Who will be 2011's Defensive Denard Robinson?
Will break out.
Look at similarities: True Sophomore break out, from Florida, last name is Robinson.
Im hoping that Death Roh just had a sophmore slump, and that he adds 15lbs to play the strong DE and dominates.
Slump? He was out of position for 80% of the season.
JAMES VAUGHTERS. he'll come to Michigan and follow Rodriguez. This is an old school Michigan player, and they'll build the defense around him. Bank on it.
Number 5 ILB in the country. But seriously, he was kidding.
He's a Stanford commit...
take a second to think about it...
I think it's a possibility if Harbaugh comes. I think thats what the original poster meant.
Made good tackles in space. I hope he's on the field more next year.
Hope he doesn't get hurt in the first game again.
Carvin Johnson is going to be the second coming of Ronnie Lott, except faster and in a Michigan uniform.
If I understand asian history correctly, genghis khan conquered Asia on horseback while scorched earth is a defensive philosophy of successively retreating and not leaving any resources for your following enemies.
Don't you go bringing your facts into this now. This is an uninformed opinion only area.
policy of an amazing offensive attack with your army storming through the opponents territory, always moving forward. Then burning everything in the occuppied cities to the ground, and salting the farmland to ensure that nothing will grow for several seasons. Depleting the enemy, and their future prospects of succesful revolt against your rule. For reference on the best tactician of scorched earth see Ghengis Khan, Timur the Lame, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. In fact we should call our offense " March to the Sea" and everyone should wear Stonum style Bowties in reference to " Sherman's Bowtie" railroads that were torn up rehaeted and placed around tree trunks. That is an offense i could get behind.
When can we move on to the raping and torture, not to mention carrying out Grant's General Order No. 11, so we can start moving the Jews out?
this isn't 'Nam (or the SEC). there are rules.
Edit: 'Nam was a Lebowski reference. Not a reference to any actual atrocities that happened in Vietnam.
enters territory where people are brutally enslaved by a criminal regime.
In other words, when UM plays Auburn.
I think Roh will break out if we have a 4-man front.
I hope it is Richard Ash or Quinton Washington. We need to get bigger up front in the worst way. Mike Martin would be way more effective as a tradtional DT or RVB's spot.
is a beast
That Avatar is......scary.
Just put her/it in a Michigan-themed thong bikini, no helmet, and station her/it at the goal line. That'll be the most effective defense we've fielded in the past three years.
Just made all the men on this board go limp right now!
All I see is Dark Blue's standard Denard Robinson avatar. Judging by the comments, this is probably a good thing.
T-wolf. With that said, he wouldn't be the "denard" to me considering I would have always expected T-wolf to be the best on the defensive side of the ball.
So my denard award goes to.....courtney avery.
I know he'll just be a freshman, and won't have a lot of experience, but if we are talking about jumps to be made, I think it's a huge jump from being a very good high school player to a solid college freshman starter (which, from watching his videos posted on this site and seeing his stats, would say is very plausible).
While Kellen is a good player, the team doesn't need more starting freshman. We need players who have bulked up for college level play.
Death Roh is bout to be murderin' QBs.
As most of you know, I am a big fan of Carvin Johnson. The guy makes great open field tackles and has a nose for the ball.
We will need one of these current redshirt freshmen (Wilkins, Ash, Talbott) to step up in a big way next season with the loss of the seniors.
Demens, MRob, Jibreel Black, Cullen Christian, and Carvin Johnson will make vast improvements next year....our defense will be much improved especially if we change from the 3-3-5 and get a new Defensive Coordinator.
Hit Mike Jones up on the low, 'cause Mike Jones about to blow!
When I first read it, I thought of Quentin Washington. The practice hype around him is good(although, so was the practice hype of our kickers...) and he looked capable in the goalline packages. I was impressed with how low he'd get and he's usually get some good push there. There's tons of talk about him being an absolute monster in the weight room. All of this together with bowl practices, spring practices, summer workouts, and fall practice makes me think he could "break out" as a NT. Now as a NT he probably wouldn't have the big stats of Denard, but the impact could be the same if he could demand double teams and not get moved off the ball.
