was antonio bass going to be the first denard? i was expecting an era based on the hype. unfortunately, injury prevented us from ever finding out.
Favorite player that never lived up to expectations
Antonio Bass was said to be on another level athletically and those outside of practice never really got to see it. The other, even though he played well, didn't play enough to live up to his pre-Michigan expectations was Drew Henson. The guy probably had more physical tools than any QB I can remember at Michigan and he didn't even start for an entire season because of injury and leaving early.
Bass wasn't really a QB in Carr's system. He was more of a Percy Harvin type WR/RB/QB hybrid.
(EDIT: never mind, I see you were saying that about Henson.)
seconded on Drew Henson. When I was a little kid I found it incredible that such a highly touted athlete could live so close by to me. I always asked my parents to drive by Brighton High School just so I could see if he was practicing or out on the field. Rooted for him in all his endeavors. What could have been.
Definitely Kevin Grady. I saw too much of him in high school and could only see him doing great things at Michigan. Oh well.
Crazy coincidence, I saw way too much of him at Skeeps.
(Not that crazy considering everyone who went to Skeeps in those days can share my story)
Basketball, Jerod Ward.
He had so much hype but injuries kept him from seeing his true potential.
Thats a good one. #1 player in the nation out of Mississippi I believe. Damn knee injuries
"He scores like we breath."
He must have had asthma.
Agreed, this is right when I started watching recruiting and I think I watched his highlight clip about 1000 times
Agreed, this is right when I started watching recruiting and I think I watched his highlight clip about 1000 times
Agreed, this is right when I started watching recruiting and I think I watched his highlight clip about 1000 times
This thread is depressing...
Forcier. I thought he'd be special.
he did turn out to be special, but not how you think
I know he transferred but damn I was excited about him. Also, Grady and I remember being really excited about Tony Posada...I REALLY missed the boat on that one!
Kevin Grady, He would bowl over people in his HS tapes and then show up and according to sources, not put the work ethic into it, thinking he would do the same. It was a huge dissapointment. Forcier at least gave us some great memories before the breakdown. Kid was magical when he wanted to be, and I will never have any hate for him. I apprectaed what he did for us the time that he was here, but yes, he could have done so much more. McGuffie had a target on his head from the onset, so he was getting far too many concussuins and didnt want to move to a DB position, which I think he would have done well in.
He seemed like a good kid who had the misfortune of coming to UM when we were on the way down. His upright running style made him vulnerable to big hits, and he didn't have the opportunity to display the ability in space that he displayed in HS.
He still contributed but never to the level I had hoped.
Woods actually had on-field success, finishing 2nd on the team in tackles as a sophomore while leading the team with 7 sacks and 14 TFL, all on a Big Ten title team. Then Coach Carr stopped putting him on the field the next two years and kids from Glenville stopped considering Michigan.
Not sure we've ever learned what put him in the doghouse or why he couldn't ever get out.
This is a rumor, and obviously I want it known that it's a rumor....but I recall hearing the reason that Woods didn't see the field much his last 2 years had something to do with him possibly injuring Matt Gutierrez sometime during the summer of 04.
Which brings me to my disappointment which was in fact Matt Gutierrez, he was supposed to be the guy that was in the system for a few years and would be able to take the offense to the next level, not that Henne didn't do that but Gutierrez certainly would have been a nice bridge to Henne.
I agree with Woods, and although Sean Crable and Prescott Burgess were contributors as well, I always saw them as future NFL first rounders with some of their high school hype
Justin Turner. We needed corners BAD and he was supposed to be incredible coming out of high school. Ouch.
It's incredible how he was a 5 star and our top rated recruit in that class, and now 4 years later he's a mere 2 star and going to play for Hawaii. Bummer
i think there were reasons he ended up in AA and never saw cbus
Justin Fargas (OK, he did live up to the billing but elsewhere)
Jamal Crawford (left too early)
Kevin Gaines (what a disaster)
Max Martin. Wasn't he supposed to be the stud RB recruit the year we brought in Hart?
