|19 weeks 5 days ago||There is early playing time available at Rutgers too||
There is early playing time available at Rutgers too
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Excuse me? Exactly how many||
Excuse me? Exactly how many top-10 teams are in the SEC this year? The "superior SOS" argument is absolutely baseless and outdated. Anybody who glances at the AP poll can debunk that myth.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan -28 is absolutely||
Michigan -28 is absolutely free money. Rutgers didn't score a single point against OSU's defense, which is not nearly as good as ours (now #1 in the nation per the S+P). They're missing their impact WR, safety and LT. We've scored at least 40 in every game save the one against one of the best defenses in the country.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||I use Bovada but have been||
I use Bovada but have been looking to switch for this reason. They also don't post the O/U or Moneyline until the night before the game as well, which is incredibly frustrating. I opened a topbet.eu account this season on top of my Bovada account to see how it goes.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||This has genuinely been some||
This has genuinely been some of the best content I've ever read on this site. I am continuously impressed that a site that provides this much thoughtful, insightful, funny and in-depth content remains a free one. I didn't think it would be possible, but you guys have allowed me to love Michigan athletics even more by providing such amazing analysis and content. So thank you.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Thirded||
|35 weeks 5 days ago||"I'm here for the posbang"||
"I'm here for the posbang"
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Forget "female athlete", she||
Forget "female athlete", she is one of the greatest athletes in American history regardless of sex
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Guess he really did spend his||
Guess he really did spend his next 3-4 years at Michigan!
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Anybody have a link to a||
Anybody have a link to a torrent of this game for those of us without AXS TV? MGoVideo only has highlights.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Chris Evans announces June 6,||
Chris Evans announces June 6, UM the heavy favorite.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||The game is at 7pm||
The game is at 7pm
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Checked out the new Ann Arbor||
Checked out the new Ann Arbor Hopcat last night, had a great time. Crack fries taste just as good as in GR, beer selection (including 30 local beers) is terrific, and several big screen TVs to watch the NBA Dunk Contest.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||PROTIP: Excedrin is a miracle||
PROTIP: Excedrin is a miracle hangover cure. Take it from a future MD, it works.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Asian girls everywhere||
Asian girls everywhere
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Just got back from driving my||
Just got back from driving my girlfriend to the airport... the highways aren't plowed, conditions aren't great. Drive SLOWLY and safely, friends and Go Blue!
|2 years 9 weeks ago||second round||
|2 years 12 weeks ago||To have a guy with Mattison's||
To have a guy with Mattison's chops on staff NOT as the DC is, like, wow. Would be a major win.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Ty Wheatley||
I've heard this rumor from a few of the major sites... Where is this coming from? Anybody have anything to substantiate this?
|2 years 39 weeks ago||I love all the props thrown||
I love all the props thrown Freddy's way. The kid sounds like he's got a great reputation as a hard-worker who loves football.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||California, Oregon (via||
California, Oregon (via Cali), Florida, PA, California, Indiana
|3 years 15 weeks ago||I rarely post on this site,||
I rarely post on this site, though I've been reading for several years. I'm now posting to say this: leave the kid alone. This is badgering, not reporting.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||I imagine Khalid Hill as||
I imagine Khalid Hill as having a sort of a Dallas Clark-esque role in this offense. Same size (tho Khalid is about 20 lbs lighter at this point), but his pass-catching ability and versatility lends to some pretty creative wrinkles in the passing game. Borges must be thrilled with all the toys he's getting.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Can somebody clear up what||
Can somebody clear up what the rules are in regard to using former athletes/celebrities to sway uncommitted prospects?
In The Journey a few weeks ago, Victor Oladipo recalls a time when he was being recruited and went to a dinner at the white house for school and was magically seated with Dwayne Wade (coached be Crean at Marquette) and Antwaan Randle-El at a dinner and somehow ended up going to IU. If the ethos of regulations on recruiting is to make the playing field level, this certainly seems to violate that...
|4 years 13 weeks ago||You really think Hardaway||
You really think Hardaway will stay? I think it would be a luxury to have THJr, Irvin and LeVert splitting minutes at the 3 (Stauskas is a 2, IMO), but I see THJr bolting to the NBA after the season he is poised to have.
Re: Donnal, taking a look at the depth at the 4 (I think Horford exclusively plays the 5 next season, if he can stay healthy, btw) I think a redshirt is likely. It's amazing how we have gone from last year (Smotrycz, then an out of position Morgan or out of position Novak) to the depth we have this year, to where we have the luxury of redshirting a 4 next year. Amazing.
One last thing: really enjoyed the post by Champeen, but it's pathetic that 90% of the responses to this post were about its title. This is why those of us who seek intelligent conversation about Michigan sports M-Go-Elsewhere.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||wondering when one of the||
wondering when one of the Cass LB's will be offered... Seeing as though Deon Drake already has an ND offer it's curious why we keep offering out of state LBs. In fact, most of our offers are out of state this early on...
|4 years 40 weeks ago||I don't think the coaches||
I don't think the coaches will offer both Kizer and Stewart. Kizer has the more impressive offer list (Nebraska, namely), so I think if the coaches really like him they'll offer him sooner rather than later.
