Most Improved Player: Jonas Mouton
Most Valuable Player: Brandon Minor
Most Improved Position Group: Offensive Line
Most Dominant Postiion Group: Defensive Line
Candidates for Captain Next Year:
Minor, Moosman, Graham, Zoltan, Ezeh, Matthews
While it may seem ridiculous, I think that the Space Emperor could be considered for MVP. He is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza, and he really stood out all year.
MVP is clearly Brandon Graham, IMHO.
Also, we don't really do the whole junior captain thing, so I don't think Ezeh's so likely... I'd say your first four candidates are the likely ones, and if Graham leaves, the remaining three.
I second the Graham for MVP motion.
All in favor?
Graham=MVP for sure.
Your MVP is a guy who barely played in half the games?
I'm fine with Minor as offensive MVP, which is sorta sad. Though he will be a beast next year if he can stay healthy.
Can't be a captain next year, he's only a junior. I think RR like seniors as captains hence Massey being the offensive captain this year.
The players vote on the captains, not RR. If we have 2 defensive captains, which is possible if not likely, there aren't a ton of seniors to choose from, making Ezeh an option.
What the hell am I thinking of then? Is it the game captains that have to be seniors in the RR system?
All-Conference: Mesko, Graham
Most Valuable Player: Whoever gave the halftime speech in Wisconsin's locker room.
Rasheed Wallace Prediction Award: Brandon Graham
Special Teams Depth Guy Who Makes One Good Play of his Michigan Career Who You Never Hear From Again Award: Ricky Reyes
Best Analyst on a Michigan Broadcast: Bob Griese, for his audible sighs of exasperation throughout the OSU game.
Desmond Howard Micron Receiver Left Out to Dry 18 Times per Game Award: Martavious Odoms
Guy Who Made You Wonder if Spencer Brinton Might Still Have One Year Left of Eligibility: Nick Sheridan
James Whitley/Todd Howard Whoops is That a Ball Going Over My Head? Award: Steve Brown
Yes You're So Bad I'd Rather Start a Spytek Brother Over You Award: David Cone
Tshimanga Biakabutuka There's No Fucking Way I'm Gonna Spell That Correctly Award: Nick Koenigsknecht
Minor scored the most TD's on the team this year, despite missing a bunch of time. He had 11 or 12 TD's, which would be a good year even if he was the full-time starter and didn't get injured.
Who else should be? Odoms, the guy with 1 offensive TD? Mathews, the guy with...1 offensive TD (I think)?
You could make a case for Brandon Graham as the team MVP, because that kid played hard. But Minor kept his mouth shut, played hard, had a great season, and fixed the one knock on him - his fumbles - in the middle of the year. If he can stay healthy next year, he could be a first day pick in the draft.
special teams player after Zoltan.
Yeah, Johnson was around the play or making the play seemingly every time on coverage teams. I was impressed with him.
Brandon Graham was by far the MVP. If we didn't all have this ingrained notion that an MVP is supposed to be an offensive player (we haven't named a defensive MVP since Woodson in '97), it would be plainly obvious. He might well have been the best individual defensive player in the whole conference.
Graham was named to the All Big Ten Second Team. I don't think he was the best individual player in the conference.
Anyway, I think offensive players usually deserve the MVP awards. I mean, Minor scored 11 or 12 TD's this year, which adds up to 66 or 72 points. Do I think Graham's presence on the field saved us 66 or 72 points? Not really.
Graham is probably the best player on the team (i.e. would get drafted the highest of anyone on this year's team), but Minor gave the team an offensive spark the team lacked when he wasn't in. He's the one who broke long runs, ran over people, blocked, caught TD passes, etc. He was more valuable to the team, in my opinion.
Defense=Brandon Graham. Offense=Brandon Minor.