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Reading yesterday’s T.W.O./Roundtable, specifically the bit on recruit names, got me thinking about great Michigan player names over the years. So this is my list. It only includes players I can actually remember watching play, so “All-Time” actually only means “since 1974.” Ace hit the nail on the head with the Keith Jackson test, so I was definitely imagining Keith saying each name, as well as Howard King (I’ve only seen a handful of games with Grapentine), and whoanellie is it fun! You should totally try it! So that was the main deciding factor for most of the names on my list. How I decided how to break down the positions, how many of each position to include, etc., was pretty much arbitrary, based on my whims. Your whims may differ. It’s all about the whimsy. Here’s my list:
QB: Elvis Grbac— Elvis, yes, but also Grbac is the right kind of short and strong to fit happily in the play-by-play. Plus its first syllable has no vowel
RB: Harlan Huckleby— Go ahead, say this one out loud: it just rolls
RB: Tshimanga Baikabutuka— Some people shorten the first name to “Tim.” People not me
FB: Jarrod Bunch
TE: Bennie Joppru
TE: Jake Butt— “Dear Football, Please accept our gift to you: our son, Jake Butt, Tight End. Sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. Butt”
WR: Triando Markray— I always hear it with the accent on –ray, which I hope is correct, because it’s fabulous
WR: Felman Malveaux
WR: Martavious Odoms— I feel like “Martavious” should be an adjective
OT: Mark Huyge— Unfortunately not pronounced the way we want it to be, so this one’s in just based on what it looks like in print or on the back of his jersey
OT: Trezelle Jenkins
OG: Dean Dingman
OG: Mark Hammerstein— Hammer + stein which is German for stone or a beer vessel. But even so, it just sounds strong
C: Rod Payne— Opposite of Huyge, this one’s all about what it sounds like, and implications thereof
CB: Ty Law— Even if you knew nothing about him, you would not want to mess with someone named Ty Law
CB: Boubacar Cissoko
S: Tripp Welborne
S: Shonte Peoples
DT: Mike Hammerstein— See brother Mark, above. I think Mike actually makes it sound even stronger
DT: Ninef Aghakhan
DE: Glen Steele— Announcers always made a thing out of Steele, Sword, Irons, and usually also Swett. I guess it could have gotten annoying, but I always kinda liked it. Because it IS cool
DE: Taco Charlton
LB: Jarrett Irons— See Glen Steele, above
LB: Sam Sword— See Glen Steele, above
LB: Rob Swett— See Glen Steele, above
K: Ali Haji-Sheikh— The best announcers really made this name boom. Kinda like his kickoffs, which routinely went through the end zone
P: Zoltan Mesko— It’s a close contest between this and Jake Butt, Tight End for #1 all-time
One additional note: looking at the old team pages on Bentley I saw a lot of variations in position names over the years. I classed Flankers, Wing Backs, and Split Ends all as WRs. Defensive Guards and Tackles are all DTs. Wolfman is a S. Actually Wolfman is Jabrill Peppers. It may be up to us to start calling him that, though, if the coaching staff won’t. I think we need to make this happen.
Great interview on WTKA by Hackett.
On future schedules that were set before Hackett got here-
"There were some decisions made a few years ago that for whatever reason made sense then. I don’t know that they quite make sense today"
Future B1G schedules will feature a much earlier B1G opener like the 70s and 80s had.
"For example in the future because of the nine-game Big Ten season, we’re going to have to have an early Big Ten game as the season opens. All the Big Ten teams have agreed to start reconfiguring schedules to allow for that. And then there are some cool surprises maybe that will come. We’re working hard on some things can’t announce yet that I’m excited about.”
BTN will sell our TV rights to other networks beginning in 2017. We will see Michigan games on FOX for the first time. Probably FS1 sometimes, as well.
Communication remains open with ND. Harbaugh and Kelly are the ones who initiated the return.
Fundraising is being done for a new weight room at Schembechler Hall. The building was gutted and the exterior was torn down in 2014 and completely remodeled.......at least the front porch was. Hackett on this-
"I want to say this so it doesn't upset people when we're raising money: the reason we need to do this is we put the important statue out front which is matters to me as much as anything, the museum which matters to our history. We never touched inside the building. We never touched any of the parts the players interact with. Weight room, training room, locker room."
Harbaugh went back to work at 2:30. An hour after the Signing of the Stars ended.
- On the Noon vs Night battle-
“What happens in ’17, we have to start accommodating more night games and that’s a challenge at Michigan for a bunch of reasons. I’ve been trying to think of a way to get (night games) on a regular cadence. On the other hand, as Bo said toe to leather, playing that game at noon has a lot of attraction for the traditionalists, so I don’t know yet. I don’t know if we’re going to have a night game this coming year. Working on it but not settled.”
Interesting article at SBNation on how best to utitlize Rashan Gary in M's defense. Here are some highlights (but worth a read, so I recommend a click-through) ...
So the ideal deployment of Gary would be letting him rush the edge sometimes, but keeping him prominently involved in stopping the run. He should be positioned to loop inside on pressures. Often, he should start on the inside.
A multiple-front defense like Michigan's would be easy to move Gary around in. The Wolverines have done so with 6'5, 300-pounder Chris Wormley, who had 14.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in 2015. Against a pro-style team like the hated Michigan State, perhaps Gary would be best as an under-front three-technique.
On any runs to the tight end side, Gary would have the opportunity to be an interior disruptor, penetrating from the backside and utilizing his ability to shuck blockers and dart through gaps.
But against a spread squad like Ohio State, perhaps Gary could also contribute as a DE who has the agility to rush the passer, play the option on the edge, and handle the techniques teams have for getting playmakers loose on the perimeter.
The key is whether Gary becomes a jack of all trades, a master of one, or a master of all. The former would make him a valuable contributor to any team. The second could make him the strongest weapon on the field. The latter would mean dictating matchups and make him the queen of the chessboard, so to speak.
He's in the studio now!
Hopefully the Prattville (alma mater of Keith Washington, Kingston Davis, Dytarious Thompson) to Ann Arbor pipeline continues! Love what Harbaugh is doing with finding talented HS coaches
Changed head coach to coach - my bad
Facebook now has a social media version of nostaglia where it brings up posts from the same day in prior years. Today my feed reminded me that on Feb 4, 2009 I posted about Denard picking Michigan on signing day. While I was excited about the commitment I had no idea what an incredible player he would become. Denard was a 4 star, but wasn't as highly ranked as some other guys in the class including Campbell, Turner, Forcier and Gallon. He picked us over Florida, Georgia and K State. I don't have any particular reason for posting other than it's about Denard, and because I hope and don't doubt with this staff that before long we'll see another player who generates the excitement of knowing that at any time he touches the ball he could break a big play (if he gets more touches on offense Peppers may already be that guy).