Look, I've seen Sideways, and although he's pretty ornery, I don't know if Paul Gyarmati is fullback material.
Let's Overreact To: Spring Scrimmage Video!
Items of admittedly flimsy substance:
Lots of Rawls. Thomas Rawls is the tailback in most of these sets; Hayes does not appear and Toussaint only gets buried on a flare screen. Rawls mostly gets buried himself. Maybe he's just an excellent vehicle via which to express defensive competence.
Morgan is all over the place. He goes sideline to sideline to thump Rawls on one moderately successful run and generally looks like Michigan's best linebacker. Again, it's one thing to go sideline to sideline against Rawls and another on Toussaint or Smith. Morgan still brings the wood.
Line bits. You can see Chris Bryant acting as the RG on a play where Miller is snapping to Gardner: second unit. Hypothesis: Michigan thinks Mealer can really hack it all of a sudden and is placing the usual pressure on Omameh's job. Either that or they're just getting Bryant some snaps at both guard spots so he's comfortable at either one in case of an injury. There has been a little buzz about Graham Glasgow, the second-team left guard, as well—unrelated to a tandem bike, even.
Also, your second string NT is currently Richard Ash. Not much of a surprise, sure.
Edge defenders. On the play where Gardner escapes Frank Clark pressure to bomb a pass to Jeremy Jackson in the back of the endzone it's the second team OTs—walk-ons—getting smoked. The player coming in from the bottom is redshirt freshman Antonio Poole, which strikes me as odd. He's presumed to be playing WLB, so if he's coming at the left tackle he's either engaged on a seriously long journey from blitz to the quarterback or he's practicing at MLB. (Or SLB, I guess, but I doubt it.)
Adding to the oddness of that play: it really looks like the guy trying to recover on Jackson is #35… Joe Bolden. I am confused about that defense.
Slant. Dime? Denard throws a slant to Gallon immediately in front of Terrence Talbott, who's on the field with Kovacs, Avery, and Countess. People have been talking Talbott up in the recent insidery posts across the web, and that is first-team run he's getting. Michigan seems to have enough depth at corner to consider some dime packages in third and long.
BUBBLE?!?! IS THIS A BUBBLE SCREEN TO DILEO?
AL BORGES IS CAPTURED AND HIDDEN SOMEWHERE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF AFGHANISTAN. WE LAUNCH OUR RESCUE AT 0600 SATURDAY.
Black appearance. Looks like Morgan and Black blow up the next play, one of those spring counters Michigan busted out against Minnesota for an unknown reason. Omameh gets beat, which I'd look at as a good sign since we know Omameh is a pretty good Big Ten player, one who has more trouble with strength than quickness. Black's being talked up as a quick penetrator.
Vincent Smith iso from the I. Zero yards. #sameasever. We get a glimpse of Cam Gordon rotating in with the ones on this play, which is good to see after he vanished last year. Smith does dance into the endzone a couple plays later on a power from the gun with #99 blocking—yeah, Michigan's rotating in a fullback wearing 99 now. Meet Paul Gyarmati.
On that play the second team is in. Poole gets on the wrong side of a pulling Barnum, which prevents Bolden from making a tackle. Then a safety I can't identify whiffs as he tries to fill. Bryant doesn't actually end up blocking anyone. Bolden's reaction time was impressive there: if Poole knows what he's doing that's going to be a thump for Bolden at or near the LOS.
Mmmm Denard. Next play is a QB power on which Barnum pulls. The TV always tells me that's a rare thing that can be of great utility to an offense. Barnum gets well downfield and crushes Morgan to the inside, opening up a lane Denard hits for six. Not Morgan's fault. I wish we'd see Demens doing some of the stuff Morgan is in these clips.
…and Morgan gets beat easily on the next play for a Vincent Smith dumpoff TD.
BONUS TAKE: From Maize 'n' Blue Nation.
We can haz clonz?
I was wondering who would be faster based on the name. I'm going with Fitz.
MGoRescue, we must get Asset Gorgeous Borges back!
Morgan looks like he put some muscle in the offseason. Also he looks much faster.
For a guy who had been on campus for a month or two and clearly needed some college S&C, Desmond Morgan still looked solid last year. Guys typically make big leaps from year one to year two on college, because he'll actually have a full year of coaching, growing working out under his belt. There's a really good shot he's a quite good to very good LB this fall. if someone beats him out, it means that guy is really good.
Moral of the story - the chance of us having three good-or-better linebackers this fall is very high, which hasn't happened since probably 2006.
Morgan is certainly starting to look the part of a Michigan linebacker. Good old midwest beef right there folks.
