landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Taco Charlton will fuck shit up
That first paragraph is... something.
I might want to read it before I post it next time!
Just go with "respect your elders, youngun".
I have no issues with that paragraph
I'll take James Ross III and Jehu Chesson. Ross is going to be a stud and I can't help but think Chesson has to step up. I would love to have his speed really stretch defenses.
From the couple plays Chesson was in during the scrimmage video he looked good. Hopefully he can step up now that Darboh is out.
suspect alcohol may be involved.
I've been saying this since the spring game, but I think Willie Henry is going to surprise some folks and have a big year.
I don't get it. That first paragraph doesn't seem to make sense. Who is "he"?
Ahh.....makes much more sense now.
On offense, I think Jehu Chesson is going to have a very solid year. Especially with the loss of Darboh, there are going to be plenty of opportunities for Chesson and I believe he will make the most of them. I think he finishes the year with 35 receptions for 550 yards and 6 TD's.
On defense, I am going with Cam Gordon. I think back to Hoke's first spring at UM and remember Mattison and Hoke gushing over the amount of potential they saw in Cam. I think he finally reaches that potential en route to an All-Big Ten season. He finishes with 70 tackles, 12 TFL and 5 sacks.
Gordon could bring back SR. Steve brown type performances.
So, just legitimately curious, do you think that he is continue getting playing time somewhere when Jake Ryan comes back?
Yes in fact I think Ryan will move to another spot but I don't think we will see Ryan until about half way into November.
Just my opinion, but I think Cam will be the starter at SLB the whole season. I might be completely wrong, but I don't think Jake will be close to 100% until at least the bowl game.
Well he is already running and doing conditioning. I think Big10 play in.. 7 weeks should be a very doable "full go".
I understand that, and I think he will play in October as the coaches are saying, I just don't think it will be close to the level he was at last year. I think Cam is the "starter" the whole year, while Beyer is his backup until Jake returns, then Jake takes over the role that Beyer was filling.
The position has been a rotation spot for the last two years in this defense. And even pre-injury the coaching staff was talking up getting Gordon more PT and possibly playing him and Ryan on the field together (they have complementary skillsets with Cam's coverage ability and Jake's pass rushing acumen). With Jake coming off an injury and Gordon (I think) playing well, Cam should be a key contributor even if he gets replaced in the starting lineup midseason.
Who is the "he" to whom you are referring? I think you left part of that first paragraph in your head and forgot to type it in to the comment box.
Damn you OP and your edit which makes me look like a hallucinator!
I say Devin Funchess "broke out" last year.
Hopefully it's a Jake Butt or someone like a Dymonte Thomas if we are going young.
I really hope Dymonte has a great season. There has been some really odd mixed reviews for him though as of late, mostly it sounded like he was going to play a lot of nickel, and now Countess will be playing nickel.
Is probably for a package. I wouldn't look into to it too much
According to Hoke, Countess will be playing nickel for the nickel package, which (if I'm not mistaken) is all the plays that we have with a nickelback.
Until I see it
of course it's a package thing...it's the nickle package and Countess is playing it (as far as the last reports go). So, if when a nickle package is on the field and Blake is playing the nickle....I guess that means Thomas isn't going to be playing nickle (ahead of Blake anyway). Once the nickle package is off the field Blake will go back to his regular corner spot, but then there is no room for an extra CB/NB so again, Thomas is not of the field.
I guess what I am getting at is I am confused by your post as you seem to be inferring that Thomas being beaten out at nickle still leaves open the opportunity for him to still be first guy at nickle.....very confusing IMHE. .
Thomas will be in at nickle when Countess is in at nickel.
I have a feeling he is in this safety competition with Wilson and Avery. Which would explain Countess playing the nickel back
Thats what I thought it might be, especially with all the hype he's gotten so far. He definitely seems to have a better safety build than Avery.
The Countess-at-nickel announcement slipped by me somehow. So the plan is on nickel packages, Countess slips down into the nickel spot with Taylor and Hollowell (?) at the corner spots? Presumably the safeties will remain Gordon and Wilson/Avery (depending on who's winning that battle at a given moment).
When did the Countess-at-nickel plan come out?
Blake Countess is the nickel corner for the nickel package. That tentatively means Michigan is experimenting with a nickel package of Raymon Taylor (CB), Delonte Hollowell (CB), Blake Countess (NB), Thomas Gordon (S), and Courtney Avery (S).
So yeah, pretty much exactly what you said
Interesting move. And one I have no real opinion of, but will be interested to see how it plays out.
I have a feeling this is for when teams move there top receiver to the slot Michigan had the ability to move countess inside. Covering a guy in the slot is harder usually because the guy is off the line (can't jam) and the sideline isn't there for help. Not to mention you have to be able to tack on a linemen or TE or FB in the run game. If I remember right countess was solid in run defense
during the last presser, I believe.
Dude is a Frosh. He will be fine over the course of a career
Everyone knows that if a player isn't a starter on day one, he is never going to be good.
