this may be of some local interest
What do you want to see out of Spring Practice?
I want to see our Offensive line busting their asses. I want these kids to show me that they're gonna maul the FUCK outta the rest of the B1G. We're gonna go as far as the OLine takes us, at least in my humble epinion.
It would be nice to see all the starters on the line determined in the spring. Last year's (ostensibly) last minute shuffle between Barnum and Mealer didn't turn out so well. Would be nice to see an improvement from the pass catchers in some form. I think we know what we have with Dileo (decent to sneaky good) and Gallon (very good), but having either Funchess as a consistent threat or Darboh as an emerging contributor would be nice. I also irrationally think Taco will be a contributor this year with 4-5 sacks.
Disclaimer: I do not actually believe Taco will get 5 sacks. But I think he has a great future.
gets 5 sacks I will mail you $5...buck-a-sack
I think he will be good and I love the optimism but I dont see it happening either.
Anybody else think immediately of Taco Pants?? I assumed maybe he went by only one name as a defensive player.
I'm going to start using the phrase "maul the FUCK outta..." a lot more.
Well done, sir. Well done indeed.
Argo maul the f*ck outta yourself!
Branch went all MTFO on him...
Agreed! Both that
a) "Mauling the FUCK outta" needs to make more appearances in our everyday lexicon and
b) If our revamped interior O-Line doesn't do some of said "Mauling the FUCK outta" we're in the proverbial deep ka-ka this fall.
to show "you"? You are not going to get that insight from spring practice.
needs to work on finishing at the rim.
Oh wait, that Spring practice.
and Burke needs to become more consistant hitting that long fade away 3.
2. Improvement at QB
3. Identify a consistent pass rush
4. Replace Kovas' leadership and "coach on the field" mentality
5. Figure out the OL situation
A brand new Red Shirt on Devin Gardner. It will be a little small and out of style since it was from 2 years ago.
I want to see if Bellomy has addvanced enough to become a dependable #2 QB so we don't have to burn Shane's red shirt if/when Devin gets a little banged up.
Curious to see how the interior of our defensive line comes together with Washington and Pipkins. Strobel/Wormley also need to step up on the outsdies. Other than that, I'd be curious to see how Countess comes back and also the interior of our offensive line. Kalis, Braden, Bryant and Miller, notably.
Will Countess be back in time for spring ball?
I would like to see an actual game, or at least something that resembles that. Maybe we'll have the depth this year for it.
The offensive line needs to improve, somebody besides Gallon needs to step up, and it will be interesting to see how the defensive backfield performs (minus Kovacs, plus Countess).
I'm really expecting that at least one steps into the light this year.
Both look "tremendous" and have had "outstanding off-seasons." #Insider
Not sure if serious... are srs?
But Hoke will say those words soon about these players.
I haven't heard much about Chesson. Darboh is a big, possession-type guy who has made several nice catches in practices and 7-on-7's.
Just checking for an update...
is he back for spring?
He's running. I'm not sure if he'll be able to do contact or not.
or do you know he's running by looking at some highlight tape. You are 4 states removed for God's sake - if your computer broke you would be clueless
Is Countess fully healed and cleared to practice? If, yes, then woo.
I was just going to say good interior offensive line play. That, and solid improvement out of Pipkins.
regularly connecting to receivers other than Gallon and Funchess...replacing Kovacs will be tough
with his legs and see Toussaint do anything at all. Apparently Toussaint is back to running, but I don't know how much progress you can possibly make in four months from an injury like that.
I don't know much about torn ACL's, but I'd be surprised if we saw Countess do much, if anything. He's probably going to be participating in some form of team drills just to stay fresh, probably a lot of conditioning, but not much more than that.
They don't want to risk him getting injured again, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if we don't see much of him until fall camp.
Awesome was probably ambitious, maybe seeing him in pads would be more realistic to hope. It will have been seven months, though, he'll probably be doing something.
I want to see either/both Darboh or Chesson blow the fuck up in the vertical passing game
It will be interesting to see how the carries get divided up. I'm also anxious to see how some of the younger WR's look.
A draw on third and long with Vincent Smith.
