pretty solid recruit. oh well...offer list down by 1 more
Touted linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanga decides for Oklahoma State
Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Michigan, Texas A&M and Texas Tech have also offered.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect is the fourth pledge for Oklahoma State.