Yes! Great call with Max Martin. Didn't he set the Alabama state rushing record when he left high school? Anyway, I think we know why the SEC let him go elsewhere.
Martin transferred from Michigan to Bama, but got booted off the team before he could even sit out a year as a transfer. He then (it looks like) failed to get academically eligible at Alabama A&M.
It looks like being a knucklehead had more to do with his problems/production than any lack of ability.
Gaines has turned his life around, BTW, and is now playing for a team in Australia's equivalent of a D-league:
If Junior Hemingway had consistent QB play and was able to avoid injuries....a TE with WR speed....
Charles Woodson...I thought he'd be a Senator by now and have successfully started a billion dollar company. Slacker.
Been said, but this was beyond letdown. There ate more, but this was the worst to me
his books SUCK!!!
All things considered, he had a solid career at Michigan, but the hype surrounding him when he came in was that he would be the next shut down corner after Woodson. Suffice to say, he never approached that level of performance. I think the other disappointment that immeditately pops out when measuring on-field performance vs recruiting hype is Will Campbell.
Tate for obvious reasons.
There are two specifically due to injury:
Brandon Minor was an animal his junior year, only to be devastated by injury.
Tae Odoms provided solid production, but his injury at the start of the coaching transition really hurt his impact his senior year.
Keving Grady by far, though, and I guess some of that had to do with the fact that he was living in Hart's shadow for so long. Most recently, though, it has to be Will Campbell.
A little different response but Denards senior year. I thought it was going to be ridiculous with the whole second year with Borges deal and Borges learning to use him better. Whelp :(
Came here to say the same thing.
Denard's easily in my top 5 favorite players and his expectations were to win the B1G Championship his senior year - and maybe the Heisman.
Sure it was a perfect storm of dat schedule, the fusion cuisene not really working out, and of course the injury - but he still covers those two criteria.
I watched him play in high school and he was incredible. I thought he was going to be a great one at Michigan.
Didn't he transfer to USC and end up in the NFL? He just didn't do it here in AA.
He transferred after horrible broken leg against Wisconsin. He had a nice career for USC and played with Palmer before going to Raiders. Just wish he did it at UM.
sat out a year after breaking his leg and when he came back lloyd moved him to DB just to get him out on the field i think we had a ton of RB's... fargas stuck it out that year as a DB and then decided to transfer to USC to play one year at running back...
Matt Gutierrez is a guy I wish we'd gotten a chance to see in football.
Gavin Groninger is a guy who seemed to develop a weird mental block and played way below his ability level. I just remember watching him warm up as a senior and he would hit three after three with a feather-soft touch and then throw down a reverse jam without looking like he was trying. Then he would get in the game for 5 minutes, throw up one three (an ugly miss 4/5 of the time) and sit back on the bench. Somewhere he is destroying the competition in some rec league.
Here's a guy who had one of the best pedigree's coming in as a QB: went to one of the finest football factories in the west (Concord DeLaSalle) and never lost a regular season game as a starter. Had the size, brain, and attitude to be a success. Really a shame when the shoulder injury occurred. But, he should have gotten more of a chance to play the next year when Henne was stinking out the place for stretches. Can't blame him for transferring.
I know he had a rough past and all of that, but he seemed like the perfect player to turn our secondary around.
Did anyone else find it odd that Kelvin Grady switched from basketball to football? He became a wide receiver in an offense that doesn't utilize wide receivers much. I feel like he would've helped the basketball team more.
That guy missed more open layups than most players attempt in a career. Glad he switched to football.
also not the biggest fan of playing defense when he was on the basketball team... there is a reason why 2 walkons were getting more playing time then him before he left to go play football...
Came in with such high expectations, was more or less the Shane Morris of his time, except he was expected to take over from the first day of practice. For part of his freshman year, he completely surpassed expectations, and we thought we had the makings of the next great Michigan QB. Then he came crashing down to Earth in the typical Forcier family fashion.
