Here is a nice video on the Early Enrolees. Looks like Canteen has a nice first step and Bryan Mone is going to be a beast in the middle!
Edit: video wont embed. here is the link: http://vimeo.com/90811217
Someone already posted this in another thread. But yeah, they all look pretty good. Canteen though...DAMN that boy is quick! That pass from Speight was money too.
I liked the zone blocking drill that they showed for the Mason Cole bit.
Freddy Canteen looks like he's playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers. He looks like he's running at game speed while everyone else is running at spring practice speed. I can see why people are impressed with him and the hype matches the visuals. Also, Jungle Beats.
Can't wait to see these guys in person on Saturday! I've already got my tailgating stuff waiting for the long car ride that morning.... just a couple days of work and I'm on my way! I think I'm the most interested in the blocking schemes and the offensive line in general. We need to dominate lesser teams on the LOS and really compete with the elite ones. It's all about the line, as was painfully apparent last year. Go Blue!
Wilt has a cannon! And Mone looks like a grown man already.
He looks like two grown men and a midget lol
A grown midget at that
with braces. Hope those come off before the season starts...
...is going Saturday and playing in the alumni game. (Safety on the '74 team for Bo.) I can't wait to pick his brain afterward.
I'm excited about all the EE's but the one that has me most psyched is Mone. We have been lacking that DT that requires a double team.
Mr. Mone, you have my attention sir...
Mason Cole at LT with the ones
Spring practice buzz should be taken with a grain of salt, but the mods posted on Rivals yesterday that a "source" believes Cole might be the best lineman on the team by the end of this season.
in b4 Brian jumps off a cliff
Thanks for the laugh!!
Unfortunately, he might be the best one now.
All the hype on the 2013 OL class and 2012 with Kalis and co. was a COMPLETE joke.
We are due for a "break" in the oline category (not the "ortho" type of break either).
I think that is the most frustrating thing about since Hoke arrived. I've been so excited for the smash mouth football that was coming here. Then, the huge Oline recruiting hauls....crickets chirping in background....still waiting.....ughhhh. C'mon. LET'S DO THIS ALREADY!!!!
I know. I know. It takes time. I'm not that hard to please. But give me a glimmer of hope that these awesome oline recruits will meet our expectations sometime soon. I've always felt like "if you build it, they will come." "It" being the oline that is. If we develop that, and lay the foundation, eventually everything else should FALL...RIGHT...INTO....PLACE....RIGHT?! Please???
I just want to be held. Hold me.
Here is the glimmer of hope: Outside of Blake Bars and Chris Fox, the latter possibly due to injury, we have heard positive buzz about every OL signed in the last 3 years, and a handful of them have already seen PT. Very few OL look really good as RS frosh (even Lewan took a while before he looked like a sure starter) but the amount of reps our young guys have under their belts so far certainly helps. If guys like Kalis and Magnuson don't look better this fall than they did last fall, that would be a cause for concern, but with the competition we have at each spot, the guys who earn the spot will have had to work hard to get there.
For what its worth.... I began my college career at Michigan in 1988, the same year as Steve Everitt, another Floridian, and we were decent friends all five years.... and note that Steve was roughly the same size as Cole, and was a madman on the field, a total bad-ass. I recall that early on as freshman they were quite high on him, too, and its sounding the same with Cole.... so before all of you panic, I'm not, because I knew Steve and I knew that despite being a true freshman, it was just a matter of time that he was our best lineman... and he was. He is the only player I recall ever hearing Bo saying that he was "impressed by" Everitt's play. Off the field, Steve was melancholy, but on the field a total nightmare... Cole, at first impression, looks like another one. So be happy, Highlanders.... this news is gonna be good.
I just love the way Speight throws the ball. He's so smooth. The ball comes out nice with a tight spiral. He can really spin it. I have high hopes for him.
I learn I'm an idiot that some how manages to pronounce every name incorrectly. Speight? I've been saying it like spite. Is it Mone like moan, or Mone like mon-ay? If they someone tells me it's pronounced Ha-riss instead of Har-is, I won't be surprised.
As in show me the Moan-ay!
Or Monet, as in this painting by Monet:
Either way it's Mone.
But AJ Williams has caught more passes in this spring's video snippets than he has in high school and college combined. If you can make an assumption based on this very little evidence (you can't, but let's anyway), I'd say the coaches are trusting him more because he's not dropping everything. Improvement from this year would be incredible - even going to average B1G TE in catching and blocking.
And I love seeing RJS get in the backfield and make a tackle. He looks to be at SAM (coming off the edge)?
Yeah, that Canteen route looked pretty impressive.
