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That glorious time of year for football fans when the torch is passed
to a new set of leaders, the hunger for gossip is well fed, and
optimism is recharged, renewed, and rewarded.
This spring we have ample reason to be excited, most obviously because
we're once again coming off a successful season with a BCS win under our belt.
But, those victories are now the past, and it would be wise not to dwell on them
much longer with the national champions looming just beyond our horizon.
Still, with the sounds of pads hitting sleds echoing through the
Al Glick Fieldhouse, there's plenty of reason to be enthused. Go Blue.
OnThursday we'll look to the ice, where East Pneumonia's favorite Michigan family will gear up for Hunwick and company as they attempt to return to the Frozen Four.
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A quick search didn't turn up the link to this article, so...
First, the link: http://michigantoday.umich.edu/story.php?id=8143
We hear the name George Jewett once in a while on this board, with some of us recognizing him as the first African-American to ever play football at UM in 1890-- and the last for four decades until 1932, mostly courtesy of Fielding Yost --a story well told in a John Bacon article StephenRKass linked to last month: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120224/OPINION03/202240431/1131/sports0201/Willis-Ward-Gerald-Ford-were-their-best-when-U-M-wasn-t)
Michigan Today has a interesting article linked above that just introduces you to Jewett and his accomplishments off the field as well as on. It's not long and really, really worth a read
As you'd expect, there are some ugly stories of what he faced from opposing teams and fans who weren't, let's say, very "progressive" in their racial attitudes. Even by 1890 standards. But what's really interesting about the article is how accomplished the guy was. Summary:
- Captained the football, baseball, and debate teams at Ann Arbor H.S.
- Graduated as high school valedictorian
- Spoke German, French, and Italian
- Earned his medical degree from Northwestern in 1894, also becoming NW's first black football player
- Practiced medicine in Chicago before moving back to Ann Arbor to run a store on State St. called "The Valet" that pressed/cleaned clothes (evidently more lucrative than medicine back in the day)
- Led UM to an 18-0 victory over the Amos Alonzo Stagg-led U of Chicago (the original Monsters of the Midway)
- Scored 3 touchdowns in one half against powerhouse Oberlin, coached by John Heisman (YTH), and added another late in the game that Oberlin and Michigan still dispute to this day
He passed away after a heart attack in 1908 at age 38. There are probably plenty of folks who live on Jewett Ave. in Ann Arbor who don't realize what a great Michigan Man their street is named for.
Did anyone else notice the new away jerseys a few of the defensive players were wearing in the first Spring video? From what I could tell, Kovacs, Morgan, Avery, and Countess were all wearing a new jersey. It was not the typical blue on white as the previous practice jerseys (three stripes) and it was not the '08-'10 or '11 jerseys either.
They were a simplified version with only blue numbers with a maize stroke. There was no maize or blue piping around the neck or cuffs. I hope that is the direction they are planning on going with if they continue with the helmet numbers.
They could very well be a prototype jersey like they have tried in the past. But as we saw last year, the team was trying white pants as a prototype and we saw them at the MSU game. Anyway, thought I'd share.
Jaron Dukes and Devon Smith both received 5.7 3-star rankings from Rivals. 5.7 is the highest ranking for a 3-star on Rivals. Dukes is the #43 WR and Smith is the #32 RB.
Gareon Conley and Khalid Hill are not yet ranked.
Hopefully we see all of thier rankings improve throughout their senior seasons, because as we all know, recruiting stars are everything.