“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
Pitt at Cincinnati.
Munchie Legaux is the starting QB for Cinci! Leviticus Payne is a backup CB.
And Cinci runs out to a quick lead...
EDIT: Apparently, Ray Vinopal (#9) is starting at S for Pitt, Cullen Christian (#24) in the two deep at CB.
This is another illustration of how the positioning of the MLB so close to the line of scrimmage in Michigan's 3-3-5-that-isn't-really-a-stack renders him more vulnerable to being eaten alive.
In other news, I don't know if it's the prospect of the upcoming bludgeoning by Columbus Community College or the fact that most of these are of a play that didn't go well, but these are starting to get hard to do. "Here's how we screwed up again, in excruciating detail."
Anyway. Wha'hoppon: Wisconsin has second and three at their own 32 on their second drive of the day. Michigan plays a stack over Wisconsin's I-formation. The play starts out as an iso to the right. Martin stands up a double team and then slants playside, and Ezeh takes on the FB to close the playside hole. The blocking works much better on the other side, with Mouton being erased by the backside guard, RVB being kicked out, and the playside guard releasing off Martin to devour Demens. Avery fills the hole between the guard and tackle, but the blocks on Demens and Mouton leave a cutback lane open to the inside of the tackle and Montee Ball rolls through it for a ten-yard gain before Vinopal can chop him down.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound safety plans to sign with Michigan on Wednesday, the first day recruits can ink binding letters of intent, regardless of what late prospects the Wolverines add.
Michigan has three safeties already committed for its 2010 class in Vinopal, Marvin Robinson and Carvin Johnson, and the Wolverines are still recruiting three others - Sean Parker, Rashad Knight and Demar Dorsey.
Vinopal is the biggest sleeper of that group and the lowest-ranked member of Michigan’s 26-person class according to Rivals.com.
He committed to the Wolverines in early December after leading Cardinal Mooney to a state championship. At the time, Vinopal’s only other scholarship offers were from Air Force, Bowling Green and Kent State, though Wisconsin and Vanderbilt pursued him more recently.
Cardinal Mooney coach P.J. Fecko cautioned not to read too much into Vinopal’s mediocre recruiting ranking.
“He’s somebody that will earn everybody’s respect up in Ann Arbor on the football field and off the football field,” Fecko said. “If they aren’t believers right now, I guarantee you they will be very, very shortly.”
Great article on Ray from Rivals and the coach of the team that lost to Mooney in the state championship.
So Finals are looming and the work is mounting. Which, in turn makes me hate school more and daydream/speculate about Michigan Football. Today in Wednesday Recruitin' there was a small tidbit on the idea of Ray Vinopal having success at M and starting a pipeline with Cardinal Mooney. But with additional guys like Tony Drake, the Pahokee boys, and Carvin Johnson are we potentially forming some sort of a super pipeline with all of their respective D-1 pumping high schools as well? All of these lower-rated guys from powerhouse programs could be our way in. I think it speaks well for a program like M to take a chance on guys from power programs that, didn't get looked at by the big in state schools. I see these guys becoming great ambassadors for the program at their high schools, giving us a better chance to bring in the higher rated guys from their programs. Could this be part of RR's strategy when goin for these lower-rated guys? Just fun speculation, I just liked the idea of 2 years from now being back on top and having a connection with all the studs from, Rummel, Skyline, Pahokee, and Cardinal Mooney. What do you guys think?
Proof that recruits - and their families - read what we write about them from our very own TOMVH:
Ray Vinopal - "I read what people say about me, I'm going to work my a** off to prove everyone of them wrong. I'm not scared."
In this case it serves as motivation, but in the bigger picture do we really attract players if they see the fan base tearing into recruits before they even step on the field?
Sam Webb addressed the issue at the end of his recruiting round up today. Good bit about the atmosphere of Cardinal Mooney football. Worth a listen. Nothing much else, UM making up ground with Ash and Hankins. Webb parrots Hankins saying the opening at Louisville may mean a move by Florida's D Coordinator, which could influence Hankins decision.