In addition to sucking, the mgoblue audio matched third party content on youtube, forcing me to lay a track over it and re-upload. Not sure why there's music in the first place. I'd rather listen to pads.
to play football, not to play trumpet
Love the run by Hayes at the end.
And he did it with only one shoe.
Bellomy and Kennedy taking snaps?
Gardner is clearly a WR now.
I have no idea if you're serious or not.
Snapping directly to your WR is nothing short of diabolical.
I can see it now...
Pre-season meeting, deep in the bowels of Ft. Schembechler
Hoke: (pointing toward "the blogosphere") these bloggers are doing a fine job, but they're driving me crazy.
Borges: (nodding) yeah, that one kid keeps asking about bubble screens. I'm going to snap.
Mattison: we need to distract them.
Borges: I know! Let's tell them Gardner is going to be a receiver. That will keep them busy analyzing and discussing things and we can get some work done!
Hoke: (points at Borges) tremendous idea!
if that doesn't get you excited about this fall, I don't know what would. besides Kate Upton, but that's a given
Anyone else shudder when they saw a QB in a #8 jersey taking snaps? Glad to remember Bellomy switched numbers in the offseason.
He changed from 3 to 8.
He was feeling the pain of the Sheridrome.
I'm just waiting for the play by play breakdown from Brian.
Also... Denard was really holding the ball like a loaf of bread at the beginning.
I thought the same thing. That really stood out to me... Truly a recipe for fumbles if he doesn't get that more under control
Obviously this was mostly offensive "highlights" but geez the defense allowed a lot of big plays.
You have to think though in practice like this the offense is going a little more full bore than the defense. Don't want injuries if you can help it. Take the defensive looks with a grain of salt. I'm not worried since we know the defense is going to be flying to the ball and making plays all game long.
Marvin had a nice hit on Moore..These boys are playing football and it just feels so good to watch them and feel confident in them..i know its practice but the defense is getting to the ball with energy and the RBs are running hard and looking for contact..Denard makes mistakes but i always feel like he can make a huge play..Just from this clip i feel like they have come so far from "The Perfect Storm"
Denard: seems more poised. Throws we're crisp
Devin: like how he stands tall in the pocket. He will be a good segue to Shane.
Fitz: he's legit. Just needs to stay healthy
Bwc: I'm less worried everyday, not by a ton, but small increments
At :23, Denard scrambles, but then steps into his throw.
This, Denard. Please always this.
If it's Denard, we know there must be balance...hence a back-foot toss to Smith at 1:46
At least that was on a screen pass, where that is more or less expected. It is pretty hard for anyone to not throw off their back foot on a play designed like that, especially a shorter player like Denard.
That play is designed for him to throw in the opposite direction from where he's moving, so it will always be a back foot throw.
Agree. Denard was getting his feet under him before throwing, even on that crazy backfield scramble, set his feet and threw a dart.
As much fun as the arm-punt was last year, hopefully we won't see that play called as much for 2012-13.
for some FAIL lolz
I see a great blitz by Cam Gordon at the 2:02 mark...what failed?
Overly positive much?
Don't be that guy.
Saying "something something much?" What a douchey response.
And was it not a great defensive play?
So when virtually the same thing happened to Denard at the end of the MSU game last year was I supposed to say "FAIL lolz?"
Also, I don't see how it was a "fail"...it was a good defensive play. A fail is Hagerup dropping the ball in the OSU game, or the random guy at the end of one of the scrimmage videos earlier this week who tries to get a chest (or back) bump and no one jumps with him and he looks like a fool. That's a fail.
Not a successful blitz.
Your post was a "FAIL lolz" if you ask me...
you're taking me way too seriously right now. My comments were meant to be taken much more lightheartedly than the way you're approaching them. Wasn't trying to start a fight or anything, just thought it was funny Bellomy got tackled right away. I don't need to be talked to like a fifth grade soccer fan.
It sort of looked like Bellomy had a 'deer in the headlights' look to him, and misread the defense, causing him to get hit on the zone read.
Ah...the paradox that is spring football.
Defense makes big play: Yay defense, offense stinks!
Offense makes huge play: Best offense ever, our defense will get shredded!
moar spring practice videos pleeeease. Thanks for posting this. Clearly Fitz is #1 of course, but Rawls looks really strong, and quick for a stockier back. Hayes looks promising as well. Great stuff, especially given the MGoNEED for football right now. Can't wait for the spring game.
How could you leave out Vincent Smith? He had a handful of good runs, and seems to have gotten better vision. Still looks like he has pretty top notch speed. I wouldn't be suprised if he handles returns next season.
Roh looks like Lattimore from the Program.
Yeah! A place at the table!
denard looks sweet!
I'm glad to see Bellomy getting some snaps...and throwing some bubble screens?!?!
And that TD run by Fitz...his knee hit the ground at the one yard line ;-)
If you look at :47, it's no wonder Bolden passed Mike Jones on the depth chart so quickly.
A few depth notes...
QWash in with the 1st team on Denard's sack...then back with the 2nd team the next play. And JT Floyd in with the 2nd team? Perhaps just a reward to Talbott for hard work.
Also saw heavy amounts of BWC with the 2nd team...but again, could just be the regular shifting of DL.