Yeah, RJS is at SAM behind Ross.
I know it's spring and I know these are suppose to make us excited over our newest class of Freshman world-beaters, but does anybody wake miss the good-old-days (say 1970 through about 2007) when talk about Freshman was a huge exception to the rule? While I'm glad Mason Cole looks good an all that I dread the thought of a true Freshman OL because of what it means in regards to our depth.
To me these posts are more frightening than reassuring.
The reassuring/calming thing about that is that in the days of guys being promised playing time, 85-scholarship limits, etc., we're going to be facing teams who have the same issues.
I suppose that's true. I just know that when I recruited for Michigan back in the early 90's true Freshman hardly ever saw the field unless they were very special (and OL NEVER saw the field). We knew it and the players knew it. I miss those days.
And recruiting wasn't as big. Harris/Mone/Canteen et al are top of mind to most serious fans, given they've followed their recruiting sagas and star ratings for year or two. Dedicating one day of video to those players makes sense, given their current notoriety.
That would be true even if none of these guys see the field, which is still a possibility.
Exactly. If I'm not mistaken, Kevin Grady was the first EE at Michigan, and that was in 2005. So until then, there were literally zero freshmen at spring practices.
And like you said, recruiting is big now. Before, writers didn't talk much about incoming recruits aside from the really big names like Fargas, Henson, etc. because none of the readers would have known who they were. I hadn't heard Chad Henne's name until I saw him run out onto the field his first game. But I knew Shane Morris's name 2 full years before he enrolled. That plays a big role.
At that point we also had decades of coaching continuity. It will be another few years with this staff before we have real roster stability.
I do recall freshman Steve Smith under center in 1981 so the good old days aren't always quite as rosy as they may appear in hindsight.
Agree. The thought of the Michigan O-Line continues to frighten me. We were....not good, with an AA at one tackle, and a draftable tackle at the other bookend.
Please please please please please improve, interior line!
it was total lack of assignment awareness. On running plays, we'd have pulling guards routinely run past unblocked defenders, leaving them for someone else who never came. On passing plays, we literally would have been better off having them take one step backward and lock arms. At least that way they would have been an obstrucion to objects passing through. Most of the breakdowns were due to two players doubling somebody and letting a LB - often to the LB's surprise and delight - run right through and ram his helmet into Gardner's ribs.
I'm not saying Lewan or Schofield won't be missed, they will. We'll have edge rushers beaten on the regular this year, where it was uncommon last year. But if they shore up the assignment football, they'll have corrected the biggest problem from last year - of which Lewan and Schofield (through no fault of their own, I blame coaching) were just as culpable as the others.
Hate excuses because every team deals with it but attrition has also been a huge factor. What do we have? Like 8 contibuting seniors on this team...8! Only 1 on offense and there are a contingency of fans that seem to think he shouldn't be starting.
there are a contingency of fans that are really really really dumb
How much of this is just a new era of college sports increasing our appetites & then satisfying them for more information?
1) Since the 1980's and 1990's, major college sports generally have exploded in popularity due to either subsidies and/or lucrative media contracts. Bigger stadiums, more media coverage, more fans, etc. As the industry grows, the cottage industries spring up around them.
2) Cable TV and the internet has ushered in the age of the "24 hour news cycle." I think the same has happened with sports media as well. Back in the day, I would plop down an obscene amount of $ for just for those crummy glossy Athlon sports magazines that would come out in July or early August giving a synopsis of each team & projected rankings.
I needed my fix.
Although I didn't participate, I'm assuming there were better quality private subscription services that would send out a weekly or monthly "insider" newsletters via snail mail or Fax.
But now we've got high def VIDEO, social media, instant communication, and these blogs. Some of us degenerates probably check these blog sites ever frew HOURS to devour the smallest tidbit of information.
So I guess all I'm saying is I'm not surprised that we spend time looking at/talking about new recruits or freshmen more than a few decades ago. The information is available, and until the real season starts, we've pretty much sucked the marrow out of any remaining tidbit, analysis, or gossip about most of the established players.
Does it signal that our program is unhealthy becasue we are constantly focused on the horizon (new recruits, prospects, freshmen)? Maybe. But my guess is the fan bases of Alabama and Florida State are similarly obsessed with their own team futures as well.
Is it me or does Derrick Green look way quicker in that two second clip of him dashing to the endzone?
Mag - Was it just the poster's opinion or was DG actually quick? Or was your remark a witty response? My sarcasm check valve is broken today.
I would never describe myself as witty, but Derrick Green did look pretty quick on that highlighted touchdown run.
There was a contingent here who insisted last fall that DG didn't come in overweight, and that he could "handle" being 240.
