Fred Jackson in the Detroit News today said that in his 18 years at Michigan, he's never seen anyone so fast, and that "I mean, it's scary. Every time you miss him, strike up the band, it's a touchdown." That and other high praise in the article:
High praise for Denard from Fred Jackson
"...even when his coach would tie them, they would come untied."
- Shoelaces haven't been made to contain Denard's feet.
"I promise you this, there ain't nobody in the country who can catch him," Jackson said. "In my 18 years here, I've never seen a kid that fast. Nowhere. And I've seen some fast kids on other teams, (but) I've never seen anybody that fast."
- honestly, when is the last time anyone around here felt we had the fastest player in the NATION? Wheatley? Trent? I am REALLY excited to see him play. Along with his other talents, how are you going to keep this guy off the field?
when is the last time anyone around here felt we had the fastest player in the NATION? Wheatley? Trent?
Funny. I don't think Trent was faster than a 4.5, so no, since Percy Harvin played football last year. But I find it funny that you asked the last time we had the fastest kid in the country, and you had to search "all the way" to 2008 for a possible answer.
Ironic that you mention Harvin in your response saying that Trent isn't that fast. Citrus Bowl '08 Trent, running at an angle, tracked down Harvin and prevented the touchdown (for the time being). That's actually when most if us realized that Trent was indeed faster than we might have thought.
I'm guessing that oversight also explains the light negging.
It was Capital One, but yeah, I was about to say the same thing.
Video here: http://umgovideo.com/avc-view.aspx?v=111
I watched him first hand and its true, the guy has some wheels. That being said, that alone will not win him the job in RR's offense. This QB battle is going to be going on all year long. May the best man win.
yeah, well, even Pat White Speed of Light split time with Adam Bednarik his first year.
Yes, he did. So? The point was that speed is not enough to start for RichRod. Pat White started 5 games that year, and he was an even worse passer at that point.
i enjoy sheridan never in pictures when qb articles appear, yet he's "still in the mix".
Probably because nobody in the press gives a fuck about getting a picture of him? He's still taking reps with the first team and starting scrimmages, so I'd say he is in the mix. For better or (likely) worse.
Every time you miss him, strike up the band, it's a touchdown.
I just got shivers. If our o-line plays well and our receivers can make some good blocks, we can make a lot of people miss.
He actually said
"I mean, it's scary. Every time you miss him in practice, strike the band up, it's a touchdown. He's going to shock a lot of people." FWIW
I saw that after I clicked through the link... Not quite so shiver-worthy, but still awesome I guess. Hopefully it translates to games.
And you beat me to it.
Well - he has only practiced so far. How is this a bad thing?
Yes, I think we all agree here. I'm just flagging a partially incorrect quote. (Personal pet-peave.) I believe he's going to make big plays this year, there's no question. It's just slightly not as bold of a statement as it was originally portrayed.
where else has he seen him since he wasn't his recruiter? And doing that in practice at M is more impressive than doing in HS, even in Florida.
It just almost sounds like "everyone we play better watch out, he's going to run for 6 anytime you miss him" is a bolder statement than saying "in practice, he's lighting 'em up" My point is it sounds more like a prediction for future in-game success, versus an observation from practice.
I know it's a subtle difference, but I just think it gives a bit of a disingenuous impression essentially, that a coach seems to favor one QB over the rest.
Let's not blow this out of proportion. He isn't the country's fastest player. But he's in the top 5%, I would guess.
That said, I once again got a vision in my head of Robert Griffin, Denard Robinson and Terrelle Pryor soon ascending to the top of the CFB mountain where Bradford, Tebow and McCoy once stood.
Scoring TDs and circumsizing kids at three times the speed...
He hold's Florida's high school record for the 100M. I would guess that makes him one of the 3 or 4 fastest players in college football.
I think Maybe one of 3 or 4 fastest freshman in college football. Some guys gotta get faster in college, no?
Denard is extremely fast.
...but who is faster, Denard or Tate?
Edit: Apparently the people who are negging me do not get the joke.
Either they don't get it, or it's a very old and played out joke.
That'll work. The guy in the Its all about DENARD diary called you chitownbrown by the way, and I laughed. Are you secretly a Texas A&M fan?