IIRC the coaches are waiting on camp to evaluate Day to see if they want to offer him yes? If Fuller and McQuay go elsewhere (M not entirely out of the picture on either yet), he may be a very suitable contigency plan if he doesn't got tOSU.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||correct. The fusion of the||
correct. The fusion of the growth plates is evident on x-ray:
|4 years 40 weeks ago||We need reasons now for||
We need reasons now for hating Nickelback?
|4 years 41 weeks ago||Sorry to state the obvious||
Sorry to state the obvious but CHICKEN BROCOLLI BAKE?
|4 years 41 weeks ago||listen to the ALABAMA SHAKES||
listen to the ALABAMA SHAKES - BOYS AND GIRLS.
This is the album of the year, IMO.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||I tried to buy these about 6||
I tried to buy these about 6 months ago for a M-fan friend who we had nicknamed "The Flamingo" because he is 6'6 and bird-like. I was very disappointed they were out of stock then, and continue to be disappointed they are out of stock now.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||It is. We painted my friend's||
It is. We painted my friend's Camaro like the winged helmet and took it on the road for the 2006 campaign for @Notre Dame, @PSU (night game... wiped out all their QB's) and @#1 OSU (when we were ranked #2). Had to put a car cover on it in Columbus so it wouldn't get flipped and burned.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Now available on Kindle.||
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Bolden getting plenty of||
Bolden getting plenty of looks with the 1's as well.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||victors!||
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Come on down, Yuri Wright.||
Come on down, Yuri Wright.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||McGary is visiting for||
McGary is visiting for Western Michigan, not Notre Dame.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Make sure Tristan has all the||
Make sure Tristan has all the contact in the world (when appropriate) with Mark Huyge!!
School of Engineering, majoring in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and (hopefully) starting RT for U of M.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||Holy cow, he's majoring in||
Holy cow, he's majoring in naval architecture and marine engineering?! AND starting tackle?
|5 years 32 weeks ago||Michigan expects our varsity||
Michigan expects our varsity to WIN! TO! DAYYYY!
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Will Campbell, easily.||
Will Campbell, easily.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Rivals puts a lot of stock in||
Rivals puts a lot of stock in NFL potential. As Ojemudia is a tweener of sorts, that is Rivals doom regardless of if it translates well to the college game.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Gant.||
|5 years 41 weeks ago||I graduated in 2007 and am||
I graduated in 2007 and am moving back to Ann Arbor this fall to start medical school. It's amazing how much it has changed in only 4 years!
Call me old fashioned, but my favorite "cart" will always be Le Dog on Liberty. I'm going to have to do some serious adventuring when I get back to AA. Any new food suggestions from MGoBlog users that have popped up in the last 4 years (minus, apparently, Bar Louie)?
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Haha... An ass-kicking by||
Haha... An ass-kicking by which party, I wonder?
|5 years 41 weeks ago||As have I, even with multiple||
As have I, even with multiple browsers. Anybody else having prolonged issues?
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Thank you for your insight.||
Thank you for your insight. You have contributed marvelously to this discussion.
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Does he have an offer?||
Does he have an offer?
[edit: according to Rivals he does, but not to Scout. On rivals he is ranked 144, way above JJ Denman at 242 btw for those that give credence to rankings]
|5 years 42 weeks ago||SVU Marathon||
lol nice H/T Brian on the $1 of Penecillin comment... straight outta the SVU marathon on USA last weekend!
|6 years 1 day ago||So was Manny Harris.||
So was Manny Harris.
|6 years 1 week ago||Ken, where in Bolivia||
Ken, where in Bolivia are you? I'm in Trinidad in Beni. Two Blue fans in Bolivia!
|6 years 1 week ago||Ken, where in Bolivia are||
Ken, where in Bolivia are you? I'm in Trinidad in Beni. Two Blue fans in Bolivia!
|6 years 6 weeks ago||A very touching, extremely||
A very touching, extremely poorly written article.
|6 years 6 weeks ago||A somewhat polished prospect||
A somewhat polished prospect who has the tools to be a very good quarterback. Hopefully he'd like to be the next to continue in the tradition of elite Michigan quarterbacks.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||I remember Grajales coming in||
I remember Grajales coming in with a lot of fanfare. Has he struggled or has he generally met expectations in this his RS Fr year?
|6 years 9 weeks ago||NFL Draft History by High School state||
Top NFL Draft pick producing states (in order):
|6 years 9 weeks ago||did you see that ND has 6||
did you see that ND has 6 (count 'em) DE's recruited in this class?!
