Best: Hart, Braylon a close 2nd, Woodley 3rd
Biggest Disappointment: Grady, Boren (that fucker), with Boubacar taking the crown.
Boren really wasn't a disappointment; he would have been a solid player at the U. He was more of a douche-nozzle.
I say we meet halfway and call him a disappointing douchenozzle.
or do transfers not count?
Henson for most disappointing. First the broken leg caused him to miss those 3 games, and then leaving early when everyone thought he was ready to have a big season.
I'd imagine Long could be inserted for Braylon. I believe I read he allowed only one his sack senior season and that was to all everything Gholston. Braylon had some huge drops.
Only allowed 2 sacks in his career, and he didn't commit a single penalty his senior year, ridiculous
Best: Jake Long
Worst: Drew Henson. We would have won a NC if he had stayed. Damn Yankees....and not the Tommy Shaw/Ted Nugent variety.
One of my many regrets in life is that I never owned a pair of windshield sized sunglasses that he rocked in the High Enough video.
Best : Braylon
Worst: Kevin Grady. 5 star that really never achieved anything in a Michigan uniform.
Kelly Baraka and Kevin Grady for biggest disappointment.
in all seriousness, how about mr. darnell hood? (he was a very high recruit)
Actually, his last name was "Simpson", which made his name that much funnier
Quite disappointing in regards to Hood. On Rivals, his similar player is DeAngelo Williams.
Hood was at least an excellent gunner on special teams. We didn't even get that out of Baraka, so he's my choice for biggest disappointment.
As for our best player, I'd go with Graham. He played at an All-American level on defenses that were otherwise seriously lacking. Imagine him on one of our mid-'90s defenses.
George Steinbrenner, an OSU alum, pretty much paid for Henson not to beat the buckeyes.
I'm not sure about Mike Hart's leadership. His teams were 0-4 against OSU and 1-3 in bowl games. He was a senior starter on a team that lost to Appalachian State (first game and loss against a D1AA team) and lost to Oregon in what might have been the largest margin of defeat in Big House history.
Certainly not all of those things were his fault and his performance on the field spoke for itself but I'm not sure that we saw any great leadership during those years.
I put those losses a lot more on English and Carr. Hart was the only player out there in those games who looked like he gave a shit. He almost singlehandedly carried the team the first four games of '07. Henne was a big factor in the App St. loss too. He sucked in that game big time.
The 2001 team was primed to win the national title had Henson stayed? We suffered massive losses on offense - basically the whole OL, Thomas, Terrell and I think our TE. Henson might have been good enough to compensate but I don't think our offense would have been as productive, even with him as a senior, as it was in 2000.
Seriously, the 2000 OL had I think 3 of its members starting in the NFL in 2001 and another one on an NFL roster. Henson was going to take a beating.
We lost much of the OL, but Tony Pape and (Super Bowl Champ) Jonathan Goodwin were starters. Also, Terrell left as a junior, I remember hearing he may have stayed had Henson returned as well (I could be mistaken). Both Walker and Terrell on the outside catching passes from Henson (all seniors) certainly wouldn't have been a bad offense
Terrell went pro in January. It couldn't have had anything to do with Henson because at that time he announced he was staying. It was in March that Henson left to play baseball.
Pape was a first-year starter in '01 and really struggled. It was a bad line. Navarre took a ton of flack (some justified) but he had very little protection.
If you are talking best than I think you go with Edwards. If you want "got the most out of himself" than it is a easy win for Hart.
Biggest disappointment was Grady but I would also put Minor on the list because he disappointed me more than anyone the last two years since we found out he was talented and also made out of glass.
Minor should be on the dis list at #3 for always being hurt. #2 Grady, #1 Henson. honorable mention- white lightning& Carlos Brown.
Best: #3 Long, #2 Woodley, #1 3 way tie: Hart, Edwards& Coner....
Marques Slocum was a pretty big disappointment. 5 star DT out of HS who IIRC ended up failing out.
Do you want a f*ck lion showing up on your doorstep?
Brandon performed well when he was healthy, which was rare. I found myself very impressed with his running style everytime I watched him at full strength (ie. PSU 2008.)
