This is impressive given our apparent depth at the slot position. Kelvin has 2 years of eligibility remaining, right?
Kelvin Grady in Camp
I, for one, didn't expect this at all. I know he's been conditioned in the basketball program, but I thought the switch to football would've been too much of a change. I expected him to add depth at an already strong position, nothing more.
This is very impressive as we are stacked at that position with a lot of young talent. It's great to see Kelvin make his case - hopefully it will light a fire under his brother and make the RB position that much stronger as well.
We'll see if he's really good, or if it's just that our defense in practice isn't great (which hopefully isn't the case), but expect to see Kelvin making plays this fall.
Another tidbit, but this also makes me wonder about Greg Paulus. I wasn't too thrilled about bringing him in, but with Paulus' success in Syracuse's camp and Grady performing well in ours, maybe this PG - > College Football thing isn't a novelty after all.
In any case, I like our options at QB and can't wait to see them making plays with Grady and the other slots this fall.
According to MGoBlue, Kelvin Grady is technically a junior, but has sophomore eligibility. So he would have 3 years of eligibility left.
Has anything been said about the possibility of Kelvin returning kicks/punts?
He seems to have the speed and agility to do so...
I guess the only prerequisite would be to be able to actually catcht the football, which on our team, being able to do so decently would put you at the top of the pecking order for this job
And considering everyone regarding him as the death hammer for the full court press because of his ball handling skills, maybe he could catch a football.
I was thinking that as I read this diary. We all know he has great handles, which is imperative.
our special teams coach Invisible Man should have Odoms do kick off reps, and look at kelvin, boubou, gallon et al on punts as margin for error on punts is nil.
Does anybody else have a football jones going?
Tacopants is the special teams coach too?? Man, that guy is versatile!!
According to Michigan Sports Center, he will have 3 years of eligibility.
Not really diary worthy, but good content nonetheless....
I made the mistake of accidently clicking "Diary"
Please don't hit me with negative points!!!!
I think Formerly Anon, Tim, Paul, or Brian can move it for you.
I'm guessing that you're basing this mostly on this: http://gobluemichiganwolverine.blogspot.com/2009/08/michigan-football-ti...
If it's based on something else, I'd be interested to read it (assuming that it's not behind a paywall).
This information is from people I know personally who are at camp on a daily basis....people who are part of the program.
Good news that it's the same report from independent sources.
I hope he beats Tay Odoms out for the starting spot.
And why is that?
I never have understood why people root for a certain player to start. I would much rather have the best player at the position than someone I have a personal affinity for.
We all have players that we like more or less than others. I think it's ok to root for them to succeed vs. their teammates.
I don't think that he was hoping that Odoms does poorly, just that Kelvin does better.
Of course I have favorite players:
... than someone I have a personal affinity for.
Maybe it's just me, but rooting for a certain player to start is inherently rooting against their competition. Others may disagree, though.
There may be an inherent negativity towards the other player, but when they play the same position it kind of reminds me of golf. You can still hope that they both do well because the competition is indirect.
I guess what I'm trying to say is they are competing against one another, but one's success doesn't preclude the other from having success.
I just want the better player to start, whoever it is.
It's really encouraging to hear about Kelvin. I love the level of competition that's starting to happen under RR. I hope that he and Tay will continue to push each other.
to defend anyone by the name The New McFarlin, but Odoms is somewhat of a known quantity at the position, Kelvin is not.
I have a fair (though admittedly imperfect) sense of how Odoms plays slot. If Rich Rod announced tomorrow that he's found someone decidedly better, who will improve the offenseive firepower of the team, I'd take it as exciting news.
I'm not putting down Kelvin. I'm just saying I want the best slot guy on the field for the first snap come game day. I don't have a preference for who that is.
I agree. I'd be very excited if RR made a statement like that. Some might even say, "It'd be neat."
You are so demonstrative in your first paragraph it sounds if you have been watching the football team yourself. If by 'tearing it up' you are referring to an article you read then link to it. If by 'tearing it up' you are referring to a friend of yours on the football team or someone who has watched practice you should also make that clear.
