"Though I received no official response to these sophisticated and elegant tweets to the Illini Athletic Department, I would like to think that Beckman spent the evening prank calling everyone in Illinois named George McLellan and then ordering an absurd amount of hats off an internet haberdashery to hoard in his home's hat annex."
Big Will Campbell
3. Michigan: Denard Robinson, RB/WR (5104, 199 and 4.42), William Campbell, DT/OG (6047, 318 and 5.30 E) and Jordan Kovacs, SAF (5110, 202 and 4.61):
After showing dramatic improvement at the Combine, Denard showed NFL teams that he has continued working very hard at making the transition from quarterback to receiver. He not only went through receiver drills, but also was put through running back drills as many teams believe that while his long term future is as a slot receiver, the fastest way for him to get on the field as a rookie will be as a third down back. During the workout, Denard displayed the explosive, game breaking athleticism that has NFL teams excited. After looking like a quarterback trying to play receiver at the Senior Bowl and Combine, Denard looked like a receiver at the workout and showed the confidence catching the ball that he had not before. He not only caught every pass thrown his way during the workout, but did so with hands and did not allow the ball to get into his body where he had to battle the ball.
Many NFL scouts were shocked that defensive tackle Williams Campbell was not invited to the Combine after a strong senior season and an impressive week of practice at the East West Shrine Game. A massive man with outstanding natural strength, NFL personnel in attendance were shocked at how smooth and easily he moved in drills. He not only went through defensive line drills, but also offensive line drills as some teams feel he has great potential as a guard. After his pro day performance we expect Campbell to be drafted, but what position he will be asked to play in the NFL will be determined by the team that selects him.
Still not assured of being drafted, safety Jordan Kovacs’ good all-around workout made his odds better than 50% of being selected. Not only did Kovacs run significantly faster than expected, but he also vertical jumped 35 and broad jumped 10. He is still not viewed as a potential starter, but after his workout NFL personnel told us they think he could be an excellent backup who excels on special teams.
Link Here. Also discusses CMU's Fisher, a WR from GVSU, and MSU's three early entrees in another post (Bell and Sims looked really good, Gholston really bad).
FWIW: Russ Lande is a former scout for the Rams and Browns. Not really sure about what connections he still has or if he's any good at predicting these kinds of things, so take it for what it's worth.
As a heads-up to everyone here, four former football players from last year will be signing autographs at Gibraltar Trade Center in Taylor (admission $2/car) from 2:00-4:00 pm on Sunday, 3/17:
- Will Campbell ($10/autograph)
- Vincent Smith ($10)
- Jordan Kovacs ($10)
- Roy Roundtree ($15)
They're offering a great deal where you can get all four guys for $30, meaning you save $15.
I've acquired a decent number of in-person autographs there through the years, and while it's a pretty rednecky kind of place, it's worth it to meet these four guys for sure. The signings will be going on during their usual monthly card show, which is also worth checking out.
Kyle Meinke serves up a nice bag o' soundbites from the Outback Bowl. He did a great job picking out quotes. My two favorites?
"If you look at him from the back, he definitely looks like a very strong woman. He has very pretty hair." -- Defensive end Craig Roh, on linebacker Jake Ryan.
"It's hard out here. I done fought two sharks, wrestled a sting ray, ate two crabs -- had butter out there. It's hard out here, but you know how we do it. I'm from Detroit. You know, it was nothing. Two great whites, punched a whale in the face -- easy day. Go Blue." -- Defensive tackle Will Campbell, speaking with MGoBlue about a trip to the beach. [Saw this one on MGoBlue.com, but it's even better in print.]
Gonna miss Team 133!
The article has many more funny and interesting quotes, predominantly from Michigan but with a bit of Gamecockery sprinkled in. Credit to Meinke for having a good ear for this stuff.
[Ed. Fixed erroneous references to "Citrus Bowl"]
No pressure, but it's now or never big guy.
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:
In your opinion, how much improvement did BWC make this year?
Do you expect him to step into Mike Martin's role in 2012?
Do you expect him to become --finally -- a dominant force on the defensive line?