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Calvin Magee Presser Notes 4-8-10
The media got a chance to talk to Michigan Offensive Coordinator Calvin Magee earlier today. Note from his press conference follow.
- There have been a lot of fun competitions to watch at every position. Nobody wins or loses a starting spot in spring football. Guys have the summer to improve their bodies, and position battles really take place in fall camp. The next five spring practices still give guys a chance to emerge.
- There have been a number of injuries that have given younger guys a chance to prove themselves this spring, specifically center (David Molk) and Outside Wideout (JR Hemingway and Je'Ron Stokes).
- As much of a jump in offensive production as there was from Year One to Year Two (from 109th to 59th in total offense, from 101st to 41st in scoring offense), Magee hopes there will be equal improvement between last year and Year Three. There is finally returning experience at important positions, and guys that have had three years in the system. They finally aren't starting fresh.
- The early enrollees are adjusting to the pace and physicality of college ball. The coaches need to keep reminding themselves that these guys are basically still high schoolers.
- Magee and Rodriguez have never butted heads about playcalling. When you gameplan the right way, you know going into a game what you're going to do. The only thing that can get frustrating is when the execution isn't good.
- South Florida first contacted Magee about applying for their head coaching job, not the other way around (Skip Holtz eventually won the position). Magee lived 15 years in Tampa, so he is familiar with the area, and actually graduated from USF while he was playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Interviewing for the job was a good experience, but he doesn't really think about becoming a head coach that frequently, aside from a long-term career goal. He just worries about doing what he can at Michigan: "Man, we're about to do what we're supposed to do here." He didn't want to leave unfinished business in Ann Arbor.
- Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson are both getting time running with the 1s in practice. Now that they have game experience, the coaches are really working on their mechanics and fundamentals. Splitting time with the 1s gives both a chance to compete.
- Tate Forcier "played like a freshman" last year at times. He faced new coverages every week, and it takes time to teach a kid everything.
- Denard Robinson is learning the entire offense. They didn't plan to only have him run QB sweeps, etc., last year, but that's just what happened. He will have a much better comfort level with the offense this year, with spring practice, game experience, and film study.
- Devin Gardner has been good. He's very competitive, and he wants to compete with the other two guys right away. He's not going to sit behind them without doing everything he can to compete with them first. Magee would like to see him compete for the starting job in the fall, because it means that there are several viable options at QB. If he plays well enough to get onto the field, they don't have a problem not redshirting him.
- Experience at quarterback will give the coaches much more comfort with their play calls. They'll be confident with the entire playbook.
- The competition is heating up, and it's fun to watch. The coaches would love to have three or four options in the season. Guys who can play multiple roles within the offense give the team some flexibility.
- Mike Cox is a powerful guy, who is very physically talented. Last year, he maybe thought that it wasn't "his turn" yet, and he'd have to wait for Minor and Brown. The coaches had to make sure he realized that if he can compete and earn the job, it's his, no matter what. He's taken that attitude to heart this spring.
- Vincent Smith will be back in fall camp, competing with everyone else for a starting role.
- Fitzgerald Toussaint needs to keep learning the playbook, and he'll be good to go. He's done a good job with that so far.
- The coaches know what Mark Moundros is capable of, but with him moonlighting at linebacker this spring, it's given John McColgan a chance to get a lot of reps, and getting that experience in practice will really help him down the road.
Slots, Tight Ends, and Wideouts
- When they recruit slots, a lot of the guys can also play outside receiver positions, so they've moved there for spring with the injuries to Hemingway and Stokes. Roy Roundtree's "been mostly all outside right now." He was originally recruited as an outside receiver, so he can play both positions.
- Terrence Robinson is playing really well this spring. His first year, he was in a competition with Martavious Odoms for a starting spot, but got injured. A similar thing happened last year, which led to the emergence of Roy Roundtree. He's finally healthy, and can do a lot of different things.
- Jeremy Gallon is coming off a redshirt, and should have a chance to contribute at multiple positions. Like Odoms and Robinson, he's a very shifty guy, with a lot of ability.
- The tight end position has been really good to watch this spring. Magee isn't sure which of the two main guys (Kevin Koger and Martell Webb) is better. Webb is turning into a real team leader.
- The three redshirt freshmen coming up are very good. Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield showed their talent on the scout team last year, and it's fun to watch them compete in the offense. They are a little immature (though they weigh more than they look - they aren't far off from their target weights), but very competitive. Lewan has been playing left tackle, and Schofield right tackle. Quinton Washington had been doing well, but he's been a little banged up.
- David Molk's injury has given some other centers a chance to get reps. Rocko Khoury has been getting a lot of time, and Elliott Mealer is playing in there as well. They're building depth at center.
- Mark Huyge and Perry Dorrestein have "been fine this spring." It's their third year in the system, so they understand what the coaches want.
- Steve Schilling is playing as well as he ever has since this coaching staff has been in town. He's turning into a real leader on the offense.
- Last year, there were too many injuries to have any real competition on the offensive line. This year, it's much better, and the competition is fun to watch.
If he ends up being the starter (or 1B) he will be yet another RichRod recruit who was rated at the bottom of his recruiting class, and yet won a starting position. And if you look at the bottom three of his class, it goes Omameh, Odoms, Cox. Anyone still doubt what RR is doing with recruiting?
