Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
this summer! I agree that DROB is playing well and may end up starting the UCONN game. Hopefully, Tate will remain competitive and battle DROB and not want to transfer.
Our defense will not be good, as far as UM standards, for another few years. Pour it on offense if we want a good record this season! Though the defense should improve through the season barring injuries! IMO...RR should be given through 2012 before a decision is made on his future.
Our offense, which was "good" last year, has nowhere to go but up.
We were electric against our non-con opponents. Most people that break down our offense pull DSU out of the equation before crunching the numbers, but if you split it up simply B10 against non-con, our B10 play was pretty awful.
I think a lot of this was due to Molk/Tate/Minor being injured as well as our QB inexperience (our QBs couldnt handle the talent of B10 play). I truly believe that with playing through last year, even though it was only 1 year, we will vastly improve. I also think that we will have to score 25+ ppg in the B10 to keep RR around. With the athleticism we have, I don't think that's infeasible.
wtf is neggable in this?
He's right - we were awful in big ten play.
I didn't neg it, but I think the objection is that, outside of Notre Dame, our performance in nonconference play shouldn't be given too much weight. I don't think he was necessarily claiming it should, though.
Bring in GEORGE MORALES!
I agree with alot of what you said, what is up with Forcier? Is he nursing an injury? Hope he gets rested up and ready. I missed a bit of the game though, we took kids and they wanted to get out of the cold. Went to souvenir shop and bought t-shirts. Ten bucks was a great deal. Cant wait to see what Devin and Denard do this fall. I still miss Minor rage.
It will kick ass if Justice Hayes comes to Mich, he is from my town, I've gotten to see him play a few games and he's quite impressive.
Justice Hayes....Bringing Justice (and McGuffie-esq leaping ability) to a stadium near you!
Forcier is nursing a sprained ankle. He should improve by UConn.
About the Minor Rage: I agree that Minor was a special breed. If he weren't plagued with injury, he'd be in the A^2 Valhalla with the likes of Perry, Hart, Biakabatuka, etc.
Having said that, I have no reason to believe one of our young steeds can't also fit the bill. I didn't see anything spectacular today, but I think Shaw, Cox, Toussaint, Smith, and Big-Bruiser Hopkins all have the potential to get it done, especially with the phenomenal line we'll display this fall.
Am I the only one who wanted to take away brandstatter and beckmann's microphones?
"That's why they're called special teams, because the athletes on special teams are really special."
Haha and they started doing the Chris Berman "Woop" thing whenever Denard juked
the "woop", just like everything else that comes out of brandstatter's mouth, was FAIL.
edit: if you feel it's neccessary to neg me for finding Brandstatter annoying, have at it. I'm proud of it.
I neg everyone who uses the term "FAIL." It is fucking stupid. I know I'm not the only one either, as other people have discussed autonegs for the use of retarded internet memes.
its just a word. i'm probably more inclined to use it knowing that it bugs grumpy posters such as urself.
I love Brandstatter, but damn they were annoying.
Maybe I missed something but it was Matt Shepherd and Mark Campbell doing the Spring Game
were doing commentary at the actual game, like actually doing it while the players were running plays. Shephard and Campbell did the same thing on the BTN. Neither were very good...
Those 2 guys would not shut up. They felt they needed to have a full conversation between every single play.
made me crazy...my friends told me to shut up and quit bitch'n about it.
Let's not get ahead of ourselves and declare DG a future Heisman winner when he hasn't played a single real down in college. You may be right, and I think he'll be great, but let's not get carried away.
Can we please stop all this chatter about Forcier transferring? Please? He's given no indication that it will happen, and he's the incumbent starter. Furthermore, Denard STILL hasn't put together a solid game against an FBS team.
I'm glad Denard looked great against the second-string squad of our porous defense, but the Forcier transfer chatter should stop. It does no one any good but stir up unnecessary controversy/speculation.
I'm a bit disappointed that this is the only qualm you bring to the table. I'm sorry, but with the Forcier surname pedigree, can you honestly say it's pure speculation?
