Kids like Manziel make me appreciate kids like Denard & DG who never bring the school/program any negative attention that much more
this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Well, I'll be danged. I think this is the first documented case of a recruit stating he picked a school because he wanted the security of a long-term scholarship. He's Dyshon Sims, a 3.5 star OL recruit who just picked Georgia over Alabama:
“I also like how you get a four-year scholarship at Georgia. That’s one of the main reasons I picked it. From my understanding, you get three years at Alabama, and you only get a scholarship for each year. If you don’t show enough progression, then your scholarship is pretty much gone at Alabama.”
Nick Saban is probably not quaking at this development, but it's nice to see someone is paying attention to the fact that they can get a four-year ride guaranteed if they ask for it.
don't mention Woodson… don't mention Woodson… don't mention Woodson
Gardner camping. Devin Gardner was at the Manning QB camp thing over the weekend. That was mostly notable the general public for the fact that Johnny Manziel was bootted for showing up late, apparently hung over. Dollars to donuts as he was leaving he made several Heisman poses and rubbed his eyes theatrically in the general direction of Peyton.
Anyway, Gardner was either impressive or raw depending on who you talked to. Mike Mayock named him first when asked about juniors who impressed:
"Gardner came in at the end of the year, he's 6'4", 210, he's got a buggy whip [ed: ?] for an arm, he's highly athletic, he's raw as can be, but trust me—this kid's got some ability. I'm really anxious to watch him develop this year.
Mayock clarifies that this was not actually football, so don't think it's football.
Mayock wasn't the only guy to notice Gardner. According to Bruce Feldman, he was generating quite a bit of buzz:
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks also noted Gardner:
@dg1two might be the next Ryan Tannehill. Limited experience, but athletic and a ultra-talented passer. Great physical tools. Big arm.
If you missed al the Tannehill references last year around this time, Tannehill switched to WR for Texas A&M, was successful there, went back to quarterback for his last couple years, and was a first round NFL draft pick.
Brooks noted that there were 41 college starters showing out at this thing, so for Gardner to be a must-mention for everyone is a good sign.
Whoah. Someone pays 860 dollars too much for a ring commemorating the Mississippi State slaughter; the ring is Kelvin Grady's. Why would you put up a memento like that, other than a desire to never think about that game again?
Kevin Grady Sr. is now in federal prison for 14 years after he was convicted last year on multiple charges of bank and wire fraud and lying to federal authorities as part of a $3 million mortgage scheme. … The sons were left holding the bag on a $45,000 judgment which will be only slightly reduced by the auction, according to Visser, who represented Reitberg Realty and Rusty Richter in the court action that began in 2008.
Whoah. The piece dryly notes that "it is unclear if the buyer of the ring is a Wolverine fan or not."
Yeah, I would have bought this. ARGH CLASSY SHIRT THAT IS NOW ADORNING UGANDANS
Slight difference between this and the immature cheese BCS t-shirts from a couple years back—you know, ORANGE you glad we won, hur hur.
Yes, yes please. Smart Football makes some suggestions to improve the box score, starting with the obvious (sack yards are not rushing yards) and moving on to some good stuff I hadn't thought of:
Completions Behind the Line: Bubble screens, rocket screens, now screens, touch passes and swing passes are an increasingly large part of offenses, and, given that these plays are nominally forward passes but are typically “packaged” with running plays, they really should be their own quasi-run/pass category.
Also suggested is the addition of yards after catch, which yes.
Uh-oh. Luke Kennard picked up MSU, Duke, and Kentucky offers this weekend. Kentucky is a particular issue, as Kennard said he grew up a fan of the Wildcats. What is with Kentucky getting all up in Michigan's recruits? Isn't there some 6'7" guy who does not acknowledge the effects of gravity to recruit? Leave us our wonky-form shooter plz.
Hopes: nope. I'm not going to get my hopes up about Kevon Looney. I'm not going to get my hopes up about Kevon Looney.
The mutual interest comes from what Looney watched Michigan do during this past season — specifically, he saw the success Robinson experienced as a first-year player.