Inevitably some will play different positions, but holy cow Brian Kelly!
|6 years 9 weeks ago||Yoink!||
|6 years 14 weeks ago||Strange that he's ranked so||
Strange that he's ranked so low, considering he has more assists per game and a better Assist to Turnover ratio than Demitri McCamey (the #3 on this list).
Statwise, Darius Morris is the best, or at the very least a close second in the Big Ten to McCamey. These rankings are bunk, obv.
|6 years 16 weeks ago||MSU lock.||
|6 years 18 weeks ago||I recall a concern about||
I recall a concern about Watkins being grade issues. Are those resolved?
|6 years 22 weeks ago||Prove it||
oh wait, you tried.
|6 years 22 weeks ago||GERG has never run the 3-3-5||
GERG has never run the 3-3-5 as his base defense.
|6 years 22 weeks ago||Man, Ohio State POUNDED||
Man, Ohio State POUNDED Purdue
|6 years 22 weeks ago||Especially considering that||
Especially considering that GERG has never run the 3-3-5 before coming to Michigan... coincidence?
|6 years 23 weeks ago||It just goes from bad to||
It just goes from bad to worse with Hummel and Purdue. I am upset because I was really looking forward to watching him play this season. Must be very tough for this young man and this team.
|6 years 33 weeks ago||Richard Ash is 6'3 320?!? Big||
Richard Ash is 6'3 320?!? Big Will is only two inches taller and 10 lbs heavier. I'd be interested to see how Ash's body develops in the program, say, in a year.
There have been rumblings of Jibreel Black possibly seeing the field this year, btw.
|6 years 33 weeks ago||Je'Ron Stokes's routes are||
Je'Ron Stokes's routes are crisp, and he comes out of that break quickly. If this is any indicator of his progress, I'd expect him to see the field some time this year.
|6 years 34 weeks ago||Stretching only||
|6 years 35 weeks ago||I took the MCAT||
a month ago, and I wrote one of my two essays on Maurice Clarett embarrassing THE Ohio State University. On the writing section I scored in the 99th percentile.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||To State the obvious||
|6 years 44 weeks ago||(4) class of '07 currently in||
(4) class of '07 currently in NYC.
|6 years 45 weeks ago||this kid is a fantastic||
this kid is a fantastic athlete and plays a very physical game. He looks like the type of QB who would certainly have much success in RR's system.
|6 years 47 weeks ago||perhaps you missed it, but DW||
perhaps you missed it, but DW didn't get drafted.
|6 years 48 weeks ago||Trotwood = Michigan||
Trotwood = Michigan
|6 years 48 weeks ago||In this case...||
I agree. Which is unusual considering we were both Friars, who tend to disagree on pretty much everything.... MAGNUS!
|6 years 48 weeks ago||I love this||
|6 years 49 weeks ago||This feed is awful||
I'm basically paying $3.00 for the archived game so I can watch it later. I thought I learned my lesson from basketball season.
|6 years 49 weeks ago||Magnus?!||
Haha, I was in the Glee Club too!
wait.. oh my... I just realized that I know Magnus. With all of our disagreements and ego clashes, I should have seen it coming that we were both Friars...
|6 years 50 weeks ago||Michigan is the best team in||
Michigan is the best team in all of club varsity lacrosse and has been for several years now. It's pretty clear cut. A loss to a team like CU brings their record to, what, 48-1?
|6 years 50 weeks ago||This kid is athletic as hell,||
This kid is athletic as hell, what a great get for RR and staff!
|6 years 50 weeks ago||There's no question||
There's no question that Clausen has all the physical tools necessary. But name one big college win that he was chiefly responsible for... just one. I can't.
If I'm an NFL GM, I don't invest in people who don't know how to win. A QB needs the "it" factor, the leadership, the integrity to get it done late in the game. Chad Henne has "it", Tim Tebow certainly has "it". Jimmy does not. For further evidence see 1) failed late game comeback against a feeble USC team last year where the refs simply handed him three opportunities; 2) Michigan last year. We lost to Illinois, for Christ sake.
|6 years 50 weeks ago||Raise your hand if you got an||
Raise your hand if you got an MIP at Michigan
*swiftly raises hand*
|6 years 50 weeks ago||speaking of broken systems...||
speaking of broken systems...
|6 years 50 weeks ago||According to Webb||
Showers is mentioned as a recruit that is very, very impressed with Devin Gardner. He is positive D Gardner is the future.
|6 years 50 weeks ago||A mockery of an "educational system"||
I'm in accordance with Wolverine Convert: I think the one and done makes a mockery of the institution of higher education. It's nothing but a thinly-veiled ruse to compete for the cushiest year of drinking and hanging out with college girls before their certain respective NBA futures. Calipari knows this, and simply offers the best situation for this type of player who has zero interest in higher education, and only want to play high-profile basketball for a year with other recruits just like them that will go to the pros. Kudos to Calipari for being the best slimeball in a world where that kind of behavior is not only overlooked, but encouraged with enormous contracts and headlines.
In a sport where at the age of 18 you can step in and immediately be the best player in the world, why not let them do it?