I will say this about Derrick Green's weight:
If our offensive line could have opened up holes, we might not be talking about Derrick Green being 240 vs. 220. The fact is that he wasn't able to elude the guys who were unblocked, and that became a problem. Maybe playing at 220-225 will be good for him in the long run, but I don't necessarily disagree that he could have handled being 240 if holes opened up and he was wearing down filling safeties at that size. With the OL in the shape it is, we need a guy who's going to be able to outrun some people and make them miss. You can't expect any running back to bowl over 270 or 300 lb. linemen who are running free in the backfield.
His conditioning was the problem, not his weight.
A RB can be more than effective at 240, but EVERY RB not named Barry Sanders needs a hole to run though. We did not provide many of those last year.
A well conditioned 220 Green still isn't doing anything with last year's OL play.
we made a gap with runblocking! Progress!
Mone is a large man beast.
WR's look good.
Watson stuck to Norfleet like glue.
Mason Cole cut off his hair :(
I will say that it was encouraging to hear some passing references to the learning curve for Nussmeier's system and how it seems to be getting picked up relatively quickly. That should be a good thing for this offense definitely, especially the freshmen as they aren't necessarily having to relearn the offense.
Thanks for sharing this.
I'm starting to feel that the expectations for this team are so low that they won't be able to do anything but impress us. Hoping at least...
This "tempered enthusiasm" is probably a more realistic approach. I concur tho. I'd rather be pleasantly surprised than "let down"...again.
I think the general feel is actually below tempered enthusiasm. Despite my generally very optimistic mentality towards the team, I find myself skeptical, at best.
I see a good team with glaring weaknesses. 8-4 or w/e. For those screaming we need to fire a coach for not winning the B1G title or beating OSU/MSU. I'd love to shut both out and win the national title but OSU had won 20+ games straight and MSU was also a legit team last year.
As long as we beat the teams we beat and are competitive in all of the games I'm good. I really hope we go nuts to send Gardner out smiling instead of grimacing or on crutches like last year.
I know they just picked the best plays from each guy for this video, but what they showed sure looked good. That Canteen route was dirty. The good kind. And yes, Mone looks absolutely enormous.
The things that were said about Freddy C when he committed. Hope he makes people eat their words. Kid looks like he can contribute significantly this year.
I thought he was known for being an advanced route running reciever. That his route running was far advanced for high school, and would make the transition easier. This seems to be accurate with the news of him in the 1s and the video shown.
I think some were annoyed because he was kind of 3*/4* guy and we still thought we had a shot with Artavis Scott and KJ Williams - who in fairness did have significantly higher star power than Canteen did
For kicks, I went back to the Hello posts and there was just a little of this (whole lot of what is this ECA school, though) but overwhelmingly it was positive. The most interesting part was someone created an account (MayOhioEatTurds) which in 39 weeks has exactly ONE post. It's in that thread with the famous Foot Drill video and telling us Freddy was gonna be good. Not sure who this savant is, but I'm going to start looking for him.
Poor Damn Drake Harris
Drake definitely needs a year in the S & C Program put on 10-15lbs of muscle.
Damn. Bryan Mone is one big dude. Looks like he might be working his way into the rotation this Fall.
Even though we only saw one clip of Green, he did look a little quicker. So he's got that going for him. Which is nice.
I think he will if for no other reason than the 2 deep isn't that proven in the interior d line.
He's not going to have a choice.
He's getting plenty of reps with Pipkins out and Ash gone.
Mone is playing...and I expect him to play well in a limited role too. He actually could be the #2 NG if Henry, Hurst and Wormley play DT and Pipkins and Mone play DT.
Is the spring game televised?
It will be on the BTN at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
A couple of things that pop of the screen to me are. Freddy Canteen does not look like an eighteen year old and it looks like the rumors of his skilled route running aren't just hype. Mone is a man beast with the face a teenager. Derrick Green is going to be much improved as long as he doesn't gain twenty pounds by fall camp. Wilton has always looked like a great passer of the football to me and that pass is just more evidence of his bright future. Finally, Drake Harris looks to have skinnier legs that Roy Roundtree. I didn't think that was possible and would be suprised if we saw him play this year.
Spring Hype is cool, I love to see flashes of brilliance from the guys just entering the program. However temper that with a whole lotta development, physically, mentally, and dealing with situations, etc, etc, before we can depend on them.
Harris has a skinny build, but the guy can sky. Amazing leaping ability, I hope he can keep that up as he builds strength.
And Mone, wow...thats a big dude!
Looking forward to getting back out to Stadium and Main and see the ball moving around!
Mone looks absolutly huge
(Which is a good thing)