All of the hard work will pay off this season. Excited to see the defense bring it this year and step up. Also excited to see the RBs tear it up behind an awesome OL, and of course for The Force and/or D-Rob to lead the team to victory. Going to be singing The Victors a ton this year! Go Blue!
Media Day: Players
Quotes from some of Michigan's players at Sunday's Media Day.
"I wish [Troy Woolfolk] a speedy recovery, man. That was like my best friend. I looked across there and that was my man." Woolfolk has encouraged Floyd to keep his head up, and work to make the secondary as good as possible.
Floyd hasn't had to step up his leadership with Woolfolk going out. He's always been a high-energy guy, and will continue to be that way.
Floyd is excited for the opportunity to be the team's top corner. "Personally, I've worked hard for a very long time. I put a lot of time in this summer to work to get better. I just ready for the opportunity to really show what I can do."
Floyd had never played corner until he got to Michigan (he was always a safety in high school). He's now had two years at the position, and knows what to expect and how to prepare.
Stonum's biggest improvement this off-season has been in ball skills. He was already running good routes, had good speed, and was recognizing coverages. He just needed to catch the ball when it showed up. Contact lenses have helped with that, as did working hard individually this summer.
Stonum tried to get a little bit bigger, because he takes a lot of hits with kickoff returns and receiver duty. The team worked hard this summer to get into shape.
The whole wide receiver crew has worked hard to show that they can be the #1 guy. The competition makes everyone better, and makes the team better.
Spending a couple days in jail this summer was a learning experience. It's in the past, and it's something Darryl can look back at, making sure something like it doesn't happen again. Darryl, the coaches, and his family talked about it together, and made the best out of a bad situation.
Darryl and Junior Hemingway take a leadership role among the wide receivers. They're trying to show the younger guys the ropes. "Everybody's a leader. If you're doing what you're supposed to do, and you're someone that your teammate can look at and be like 'he's doing the right thing, he's doing what he's supposed to do' then you're a leader."
"Last year, I thought I was just going to play a role in the defense. I had no idea I was going to start." He didn't find out until Friday before the first game.
On whether there's more pressure to win this season: "More pressure? Nawww. We're at Michigan. We've always got pressure." The team just needs to go out there and play their hardest.
One of the reasons Roundtree came to Michigan is that he loves the tradition and academics (subtle Purdue dig?).
Even when he wasn't a big contributor last year, Roundtree was practicing hard every day. When he finally got his chance, he showed everyone that he had been working hard. "Now that I am almost like the head of the offensive corps, I still work my tail off and still the same things I did last year when I wasn't starting are the same things I'm doing now."
At first, Smith was a little worried about how his knee would hold up in practice. Now, "I'm just going out there to compete and just make it better and better every day." He's now feeling comfortable, and there's no pain in his knee.
Smith was never worried that his knee would never be the same. His lateral quickness means a lot to his game.
"It was pretty tough just going out there and seeing them playing" this spring, when he was held out of practice.
Everybody looked at Smith's size and height coming out of high school as negatives. Michigan saw more though, in his passion for football.
Despite Smith's size, he's more than just a third-down back. He's been preparing to be an every-down guy. He's gotten bigger and worked on the mental game this summer.
Michael Cox and Michael Shaw
Cox: "We've got a real good relationship with Coach J [Fred Jackson], we just gotta do what he asks us to do, and he'll be happy with us."
Shaw: "[Jackson] definitely knows what he's talking about. No question about it. Everything he says, you've gotta listen to it." The coaches have to be brutally honest in their constructive criticism, because that's the only way you'll get better and win football games.
Cox: The different backs give defenses more to prepare for. They can change up in the game and exploit different weaknesses.
Shaw: "I'm not gonna try to run over linebackers, but if Cox wants to do that - look at him - he's definitely a good fit for the job." Having a variety of roles for the running backs makes it better, because you can bring in a fresh pair of legs with no dropoff.
Rogers started the spring game with the ones, because Troy had just gone down with a finger injury. When that happened (and when Troy injured his ankle a week ago), Rogers knew he had to step up.
"I'm just here to play. I'm here to do whatever the team needs. I just get out here and I try to work hard every day." He can't worry about depth chart positions.
Rogers came in as a receiver, but told the coaches he was willing to switch positions to help the team as soon as he arrived in Ann Arbor. He's bounced around since.
Rogers is trying to prepare the young guys, and be a leader. Now that Woolfolk is out, he''ll have to step it up even further.
Woolfolk is a loose leader, and it helps calm down the players so they don't get too serious. Rogers's leadership style might not be the same.
My favorite, the Stonum piece re. jail time:
Darryl, the coaches, and his family talked about it together, and made the best out of a bad situation.
Stick that up your family-values questioning ass.
I hate Justin Boren.
I like the quotes, but I am a bit worried that the presumptive starting DBs are not "true" DBs. Not saying that they won't play well, but that is the one area of the team that really scares me. Still, it sounds like the offense is riding high with confidence, and that is reassuring given some of the upheaval the past few years.
According to you, what makes someone a "true" DB? Do you have to play DB since you started college? Since Junior year of High School? Since Pee Wee?
