"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be in his final year of eligibility, hold at least a 3.2 grade-point average and "have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship."
"That was one of those plays that was real contact courage," Harbaugh said of Chesson’s block. "He just went and made a real, hearty block. I was happy to see that. Darboh is doing the same thing, and Ways is doing the same thing at a higher level than most receivers you’re ever going to find."
Trey Burke continues to pile up the hardware, adding the AP National Player of the Year—Michigan's only other recipient: Cazzie Russell—and the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year awards today. Begin press release:
ATLANTA, Ga. -- University of Michigan men's basketball sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) received the Associated Press Men's Basketball National Player of the Year and Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year awards today (Thursday, April 4).
After being recognized at a special awards presentation in Atlanta, Ga., Burke becomes just the second Wolverine in program history to receive the AP award, joining U-M legend Cazzie Russell, who also earned the nation's top honor in 1966. Burke also becomes the first Wolverine in program history to earn the Cousy award, which has been given annually to the nation's top point guard since 2004.
Burke is U-M's fifth consensus All-American, having earned first team honors from the John R. Wooden All-America Team, the Associated Press, the NABC, the USBWA, the Lute Olson All-America team, the Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com.
The winner of the Wooden Award—for which Burke is of course a finalist—will be announced tomorrow at 11:15 am EDT on ESPN.
growing up in my time, after cazzie, barely gary grant,
i thought that there would never be a better michigan player than Glen Rice, even after the Fab 5. i thought Rice just had something about him in his DNA that allowed him to put that 89 team on his back and just fire at will. it was not as much about the points as it was about the bravado to shoot from anywhere. even with webber and rose, the clutch plays that i remember from their days weren't necessarily them - it was a couple games with voskuil, riley or pelinka hitting in big spots. burke is on that level now, regardless of what happens the next games. his number should hang from the rafters regardless of how many years he has played.
Maybe I've missed it, but has there been any discussion of Burke's NBA potential around here?
I'm kind of thinking the Pistons should grab him. He's got the talent and the guts that kind of remind me of Isaiah Thomas (on the court). But I'm no basketball expert so I'm curious to hear what others think.
On "The Shot" I noticed that Hardaway got the rebound, gave it up to Burke, and then as he set the screen told burke to roll left. Obviously, he raised his hand off the screen for a chance at the open look but Burke took it. Had McGary not wrecked Elijah, Hardaway might have gotten it. It was just something I didn't notice before.
It's amazing to think they could have put together two cornerstones of a championship team (Burke and Sullinger) just by recruiting within their city limits. I know we did get LaVell Blanchard out of Pioneer but I can't think of any other basketball stars we've gotten from Ann Arbor, or Washtenaw County for that matter. (I know we have gotten a few football guys.)