UM TE A.J. Williams will be suspended for Saturday's game vs. MSU, Brady Hoke announced, for violation of team rules
Just read it on Chantel's twitter feed.
lol, have you watched any of our games this year?
Your sarcasm meter must be broken. Lucky for you, mine is working flawlessly and I can tell you exactly what he meant. He was being sarcastic.
Funchess can play tackle
Because of the way Williams has played, people will claim this doesn't hurt. Here's where it does hurt: you are now forcing either Funchess to move by the H-back and put Butt at Y-TE, or you're putting Paskorz at Y-TE, which isn't his strength either.
Yes, it probably means a bit fewer 2-TE sets, which I think you were going to see to an extent anyway, but the moving of parts around Williams could put Michigan in some situations they don't prefer to be in.
Funchess stays at WR...Paskorz and Butt are our TEs.
When you need a 3rd TE you bring in Kalis and move Lewan to TE.
When you need a pass catcher you go with Gallon-Funchess-Dileo and Butt as your TE.
Outside of depth, I don't see how this affects us. Butt has been solid at blocking and he's been in with Williams OR Paskorz. Now you just eliminated the OR and it'll be Paskorz as the 2nd TE behind Butt.
Doesn't hurt? I think this helps. Don't get me wrong, AJ Williams is a positive for the team, but this should eliminate the possibility of running any tackle over formations.
And so is Paskorz. Now one of them has to step in and play a different role that is much more dependent on blocking. It is different.
It's not like Williams was going out catching passes.
Just use more of Kalis if that's the big issue.
Still don't see it as a big deal.
More Dileo, More Kalis.
But it was going to be less against MSU because of the how Borges wants to attack MSU. Underneath, the #2 receiver is the most effective way of attacking MSU, lining up 2-tight like Borges likes to do isn't as effective. They would still run it some because it's part of their system, but it probably wasn't and isn't going to be as often as they have in the past.
I'd rather see a tackle or guard play the TE position on obvious blocking downs if Butt is not playing and save Funchess for outside role. With Dileo questionable and even if healthy not an outside threat we have nothing outside opposite Gallon other than seniors who do not do much except against MAC level competition and special teams demon Chesson. Need Funchess outside period.
Hoke's quote on this, pieced together from two tweets from Kyle Bogenschutz:
"It's certainly disappointing when one of your kids makes a very poor decision. AJ realizes he has let a lot of people down, including himself. As families do, we will help AJ as he learns a valuable lesson from this."
They really should think about using Kalis or Bryant in Williams' spot. Might as well, Williams never goes out for passes anyways.
Put Kalis in and were kicking out Magnusson in many situations. So that's already happened to some degree in some circumstances.
Whatever works. I mean, Williams was used to block, and he got beat a lot this year. Kicking Magnuson out wouldn't be bad. Max protect Gardner so he hopefully doesn't see a whole lot of pressure.
Against indiana when they went Tackle Over they put Kalis in at RG, bumped Magnuson to RT and gone with 6 OL rather than have Williams try to play Tackle.
But yes, I'd expect that to continue to be the plan
Damn college kids!
Maybe this will force them to pass the ball more instead of trying to manball -- oh who am I kidding. They love manball. There's no quitting manball.
Remember when CL Rucker was issued a DUI and Dantonio lifted his suspension right before the week of the Michigan game? What a drastic difference in disciplinary approaches.
IIRC Rucker's DUI came after the Michigan game, in fact I'm pretty sure it was the very same night.
Correct. He played against Iowa because it "wouldn't have been fair to the team" for him not to play.
Michigan week, Iowa week
My bad. Anywho, we get this point.
Dantonio: The team, the team, the team....
a random internet article whatever will we do now
EDIT: was in response to a troll who's been caved
Yep. I loved what Dileo brought to the TE position.
A slot receiver takes the place of a tight end and vice versa.
The joke flying over your head. No offense I just thought it was funny. I'm pretty sure his statement relied on the implied knowledge that slot is same place on field as tight end.
what exactly was his injury, and what is his status now?
that should be fun....we'll see what kind of push he can get.
A.J. Williams was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Oxford, Ohio, early Sunday morning, according to WKEF-TV.
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) October 28, 2013
Never go to Oxford.
Never go to OHIO.
Never drink and drive. That would solve that issue pretty quickly...
No one here has suggested that he shouldn't be suspended.
Was he on his scooter?
Do we think this is going to lead to further suspensions?
And he's under age. GAHHHH
He should be suspended just for being IN Ohio.
Was this an attempt to be funny?
I thought it was pretty good.
On opposite day.
He either drank the world Saturday night or had one too many mimosas. Poor lapse in judgement, thankfully nobody was injured
I can't tell if you're joking or not, but anything after midnight Saturday night is considering Sunday morning.
There is nowhere in Oxford you can't drink and walk to in five minutes.
time for all of the negative nancies and chicken littles to come out.
