Dear Press Conference Sound Guy, I hate you.
Highlights and new locker room interviews with Tate Forcier, Vincent Smith, Patrick Omameh, Devin Gardner, Kenny Demens, Jonas Mouton and J.B. Fitzgerald.
Since Omameh didn't get so much love in the last UFR, I thought I would write this up. Of course, every block on that play was critical, but if you go through the film, the Omameh block stands out. He pushes back the ILB Manti Te'o, #5, and in the process of doing so, Te'o trips up the safety, #22, Harrison Smith. If Smith doesn't get tripped, he makes the tackle and Robinson gains 9 yards instead of 87.
Here are the pics -- in the first one, on the left side of the screen, you see Omameh driving Te'o back and Smith trying to get out of the way (apologies for the blurry NBC video):
Then, you see Smith trip on Teo's back foot:
Smith wipes out:
As you can see, if he had been able to stay afloat, he would have had the angle on Denard, or at least have forced Denard to cut to the sideline, limiting his gains:
days until Patrick Omameh, Taylor Lewan, Steve Schilling, David Molk, and Mark Huyge reveal themselves to the college football world as the battering ram of Michigan's offensive juggernaut.
TheWolverine.com follows up on their Spring Revelations (Defense) article with a Spring Revelations (Offense) article chronicling their take on the standout offensive performers of spring practice. This article is not behind their paywall.
- Most Improved: Denard Robinson and Taylor Lewan
- Breakout Starter in 2010: Patrick Omameh
- Could Be Starting By Oct. 1: Fitzgerald Toussaint
- Freshmen Expected To Contribute In 2010: Stephen Hopkins and Jerald Robinson
- MVPs: Tate Forcier or Denard Robinson
Click on the link for the full analysis, but here are some thoughts:
- QB analysis: Denard's performance in the spring made all the headlines, but Tate didn't regress, so the starting QB battle is not settled. The authors sure hedged their bets by predicting that either Tate or DRob would be the season's offensive MVP.
- No one is sold on the RBs. Who will emerge from the group of Michael Shaw, Mike Cox, Vincent Smith, Fitzgerald Toussaint, and Stephen Hopkins as the featured back or will this season devolve into RB by committee? Since no clear cut leader has emerged, it's easy to fall back on the latter as the answer.
- RS Fr Taylor Lewan and RS So Patrick Omameh are expected to pace the OL this year. The team's ultimate level of success may be riding on their young shoulders.
- Speaking of young shoulders, all of the players featured in this article are RS Sophomores, Sophomores, RS Freshmen and Freshmen. That alone should give us all pause about Michigan's chances in 2010.
- Position battles are so wide open for QB, RB, WR, Slot and TE that a platoon approach doesn't seem out of the question for every skill position. Is this an indication of tremendous depth or of insufficient talent? How important is it that a leader emerge at these positions during summer camp?