Is this really about educating young athletes? Stop kidding yourselves.
|6 years 51 weeks ago||Make no mistake, Cox is||
Make no mistake, Cox is surprisingly quick and agile for a guy his size. He runs a 4.5 40 with a lot of wiggle, so he's by no means exclusively a bruiser.
|6 years 51 weeks ago||Agreed||
A veteran starting over a redshirt freshman is not breaking news.
JT Floyd has apparently made great strides in the offseason, and makes up for his lack of ideal athletic ability with great savvy and knowledge of the D. DB is a position you can't afford to screw up at, so I'm extremely happy that JT Floyd is showing improvement.
JT Turner has an ideal frame, good measureables and great potential (hence the 5*'s) but reportedly a lot of work to do technique-wise. Cullen Christian is very similar in that respect. JT Turner not being the second coming of DWarren or Woodson isn't surprising.
|6 years 51 weeks ago||This is on the official||
This is on the official website, btw.
|6 years 51 weeks ago||In other news||
Scientists ruin gorilla's day
|6 years 52 weeks ago||It seems "mortal lock" isn't||
It seems "mortal lock" isn't the lock it used to be.
|7 years 4 days ago||This is the reason||
They are different helmet brands and thus different designs. There are several manufacturers of both college and pro helmets and each have subtle differences. This is one of them.
|7 years 5 days ago||More Observations||
-JB Fitzgerald DUSTED Fitzgerald Toussaint. Toussaint was unimpressive in both the clips we saw of him. Reports are mixed.
-There were 2 clips of Denard Robinson throwing the ball. The first one he clearly is dissatisfied and goes "dang!". That's not a great sign. I've heard lots of balls have been sailing on Devin and Denard both.
-Cam Gordon gets several looks in these clips at safety. Apparently there was a fight between Dews and Gibson about where Gordon went, and Gibby won because of the lack of depth at safety. There's a reason they're both excited about this kid.
-Jeremy Jackson (17) doesn't attack the defender when he's blocking. Dews tells him so.
-Austin White is a quick kid, but very skinny. Could use a redshirt, but the guys at GBMW think he'll see some time this fall with his pass catching abilities.
-Shaw is our best RB from these clips. I believe he is currently our best healthy running back and will get the start come the fall.
-Leach makes a few good plays in these clips. He'll get some looks come the fall as well. The staff is very high on him, though he's clearly limited by his athleticism.
|7 years 5 days ago||Mike Shaw||
Was coming off his hernia surgery last year and got very, very few reps. In the game time he saw, he was tentative hitting the hole and tiptoed around.
Two years ago, you could tell Mike Shaw was the future. He is one speedy dude. In Smith's absence, I guarantee Shaw starts over Cox. If we're lucky, he'll pick up where he left off two years ago, rather than last year's injured Shaw.
|7 years 5 days ago||Didn't Auburn||
sign the #2 RB in the country last year? Yeah, that really opens up the competition for playing time...
|7 years 6 days ago||Wow||
Steph Hopkins is a LOAD
|7 years 1 week ago||Go egg!||
|7 years 1 week ago||At Least We Have: A useful||
At Least We Have: A useful degree
|7 years 1 week ago||It's used for foot and ankle||
It's used for foot and ankle injuries so that absolutely no weight is put on the injured limb. You can see he has a CAM walker boot on his left leg, you assholes.
|7 years 1 week ago||there it is, black and white.||
there it is, black and white. That's an obvious violation and it's well-documented in a visible newspaper.
|7 years 2 weeks ago||If they want to tear up Field Turf||
they're going to have to start... everywhere. That stuff is ubiquitous nowadays.
When I was on spring break three years ago, I met the (21 year old?) daughter of the Buffalo-based guy who started field turf. I was smitten almost immediately. She got annoyed because all I was asking about was field turf, and she walked away. I love sports.
|7 years 2 weeks ago||We're witnessing the||
We're witnessing the simultaneous rise and crumbling of Oregon's football program. This team is just spiraling out of control. Chip Kelly needs to do something about it, fast.
|7 years 2 weeks ago||Simply put, the Michigan||
Simply put, the Michigan Men's Lacrosse team is the best team in the country without scholarships. It's like comparing apples to oranges to compare Michigan to the elite programs in D-I such as John's Hopkins, Syracuse, Virginia, etc... Many if not most of these programs feature lacrosse as a top sport for the entire school, and funnel financial and recruiting resources into them appropriately.
Though many of these teams' rosters feature players from relatively newer lacrosse hotbeds such as California and Denver, they hold a distinct advantage as well by their proximity to the traditional lacrosse breeding grounds of Maryland, New York state and Connecticut. Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, Florida and Texas all have solid nascent lacrosse programs comparatively, however the best athletes in the these states tend not to play lacrosse. Whereas in specific hotbeds on the east coast, lacrosse is as much of a religion as football is in the south.
