This topic has probably been done before but after reading the number1jerseydenard thread, I felt further clairification was needed on the issue as far as the facts are concerned, because many replying to that thread did not know the issue. I apoligize also if an MgoPoster has already replied in the thread regarding this issue. My intent is to educate and not to be redundant.
The #1 Jersey for decades has only been worn by a Wide Receiver. Wearing it was something that was very important to Braylon Edwards when he came in and not only did he spend two years earning it, he had to keep it. Lloyd publically stated that it would be possible for Edwards to wear #1 one week and #80 then next. Meaning he would lose it.
After Edwards left Michigan he sent up a scholarship fund for the #1 Jersey at Michigan. Basically, this protected the positional association of the number to the Wide Receiver position.
There are a few basic qualifications for a WR to meet in order to obtain the coveted #1 Jersey.
1. Player is Selected by the Coaching staff
2. No Freshman
4. Off the field conduct.
Braylon Edwards is involved in the fate of the #1 Jersey, and because of the amount of money he donates to the University, he probably has some say in who wears it. When Rich Rod came in he tried to give it to JT Floyd, Edwards was publically outraged at this. This also means Rich Rod will not give it away to just any WR. The WR that I see wearing it next is Ricardo Miller. Miller has publically stated he wants to wear it. He will spend this year and his redshirt freshman year trying to earn it and if he does he will wear it 2 years from now. If Ricardo or another WR doesn't do what is required to wear it, then it will stay on the shelf.
Here are my sources for the information.
Unlike the NFL, college defense stats include sacks as negative running yardage instead of negative passing yardage. The good news is that, if you include sacks against passing yardage, the passing defense is much better. The bad news -- rushing defense is worse.
None of the NCAA stats take SoS into account. The folks at football outsiders (http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/ncaadef) do look at defense stats that take this into account. M is ranked #62 in overall defense, #83 in rush defense, and #48 in pass defense.
The rushing defense will need to be better than that this Saturday.
I've been listening to sports radio all week and this weeks game is about 99% of the content. Lots of sparty fans have called in with their opinions. Today something occurred to me. I've heard tons of Spartan fans refer to Denard Robinson but they haven't mentioned shutting him down. Every time they've referred to him is to say that MSU is going to hurt him. That's classic Spartan right there. They take pride and enjoyment in seeing their opponents hurt and they know that they are inferior and that it's the only way they can win. Go burn more couches spartans.
Can't believe no one linked to this, but even after search, going through every topic started since 1am, and giving up...
Brian jumps in the 14th minute (13:45-ish). If it's already posted, this post will disappear shortly.
I found this article on rivals about Mike Martin. He has a couple good quotes in there that gave me a quick laugh.Also any quotes about Sparty hating seem to be good for this week.
"O-Linemen, they're good at patty-caking out there, blocking a little bit, but D-Line, you have to be ready to hit and lay the wood on someone.""Mike Martin is just an animal out there," sophomore linebacker Craig Roh said. "He's the strongest person I've ever seen in the weight room. It's really showing on the field. He's taking on double teams. Against UMass, I think the play he sacked the quarterback, he beat a double team and sacked him. Which is just stupid."
"I love the fact that they're undefeated," Martin said. "That just makes this game even bigger. I think it ensures that we're going to get their best on Saturday. I wouldn't want it any other way. I want their best, and I'm sure they want our best, so both teams are going to play as hard as they can."
He added, with a smile, "I never really liked the color green, so I can wait to play for our team to get ready to go."
But according to Tom VanHaaren, a recruiting analyst for MGoBlog.com, Rodriguez is continuing an approach that has been consistent at Michigan. “Since 2003, Michigan hasn’t taken more than five in-state commitments and Rich Rodriguez has continued essentially the same trend from the previous staff,” VanHaaren said. “Michigan actually already has four in-state commitments for the 2011 class, which is high for them. 2009 was really the year for MSU that sparked all this conversation, but it was somewhat of an outlier. They had eight in-state commitments that were ranked four-star or higher. To put that into perspective, they only had five in-state commitments ranked four-star or higher from 2005-2008, and have only had four ranked four-star or higher in 2010 and 2011. The 2009 year has kind of sparked a lot of talk for them, but it hasn’t shown to be a consistent trend yet.”http://www.detnews.com/article/20101007/SPORTS0201/10070357/1131/sports0... The rest is more "MSU is taking all the best recruits in the State" blather; expected, since the article is by the MSU beat writer. But I was glad to see Tom as a reference. Better than that lawyer down in Florida they talk to every other day.