Two-minute highlight videos from terrible angles, preferably quite zoomed in, with voice-over interviews with seniors talking about toughness and focus and The Team.
I thought the question was what do you want, not, what will you get?
(Yes, I get it)
1. a second and third receiver need to emerge behind Gallon. This could be a tight end, but the offense would really need to feature that tight end.
2. a consistent running game that gets us in great 2nd down situations and can convert short yardage 3rd downs consistently.
1. Pressure on the QB. QB's facing UM should know they have very little time to make a decision. I would like to see the pass rush become much more effective.
2. Coverage sacks. When the pass rush breaks down, it would be nice if that didn't matter because everyone was blanketed, thanks.
If all of these things happens it would be pretty hard for us to lose any game. Expectations of the program and position, so I concurr 100% with this post
I'd also like to see it not rain.
and 65 degrees would be nice.
Enough healthy bodies for an honest-to-goodness, intrasquad scrimmage, with a draft and everything.
team holding up a National Championship trophy at the spring game.
I want to see a between-the-guards running game. I'd also like to still see some read option plays to show that we aren't completely moving toward MANBALL.
I'd like to see Chesson and Darboh step up and make some plays.
I'd like to see Gardner complete >70% of his passes. (It's a glorified practice, so I don't think it's unreasonable for expectations to be higher than game-time expectations)
I want to see good coverage by the secondary, only to be bested by good plays by the receivers.
No missed tackles.
I really want to see our OL kick but, open huge holes and not allow sacks. I'm also going to be looking for our DL to step up and cut off running lanes and am really looking for a great pass rush on every passing down. The WR really need to develop their route running to create seperation. I also hope the defensive backfield looks good and does not allow any seperation on their receivers, or completed passes. I want to see some play-making INTs out of the DBs. I'm going to be looking for the QBs to step up the accuracy, see a lot of completed passes, as well as cut down on poor decisions and INTs. I also want our RBs to break into open field, but I want our LBs to stick every RB in the hole.
That pretty much sums everything up correct?
by the linebacking corps. Like our two deep should be better than most teams' first string.
Or just back on track to do so.
Anyone have any recent word on his progress?
Also, like everyone else, I'd like to see O-line improvement and a running back stepping up.
I think the O-line will have its growing pains early on, but should grow strong as the season progresses.
I'm more worried about the receivers--we need someone to develop into at least a solid #2 option, or those 3rd downs could be trouble.
I'd love to see the interior of the O-line looking polished with their footwork and getting to the second level on plays. I'd also love to see Gardner showing some touch on deep routes to Gallon and Darboh.
If this offense can prove they can stretch the field, it will take that much more pressure off of the interior line on running plays.
A comittment from Da'Shawn Hand.
Edit: Guess I should have read all the comments before I posted.
No, seriously. A dominating O-line and a couple of cannonball RB's to run through it. Also a QB with a playbook deeper than, A: handoff up the gut for 1 yd, B: scramble for -1 yds, C: bomb for either TD or arm punt.
As for the D? JMFR.
Sorry, I'm stuck at home that weekend.
(Yea, I know I'm off by 4 letters - go away, you joke stickler you)
Several areas for me. No particular order, but 1 is probably most important.
1. O-Line has, and I mean HAS to start coming together. There is a ton of talent there, but its got to grow up pretty quickly. Hopefully Lewan and Schofield can show the way for the younger guys. If they can gel quickly, we've got a lot of potential maulers on that line. Also would be nice because it'd help our run game to get started off on the right foot.
2. Gardner makes progressions. He's got all the physical tools to be successful, but has to work on the accuracy. Killed me to watch him miss some wide open receivers in the Outback Bowl that could have potentially changed the game. Also hope he takes the next step as a team leader. Now for all I know, he's already a great leader, but if he is, we haven't heard much about it.
3. More receiving threats emerge. Right now, Gallon seems like our go-to guy. And he's good, but we need someone else. I'm hoping Funchess takes a big step forward and emerges as one of the best TE's in the conference. I'd also like to see some progressions with Darboh. I've heard a lot of good things about him, and am hoping we can see some things in spring. I'd also like to see what Chesson can do. We need a speedster out there, and he looks to fit that mold nicely.
