I've heard that custom block-M chairs are on order and supposed to be in before the season, fwiw.
...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
Note: MGoBlog did not manage to get on the right lists in time to be notified what was going down with the first practice and presser and whatnot and thus missed it. We should be set now and better able to act as a primary source on these things. For now we round up what other people saw.
I can haz secondary? Three items of personnel interest:
Still, Rodriguez remains hopeful both will be cleared to practice soon. He kept spots open for both on Michigan’s 105-man reporting roster, and both have stalls waiting in Michigan’s new locker room.
“I’m pretty optimistic and hopefully (Turner’s) will be quicker,” Rodriguez said. “But wait and see.”
Speaking of said lockers, the Daily has a photoset from the day featuring Michigan's swanky new digs. But, uh, what doesn't belong in this picture?
Flat screen TV… beautiful wood paneling… futuristic labels… chairs you wouldn't seat your grandmother on even if you didn't like her, you cad. Someone get some Aeron in there.
Throwin'. AnnArbor.com got some footage of the QBs throwing, though it was apparently taken by Michael J Fox:
Forcier's throws, unsurprisingly, look the sharpest. Despite that, uh, this was written by the Daily's Ryan Kartje:
-Nick Sheridan probably looked the most comfortable and well-refined on the field, compared to Denard and Tate. But no one is matching Tate's enthusiasm which had him jumping up and down for a good portion of the drills.
Dude, man, even if that's true I want you to lie to me. This is what I want to hear:
I won’t make any bold predictions one practice into fall camp, but after watching Michigan work out for about an hour Monday without pads, I’d give Tate Forcier the easy edge in the battle to become the Wolverines starting quarterback.
The media was allowed to watch five periods of individual work Monday, and Forcier was much crisper in passing drills than fellow freshman Denard Robinson.
Kartje also reports that Robinson is fast but rusty and tends to throw screens way too high; Birkett says the quarterbacks are small, which uh yeah they are.
Eeeeeeee. Will Campbell at the Army game…
…Will Campbell in spring…
…and Will Campbell minus an average-sized fifth grader at practice:
Campbell has taken step one away from Gabe Watson-style disappointment*.
*(Not that Watson was exactly a disappointment: two-time All Conference and a solid NFL player. But he could have been All-American.)
Er? Is there a name in the wrong spot on this list?
The rough Day 1 depth chart at receiver: Greg Matthews went ahead of Junior Hemmingway in drills at one outside spot, and LaTerryal Savoy drilled ahead of James Rogers and Darryl Stonum at the other. At the slot, Martavious Odoms was first up in drills followed by Roy Roundtree and Terrence Robinson.
"Laterryal Savoy drilled ahead of Darryl Stonum" is only explicable if they did the order by numbers of Rs, Ys, and Ls in your first name. Other reports had Stonum dropping a lot of balls, which is not good if Michigan is going to have a deep threat this year.
They're going down in a blaze of glory. Michael Rothstein's come over to AnnArbor.com from his beat covering Notre Dame football at the Fort Wayne Gazette, so his viewpoint of the two programs will be an interesting one. Like for instance here:
At Notre Dame, the only music I ever remember hearing was on Thursdays, and that was a Charlie Weis-inspired playlist of Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen with a little bit of Crank Me Up worked in last year. At Michigan, music was going throughout a bunch of the practice that the media observed, everything from Soulja Boy to some old school rock. Definitely a variety for both the players and coaches.
No wonder ND can't run the ball.
I've heard that custom block-M chairs are on order and supposed to be in before the season, fwiw.
Good. The chairs they've got now is like putting an 8 track in a Bentley.
Stonum dropping balls is not a good thing. Get him some sticky gloves, or 5 hour energy.
Maybe he just needs to visualize the football as toilet paper rolls like the Little Giants WR... someone get Rodriguez on the phone.
Braylon Edwards FTL!
Stop sucking Stonum.
I noticed in the AA article Brian linked, Tate was handing off to Minor and there was an actual hint of a biceps and triceps present. Barwis.
...but the J. Fox line made me spit my coffee out anyway. Maybe it was even better that way as it's my sole description of the thing.
were having difficulty actually seeing the ball to their hands... was it Breaston/Braylon ???? It has been in the last 5 years.
I believe it was Mathews, although I'm not positive.
Holy schmokes Campbell. The boy's been doing some work. Impressive.
I'm not seeing the same thing. Besides some improved muscle tone in the arms perhaps, its hard to tell much of a difference considering the "after" shot is taken without pads and from the side (whereas the other two shots pretty much maximize the body width appearance).
But whatever, I'd imagine his endurance and explodabilityness are being improved. Mass probably isn't so important for a DT. Other than as a general sign of fitness, I wouldn't care too much if he lost size.
he's sportin in the first 2 pics is almost gone in the third pic.
