"Rodrick Williams Jr.'s 10-month old, 2-foot-long savannah monitor named "Kill" gets the RB some strange looks when they go for walks together."
Saw some Senior Bowl notes on Stephen Schilling from Shutdown Corner:
I also liked what I saw from Michigan guard Stephen Schilling -- the guy definitely plays with a nasty streak and shows the technique you'd expect from a school with so much great offensive-line history. Representatives from the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs made sure to talk to Schilling after practice. A projected third-rounder at this time, Schilling could benefit greatly from the pre-draft process, especially as he shows zone teams his ability to hit the second level decidedly and in a hurry.
There were some other Big Ten players mentioned there and on other sites, like Ryan Kerrigan (apparently weighed in lighter than expected and started off slowly, but came back on Day 3); Gabe Carimi (strong and good technique, but not that athletic), Greg Jones (undersized, stiff, "tight-hipped"), Ricky Stanzi (not very accurate), and others.
A picture that should make the UM community proud. From the front page of nytimes.com:
It is well known that every coaching change leads to some attrition. Obviously, the level of exits that we saw during the RR tenure might have been dispropotionately high (but in number and in the caliber of the players leaving), but even under the best of transitions (which this is initially looking to be), some transfers are to be expected.
Looking over the roster, I am curious as to this wise community's thoughts as to who might transfer as a result of the coaching change. Not looking for any informed information - just people's unsubstantiated thoughts.
The most obvious potential transfer was Denard. For now, at least, it looks like that is less likely to happen.
IMO, I wouldn't be surprised to see some of the smaller slot / RB guys like Dileo or even V. Smith consider making a change. Smith, for example, could be a starting back on many MAC schools, but given the likely style of play, the stocked pantry at this position and the incoming Hayes, I would expect to see Smith lose his starting job.
Similarly, we might see some of the hybrid / tweener D players considering transfers, as they might not fit as well into the new "we will be big, bad, mofos" system.
Just some musings on a cold, snowy Wednesday.
P.S.: While nobody wants to see kids transfer, some attrition is not a bad thing, as I would rather see kids who do not fit the system have a chance to have playing time at other schools rather than ride the pine here for 4 years.
Just noticed that since Hoke successfully convinced Russell Bellomy to go blue, that Scout is now using my suggestion of calling it Hokus Pokus! LOL!
I guess it wasn't a bad idea after all.
Mattison is a beast. Why couldnt we get a D coordinator like him when RR was there? What was the problem? I mean how did we stoop to the level of GERG when guys like Mattison obviously would have come here? Want to see what opinions were out there.