4. Defensive line. I think Q-Wash will be a force next year if he continues to progress, and hopefully Pip starts to live up to his potential. Maybe more importantly, the defensive ends need work. We need to get pressure on the QB, and this is why I'm incredibly thankful that Taco is enrolled early. Hopefully he's as good as advertised. If these things can come together, our defensive line can be a force to be reckoned with.
5. I want to see how Dymonte looks. It will be tough to replace Kovacs, but this kid looks too good to not see the field next year, maybe even start at some point.
6. Please no injuries. Fitz, Blake, please keep rehabbing, and hopefully be ready to take the field Aug. 31st.
7. Hopefully we have enough depth to where we can finally have an actual game.
Is this how you format your homework? :P
I am excited to see what Ojemudia can do after a year in the program and some added weight.
specifically if we will get meaningful contributions from Darboh, Chesson, Drake Johnson and Justice Hayes. Each of them has gotten some practice hype but shown nothing in gamers so far. I think we need at least 2 of them to become quality contributers.
Our 2 biggest issues in 2012 were the interior OL and WR. [Excluding Gallon's Outback showing.]
Specific performances: Kalis, Miller, Bryant, Darboh and Chesson. We really need all 5 to show capabilities of productively contributing at B1G level.
Little question marks at all areas . . .
We are going to pretty young in the front 7. I would like to see if Q. Washington is for real. Can Ash get into the rotation? How will the inside LB's look minus Demens. I also think Pipkins needs to make a big leap and Wilson or Robinson need to fill the Kovacs void.
Oline, unkowns at the skill positions, it's all mostly been covered. I'd love to see Bellomy look sharp, confident and putting a little more zip on the ball (I know he's never going to be Brett Favre). Hoke alluded to him maybe not being 100% in that nebraska mess. The kid was a 3 star committed to a big ten school before UM offered, so there is/was some talent there, hope to see him take steps forward.
My biggest rooting interest in this year's spring game will be for Bellomy. Partly, I'd like to know that we have a viable, non-redshirt-burning option if Gardner goes down. Even more than that, though, I feel for the kid. There's no way that he's as bad a QB as he was against Nebraska. That was an awful situation for a freshman to step into, and I'd really like to see him show some things before he gets buried on the bench.
Does anybody have an update on Wormley? Wasn't Ojemudia headed for a redshirt before Wormley's injury?
He was stomping onstage doing the Haka with Sione Houma a few weeks ago, I think the knee is okay.
I think the most important thing has to be no injuries...
just no major injuries...please no major injuries
Agree on the O-line. Would also like to see Gardner and Bellomy both hitting WRs in stride.
Agreed, I personally think Bellomy is better than what he showed at Nebraska, but I would definitely like to see him a little more polished in the Spring game.
Don't tell him that, now he'll really never stop throwing to the guys wearing red and white.
DG throwing ropes to Chesson and Darboh; I want to see this very much.
And a spring GAME!
I want to see which guys step up that we haven't heard from before. Of course, I wanna see the improvement of the interior O-line, the defensive backfield updates, & receivers stepping up but I want to see some guys showing us play we haven't seen before. Always had a soft spot for walk-ons making a name for themselves, too.
D. Hand commit the first day of practice......that is what I would like to see out of spring practice.
After seeing the new post about Peppers' visit in April I am going to say a Jabril Peppers commitment.
and when I say consistent running game, I mean by a running back. Also, if possible up the middle.
and when I say consistent running game, I mean by a running back. Also, if possible up the middle.
a 38 or 32 belly passes to the fullback Kerridge/other in the flat? 2013 Michigan Spring Game will be remembered as "36 Shades of Aaron Shea"....
I'm thinking Borges is hellbent on passing the crap out of the ball this year. Tons of throws to TEs and center screens to UM's running backs. That's my uneducated guess.
Also, UM defense elated not to have chase a free electron at QB in practice for the first time in 4 years.
and defensive lines. I am really looking forward to see who emerges as starters, beginning with spring practice and of course into the fall.
