That name could be a poor iteration of the common Arabic name usually spelled Gehad or Jehad, which has nothing to do with a holy war.
Spring Roster Tea Leaves
The Spring 2011 football roster has been posted on the mother ship. I don't know how I missed this before, but it includes a 2009 walk-on RB named "Jihad" (joking about this can't possibly end well). He is for real. He is the Next Barry Sanders (HS video) He's from Detroit Southeastern, so we can guess walking on at M wasn't his HS coach's idea.
Other information to be gleaned from the roster isn't as entertaining, but might be useful. Some of it already seems outdated so I won't trouble you too long, but since the roster was down for a month and then reappeared with changes and Greg Brown listed, I figured it was legit enough to play with.
NOTE: I removed my section on player weights. Apparently the Athletic Dept. just posted a bunch of freshman weights instead of, you know, the actual size of our players. No: the football team didn't shrink. I am profoundly sorry.
Things of special note that could mean everything or nothing:
- Mike Williams is on the roster.
- Furman is a redshirt freshman (I thought I saw him in at some point but don't quote me on that). He's listed as a safety.
- Other erstwhile SAMwise Spinners of SLBiness listed as safeties: both Gordons, Carvin J, M-Rob.
- Gardner is listed as a true sophomore. Don't panic yet.
- Slot receiver is still separate on roster from WR. Odoms, 'Tree, Grady, T-Rob, Dileo and Gallon listed there.
- New walk-ons: QB Steve Wilson (Jr*), RB Jihad Rasheed (Fr*), OL Joey Burzynski (Fr*), TE Mike Kwiatkowski (Jr*), S Charlie Zeller (So*)
- Greg Brown is listed as a cornerback (not a safety). He will wear #35
- Steve Watson is listed as a DE still, and Will Campbell's still on there as an OL. Trust that this is outdated info.
- Walk-on # changes: slot receiver Jordan Barpal from 10 to 35, DT Alex Schwab from 68 to 60
- Tom Pomarico still exists, will be Long Snapper again. Isn't he 30 by now?
- Ricardo Miller is a WR (not a TE) and wearing No. 80 instead of 82. Hey guys, remember when that other guy who wore 80 switched to…
- 1 is open.
Yeah, maybe, but I'm gonna need a go/no-go on jihad jokes as early as possible. What's the consensus?
Dileo needed to lose some weight. He's in much better shape.
seems a good sign. Holding out hope he makes the most of working with the new staff. I like Dileo as a returner and Gallon at the slot at this point.
Going to the D-Line?
Brian caught it too. Probably outdated.
Steve Watson is listed as a DE still, and Will Campbell's still on there as an OL. Trust that this is outdated info.
If Steve Watson really is a TE now like it's being reported, he will be a BIG TE. This roster lists him at 268, which also might be outdated. He might not catch a pass all year, but having him in there on running downs will be like having another OL. And a 2 TE set with him and Koger would be a lot of beef on the line.
Maybe Borges will run a little wing-T.
I feel like there were people I wanted to see get bigger who did not get bigger. I wanted Will Campbell to get less big.
I feel the same way...maybe he gained some muscle? Please? Why doesn't the roster list changes in waist size too?
Perhaps with the added weight, he will use gravity to keep his pad level lower.
When did we see the huge weight gains last year by some of the players was it at this point or the roster that came out right before the season?
Cincinnati had a player named Jihad Muhammad a few years back. Needless to say, some Cincinnatians were irrationally afraid of him.
mostly because he was a turnover machine.
on offensive efficiency.
Not to be that guy, but "jihad" is the Arabic word for "struggle" (internal or external, violent or nonviolent, religious or secular). It does not mean holy war.
Sure, it was worthless. And sure, we don't have any clue what to make of ANY of this.
But, it is football content, blessed content.
Can't wait until March 19 so that we can start getting REAL bs info about how everyone on the team looks huger, leaner, faster and stronger than ever and how [INSERT DECENTLY HYPED UNDER PERFORMER] looks like he is ready to take the leap forward.
