Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
It's been awhile since we got any information on how key player (e.g., V. Smith, Molk, etc.) injuries were progressing. Earlier indications were that everyone should be ready to go in the fall, but the last public news/fluff on injury progress seemed to be around the time of the spring game. Does anyone have any reliable updates on players' health?
I have read a good part of the posts and threads on being dead right and dead wrong on 2010 football. Interesting, and some good points.
I believe we will have a winning season. The experience, seasoning, and continuity with Gerg as the DC will make a difference.
However, there are at least two variable factors that make it impossible to predict whether we have six wins or nine.
First, it is impossible to predict injuries. As we saw with Molk last year, and with the running backs to some degree, critical injuries are especially bad for Michigan, because of our lack of depth. If we largely remain healthy through the season, I believe we will be on the upper end (eight or nine wins.) On the other hand, if we have significant line injuries, if Tate & Denard go down, if our fastest receivers go down, we could be sunk. Of course, our opponents will have to deal with their own injuries, another variable affecting the W-L column.
Second, it is impossible to predict the ability of the incoming freshman class, and even to some degree the red-shirt freshman and early enrollees now going through Spring Practice. We will have a clue after the next month of practice, but only a clue. You just don't know for sure until guys are on the field. For instance, I remember criticism when Mike Hart was recruited and given a scholarship. He definitely proved the naysayers wrong.
If we can survive this year, each subsequent year should improve. The reason is that our depth will improve, and we will be able to bring solid players in off the bench. In fact, even this coming season, if we can make it to at least the half-way point with few injuries, the incoming freshman will be better prepared to step in and contribute. In our secondary last year, the lack of depth was disastrous.
My best guess is 7 or 8 wins. However, if we stay healthy at all the critical positions, if we have a higher success rate among freshman then is typical, if turnovers go down, if one or two of our critical rivals have a devastating injury (or crime spree, etc.) we could go as high as 9 wins, even 10 with miracles. If we have terrible injuries ourself, we could go down to six wins. My hope, even if this happens, is that RR still gets another year. I have felt consistently that 2011 will be the critical year.
After two years with RR, I believe more strongly that the program was not in good health when he arrived. I think it is comparing apples to oranges to compare RR's record at WVa and Tulane to UofM. Because those programs didn't have the high expectations present at Michigan, he was able to make a much larger impact in a shorter amount of time.
I noticed in the latest post from Spring Practice up on Rivals that Je'Ron Stokes wasn't anywhere to be seen at practice yesterday.
I saw Je'Ron outside of South Quad on Wednesday evening sporting a hard, walking cast/boot thing on I believe his left foot. He was limping pretty obviously.
No idea how bad the injury is, but given some of the concern about outside receivers it isn't good news. Hopefully nothing major.
UPDATE - Chenglis confirms on Twitter it's an ankle, no mention of severity. (Vlad knee sprain too )
Here is an update on Josh Furman's knee injury sustained in the Maryland 4A State Championship game from the Washington Post
"The day after the title game Josh Furman saw an orthopedic surgeon, whoo said there didn't appear to be any ligament or structural damage and cleared Furman to playi in the Maryland Crab Bowl all-star game on Dec. 19. Furman will undergo a precautionary MRI exam on Friday, according to his father."
Furman is a class of 2010 recruit that has narrowed his choices to Michigan and Virginia Tech. He plans to announce his decision at the Crab Bowl.
I just received a text from a friend who is going to the game tomorrow*. He is staying at the hotel with the team and apparently has been told that Minor did not make the trip.
*yes, I realize this is speculation, but F***.
The loss would have been tough enough to take, but we lost some good players today. I cannot believe that Hemingway was able to walk around on the sideline after taking the hit by Warren to his knee. Also, Molk looks like he is a few weeks away (if we are lucky) from being able to play again. Hopefully, Forcier can continue to play.