AFAIK, he's playing Bandit.
Learning to love Jordan Kovacs
Also I see him fitting better at SPUR because as best as I can tell the Spur has less deep responsibility.......... but I am 100% behind him wherever he may line up.
may he be a bandit of the two armed variety that makes a living robbing and plundering yardage from opposing offenses.
John L. Smith's defense. Brrrrr....
I am reminded of John L. Smith. And I laugh knowingly.
Was Jordan a walk-on that had offers from MAC level schools that he turned down? I couldn't find any real history on Rivals...
offer to be a preferred walk-on at Toledo
The guy works his ass off, has cemented himself as a defensive starter at a major Div. 1 school and he loves Michigan. He has my respect.
And he is the best form tackler on the team. Kid brings all the wood he has on every hit.
That's reason enough to love him.
Gotta love a defensive player that is as tough as nails and NEVER SLEEPS!!!
He is a walk-on freshman who worked his ass off of a serious knee injury to play as a RS freshman. I think the only proper attitude to have towards him until he does something to not deserve it is one of tremendous respect.
Agreed. Think about it: This kid went out and had knee surgery, so he could try to walk on again. The guy's work ethic, determination, attitude, and, frankly, balls, are incredibly admirable and somewhat inspiring on a personal level. And also the fact that it seems, through sheer force of will, he has turned himself into a starter at the University of Michigan, is incredible.
... that us agreeing thing....
A guy is given a chance and understands that it is not a gift. He works hard and is rewarded for his efforts.
Kudos also to Rodriguez and his staff for encouraging walk ons.
It's still a pretty good movie.
Jordan would kick Rudy's ASS!!!!
tough kids who play hard like Kovacs does. I trust him versus the run and I trust the coaches not to put him in situations where he's covering 4.4 burners. Plus, he flat out makes plays on NCAA 2011.
Agree. He is a tackling maching in real life and the game too (although I'll admit I benched him for Vlad the Impaler). But I hope beyond hope that his responsibilities are kept to stopping the run and covering the flats. He can do those things. Coming over from a deep position to stop a fly pattern.....not so much (at least last year).
Yes, he made some bad plays last year but as people said above he is a walk-on with a rebuilt knee. If no scholarship players are good enough to take his spot, then I see no valid reason to give him anything but love. He is a very solid player and probably my favorite guy on the team right now.
I think we need to dub him the JoKer from now on, given his ability to make runningbacks look silly. Any takers?
This is going to be an extremely obscure, uber-nerds only reference, but in my head I always call him Rorschach.
Is that the dude from the Watchmen? How come you call him that?
In Watchmen, when Rorschach gets psychoanalyzed it turns out his real name is Walter Kovacs. Happened to read that graphic novel right before the start of last season.
The thing about Jordan is he didn't have a scholarship or even the promise of ever getting one. He worked his ass off to get where he is. Hell I live in Toledo and never heard a word about him in high school. Now he has worked his way into the starting line up. Maybe JT Turner should have been hanging out with him over the summer.
I have to ask... why is it you had to "learn to love" a guy who grew up loving Michigan, tried walking on, didn't make the team because he had to have his knee rebuilt, rehabbed on his own time/dime so he could try walking on again, made the team, became a freshman starter and freshman all-American, is a hard-worker, is an intelligent player who gets the most out of his body/talent...?
I don't have any problem with Kovacs as long as they keep him in a primarily run-support role. I still think he showed better read and react ability on this play than any of our linebackers did at all last year:
Such an awesome play, just love the way he flew in there and caused hell. Love the way Kovacs works his ass off to be a force on this defense, shows the heart and love for the game this kid has. Definitely one of my favorite players to watch on this team.
i had totally forgot about that play
Any player that plays for Michigan doesn't have to earn my respect. As long as their playing for Michigan I'm going to cheer for them no matter what. Walk-on or 5 star.
Kovacs wasn't the starter just because there was nobody else when he played in the box last year. He was downright good when he was in the right position.
He's only a RS sophomore. There are a lot of 5*'s that will make the same mistakes as underclassmen.
The guy wakes up in the morning to work his ass off. I love that.
Some kids just don't develop enough by the time they are 17 to get D-1 attention. Kovacs is probably 20 now, kept developing, kept working, and I think he's going to be a nice presence for 3 more years. He will never be the fastest, strongest guy on the team, but he makes up for it in so many ways.
Per bio class experience, he's also a really smart guy. It would seem he's pretty much all-around good to have on the team since he manages everything so well.
That said, some guys are banking on going to the NFL and don't really care about school and it's hard to fault them for that, but it does make you appreciate someone like Kovacs who goes through every hoop the very best he can (even though he may not be completely comparable because he probably doesn't have an NFL future, all due respect).
You have been of the mind that you don't like walk-ons????? Do I have to remind you that Sheridan was a walk-on????? Um ..... enough said. LOL. I love anybody that plays for Michigan, but he made it very easy to love him with his performance last year.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Walk On
Not expecting a Dr. Strangelove reference here! +1 for that sir!
Is it just me or does he look like Val Kilmer?
Someone page Barwis, and let Coach Rodriguez know that the S&C staff won't be available for a while. They are needed elsewhere.
That video really made me like this kid, and I feel kind of guilty for badmouthing him last season.
He looks like definate captain material come his senior year.
Once I saw him play against MSU, I was like, who cares if he got smoked by that indiana RB, I freaking love this guy.
It's like, "Hold on a minute. I'm coming to murder you. Just let me adjust my gloves first."
Great kid. He deserves his spot on the starting roster. I hope he can get his speed up a bit but he already seems to have the mental responsibilities down very early. Definitely a blessing to have this kid work his ass off to make the team, I don't even want to think about what our safety situation wouldve been like without him.
Can't hate nor be too hard on anybody after that. Kovacs is a cool dude.
Kovacs is one of our 3 best defensive players. He deserves nothing but love.
Kovacs in now one of my top 3 favorite current players, along with denard and odoms. Not only are all three good players, but they seem to be some of good people too.
Kovacs is a recovering Walk-On and I guess he always will be, won't matter if he is a 4 year starter, he will never overcome the walk-on stigma.
If Rivals or Scout anoint a kid a 4 star he will immediately be a better player than Kovacs could ever hope to be. Kovacs is a former walk-on you know