“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.”
"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
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.
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?
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield" --Alfred Lord Tennyson/ John Sheridan B5