“I could be next,” Looney said. “When you see someone that’s built like you, has a style of play like you, and you see he’s going to get better, you sort of put yourself in that position.”
Looney knows what he’s looking for in a school.
“The best situation for me,” he explained. “The best situation where I could come in and play, where I could come in and develop. The best college atmosphere, I want to go to a real college town.”
I'm not going to tell Kevon Looney that he's like three inches taller than GRIII and GRIII's usage rate was in the Brent Petway range.
You should be Trey Burke as well. Derrick Walton, just dribbling stuff.
Kids like Manziel make me appreciate kids like Denard & DG who never bring the school/program any negative attention that much more
Take it easy on the kid. You have no idea how hard it is to be Johnny Manziel.
"Take it easy on the kid. You have [know] idea how hard it is to be Johnny Manziel."
It sounded/read much more accurate in my mind.
With so much trouble in the SEC it's kind of hard being on time for Peyton & Archie.
But he, somehow some way, managed to keep showing up drunk like every single day.
Rolling down the street posing heismans, sipping on Gatorade.
ESPN doesn't fellate losers!
Randy Moss don't give a fuck. He's just here for a free trip to NYC
Straight cash, homey.
When Chuck hears his name he freezes for a second and Randy actually nudges him with his elbow.
Was Geraldo there?
Nah, but Phil Jackson was
That video of Walton made me happy and stuff
Walton didn't get distracted by the hottie that walked into the gym towards the end of the video, laser focus man, laser focus.
But no really, he looks like he's gonna be a stud like Trey.
Good-bye to Kennard. If they take Booker, too...
is the only dribbling I can do...
I clicked on the wonkery tag and it pulled up four pages of content. I was not expecting that. The oldest item is something entitled "Imbibe this Terminology," a primer on Greg Robinson's vocabulary for his various unorthodox defensive positions ("spinner," "deathbacker," etc.), from Aug. 20, 2009.
"Completions Behind the Line: Bubble screens, rocket screens, now screens, touch passes and swing passes are an increasingly large part of offenses"
I'm guessing lazer screens are exempt.
I am pretty impressed with his coordination. Obviously, it needs to translate to the floor, but that is a good sign.
The drill where he's throwing the ball back and forth with his coach between combo moves is called the "Nash Drill" at my practices. It is about 40x harder than it looks and he was unbelievably smooth. Big wow experience watching that.
I followed the watch list link trail on Maize 'N Brew and found out that JMFR is on the Lombardi trophy watch list for best lineman in the country despite being injured for half the year and also not being a lineman, but is not on the Butkus award watch list for best linebacker... Only JMFR could achieve this.
I tried to buy some Michigan 2013 National Champions shirts from street vendors in Atlanta the day before the finals. They wouldn't sell them to me. I just thought it'd be funny to have one even if we lost.
Funny or super duper depressing.
Were they not allowed to or something? You'd think it would be in their interest to sell both teams' shirts before the game happened.
But they said none of that was for sale until the next day, and only the winning team's shirt would be sold. Wonder if they have some contractual obligations or something.
Buggywhip? I didn't know Jim Price was a footbal scout as well.
Anyone else getting that creeping feeling that DG is going to absolutely tear it up this season, blow away NFL scouts, and leave early?
Esp. with Lewan and Schofield graduating...
If Gardner blows up that much it probably means at worst an appearance in the B1G title game (barring something unforeseen like the defense suddenly being terrible, or the running game being significantly worse).
Love Denard but...
I think not having a safety come into the box EVERY play, and having the MLB having to respect the threat of Funchess on a seam, in addition to Devin being a bit of a better passer will result in an improved running game. This is on top of hopefully improved interior line play, esp from Kalis and Braden.
Gardner has an arm, and Borges loves throwing deep. That's enough right there to make it a dangerous proposition to bring your safeties up. If the young guys on the interior can be serviceable enough just to give us a decent power running game, opposing defenses are going to be in a very difficult spot.
