Pretty good read on Drew Dileo. It is a little full of fluff but gives some good background information on him. I will be rooting for this kid.
Good Read on Drew Dileo
Page 3 of article: Coach Jackson said about Dileo "He reminds them of Wes Welker." Get used to it Drew.
it's not pronounced "Dealy-O".
It actually sounds alot like this:
So his name is like Drew " Du Du Du Duu Delay-o. Du Du Du Duu Delay-O..." ????
is that Les Miles said he "doesn't fit" at LSU.
cough Trindon Holliday cough.
Well, Trindin Holliday is a national champion sprinter, in college. He's the fastest man in the NCAA. He fits just about anywhere.
Nice, quick read. He seems humble and ready to work hard.
Although judging by the newspaper clippings in his room, if LSU offered he would be gone tomorrow.
I love Dileo's quote at the end of the article.
lol where do find videos like this? ahaha
Jordan Shipley anyone? I think the RR saw he could catch a punt/kick and was like "whoa we gotta have this kid."
I think he's more like Ricky Proehl. Or maybe Wayne Chrebet? Possibly even a Joe Jurevicius type if he can put on a few inches.
I see what you are getting at. When I read the article I immediately thought of Jordan Shipley returning that kick against Oklahoma and came up with the comparison. I know they both have the same skin color and subconciously that is probably why he was the first person I thought of, but if you look at their measureables they are pretty similar.
I don't know and this may be way off base but I think that we had zero time to implement special teams last year and it showed. I mean besides Odoms' return vs. Purdue I can't think of any really good returns. I just thought that maybe we had to put in such a new, different, offense in such a short time that special teams (including catching punts) went by the wayside. That is no excuse for the fumbles, just my take on why special teams was so dismal.
I'm a little tired of the requirement that white players be compared to white players, and vice versa. The one player who Dileo reminds me of is Kyle Williams of Arizona State. More so than Welker and much more so than Shipley. But instead of actual analysis, I fear that I should just brace myself for four years of Tim Dwight references.
Imagine how it will be for the next Asian QB. Four years of Timmy Chang references.
I agree. I don't like it when players are compared to players of the same ethnicity and I even did it...I think its just common nature. When is the last time anyone compared a black QB to someone other than Donovan McNabb or Vince Young, etc? When is the last time somone compared a black hoops player to Larry Byrd or Chris Mullin? It sucks, but you are right. better prepare yourself for four years of Tim Dwight references.
Am I the only one who remembers what Tim Dwight did to us in 1997? He almost single-handedly destroyed our undefeated season.
I will be THRILLED if Dileo is anything approaching Tim Dwight.
I agree somewhat, but it's only natural. It's hard to see a white guy running down the field and say "Wow, he looks like Emmitt Smith." Do you ever see a black guy walking down the street and say, "Hey, that looks like my Irish uncle, Patrick O'Brien!"? Do you ever see an old white guy on the street and think, "He looks like Bill Cosby!"
You don't. Because they don't look alike.
People say "He looks like..." based on looks, not production. Black people don't look like white people, and vice versa. It's kind of an annoying habit, but one that can easily be rationalized.
I understand where you're coming from. I also make comparisons based on appearance. But when I'm watching film of a football prospect, appearance is primarily about size and style, not color. Does a player run upright? Is he a long strider? Does he cary the ball loosely? Does he gather before cutting?
So, for example, when I say that Dileo reminds me of Kyle Williams, I'm not talking about the production I expect from him, but merely that there are many similarities in way he plays the game. When I watch footage of someone like Shipley, I don't see much of a similar style at all.
I actually think that the comparisons are more forgivable in basketball, where a player's skin, face, and hair comprise the bulk of the visible appearance of an athlete. You see a wiry-but-explosive PF with mini-dreads, you're thinking Chris Bosh before the guy puts a foot on on the floor. But in football, 90% of the player is covered by brightly-colored gear. It amazes me, then, that people still focus on the other 10%, rather than on the player's game.
makes me wonder if the average person would be able to correctly guess a person's race based on their running style, without being able to see their skin at all. I have no idea whether there are any physiological differences that would cause people to be able to detect different running styles based on a persons genetic makeup, but I suppose it is a testable hypothesis.
That's a nice article. I feel like I learned something about him.
If he only becomes a sure handed return man, he'll be worth every penny of that scholarship.
“I know my profile isn’t as great as a lot of other kids’ around the country,” he said. “I know (Michigan) reached out there a little bit to get me. It’s not about proving anybody wrong. I just don’t want people up there to feel like I wasted a scholarship.”
Really great quote. I think this kid could excel not only on special teams but in the slot. Good writeup.
As long as he is a good kid, works his butt off and gets a degree, there's no way I would think he wasted a scholarship. I think he'll get on the field pretty fast for returns, but even if he doesn't there are many ways to contribute to the program and school other than on the field on Saturday.
Good article. I really hope he can help in the return game in the future!
"In two years as a Parkview starter, Dileo has compiled 3,300 all-purpose yards — 1,210 rushing, 620 receiving and 1,470 on returns.
As a sophomore, Dileo, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, became the first Parkview player to score on a kickoff return and a punt return; pass for a score and rush for a score; and catch a touchdown pass in the same season."
yeah he avg. about 45 yds a return last year...which is pretty "sick"
That would be a big improvement over last year: the ball at mid-field compared to a turnover at our 20 yard line. Welcome to Ann Arbor, Drew.
When I first saw that he committed I was surprised because I haven't even heard of him being mentioned in most recruiting sites. After I watched some video and heard him speak, I am impressed. Excellent returner and blue collar guy, its a good pick up.
RR is quickly changing Michigan football for the better, in my opinion. Once the transformation is complete it will not only improve our offense but also our defense. It will be great for our defense to practice against a great spread offense everyday.
i actually would feel bad if miles poached him late in the process
Great article, sounds like an awesome kid. Also, this is exactly why coaches need to evaluate who they want to recruit, and make offers to "3 stars" who they want. RR should have a pass to find the people who will fit his system.
Thanks for posting this!