This is my first time creating a forum topic so take it easy on me. I just wanted to give praise to Kelvin Grady. The mgoblue.com countdown to kick-off days 7 and 13 with scrimmage highlights show Kelvin emerging as a great slot threat. Today's highlights are riddled with #19, revealing great hands and elusiveness. This is a big surprise considering he was pretty much a non-factor last year and we didn't lose too much at the position coming into this year. I am just wondering if he is getting a lot of time during the scrimmages because the coaches are resting some players, I think not too likely. But I noticed from the spring game footage a ton of dropped balls from our big name receivers, ahem Odoms. So is Kelvin getting that much better or are the rest of the slot guys not progressing as much? Or is Grady the only one catching the ball? Either way, it is great to see him out there making big plays.
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The longest week of the year starts now.
I’ve mentioned before that I attended the 1969 Michigan victory over OSU. Being in the stands that day, getting to rush the field and take down the goal posts, is my personal Wolverine football landmark. I know. Who cares? You are absolutely right. However, in the stands for that game, in the stands for the first time ever, was a high school senior who did matter. He was sitting next to his sister. He’s five foot, nine inches—maybe—and 170 pounds. Michigan boy. Decided at that very game he wanted to be a Michigan Wolverine. Offensive lineman. Walk on.
“….don’t let anyone talk you out of it.”
Donnie Warner, who didn’t even know how to pronounce Bo’s last name, had just sprung a trap on Old Blood & Guts. Quoted a speech Bo gave at his high school about never giving up. Told him about attending “The Game” last fall. “He had me, and he knew it.” Bo was in full retreat.
Donnie sacrificed for the team and switched from offensive guard to defensive tackle. He was not afraid of Reggie McKenzie and Tom Coyle. Bo played on the demo team that year and watched him get knocked around like a “volleyball”. Donnie endeavored to persevere.
By his junior year Donnie was quickly becoming quite a pest for Bo’s offense and was not shy about celebrating his victories on the field. Bo fretted over his offensive line. “For cryin’ out loud, if we can’t stop little Donnie Warner from breaking up our plays, how in the hell are we going to stop Purdue?”
By his senior year Donnie was on full scholarship and starting. Try as he might, Bo simply couldn’t find anyone to beat him out. Donnie started calling him “Bo” and advised him how to beat OSU that year—and was right. The 1973 team is the one that got ganked, so Donnie Warner smelled no Roses in his final year at Michigan, which is a shame. Bo described him as the greatest player he ever coached. Wow. Just think of all the names on THAT list and Donnie Warner is on TOP!
And just think, it all started with the last game of the season in 1969 versus OSU. Just sayin’. There’s magic in that game. And, uh, thank you Donnie Warner’s sister.
If you haven’t already read “Bo’s Lasting Lessons”, by John U. Bacon (pg. 142-150), do so now. That is where this entire story comes from. Turn off your computer, run to the book store, don’t walk, and get this book. Why are you still sitting there! Go!
Beyer ripped apart both the Salem offense and defense last night en route to a 48-0 win last night. Tim tweeted these:
Beyer blocks a punt and recovers for a TD. Plymouth leads Salem 14-0 with 8:56 to go in the first half.
Beyer's 2nd TD grab makes it 21-0 Plymouth. Beyer has accounted for 18 points, ND commit Kyle Brindza has 3 extra points.
At the half, Brennen Beyer's Plymouth Wildcats lead Salem 35-0. Beyer has 2 rec for 43 yds and 2 TDs, punt block TD, and 3 QB knockdowns.
And Plymouth Canton sports ran this article late last night... quotes!
Senior Brennen Beyer, who has committed to play football for the University of Michigan beginning next fall, scored three touchdowns in a five-minute span of the second quarter Friday night to lead the Wildcats to a 48-0 triumph over Salem.
"That's why he's going to Michigan," Plymouth head coach Mike Sawchuk said, when asked about Beyer's game-changing exploits. "He worked his butt off during the off-season. He's even better now than he was last year."
Beyer's offensive explosion was ignited 55 seconds into the second quarter when the 6-foot-4, 225-pound wide-out out-jumped Salem defensive back Evian Pardo for a 32-touchdown pass from junior quarterback Shaun Austin.
There should be video up from Tim by Monday, thanks Tim!
Just read an interesting article on Tony Washington on ESPN. I wasn't familiar with the story and thought it was an interesting one. Not the best-written article, but a powerful story of the struggles some athletes face in their personal lives and the mental strength it takes to rise above them. Anyway, just thought a few of you might enjoy this. If nothing else, it will be 15 minutes less of the agonizing wait for UConn.