It's been kind of a slow weekend for football-related news, but last night I sat down and graded the defense in the Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech. Two freshmen (Frank Clark, Jake Ryan) graded out the best with two seniors (Mike Martin, Ryan Van Bergen) coming in just behind them. It was not a great night for the secondary.
Hey guys, to be honest I didn't really expect too much when talking with Keith Ford, the #1 running back in the country according to 247 Sports, but our discussion regarding Michigan ended up being pretty interesting. Check it out: Keith Ford
EDIT: Ford is the #2 RB, but the top player in the state of Texas. He's #20 overall as well. Sorry about the confusion.
I am disappointed, but not surprised, to see that the NCAA Rules Committee is recommending that kickoffs be moved to the 35 yard-line and that kick-coverage defenders be limited to a 5-yard running start. http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7560237/ncaa-proposes-moving-kickoffs-30-35
I really don't see the logic in this. If you think kickoffs are too dangerous, then just have the offense start from the 20. Kicking off from the 35 just cuts down on the number of kick returns--it doesn't make the returns that actually occur any safer.
I got to thinking, we throw the term grit around a lot here, which is good. I like my nouns to be portable just like the next man. But what do we mean by grit? Does it mean that you have to be a 2-3 star grinder, who is usually white? Actually, I don't really care to define the term much. Defining it reduces it to less than awesome.
Instead, I thought of nominating players to join the Grit Pantheon and sit atop Mt. Schembechler and drink nectar, ambrosia, and buckeye tears.
I can't do an all time team, since 1991 is as far back as I really remember, and I only got MGoStatus in 2009. Here are my 2011 nominees for Grit Pantheon:
David Molk (Sugar Bowl Injury)
Van Bergen (Sugar Bowl Injury)
V. Smith (handguns, 5'6" of cut blocking cruise missle)
Odoms (injured, buried on depth chart, heart of a champion. see 2008 minnesota game)
Kovacs (you know the story)
D. Robinson (pats Gholston on the ass after Gholston tried to break his neck)
B. Mealer (you know the story)
2012 nominee: Dennis Norfleet. See the video from the 7on7 where he smacks concrete face first at full speed and bounces up for the next play.
Who do you nominate for grit?
This afternoon, as our children were playing in a park, I brought up to my cousin the story about Urban Meyer's recent press conference in which he plans to refer to Michigan as "That Team Up North". My cousin is a journalist, formerly a full-fledged sports journalist, and he currently writes for a major South Florida paper. He is a UFlorida graduate, and he actually broke the Urban Meyer Utah-to-Florida story for the Palm Beach Post. There is some discussion whether it was them or the Florida Times-Union who broke the story first. Nevertheless, he was able to break the story because he had become close to the Meyer family during the preceding month of his arrival at Florida, often dining with them in their home. He broke the story because Urban Meyer's wife called my cousin directly to tell him.
My cousin, as someone who sees Meyer as a liar (b/c he was also intimately involved in the media coverage during his tenure at Florida), says that the name change of a rival is a common theme for Meyer. He says that Meyer did it at Bowling Green, at Utah, and then again at Florida. Apparently Meyer chose FSU as the rival-du-jour, and just designated them with just a crimson bar on their schedule. So he sees this as Meyer stirring the pot of a rivalry, which he says is his MO. However, he doesn't believe he called a press conference at any of his other stops. Also, he thinks (as most of us do) that Meyer saw the writing on the wall with Saban/Alabama dominating the next several years of the SEC and bolted.
I just thought this information, from someone who closely followed Meyer since his leaving Utah, would be interesting to the Board.
Now that the 2013 recruiting cycle is now in full swing I thought it would be fun to create a best guess/ wish list for 2013. I have bee gathering information from all of Aces and Aquamans articles, Toms stuff over at ESPN, and Sam Webbs recruiting round up. Everyone here seems to think we will have about 20-22 spots open in this years class and I think that will be a safe bet. Lets get this started.
1) Quarterback - Shane Morris (check)
2) Running Back- Wyatt Shallman
3) Running Back -Ty Issac
4) Big Wide Reciever- Juron Dukes
5) Big Wide Reciever- Laquon Treadwell
6) Playmaking Wide Reciever - maybe a guy like Robert Foster or James Quick, I think Shane will be able to help reel one of these guys in.
7) Recieving Tight End- Khalid Hill (check)
8) Balanced Tight End- Jake Butt
9) Tackle- Logan Tulley-Tillman
10) Tackle- Hunter Bivin
11) Tackle/Guard- Kyle Bosch
12) Gaurd- Ethan Pocic
13) Guard/Center- Chris Fox
14) Defensive end- Taco Charlton
15) Defensive end- Tashawn Bower
16) DT- Henry Poggi
17) LB- EJ lavenberry
18) LB- Ben Gedeon
19) CB- Jourdan Lewis
20) CB- TIm Harris
21) Safety- Dymonte Thomas (check)
22) Safety- Su'a Cravens
This what I ended up coming up with when looking at what I have read and listened to. I'm not going to lie and say i'm confident in this list mainly cause I have no clue on a few things like oline. I just took names that I have seen a lot and have high interest. I do think the staff will go with a big playmaking wr eventually and having Shane will help a ton. There are guys on the list that like Michigan but personally think they will go somewhere else ( Poggi, Lavenberry and Su'a Cravens to be exact) but I do think Michigan has a chance.
Please feel free to pick apart my list and make one of your own if you want. I would like to thank Ace and Aquaman for all the hard work they have been doing. Also Magnus and his input is always a great read.
EDIT: I feel like I should throw this in here that I don't expect this list to hold up. Heck when I was making it the first time around a work yesterday I had Shaq Wiggins on there and that got shot down last night.