“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."
Because the logical thing to do these days is expect everything will be DOOM forever I was waiting for Denard Robinson to say something about not transferring (instead of people who have talked to Denard Robinson) before declaring ollie ollie oxen free. This would be that:
I'm still expecting a couple weeks of terrifying rumors in May, but I think it's safe for the kids on the diag to put their candles out and head home.
There have been kids on the diag with lit candles, right?
[New media looking-glass bonus: this is a snippet of a longer interview posted by the official site, clipped by a television station, placed on youtube by the roving band of Michigan video maniacs, and embedded by yours truly.]
not only in terms of keeping a player of Denard's ability and character, but also in terms of PR early in his tenure. I am excited and hopeful to see what they do with the offense - Rod obviously brought out a lot in Denard, here is to hoping Borges/Hoke can refine some of the rough edges in his game.
I'd be surprised if he left, but (as noted by others) we'll still need to sit through a round of practices to see how well Denard meshes with Al Borges. You could say that he's just doing the smart thing by waiting to see how it all works. He could transfer later and not lose any eligibility. Again, I'd be surprised.
I don't think he was saying that he will transfer - just that there will be rumors. I am sure he is right about that. There will be tweets and posts and "sources" who claim that he is staying, going, staying, going, etc. It will be frustrating.
“Your satisfaction lies in your illusions/ But your delusions are yours and not mine”
I dont think that was the intent of the statment either, rather a prediction of the rumors we are sure to hear flying in may. On a side note how nice is it to see a kid that from outward apperances you would expect to act like those SEC thugs be such a humble team player. I dont think at this point we could ask for a better "face of the team" so to speak.
I think Boomer519 was probably more referring to his crazy stats and the media's insatiable appetite for stories on him... both/either of which have a tendency to ruin young men. I agree completely: he's one of my favorite players to follow -- not only because he's made of dilithium, but because he's made of dilithium and not stupid. FWIW, the SEC isn't the only place to find thugs (anyone up for a 5 game suspension?).
Did he say anywhere in this interview that BH had anything to do with him staying? I think people giving BH credit for "getting Denard to stay" are a little off base. DR stayed because he loves UM and his fellow players. BH could have been a reason for him to transfer, but I don't think he is a reason he is staying.
P.S. This post Isn't intended to be anti-hoke as I am pretty certain he isn't claiming he has anything to do with DR staying. I just find it weird that people are implying BH did an awesome job getting DR to stay when his decision was based on anything Hoke said or did from his comments on this video.
At the very least there had to be some Hoke influence, as Denard made his decision after speaking with Brady. And don't overlook that Denard mentioned playing in 2 different offensive schemes...which means Brady didn't just tell DR what he wanted to hear.
If Denard had left, so a little credit isn't a horrible thing. But it's a two way street, and takes both of them to do the right things for it to happen. But I doubt if he left Denard was going to get the Mallett treatment, or Hoke get the "he was gone anyway" defense, so it doesn't hurt to at least say he didn't screw things up.
I get the impression that Denard leaving would have created backlash against Denard in a lot of circles. I started to hear it in the last week "If he leaves, he was never a Michigan Man anyway", etc. Really sad, but there are plenty of people who were looking to turn on him. Not surprisingly, many of those people are the same people who still think Tate should be our QB and Denard should be a slot receiver.
Double standards are maybe my least favorite thing in all of life.
This kid is a class act, and his humbleness is refreshing. He is showing his teammates and future players how to persevere in hard times. He's acting out the definition of leadership. Good Job and Best wishes young man.
Denard is a Michigan man! Coach Hoke and Borges must have had a great talk with him about the offense and how he will fit in. I think we will see something similar to that school from ohios offense, which is great for staying unpredictable.
42 Big Ten Championships. 11 National Championships. Hail Hail