“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
After months and months without word, I decided to email the athletic department recently on why the spring awards weren't announced. They got back with me and said that they were awarded unannounced but would be included in the media guide.
Kind of strange since there usually is a press release every year.
Jarrod Wilson took home the Frederick Matthaei Award
The Frederick Matthaei Award is given to the junior-to-be gridder who has displayed leadership, drive and achievement on the athletic field and in the classroom. The award was established by Frederick C. Matthaei in 1968.
Chris Wormley took home the John F. Maulbetsch Award...
The John F. Maulbetsch Award is given to the freshman football candidate after spring practice on the basis of desire, character, capacity for leadership and future success both on and off the gridiron. It was established by Frederick C. Matthaei in 1954 in honor of the late John F. Maulbetsch, an All-American halfback in 1914.
And Junior (wow, how is he already a Junior?) Joe Bolden took home the oldest award in program history, the Meyer Morton Award. The Morton predates the team MVP award by a year, first being presented in 1925 to Ray Baer.
The Meyer Morton Award, established by the 'M' Club of Chicago in 1925, is given to the football player who shows the greatest development and most promise as a result of the annual spring practice. Morton, a 1912 Michigan graduate, was a lawyer in Chicago from 1915-48 and served as a Big Ten football official for 23 years. In fact, Morton was the referee in the famous 0-0 tie between Notre Dame and Army played at Yankee Stadium in 1946. A member of the Chicago 'M' Club, Morton traveled to Ann Arbor to present the award for many years, and the award was named in his honor after his death in 1948.
Hoke said today that De"Veon Smith had a bit of an edge over Derrick Green coming out of spring. Reminds that Drake Johnson back— angelique (@chengelis) July 29, 2014
Also, here is says it is mostly because of pass pro.
Per GoBlueinMN below (so give him a +1 for this info below; put in OP to allow discussion) and Nick Baumgardner on twitter, who also explains that others beside Norfleet will get a look at returns because the team must get better, and says Kenny Allen will now do kickoffs:
Hoke says Glasgow is going to play center. Sounded like his shuffling to other spots is going to slow down.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) July 29, 2014
This morning, the NCAA announced that it reached a preliminary settlement with former players with regards to concussion testing and treatment. It's valued at roughly $70 million. Link with further details provided below.
Apologies to the Mathlete if this constitutes stepping on his turf.
Last year's Michigan roster had a very high percentage of first- and second-year players. I looked back at the past 16 seasons and compared under vs. upper classmen on the roster and mapped it with the team's winning percentage.
It's not airtight but I think there are some trends worth observing:
We've only had one really good year with an underclassmen-heavy roster, and that was the year with fifth-year senior Tom Brady under center.
Other other two "really good years" had an upperclassmen majority and followed a year where the opposite was true.
Noticeable year-to-year shifts in underclassmen:upperclassmen tend to go along with similar shifts in winning percentage. When the percentage of upperclassmen dives, so does win %, and generally vice versa.
It suggests that this year will be better than last year...the huge sophomore class jumps to upperclass status, we've got a small freshman class and only 1-2 of them will be counted on for production (Peppers, possibly Canteen and Cole), and a fifth-year senior QB.
Wiltfong and Tremendous both today...hmmmm. I wonder what happened. FWIW both have Thompson going to Sparty.