jack kennedy stepping up to fill the shoes of C.O.N.E
Who do you think steps up next year?
Although a RB-by-committee scenario is probably pretty likely, I really think Shaw is going to break out this season. Injured freshman year and last year, whether lost in the shuffle or just soph slump, underproduced given his talent.
It obviously sucks that V. Smith is out for spring ball, but I have a gut feeling Shaw makes the most out of this opportunity.
Shaw is definitely due. And he'll have plenty of motivation with the sight of V. Smith bearing down behind him; that kid's an absolute stud.
And because he is a talent: Fitzgerald Toussaint.
Also, has Roy Roundtree already officially stepped up?
It doesn't imply that at all.
LB Mike Jones.... somehow he has flown quite low under the radar on this board, much to my surprise... Sorry, I know he wans't on your list, but I am answering the header question.
No, that's exactly the kind of thing I'm looking to hear. You think he starts down the road or even day one?
Obi. Book It.
2 years with the same DC. He's shown flashes of brilliance before, I think he takes off.
I really like Roh and RVB also. I think they will be big this year and bigger for us next.
Can I blame you if Obi doesn't pan out? I'm tired of blaming him/the DC/angry _____ hating god.
I think Will Campbell will step up and live up to his potential by being the full time starter by years end.
I am hoping he does as well, it would go a long way to improving our basic run defense. Having Obi then step up as well would be great for the LB situation. Those two guys would go a long way to helping the entire defense be better.
I agree. He's literally the biggest piece of the puzzle. I really worry when I think about how he played last season though. No idea what to expect with him but it could account for +/- several wins I think.
He is literally a puzzle piece?
He's literally two pieces in the 2010 Michigan Wolverines Souvenir Jigsaw Puzzle. Am I the only one who's already pre-ordered one from Moe's?
Can someone do a haiku with 'Will Campbell, will'?
Can anyone plow
Spartys and Bucks to the turf?
Yeah, Will Campbell will.
Official T-shirt request!
I know the past couple of years have left a bad taste in everyone's mouth, and I think for themselves, Michigan, and Coach Rod, everyone is going to step up. I'm gearing up myself, errr!
Yeah, if their decision making ever catches up with their physical attributes they will be great. They just somehow always end up in the wrong position and take poor angles. If GERG cleans that up they can definitely be solid contributors and stop a situation where a running back has Jordan Kovacs in between him and the end zone.
I know that yours is commentary on Obi and Mouton, but strictly speaking, the problem with Jordan Kovacs wasn't usually when he was between the running back and the endzone. His issues were when the the running back was between him and the endzone, since his gritty white guy speed is only as fast as the smallest of baby seals.
I don't think it's critical for Ezeh and Mouton to "step up" and improve their games. If they don't, they'll simply lose their jobs to guys like Fitz, Demens or Bell. I can't believe any one of those three could put up a worse performance than OE and JM last year. Yes, it would be nice to see the light go on for the five-year veterans, but I'm not holding my breath.
Here's my list of key step-up guys:
did you just cut my brakes?
I can never get enough of that .gif...
If you remember last season's UFR's, it always seemed like Mouton would make some really nice +1 plays, but then mental errors would lead to -1 plays that outnumbered his positive plays.
We know he has the athleticism, he was a highly regarded recruit, and I think he is the epitome of the type of player that needs continuity at the Defensive Coordinator spot.
Hopefully I'm right as this is a position of need.
I agree with ebb, I expect big things from Obi this year. As bad as he was last year, I think he has a great deal of potential, and working with GERG for a 2nd year (and now serving as LB coach will help).
I also expect Cullen to be the Freshman play of the year for us, he may night start from week 1, but he will see the field and earn a starting job by mid-season, suring up our d-backfield.
I don't think he will be Charles Woodson or Marlin Jackson his freshman year but I expect him to be a solid contributor in place of Donovan Warren. This being the case is probably one of the biggest needs for the entire team this upcoming season.
I think we'll see a lot from Denard besides the occasional "wildcat" (I know it's not actually a wildcat, but w/e). We need players like him on the field as much as possible. All it takes is one small mistake by a defense and he's in for a TD.
One of the QBs needs to take a solid step forward, and Forcier has the shortest distance to go. If the team can stop being a random turnover generator, Michigan will be much improved.
On D, I think the shortest distance to competency is for Will Campbell to become a terror next to Martin. A really solid defensive line that can stuff the run and get to the QB can allow teams to play really safe everywhere else and still have a solid defense. A great example, unfortunately, was USC vs Jon Navarre's Rose Bowl team. They spent the entire game rushing four, and were able to sit back and make Michigan play excellent offense to succeed vice giving them chunks of yards off of blown coverages.