I'm sure you read the post last season that talked about Tate's FB status wherein he considered transferring. I admit Facebook is not the most legitimate source of information, but that honestly scared me. At this point, with the progress Denard has made, I think the odds of Tate graduating from Michigan are less than 50/50. I am also not worried anymore.
...about anything you said in the above post.
IT DOES NO GOOD to stir up online controversy. You did nothing with this post but attempt to further your point about something that should not be said.
So...in the interest of fewer distractions, less controversy, and decency itself, leave it alone.
Ok, while I just wanted to give my opinion about the situation and don't think I will influence anyone or cause mass hysteria, I will leave the Forcier transfer issue alone.
But you really think right now that Tate will be the starter in game 1? I think Denard is definitely the biggest threat at the QB spot.
Edit: At first I thought you were being too harsh, Magnus, but after rereading, I agree. Wichita Wolverine: there's still a healthy chance Tate will be our starter. Saying he's more than 50-50 to transfer is way overboard.
then he's 50-50 to start the season! if not starting = immediate transfer, then i guess he could make that claim. but that's a ridiculously huge "if". tate isn't a pro prospect, so he'd be transferring to achieve what exactly? any answer to that question is pure speculation since there's been no real evidence toward the point. magnus and friends are right on.
You can analyze Tate any way you want on the field. But you have no place predicting that a kid will transfer to another school. It serves no purpose.
1) Tate is still not 100% healthy.
2) He didn't have healthy WRs.
3) He was playing with a ragtag 2nd/3rd team offense.
4) He was playing against the 1st defense.
5) Conversely, DR was with the 1st team offense, and
6) DR was playing against a lesser defense.
I believe that this was designed by the coaches to light a fire under Tate, so he grows up. It also gives DR hope so DR doesn't transfer. I believe they both play significant reps next year.
I also believe that in Fall practice, when both are getting reps with 1st team offense, with a full complement of WRs, against 1st team defense, we will have a much more useful comparison.
the Tate bashing. Denard looked better but this was a controlled practice where they were not subject to the same conditions. I would have like to have seen them switch places at some point.
On the long drive scenarios Tate did a pretty good job of marching his mash unit down the field. He didn't move the O as quickly as Denard and he didn't end up scoring on those long drives but, again, conditions..... He was flushed out of the pocket and he was elusive. When the play broke down, I didn't see him make any mistakes, except a ball that should have been picked but ended up tipped and caught for a first down.
He was shouting directions to his young WRs and backfield and it appeared he might have even called a couple of audibles. He might not have been as flashy, but he looked like a leader.
Whoever starts between those two, I am willing to wager that the other is sure to get significant PT.
No matter what, this talk about Denard being the certain starter and Tate transferring is absolutely ridiculous and uncalled for.
And Gardner? You can see his potential, but I sure am glad that we aren't counting on him to be the starter. As for his Heisman potential? You can tell that from today's performance? Right...... tell Dion Warwick, I said hi.
Tate sure didn't look happy coming out of the locker room after today's game. Seems like the type of kid that needs his ego stroked and rich Rod isn't about doing that. The first thing I thought when I saw him come out of the locker room, talking on the cell phone, practically running away from his girlfriend, was he won't be sticking around.
My god there are no bounds to his tom foolery? I mean, heaven forbid he call his momma after the spring game.
Maybe his girlfriend slipped and said she liked Mike Cox better.
that sat next to me at the game. ragging on tate for being a prima donna or egotistical or some shit when there's zero evidence for it and even if there were, this is a 19 year old kid with way more on his shoulders than those bros driving daddy's BMW. he's allowed some slack.
I think you left out some solid play from a few guys. Cam Gordon is the real deal. Kenny Demens was a stud. The biggest surprise for me was Denard. Last year he was looking to run first and the pass was always a last option. Today, he seemed to use the run as a last option. He checked off his receivers and didn't telegraph his passes. His mechanics were significantly improved and his confidence has improved greatly perhaps due to more familiarity with the playbook and the system. Devin Gardner certainly may win a Heisman, but I won't hold anyone responsible if he doesn't. It was great to see the height difference between he and Tate and Denard.
