landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Over at Wolverine Nation, Rothstein wrote up a fluff piece on the improvement of our linebacker corps.
CliffNotes version: he points to the new scheme and improved depth and experience as the main reasons for the overall on-field improvement. Which, like, duh.
Some interesting quotes:
"It's different," linebacker J.B. Fitzgerald said. "Everything is a little bit changed up when you change coaching staffs and all that. However, I think our comfort level this year is really good."
"We don't have to just count on our first string," cornerback Troy Woolfolk said. "If they go down or they get tired, our young set of linebackers will go in and do the job. It's not the man, it's the position."
Nothing really new or earth-shattering, but our linebackers haven't been terrible, and overall I'd say they've definitely been better than last year's group. Hopefully Cam can stay healthy the rest of the year. I am really excited for Jake Ryan's potential, the kid has looked pretty good in the first couple of games, especially if you consider the fact that he's just a redshirt freshman.
I just heard this on WTKA, and had no idea that there was a fan vote that counts for 5% of the O'Brien Award. Thought maybe some others didn't know it either. You can go to this website every day and vote for Joe Bauserman.
Or whoever you think deserves it.
There is an interesting article over at Grantland on college football offenses. (http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6948865/speed-chess) The author suggests that in the NFL, most teams focus on confusing the opposition, and essentially play the same way, because of the extremely high level of athletic ability across the board. However, at the college ranks, particularly as you go to lower levels, there is a huge level of diversity and creativity.
I still am pondering how this applies to Michigan, and some of the angst currently found on the board (and in our fearless leader) over whether to play over center or out of the shotgun. I'm inclinded to think, after reading this, that MIchigan is heading in the right direction. In order to consistently win at the highest levels, against stout and athletic defenses, gimmicry will only get you so far. With a spread and speed offense, against lower level teams (think non-conference and lower tier Big 10 teams in 2010) you can either blow them away or at least compete. Against high level defenses, things fall apart.
In the article, this year's Oregon-LSU game is analyzed as an example. Oregon has been able to shred mediocre to good defenses, and overrun them. But against a solid and great defense like LSU, their advantage is completely negated.
As I apply this to UofM, I am beginning to think that even apart from our turrible defense, our previous offense would only go so far. In other words, we could have had an excellent defense, but our offense would grind to a halt against Ohio and LSU and the like. If this is true, Michigan's current offense will not overwhelm and overrun weaker teams on the schedule the same way they did last year, but will have a better chance against the stronger teams (MSU, Nebraska, Ohio) we face this year. If Mattison and team health and the emergence of BWC all coalesce, we may have a better chance to compete than previously thought.
I'd be interested to hear from better football minds on both the article and how you see it applying to Michigan.
I know a lot of people were pissed by unfunny Fox Sports video making fun of Asian international students so I figured I'd post the opposite of that. I go to Rice and received an email about this today. They have a fairly sizable international population. http://youtu.be/iSWj2rI_tbk
Pretty cool way to help these kids get acclimated to American life, especially in Texas. (tried to embed, but I couldn't figure it out)
Notre Dame fan suffered heart attack and received CPR immediately by a Michigan dental grad. The fan spent some time recovering but I believe has been discharged per the Channel 4 report airing currently. Thought it worth noting as it had been raised previously and is a great story from the night.
Check out the blue board for your recruiting news: http://247sports.com/Board/30/Michigan-Thread-2685013/871
Projected to be the best CB in Ohio, an absolute beast IMO. We`re a little late to the party..with offers from several BCS schools, including osu. Considered a heavy buckeye lean, offering cant hurt though. He had a really good time at the game last saturday, here is a free article on 247: http://247sports.com/Article/Michigan-offers-Future247-prospect-40138
Danny O`Brien said he has a date in mind for his commitment, oct 7 (his homecoming)... not in stone. I like our chances, just need to fend off UT.
Steve Wiltfong (247 analyst) on Dunn's recruitment:
"Michigan is definitely in the mix. Anyone that says otherwise is misinformed.
The Wolverines staff is doing a great job recruiting Dunn. In my story it reads that Fred Jackson compares Dunn to Tyrone Wheatley. Who wouldn't want to be compared to Tyrone Wheatley? Jackson also tells Dunn and his coach that Michigan thinks he's the best RB in America. Very flattering, and a prospect can't ignore that. Plus the opportunity to play next fall at Michigan is intriguing.
Dunn also told me he wants to get to Michigan for a game this fall. He originally planned to be at the Ohio State game but seeing his schedule, he hopes to be playing deep into the Ohio state tournament that weekend. So he doesn't miss the atmosphere of a Wolverines game, he told me he'll try and get up there sooner.
I would be zero-percent surprised if Dunn ended up in Ann Arbor. If someone made me predict right now, I'd say Michigan. Obviously it's recruiting and a lot of things are going to change and develop as he visits Ohio State again and things like that, but I really like the Wolverines as of 9/14/2011 at 11am (EST)."