Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
After the longest wait I have ever experienced between Michigan football games, it's over. Wolverine Nation can breathe a little easier. As they say, the proverbial weight has been lifted. Leaving the stadium, you could feel the tension rise away, as hope set in for the dawn of new era of Michigan Football.
Skeptics believed. The faithful rejoiced. In the midst of the crapstorm that has been circling around the program since the RichRod hire, the Michigan Wolverines managed to prevail. And in doing so, they managed to prove something they have been waiting over a year to prove. Michigan Football will be back, and they will be hungry.
I just recently graduated from U of M and was lucky enough to get a job in Ann Arbor, and able to go to the game to see the team in person today. It was actually kind of funny looking at my facebook status updated from all my friends at Michigan, and in one moment, people were finally excited again. The long winter was over.
The defense looked solid. They were able to tackle (finally) and managed to stop, for the most part, those long plays that plagued us all last year. Upon GERG's hire, he stressed the importance of fundamentals to his game. Tackling. Angles of pursuit. Stevie Brown in a spot that fits him.
Tate looked good. He looked like he had a handle on the offense. He worked through his progressions pretty well, and as another poster said, he took control (I don't remember which post in was in, sorry). He did the things that we had wished Threet or Sheridan could have done in even the faintest glimmer of hope last season. It's amazing what a quarterback suited for the system can do for you. He has a lot of room to grow, and in my opinion, a hell of a lot of upside, but simply having someone meant for the system makes such a big difference. Denard was fast. REALLY fast.
We didn't fumble punts. Enough said.
I say this all with cautious optimism, all be it slightly less than 24 hours ago. I think the most important thing we can take away from today is that we do have a lot of growing to do, we're still a young team, and we are going to have the associated growing pains. But today we also learned to appreciate the small things-- tackling, angles, completing passes, holding on to the ball. These are the things that will win championships--take it from Bo--and it looks like we are headed in the right direction. We will see in a week against the Irish.