Didn't he commit to Lloyd?
You're right. My mistake. Neg me into oblivion.
Can we neg you into Bolivian instead?
Yeah. Cox's recruitment was really interesting since he was a total whodat who showed up at camp and got an offer over instate top 100 guy Jonas Gray despite Gray running something like a 4.3 and being big as hell. Everyone panicked.
Let's not get into that again.
Did we ever find out how many Jr Days Michigan was having?
the thread, what a joke. Some people deserve sharps pains in their back each time Conway makes a catch in his Michigan career.
While widely considered top in-state RB prospect of 2008 recruiting year, he was basically ignored by Carr and his staff and only got an offer late in the summer. Committed to Nebraska before switching to Notre Dame. Fumbled in the 2009 Michigan/Notre Dame game.
Somehow I keep getting less fearful of the future. This plus the spring rumor mill posts seem almost not-apocalyptic this year. That plus some level up depth would be fantastic developments.
between last year and Year Three."
Can anybody who is good at math tell me what that would equal?
from 109th to 59th in total offense, from 101st to 41st in scoring offense.
That would be my guess.
they will be ranked above #1. It's never happened before, in case you were wondering.
we shall be 9th in total offense and -21st in scoring offense. simple as that. i can say this with confidence since i was a math major at UM
lingo...perhaps another "Shall" or possibly throw in a "'Twill". Maybe add a "Blessed"and a "Hencforth"? That way, I could not only be impressed with your math skills but also with the drama.
odd words shall be banished forthwith whilst another post which them giveth proper adulation commenceth. I bid thee it commence, my good sir.
I'm getting 32nd in total offense, and 17th in scoring offense.
But, I don't have my TI-89 at the moment, so I could be wrong.
This is right.
Total offense percentile in 2008 = 91.6 (109/119)
Total offense percentile in 2009 = 49.6 (59/119)
Change, 2008-2009 = -45.8% [(49.6 - 91.6) / 91.6 * 100]
Predicted total offense percentile in 2010 = 26.9 (49.6 * -.458 + 49.6)
Predicted total offense rank = 32.0 (.269 * 119)
Scoring offense percentile in 2008 = 84.9 (101/119)
Scoring offense percentile in 2009 = 34.5 (41/119)
Change, 2008-2009 = -59.4% [(34.5 - 84.9) / 84.9 * 100]
Predicted scoring offense percentile in 2010 = 14.0 (34.5 * -.594 + 34.5)
Predicted scoring offense rank = 16.7 (.140 * 119)
Score one for calc.exe and Post-It's.
I'm starting to get really excited about our wide receiver corps, especially Roundtree because of how he stepped up at the end of last year. I saw Taylor Lewan on campus yesterday and they are definitely not lying when they say that he is a very large human being.
Assuming the offensive improvement improves by the same percentage amount, Michigan would go from scoring 29.50 points per game (#41) to 42.98 points per game (would be #4 to last year's competition).
Offensive production on a per-play basis would improve from 5.61 yards per play (#59) to 7.14 yards per play (#2 to last year's competition).
Obviously, those would be fucking fantastic numbers.
about the competition in practice. Having quality back-up players pushing the starters will make a huge difference come this fall. If you have to fight for everything at practice then that is only going to make you better prepared to play on Saturday.
Add to that, in the unfortunate case of an injury, that the dude coming in got edged out for a spot via competition. And maybe only got edged out by a whisker. Previously it occasionally seemed that the dude coming in never had a prayer of seeing the field unless the only good guy at his position hit the deck.
that both RichRod and Magee (who impressed me in the video) seem to be all about the fun. Given the pressure that is on the coaches, keeping the pressure OFF of the kids is critical. Says really good things about the staff, RichRod esp.; he's nowhere near losing heart.
without a table full of baked goods in the background.
You gotta like this guy!
It would be a great ESPN/Hartford Courant/DN story line if Mike Cox rushes for 100+ yards and 2 TDs versus UConn. He was another one of those state players that got away from Randy Edsall, blah, blah, blah.....over to you Bill Fralic, I mean, Mark May....
that's why you see Drew Sharp inching his way over to them. See his elbow? He's about to snatch a few and take off running.
Drew Sharp seems more like the walking while wheezing type.
hey may have tried to start running but only made it a few feet before getting to that point. For all we know he may have keeled over at the door.
Elliot Mealer playing.
That is full of win.
He got some snaps in the Western Michigan game last year. There was a big Outside The Lines piece on it.
Cox in for a score
Cox is big for Michigan
Cox slides in between defenders
at least several times a game
can we get Cox going deep down the seam?
Cox hits the hole with authority.
count on Depth and Taxes.Wait, what day is it?
Can't wait for him to destroy some Huskies September 4th.
The conventional wisdom around here that Tate's shoulder has been banged up (explaining his allegedly poor play) but for some reason Magee never mentions the injury. RR didn't in his injury report, either. Either they're covering something up, or the conventional wisdom is a little off.
He'll have to go through Bob Wojonowski to get them. Wojo takes his doughnuts very seriously.
People have speculated. But I feel strongly the other way, if it was acting up I feel they would shut him down for the spring or limit what he does in practice - further we would hear about it from the coaching staff.