national champs baby
AnnArbor.com reports Amara Darboh is looking good in his first few practices as a Wolverine.
Featuring quotes from Roy Roundtree such as:
"He's really fast and strong. Amara, he just showed out today. I feel like he's really being comfortable. I told him, 'It's football, man. It's just a faster pace.' And he did it."
"I quizzed him last night to make sure he was on his Ps and Qs. He asks a lot of questions, but he did a great job.His head is spinnin', just like all the other freshman. Asking questions. But he's a great kid."
Open thread to post interesting nuggets coming out from Team 133's first practice.
From Chris Balas, Stephen Nesbitt, Sam Webb, & Wolverine Nation twitter:
Roy Roundtree: Amara Darboh was the most impressive freshman today
Will Campbell weighed in today at 310 lbs. Hoke would be surprised if he didn't play well this year.
Gardner did take snaps at wide receiver today.
Jibreel Black returned bigger. Both Black and Roh impressed in offseason conditioning.
Ricardo Miller will play TE and WR.
Fitz Toussaint and Frank Clark did not participate in first practice today.
Denard untied the shoelaces on the mannequin sporting his Cowboys Classic jersey:
TTB Andrew interviewed Amara Darboh a couple days ago. It's a pretty lengthy interview and he talks about the #1 jersey, why he chose Michigan, and his recent shoulder surgery.
I just got done following up with Amara Darboh when he made kind of a funny request: get him a nickname. He was known primarily as simply "AD" for the last two years of his high school career and wants something fresh. Where better to go than the most creative message board on the internet. What say you?
It sounds like WR Amara Darboh's guardians were taken back by the way Brian Kelly losses his poise and composure (while teaching that his team should keep theirs):
“I know how emotional it gets out there,” he said. “I understand that’s part of the game. I really do. But it did shock me. You hold Notre Dame up a little higher than that. It made me wonder how I would feel if Amara was treated like that on national TV.”
When the Notre Dame player reached the sideline, lip readers across the nation were certain they saw Kelly call his player a (f-bomb) something or other. In front of “Touchdown Jesus” and everything.
When the player walked away, the coach followed on his heels and went off again. Always teaching, that guy. But not always learning.
This is also the person in charge the day a student-videographer climbed a 50-foot tower in 50 mph winds to record a practice session and fell to his death. It's been a rough couple of years.
Here’s what Kelly said Tuesday at his weekly news conference: “Did I hit somebody? Did I strike somebody?”
Then he admitted to being “extremely frustrated” at the time and said, "I've got to do a better job of understanding when that camera is on me, and it seems like that camera is on me more than I'm used to. I'll have to do a better job of controlling my emotions.”