Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
It appears that our good old destroyer of OL's is giving back to the (Mexican) community. Love seeing our former players help change the world. Go Blue!
An embed below would be much appreciated.
As a good follow up to discussions in this thread: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/michigan-man-jason-avant-acting-partpeter-king-article-nfl-standards where Peter King quotes Jason Avant on behavior in NFL locker rooms, Jason wrote his own article for Peter's site the MMQB:
I wonder if Michigan Football has more of an "orientation" for freshmen now than they did back when Jason started, but this is an interesting read none the less:
I began playing football my sophomore year of high school in Chicago. I got pretty good pretty quickly, and by senior year I was the top recruit in the state of Illinois. That’s when I noticed people started treating me differently. One day I was just a regular person. Now I was kind of given this position of power. Students, staff members and teachers looked at me in a different way. They kind of winked at my mistakes, instead of trying to correct me. That’s part of the problem: too much empowerment without proving we’ve earned it. A lot of players aren’t used to being held accountable. The other part is of the problem is a lack of education about diversity and tolerance.
I think back to my freshman year at Michigan, and what it’s like at pretty much any college program. In high school you’re with kids from the same town who are a lot like you. In college all of the sudden your locker room is filled with guys from every background—a guy from inner-city Bronx, another one from the backwoods of Iowa, a guy whose parents were nourishing, a guy with gang issues, a guy who is very religious. You put us all in the locker room and expect us to get along with each other. Yet there’s no orientation, and barely any discussion of it. That’s why a lot of times you see the black kids sitting on one end of the lunch room and the white kids on the other.
Mike Martin puts up 500lb. on the bench at Barwis Methods. Pretty amazing...
EDIT: not sure why the embed didn't work, but I posted the link instead.
The team awards were handed out tonight and I know you're all probably shocked but Denard won the Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player of the Year Award for the second year in a row.
Dr. Arthur D. Robinson Scholarship Award (Leading Senior Scholar): Will Heininger
Hugh R. Rader Memorial Award (Top Offensive Lineman): David Molk
Roger Zakoff Award (Best LB): Kenny Demens
Robert P. Ufer Bequest (Senior who has demonstrated the most enthusiasm and love for Michigan): Split between Ryan Van Bergen and Kevin Koger
Richard Katcher Award (Best DL): Mike Martin
I just want to give another shout out to the Senior class who dealt with so much and fought through it all. This team wouldn't be where it is today if it wasn't for those guys. They're true Michigan Men.
Notes on injuries:
- Martin and Mouton practiced all week and are ready to go.
- Mike Shaw is cleared and ready to go
- Lewan won't start, but has been cleared and is ready
From Rittenberg's article on ESPN about the top performers in the weight room in the Big Ten.
Michigan DT Mike Martin 6-2, 294, Jr., Redford, Mich.
- Bench-presses 505 pounds, squats 700 pounds
- Power cleans 430 pounds, hang cleans 475 pounds
- Runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds
- Strength coach Mike Barwis says: "Mike is an absolute warrior. He has a never quit attitude and is a natural born leader. He is one of the most impressive physical specimens I have ever seen."
Michigan C David Molk 6-2, 270, Jr., Lemont, Ill.
- Bench-presses 490 pounds, squats 660 pounds
- Power cleans 420 pounds, hang cleans 440 pounds
- Runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds
- Strength coach Mike Barwis says: "Dave is an outstanding worker and a natural athlete. He is one of the most naturally explosive linemen I have ever trained."