in town for free camps
Angelique Chengelis put up an article this a.m. confirming that Jack Miller left the program due to burnout and to pursue other interests. We saw this explanation from Miller earlier this week, but ESPN posted a conflicting story saying that fear of concussions was the driving factor.
The main takeaway, for me at least, is that Angelique is about 20x more reliable than ESPN. the other takeaway is that it's very easy to pull for Miller here - he seems like an honest guy who has a level of self-awareness that's pretty impressive at his age. As in the earlier story, there's not a trace of bitterness in his words.
"Concussions were really not a factor in this decision. I know it makes for a good headline. ... The story has blown up into this whole thing, because there's not a lot going on in college football right now"
Not official offical but official (wink wink) per Zordich via Mlive. (not sure if we have done a hello on front page for him already - I don't recall one but if so if so kill the topic mods)
I did a diary on Lyons if you are unfamiliar with his background; I would basically classify him as a taller Ray Taylor. Playing in the Big 10 should be a lot easier on the fella when you compare and contrast the level of QBs in the 2 leagues.
Also Zordich says Countess, Lewis and Stribling are the current top 3 corners. No surprises.
One of the worst-kept secrets around Michigan's football program for months now has been the eventual addition of Stanford graduate transfer corner Wayne Lyons.
On Thursday, new Michigan defensive backs/cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich basically confirmed the move, explaining that Lyons was on campus over the weekend, and the team's excited to bring him in during fall camp.
"Wayne was here over the weekend, we spent some time with him and I've watched a lot of film on him," Zordich said. "I think he's the right kind of body, a bigger body, he's a lot like Channing (Stribling). A lot of length.
"Our (cornerbacks room) has been told that there is going to be three (new) guys coming into the secondary," Zordich says. "We've got a transfer from Stanford coming in, a true freshman (in Keith Washington) and a (freshman) safety who likes to play corner in Tyree Kinnel.
In a move that surprises no one. KJ Costello picks Stanford.
i was having a conversation today about how the Big House feels kind of boxed in with the suite boxes as opposed to the open-air style of the stadium pre-renovation. the more i think about it, the more I miss it.
sure it may not have been as loud, but it felt like the stadium was much bigger then. Anyone else miss the pre-renovation Big House?
Marcus had 1st pick (see comment). Then Sam took next two, then 1 for 1 and so on. Ray's DL strength to Webb's OL strength. I think Sam's is better. Picks in each team's order. Some strangeness due to one filling a position group and the other waiting.
|Sam Webb||Sam's comments|
|Peppers||Easy pick (JD was in the mix here as well)|
|M Cole||Versatility on the OL|
|K Kalis||Fortifying OL based on the Henry pick|
|C Wormely||by many accounts CW may be 2nd best on DL after WH|
|B Cole||Taking a shot on straight potential. Playmaker.|
|A Darboh||Going for points|
|F Canteen||Taking all the WRs|
|A Malzone||Most consistent QB, likes the moxy|
|J Wilson||To complete the S spot|
|D Hill||Will play S and Peppers can move to CB|
|D Morgan||Veteran. Leader. Needed someone in the middle.|
|T Charlton||Needed a passrush.|
|LTT||Going big on OL|
|R Glasgow||Lock down the inside|
|RJS||Needed another LB|
|B Gedeon||May be the most talented LB|
|M Hurst||May be quickest off the line upfield|
|D Dawson||Getting some nastiness w/versatility|
|C Stribling||Needed a pure CB.|
|AJ Williams||Safe pick at TE due to experience|
|JBB||Talented, big and full of potential|
|I Bunting||Needed a TE pass catcher|
|M Godin||Versatile. From Flint|
|W Shallman||As a FB|
|O Pipkins||Needed to fortify DL|
|N Furbush||Needed LB and versatility|
|B Watson||Versatile. Physical.|
|C Winovich||Drafted as LB (full at TE)|
|C Fox||solidifying OL (Full)|
|R Dawson||(wanted T Rich) May be 2nd fastest DB after JP|
|T Strobel||As DE (full on DL)|
|AJ Pearson||Full at DB|
|D Harris||Full at WR|
|Ty Isaac||Would have gone earlier but hurt and Marcus is full|
|A Whitfield||Marcus thinks he's the standout RB in the Spring|
|Marcus Ray||Marcus' comments|
|JD Lewis||Best on the team (not close) and sure NFLer|
|W Henry||Will own a lot of OLs this year|
|B Mone||Dominate trenches on D|
|J Butt||Best TE on team|
|J Ross III||Stopping people|
|S Morris||Tough pick, but will have a big spring game.|
|M Ways||High on Mo|
|B Countess||Round out secondary (Sam mad/next pick)|
|J Bolden||two SR LBs are gonna make plays|
|J Chesson||Needed to get another WR. Trusts him.|
|E Mags||Needed an OL. Lots of bodies there.|
|M Ojemudia||Counter to Taco pick.|
|B Braden||(tried G Glasgow but realized out)|
|P Kuglar||Will play at the next level.|
|D Green||One of Sam's favs. TW working wonders.|
|D Smith||Top 2 RBs gone (Marcus full)|
|D Norfleet||Will impact at slot (also talked returns)|
|D Thomas||Obviously needs S. Wouldn't surprise if starter|
|J Clark||Forgotten man. Versatile. Hope gets coached up|
|L Marshall||Once bigger more in shape, he'll be good|
|B Bars||A Need pick|
|D Jones||Will come on strong. WRs are pretty even.|
|M McCray||(tried Morgan) Should get more reps|
|W Speight||In the mix, and needs depth|
|A Gant||Marcus thinks he has best 4 LBs on team|
|RT Douglass||Versatile, fast can play CB or Nickel|
|H Poggi||As DE could be two-way guy. Bolsters depth|
|J Kerridge||Blocks, catches passes, isos MIKE|
|T Rich||(tried K Hill) Get him coached up|
|D Samulson||Needed OT|
|J Wangler||He'll hit you and great legacy|
|M Jocks||Needed TE (from Novi)|
|C Ziesler||From Skyline depth pick|
|G Frolich||Needs OL|
|J Houston||Depth DB|