That's great and all, but we still have a lot to play for this season.
Smile, 19 starters returning to team
Not likely to happen, but an upset over Wisconsin and that's a lot of momentum for a tight group. You never know.
Future freshman should understand if they are good enough, they will have the chance to compete. Also, with 19 returning starters, Michigan will start graduating more starters in the coming two years making for plenty of opportunities during red shirt and red shirt sophomore years. The best scenario for a freshman is to come into a program where they are most likely to redshirt but still have a chance to play if they can earn it. As we have discussed many times on the Board here, great teams have more juniors and seniors playing. If you want guaranteed playing time as a freshman, go find a MAC team or other team with a losing record. If you want to come and compete, play in a program returning to greatness, and stay and become a champion, then come to Michigan.
This time next year the bandwagon will be in need of some restructuring to counter all of the added weight.
I'm going to work on kicking them off as they try to grab on. The first place I will look are in the hysterical/emo/idiotic posts following our losses this year.
We take a page from my dad's Naval training days* and all grab paddles and whack anyone that decides to try and grab a seat on the bandwagon next year that badmouthed the program so much. (run-on sentence much?)
(*I'm referring to the "exercise" where naval recruits have to tread water for a long period of time in a large pool, and if they come too close to the pool edge, a CO would be waiting with a paddle to whack them.)
His name is Troy Otto von Bisfork.
Edit: I should get it right too. That was to mtxgoblue.
How is Avery starting over Christian who played DB in high school and has phenominal size? I'm hoping its just because he had to transition his technique vs. Avery just starting fresh and both will be better next year.
Cullen is a bit slow for corner. Maybe he'll speed up when he gets better mentally. If not, I think he'd be a good FS with some time.
Who will be on the two-deep at NT/DT?
Martin, Washington, Talbott, Ash.
There's no reason this offense shouldn't continue to improve and be a top-5 offense next year. There will be pressure next year to not just win the gimme games, but also beat some quality teams.
I'm looking at three things for next year:
(1) Fewer Turnovers on Off / More takeaways on Def.
(2) More production from runners not named Denard Robinson. Ideally, Denard doesn't have to put up the same production per game.
(3) Hoping that our Defense can give up a touchdown per game less. It's unrealistic to think we're going to go back being a good defense in just a year. If we could be average, and by average, I'm thinking 25 points/game allowed, that would place us solidly in the middle of the Big-Ten. With a more efficient offensive performance, I feel like we can at least split the games with OSU/Nebraska/Iowa/State.
That offense with a middle of the pack D will run train next year as long as we are not turn over proned (again). It will be amazing to watch Michigan strike fear into Big 10 teams next year, the way it should be. RR is the TRUTH. Better watch out for Denard n Hart co coming thru next year!
Before I start feeling excited about returning starters, I need the pervasive mind-body numbness caused by Wolverine player attrition and deity-inflicted injury to wear off.
Oh, and Michigan still has 2011 recruiting, offseason player attrition and....wait for it.....grades to all flesh out.
I agree that it's cool. I mean, 19 starters is fantastic - and a conservative estimate by the way.
But if fans have learned anything after the last 5 to 6 years, Michigan is the last football program on the god-damned planet that can start "counting its chickens before they hatch". Players will leave. We know it.
Let's reconvene on this question in August 2011.