Michigan 126 MSU 3
Staee gets taken to pound town
Hahahahaha, needed that.
Oh nooooooooooooo we'll have to run spread now.
Good point. I like this
Give Kalis some gloves and the number 1 jersey. I think he could be a pleasant surprise at TE
First my brother now you AJ! Damn kids.
Your brother got in trouble in Oxford, Ohio?
What is up with this town?
this won't matter much in the game...
and an arrest like that merits a suspension.
I really thought football players didn't drink during football season! I was way wrong.
Apparently you never frequented Mitch's, the Jug, or Charley's. Some very high profile guys were notorious beer pong champs at Mitch's back in the day. They're still students, after all.
Not at all.
That reads "This window was broken by the famous Brian Greise while being thrown out"
Definitely has a Plague, but not just out front.
Legit lol. Well played.
DUI is a serious offense. I'm not surprised to see Hoke suspend him but its refreshing to see none the less. Also nothing personal against AJ but this is probably for the best game wise since Borges can't throw him out there as a "blocker"
cross this one off the list. Hope the beer was worth it.
I am so sick of people (not just 'kids' or 'students') drinking and driving. I hope DUI penalties go up to 10-15 thousand dollars or jail time.
There are proposals to lower the limit to 0.05 in some states, MI being one of them.
I don't think that's the problem. Personally, I think .08 is too low. You should be alllowed to go somewhere, have a couple drinks, and drive home.
It's not the people at .09 who are the problem. And lowering the legal limit doesn't deter the people at .15+ any more. Let's stop worrying about punishing the people who are just barely drunk and start dropping the hammer on the people who totally are.
I couldn't agree more. How about we do more to punish the people who are actually intoxicated instead of catching more people who aren't. It's such a non-solution.
Lowering the legal limit is like trying to cut down on cocaine use by increasing the punishment for weed. The new people you're arresting have nothing to do with the problem. Like you said, if you can't drive at .08, then you can't drive.
I've always felt that way as well. Not saying I do or anyone should, but I can certainly drive better at .15 than my mom can sober.
As for lowering the limit, I agree it's stupid. The primary advocates for this are actually the law firms that specialize in (aka exploiting) those who are arrested. Cops, courts, and the entire rehab system make a ton of money off of it as well.
The legal limit for someone under 21 is .02 in Ohio, FWIW
Unless you weigh about 60 pounds, drinking a beer with dinner is not going to get you anywhere near .08. A 140 pound person who chugs 2 beers (i.e., no time period to dilute the alcohol) will be at a .05. A 140 pound person who drinks 5 beers in 2 hours would be at .08. I don't know about you, but I'd be feeling quite tipsy at that point, and I tip the scales at 180.
Maybe it's my immature side... but this made me almost spit my coffee out this morning!
Have you actually blown 0.08 before? I have. Actually 0.78, luckily I got my wake-up call without any legal ramifications or worse. I was in no shape for driving at that point. I mean, I wasn't running off the road but there's zero question that my ability to react to something unexpected was significantly impaired.
I agree with you although my intent was not to stir a debate on this policy since you can't really delve into it without going to politics, especially to why some of your proposals are not likely to happen. Just wanted to point out a proposal that's been floating around some states.
Lets not let recruits party with this guy. Geeesh, what a horrible example.
You realize, though, that it's not the underage drinking that's the problem as much as the underage drinking...and driving? I don't think the issue here has a whole lot to do with whether or not AJ Williams is of legal drinking age.
Anything that could nudge Borges away from MANBALL will not cause me to complain. Just wish it had been something more innocuous.
Is that you Darryl Stonum?
Not like he traded game used items for weed, tats and cars. He didn't slide over a car Dukes of Hazard style or beat up a bunch of nerds...kids in many places do stupid things
I was going to post something about this yesterday, but I had no real source. My friend goes to Miami (NTM) and told me she heard he was arrested for DUI that night--I obviously didn't report it because I had no way of confirming it was true and it sounded like merely speculation. Sorry to see that it's been confirmed, I was hoping it was just a rumor.
Maybe this will deter Borges from trying to manball it up vs MSU
In some States if you're caught with any amount of alcohol while underage you can be arrested for DUI.
I have no idea if that's what happened here, but it is a possibility AFAIK.
uhhhh what? I think you mean MIP -- they can't just charge you with a DUI.
A.J. is underage. He could blow a .01 and still get arrested.
A BAC of .122
blocking TE we have on the roster.
U-M's not fooling anybody with the idea that they would ever throw to Williams. Just put an extra lineman out there instead.
Are we seriously happy a Michigan player got busted for DUI because it'll force the coaches to run the scheme we like more? Seriously? Are we really doing this?
no one was hurt; yes we are.
for an underage DUI would net certain other coaches unending amounts of scorn for being far too lenient. Yet with Hoke it's hardly even part of the discussion.
And it's happened before. See: Toussaint.
And people didn't overall crucify Rich Rod for giving Stonum another chance either.