For obvious reasons: http://www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com/2007/08/22/hero-for-our-time-mar...
How can you call him a bust? He got a fuck lion! How many fuck lions do you have?
That's weird... When I worked on a project w/ him in late '06, he made me introduce him in the presentation as, Marques 'Big Dawg' Slocum. I wonder when he switched it up to 'Grand Marques'
Never forget the fuck lion
is Clarence Williams. He played a nice supporting role as a RB and returner on several good teams in the 90's (including 97), but he's another example of a player who was super hyped coming in as a freshman. Was going to be this super fast, home run threat at tailback. Instead, he turned into a reliable third down/ receiving back but never seriously challenged the likes of Biakabatuka, Howard and A-Train for the lead back position.
If you want to take it back to the 80's, don't forget Allen Jefferson. That dude was dangerous as a returner and could have been a good RB, but he was too injury prone. Another guy who got a lot of pub when he first got to Ann Arbor as a freshman, but never really panned out.
Agreed on Williams. Williams, Crable, and Hood were are few guys that all sort of fit the mold of guys you just looked at them and watched them move that you could tell they were physical studs. They just seemed incredibly athletic. Although Crable had a decent career I don't think any of them lived up to their ability.
Zia Combs. I was at that game he was injured. Showed great promise.
I still believe Kevin Grady had elite talent but it just never clicked for him for a variety of reasons (drinking, fumbles, loss of confidence, poor vision, etc).
There was a TD run early in his career (ND?) where dudes just bounced off of him and he showed great acceleration and breakaway speed. I remember thinking "holy crap, this guy is going to be amazing.". And then it never happened. Anyone remember this play?
Of Rawls run early last year. You're thinking "maybe this kid's got something," then... not so much...
He had size and speed. I really thought that he was going to be the next Woodson.
a what kind of straight liquor are you drinking right now after reviewing this thread thread would be timely...
No doubt, Kelly Baraka.
Recruiting rankings weren't nearly as mainstream as they are today, but Simmons was ranked as the #1 DE in the nation, if I recall correctly. We tried to play him at LB, but it never took.
With then national power Penn State having just joined the Big 10, attracting a top-flight recruit from New Jersey was a big deal. New Jersey was big Penn State territory back then.
Simmons flamed out fairly quickly, and he transferred to Maryland in '96.
Bass got tragically injured, Grady stayed and did nothing, McGuffie left after getting destroyed for a year.
A lot of hype with those guys, little to show for it.
Sidenote, for those relating it to Green...I'm not 100% sold he'll be GREAT, but I'm a firm believe he'll be at least "good."
Don't forget guys like Brandon Graham and Woodley came in with tons of hype.
It's all hit on miss in the end...it's nice to talk about but you could be Graham/Woodley...you could be Schilling/Burgess or you could be Grady/Paul (yes, Will Paul).
I think one of themes is kids who had a log of potential, but thought they could get by without hard work. What excites me about this class is that it is full of kids who are praised for their work ethic. I remember reading that Green is always the first one to workouts and last one to leave. Natural ability + great work ethic = success on and off the field.
Justin Turner, he did absolutey nothing.
Because I keep coming up with names from the past way too easily. The latest one is Tyrone Butterfield. I don't recall how highly touted of a recruit he was but I do distinctly remember that on a team with Mercury Hayes and Amani Toomer at the WR position, Butterfield was given the #1 jersey. As far as I recall, the biggest "play" he ever made was dropping a pass very late in the 95 Virginia game. Had he held on to the ball, he would have been tackled for a short gain inbounds, time would have expired and there would have been no last second Dreisbach to Hayes miracle. So basically, he made the smartest drop in Michigan history and that was about it. How the hell he got the #1 jersey was a mystery to me then and is still a mystery to me today.
But it was still a special honor at the time.
