landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
As many of you know, the Ozone, an OSU fan website, has an article every Monday during the season about Michigan. This is one of those "know your enemy" things. I hadn't been over to their site since December, but wandered over this morning. Lo and behold, they have a long article on Michigan.
Being that content is sparse right now, I went ahead and linked to the article. Tony Gerdeman opines that while Michigan has improved, they aren't in the National Title discussion . . . just yet. Here is the key premise why:
Can they run the ball and can they stop the run against a skilled team that loves to run the ball?
On the offensive side of the ball, Gerdeman says this:
A year ago Michigan averaged over 5 yards per carry in a game against a P5 opponent just once – 5.04 yards against Indiana, who allowed 5.23 yards per carry to everyone else last season. They averaged 4.89 yards per carry against Florida. Over a season that would’ve ranked 33rd in the nation a year ago. It’s fine, but not, ‘Hey, wow, look at this!’ The offensive line is better and 5-star running back Kareem Walker will help, but can they take that 4.2 yards per carry average from last year and add at least another yard to it? Of the last eight national champions, five of them averaged over 5.5 yards per carry.
On the defensive side, the article points out:
The Wolverines finished No. 16 in the nation in run defense last year, allowing just 122.23 yards rushing per game. Against teams ranked in the top 30 in rushing, however, they allowed 338 yards per game on the ground. Sure, that was just two opponents – Indiana and Ohio State, but they also happened to be the two teams on Michigan’s schedule that could actually run the ball.
Lastly, he really wonders about the back 7 defensively, outside of Peppers and Lewis. And boils our season down to the 3 tough away games: MSU, Iowa, and OSU.
My speculation has centered on the QB. But reading this, I have to admit, it raises questions for me. First, how will the OL and RB corps do in improving the running game? Can Drevno bring Michigan to the level Stanford was at on the ground, or are we still another year or two off? Second, how will the LB group and the secondary outside of Lewis perform? I'm very confident in the DL. Less so for anyone else not named Peppers or Lewis.
Anyway, it is something else to read for those of you who are bored and looking for more on Michigan football. Oh, and I apologize for putting up two threads in a row on the board.
Tom Brady is appealing the Federal Court ruling on a 4 game suspension.
I won't rehash the linked article, but at least some lawyers feel Brady has unusually strong reasons that the appeal might be heard.
imhe, part of this has to do with Brady's reputation. And it underscores how strong of a competitor he is.
They are saying it was against NCAA Rules, but not naming what rule is was against. Anyone have any ideas?
Oh well, I'm sure Harbaugh will schedule 5 more camps in place of this one due to the time that is freed up when it would have been spent on the airplane.
EDIT: Thanks SI for the incomplete information. Thanks to Mad Hatter for updated MLive link with more info. Looks like location will be changed to be in compliance.
This is definitely not a good look for the NFL:
You'll remember this story from last fall, but ESPN posted a great feature today on Elliot Uzelac, the 74-year-old former Bo assistant (and WMU head coach) who came out of retirement and led downtrodden Benton Harbor to a playoff win last season.
Great story, and it's narrated by Courtney B. Vance. I'm thinking this should be a movie.