I’m going to come right out and say it: I think Michigan will beat MSU next year. Big surprise, I’m a Michigan fan that thinks Michigan will win. I think it’s a fair assumption, I think Michigan has a better team. I by no means think it’s a lock like many others seem to be desperately trying to convince themselves. Here’s what we are looking at for Michigan State.
Key Offensive Losses: Cousins, Cunningham, Martin, Linthicum, Nichol, Baker, Foreman.
Cousins and Cunningham are the two biggest loses. Foreman, who was State’s best lineman on a terrible line, was overrated. He’ll get replaced, some of MSU’s injured players will come back, and the line will probably be only marginally better than last year. Baker isn’t much of a lose, Bell is a better back anyway and they have some depth with Caper there. Linthicum could hurt them a bit, but if Sims lives up to any of his ability or one of their other TEs continue to show like they did last year it won’t be too bad. Martin was hit or miss, he had speed but pretty crappy hands, and is probably someone who can be replaced. Cunningham can’t immediately. But WR depth isn’t terrible, though it is young. Maxwell isn’t a bad QB and will probably step right in and be middle of the pack Big Ten. He has a pretty strong arm and is pretty accurate, has potential, and State will run the ball enough to give him some help.
Defensive: Worthy, Robinson, Depth players
Like it or not, and probably a function of playing in a relatively weak offensive conference (this also helped Michigan to a certain degree), but MSU’s defense was pretty good last year. Tommy G, while a dirty player, is pretty damn good. Their D-line has some depth, and while losing Worthy really hurts, they also lose his at least one off-sides a game move. They will still have a good D-line, as they have the required depth at this position. As most people agree, it starts upfront, and they are solid here, probably about the same as last year. The LBs they will be better than last year, they lose no one. DBs are their weakness, and they lose some leadership but get some pretty good players back. This is the area where they lack depth though and could get exposed it injuries happen.
Overall, I think their defense hit their peak last year. They can be a top 10 D but until they bring in more consistent talent they won’t go much higher than that. They have some limitations athletically that make it so other schools can and will be ahead of them, but at least for next year they should be solid.
So that sums up what I have to say about State. Most people will disagree I’m guessing, fine, and some will have valid points. I’m by no means saying they are world beaters. I’m guessing they will be a top 25 team next year though, hovering around 20-30 for the most part. I think Michigan will beat them but that it will be a very competitive game. That’s my rant and essay/thesis all rolled into one, but what you say?
Saw this petition getting kicked around on the interwebs and thought I'd post to see what the board thinks. Personally, as awesome as the night game was against Notre Dame, I don't really want an entire day for sparty juggaloes to get drunk and destroy our beautiful campus. Thoughts?
I know there are a lot of other issues involved with Cicero releasing info and client confidentiality but, still... The board is saying he should have his license suspended for 6 months - hopefully he learns the Herbie lesson and realize that if you in any way condone anything negative about Central Akron State you will be punished/harrased.
College free agency has begun for Mr. O'brien. He graduates this spring with eligibilty and is looking elsewhere -- MSU and Wisconsin are just two of the names reportedly in the mix.
His 2010 season was much better than 2011. He has potential and was in a new system this year.
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Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter's Prep CB Tre Bell has seen his recruitment take off recently, seeing his offer list hit double digits after Michigan, Florida, Nebraska, and West Virginia all offered in a 24-hour span. The 5'11", 170-pound junior also holds offers from UConn, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, UCF, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin, and he's also hearing from schools like LSU, Maryland, and Notre Dame. I caught up with Tre shortly after he received his Wolverine offer to talk about his recruitment and his thoughts on Michigan:
ACE: How's everything going with your recruitment and what schools have been in contact with you the most right now?
TRE: Recruiting is going well. I've picked up a lot in the past few weeks, I've picked up ten offers. I've been talking to Florida a lot— they offered me—Michigan, Nebraska, West Virginia—I just went down there as well. Pretty much all the schools that offered me, they've been showing me a lot of interest.
ACE: Getting ten offers in two weeks, have you been able to sort through which schools are standing out to you as favorites right now or are you still waiting to see what comes in?
TRE: I'm waiting to see what comes in, just talking every night with my family.
ACE: You mentioned Michigan offered recently. How'd you hear about the offer and what coach has been your recruiting contact there?
TRE: Me and Coach Mallory have been talking a lot. He told me to call him last night, so I gave him a call and he let me know that they wanted to offer.
ACE: What are your thoughts on Michigan as a school and a program, what do you know about them?
TRE: Oh, man, Michigan speaks for itself. Just the history alone is just great. That's really what brings a lot of the recruits in, so I can't wait to get down there and check it out.
ACE: Going back to your junior year, how did you play and what kind of numbers did you put up?
TRE: I had 36 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and ten pass breakups.
ACE: If you had to scout yourself, what would you say are your biggest strengths on the field and what are you trying to work on to improve for the next level?
TRE: I definitely want to improve on my speed and my strength for the next level and just bring my game higher. Right now I think what I'm best at is my ability to make a play on the ball, my athleticism, I'll come up and hit you, I think my tackling is pretty good, but all that stuff has to increase up ten notches going into college.