Look at it this way -
Denard runs the same speed that Percy Harvin ran this year at the combine. Harvin had the benefit of 3 years of strength and conditioning (as well as Gator pot and sex).
but let's say Denard was one of the 20 fastest guys in Division 1A, or FBS, whatever. There's like 120 teams with, to throw out a number, say 80 players per team. If he's one of the 20 fastest dudes, that would put him in the top 1%, not 5%. Five percent would be like selling him short, lol.
I thought Demps had the Florida record in the 100M with a 10.01 100... or am I totally not getting this...
According to the records of the Florida High School Athletic Assn, Jeff Demps held the record of 10.37 he set in 2007's state meet until the spring state championship this past April, when Dentarious Locke ran 10.32. Denard ran a 10.74 in the finals.
Robinson ran a hand-timed 10.28 during the last track season, but official standards for timing mandate the addition of small increments of time to hand-timed results, meaning Denard's time ended up being over 10.5.
Regardless, chitown is correct: Denard IS one of the fastest players in college football. Top 3, top 5, top 10, I don't really care, he's fucking fast. Few things would make me happier than to see him rip off a 90-yarder against Sparty or OSU.
Does anyone know if he's ever returned kickoffs?
my data was out of date
He may not be THE fastest player in college football (though I'm guessing he's pretty damn close), but I don't think that matters. He's fast as hell, and he's starting to show that his straight-line speed translates to the football field.
If there is a better response to "OMG, Essss Eeeee Seeeee speed", I can't think of it.
and I couldn't be more excited to see Denard flying past defenders with his shoelaces untied. He may not lose his shoes in spite of not having them laced, but his speed and moves should cause some defenders to lose their jock straps this year.
"Every time you miss him in practice, strike the band up, it's a touchdown.
Changes the meaning a little bit, FWIW.
It's still high-praise. I'm not sure where you're going with this.
I'm not saying that it's not high praise, because it is, rather there's a difference in Fred claiming that Denard will score touchdowns in practice vs games.
Again, not trying to diminish the praise, I just thought the quote in the OP was slightly misleading.
Allen Iverson isn't impressed.
I can't wait to see what he can do against Western in Game 1.
It kind of sucks not having "the guy" yet, but I think RR and staff know what they are doing.
Because my excitement for this season keeps on growing, I will throw out what I said a month or two ago. With Tate's passing ability*, Denard's running ability** and our running back core we could hang 50 on them. Gosh I can't wait for Sept. 5! You know it is only 11 full days until then.
(Obviously it would be necessary to keep WMU under 50 too)
*- not to sell him short in the running dept.
**- not to sell him short in the passing dept.
I don't buy everything Fred Jackson says. He also said McGuffie was the best freshman RB he has ever seen last summer.
mr. jackson can be a bit prone to hyperbole
Yeah, I also remember him last calling McGuff and Shaw the two best freshmen backs he'd every seen, or something like that.
Did you read the above two comments?
if it referred to potential. Most people here were over the moon about him as well, and I think given his injuries and our early season horrific line play, he had a very good freshman season.
I saw the pic in that article and could swear that's Lil Wayne standing next to Tate
lil wayne is a foot shorter, has his face covered in tattoos, and is generally just ugly as shit. i would prefer we didn't compare shoelace to such a character
But they're both black and have dreads!!!
Of course we won't know until we get a game or two under our belt, but I see no reason not to expect to see both during pretty much every game all season.
"I mean, it's scary. Every time you miss him, strike up the band, it's a touchdown."
To have a threat like this is beyond awesome. Now if the o-line has improved like they say, we could be seeing a significantly better offense this season.
Just a thought - If he's this fast, and Tate wins the starting job due to better passing/familiarity with the offense, how long before Denard moves to WR? If he's that talented you gotta have him on the field, right?
This has been discussed ad nauseam.
Somebody alert diclemeg!
Cool. Now, I want the QB coach to give him similar praise...
This is the third Denard Robinson thread of the day, anyone have any ideas for a fourth?
[Edit: My bad, it is the fourth thread...anyone have any ideas for a fifth?]