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Countdown to Kickoff - Day 22
A video with only practice clips, sweet.
I was seconds away from posting this. I even included a kitten in my post to appease you.
But seriously, this this one is 2:19 of pure ecstasy. My fire is quenched... for about 90 seconds.
Boys look good, of course hard to really tell (not in full pads and only first week), but I am super pumped for this season.
Looks like Tate actually IS practicing with the team! /s
Passes looked good except for the one by Gardner that got batted down. Fitz looks fast, Denard looks fast, everybody looks fast!
EDIT: After watching a few more times, a couple more observations:
- Good to see Ricardo getting some reps. He's a big guy, and hopefully he can help us out on the outside this year.
- I LOVE the way Denard tucks the ball away as soon as he decides to run. He's clearly been given a lot of coaching on that. Less turnovers, please!
- Both Denard and Devin have some serious jukes. My ankles hurt just watching Denard.
- Vincent Smith appears to be not only unafraid of contact, but running right into it, so hopefully that means his confidence in his knee is at 100%.
I think the knee confidence is more about cutting and being shifty than taking contact head-on. Howeva, I remember Smith trucked a guy last year in practice, so maybe he's just a little dude who can also pound it a little bit.
which is very good for us. All I could notice in this video was "wow that guy has huge shoulder pads for his size" and "wow that guy can move fast." One of these is a very good thing, the other is just a little funny.
Also, I know I don't need to say it, but Denard + Read Option = me very happy. Actually hold on, Denard + Running the ball in any way = me very happy
I have a man-crush on Denard.
and thirded. This video made it even moreso. but I've had it for a while.
(Commencing "I said he'd start at the beginning of last year guys srsly") I've known he was gonna be good, even when Tate was 100% (95%?) the main QB.
I also love Vincent Smith
Kenny Demens is ginormous.
Denard actually executing the zone read is going to be a problem for teams!
Did we already run out of interesting players to interview? I was hoping to hear whether Obi likes crunchy or creamy peanut butter.
Good Stuff.....the team is pressuring him to hold it tight.
At the beginning of the video? That wasn't Tate.
He was not running full speed, nor did I see any blockers, receivers or anybody else in on the play. I think that was probably a drill on proper technique to strip the ball from a carrier.
Plus, as noted, that's not Tate.
That was kevin leach #52 not tate
With Devin getting more air time than Tate.......
It is just a short video.................
Most likely it is telling that the video guy has a Dilithium man-crush too . . . but I don't think we can read too much into the distribution of snaps on a 2-and-a-half minute video posted on August 12.
Just one of the more recent inside/board jokes.
You telling him 'That's not very telling' is very telling.
Oh man, does this one psych you up or what.
A lot of flying dreads. Some good defensive plays. Demens, holy cow that young man is fit. Cam had a lock on Denard too. DG looking for real (the future is bright), like he could step in in the face of a double calamity. Smith in the mix at full speed. Fitz takes one to the house.
Oooh, I am psyched now!
the flying dreads also. As good as the team looked what scares me the most is all the underneath passes getting caught and giving up some YAC. I know it's a practice video and no pads, but after that Penn State game last year I feel like that is one area this D needs to improve.
That throw at 1:57 is not something he could have done last year. On the run, with a low, accurate throw.
That one pass by Gardner was a little forced, but that's why he's a freshman and will redshirt. Everyone looks killer, baby!
Also, when Gardner finally does play, he is fast and mobile, but I think besides being shifty, he's going to have an absolutely lethal straight arm. That's a big, powerful dude. That's like... if Henne could run.
Who is #28? Dude looked sick.
That's Fitzgerald Toussaint. He's good.
I need a smoke.
make the team if you're smoking!
to Tom Harmon.
The countdown makes me want the season here even more, if that was possible.
While it's kinda (read: not at all) interesting to know the favorite movies of players; the last few didn't have near enough clips from practice. More of these, please!
I know it is just a clip, but that looks like one BAD ASS football team.
A highlight film tends to do that ;-)
Maybe it's the maize colored glasses, but man does the pace look a lot faster than previous seasons' early practices.
- call me crazy, but Troy had his head down going full jets and it took him awhile to catch Fitz
- All 3 look to be throwing the ball accurately in the short passing game.
- Ricardo is a big dude
Someone should look up last year's Countdown videos and compare. I would read that post if someone wrote it.
...that Tate didn't run the ball much. Maybe the footage ended up on the cutting room floor.
... Tate in a slo-mo juke would not be nearly as exciting as Denard.