If you want someone a bit flashier, I could see Cullen Christian making a big jump. Dude has a ton of talent but was limited by lack of knowledge of the system and how to play college football. Which is similar to Denard in '09. He's a bigger corner, which if he can make a huge leap, it'd be a giant boon for this D to be able to match up with bigger WRs. I really like the future of Avery and even Talbott, but they're shorter guys. Having a guy like CC that can at least somewhat matchup with a 6-3/6-4 WR would be very nice.
C. Gordon came on late, once he was slotted in a better position. Limit=sky.
I think Campbell. He will realize that he only has two years left to prove his hype. He will lobby to go back to defense and work hard this off season and come back a beast.
I think it's more likely that he stays on offense and redshirts.
#55 Jibreel Black saw situational playing time, similar to D-rob in his freshmen year. He was effective at times as a pass rusher, so we know the kid has talent. Given a year in the weight room & in the system, I see him logging some important sacks next year.
If Black gets a little stronger and can be better in run support, he might have as high a ceiling as any other defensive player on the roster.
By the way, new to this board, been following the blog for awhile and reading the posts and enjoy doing so. Seems to be a whole lot more support for the coaching staff here than in most other places!
This is by far the best Michigan blog... And yes, for the most part mgobloggers are sympathetic towards rich rod's situation and truly think he's building something good here.
Well considering Mike Martin was the best player on the D this year, pretty sure he'll be the best player next year.
Guys usually improve the most between their first and second years in the program. My bet for the most improved player would be Avery, who seems to be a quick learner. Behind him I'd have Vinopal (will get much better if he bulks up), C Johnson, Black, Christian, CB Talbott, and M Robinson.
I think TWolf has a great year - which wouldn't be a surprise, but I think he will show that he's better than anyone expected. He'll shut one side of the field down.
Kenny Demens is the other. I think he continues his ascension as a top notch player and will get lots of recognition by the press/media/coaches.
Wait a minute....
Trick question: the answer is Denard Robinson, who will be playing both ways next year. Shutdown corner for the next two years for us.
But really, I am looking forward to seeing what Demens can do next year.
not only will he coach the D, but he will also lead the team in sacks, TFLs, PBUs and INTs
candidates to have a breakthrough season to make it to 10-2 next regular season.
Or Anthony Lalota...what happened to him, any word from practice?
Also think Josh Furman will surprise, and Christian will settle into a starting spot..
transferred along time ago. So no, he will not be your breakout player.
jd beat me to it.
I think Demens or Martin. If we stick with the 3-3-5, there are lots of openings for Demens to step up as a big run stopper and blitzer.
If we go to a 4 man front, I'm betting on Martin being a beast (more of a beast really) as double teaming him because harder.
Bam!!!!! Don't act like you saw that coming
It was awesome because it precisely conveyed the potential of the QB position 2 years ago with the revelation that is Denard. Perhaps it was even Brianesque.
I'd say M. Robinson. He's the atheletic freak at a generally weak position who likely just needs the practice and reps.
Craig Roh will morph into Everybody and will murder Terelle Pryor, but will not steal from you or steal from me.
The safe $ is on mike williams...
And He is growin dreds for his junior and senior seasons. Seriously though, the kid was playing QB in high school a year ago. Showed flashes of great man coverage toward the end of the year. My bet is he makes a huge leap in the weight room, as well as in coverage and tackling
should be a beast in the coming years.
Hopefully all 11 defensive players are breakout players
It will be hard to select just one because most everyone will improve greatly (especially with the extra bowl practice and spring practice). My best guess is between Roh, Vinopal and CJ. If I can only have one, I will take Roh (with the additional 10-15 pounds).
If you look at the history of True Freshment that have started at CB for us they have all gone on to have big careers
Kellen Jones. Kid looks like a beast.