The #1 jersey was definitely a big deal at that point. Consider the 3 guys who wore it immediately preceding Butterfield: AC, McMurtry, Alexander. Consider the guys who wore it after Butterfield: Terrell, Braylon. That jersey was rarely handed out to WRs 15-20 years ago and just like today, if you were given that number it meant you were supposed to be a damn good WR. It's been a big deal ever since AC wore it.
Denard was my fav player
and he did underachieve in his final year..
ripped it up with over 1400 yds as a redshirt soph in '88, but then blew his knee out against Minny the next season, and his life spiraled downhill horribly after that.
stories. The post career spiral is beyond tragic.
Basically all of them but if I had to choose I would say Mcaguffie.
Undefeated at Concorde De La Lasalle.
Teammates loved him.
Torn labrum, enter Chad Henne.
...but wondered how great he would have been if he had stayed for senior year instead of pursuing a baseball career.
It would've been really interesting and exciting to see what this kid would've done if he had stayed healthy.
Played two seasons and looked like he was about to become the pre- Brandon Graham. But struggled with off- field issues and wound up leaving the team. Resurfaced later in the MAC and then had a brief NFL career.
Surprisingly, he actually lasted 12 years in the league and played in over 160 games.
Really? Wow. I don't watch much NFL football so I probably should have checked that out before posting. But the fact that he played 12 years in the League does tend to make me even more bummed that we didn't have him for his junior & senior seasons.
I was just as surprised as you are. I just remember hearing his name a while back so I had checked it out.
Bryan Hogan. I wanted to see him in the net so bad, even when Hunwick was playing well I still hoped Hogan could make it back. He was such an amazing goalie, but he just couldn't get over that groin injury.
Fur sure. Such a shame too. Such an electrifying player only to get caught up in legal troubles and floundered in his senior season at Baylor. :(
That's a really good one that no one has mentioned. Would've been great to have him this past year.
I'm happy he was at the very least productive his senior year, and absolutely wish him the best going forward.
But when he announced M his senior year, and I watched that goofball flex him muscles after putting on the M hat, I hoped this guy would just dominate once here, moreso because I found him to be hilariously entertaining.
The hilariously entertaining part lived up to the hype with how he wore his jersey and his comments from Tampa this year, but man I had high hopes for him.
Stevie Brown...his good to great Senior year notwithstanding, he got moved all around and would mix in a healthy dash of flashes and boneheaded plays. I was very happy to see him succeed this year with the Giants.
David Underwood, was hyped up to be the premier back in 2004. He was passed up by a true freshman Mike Hart after the third week because how poorly he performed.
Steve Brown, had a good senior year but through his career he never could really find his niche in the defense.
Matt Gutierrez, injured a week before the 2004 season. He had 3 years in the system and had a much bigger understanding of the playbook than true freshman Chad Henne.
Drew Henson, never lived up to expectations in football or baseball.
Came in as a 5 star, languished behind perry, got his shot senior year vs ND, got a concussion and was relieved by some punk kid named Hart.
At least that is how it seemed to do.
Also Fargas and Jon Ritchie.
...former U-M cornerback Will Peterson is somebody who certainly fits the bill of someone who didn't live up to expectations.
Peterson (now known as William James) was a high school all-American and attended the University of Michigan for two years, one of them with the school's 1997 national championship team, before being booted from the football team for two off field incidents after his 1998 season.
Peterson was accused of stealing $46 from the purse of a stripper at an on-campus party and, in a separate incident later, he was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana.
After his dismissal from U-M following the 1998 season, Peterson transferred to Youngstown State and then to Western Illinois, where he became a defensive standout and eventually a third-round draft pick of the New York Giants.
Most NFL experts agreed that Peterson probably would have been a high first-round draft pick if not for those two incidents after his 1998 season at U-M.
All told, Peterson played in 21 games for U-M as a freshman and sophomore, and though he had few starts, led the team in interceptions in 1998 with four.
