to play football, not to play trumpet
Sure, as a fan-base, no one likes attrition. The media goes overboard with assumptions, Sparty sends us emails and texts ending in "LOL", and the fact that most of us consider a kid a "Michigan Man" as soon as he sends in his fax in February leaves a little hole in our Maize hearts each time one of our own leaves.
But, there is a silver-lining that is often over looked - a scholarship opens for another true Michigan man .... the walk-on. Kids that have played (if they are really lucky or really good) on a couple special teams, maybe some mop-up duty and have been bruised beaten and pummeled for 2-4 years get the opportunity to be called into Coach's office and hear what they never expected: "Son, we have a scholarship open since XYZ left, and we need to fill all 85, so, school is on us this year. Thanks for your unheralded hard work."
Walk-ons that get scholarships early in their careers, like Kovacs, come along once every 5 years. Grady was a walk-on because he changed sports and not necessarily because he wasn't worthy of a full ride from the beginning. Heinenger and McColgan (IIRC) played the last 3 years for free before getting a scholarship for their 5th year. And Pomarico put in his time and proved worthy of a free ride in his Jr. and Sr. years as a specialist.
But now with so many slots open this year, guys down the depth chart are looking like they will have a chance to benefit from all their hard work. Wearing the winged helmet was all the payment they expected, but, now they'll get a lot more.
Here's to T. Anderson, Zac Johnson, Van Slyke, Floyd Simmons, Brink, Jack Kennedy, and the younger guys that may benefit from attrition.
So, the football roster changes all the time. We have already seen attrition, which can be categorized in at least six ways:
- Academic (Tate Forcier?)
- Health related (edit: had Terrence Robinson, wrong name)
- Fit with coaches, scheme, dealing with coaching change (Je'Ron Stokes?)
- PT, or probably lack thereof (Posada?)
- Behavioral (Kellen Jones?)
- Unrenewed 5th year.
Now we see Chris Barnett leaving, seemingly for reason 3 (lack of fit with coaches.)
That means attrition of 3 in the last few days, in Stokes, Posada, and now Barnett. There was also the non-enrollment of Kellen Jones, and a couple others gone for health related reasons, reported at the beginning of Fall practice.
I have two questions:
- Do insiders know if more attrition is expected this year? (no names, position groups, or other hints needed or wanted.)
- If one of you has access to the numbers, I'd like a sense of the running average for attrition over the last 10 years.
Some have suggested that all the recent attrition is pretty normal, and I can buy that. But I'd like to see the numbers. I'm wondering at what point there should be "concern" over the current level of attrition.
So, yes, I know we have a little over a week for the WMU game but it also means that we're a little over two weeks from the Gameday game.
Now, it's time: sign ideas.
Here are some I've come up with:
- Release the Demens
- Gorgeous Al Borges (picture of Al with a wig and lipstick on)
- And you can Countess on me waiting for you in the parking lot.
- Martin Hulk Smash
- I'm not slow, I'm Denarded
- Guns don't kill people, Cam Gordon kills people
- Kovacs has grit
- True Grit (picture of Kovacs)
- Some type of Lloyd Brady reference
- Man Ball
Michigan fliers has posted a nice new video with an aerial view of the practice fields, stadium, and scoreboards. You can find this at http://www.michiganstadiumaerials.com/. It gives a great spatial understanding of the three outdoor practice fields next to the fieldhouse. It turns out that the video was shot during practice, as you can see both natural turf fields in full use (although you'd be hard pressed to identify anything like Hoke pointing, etc.)
The aerial view also gives a good perspective on the new scoreboards. You can see video at the far distance of the plane, making it obvious that you'll be able to see those screens easily anywhere in the stadium.
I am neither an architect nor a designer, but the new scoreboards seem to be sized "just right" in proportion to the stadium. I'm not sure they would look right if they were twice their current size. Regardless, they seem more than large enough.
Near the beginning, you can also see the new basketball PDC next to Crisler, which is looking more and more finished.
Now, if one of you who does this regularly can point me to a tutorial on embedding video, I would be much obliged.
annarbor.com acknowledge it-
And highlights the subject's own website, "Brady Hoke Points At Things"
The founder of which is obviously a loyal reader-
(Edit: OK, there's a picture of the Maple Street Press Kickoff Preview with Hoke circled...but when I try and imbed it, I resize it, but it still comes out as huge, so to not blow up any computers, just check the link. And yeah, yeah, that's what she said. That's my line).
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