By being more forthcoming you lend more credibility to your post. That being said, I think most of us are pleasantly surprised by Grady and curious to see what he can do in some games.
to "name" my source. I know people that are part of the program and would prefer to keep them anonymous as I would like to continue to post additional information that I hear as the season goes on.
It's not like I'm posting something controversial or anything.....I personally don't think my post needs any more credibility than it already has. Take it for what it's worth. If it were something groundbreaking or confirming a rumour, I would definitely lend more to my "sources" if I chose to do so....
That being said, Grady is doing well from what I've heard from personal sources close to the program. Leave it at that and take it for what it's worth.
jives with the tidbits I've been hearing through the public sources. Ugh...16 more days.
He knows people closely assoc. with team, but wants to protect his sources. Raback doesn't want these sources to dry up or be compromised because of the release of info. Kind of a "deep throat" thing. The only issue is whether or not these internal sources are reliable (in terms of the assessments given.) That question won't be answered until games are actually played.
hahahahaha...I don't know if I'd like my sources to be referred to as "Deep Throat," it kind of makes me sick to my stomache...
You know the deal, thanks for the backup.
I didn't try to ask for a specific source, just wanted to know if it was a friend of his who works on the team or if he was summarizing articles he read. Obviously I came across as a dick and got deservedly negged. I apologize for that. I've seen posts from Raback before but didn't know he had already established his sources.
No disrespect taken from your post and I didn't think you were being a dick...I'm really protective of my sources, mostly because I don't want to get anyone in trouble and I don't want my sources to think I'm some kind of big mouth internet nerd.
My sources stand on the sideline at the football games, have access to Schembechler Hall and don't need a press pass to get into practice. That's saying enough and I hope to bring some more inside info as we move forward!!
I'm going to just save this and paste it in all threads about Kelvin Grady:
I watched both Grady's play many times in HS. I always believed Kelvin had more potential in fball than bball and also always believed he had more potential than Kevin. Needless to say, I was very disappointed when Kelvin announced that he would be concentrating on bball. imo the only reason he wasn't much more highly rated as a football prospect is because he made this announcement before playing football his senior year.
ESPN is gonna have a field day with this. Get ready for them showing Kelvin Grady BBall highlights everytime he's on the field
I think thats a good thing. With all the negative stuff floating around since RR was hired, a semi-good story about the program is refreshing.
I thought he was more referring to espn's competence. I mean any sports oriented network that supports the dawg pound at the Big House knows exactly what's going on.
be any worse than the mentioning of James Laurinaitis (sic?) and his wrestler dad 900 times per game.
You mean it can't be worse than showing Blake Griffin's parents every second.
you mean it can't be worse than mentioning Tom Zbikowski was a boxer for the entire '06 and '07 seasons.
AJ Hawk and Brady Quinn's sis!
Antonio Bass... he was a QB in high school!
To be fair to the leader, it was CBS (I'm sure you know that though.)
It's good to hear that he has been doing very well in practice. We really have so much depth at slot now I can't wait to see some of these guys play like Grady, Roundtree, T-Rob, and Gallon.
this is all great and everything, but unles he's been Barwis'd, Barwisised, Barwisered,, ect and has gained some lbs, he's going to get creampied and it will be messy.
He's not that small...besides when you are have his speed and elusiveness you don't take too much of a pounding. He's not playing b/w the tackles.
during the BTN camp visit show, when one of the pundits named Kelvin as his "sleeper" player ( the othre name Huyge ). But, wow, there might be something to it.
Now that we've realized the b-ball - football transition is so easy, maybe we can have Mike Martin play center on the b-ball squad this winter....
Beilein will go with the occasional undersized big man, but 6'2" is pushing it.
I guess the ball hit the ground enough on offense last year that it will be good having someone on the field that can dribble....
Even just during the practices that the media has had access to (including today), I would say Grady is one of the best slots on the team.
I believe Grady has 3 years to play 3 (including this year), for the record.