Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
A pre-draft profile on former Team 133 captain, Jordan Kovacs by Meinke at MLive.
Either way, he's just asking for a chance.
"I’m hoping for the best, preparing for the worst," Kovacs said. "That’s always been my approach. If I get picked, that’ll be great. If not, I’ve beaten the odds before.
"It’ll be a challenge either way, whether I’m picked in the fifth round, or whether I’m undrafted. It’s going to be a dogfight just to make a roster. I’m looking forward to the challenge."
It must be JORDAN KOVACS DAY since it looks like Angelique wrote one over at the Detroit News.
I'm rooting for him to get drafted or sign-on as a post-draft FA.
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"]
After Saturday, the bowl picture for Michigan is extremely simple. Eligible B1G teams:
|Nebraska||[11-2] or [10-3] pending B1G title game|
|Wisconsin||[8-5] or [7-6] pending B1G title game|
If Nebraska beats the Badgers next weekend, they go to the Rose Bowl, and the Capital One Bowl takes 8-4 Michigan (who hasn't played there since the 2007 season) over 9-3 Northwestern and 7-6 Wisconsin.
If Wisconsin beats the Cornhuskers, Wisconsin to the Rose, Nebraska at 10-3 gets the Capital One nod over Michigan, and we play in the Outback Bowl for the first time since the 2002 season.
This is the hype video I've been working on the past week or so. Hope you all like it!
ALSO hoping this embeds...if not: http://youtu.be/75XVemd8jF4
Team 133 Photo up in the Michigan Photo Store. Not sure how to link the other pictures (got this one off twitter). Looks like Denard and Kovacs are team captains with possibly Roundtree a third. There are couple others with just the seniors at the link.
I'm somewhat surprised this hasn't been brought up on the board yet, but:
1) Does anyone know when the team is supposed to announce who the captains for the season will be?
2) Who do you all have pegged as captains for the year? Personally, I think Kovacs is a lock, and then Denard and Roundtree both have great chances. Maybe Demens, too. But if I had to narrow it down to three, I'd go with Denard, Kovacs and Roundtree. Thoughts?