'Sure, it was worthless. And sure, we don't have any clue what to make of ANY of this.'
We know exactly what to do with this info: any weight gain and the guy is a beast, and loss and it was the proverbial 'bad' weight.
Glad to see that we have more Robinsons this year. Can never have enough, welcome Jerald!
Is this in addition to the Jerald Robinson we had on the team last year?
Obviously the usual caveat that all this speculation is BS applies; however is it just me or does it seem like a lot of guys lost rather significant amounts of weight? Espcially guys that if anything need to gain weight.
With the changes in the strength and conditioning staff, it's entirely possible that we have somebody else weighing them. In turn this may mean that they do something slightly differently that changes the measured weights slightly. For instance, maybe the new staff is weighing them after practice when they're less hydrated, and the old staff weighed them before practice when they had more water weight.
Alternately, the new staff may have a different philosophy about stating weights (i.e., the new staff does not inflate reported player weights as much as the old staff did).
I dug into this with such excitement to see how much weight (newly minted 3-Tech) Big Will had
lost. Wait... gained? I know it's not much, but I was hoping he and Ash would be the "biggest losers".
I'm actually happy to see Furman at safety. At 6'2 and around 210 with his speed he could be an intimidating beast back there in the secondary. It's a little scary to think about his coverage skills considering he was a LB in high school but I have faith the coaches will do their thing with him, he could be on monster in run support though.
Which is why I said could be in front of both of those words instead of will be. I agree I don't think we will see him a lot next year, I think he'll play but just in mop up duty. By his redshirt soph season I think he will be in the running for a starting postion. I just used those words because a safety with that size and speed has the potential to be an intimidating force. Beast and monster.
I was keeping an eye on the Furman redshirt through the year, and my recollection is that he did NOT play. I don't know if anybody else has a 'sort of' recollection of his getting in a bit or playing a few downs. That's not my recollection. I think he is 100% legit RS.
Gained anything since his senior year in HS? Hopes = dashed
Big Bad Will is weighing in at 1/2 of the, Mark Of The Beast, sooo... Big Bad Will is getting there.
Considering player's published height/weight numbers rank up there with motorcycle specs (dry weight) for accuracy I wouldn't place much significance on the numbers either way. Besides, if you're the size of some of these guys your weight fluctuates significantly depending on whether you just pigged out or spent time in the throne room.
Especially when we're talking about guys this big their weights will fluctuate at least 5-10lbs a week. Depends on how hydrated they were at the weighing, etc.
I wouldn't put much (if any) stock in any weight changes over 3 months under about 15 lbs. maybe they had a big/small lunch and changed a pound or two...
A lot of guys on that list that I thought would get bigger have gotten smaller. Much smaller, in some cases. I thought we were supposed to be bigger and more manballish under Hoke? If these are legit, Terry Talbott will not be playing DT any time soon.
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Just get BWC to 3bills50 and get it over with.
This doesn't make sense.
So I am sure a few tweaks are needed.
So Greg Browns staying?
The latest was that it was never Greg Brown leaving, it was Talbott (the DB). Who knows if that was true either. We'll find out in a few weeks, but no news is good news at the moment
and his weight or did I miss it? I feel he is a very important player for us this year and for our depth at D-line. Hopefully he is making big strides in strength and conditioning.
Frankly, I think the best part of this is that #1 has been left open. Hoke understands its mystique and history. I don't remember which incoming freshman was given that under RR, but that was awful.
I think it was JT Floyd right?
Oh thank goodness this is a football post. I think I remeber last week a tweet to my phone about somrething to do with lacross...... lacross for real......
And yet you didn't learn to spell it.
I can confirm furman never played a down this year. So he is definitely a 100% legit redshirt freshman.
"Jihad Rasheed meet Leviticus Payne. Leviticus Payne, Jihad Rasheed."
he was a sweet returner how come they stopped using him?