to the young man. He never really panned out like we all had hoped he would.
Exit Thomas Rawls
MLive reporter Eric Woodyard has tweeted that Thomas Rawls is transferring to Central Michigan. The writing was on the wall for Rawls after being passed by not only two freshman tailbacks but—at least in the land of depth charts—Drake Johnson. Rawls didn't see a carry after the opener despite the chaos at tailback, and wasn't going to next year. This has likely been in the works for a while, as Michigan started pursuing a tailback in the 2014 recruiting class a couple months ago.
Rawls was a Signing Day add in the Rodriguez/Hoke transitional class with generic three star hype from everyone except Fred Jackson, who made ludicrous comparisons to Mark Ingram because that's what Fred Jackson does.
I'll wait until spring practice is over to update the Attrition Watch fully; for now just know that Rawls is the eighth member of the 21-man 2011 class to depart. With Desmond Morgan, Frank Clark, Blake Countess, Brennen Beyer, and Raymon Taylor looking like starting-quality players, the 2011 outfit is marginally better than 2010. Marginally being your key word there.
Michigan will go into spring with a tentative depth chart like so:
- Derrick Green
- DeVeon Smith
- Justice Hayes
- Drake Johnson
Good luck in MP, Thomas. Go Fire Up Chips!
WIth all the added offers to RB's not exactly a shock. WIsh him well and hope he gets quality playing time at Central. Now on to the recruiting speculation and what this means for Michigan in the future.
If it's D1 to D1 then yes, I believe so. Pretty sure he could play right away if he went the FCS route.
Had high hopes for Rawls. I hope he finds success in Mount Pleasant.
This means there are two total seniors on offense- Devin Gardner and Jordan Paskorz.
Attrition doesn't mean a thing. You might lose 45% of your RS and Senior class but that's not the problem. No, not at all. It's the coaches and a lack of development.
I wonder how much the rhetoric would change if the recruiting sites would update past classes to reflect remaining players on a roster instead of guys who signed their LOI's.
Yeah, that's pretty scary. If anyone wants to see the lasting effects of the Process, just check out the depth chart by class. Equally scary: there are 0 offensive tackles in the next TWO senior classes.
If I counted right there are only 10 offensive seniors in 2013, 2014 and 2015 combined. That tells you something about how unbelievably young we were last year.
Edit: I guess that number is technically 14, but if we are talking about guys who are expected to ever start a game? That number is closer to 6.
Which of the 2010-class attrition do you attribute to The Process? Cullen Christian and Ray Vinopal I can see--they landed on their feet playing FBS-level football. But who else? Demar Dorsey? Antonio Kinard? Davion Rogers, Austin White, Jerald Robinson...go down the list, what did any of that have to do with the coaching change?
and what did the inability to recruit a full class in 2010 have to do with the Process? I talked about attrition because it's the only piece of that year's puzzle that could even arguably be linked to the coaching change.
"Thomas Rawls, potentially, he brought too much to the table here at Michigan. His talents were so great that, realistically, he had to transfer to Central Michigan so that two Michigan University communities could appreciate his contributions. Aside from that, I fully expect him to bring more sunshine to Mount Pleasant. I'm sure if he were to visit Soaring Eagle not only would he be the luckiest man in there...he'd probably leave with all the ladies. I'd wish him luck but players like Thomas come along once in a generation. I'd say I'd miss him but he'll be part of my memories forever"
Best wishes Thomas.
Does anyone know if he'll have to sit out a year at CMU? Best of luck regardless.
Transferring from one FBS school to another requires one to sit out a year.
Except if you have graduated and the school you are going to has a master's degree program not offered by your old school. I have no idea if that applies in Rawls's case, but Gardner graduated early so it isn't unheard-of for guys in their 4th year to be doen with a degree.
He will be a true junior this year, so can sit out this year, take a redshirt, and still have 2 years of eligibility.
He played in 2011, 2012 and 2013 (even if it was just one carry).
Wish him the best. Sad to see him go, but probably for the best if he wants to see playing time. He was kind of stuck in no-man's land as a power back without a great ability to move the pile, but maybe with more playing time he'll find a better niche.
For a new handle
New Transfer Request?
I can understand the desire to play and it definitely looks like the opportunity was not here. I wish him well.
It's an FBS school. So, yes, he sits. The only exceptions are for hardship cases and grad students.
qualify as a hardship?
Fire Up Chips!
DEATH TO PROCESSES
(and backboards. Still backboards)
four deep at running back, three of whom were highly rated, I feel pretty good about that. (But yeah, o-line)
- Derrick Green 5-star
- DeVeon Smith 4-star
- Justice Hayes 4-star
- Drake Johnson 3-star
If they don't take a RB in this class (which it seems like they won't), that's moderately scary depth. Drake is coming back from an ACL tear, so who knows how he'll be, and Hayes is projected to be more of a slot. So now you've got just Green and Smith. With the wear and tear RBs go through, that's not good.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Houma and/or Shallman taking reps there.
Can't we manball it with Wyatt shallman too worst case scenario
Could definitely see Houma and Shallman taking reps on the scout team (since someone has to), but since they are both FBs, I doubt we see either much at RB.
Unless all hell breaks loose of course.
Some analysts were even saying he might be better suited at RB
Seriously though, good luck to him at CMU, I was really hoping he would have panned out here.
Wondering if this means that we'll be taking a RB in this class...
If we do, it'd be from someone committing without ever seeing campus. Jones cancelled his visit on the 31st (due to Michigan pulling back according to TomVH), Mack doesn't have anything scheduled, and Enwere is supposedly solid to Cal now.
So unless they throw out an 11th hour offer to someone, those are the options at the moment and none of them look good.
Back when Rawls came to Blue, but I am not so sure that his comments on the exit will ring true.
I wish him the best and it would be great to see him attain a high level of competence for the Chips. Interesting that he would pick a FBS school and sit out the year. It shows that he is not afraid of competition.
Presumably that means he's on track to graduate this semester. You didn't think that was a real Fred Jackson quote above, did you?
I was wishing that he would say something to that effect. He is the master of hyperbole and there is always a place for such on any team.
I too think the RB depth is dicey. Perhaps Houma could move to RB as he is more agile than the other fullbacks and Nuss does not use the FB much.
Right, we can only wish him well. He's making the right move. Nuss is going to have a nice 1-2 punch with Green and Smith next year.
And God help us if anything happens to either of them.
It's scary low next year. I would say Hayes is staying at running back and Shallman will move to RB as well. I would say if they aren't taking a RB in 2014 they need to take 2 in 2015.
will be missed, but it was a smart move. as a huge _Theory of Justice_ fan, he had one of my favorite names on the team
Good for Rawls. Central is a lot like Michigan, except with a bigger stadium and a better O-line.
Looking back to the opening game depth chart, Drake was listed above, and played before Justice. Drake's injury happened so early in the year, that I don't have a concern that he'll be ready to go this fall. Bowl game aside, I didn't see a lot from Justice that would make me think that Drake couldn't stay above him in the 2014 depth chart.
Rawls was the name on Talk radio 3 weeks ago that I referred to in a post as good attrition.
Good kid who was not going to play here. He now gets a chance to play and be the big fish in the MAC pond. If he was ever going to go to the NFL he needed to play. We get a scholarship back. Win Win. Sorry it did not work out but this is major Division 1 (Semi Pro) Football.
He should get more playing time at CMU. It must be tough for a highly touted recruit to sit on the bench. But for some reason he never showed his talents on the field and perhaps not even in practice as he slipped down the starting order. I always thought he would become that big power running back.
But he wasn't really a highly rated recruit.