Celebration fail at 2:14
random guy in sweater thinks players want to chest bump w him. u wuz wrong son.
after denard takes one in on the ground some dude in a hoodie comes in for the jumping chest bump but denard has already started to walk away. guy grabs air. it's funny.
dg for starter !
And he even throws well off his back foot. Is he a redshirt?
In the "Black appearance" play it looks like its Roh thats flying in from the back side to make first contact. then the cavalry piles on.. Am I the only one? Awesome pursuit.
Hasn't lost his WDE instincts when the play goes away from him. That will be a real asset at SDE, and probably unexpected by opposing offensive lineman.
If he can hold up to double teams consistently, this could be something. But that's a huge if. Probably no. He's going to have to split them almost every time, and that's very difficult. Really going to need to use his quicks and movement skills.
Is Denard wearing something on his stomach in the first clip or did he put on stomach weight?
They're rib pads and go under the shoulder pads to protect the QB's lower torso
You can see the pads clearly in this photo of the Heisman Runner Up
Eh, this must have been right after lunch or something. I think it is his food baby.
Morgan's man-to-man coverage skills are a little disconcerting, yes?
Are you only referring to the play to Smith at the end?
Smith, although not terribly fast top-end, is a quick MFer. I don't know how many Big Ten LBs can run with him for the first 5-8 yards.
Morgan looks to have added about 10lbs of muscle already. Cant wait to see what he looks like after lifting the next 4 months before fall camp starts!!
I like that Morgan is going from sideline to sideline, but does it seem like he leaves his feet too early or is it just me. That being said he may become one of my favorite LBs.
why are there pipes on the home jerseys????
Oh my god!!! Why ?!???
Have I ever told you guys I love Michigan Football?
Denard has put some wieght on those arms. Looks like he has been working hard.
Morgan is a beast, he hits like a linebacker should for Michigan.
It is a shame we don't see much of Gardner, that kid moves so well and has a great looking pass.
OK, I'm excited for fall.
Denard looks like he's added a lot of muscle to his arms. He looks a lot thicker than last year.
Numbers on the helmet = disappointed
they did start doing that last year for the Notre Dame game, and it stayed for the rest of the season.
They wore the numbers with a gray facemask for notre dame and sugar bowl. They wore numbers and blue facemask for B1G games. They wore no numbers and blue facemask for WMU, EMU, and SDSU.
Call me old school but I grew up with no numbers, blue facemask and that's what I like. If they win 11 games again I really don't care.
I guess I'd hope for a one-n-done. Do you like them?
Isn't anyone going to jump on Brian for his inappropriate colon use? /s
I think Brian's proctologist (or maybe his therapist) is the only person qualified to address his improper colon use.
Morgan is literally everywhere on the field. He is looking pretty good so far. That bomb from Gardner is pretty impressive, but I still want to see what he can do at wide receiver so we can get him on the field as much as possible.
Eddie Lacy is a stout back for sure, but he's not John Clay. He weighs 220lb. Considering Morgan was listed at 6'1" 225 a year ago, I'm not sure how much bigger a WLB needs to be to not get trucked. Were you expecting him to be 260?
Maybe he means Lacy Underalls?
That was not a bubble screen. Denard was careless with the ball and simply fumbled it though the air towards the sideline. Luckily, Dileo was there to recover it because we are good that that type of thing.
For the full UFR. Tuesday for defense and Wednesday for offense right Brian?
in that pull play where he springs Denard for 6. Color me impressed.
is 1:27 over and over and over.
Stop making assumptions about guys entire spring/improvemnt off of a HIGHLIGHT video.
You can't truly figure out what one guy truly can/can't do off of this except assumptions like "Gardner can throw a nice deep ball" or "Gardner can allude the rush"...but even then, it was one play, in practice, vs. the 2nd/3rd team defense.
says the guy who is probably sitting at work compiling the 2015 depth chart.
It's probably easier to elude the rush than it is to "allude the rush". Unless you're getting existential.
They're simply doing what the title of the article commands:
Let's Overreact To: Spring Scrimmage Video!
Too bad for Thomas Gordon, looks as if he is behind Joe Bolden at safety.
Jordan Paskorz sighting at 1:30 knocking heads with Cam Gordon
Ricardo Miller throwing a block on Kenny Demens (I think) at the 2:07 mark to help spring Denard for a TD
Joe Bolden =/= Safety
Poole has been playing some middle linebacker in practices.
Also, I want to point out on the long DG touchdown pass, Poole is playing WLB and is attacking the RT, not the LT as Brian seemed to think. And I believe the safety that whiffed on the tackle was Josh Furman. At least he was #6 last year, although the guy in the video did not have dreads. Maybe Furman is trying to be more aerodynamic?