Birth. If you don't come out and immediately break up the pass of yourself from your mom to the doctor you might as well give it up.
But what if your Mom only dropped the pass because of her previously-undiagnosed poor eyesight?
Great to see a veteran who put the team ahead of himself have a chance to contribute. Wish it were under better circumstances though...
Fred Jackson delivering constructive criticism? I'll believe that when I see it.
Well, some plays Fred Jackson says his RBs are only as physical as Brandon Minor, and not rhinoceroses.
"Look, Mike Shaw, I know you're the greatest RB that has ever played, but next time...do you think you could be a touch greatestier?"
didn't sound that confident, or is that just me reading into the reported words?
Floyd - I get that they are friends, but don't talk about Woolfolk like he is the 2nd coming of Woodson. Somebody help me. Was Wolkfolk going to be that great, this year?
Stonum - Leadership role and jail time don't fit.
Roh - Didn't know he was a starter until Friday before the first game. I love this coaching staff.
Smith - Small and possibly an every down back???? How quickly we forget Perry, Wolfolk, Thomas, Wheatley, etc. These guys were fast and could run you over.
Cox & Shaw - Good to have a variety of running backs??? I think you need a running back with multiple skill sets. Just like last year, Denard comes in to the game and the defense knows he is running. Bring in a small pass catching RB, and he is probably going to go out for a pass. Bring in Cox, he is probably going up the middle.
Rogers - ???????????? I don't know what to say. The secondary is probably toast.
Guys, I love Michigan. This is by far the most pessimistic I've been about the football program. I'm going to enjoy the scoring that I think we will have, but its going to hurt losing 49-38 every week. Were looking at 6 wins.
Wow tell us how you really feel.
Have some optimism man / woman!
You think we'll win 6? I had you pegged as a 0-1 win guy. Your love for Michigan does shine through, though.
I used this line on cbuswolverine once, but right now the "ohio" part of your handle is making a lot more sense to me than the "maize" part.
I'm getting a strong trolly whiff with this one.
(Not you. Ohiomaize.)
he couldn't run anybody over and he was, um, pretty good. yeah. Pretty good.
I beg to differ.
Go to 7:50 of Wolverine Historian's youtube of the '88 HOF Bowl against Bama. Jamie absolutely trucks a defender on his way to the end zone.
I'm not contesting your larger point, though: Michigan has had small running backs in the recent and not-so-recent past who have had great careers here. Whether or not Vincent Smith will also have a successful career will have less to do with his size than his native ability and his recovery from knee surgery.
Besides, the commenter seems to have not heard of Stephen Hopkins, who doesn't quite fit the definition of "small."
I like Stonum, but sheehit... nothing like talking about your jail time during media day.
From a reporters standpoint, I'm sure that can't be the easiest question to ask.
"So, ummm, how was county lockup this summer?"
And how quickly you've forgotten Mike Hart, who arrived as an alleged 5-9, 185lb freshman
or Jamie Morris, listed in the UM football statistics database as 5-7, 185.
Or Gordon Bell, all of 5-9, 175.
I don't even know where to begin with all that.
Floyd~ Woolfolk had a great offseason and was in the best shape of his life. Woolfolk, while not the 2nd coming of Woodson (who really is?), probably could have been all BigTen this year.
Stonum~ It is possible for an individual to make a huge mistake, and have that lead to a big wake up call and an increased desire and dedication to become better.
Roh~ ever heard of a tight race for a starting job and the competition going down to the wire? Maybe the coaching staff wanted the players to continue to fight hard and keep fighting down to the wire for a spot.
Running Backs~ Fred Jackson said this is his most exciting group of Running Backs since about `94 when he had Tim Biakabutuka, Tyrone Wheatley, Jesse Johnson, and Eddie Davis. Fred Jackson has been around a long time, and has coached a lot of running backs. I think he knows what he is talking about.
Rogers~ the situation is bad, but Woolfolks injury happend (which sucks) far enough away from Sep 4, to give Coaches and Players some buffer time to prepare. Relax!
8 Wins is still very achievable
says that about every running back class.
True that. I take everything he says with a grain of salt. Fred Jackson is Paula Abdul. A player could be terrible and Fred would still find something ridiculously nice to say. Not saying that's a bad thing though. And he's a great recruiter...
Didn't he have issues with being eligible due to grades? Do we know anything on that yet?
I am sorry if I missed it before. I looked back at the board, but couldn't find anything.
That's what I want to know. Summer school is over. They should know by now if he is eligible or not. Since is is still practicing, I assume he is eligible, but it would be nice to get the official say so.
they say he has been studying half the time and practicing half the time, so doesnt that mean summer school isnt over?
Im not too happy about how our secondary is looking either but if you look at our schedule theres only three teams on there that live and die by the pass ( MSU,PU,ND)...we will win more than 6 games...we will win about 8-9 of our games not to mention the bowl game we will win this year !
Hopefully, JT knows that Woolfolk did not, in fact, die due to his injury.
Really going to be cheering for the guy this year. You can tell since the jail thing that he is a lot more mature and I expect a very big year out of him now that he has contacts.