But on the other hand Denard improved the run game by being, well Denard. Last year's non-Denard struggles were due moreso to us missing Molk more than we thought possible (though the Sugar Bowl should have been a clue in) and Fitz never getting in rhthym. Defenses really didn't play Denard any differently in 2011 and Fitz ran for over a 1000 yards. I think our RBs will be better because of the improved line play, but I doubt we match our overall running production from the last few years, especially with us being careful with Devin to keep him healthy.
By his own admission he has a long way to go, and Michigan is very thin on QBs. I see him pulling a Taylor Lewan and mentoring Morris for another year as he polishes his game. Bear in mind he missed a lot of time (injured or as a WR) so he's kinda like a very polished RS freshman mistaken for a "raw" RS junior.
The only way I see him leaving early is if he plays WAY over his head en route to Michigan contending for the National Championship a la Trey Burke or (if you need a football analogy) Charles Woodson. But I don't think he's there yet. He's got talent and he's working really hard so I think he'll shock a few DCs this season (especially with a cadre of geckos to throw at), but he's nowhere near close to the total package yet. The weaknesses aren't quite so glaring now, to the point where I feel good with him at QB, but I feel like his ceiling is a legit 1st-round draft pick and right now with his not-quite-there-ishness he looks more like a 3rd rounder to me. Which is why I see him sticking around because A) he has unfinished business and B) he's nowhere near the limit of his college potential yet.
I loved the idea of utilizing the uber athletic DG last year and switching him to reciever. However, I agree with you that he isn't where he needs to be because last year was in fact a setback. So it goes...
I'm just looking forward to watching him progress on the field and display the raw athleticism all over the B1G.
You'll probably get a very different show. He can scramble but we're VERY thin on QBs so while designed QB runs were going to decline with the departure of Denard anyway, I see Borges scaling it even further back, depending on Devin's progress as a thrower.
Thing is, while they're not "great" athletes in the sense that they burn up the field, Devin has a lot of targets with superglue hands this season (Gallon, Dileo, Funchess). I don't predict displays of raw athleticism where our receivers leave DBs in the dust and Gardner gets 100-yard rushing games; this will be much more like a pure WCO with short timed passes, disciplined route running and receivers frustrating defenses by catching everything in traffic. We will have a problem with athletic defenses that can stay in our receivers' shadows without needing to blitz to stop the run.
The theme for 2013 is "Gardner and the Geckos".
I don't disagree with your overall point, but I have to question what team you were watching last year where QB depth was actually better than this year? I mean, he is in the same situation this year except for the fact that he actually has one more QB on the roster (because we all know DR wasn't coming back).
Also, I don't think (if memory serves me correctly) that DG really had all that many designed QB runs last year. I know he had a few, but most seemed to be a play breaking down and him scrambling.
I guess my overall point is I don't see Borges changing much based on the QB situation we have this year, because if anything there is actually more depth this year than last. Having said that, as I said above I don't think many of DG's runs were designed, it was more his ability to improv that lead to them. That's just my 2 cents.
If Gardner had showed up in a Woodson jersey, that would've been the greatest trolling ever.
Ashamed to say that I flinched at 1:09 mark.
First the "I hate Texas A&M" press and now the "I'm too drunk to toss a football" press?
Archie: Johnny are you drunk?
JM: No, sir.
AM: Strike a Desmond Howard...
JM: --falls down--
AM: YOU'RE OUTTA HERE!
Also, Buggy Whip.
DANNNNGGGG on that Walton video.
Damn that is one pretty champions shirt. <long sigh>. I'm still irritated by that game. M should have won, but it's over now. Bring on football.
Anybody else have Sweet Georgia Brown stuck in their heads?
"Ain't nobody got time for that."
The restaurant in Detroit that had twin panko breaded & fried lobster tail on the menu?
needs more JUNGLE BEATS.
as he is at just dribbling, we might not miss Trey as much as we thought we would.
Does anyone actually have "targets" stats for Michigan last year?
But does this bad press for Johnny Football help Trey Burke for Best Male College Athlete at the ESPYs?
Not sure I've seen anything like that before. Wow!