But yeah, I'm not worried about him in the long run, I just thought that he could bring a lot to the 2013 team.
Chesson and Frank Clark
Defense: between Frank Clark and James Ross III. Leaning toward JRIII
Offense: Can Devin count as a "breakout player" (in a more national sense)? If not, then I'd probably go with Jehu Chesson.
10 TDs and some 800 yards for Funchess
All conference for Ross
Maybe 600 yds is more reasonable... Still, I expect a lot of TDs for Funchess
Over/Under on how many more people comment on the first paragraph. 6
Not a popular pick but Richard Ash should make some noise this year
and cam gordon
I don't know if it would count, but I really hope one of the RBs has an outstanding season.
That would mean that our O line questions and concerns are answered positively. And if Gardner has a good running game this season he will tear it up.
I really think Tate Forcier and JT Turner are poised to have big years. Can't wait to see what they do for the ol' Maize 'n Blue.
Hahaha...it's funny because they aren't on the team anymore but you're making it sound like they are!
You are correct sir!
Cam Gordon is going to be fun to watch. He was great as a RFr. but then got burried on the depth chart and was a tweener between positions and coaching staffs the next two years. He will have a chip on his shoulder and an extra level of tenacity. He will be a turnover machine. When Ryan returns, I expect Beyer to move back to DE and Gordon will still get a bunch of snaps in various packages.
Chesson - been said before. With Darboh out, he gets a chance to see the field for long-balls and tds. I expect he has limited catches, but a lot of yards. And his presence will open up Funchess and Gallon to have better-than-expected stats.
2-Deep Break-out Player:
Joe Reynolds won't be a top 3 receiver, but he'll contribute a lot more than expected. Maybe I've been overly impressed with the scrimmage footage, but, if Gardner can hit the 3rd WR on the field with a slant for 1st downs and in the red-zone then this offense is going to be dangerous. I see Reynolds as that "slant" guy that will do the dirty work over the middle after four years of waiting for his chance. He'll still max out at 15-20 catches and 3 tds, but I bet one of those TDs comes in a huge, close, game.
more then Jeremy Jackson. we agree on Cam Gordon, wasn't he a 3 or 4* WR originally, needed to add weight and finally is looking heavy to play some LBer.
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Devin gardner will be the breakout player nationally as he starts his first full season and wins the heisman
expectations are high, but if he stays healthy (good lawd, please stay healthy!), he could be beyond awesome.
And I am hoping Pipkins will be a break out player on the D. I love that guy's personality, and that YouTube video impersonation of Hoke is no longer available. We need to see that again.
I'm going Kyle Kalis (he will make 2nd team B1G at least)
& on defense, let's go with....Greg Mattison? Idk, I think we will get some big plays from some young guys here and there, but I don't see anyone putting together quite the season Ross had last year. No one will breakout as much as we see a growth of the entire defense.
With the way people are freaking out about the OL, it is definitely Kalis on offense. If he's as good as advertised (future all-conference player with college-ready body and a year on campus), he should be a very solid player at this point (like Lewan, Molk. and Long were as RS freshmen playing more difficult spots). Chris Bryant should probably be 1B if he's healthy.
On D, Mario Ojemudia saw the field as a true freshman and is now significantly bulked up (gained 25-30 pounds). Nobody seems to be talking him up with Taco and his big wingspan on campus, but Super Mario should make some noise.
Ill go James Ross and Funchess. For some reason I just can't believe the Frank Clark hype until I see it
Offense: I'm inclined to say Funchess, but he disappeared a little bit after Gardner came in, so I'd say that the jury is still out on that. I'd say Chesson if for no other reason than he has to. He's got killer speed which will definitely help stretch the defense, but with Darboh down for the season, we need someone to emerge opposite Gallon, and I think he'll make the most of the opportunity.
Defense: James Ross III. He's got the makings of a stud in him, and with a ton of experience already under his belt, he's poised to be a tackling machine this Fall. He'll pick up a lot of the slack from Ryan's absence until he gets back in October. I'm not quite sure if Ross is at the level of first-team all conference yet, if for no other reason than Bullough and Shazier already have 2 of the 3 spots on lockdown and it'd be tough to grab that final spot, but I'd say he will be by his junior year. I say he'll make second-team status this Fall, and will be primed for even bigger things in 2014.
What? Come on!
Depends on your definition of breakout... Ross and Funchess seem most likely to take the step up from contributor to star (or borderline star) players like Jeremy Gallon and Jake Ryan did last year.
Pipkins for the sole reason of seeing his "Hoke-Walk" as a sack dance.
...Countess, Henry and Reynolds
Offense - Tight ends in general I think become a big part of the offense. Funchess, Williams, Butt. Crossing my fingers for some Norfleet in the open field action including special temas as well.
Defense - For some reason I'm envisioning Ojemudia making a lot of plays. Cam too.
Offensively I hope it's Fitz or Green (it means the team is reaching the goal of MANBALL)
Defensively I know the hype is on Clark, but I think Henry or Pipkins could be the guys we talk about most at the end of the season.