We really need our D-Line & Linebacking core to be solid this year. That will help our young secondary quite a bit. A good defense starts in the trenches applying pressure on the QB and having the linebackers being able to step up and stuff the run.
This will take a lot of pressure off our secondary, that will take sometime in the beginning of the season to find some chemistry.
Mouton I see as a Crable type that has good size and athleticism. He needs to make an impact this year and limit stupid mistakes.
Martin is a guy that I like a lot. He has a huge motor and can be a destructive force. I see some BG in him but he needs to play hard on every play. Sometimes he goes through strectches in a game where he goes unnoticed.
I like the depth that we have added over the last couple years but my main concern is inexperience. I think given one more year we will have a solid defense but at this point RR doesn't have that luxury. The Defense itself will make or break our season. Lets hope we see some nice surprises from the incoming freshman.
I really want to see the Seniors step up - Ezeh, and Patterson.
Talk about a pro-active attack of irreverence! Man, aniticipating the snark and being a bit self deprecating--now THAT does not smack of Michigan Elitism--although in a reverse psychological way--it really does.
I'm waiting to see which one of these guys steps up, and out onto the dance floor wearing wild, nylon pantaloons while he tries to storm the competition on "Dancing With the Stars"--and I think Anthony Lalota has the potential to tango his way to the championship.
I had the opportunity to play basketball with Will Campbell a couple of weeks ago. The kid is huge, physical and surprisingly quick. He has the ability to move around people very fluidly and has a surprising burst of speed. He is a fantastic athlete. I wouldn't be surprised if he really stepped it up next year and was able to start full time by the end of the season.
Comforting: he's quick and still large
NOT comforting: he's playing hoops. Our Dline is depending on those ankles.
I don't know why, but this made me laugh much more than I should have in the library.
junior hemingway and darryl stonum
Will be considered one of the best WRs in the Big Ten after next season
I have a feeling these three will contribute this year.
when we have a quarterback by the name of Jack Kennedy???
I am really hopeful that Gerg's magic touch/hair will work on Obi and Mouton like it did on Stevie Brown last year. If those two step up and have really good seasons our defense will improve tremendously.
I think Obi, with proper coaching this year, will really step up. We saw his potential early and, even as a freshman, was good at making plays when he was in the right area. I know last year he may have missed some tackles but I think a lot of that was getting himself out of position. I see he being coached up and being a solid MLB in the big 10.
Shaw I believe will because many are over looking him. I know not everyone on this board is, as some people above commented on him, but being he is our most experienced RB it has to get to him that he isn't being talked about more, and hopefully that can really motivate him through next year and beyond. I think he can be a really good back for us, and with a little work on balance (and core strength addition thanks to several years of working out) I think he will step up next year.
Greg Banks and Adam Patterson are going to play big roles in our defensive improvement. Depth AND productivity can happen here. It always seems to be the guy(s) youre not counting on to make you better always pop up in November.
I hope you are right. Those two were always the big question marks in terms of defensive development. Guys who seemed to have decent press/praise out of HS, but have done next to nothing here. Granted, those happen all the time, but I'm hoping we can see something this year from both of them.
I think Will Campbell developing into a force is a big part of the success for the Defense. As stated earlier, the D-Line can really alleviate a lot of the pressure that is put on the back seven. This is especially necessary with the youth that we will have. I think Obi and Jonas are going to flourish in the second year of Gerg's system. They've shown they have the athletic tools and another year in the system will only due them good. One guy I'm interested in seeing progress is Vlad. If he can nail down a safety spot, that would probably allow Woolfolk to move over to corner and further solidify our defensive backfield.
Roundtree will continue to impress.
is my man. I'm really excited about his safety speed at middle linebacker.
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Fitzgerald Toussaint!?!? He's been impressing on the scout team, ran a sub 10.6 100m dash as a junior in hs, and is apparently up to 205 lbs now. If he can maintain those crazy cuts and insane speed at that weight, I could see him edging out shaw/smith and being the breakout back in the big ten this year.
I did tear shit up with Fitz on the XBox...
I think they will be the two players that break out this spring, at least I hope so.
I could see Fitzgerald Touissaint coming up big for us at some point.
Its gotta be Touissant. I look for great things out of him this year. He is an amazing athlete with great skill. Cant wait to watch him tear shit up. Big Ten Freshman of the year potential. Go Blue!!