Michigan is the best club varsity team in the entire country, and has been so for several years now. The competition is fierce at the club-varsity level, but the winning streak and two consecutive national championships speak for itself. One thing you must understand is that this is a team comprised, basically, entirely of walk-ons. For comparison's sake in terms of level of play, Michigan (as stated in some of the comments above) is comparable to a mid-to-lower-tier D-I program. Pretty good for a sport that is not funded by the athletic department. To compare that to a team that gets the full funding of the athletic department with eons of tradition and dominance at the top level of play with direct access to the best players in the country (such as John's Hopkins) is far-fetched.
There are many reasons to elevate the men's lacrosse program, which I will go into later this month on the blog for which I write www.rivalryesq.com, and things are looking up with Brandon taking the reins. If the program keeps winning consistently, hopefully they case they're making will be heard.
|7 years 3 weeks ago||Because you need to run||
Because you need to run routes in the pros.
|7 years 3 weeks ago||I didn't witness the||
I didn't witness the MGoFirestorm firsthand, but the first thing I saw was his highlight video and that was enough for me. I don't know how many times it needs to be said, but I'm going to say it one more time. RATING SERVICES ARE A GUIDELINE.
The only thing one accomplishes by reacting negatively publicly on a board such as this to a recruit committing is to make that recruit question his commitment. From his junior highlight video and from this video, I think it's pretty clear that this young man is going to be very special. He catches the ball well away from his body as well as in traffic, he's got great size and he is a superb athlete.
With more polished route running, I'd say that he's the best WR recruit in the past two recruiting classes. Star rankings be damned.
|7 years 4 weeks ago||LOL||
a quick google search yielded this fine gem:
|7 years 4 weeks ago||Thanks for the preview Tim. I||
Thanks for the preview Tim. I was hoping the comments would be more than "Durrr... durrr.. durrrr LACROSSE?!" but I'm largely not surprised.
If any of you all reading this board get an opportunity to catch a game this year, I highly recommend doing so. Our lax team is the best a club varsity lacrosse team can be: '08 and '09 national champions, and consistent winners of their conference, the CCLA. The level of is on par with DI lacrosse, even without scholarships. This isn't baby stuff. The only reason they're not a varsity team already (like Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame have) is Title IX, politics and $.
|7 years 5 weeks ago||Aha, but can we agree to||
Aha, but can we agree to disagree?
|7 years 5 weeks ago||FINALLY! WE MIGHT, SORTA,||
FINALLY! WE MIGHT, SORTA, SEMI-AGREE!
|7 years 5 weeks ago||Jarrell Oliver||
Sam Webb mentioned something about this kid in the recruiting roundup the other day. He is sporting a Michigan offer, and his tape is super impressive. He is a between the tackles runner, and his acceleration through the hole is some of the fastest I've seen from a high schooler.
I'd say my top two (three) choices are as follows right now:
1) Dee Hart
I'm unimpressed with Hayes's film, FWIW.
|7 years 5 weeks ago||if Tate can get 'em the ball||
if Tate can get 'em the ball deep. Hopefully with that shoulder rested this season up he can put some more on that ball, because he was clearly struggling on the deep ball toward the end of last season.
Does Tate have the proper arm strength when healthy? Another big question coming into this season. With DG and a hopefully much-improved DRob pushing Tate at QB, that should be one of the most interesting position battles coming into this season.
|7 years 5 weeks ago||This is splitting hairs, I||
This is splitting hairs, I know. I'd argue that a deep threat is entirely necessary to establish any semblance of a rhythm in the most important facet of our (and most teams') offense: the run game. Unless you have somebody who is a danger to take it to the house on a regular basis, the safeties can crowd the box all they wish to stop the run. The safeties aren't going to stop crowding the box for an 11-yard deep in. Factor into that the fact that the 11.5 ypc includes YAK, and that's not a downfield threat. Think of how much more Roundtree will get the ball if he can catch those underneath deep ins or seams unmolested while the safeties are occupied chasing somebody else down the field. A good deep threat opens up all kinds of options.
The coaches are hoping that Williamson may be that guy, having good track speed, but he's a project. Stokes, though he doesn't have the height, has got the speed and is a polished route runner. Keep in mind, Manningham isn't a tall guy either.
|7 years 5 weeks ago||Hemingway||
As of right now, Hemingway is our only downfield threat. We've seen flashes of his potential downfield several times over his career, but he has yet to stay healthy or consistent. Stonum has the wheels and the hype, but has yet to produce much at WR. He's the most talented WR on our roster, though, and this year is a make or break one for him.
To open up our run game, we need a legit downfield threat. Roundtree is reliable, and can get open underneath, but does not possess the coveted top-end speed nor the size to be that legitimate downfield threat at the X (or the Y) outside WR positions. Stonum and/or Hemingway do.