I am also looking forward to seeing weight gains/losses amongst the team, I always find that interesting.
Touchdowns on every play. I don't care how: passing, running, kick return, punt return, interception return, fumble return. Touchdowns on every play.
It's been awful the past few years.
Mean streak to the Oline. Underclassmen stepping up.
A decent pass rush from the front four on D.
A younger wide receiver with the potential to wear the #1.
I really like her, erm, ...pad level. It's nice.
As we know from being burned in the past by things like "Cam Gordon is an awesome safety" there is only so much you can learn. I don't expect to see the OL maul people or our DL get tons of sacks. In fact, if you do see too much success in one area then something might be wrong on the other side of the ball or one of the coaches may be calling a simple play book.
So rather than look for performance metrics, I'm looking to hear that some players are pushing to get in the rotation at several key positions. With that in mind, I want to see the following:
- WR - Who is stepping up to get the snaps left by Roundtree?
- RB - Do any of the incumbents look good enough to get snaps?
- OL - Who is playing guard and is Miller clearly the center?
- DL - What does the rotation look like and how do the RS Freshmen fit in (Wormley, Godin, Strobel)?
- DB - What other corners are getting PT without Countess or Floyd? Who is getting in the rotation in Kovacs' spot?
I would like to see Gardner have a good spring and find out if Bellamy is still a viable back-up or not.
- Line play, both OL & DL. I'd like to see them beat each other up, but with no injuries. (I think that playing against the best makes you better, so I'd love to see the best OL against the best DL.)
- Develop tight ends more, both blocking for RB & catching passes.
- More clarity at RB position.
- Gardner working through progressions in a good way, not locking in on WR in a way that the DB's can jump routes.
- Gardner being pressured by the DL, and not panicking.
- WR running good routes and getting on the same page as Gardner.
- DB's healthy, especially Countess.
- One DB to emerge, to grab the open spot by the horns.
- LB really solidify and jump to the next level.
- Manning fit in as the new coach, and get commitments from Hand and Peppers.
I think Gallon's going to turn heads this fall (as will Gardner). I'm talking, 1000 yards this season. The amount that Funchess gets featured really depends on how he develops as a blocker. If he's a total liability, he loses his edge in the pass game because teams will adjust to know that it's a pass only if he's in there.
regarding the wide receivers, I'm not all that concerned. I think Dileo will be a steady producer, to the tune of 30-40 catches. Someone should be able to come in and be productive enough. I think we're in trouble if we're throwing the ball more than 60 percent of the time anyway. Play action needs to be a big element of our offense... Either Fitz comes back strong, or Green steps up early, or we're going to be in trouble.
Gallon: 75 catches, 1100 yards, 10 TDs
Funchess: 45 catches, 600 yards, 8 TDs
Dileo: 35 catches, 500 yards, 5 TDs
Darboh: 25 catches, 400 yards, 3 TDs
As for Devin Gardner, I think he has a huge year. I think he'll cost us 2 games with some bad decisions, but he will also win a good number as well.
62% completions, 2800 yards, 26 Tds, 13 ints
I sure as hell hope he doesn't throw 13 picks. The only guys who have thrown 13 picks or more in Michigan history have completed 55% of their passes (or fewer) and haven't thrown for more than 20 touchdowns.
I am want to see some of the RS Freshmen have a JMFR spring game coming out party.
I also want to see if Will Hagerup has officially used 4 of his 9 football lives and makes it back on the field.
I would like to NOT see the whole time standing around while just a few guys are working. Perhaps that's only done when the cameras are rolling, but it does seem to be a pattern. I would like to see Brady try to maximize every kids' chance for reps, running a more differentiated practice format as often as possible.
- Jack Miller vs. Washington/Pimpkins
- Devin Gardner taking over and being THE man(QB is 100% his let's see how he handles that.)
- O-Line, would like us to find the best 5 now, so they can begin meshing together and get comfortable with each other and really come together in fall camp.
- Defensive Line Rotation(where is everyone practicing at Mattison likes to rotate)
- Pass Rush- we need a guy I think Clark can do it, but we need Mario to take a step up this year
- Chesson/Darboh Battle
- Middle Linebacker Battle
- right guard/right tackle Battle
Where is Countess, Wormly, Bryant in their rehabilitation??
