"The amount of professionalism that he has ... there's probably not another guy in the country that would have handled it the same way," Durkin said. "He's not only one of the best coaches in the country, he's one of the best people. He absolutely has the respect of everyone -- coaches and players, alike."
"I don’t care if Jim Harbaugh is medically insane (he is), if you run the coach out of town who took your team from absolute embarrassing garbage-pail irrelevance to conference-dominating powerhouse in ZERO YEARS, you are not only stupid, you don’t care about winning."
"We were a team that started out 2-5 and we came out of the first weekend of conference play at 11-11. Just like everybody else we had a number of injuries that we weren’t able to overcome. But I was really proud of how the team was able to stay focused, work hard, believed, kept fighting, no quit and finished strong."
I was going to let the enrollment of Ann Arbor Pioneer quarterback Nader Furrha, who's a preferred walk-on, go as just a sidebar link but then someone linked some video…
…and my friend who knows way more about local high school football than most people because he used to work for the Saline Reporter actually sent in a scouting report, so here you go, in the rich tradition of "hey, Eric Puls," and "hey, guy who's behind David Cone on the depth chart": hey, Nader Furrha.
The scouting report:
So I saw Furrha play three times against Saline the last couple of years and if any of you care what I think, I think it's not inconceivable he'll wind up contributing at Michigan.
He doesn't have a rocket for an arm and he doesn't have out-and-out sprinter speed, but his arm's definitely better than Sheridan's and he's a much, much better runner than either Sheridan or Threet. He's quick and slithery, really good in traffic, good at buying time in the pocket. His biggest problem is that he'd be a pocket QB only in the sense that he'd fit in your pocket: I had a laugh when I saw Scout had him listed at 6-1. I can't imagine he's any taller than 5-10, and he might be shorter than that. The first thing I thought when I saw him was "That dude's short," and I'm not even six feet.
It's too bad--his combination of legs and arm, if not spectacular, would be easily good enough to get him a D-I scholarship if he was 2-3 inches taller (he's also a little on the slight side at the moment, but Barwis should fix that). For whatever it's worth I can't possibly imagine him beating out a guru-approved dual-threat like Forcier, Threet's always going to be a thousand times better passer, and Feagin's the more explosive runner. But, if Forcier hurts himself and the coaches decide they're never going to let Feagin throw a pass, he might be a once-in-a-while change of pace from Threet as a kid who's a genuine threat to run but could also spring a SURPRISE throw further than 10 yards downfield. If Threet--who wasn't substantially more impressive than Furrha when I saw him in college, I didn't think--can become RichRod's starter, I would think a guy who more snugly fits the offense would have some kind of outside shot at at least seeing the field someday.
Much more likely, of course, is that he never earns a scholarship or makes the traveling 85.
And now I hope to never think about him again, no offense to the young man. It's just, well… you know.
Boyd states M came on too late in the recruiting process to be considered (even though they couldn't recruit earlier seeing as they had 2 dual-threat QBs committed). I say it's about a 95% chance he goes to Oregon, Mich gets 0.5% chance.
To the extent that Boyd saying, "I'm not visiting Michigan, it's too late" confirms it. I'm not being sarcastic (you know how much we're able to rely on recruits' comments), but like, yeah, he's not coming.
you know, looking at that video, i'm actually a little impressed. he might not have a cannon, but he actually looked pretty accurate. also, some of those runs were tough runs and a couple others were just flat out nice.
I go to Pioneer and have watched him play extensively. Height-wise, he's about 5'10-11, which translates to a football height of 6 feet (the same way Mike Hart was 5'9). I've been to every game the last three years and I can attest that he has an explosive first step and is probably fast enough to play D1 football (granted, there is a big difference between high school defenses comprised entirely of white guys and what he will face in college). He'll need a year or two of Barwis, the dude's skinny as a rail, but from an athletic standpoint he could contribute. The bad news: I really don't see him contributing as a quarterback. He's got the arm strength, but his accuracy, touch, and ability to read defenses (even at the high school level) are below what Sheridan's were at this stage of his career, IMO. He could be a decent slot receiver-type, but I'd look elsewhere for a viable quarterback option.