Prescott Burgess, 5 star defensive back that outgrew his position and could never develop into a great linebacker.
Dan O'neil. Not really a favorite of mine just didn't live up to expectations.
Came in as the #1 running back in the country. Set the freshman running record at UM and then did nothing after that. Came down with a bad case of fumble-itis.
was also a guy named Tyrone Wheatley who had something to do with it.
Mostly because of injuries his junior and senior years. He had 1357 yards and 7.3 yards per carry as a sophmore but because of those injuries and missed games he was never able to top that.
He was also affected by the switch from artificial turf to grass. Wrt his fumbling, I almost broke my hand punching a very heavy bar chair the day before an international trip after he coughed one up.
I don't remember how hyped he was but Allen Jefferson was a bad ass who didn't pan out much because of a leg injury as I recall.
who was unheralded coming in, but exceeded all expectations by the end.
Not a disappointment really but early on I wanted to see Chris Floyd at RB don't know if that counts or not
Demitrius Smith, the 280lb. FB along with Sean Sanderson, another huge FB
Michigan's recruiting coordinator Chris Singletary was a highly thought of kid coming out of Detroit that never quite lived up to lofty recruiting expectations. Looked like a monster OLB/DE.
Shawn Crable/Prescott Burgess - they started and did ok but I expected them to be superstars.
On the Basketball side
Albert White, Willie Mitchell, Jerod Ward.
Sam McGuffie and Justin Fargas, because I always get irrationally excited for running backs.
Hoops: Jerod Ward
Football: Justin Fargas
Yes, I attended in the early 90's.....
Man that dude had serious talent and when was the last time we snagged a kid from Mississippi?
....he walked into CCRB with Travis Conlan summer term before freshman season to play a pick-up game and was pinned against glass by a 5'9 guy on my team when Ward went baseline for a dunk. Disclaimer...Ward was wearing a pair of Teva's at the time. The fact that he owned let alone thought it was wise to play b-ball in Teva's was also a red flag.
Kelvin Grady no doubt!!
Some combination of Max Martin/David Underwood. Coming into the 04 season I thought Underwood was going to take over at RB and we would have two talented freshmen to take carries when necessary. Then Underwood underachieved, Martin never got going, and Hart took over the position. Granted, the whole Hart thing worked out pretty well, but we ran him into the ground. I still wonder, if Martin had panned out could Hart have avoided the injury bug he picked up later in his career? We could have had a backfield similar to Auburn's in that year (OK, probably not as good). And if Hart had avoided the injuries in college could he still be playing in the NFL?
And if we are talking injuries can we just put the entire 2007 season on this list? Hart missed a chunk of The Horror with an injury and still went for like 188 yards. If he had been healthy the whole game I think we win and then who knows with Oregon if Hart and Henne are both healthy. And of course the last two games with a one-armed Henne. That was going to be such a good year...
hyping up Agim Shabaj. That ended well.
I got Drew Henson. He showed flashes of absolute brilliance while at UM, but ended up being remembered more for getting in Brady's way early and leaving Michigan for the Yankees (which I understand).
He stated recently that he would have come back for his senior season given the choice again. I think he could have gone down as one of the greats had he stayed and concentrated exclusively on football, and would most likely have been a top-five draft pick.
What could have been...
Repping Grand Rapids man! Best Running Back in Michigan high school football ever! Of all time!
Just let it shine through
I also hated to see John Anes leave after that great freshman season.
He had a pretty good career at Stanford as I recall.
you are thinking of john ritchie, he is the one that transfered to standford... john anes played afew years later for michigan had an awesome game as a feshman finished out the year and then just left the team...
A lot of folks have mentioned who they were disapointed on based on their recuriting hype, which is cool because we've had a fare share of those and it's interesting to think back of them and what could have been. But, I was kinda thinking of guys you were dissapointed in based on what you say of them in their early days at UM versus their recruiting hype.