He just couldn't stay healthy....I think he could've been a great, great RB.
So I nominate him as biggest dissapointment...not because he dissapointed us, but because I was dissapointed that I didn't get to see more of him at Michigan. Especially in 2009, where I thought he'd have a banner year and take the pressure off of our then freshman QB.
EDIT: DISAPOINTED....but I'm not gonna change it because I deserve the ridicule I am a dumbass
Take a peak at the thread title again for the correct spelling of the "d-word." (Ignore the spelling of the word before it, though.)
Your edit spelled "Disappointment" wrong too.
Wasn't he an unheralded recruit? Something like a 2 or 3 star? Ricardo...take heed my friend.
If we are talking about who had the best career in the 2000's than I would say Woodley. If we are talking who had the best season in the 2000's, I would have to go with Braylon in 2004.
My biggest disappointment would be Tyler Ecker for not tossing the ball in two different losses in 05' (Minnesota & Alamo Bowl).I am also disappointed with the OP for spelling biggest with three g's, as well as Raback Omaba for incorrectly correcting himself.
It's also Tyler Ecker in 2005 for not getting fucking out of bounds against OSU.
what about not lateraling to breaston against Nebraska?
Every time I watch that play, it astounds me more and more that he didn't see Breaston right behind him. I mean, he was literally right behind him.
He doesn't have eyes in the back of his head that can see through helmets. Maybe you mean hear Breaston or be aware of him there?
If you watch the video, Breaston is practically next to him for the first ten yards when Ecker breaks free. At about 34 seconds, it looks like Breaston is definitely communicating something to him. Breaston slows down, I'm assuming to get in position for the lateral he expects to be coming. Then Ecker runs by an offensive lineman. Then, for reasons only god and Tyler Ecker know, he just kinda meanders out of bounds and ends what would have been arguably the greatest play in football history. After further review, I change my vote for biggest disappointment from Henson to Ecker. Unbelievable.
I think this play may have been the maddest I ever was over one play as a UM fan. Ofcourse, the fact that the officials let Nebraska's entire team run all over the field without a flag helped to well my anger. It also helped that this was the absolute worst officiated game I can ever remember. The only play that made me as mad, was MSU 2001. PITCH THE DAMN BALL ECKER!!
just reopened some old wounds. among any other game, that game defines frustration.
I was referring to in the Alamo Bowl
When I consider the surrounding circumstances (coaching and culture change, generally weak supporting cast, civil war among the fans), I'd vote for Brandon Graham as best player. He gave his best in sometimes uninspiring circumstances and, while often the focus of the opposing team, still managed to put up great numbers. Great attitude, too...
On the other side? Sorry, Grady, but a 5-star Rivals ranking comes with high expectations. I was glad to see him recover from that epic DUI and contribute this past season. But, I had higher hopes for him (based mostly on ranking, of course, which may not be reasonable).
I don't know about you, but gravy tends not to disappoint.
Best: Mike Hart.
Biggest Disappointment: Shawn Crable.
Honestly, he was on the end of more "Goddamnit" plays during his time at Michigan than any other player. While I admit that Grady was a disappointment, he just didn't live up to everything that he could have been (5* on potential) - whereas Crable continuously screwed up and left his mark on some memorable games and underperformed. #2 DE in the country coming out of high school with offers from USC, OSU, the U, and Pitt.
I feel bad for Crable. Sure, he was flagged for the late hit on Troy Smith in 06', but the call was complete horseshit. He did block the wrong player on the last play of "the horror", which directly led to the FG block. On the other hand, dude made a serious number of plays on a below average defense in 07'.
He did get a bad rap in some instances, however, he was constitutively lazy, out of position, and failing to wrap up on tackles.
He also owes me a pair of pants after shitting myself at The Horror.
the number of TFL Crable made for his career? dude was a badass.
Best: Graham, Hart, Edwards
Disappointment: tie - not having a 2001 with seniors Fargas and Henson
Best: Long, Graham, Hart
Dissapointment: Pierre Woods
the hart or edwards debate for best is too hard to resolve, they were both the best.
i was very disappointed that shazor did not come back for his 5th and final year.