As most of you know, an impressive number of players have left UMich during RichRod's tenure. They've landed at all sorts of places, but in this post I'm going to focus on three that were rated among the top ten transfers "to watch" this season in an article on the ... Bleacher Report(!) site. Your Michigan transfers:
#10 Toney Clemons
#7 Sam McGuffie
#2 Steven Threet
How have things gone for the former Wolverines?
Toney Clemons >>> In this case, the article's prediction seems reasonable. It appears that he is (by receptions, at least) their #2 guy: http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/stats/_/id/38/colorado-buffaloes Presumably he skipped town because he was trailing Roundtree, Stonum, et al. and didn't figure to see the field much. (EDIT: In the comments here it's stated that he wanted to play outside instead of the slot, where the coaches had him. I didn't know that.)
Sam McGuffie >>> Here's another case where the prediction turned out pretty well. He's the leading rusher and (again, by receptions) receiver at Rice: http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/stats/_/id/242/rice-owls Notice that his yards-per-carry number isn't very good. I still think receiver is his best position.
Steven Threet >>> They nailed the last part, because Threet won the starting job. It has been a so-so year for the Sun Devils, though. They're at 4-6 (2-5 in conference) and they've lost a bunch of close games. As for Threet, he currently sits at 47th (out of 112 ... Denard, by the way, is 14th) by passer rating, which is very respectable. On the downside, he leads the nation in (d'oh) throwing passes to the wrong team: http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/player/_/stat/passing/sor... In fairness to him, he's in the top quartile in attempts.
So, were their preseason rankings justified? Not sure ... I'll leave that to people with more information. What seems obvious is that great faith is placed in high school recruiting rankings even after a couple of years.
Here's the article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/426284-the-top-20-college-football-tr...
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