farewell to one of Michigan Football's best names
Tamani Carter Leaves Program
NEWS ITEM: Brady Hoke announced at Media Day that redshirt freshman Tamani Carter has left the program. Carter had obviously not seen the field. He was the first guy to ever commit to Brady Hoke, signing up as part of Michigan's late "oh crap we have a month before Signing Day and need ten guys" blitz. Michigan actually snatched him from Minnesota a mere eleven days after he'd committed to the Gophers. He also claimed Iowa and Stanford offers, though it seemed like they went off the board midway through his senior season.
No idea why the guy left yet but if I had to guess it's that he saw the writing on the wall about playing time. He was a non-entity in the spring when Allen Gant and Josh Furman weren't around and may have slipped further down the depth chart after their arrival/reinstatement.
Carter's departure takes Michigan down to 76 scholarship players this year and takes the open spots for the class of 2013 up to 22 plus any fifth years who don't return, though there are a couple of walk-ons (Burzynski and Brink) who might make a case for themselves as scholarship guys a la Kovacs. Sam Webb has been saying that Michigan is planning a class of 25 on WTKA; by my figuring Michigan is still two players over once fifth year decisions are factored in. That's not much of a concern six months from Signing Day, since things like injuries and depth charts and allegations happen to football players.
OTHER NEWS ITEMS: Clark and Toussaint will return to practice on Monday; no decision has yet been made about suspensions. Roy Roundtree had his knee scoped and will be out two weeks.
Or at least one of them. Any word on his plans? Obviously a kid has to do what's best for him. Wish him well.
...Roy had to have his knee scoped. Any word on what that is all about? Sometimes that is nothing, but sometimes it is related to a nagging injury. I don't want to sound an alarm, but I do wonder if anyone has more info regarding Roy's knee.
I wouldn't expect more info than that from Fort Schembechler.... but I wouldn't worry either. It's a noninvasive procedure that won't keep him off the field for long.
...I am worried about the reason he needed the procedure...whatever that is.
It's discussed on the board on media day open thread.
Meniscal tear:knee surgery :: brake pads:auto repair.
As a marginal athlete, I had meniscal cleanup arthroscopy at age 21, and was back on the basketball court (pickup games) within 10 days.
For comparison purposes, I tore my ACL & LCL a decade later, and was down for a year.
Wish him the best. Always felt a bit like a reach; hopefully he'll land somewhere where he'll be a better fit.
I can't help but think we're getting some improvements in the skill and measurables at every position. It's interesting to see behind the curtain a little bit to help understand why we are recruiting for positions that aren't immediately obvious to those of us outside Ft. Bo.
Id say going into this year the only glaring non upgrades are Center and WR. But with how everyone has been gushing about Darboh, I could be wrong.
I'm a little perplexed by Clark being allowed to practice tomorrow. Maybe this will be similar to the Furman situation?
First, best of luck, Mr. Carter.
Second, the maths:
- 76 currently on scholarship
- (minus) 13 are in their final year of elegibility*
- (plus) 23 currently committed
- (plus) 2 yet-to-be committed
- (equals) 86 scholarship players for 2013
So a 25-person incoming class of 2013 means we need exactly one more person to not get a 5th year, choose to leave on their own terms, or get booted.
* D.Robinson, V.Smith, R.Roundtree, B.Moore, E.Mealer, P.Omameh, R.Barnum, W.Campbell, C.Roh, K.Demens, B.Hawthorne, JT.Floyd, J.Kovacs
Might wanna check your math...
You're right. I was just actually trying to edit it and was told I didn't have access to do that. 88 scholarships, so we are over by 3.
88- (unrenewed fifth years + NFL jumps + regular attrition over a full season)= we'll be fine.
Already time to start switching the math to loking at how to get the 2014 class to something like 20, i'm done worrying about this years numbers.
"Roy Roundtree had his knee scoped and will be out two weeks."
If recovery goes well he should be back for the bama game. Keep your fingers crossed.
Wishing Tamani Carter good health and good fortune wherever the next step on his path towards a college degree and college football career might be, but thinking of what they could’ve been playing at Schembechler Hall after hearing the news.
Best of luck to him in his future endeavors.
I like Coach Hoke's approach: "He's a great young man, tremendous kid, but he decided to leave" as opposed to Coach Rodriguez's: "I only talk about people who play for Michigan".
We are starting to run out of room on that banner. Hopefully in the coming years there is less frequency that former players are added to it.
Can we start labeling the players? I'm losing track of who's who.
T-Wolf (Troy Woolfolk), lost 2010 and was banged up so bad he was only a shadow of himself in 2011. Graduated.
Mike Williams, concussions forced him to quit football after RS So season. Graduated in 2011.
Boubacar Cissoko, kicked off team in 2009. Would have graduated in 2011.
Adrian Witty, didn't qualify.
Vladimir Emilien, transferred, would have been a RS jr this year
Jared Van Slyke, rising walk-on injured and left football. Graduated in 2011
Justin Turner, transferred and busted, would have been a RS junior
Tamani Carter, just left program as RS freshman
Carvin Johnson, transferred last year. Would have been a junior
Demar Dorsey, didn't qualify, would have been a junior
Crying Biff the Wolverine
Terrence Talbott, transferred this fall, would have been a junior
Cullen Christian, transferred after 2010, would have been a junior
Ray Vinopal, transferred after 2010, would have been a junior
Gregg Brown, transferred last year. Would have been a RS freshman
Donovan Warren, left early for the NFL and went undrafted in 2010, foregoing that his senior season