Curious as to why Denard prefers to carry the ball in his left hand.
I bet you when you move that fast, you need a hand away from your body to balance, and he's probably much more right hand dependent. So to keep the ball protected, he tucks it away in his left.
He's right handed, so by tucking it under the left arm, he can always have a hand on the ball even if he's transitioning to the run.
At least that's what I take from it
For some reason I really enjoyed seeing Kenny D demolish Gardner, imagine what he is going to unleash on the Big 10 this year. This was the best video so far in the countdown.
I feel so bad for Kovacs at 51 seconds. I hope his ankles don't hurt too bad. Don't feel bad, man. The Flash himself couldn't have gotten to Denard right there.
All I heard was Kovac's knee's slapping together...
what you heard was a sonic boom as Denard passed the speed of sound.
How could Denard have gotten to himself?
The other flash. You know, the slow one.
While watching the video, I was fully expecting the action to cut to an interview with a player. Nope. Just highlights baby. Me likes.
Devin looks pretty badass in that visor. Fitz and Denard looked good.
Anyone know why the QBs are sometimes in Blue jerseys, sometimes in white?
My guess is they have point systems in practice and when they wear one jersey they are getting points for that squad and vice versa.
When the offense is wearing Blue, if the QB is in white, don't hit him (similar to the Red Jersey in pro practices... but Red Sucks, leave that to the school down south)
Cannot wait for the season to start.
That was delicious!
My nipples are tingling!!! Seriously, the team just looks faster all the way around, and the execution just looks smoother. I'm not reading too much into fewer Tate clips, but I wouldn't count on Gardner's redshirt for certain.
Fitz looks great, but my money's still on #2 to have a breakout year at RB (health willing). Small stature, good speed, great cutting ability behind an improved line. KICK THE FUCKING BALL, ALREADY.
So are Denard, Vincent and Odoms having a who can have the longer dreads competition? It's tough to tell who is winning
His predator dreads appear to be a little longer than the others (I know, that's what she said).
I vote for Countdown to Kickoff to primarily comprise itself of awesome practice clips like this from now on. I mean, fine, maybe one interview every week or something, but seriously.
More. Practice. Clips. Please.
Countdown to Kickoff, now Dilithium charged.
Lovin' the countdown video, but what to do with the other 23 hours and 57 minutes of the day?
flying dreads and speed, all 3 qb's looked great! Fitz is a factor inside and outside, call me crazy but is Vince Smith or version of chris johnson he is bigger this year! And Kenny D will break legs this year!
Toussaint looks like the truth. Hopefully he can live up to his HS highlight tape this year. Ricardo Miller is huge and hopefully he can help this year as well. Everything looks so much smoother than ever before on offense.
Flat-out sweet video. Speed, speed , speed.
I can't believe some of you are actually tyring to glean relevant information from practice clips.
And I can't believe you chose to make a comment like that. If you don't want to glean info, why are you 1. watching the video, 2. posting here, 3. reading here! This is what we've done all summer!
People glean tweets, facebook statuses, SO running into people on campus, their haircuts, how much Denard looks like Desmond - and what that means for his touchdown totals. Why shouldn't we glean these clips? We're starved of football here, we haven't seen Michigan football since the spring game (except for a random picture taken in a Honda on State Street). we've got 22 (YES, ONLY 22) days until the season that we're all ridiculously excited for. We've had 109,901 threads on "Denard or Tate?" "Can we play defense?" "Is Martin the Hulk?" etc. over the course of this offseason, and now we have SOMETHING with which to substantiate our claims.
Yes, it's still the offseason. Yes these are random tiny clips. But guess what? We're here to talk about them anyway! If nothing else this speculation and this taste of football can help us get to 9/4 that much faster. Random gleanings and speculation are what the offseason is for. Michigan football really only exists for about 36 total hours of game time. Thanks to this, It lasts 24/7/365
eerily similar to Reggie Bush! Dude looked as fast as Reggie and Dennard to me!
Go Blue! Hail, Hail ...
For some reason, I keep hearing the ominous theme song from JAWS playing over and over in my head.
Hey. I'm gonna eat 'cha. I'm gonna eat that hairy leg. I'm gonna eat that other one, too. I can see right up in them shorts. Got lots of rows of teeth to chew you with. Dun-na, Dun-na, Dun-na. Oh, I did eat a fat kid on a raft earlier. That's OK though, I have been swimming a lot.
If that does not get you pumped for kick-off....nothing will.
I was a bit surprised at the amount of contact involved considering they are not in full pads.
Michigan 42.....UCONN 17.