2008 Michigan football
Its just getting to the good part!
There is the widely assumed thought that even if Carr had returned for 2008, we would have been in trouble given that the QBs turned out to be Threet and Sheridan. It seems to be the consensus of those in the know that Mallett was gone when Mustain left Arkansas and I can buy that. I'm not convinced he would have been a huge success despite his obvious physical tools.
Were there any other recruiting targets that could have come in once Mallett transfered? In the alternate universe where Carr doesn't retire, would he really have been choosing between Threet and Cone (I don't believe Sheridan gets into the picture under Carr)? I know that Weinke decommitted once Carr retired, but his Rivals ranking was lower than Threet's. Looking at Rivals, it looks like the #2 and #3 pro-style qbs had UM interest (Crist and Glennon). Did we have a chance to get one of those guys late? Would it really have been the Threet and Coner show?
I was looking back at Varsity Blue's analysis of Notre Dame this year and saw this comment:
"If Clausen can make another step forward in ‘09 (and, sadly, Weis’s track record implies that he will), the Irish offense should be able to move the ball fairly well."
This makes me wonder, with what we speculate to be a weakness in our defense (ie safety), how likely we are to neutralize Jimmah this year. I do think he is going to be improved. And he has two very good receivers in Floyd and Tate.
This is where I ask those of you smarter than me for opinion.
One day, historians will surely have a label for the year that was the 2008 Michigan Football Experience. We're going to need one too. Since we're going to be comparing this season repeatedly to the previous one (and in ways that signify tremendous improvement!), we need a shorthand.
Since Brian refers to the 2005 season as the Year of Infinite Pain, what do we call last season?
• Year of Truly Infinite Pain?
• Year of Infinite Bitching?
• Year Which Must Not Be Named?
• Countdown to TateStock / Denard-a-thon?
• Year Without Completions?
• Year of Many Fumbles?
• The Shafer Interregnum?
This is a pretty interesting article on recruiting in the wake of social networking sites. Some very good points using Gardner and the Forciers as examples.