Jarrod Wilson in with the 1st team at about 1:10
Ricardo Miller in with the 1st team at points...shouldn't be surprise since Borges said he was the first team U-Back...just wondering how much they're going to implement him into the offense this season..
Frank Clark running with the 2nd team at 1:45, also features Beyer heavily with the 1st team...
Someone above mentioned MRob's big hit on Brandon Moore..that's actually Paskorz...but seriously, MRob up-ends him, and Paskorz has almost 50 pounds on him. Boom. Also, that throwing motion looked a bit more fluid from Gardner than we saw at times last year.
Great point on the throwing motion, less of a shot put on longer passes. Still there a bit on the short passes, but that's fine if it allows him to be accurate.
Bolden getting plenty of looks with the 1's as well.
Denard and Devin looked crisp and composed (more so the former and as it should be). Never mind WR, i'm predicting that Devin will leave UM as one of its all-time great QBs. His knowledge of Borges's system will be excellent; he'll be more comfortable under center than Denard (maybe ever can be); he's got a cannon; and the legs to keep designed runs as well as punish an aggresive pass rush.
It's likely that he is the perfect player to transition from a recruited mostly for the spread team to Borges's vision of the future.
Do NOT like Denard holding that ball out as he scrambles around. Recipe for disaster. Tuck it away.
Other than that, I take very little away from that video except for excitement in anticipation for the season to begin.
The old Tate Forcier loaf of bread scrambling, I saw that too.
@ 51 seconds T. Rawls looks like a straight beast even running thru BWC like wet tissue among others. Next play... BIG WILL'S REVENGE! Love the energy the whole team is displaying this spring!
Good lord, MRob brings the wood when he tackles. Hopefully it starts to click this year so he can get some quality time on the field.
Uh...Craig Roh is a freakin beast. Very nice breakup by Countess too. Coming from behind, nice to see.
Were the QBs live?
Only when they were tackled.
I LOL'd... Devin and Denard looked good it was encouraging.
Every time I watch these practice highlights, I ponder whether the O is doing well when thy break off a big play, or if they are struggling when the play gets stuffed. Off the cuff, I'd say we aren't quite there yet when it comes push from the OL. The plays that worked well seemed to be misdirection/read plays. I'm still concerned about our ability to run a DoubleTight I, 32 Dive.
Me too...but I'm not too worried, because I doubt we'll run that play very much this year. Next year, I think we'll see some good old power football, but not this year. In fact, I think we might be even more shotgun-based than last year.
And next year, we'll have added some beasts to our O-Line that will have a year in the program...so I'm not too worried about the future of our I-form plays.
I haven't had a chance to look at the roster lately. But who is #81 on O?
81 is Kwiatkowski
Compare to Alabama's spring game- Commence overanalyzing- Develop hugely inflated level of confidence- Eat out of Saban's hands.
In all seriousness I like seeing the mashups that make the offense look good rather than the defense, because I think the offense is going to have the harder time against Bama. I have full faith in Mattison to get the defense up to speed. Same with Borges but there's just more moving parts in the offense and a screw up can lead to a 14 point swing rather than just 7. That said, I think they looked pretty crisp for a spring practice.
Vincent Smith had some really nice runs and Hayes had a beautiful run on that second to last play. I can't wait for the spring game next Saturday. Hopefully the weather is nicer than last year.
Did anyone else notice that in addition to Fitz, the rest of the guys taking handoffs were fighting hard and churning out extra yards. Vincent Smith did a good job getting into the endzone with a few white jerseys on him. It's good to see the backs fighting through that first contact.
Craig Roh appears to be picking up his position very well. The LBs looked pretty good too. I'm actually pretty disappointed in our tackling from our secondary, Kovacs included. I know it's a highlight video, but those guys are getting run over on every play. That's a recipe for big plays against us...
Anyone else cringe and wince at 0:38? I don't mind having QB's live but please dear god don't snap Denard's knee.
Seriously, that was better than most of the bowl games I saw last season. Hoke talking about never making the mistake of complacency again after '97 and Mattison talking constantly about setting the bar is so evident in this video. We're gonna see something special from team 133 this fall, and something new from team 134.
Or not, but man are we physical. Like really physical. But I have to say it, this is Michigan. So it's typical:)
Denard is Denard. Which is obviously a good thing. Especially if 2012 Denard has a few of the 2011 mistakes cleaned up. Denard was probably 5-8 mistakes away from being a Heisman contender is 2011.
DG looks like a QB. I think we'll be OK in 2013.
Rawls is starting to live up to his MGoBlog hype. He's a load, but he looks a lot faster than I expected him to. He had a couple plays where he burst through the hole, and another where he got clocked but didn't go down. That's a great combination for a RB.
Hayes only had a handful of carries, but looked agile. I think our RB spot is looking good for a while.
I have to agree about Rawls. Between the 2 big backs on the roster, Rawls looks much faster/quicker than Hopkins. Rawls looks the part of a good running back, Hopkins looks like a full time full back.
Thomas Rawls runs with bad intentions and I love it. He should be a quality back up for Fitz this fall.
good to see a #36 on offense making plays, shades of Aaron Shea!!
I think it was on Rawls but not sure. Rawls had a full head of steam and came to a complete stop. That was impressive and could be huge on 3rd and short. If this team can hold up on 3rd and short like last year's defense did I think we will be fine.