I'd expect to see Gallon more in that 4-wide set we use, where we often split out a tight end or bring in a second slot. With Odoms as an experienced junior (and an EXCELLENT blocker, at that), and the consistent Roundtree all vying for the same spot, it will be interesting to see how the coaches manage to get Gallon, who is clearly a very talented and dangerous athlete, onto the field.
But for a moment imagine an offense where Roundtree, Gallon, V. Smith, Koger and Denard all have an opportunity to get the ball. That's scary.
|7 years 6 weeks ago||assuming they can even get a||
assuming they can even get a job with that O$U degree
|7 years 6 weeks ago||Take a Lesson from Bart Scott||
This is the most hilarious trash talking article I've read. Two highlights:
"He drew Cowher’s ire for calling him the Tick, a superhero with a super-size chin."
"Scott went so hard after Ryan Fitzpatrick last season when he quarterbacked the Bengals that Scott said Houshmandzadeh and Chad Ochocinco pleaded with him to stop."
|7 years 6 weeks ago||I was much more comfortable||
I was much more comfortable with Kovacs at safety than anybody else on our roster, as did the coaches. I think he played extraordinarily well for such a young kid, walk-on or not! I'm a big fan of Kovacs, and I think he starts next year as well.
Like you said, he's only a redshirt freshman, so he can only get better (unless you're Obi Ezeh... ZING!).
|7 years 6 weeks ago||except at the race for||
except at the race for starting safety...
|7 years 6 weeks ago||Vincent Smith, who was first||
Vincent Smith, who was first team all-state junior and senior year, as well as florida small schools offensive player of the year was only a 3-star as well...
Dee Hart may not be 5-6, but he's still 165. Let's hope he slips through the cracks, though, because this kid, like Smith, is the real deal.
edit: scout says he's 165, his highlight video says he's 190. Who to believe...
|7 years 6 weeks ago||Brent Petway was in my||
Brent Petway was in my Musicology 123 class, history of popular music, which I got an A+ in. He rarely showed up, but I assume he still passed. If Brent Petway can do it, you can do it.
Also I missed the first two weeks of intro to astronomy, including the first exam, and I still got an A+. Do that course.
|7 years 6 weeks ago||DW vs. BG||
I know that a player must do what is in his and his family's best interest by declaring for the NFL, but DW's situation is bizarre.
Without guaranteed first-rounder status, I figure it would be in his best interest to return for his senior year at Michigan. Of course, this is just Rittenberg's opinion (DW WAS first team all Big Ten this year after all). However, this team, which is severely depleted of senior leadership (as well as quality players in the secondary) NEEDS him.
Heck, BG, a guy on his own team, is a great example because he was in a very similar situation last year. BG knew the D was going to be terrible, but he returned because the team needed him and he wanted to get his degree. Now his draft stock is through the roof! BG is a true Michigan Man for sticking with the team, and is now a bright and shining star destined for the first round.
The only reason I can come up with for DW wanting to declare for the NFL in his junior year (aside from the $$) is to get away from RR and staff. He had several very public disagreements with then-D coordinator Scott Shafer, and has been purportedly unhappy with the coaching staff. Not to be ungrateful for the past contributions of DW, especially because he gave 3 years as a starter to this team through a mega coaching change. It's just the contrast with BG that is so striking.
|7 years 7 weeks ago||Bravo, Chait! Yet another||
Bravo, Chait! Yet another thoughtful and well-structured analysis.
Chait is elucidating yet another example of a glaringly obvious anti-RR agenda from the Freep. The larger scope of his argument strikes at the heart of journalistic integrity (or lack thereof) itself. A basic tenet of journalism is that it is bigger than a journalist. The duty of a journalist is simple: to deliver unalloyed truth, and let the audience decide. What the Freep has done here is to not only attempt to color the opinion of the reader in what it passes off as "news", but has done so so regularly as to make its intentions and agenda glaringly obvious. This is not only violation of trust of its readership, but a blatant violation of this basic journalistic code.
The worst part is that the Freep is a repeat offender. Chait had a great article last fall decrying what Rosenberg passed off as "journalism" for his story on the NCAA violations:
It is ridiculous that the editors at the Freep allow this type of nonsense to go on. It is no surprise that, with papers like the Freep, print journalism is a dying industry.
|7 years 7 weeks ago||he cuts out for a sec and||
he cuts out for a sec and goes "whoa". Then he comes back to tell Sam that a dog just jumped at him... a big one.
|7 years 7 weeks ago||Antonio Bass?||
He used to be a quarterback in high school!
|7 years 8 weeks ago||Draft stock: up.||
Draft stock: up.
|7 years 8 weeks ago||very impressive. He has an||
very impressive. He has an innate sense for finding the seam, especially in the return game, which is a very instinctual part of the game. He blocks well in the open field and has that "nasty" attitude that those GBMW guys prize so highly. I'll be excited to see this kid in Maize and Blue.
|7 years 8 weeks ago||Concur||
I think what it boils down to is that RR and staff wants this kid enough to offer him this early, and that they're getting what they want.
