"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
CTK Day 8 - Scrimmage #2 Highlights
I saw lots of nice plays by Stribling. Wilson had a nice knock away. And Shane tossing it 50-60? yards on a short drop was physically impressive even if it was into tight coverage.
Has a cannon on him. Wow. That kid is going to be really good.
I feel a lot better about Morris being the back-up after watching that video.
Love that he was all over his man like glue. Morris put that throw right in stride for whoever the receiver was, he was just blanketed.
I think the WR is Jehu Chesson.
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Wow... Channing Stribling looks extremely tall, and he made some great plays on the ball....
Channing Stribling was everywhere.
De'Veon Smith run looked like his highschool highlight reel.
The spin move was really nice, but then to keep his balance and wade through all that garbage and come out the other side was amazing.
I think too many people around here are selling smith short. He was a consensus 4-star recruit, and on many teams would be considered a prized recruit. The kid is physically impressive, came to camp looking in shape (not meant at a shot at Green) and has a great combination of size, power and agility. I wouldn't be shocked if he becomes a major contributor over the next year or two.
Also, probably his single best attribute, which I highlighted, is his balance. He just seems to be able keep/regain his feet when he gets hit. I'm really glad to see that it is translating to the college level.
smith's practice highlights have looked better than green's. on a somewhat related note, chris bryant had a nice block on green's run.
You mean the 10-15 or so combined runs we've seen of them? Pretty small sample size if you ask me. Granted, the runs we have seen from Smith look pretty good. Just saying we haven't seen that many from either.
I reminds me a little bit of Marshall/Gurley out of Georgia. Marshall was the more heralded recruit, but Gurley looked better his freshman year.
I love that we got Green and Smith in this previous class. I think they're both going to do great things at Michigan.
They are actually a nice compliment to each other. It won't be one or the other down the road, it will be both.
When the young OL's step up, this O is going to be nasty (to go along with the nasty D.)
The future looks bright. What makes a champion is not having any weaknesses to expliot. That's much more important than having a few ultra-stars surrounded by some exploitable players.
The whole theme of not having many recruiting candidates that can be called sleepers because they're all solid 4-stars is the most exciting development in Michigan football in years. Moreso that the 5-stars that show up.
Combined with the solid coaching they'll get, it produces a team without exploitable weaknesses.
I'll just come right out and say it. Deveon looked like Mike Hart on that one play.
I wish I could argue, but I can't. If there's a difference, it's that Smith is bigger and is able to finish runs through people and fall forward. Hart would have to do a final juke to find a way to fall forward, but he always did. I'm not saying he'll be Hart, but he has a hell of an upside from what we've seen.
The more I see Deveon, the more excited I get. The only issue in my mind is the interior OL. I know I'm the first to express that concern.
It looked more like a Brandon Minor run. One of his angry runs with a good finish.
Stribling looks to be the real deal. He is big and can cover man to man
Or was our oline getting blown up by the D??? The D had Gardener on the run A LOT
Not sure who's running 1's and 2's but Chris Bryant looked a little gimpy out there too.
Fingers crossed for the OLine to come together sooner rather than later. Notre Dames Dline is going to be a Huge, Huge test for team.
Our OL looked to be getting knocked off the ball pretty good. Hopefully that means we have the best DL in the nation.....
I'm not sure how much it matters, but it looked like Lewan didn't play on any of these snaps, or maybe not at all. This probalby doesn't help with the pass pro.
the oline didnt look stellar but Lewan wasnt out there and it seemed like every hightlight showed a different combination.
Because if not, sans Lewan & Schofield it's unfair to judge the line.
Schofield did play a little, but not much at all. Same goes for Chris Bryant, who apparently has secured the LG spot. It also sounds like Joe Reynolds is the early favorite to win the outside WR spot opposite Gallon. This is all word of mouth stuff, so take it for what its worth.
Reynolds made a great catch. He supposedly has good speed, so hopefully he can have a real good senior season. He must know the system inside-out by now.
Reynolds is a state champion and three-time all-stats performer in TRACK. Speed has never been a problem for him. It appears he's finally using his physical gifts...though I still think Chesson plays more. But they'll both play a lot.
schofiled got beat pretty bad by cam gordon. schofield was at LT on that play.
Was very impressed with what I saw from Channing!
Showed really good pocket presence by sliding left or right to avoid the rush after his first play. Good to See seeing as he can make all the throws. Just has to get a feel of the speed of the college game.
He already has that footwork that Al likes to see.
Good to see confirmation on Shane Morris' cannon.
Stribling is everywhere, but very very skinny.
Great run by Smith and Green's one run was good. Did I not see Fitz with any carries?
Fitz held out in this scrimmage per Hoke. They're protecting him and he doesn't need the reps.
Well I guessed I missed that piece of info, thanks for passing it along.
Stribling is on the slight side, but it doesn't seem to impact his tackling. He looked good and I'm not as concerned about his size. Yes, it would be good if he were a bit bigger, and a long season could wear him down, but it isn't like he's playing the 1-tech.
Huh. I actually thought Shane looked pretty good there. Again, maybe a tad late on a throw or two, but kept his head under pressure.
Aside from Gallon im not sure we have a guy who can go win a one on one with a pure cover corner. That is going to be an issue in November so hopefully a few wrs will emerge. Devin looked okay and Shane looked pretty good in there to be honest. Shane has serious arm talent. Our D looks very good against our offense and im not sure how much can be taken from that at this stage. I think our offense will be improved but that will hinge on a couple unexpected wideouts making big production jumps from what is currently expected. Contrary to the wr concerns...Im very excited about our running game. I think we have a stable and a group of bullies up front that just might have us in Indy in December. Question will loom is can we find a way to beat Ohio twice!?
However, the Oline is starting to worry a bit. I get the feeling we are "slightly" better than last year but almost in the same boat.
Hope I'm wrong.
i think it goes back to chemistry. I think the fact that there is still competition this late in the camp because that is what the coaches want, you have guys who are playing worried and thinking to much instead of just letting their natural ability show. Why do u think coaches name their starters at QB so early? To allow them to make mistakes with the first group but also to play through them and get better as a team.
From what little we've seen in these highlights, Funchess looks improved and that could be a real difference maker this season. If he can put it all together, he can be our #2 receiver this year.
Shane looked better than I expected. Defense is looking fast and furious. 2team OL is rough still.
Channing making some plays out there in the secondary. Kind of cool.
I thought Shane looked reall goo for a freshman actually. Good pocket awareness and not afraid to let one fly. He's gonna be good.