I'd say Drew Henson. If not for injuries and leaving town for the cash of big league baseball, I think he didn't live up to the lofty expectations of national championships that were expected with him there.
His time at Michigan also limited the playing time for Tom Brady. Hard to say, but if Tom had been starter for more than one year, he may have done more.
He started all of 1998 and 1999. He did split playing time with Henson for the first half of 1999, but Henson played sparingly in the second half of the season. This showed in the final stats; Brady had 341 attempts and Henson only 90.
The last qb to win in the horseshoe, sadly. Then lured away by buckeye steinbrenner.
Drew Hensen if for only what could've been. He's the only guy who was able to keep Tom Brady from playing full time in the past 15 years. If you watch any games from the 2000 season you can see just how effortlessly he was able to throw the ball and he coupled tremendous arm strength with a nice soft touch. Plus he could flat out run.
That year we lost to UCLA in Cali when he was hurt (welcome to college football John Navare) and then we lost 32-31 to Purdue and 54-51 to Northwestern in a game replayed no less than 1,000,543 times on both BTN and ESPN Classis last month alone. In a way I kinda think the offense we ran that year will be pretty close to what we are projecting to run this year and beyond.
Hands down, Sam McGuffie. The kid had that sick highlight video and could have really been something, but for those darned concussions. (Being on RichRod's '08 squad didn't help much either.) But he generated some real excitement with his HS highlights and defender-jumping abilities...
What about Trevor Pryce?
Looked like he was going to be a stud but got kicked off the team for blowing up toilets with cherry bombs in a dorm or something. Transfered to Clemson, ended up being a first round pick going to a bunch of pro bowls.
Gutierrez is #1 for me; he seemed like he was destined for greatness.
Others (in order of disappointment):
I can't decide between Ryan Mallet, Will Cambell, or Justin Turner. All three were highly ranked recruits at positions of need that ultimatly set us back.
Mallet: Kid looked like a taller, more accurate version of Sugar Shane. He played pretty good in his one season with us. However, ultimatly him leaving (or Rich Rod forcing him out) forced us to play a Sheridan/Threet, and then a fresman QB.
Cambell: Big Will looked like a stud. He was blessed with the size and strength to be something special. He should've turned into stud. Unfortanetly that pad level (or lack of coaching in his first three years).
Turner: Looked like a stud in the Army All American game. I remember a lot of people comparing him to Charles Woodson. Was at a HUGE position of need. Ultimatly he couldn't find any playing time despite the worst secondary in Michigan history.
Also, I don't know if anyone established this yet, but Hart never played for Rich Rod.
Turner had huge attitude problems, which I'm sure were a larger part of his undoing than his talent level. The chapter "Breakfast Club" in Three and Out told me all I needed to know about him.
And his cast.
While that may be an unpopular response, the Sky is the limit for most kids. For Dilithium, the limit was unimagineable; Heismans, MNCs, his own cooking show (#eating). Imagine what could have been accomplished with a competent D coordinator in years 1 &2.
Team 133 showed us all a glimpse of what we could expect in 2012; only to have it derailed by a rebelious ulnar nerve.
When I think of all he accomplished, despite those circumstances, and his willingness to support the Team with a smile...
God Bless Denard Robinson
I really liked the last bit you shared and I also agree that he fared better in RR's offense than in Borges'. However, his biggest weakness was his lack of passing skills. He was one of the best in the country with the ball in his hands, but his abilities as a passer and his decision making in reading coverage are what held him back. And, those are just as much of liabilities as a QB as his running skills are dangerous. So, I guess in my mind he did pretty well with his skill base.
I know it was a while back but he was supposed to be another great #1... never lived up to the number.
Drew Hnson and Matt Guiterrez were also very talented kids that never quite lived up to expectations.
Had a really good career at Michigan and was a 3rd round NFL pick. Bo gave him that number as a freshman and he represented it well. Quiet kid who ran like a gazelle and made a lot of big catches in his career. He even threw a 45 yard TD to Chris Calloway against Indiana in 88.
