"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
- Probably slated for a back-up role to Forcier (if he beats out DRob in fall camp) or a potential redshirt
Stephen Hopkins (EE)
Austin White (EE)
- With Vincent Smith the proposed nominal starter who is now unavailable until fall camp (at the earliest) this position is wide open; enrolling early helps both of their chances to make an impact
- most think White is destined for a redshirt but enrolling early at least gives him a chance to make an impact this season
Ricardo Miller (EE)
- The stud Florida turned Ann Arbor WR who we have heard about for some time now is about to set foot on the campus he loves and be a impact contributor this season
Between the 5 guys already on the depth chart, not to mention the TEs getting some playing time, its doubtful any of the freshman see significant time here.
Both Talbout and Ash (and possibly Hankins) are considered projects and not immediate impact players. Hopefully Martin, Campbell, and Sagesse can hold this stop down.
- With our linebacker situation (talent and depth) I hope he is good enough to play next year
Courtney Avery (EE)
- With Warren "messing around" at least 1 of these guys will be the starter and the others will also see signficant playing time
- our 2010 Defense (and team) hinge on the quick development of these guys
Marvin Robinson (EE)
- Depth chart is light here as well and both of these guys will see the field
- Robinson could also be in the mix for the Spinner position
- no one ahead of him on the depth chart at Punter
TOTALS: 11 contributors and potentially 3-4 starters
Total Committed Players: 22 (21 Verbal Commits + Adrian Whitty)
Heavy Michigan Leans / Possible Silent Commits: 3
Tony Grimes CB Rivals 3* Scout 4*
Clarence Murphy DE Rivals 3* Scout 3*
Josh Furman LB Rivals 3* Scout 4*
If all of those guys Go Blue that is 25 total recruits...we'll see what happens.
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Jonathan Hankins DT Rivals 3* Scout 3*
Torrian Wilson OL Rivals 4* Scout 3*
Rashad Knight CB Rivals 4* Scout 3*
Who knows if any of these guys commit.
- Jonathan Hankins was rumored to heavily favor Michigan and finally got the offer. Definitely a position of need.
- Torrian Wilson is still committed to Stanford and you know Harbaugh is telling him Michgan doesn't stack up academically.
- Rashad Knight missed his previously scheduled official visit. We have several DB verbal commits but the team could still use more.
D.J. Williamson Rivals 3* Scout 2*
Tony Drake Rivals 3* Scout 3*
Drew Dileo Rivals 3* Scout 3*
- Michigan identified Dileo early and seemed to really want him from the press that came out about his commitment.
- Drake comes from a team stacked with D-1 prospects and has played well this season.
- Don't know much about Williamson...might switch to Safety which is still a position of need.
Obviously there are a lot of rumors and speculation behind this information. Anything can happen between now and the first Wednesday in February.
There has been a lot of talk about RR's recruiting efforts, especially on defense. When the 2010 class arrives at Michigan there will have 3 DTs and a converted FB on scholarship. So how can RR no offer a DT from Detroit with offers from both O$U and Oklahoma? Hankins has been rumored to really like Michigan and would commit with an offer. It seems that RR is being more picky than we would be led to think.
With no bowl game to prepare for RR was able to get the recruiting process for 2010 in full swing earlier than he or anyone else wanted. This led to him offering approximately 160 recruits. This was pretty inconsistent with the way Michigan usually does business. I don't think RR offered that many players in 2009. Having that many offers to fill about 20-22 scholarships would seem reckless. This even led to RR telling a player he had offered that would have to wait and could not commit immediately. A lot of this is the result of such a subpar 2008 season that will hopefully not continue in the future. So it seems that RR has offered many more recruits then he needs, possibly some he really doesn't want, yet still no offer for Jonathon Hankins at a position of great need.
Word from the camp where the Hankins offer was decided is that he was still out of shape. Hankins was told to work on his conditioning and a offer could still be issued. So RR has offered over 160 recruits but not one in his back yard with offers from top schools. What gives? RR always talks about how he and Barwis want kids who love football and want to work hard. I am totally for that but at the same time you have to be a pragmatist. Isn't it better to gamble that Barwis can fix Hankins instead of taking a lesser talent? Its also possible that RR is holding out the offer like a carrot to motivate him, but that seems inconsistent with the slew offers he gave out.
For the most part people believe that RR knows what he is doing on offense and with recruiting on that side of the ball. The defense is more in the hands of GERG and other assistant coaches. I don't know much recruiting is delegated and whatnot but it is safe to say RR is not a proven defensive recruiter yet.
Does anyone know what the time of possession was in this game? I think it was something like 10 min for Michigan and 20 min for Purdue in the first half. I realize that we scored quickly on the Odoms punt return, but Purdue scored quickly when Odoms muffed the other one in their red zone. Those should basically even out. We scored the other 21 points in basically 9 minutes.
I wonder if the spread, even when run at high efficiency, will gives us a solid adavantage in the time of possession. Here are RR's stats for the last 3 years:
2005 - 30:57min Ranked 36 Nationally
2006 - 30:07min Ranked 51 Nationally
2007 - 30:11 Min Ranked 54 Nationally
Basically is breaks about equally for offense and defense. Look at the national rankings I saw a lot of bad teams in the Top 50. I can see why Brian doesn't really like this stat. I just wonder about it because people always worry about TOP and think it is an indicator of suceess. I don't think it matters that much. I just think that the defense gets worn out if it stuck on the field for a long time. I think things like starting field position for the defense matter much more. What are people's thoughts on this?
I am sick and tired of hearing about how Rich Rod has done us some great dis-service by installing the spread offense this year. Anyone in the media will simply say Michigan is bad this year "because of the system." This team was going to be terrible regardless of what offense we ran. Would running a pro-style I-Formation make the O-Line block any better? Its ridiculous to blame basic flaws in execution on an offensive system. People have also been complaining about how Rich Rod has been calling too many running plays and refuses to play to the our strengths. What QB have they been watching all year? How can you have Threet throw more when he can't even throw a simple screen. How does the offensive system matter when you a redshirt freshman QB who clearly needs to work on his mechanics. McGuffie and Odoms have shown they will be stables of this offense for years to come. We need Shaw and Stonum to see the field more so they can improve, and the O-line needs to establish some consistent play.
As for the defense I think Shafer is not playing to the strengths of the defense. Basically the only strong part of our defense is the D-line. Our LBs are all terrible at reacting to plays. They can be exploited in outsides runs and pass protection. These players need to be given one assignment when possible, and players should not be passing off coverage. Its become clear that reaction and communication on the field are simply not there. Morgan Trent has not shown the confidence I expected of a 5th-year senior, and is bad in run support. Warren has shown flashes, but is still a sophmore. Brown has been bad early, but he have Harrison have shown to be more competent. We really need out LBs to improve, because there is no depth there. Its unbelieveable that our best LB was a low 3-star running back recruit from a small catholic school with no other big time offers except michigan state. Whoever was in charge of recruiting LBs the past few years really dropped the ball.