"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
Andrew interviewed former Michigan cornerback Troy Woolfolk, who talks about the coaching change, how he dealt with his injury, and who his most impressive teammates have been.
Did I oversell it?
Draft Day! Woo-hoo! Time to make your predictions for where our beloved recently departed Wolverine heroes will be selected (round and team). Very unlikely any of our guys get selected in the first round tonight, but I figured might as well get the thread up now.
Here are my best guesses:
I will be shocked if Hulk Smash lasts beyond the 3rd round -- there must be at least a handful of teams who've fallen in love with his motor and measurables (and a Greg Mattison thumbs-up) and who will be willing to spend a third-rounder on him. A lot of mocks have him going to the Bears at #79, which sounds plausible. I could also see Cincinnati taking him at 83 -- he'd be a good fit in Mike Zimmer's 4-3. Saints at #89 is also a possibility. Denver at 87 or 108 (mid-4th round) could also use a 4-3 DT.
Someone's going to get a steal with Molk, because he'll drop due to his size -- he'll only fit a zone-based running scheme, and he's not big enough to backup at guard in a pinch.
Tennessee runs a zone-blocking scheme and needs a center -- Molk's a good fit for them at #155 in the 5th round. Green Bay is also a great fit at #163 -- they signed Jeff Saturday to replace Scott Wells, but Saturday's 36 and he could groom Molk as his eventual replacement. The Colts could also pick him up at the end of the round (#170) to replace Saturday.
His combine performance probably boosted him from a fringe late-round pick or UDFA into a mid-rounder. Still, this is a deep draft at WR, so I think Junior goes in the 5th at best, more likely the 6th -- New Orleans at #179 or Carolina at #180.
Ryan Van Bergen
RVB's probably a borderline 7th round/UDFA-type, but I can see a 3-4 team looking for depth at the 5-tech DE spot taking a flyer on him late in the 7th round -- perhaps Pittsburgh, which has a ton of picks at the end of that round. San Diego's also a possibility there at #250, or Arizona at #221.
I would've had Kevin Koger as a late (6-7th round) pick before the Achilles surgery.
Undrafted free agents who will at least get a shot at a camp:
All right, have at it everyone.
Terrific piece by Michigan Daily photographer Marissa McClain. To the surprise of exactly no one, the Daily's sports coverage is better than the Freep's. This is actually a pretty old article from last November but it wasn't featured here before on mgoblog, as far as I could tell. (If it was, my apologies) It was written the week of the Akron Southwest Community Remedial Junior Vocational Preparatory Academy game, so it might've gotten lost in the shuffle of pregame hype. Anyways, enjoy!
According to the official Michigan Football Twitter account:
I’m not too worried, mostly due to Countess’ play, but this is something to keep an eye on.
Per his twitter
Just got in a big accident involving 7 cars on the highway. I swear I have the worst luck, on the field or off
Great interview by Chantal Jennings at WolverineNation of former Michigan tailback Butch Woolfolk (1978-1981). For a long time he was Michigan's career leader in rushing.
Now he's ranked 5th historically.