Is it possible that walk-ons in the past have been superior to scholarship players but didn't receive a fair shake?
There's lots of worry on this blog about the fact that Kevin Leach is ahead of the likes of Demens, Fitzgerald, and Brandon Smith. There's also been worry that Jordan Kovacs is ahead of Vladimir Emilien at safety.
I get the distinct feeling that Rodriguez wants his best players to play, period. He doesn't care whether they're walk-ons or not. If Emilien deserved to play over Kovacs, I think Emilien would be in the game.
So I wonder if the past regime played scholarship players ahead of walk-ons even if the walk-ons were better. For example, maybe Kevin Leach wouldn't have played in front of Fitzgerald under Lloyd Carr. Maybe Carr would have just said, "I promised Fitzgerald a chance to play, and if a walk-on plays ahead of him, Fitzgerald will be pissed off and so will future recruits."
I don't know the answer. I'm just throwing it out there. And I'm not a Lloyd Carr basher. If you were around in 2007, I took a lot of heat for supporting Carr long after The Horror.