to play football, not to play trumpet
Back in June, when safety recruit Jeremy Clark accepted a grayshirt to Michigan, the initial analysis was pretty meh, and there was spirited discussion about whether there was too much negativity in his "Hello!" post. Obviously, if someone only gets a grayshirt, mostly has offers from MAC level schools, and has a two star rating at best, there is some warrant for folks to think he won't amount to much.
So, I was happy to see today's header/teaser over at Rivals:
Michigan coaches knew Madisonville (Ky.) North Hopkins safety Jeremy Clark was a good one when they accepted his commitment as a greyshirt in late June. It's starting to appear, though, that they got one of the steals in the 2012 class.
I don't know whether or not there is more info in the premium area. However, the header looks promising. I'd love to hear from anyone on the ground in KY about how Clark is doing, and projecting for his senior year and beyond.
Also, if the coaching staff really is doing a good job of identifying and snagging "sleepers," (similar to Beilein on the basketball front,) this is huge. To get "can't miss" prospects like Kalis and Wormley and Ross and Jenkins-Stone and Ringer and Wilson is great. We take all your 5 stars. But we have all seen how a five star rating doesn't automatically mean five star play on the field. If the class is good from top to bottom, and has two stars (Clark, Houma, etc.) who actually way out perform their rating, well, we then have a stronger opportunity to do incredible things on the field.
Here is the link: http://mgovideo.com/category/inside-michigan-football
LivingSocial (a groupon type outfit) is offereing a deal today (Sept 1) to join the Maxwell Club (the group that awards the Maxwell Award) as a silver member for $42. You get the chance to vote for the Maxwell and other postseason awards they give in addition to the chance to attend the awards banquet. I thought that was pretty cool as I didn't know that basically anyone can join these groups and vote for the awards.
Mods, please delete if this is too commercial. I hesitated on posting it since someone else makes money from it. However, I thought it was a pretty cool deal that some might be interested in.
I created a quick onnline survey in hopes that you all will take about 30 seconds of your time to fill it out when you are able. I'm curious as to how many MGoMembers plan on attending at least one game this year compared to their age and distance from the Big House, in particular. I think the results will be interesting and I plan on publishing them in a Diary entry some time after everyone has time to take the survey. Link? Link:
Thanks in advance for participating.
Sorry in advance to those that get annoyed by survey solicitations (I'm usually one of those people but I love MGoSurveys for some reason).
SI's Peter King wrote an interesting story for the NFL issue about hybrid/multiple front defenses, and how teams are confusing the hell out of opposing offenses with various fronts and attacks.It's very on-topic considering Michigan has an NFL defensive coordinator.
The stars of the article are Sean Payton and Rex Ryan, Mattison's predecessor in Baltimore.
Many teams have started doing what Rex Ryan did as coordinator for the Ravens and now does as Jets coach—flood one gap or blocker with two, three or even four defensive linemen or linebackers. That challenges a quarterback to change his protection call to keep more blockers in. On one play in that 2009 Jets-Saints game, New York showed a heavy rush on the left side; Brees kept a running back in to block ... and at the snap the Jets dropped a lineman and a linebacker from the group into coverage, negating Brees's protection call. "They rushed four but ate up six of our guys," Payton said. "They were able to double two of our receivers without leaving anyone open."
Lots of good things in this article.