This is a microcosm for the entire RR recruiting strategy: he gets who he wants.
|7 years 9 weeks ago||we may want to stay away from||
we may want to stay away from the whole "little brother" thing until we actually beat them consistently
|7 years 9 weeks ago||It would certainly be par for||
It would certainly be par for the course for Jay Hopson to lose our committed recruits... even after he's gone!
|7 years 12 weeks ago||How is it possible to be on||
How is it possible to be on national TV for 5 years? If you're redshirting, you don't play, right?
|7 years 12 weeks ago||This kid's closing speed is||
This kid's closing speed is impressive, as well as his ball instincts. Once again, star rankings be damned.
|7 years 15 weeks ago||At least he's probably going||
At least he's probably going to Auburn, my favie SEC school.
|7 years 16 weeks ago||That's not entirely accurate.||
That's not entirely accurate. Brandin Hawthorne was a linebacker in high school, and is a linebacker in college. Hawthorne is undersized for the position (I think he's pushing 185...), and does not run a 4.4 by any means.
Furman has almost exclusively rushed the passer in high school, whether at the linebacker or DE spot, but he projects to a college safety or linebacker. The 4.4 speed, 200 lbs athlete with a "football player" attitude is exactly the type of player RR wants to recruit on D. If this kid commits to Michigan, we should all be pretty excited.
|7 years 16 weeks ago||Do we ever play with a||
Do we ever play with a 1-tech? I thought we always played a straight 4-3 with a 3-tech?
|7 years 16 weeks ago||Michigan Football||
Michigan Football: Lowering our standards since mid-2009
|7 years 17 weeks ago||Isn't this guy a heavy ND||
Isn't this guy a heavy ND lean?
|7 years 18 weeks ago||Fire Rodriguez? Whoever said||
Fire Rodriguez? Whoever said anything about that. I feel quite the opposite:
|7 years 18 weeks ago||2, actually. Boren and Tony||
2, actually. Boren and Tony Clemons.
|7 years 18 weeks ago||Were my statements not facts||
Were my statements not facts as much as yours were? Your statements are also facts, and it's a great counterpoint to mine, which is what I was expecting.
You can't deny, however, that what I said isn't true (ok, I used a bit of exaggeration). Yes we have no depth on defense partially as a result of lackluster end-of Carr era recruiting, yes it was a much-needed culture and regime change, and yes we were slumping before RR got there, and yes players were still arrested in the Carr-era.
I'm just playing devils advocate and presenting the situation as it would appear to a non-michigan fan (read: rest of the world outside of the Michigan-centric view of its fans). It looks bad, you can't deny that. It isn't actually that bad when given a little history lesson (not to mention a little long-view), but it looks bad. Just because you don't like to hear it doesn't mean it isn't fact and just because I may disagree doesn't mean I'm wrong.
Not to be a negative nancy, just trying to prove a point.
|7 years 18 weeks ago||The Facts with no conjecture/excuses (...well ok one conjecture)||
Here are the facts. Since RR has arrived:
1) Massive lawsuit from WVU, UM pays the legal fees
Those are the facts, and issues are beginning to pile up without reprieve.
|7 years 18 weeks ago||If we weren't 1-7 in the Big||
If we weren't 1-7 in the Big Ten, this would be a bit more heated. Everything is well and good when you're the best team in the Big Ten playing the worst team in the Big Ten.
Who did SI rank the rudest fans in the Big Ten? Ohio State at 34.9%. The second worst? Michigan at 23.3%.
|7 years 18 weeks ago||Thanks Tim!!||
as a longtime reader of this blog, I've got to say that the DG and the Austin White content really is something special. With all the hype and star-rankings and all that BS that I no longer pay attention to, great footage like this is what tells me the most about a recruit. I really like that you put all touches, not just highlights, on the video so that we can get a complete look at a recruit. Thanks for going out there and sharing this with us. I love the videos and keep 'em coming.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Wonderful||
Fantastic interview, thanks Tim/Mike.
|7 years 21 weeks ago||sadly, it's more likely that||
sadly, it's more likely that he's going to transfer to a school where he can be just an athlete. The south?
Apparently he wasn't much into being an athlete either. Not only did he miss classes and study periods, but also missed workouts too. Do you want to piss off Barwis? I have grown fond of my arms, and do not wish them torn off and fed to his wolves.
|7 years 21 weeks ago||Why is everybody siding with||
Why is everybody siding with Boubacar? Is it because we have little depth?! Depth has NOTHING to do with it.
Boubacar was given plenty of chances. He had legal, then academic issues, did not change his attitude and is now suffering the consequences of his actions. Taking the quality of his play or our depth into consideration is completely inconsequential. We should not make concessions based on depth or quality of play when it comes to a player's behavior. RR did the right thing, and I support him 100%.
|7 years 21 weeks ago||Drake, Hopkins and White||
These guys are racking up the yards. Especially in closer games, which is more telling of who stepped up and performed when the game was on the line. Their averages are obscene, but these numbers happen with high school backs. The competition should be the best, however, with the two texas backs who are still performing quite well.
