was also a guy named Tyrone Wheatley who had something to do with it.
good luck with that
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.
I really liked Lawrence Reid before he got injured. But he was pretty under the radar so I'll say Matt Gutierrez.
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.
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.