Yeah, but a single put-back basket (Final Four, Illinois) made it all worthwhile. He gets a pass just for that.
Favorite player that never lived up to expectations
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..