there would have to be some to wash away
I read Forde's article on ESPN and he directly compared Tate 2009 to Denard 2010. He has a less constructive and more pessimistic, anti-Michigan tone when he seems to assume Denard doesnt have the intelligience to tie his shoes, and that Michigan should have used their extra practice time in 2009 to teach Denard how to tie his shoes. This is typical of ESPN, the same people that have him at the top of their Heisman board are ripping him. I trust Denard when he says he doesnt read all that stuff, its worthless. For now, let just enjoy watching Denard do his thing and let the other stuff happen. Denard isnt paying attention to it, why should we?
For those interested, it's in the second quarter, amazing how many non calls the refs gave ND
Rich was on “The Experts” on ESPNU just a bit ago, here’s some relevent bits (nothing groundbreaking, but still worth it)
Laughed at the intro from generic sports show guy asking how the statue of Denard was coming along in front of the Big House: “Yeah…Let’s slow down a little bit...It’s only been two games. I know he had a little Heisman pose or something but that was in the course of a game, it wasn’t anything that was staged.”
Asked if Denard brings an added element that he hasn’t had yet in his coaching career. He replies with the list of quarterbacks he’s had in the past shooting down the leading question then goes on: “we try to fit our offense or play calling around the skill set of our quarterbacks and we’re fortunate to have 3 quarterbacks that have a pretty unique skill set. Denard is certainly the fastest and he’s got the ability to take the ball the distance every play. He’s performed pretty well as a first time starter, and I think the best is still yet to come. I’m excited to see what happens in the future.”
On the standard Denard getting pounded/28 carriers/injury question: “We’ll we don’t want him to have to get pounded 28 times. But you’ve seen it across the country that sometimes the drop back guys are getting injured just as much, just like in our last game against Notre Dame. If Denard is gonna get hit, I’d rather he get hit by a glancing blow by a defensive back than by one of the big guys in the front seven. There’s no question we hope to be able to spread things out a little bit more. We always said the quarterback in our offense is like a point guard that can shoot the 3. He’s been shooting a lot of 3’s, hopefully in the future he’ll distribute it a little more.”
On the QB rotation for the upcoming games: “…2 other quarterbacks I wanted to play more, I think we can win with both of them but Denard is playing so well and the way the game was flowing we weren’t able to put them in as much. I think going forward we’re gonna need to, we’re gonna need guys, whether Denard gets tired or what have you we’re gonna have to have those other guys ready to play. But I think the competition between all three of them has elevated our entire program, not just our offense.”
It may be a little early but scout.com has released there Top 100 for 2012. I haven't had a chance to to go through the list in detail (college homework) so if you see anyone with legitimate intrest in Michigan let me know.
This facebook group is holding a contest to see who can come up with the best MS Paint and the winner gets free tickets to UMass. With all the great artists on here I just thought I would share.
Looks like Denard is actually a triple threat, and I'm not talking about his punting. I wondered if Denard's breakout might be having any effect on Demetrius Hart, the 5-star #1 rated all-purpose back in the class of 2011, who was present at the UConn game. Apparently so: http://www.freep.com/article/20100914/SPORTS06/100913078/1356/sports/Orl... The tastiest bit from the article: [Heading into this season, Hart expressed a desire to see the Wolverines show that they are on the rise. After wins over UConn and Notre Dame, Hart is impressed with their play, especially the dominant performances by quarterback Denard Robinson. The prospect of playing alongside Robinson has high appeal for Hart. "I feel I can come in and play right now in that offense with Denard, then it will be 'pick your poison,’ ” Hart said.] I wonder if there are other players in the class of 2011 who would like to play on the same team as the most electrifying player in the country? The coaching staff just picked up a trump card to use on the recruiting trail that is going to be pretty difficult to beat: "Son, there isn't a player in the country like Denard, and you could be sharing the backfield with him/catching passes from him/blocking for him, etc..." Any thoughts on how much this could hasten the end of the rebuilding period and the beginning of a long period of annual reloading? I'm still marveling at the impact that one player could have, not only on a team, but on a whole program...