ACE: Looking ahead to this offseason and the summer, do you have any visits planned or do you have any schools specifically that you'd like to go see?
TRE: Certainly I would like to go see Florida and Michigan. That's just about it right now.
ACE: Do you have a timeline in mind for when you'd like to get your recruitment wrapped up?
TRE: Maybe before my senior season.
ACE: When it comes down to whenever you decide to make your decision, what are you looking for in a school?
TRE: First is academics. Academics is always first. I want to stay all four years and get my degree. After that would be the coaches and my bond with them, campus lifestyle, and after that early playing time.
ACE: What's something that you enjoy doing away from sports or something that you'd like people to know about you that doesn't have anything to do with the football field?
TRE: I was a basketball player all my life, but I had to stop playing for football, to concentrate on that. It's going pretty good so far, but I'm really into basketball. I like just hanging out with my friends and chilling with my family.
As you probably know, Peoria (IL) Manual OT Logan Tuley-Tillman visited Michigan last weekend, bringing his mom along with him for the trip. I checked in with Logan today to get his impressions from the visit and talk about his recruitment, so here's a quick update on how things are going with him:
ACE: Take me through what you did on the visit. What stood out to you on this particular trip to Ann Arbor?
LOGAN: Well it was like my fifth time there. It was my mom's first time, and I know she pretty much had fun. I went through the whole thing, just the regular academic thing, then seeing the Big House. It was snowing, snowed out, but they had marked out the 'M', so it was nice seeing it like that.
ACE: I know it was important for you to bring your mom up and have her see the school and meet the coaches. What was her impression of the visit and what was her reaction?
LOGAN: She really loved it. She really liked the climate up there and with my aunt being up there, she really like that, too, so she gave that a plus.
ACE: Having your aunt up here, how does that factor in terms of looking at Michigan as a potential destination?
LOGAN: It really does a lot, so that will be something that I will have to look into.
ACE: The last time we talked you were getting ready to visit Alabama. Where does Michigan stand in terms of your favorite teams right now, and how do the other schools stack up?
LOGAN: They're definitely up there with Alabama. I really want to get out to all of these places and see what things are like.
ACE: Do you have any other trips planned? I know you've mentioned the possibility of visiting Michigan this weekend. Do you have that nailed down?
LOGAN: Yeah, I'm probably going to do that. Also USC, I'm going to go down there and go to a Clippers game, that should be fun.
ACE: I know you've been working out at Core 6, and there's obviously a lot of talented players in Illinois in your class. Have you been talking to any of the other prospects in your class and what do you guys talk about?
LOGAN: Yeah, I talk to [2013 Peoria Richwoods RB] Kendrick [Foster] on the regular. We talk about just basic football and stuff. It's not really individual schools and all that. Also Ty [Isaac] and Ethan [Pocic] and Kyle [Bosch].
ACE: You were up with another Illinois prospect, Laquon Treadwell. Did you come across paths with him at all while you were on your visit?
LOGAN: Yeah, we talked for a little bit. He's a real funny guy, he's fun to be around.
ACE: You mentioned not talking about specific schools, but is there any talk among you guys about ending up at the same school, or is that something where you're leaving it up to everyone to make an individual choice?
LOGAN: It's about everyone's individual choices.
ACE: Do you have any idea when you'd like to make a decision? I know with so many schools offering that you pushed your original date back, but do you have a timeline in mind?
LOGAN: Yeah. I'm probably still going to make after all my officials.
ACE: Do you have an idea of where you'd like to take those official visits?
LOGAN: No, not yet, there's not anything set in stone. I know [I'll probably use them] for the very far visits, probably like Oregon and some other ones.
ACE: Have there been any other recent offers to come in during the last couple of weeks? I know the last time I checked you were at 23 or so.
LOGAN: Yeah, I'm at 26 or 27 now. The very last were Texas A&M, North Carolina, and Vanderbilt.
ACE: Obviously having your mom up in Ann Arbor was a big deal. Was there anything else specific about this trip that stood out to you compared to your other visits to Michigan?
LOGAN: No, this was pretty much it, it was pretty much the same thing. It was a lot of fun, though.
ACE: Did you enjoy the basketball game?
LOGAN: Yeah, it was a lot of fun.
ACE: Being up here so often, have you reached the point where people are starting to recognize you?
LOGAN: (laughs) Yeah, it actually happens a lot.
ACE: What do people say to you? Is it all good or does it ever get to the point where it's a little awkward?
LOGAN: No, it's never really been awkward, they're just always yelling "Go Blue" and "Tuley-Tillman," stuff like that.
ACE: Do you like that? Is that a positive to have that kind of fan support?
LOGAN: Yeah, it's really a big plus. I really like talking to them, especially the hard-working fans that work five days a week and bust their tails to be able to come to a Michigan sporting event. I really feel it's an obligation to talk to the fans like that, because I really like doing it and just getting that perspective and views on things.
ACE: Other than taking trips, what else is going on? Are you still doing Core 6?
LOGAN: Yeah, just trying to keep developing, that's one of the biggest things. I'm still doing Core 6. I'm adding weight, too. I'm up to about 304 but I really don't even feel like it.
ACE: Any other stuff you're working on specifically to try to get better right now?
LOGAN: No, it's just really broad.