Yeah, I wasn't expecting to see McMurtry on this list.
A favorite player implies living up to the expectations. /s
As others have said, Drew Henson was probably the one who fit in this category. Incredibly hyped out of Brighton when he re-wrote several HS football and baseball records. He was actually pretty good at Michigan with a strong arm as a QB, and could scramble. But alas he spread himself too thin trying to make it in baseball, then a very brief stint in the NFL (like one game with Dallas as I recall).
Boubacar Cissoko. Combo of great player and great name.
After awful first year as a starter with a 7 pick game at MSU leads team to Hall of Fame win with Gary Moeller subbing for Bo with a last second 4th down toss to Kolesar to beat Alabama.
Following year loses starting job to Michael Taylor, regains job mid season after Taylor gets hurt and leads Michigan to the Rose Bowl beating Jeff George and the Illini to clinch berth then ohio in Columbus with the Dick Vermeil "oh my god" Kolesar hook up. Beats a Rodney Peete USC squad in the Rose Bowl giving Bo his second and last Rose Bowl win. 0 picks that year.
Dismissed from team before the following season. Kid had a cannon, one of the strongest arms I've seen at Michigan. He was also really fast. Such a shame.
he was supposed to be the next Woodson, only better. (i think those were Woodson's own words.)
Basketball: Sean Higgins. All the hype, total hassle with the prop 48, left early. The very last guy drafted in his draft.
Yeah, but a single put-back basket (Final Four, Illinois) made it all worthwhile. He gets a pass just for that.
Kinda backwards to this conversation, but WTF was with Stevie Brown those first couple years?
David Cone! I miss him and his rapping!
McGuffie is a no brained for me. I was pumped when we got him. However, it might have been out of his control (concussions).
Guy was an absolute man/child specimen coming out of high school. His wingspan... My God... He would be sitting down with his hands on his knees and then stand up, and his hands were still on his knees. He was a prototype pass rusher who just couldn't put the mental aspects together. Kerwin Waldrop was another.
Jim Detwiler was a 6'3" 215 HB in themid-1960s. I recall two major knee injuries that kept him from becoming what might have been the best running back in UofM history.
Also would have been a dominant OLB in the mid-90's but a shoulder injury kept Jim out. He had all the tools. His injury and Scott Driesbach's are two that I wish I could just erase. Two great guys with great potential.
Justin Feagin. Did he ever actually do any jail time?
We'll always have the Metrodome...
When he committed, he was rated as the number 4 pro-style QB in the country and we hoped that he would be a strong replacement for Matt Gutierrez for at least his senior season. Instead, he dropped football after Henne passed him, played a year of baseball here, got drafted by the White Sox, and wound up going 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA against the Tigers while there.
Clayton has actually gone on to become a fairly good Major League pitcher for the Padres, sub 4.00 ERA the past 3 seasons.
I also have to go with Sam McGuffie. Not for the flip but, he was from Texas and dominated there. So dissapointing. I thought he would have been able to take a hit.
LaVell Blanchard. Good player, better guy, but his recruiting rankings had him as one of the top players in the nation, more a destined for the NBA soon guy who would carry your team rather than a four year leading producer on bad basketball teams. He was really good, but his rankings made you think he'd be all world.
So I think I've gone through the thread and am amazed to see not a single Kelly Baraka reference? He was lightning quick and had all the billings of the next Wheatley in terms of pure speed, and never saw the field once in his year and a half at Michigan.
Would be another minus his game against Northwestern in the monsoon game.
He was so promising early and we never really got to see what he could have been.
...how about every RB who has been described by Fred Jackson.
Mister Simpson or Cobrani Mixon
Campbell. It's amazing what a solid D line guy can do up the middle and he just never showed it. Even through the RR years I have to imagine he would have bolstered our defense. After the dancing and all, that was a painful few years to watch..