This will be a great spring I can't wait to see how some of the battles work out. It's going to be a helluva time for these boys.
Darboh and Chesson really progress as well as see where Dymonte Thomas stacks up in the secondary depth chart.
More than anything, I'd like to see how the fresh blood on the O-line perform. In particular, I'd like to see how Miller plays. We have an AA tackle and wherever Schoefield plays we'll be above-average at that position. I think Kalis will be more than servicable. If Miller comes in and is even average at Center our line will be one of the best in the conference I think. We have talent at RB, our line just needs to open up holes for them.
Outside of that I'd also like to see if Chesson or Darboh can be a legitimate threat at WR, if Dymonte can come in and see quality playing time in the secondary, and if we can develop a pass rush.
Definitely want to see if Chesson and Darboh can stretch the field
is chris bryant healthy?
I suppose through spring ball, bellomy is #2. how is that gonna work?
how much weight did funchess gain? how much did williams lose?
does wilson take over at SS or do they rotate until the new kid gets in (i can't remember his name, ohio kid, urbz went after him...not gonna come to me.)
You're thinking of Dymonte Thomas...
When the fall comes.
anything more interesting than the last two spring practices
A committment from Da'Shawn Hand
• Pipkins being impregnable after the snap
• A RB being unstoppable after the handoff
• A WR being uncatchable after the pass
• Everybody healthy after the final gun
- Health. I want to see Chris Wormley and Chris Bryant out there and giving quotes about how they're 100% and Fitz Toussaint way ahead of schedule but being held out just as a cautionary thing and expected to participate in fall.
- Enough OL for two squads. At tackle Schofield, Lewan, Braden and Magnuson plus LTT make five. But if Bryant isn't ready to go it's Burzynksi, Bars, Kalis, Bosch and Miller--five guys for six interior OL spots. If they're playing Burzynski at center as I suspect it seems we're short at least one or two guards for a full scrimmage, and that's expecting them all to stay hale for all of spring practice. Lack of healthy o-linemen has sunk a spring game before.
- Depth and competition.
don't understand the poor showing for the past 30 years. What an opportunity to practice tailgating and watch some football.
I'm not overly concerned about Gardner and I'm farily confident one of our RBs will get the job done, it's just a matter of which one. I also think we have enough offense returning with Gallon, Dileo, and Funchess. We really only need one reciever to step up because Devin can use his feet and I think Funchess will be real good so I'm not overly concerned about that...we have enough tools to move the offense if there are holes and protection. Plus what great defenses will we play? OSU is the only one that comes to mind. I'm not worried about youth at LB, they will be fine and/or good. I'm not worried about our interior d-line because I like Wash & Pip. The main things I like to see are:
1. The offensive line be productive. I'm confident in Lewan, Kalis, and Schofield. I'm mostly concerned with center.
2. Countess be healthy. If he's 100% our corners will be fine.
3. Wilson be effective. Kovacs being gone leaves a big hole. Wilson is a step up in terms of athleticism and speed, but he needs to not blow coverage. I'm not looking for a major playmaker, just no blown coverages or big plays.
4. A pass rush from the DE, which I beleive has to come from Ojemudia so hopefully he's put on weight or Charlton is college ready because I'm not confident in the other DEs pass rushing ability.
5. No injuries. Any major injury to any of the starting positions immediately puts us in a bad spot because we don't have a ton of proven depth. Our depth is either true freshman or guys that have never played.
6. Where will our defensive playmaking come from? We know Ryan will make plays, but who else will cause turnovers? Can Countess, Taylor, Gordon, Wilson, Ross, Bolden, or a DE cause turnovers? Our decreased turnover margin was a big problem last year and we need to turn that around again.
No injury's at all.
Offensive line gelling.
The birth of a run game.
a reel spring game. I am tired of the scrimmage type games. but i no it will not happen. also wont too see the offense have some fun and score plenty of points.
Spring practice i want to see good protection by OL, establish a Running game, establish some TE plays and develop some good receivers.. In other words offense offense offense