Nice to see that quality preferred walk-on that looks like a diamond in the rough football player but a high quality and character person. Welcome to the University of Michigan Gary!
Hello Gary Yerden - Preferred Walk-On
What the fuck are you blabbering about?
This is why we need real negs back.
Just playing around. I still have no idea what that comment was trying to convey.
It's the first few paragraphs of the article, with a few lines bolded to show how freakishly strong this young man is. Also, to emphasize that he's only been playing football for a year and hence was not recruited extensively.
On my phone I replied to a different comment. I must be seeing something different than you are.
because you seem to be communicating in english. How is it that you can't read that?
Edit: This was to Biakabatookus. Must be tired. Sorry.
I get to post a reply to your post and earn 1 more MGoPoint :-)
FYI - I replied to a comment that was idiotic. I assume the mods deleted it, so it looks like I was bashing a comment that was completely understandable. Anyway, I'm not the type to make mean comments for no reason, even if it appears that I did so. C'est la vie.
that doesn't show up here. It's absolutely unintelligible, and that's what Biakabatookus was replying to. Not replying to Beeks. FWIW, I laughed out loud when I read B's reply last night
Thanks Bodog! Now everyone thinks I'm an asshole, when I'm actually just hilarious.
I think this quote is incredibly important for more than just identifying Gary Yerden on a preferred walk on: the importance of resecuring the relationships with certain instate high school coaches that had frayed during the Rodriguez era. Remembering back to a thread from a few months ago regarding how ties to certain programs were neglected during the Rodriguez era, one of the coaches who was identified in that article was Schermerhorn. The general response, most notably from Magnus, was "who cares, Portage Northern isn't a Michigan pipeline so it doesn't matter if he's kept in the loop". I think this proves exactly how important it is to keep those coaches in the loop. Not necessarily because Portage Northern (or other programs with coaches formerly in the loop) is particularly likely to send players from their school to Michigan, but because these coaches are highly involved and "in the know" within their respective regions and having that connection with the Michigan coaches gives them a leg up on the competition.
Let's see ... 6'6" and 330, 630# dead lift. As they say on the 'blog, "Hello, nurse!"
There's probably a catch. It might be that his 40-yard dash efforts are timed with a sun dial. Even so, he'll be fun to have in the weight room.
If he pancakes the opposing D linemen, I have no issue with him being slow as hell.
They are called trenches for a reason, not a lot of space.
I think this guy sounds like an awesome preferred walk-on, but let's not discount the importance of speed and agility. Anyone care to take a trip back to the land of Andy Moeller?
But that same offensive line beat Florida in the Capital One Bowl.
Um, yeah, and they also lost to Appy State and Oregon earlier in the year. (Aside: It's amazing how one game can color people's perceptions of a whole era.)
There was a dry period (with Jake Long and David Baas as obvious exceptions) for O-linemen at Michigan after the 2000 (Hutchinson, Backus, Williams, Brandt) season, especially for a school famous for that position.
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Of course, this gets away from the main point. As preferred walk-ons go, this guy sounds great. I bothered to speculate on his speed only because so many teams passed on him.
I don't think speed is why so many teams passed on him. In fact, I'm not sure anyone "passed" on him since almost no major programs even knew he existed. This is what happens when you play HS football for the first time 6 months before signing day and you don't send tapes to any major programs.
I'm singlehandedly turning this into a dead horse (sorry, everyone), but (from the article):
"Yerden had modest and passing interest from Division II schools Grand Valley State and Ferris State ..."
This implies that some type of evaluation was done by GVSU and Ferris. If they didn't pursue him, well, something wasn't encouraging. Maybe they were just risk-averse. Still hard to see how his size and strength couldn't be seen as positives, but whatever ...
This reminds me of the humongous linemen (whose name I can't recall ... 6'7" and 300 or so) from Illinois that was briefly interested in Michigan. Everyone was obsessed by his measurables but no one bothered to wonder why he didn't have any D-1 offers. He accepted a preferred walk-on position at OSU.
GVSU or Ferris were may have been considering using one of their schollies on him, thus they passed. There's really no risk here for Michigan. The guy will be a project but he's at a position of need and it's not like we're low on roster spots.
Yes, agreed. There is no downside to this situation, especially if he is a high-character individual.
I'm pumped. A 6-6 300+ lb. freakishly strong player that isn't using a scholarship until we can see him develop? Yes, please. Worst case scenario - he ends up being a weight-room rat and workout leader that pushes the other guys. Fine by me.
I'd like to offer a project or two each year like this. Be honest and upfront about the walk-on status and realistic about the chances of earning a schollie. Good pickup.
Plus he didn't do camps or combines.
Everytime I see that picture, I look at the linemen on the right and it just seems like they heard the playcall as a HB Screen.
Dude doesn't have to run 40 yards.
See dude in front of you. GO DEAD LIFT HIS ASS BACK TO HIS OWN SIDELINE!
Obviously with only one year of football under his belt he's raw but wouldn't that be something if this kid is athletic enough and coachable enough to turn into something. Very interesting.
Ryan Mallett considers him fast
so there's.... that.
But does Henne?? that is the question
It's very good that he is coming in at a position of need too. We need all the linemen we can get.
Even if he is not a OMG shirtless type of recruit, he will provided needed depth and provide bodies to be rotated in practice.
I'm glad to he is joining the team.
you need to sentence composition work on
He defintely has the size of an OT and seemingly strength to spare.
Seems to be a quality person. and with his measureables and strength, who says he can't learn to play a little football and make an impact at some point on the offensive line!
Added bonus since we need offensive linemen desperately right now.
A 630# pull is nice for a 17 year old kid.
A 630# pull is nice for a [insert age here] year old.
hope he gets a scholy asap
I like that the Michigan staff came after him.
Hoke said we're going to be tough...I believe him
Frankly, we need all the linemen we can get. We're going to be really thin and/or really young for the next couple years, especially at offensive tackle.
I abasolutely agree, a raw prospect with his size and strength can only help the situation. The depth chart at tackle is too thin and I can't think of any costs of taking on a preferred walk-on beyond the coaches time in trying to develop a prospect that raw.
BOOM, Nice to have a Panther from the zoo on the field. Good luck young( hoooooooooooolllly sh#!, 6-6 330) Man child. They will miss you at Coney Island and Renzema's Bakery. Try to not kill any of the d-linemen, they are need..
who cares. To be able to deadlift 630 pounds the strenght in your lower back, traps, hammies, quads and butt have to be so powerful that if this kid locks onto somebody they are going back.
This is awesome. I don't care if he only played one year of HS football, he has the frame and he obviously (obviously) has the strength needed for OT, he can learn the footwork and technique over a redshirt year and a year or two after that.
A lot of D1 linemen are really raw coming into college, so honestly a couple extra years of HS football isn't the much of a difference. However, not many come in weighing 330 and able to deal lift 630 pounds.
On the bright side, he may be lacking in bad habits.
Hoo-ray Walk-ons! The (generally) unseen lifeblood of any successful program.
6'6" & 300#'s. That's nice to see size back in the program.
1 year experience; that guy from the "blind side" movie did not have that much experience either and he turned out like a safe bet.
I don't think size ever left the program, hate that meme.
Height didn't leave the program...
...but the linemen in 2008 and 2009 were considerably smaller than your typical Michigan lineman from the early 2000's. They got bigger in 2010 due to a (reported) decree from Rodriguez that the linemen add weight.
The average weight of the starting OL in 2007: 313 lbs.
The average weight of the starting OL in 2009: 287 lbs.
I agree with your point but also consider that the line was likely younger in 2009 so the lower weight is, at least in part, understandable.