i refuse to even consider this a possibility
Fred Jackson His high school coach compares him to Trent Richardson of Alabama.
“If it was my choice, I’d sign with Michigan,” Thomas told the AJC. “I’ve always been a Michigan fan. My dad is a Michigan fan. I’ve got a lot of family up there.”
Thomas, who rushed for nearly 2,000 yards last year as a sophomore, has early scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Troy, along with serious interest from many SEC and ACC schools, including Alabama, LSU and Georgia Tech.
Edit: He goes by the name of "Kamani Thomas." If that's even his real name.
Warning: If anyone is still boycotting the Freep after the Jihad of 2009, do not click the following. It's a Snyder piece, although it's short and thus lacks room for much opinion.
For everyone else, the piece demonstrates Hoke's continued ability to prove himself a Jedi Master of all things coaching, including completely supporting the passion of a former SDSU player who didn't mince words in criticizing Hoke (EDIT: the link to the remarks themselves is included in the text of the piece).
“When you look at him as an offensive lineman, how he would finish and all those things. Kyle is passionate about his alma mater, which he should be. That doesn’t bother me one bit. He was passionate about the Aztecs when we were, and he’s still passionate. That doesn’t bother me.” It’s simply part of the excitement of college football. “That’s a guy who’s passionate about his school,” Hoke said.
Can the man do no wrong?*
*Half-serious: From where I stand, he's pretty much batting 1.000 so far.
You can watch 2012 commit Joe Bolden live on national TV tonight at 7 as Colerain takes on Middletown on your local Fox Sports Net. If you're in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area, which has the Tigers showing on FSD, the game is on FSD+ (channel 901 on Comcast). Not sure if I'm going to be able to catch the game live, but I have my DVR set and should be able to give some impressions after the weekend.
If any enterprising MGoUser has the ability to put up a torrent of the game or find a way to get me a file that I can use to cut highlights, I'll add a bonus section to this week's Creeper Van Originals - it'd be great to be able to do that with Bolden, since I'm not sure how many times I'll be able to make it down to the Cincinnati area this season.
[EDIT: Forgot to mention that Middletown features 2013 five-star quarterback/athlete Jalin Marshall, who already has offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, and several others. Should be a fun matchup to watch.]
I've watched the EMU games a few times now and just watched the Every Snap Video: UM Offense vs. EMU Defense.
Question: Why are we so BAD when Ricky Barnum pulls?
Is that bad luck in playcalling or is that on Barnum?
Other than a long Vincent Smith run in the 2nd quarter, we may have gotten neg. yardage every other time he pulled to block from his LG spot.
3 games in, all the "Every Snap Videos" to look at...what do you like, what haven't you liked? What is your 2-deep?
Here is mine:
QB: Denard Robinson
RB: Fitzgerald Toussaint
WR1: Junior Hemingway
WR2: Roy Roundtree
SLOT: Jeremy Gallon
-Drew Dileo/Kelvin Grady
TE: Kevin Koger
LT: Taylor Lewan
LG: Ricky Barnum
C: David Molk
RG: Patrick Omameh
RT: Mark Huyge
WDE: JiBreel Black
DT: William Campbell
-Ryan Van Bergan
NG: Mike Martin
SDE: Ryan Van Bergan
WLB: Brandon Hawthorne (vs. Spread) / Cam Gordon (vs. Power)
MLB: Kenny Demens
SLB: Jake Ryan
Wideside CB: Troy Woolfolk
Shortside CB: JT Floyd (zone) / Courtney Avery (man)
-Tony Anderson/Raymon Taylor
Nickelback: Courtney Avery
FS: Thomas Gordon
SS: Jordon Kovacs
- Fitz is the #1, Vince is #2 and the 3rd down back
- EDIT: No Shaw? I know. However, I'd use him as a return man.
- Brandon Moore has NOT impressed at all, I've seen him knocked back more than a few times. Watson is my #2.
- Michael Schofield has played well in spot duty, definitely my #6 starter on the OL outside of center.
- Love Black's potential. I'd start Black, but play him and Roh 51/49 with Black getting the slight edge.
- EDIT: Would absolutely play Roh-Martin-RVB-Black on passing downs!
- Campbell should start period. RVB is "okay" and Heininger can't get it done in the middle. Campbell has EARNED the start.
- Hawthorne would be my WLB vs. spread teams, I know we haven't seen Cam, but I'm a believer...he'd be my WLB against power teams
- Ryan is the SLB, he's earned it.
- Would like to see Countess get more PT
- Floyd can't tackle for s***, however, he'd above average when playing zone...to slow to play man. When I'm running zone from the position, Floyd is the guy...when it's man, Avery is in. Obviously this isn't a definite and you can't tell the offense what you're doing. But you get the drift...
- Avery should be the slot CB, the nickelback, not Thomas Gordon, not Raymon Taylor. I was disappointed to hear Mattison say "he's never played the position." Actually he played it last year at times and did a good job. He has great hips and is a PERFECT nickelback IMO. And he'll tackle! I'm thinking of MSU and Indiana last year specifically.
- Safeties are good...I'd just play Carvin more and Marvin less. Furman isn't listed but he needs to move to SS or WLB. He's not a free safety.
I don't know if this is a first, but I actually agree with a full article written by Michael Rosenberg. Today's Freep has a piece by him against Big 10 expansion. (Link: http://www.freep.com/article/20110922/COL22/109220460/Michael-Rosenberg-Big-Ten-better-off-only-12-teams.)
I too am basically against expansion. Every team we add is one more team to split the revenue pie stream with. I particularly don't care for expansion outside of the Big 10 footprint. Unless a school is in our geographic footprint, student demographic, and fits with our culture, I can't see adding more teams and ending up with a "super-conference."
The one clear exception is Notre Dame, but that horse has been beat to death. I'm trying to think of other major schools in our area who have a decent history, size, academics, etc., and not many come to mind. I suppose Iowa State might qualify in addition to ND.
What I wouldn't want to see happen is to add a directional state university MAC Snack, or a city commuter school (Pittsburgh, Cincinnati) and I'd want a team that has a strong football team. We went through this before (in adding Nebraska.) Honestly, Nebraska and Penn State are a bit far physically, but they do fit the Big 10 profile well.
However, to flirt with schools yet further away than Penn State and Nebraska makes absolutely no sense to me. The Pac 10, SEC, ACC, Big East, and others can do what they want. I think the Big 10 is a great conference as it is now constituted. Short of adding ND, and possibly Iowa State, it is lunacy to consider further expansion.