There is really a QB battle going on and it will only serve to improve everyone involved.
Too bad the weather wasn't nicer for the recruits that were there. They all looked cold!! That's not good when we have to compete against USC and Florida.
can completely disappear and Michigan will still see snow in April.......
and I've spent the last four years looking at the way forests are advancing northward toward the North pole. I'm hoping you're being facetious and if not that you can clue yourself in enough to know that that the world as a whole definitely is--now beyond a shadow of any doubt--much much warmer (see the advance of the Sahara south in Africa) but that it may mean all kinds of things in different places. More snow, for example, DOES come from warmer weather because (as I know you must know) snow doesn't come so much when it's very cold. The volatility of weather patterns, short term, will be harder on us than the rising temps. P.S. If you don't believe in global warming--really don't believe in it--definitely do not move to any Pacific islands. Or get into scuba diving, because all of the reefs will be dead in 20 years (I've seen them up close in Grenada and Jamaica). Over and out.
but I can certainly recognize a butthole when I see one.
c'mon, man. we're talking about the spring game, not whether a spring game is actually a spring game if it takes place in winter-ish weather occurring contrary to pop media expectations grounded in anthropogenic (and catastrophic) global warming theory.
whew. Anyone find a justintv link for the game?
Its called the mgoboard. Scroll down a tad. There is a thread called "spring game open thread". If this post belongs anywhere, that's where it needs to be. Just one question: what did you get Devin for his birthday Mrs. Gardner? We must not have been watching the same game.
Are you Beano Cook's nephew? Devin Gardner may well turn out to be a great QB down the line for us, but he didn't do a damn thing out there today to justify your ludicrous Heisman talk.
Let's not suggest that players on our team might transfer. Unless you have evidence to back it up (and "his brothers did it" does not qualify), it's irresponsible and unfair to the player.
Ok, I'm a guy on an internet blog. I don't claim to be "in the know" or tied to the AD. This is simply my opinion.
The possibility of Tate transferring is something that we should neither discuss (because it's not fair to the player) nor deny (because when starting qbs lose their jobs to classmates they often transfer).
it's up in the ether. it's not something nobody's considered, but it's not real analysis either. which is theoretically what the diaries are for?
In addition to however many points you need to make a diary post, you should also have something intelligent to say. This is the worst thing I have read about the spring game yet.
I don't claim to be a football guru, but can you at least list some points of contention?
The game was so much fun. Ive attended the spring game the last 6 years (except 2008) and this was definitely the best. The teams progress in my opinion seemed great. Denard really shocked me at how improved he is with his precision passing. Tate and Devin did fine remember Tate has a foot injury and Devin was definitely nervous!! GUYS TATE IS STILL IN THE HUNT FOR THE QB SPOT. THIS GAME DOES NOT MEAN ITS OVER!!! The RBs were okay nothing to fancy but they got the job done with the great blocks and screen passes. Receivers i thought were solid except for the Devin Gardner pass to Odoms that he dropped. Again it was cold and it was just a scrimmage so not too big of a deal. The defense i thought was very solid as indicated by the score. I remember last year, the offense was moving the ball with ease and no TO were committed. Today the drives were much longer and the defense made many stops!!
THE ONLY POSITION OF CONCERN WAS SPECIAL TEAMS!!!!
WTF were they doing. Terrible punting and the only punt that was returnable was muffed!!! I know Will Hagerup comes in the fall but we could be in big trouble if hes not ready. The longest punt was about 30 yds!!! The others were kicked off the side foot out of bounds. Thankfully FG kicking wasnt half as bad with #93. He was pretty solid. i dont think he missed any field goals!!
After watching the game i think the team is solid enough to win 9 games. The mistakes we made (even the punting) can easily be fixed during the summer so get ready for a great season!!!!
If Hagerup isn't ready I'd let Forcier punt