He's a lot slimmer in the mid section, a very impressive change in 4 months. (The spring game was in April, I think) Especially considering that usually when you're slimming down, the last thing you lose is the gut, that means he's dropped *a lot* of body fat. That's gonna make a big difference for him on the field.
you're right. I can't really tell in the 2nd picture but in the 1st he does look somewhat flabby.
In this photo he does not:
I'm not totally convinced, but he certainly does appear bigger in this one (again with pads and from the front)
(which is awesome) was taken during the summer in between his junior and senior year. I think there was some concern that he ballooned up during his senior year.
I think you have it backwards. I'd expect to see a potbelly much better if the picture is from the side instead of the front. The giant lolling gut is painfully obvious in the Army game picture even though it's not from the side. There is no gut now. The "fifth-grader" comment is obviously an exaggeration, but Campbell looks like he's lost 20 pounds of fat, easy.
Mass improves power. you wouldn't want a DT to be svelte. look at any super heavy weight in olympic weightlifting. they all have some bulk on them (i.e. guts) because it's needed to get the power to lift heavy weight. same can be applied to DT. i am sure big Will is extremely explosive and that's what matters.
Sure, vertical stripes are slimming, but eeeEEEEE(!) Barwis. Wow.
Bon Jovi? I have even less respect for Charlie Weis than I did this morning. What the hell is wrong with that guy?
besides Stonum? Is Stokes a deep ball type guy? How about Roundtree? Damn, Ricardo Miller and his 5 man WR class can't get here soon enough!
If Stonum is having problems, we aren't going to be stretching the field with our slot receivers and Greg Mathews, who I like alot but the guy is one of the slowest split ends I've ever seen.
It was one part of one practice. Let's not say that Stonum is having problems unil they actually develop.
And also an entire year and a half.
I'm pretty sure he had this problem before today. Also, this is a hypothetical wondering what would happen to attempt the stretch the field if Stonum can't do it.
I don't see why Hemingway can't be a deep threat.
Prob too slow to get downfield fast enough. Especially if you consider an offensive line + freshman quarterback will rarely get the set up right to complete such a play.
Stokes is exactly the deep ball threat we need. And he has burners on him for after the catch.
Aerons in the lockerroom? Dumb idea. Worst chair ever.
(I may or may not be working for a furniture company other than Herman Miller right now.)
Lots of people like the look of Aerons...then they sit in them. You with Steelcase or Humanscale?
And what chair would you suggest?
i heard those chairs will most likely be used for the next potluck.
Those chairs do look awful. Fortunately they're installing new stools soon.
Are you sure that it's going to be stools, I know that if I just played a half of football I'd want something to rest against (like the back of a chair) rather than having to keep myself up. But maybe it's just Barwis continuing to work on strengthening the player's cores even when they're not working out.
But I'm pretty sure this isn't the gameday locker room anyways.
Excellent point, I forgot about that. Still, after a long day of practice I think I'd still prefer a chair with a back over a stool.
But that's just me.
This is Barwis World and comfy chairs are the toys of the coddled cream puffs of Oregon.
Plus, the stools are probably in place so the players don't relax too much and head right off to study hall!
look to be like the ones you get from a rental company for your high school graduation party. I'm guessing they will bring in something nicer considering the Flat Screen TV and all that rich mahogany.
I'm thinking Lazy Boys or a full size bed.
The locker room manager definitely said stools.
Apparently, the AD is just waiting for the big back-to-school sale at Target before he buys 105 chairs.
Holy Cow that is a lot of good info!
Is MGoBlog having clearinghouse problems too?
that they got those chairs really cheap.
They were leftovers from a Texas Death Match between dex and CoachBT.
It's a great to see the team back on the field, but those adidas striped home unis just aren't doing it for me.
Those aren't new home jerseys, they're just the practice jerseys. So we don't have to get too up in arms about how they're an abomination onto Michigan football.
Wear Ugly until game day then change into Motherfucking Classic. It's a subtle psychological boost, akin to swimmers shaving before a big meet. Or Tressel wearing a freshly pressed vest.
PS Tressel also shaves his bits. Pryor told me and he has to spot for him.
Please tell me the striped jerseys are for practice only.
The striped jerseys are for practice only.
We need a new way some times. The only way that happens if you try something new. Michigan Fans are never satisfied. The "practice jerseys" are fine. People didn't care as much about jersey when Michigan when its jerseys were supplied by Champion. I remember those day and thought nothing of it.
Is that a Michigan playbook on that chair, and if so, shouldn't it be locked up when people you don't know with cameras and recording equipment are walking through the locker room?
I bet that locker room is The Sanctum Sanctorum. You might be able to enter as a media person, but don't think you are not being watched.