I'm most impressed, however, with Tony Drake who seems to get, on average, fewer carries than either of the other two but still seems to get a good amount of yards. This could be a product of the dominant offensive line from Skyline, but you can't help but take notice on what he's doing with fewer opportunities.
Props to DG, btw. Came up big against a goliath of an opponent and performed well in the clutch.
|7 years 23 weeks ago||Ryan Mallett is talented but||
Ryan Mallett is talented but has an attitude problem? That's news to me!
|7 years 23 weeks ago||Dee Hart for RB||
His vision and ability to move laterally then find a seam and cut up inside the hole make him an ideal running back for this zone-stretch system. Add to that killer acceleration, the shiftiness to make the first man miss, and good top-end speed and I'd say you have an awesome back.
I say, you don't even really NEED to get this kid into space. His vision and quickness to find and get through the hole are so valuable, I say keep him at RB.
|7 years 23 weeks ago||They play different||
They play different positions. CB committing had nothing to do with it, as CB plays PG (1) and BK plays the wing (2).
|7 years 23 weeks ago||Ricardo Miller||
Does anybody else realize that 66% of the time Ricardo Miller catches the ball, the play ends in a TD? Those are pretty good stats.
|7 years 23 weeks ago||Yes, clearly an area that we||
Yes, clearly an area that we need to improve. Thanks again for these stats, they are a great breakdown!
|7 years 23 weeks ago||YES YES YES||
Thanks for posting this. This puts numbers to what I've been harping on for trends of the Michigan offense.
In MY e-pinion, the biggest problem for this offense is the plays that go for negative or no yardage on first down (not counting X and Goal situations). This is the root of many of the problems that we see with the plethora of 3-and-outs. This is not unique to Michigan football. Many coaches simplify what needs to be accomplished on offense by breaking it down into manageable goals. This goal for Michigan would be to "win" the first downs. If the team can gain positive yardage on first down, the playbook opens up very significantly for the coach or the o-coordinator. Positive yards on first down is a key facet to the elusive "building of momentum". Gaining positive yards on first down not only builds the players' confidence, but the coach can now elect to run a bread-and-butter play (one that the team practices a lot, and is regarded as a guaranteed gain) to further churn out yardage and get the offense moving forward. This option may not be available if the team is forced to go with plays that are designed to produce larger chunks of yardage if they are forced to make up for the yardage lost (or not gained) on first down. (As an aside, the importance of a productive running game are also important for these reasons).
Too often this season Michigan has put itself in a situation where it is forced to gain more yards in fewer tries. This restricts the playbook for a coach or o-coordinator to find two plays that will now go 10+ yards. These plays are more likely to be passing plays rather than running plays (which average, on a team with a solid running game, about 3.5 yards/carry). A higher frequency of passing plays puts a lot of pressure on an inexperienced QB: the more often we lose yards on first down, the more often our QB is called upon to make the right reads and a good throw on longer passing plays. Statistically, as more of these situations present themselves (QB having to make longer passes, more difficult throws/reads), the QB is presented with more opportunities to show his inexperience. The resulting problems bleed into each other: if we do not make up the yardage, we go 3-and-out. The more 3-and-outs we get, the longer our D must be on the field, and the less likely our offense is to establish a rhythm and sustain drives. The less effective our offense, the less points we score on O. The less points we score on O, the more likely we are to lose. For an example of this, see the first three quarters of the MSU game. I'd be interested to see the numbers on first down for that game.
In short, when you lose yardage on first down, you're in a jam. You're behind where you want to be. With the focus on "winning" the first down (which Michigan is perfectly capable of doing since we're highly ranked in the big ten for total offense), Michigan will have much greater success with their offense.
|7 years 24 weeks ago||CB recruiting||
I disagree with the A- ranking for CB's. C. Avery is labeled a huge "sleeper" and a "steal" but unproven thus far and not highly ranked. T. Talbott was a package deal with his brother, had few offers himself, and again not highly ranked. Given that we have C. Christian and Grimes IN THE FOLD, and not committed, I'd give the CB grade a B- or a C+ as of the recruits we have actually committed.
Don't count your chickens before they've hatched, Tim. C. Christian's coveted OSU offer must be taken into account despite his stated heavy Michigan lead.
And to all you haters out there, we signed some big BIG names on signing day last year. D. Robinson and Q. Washington have a big future here. Some of the bigger recruits on our board haven't even visited campus yet, which can be a real game-changer (It was for Q. Washington last year, when the student section chanted "Q wear the blue!"). Be patient, judge after signing day.
|7 years 25 weeks ago||coaches wanted jerald||
coaches wanted jerald robinson to play D, but he impressed at WR so much at camp that that's where he'll probably stay. Sam Webb thinks he's the best WR prospect we've got, actually.
|7 years 26 weeks ago||not likely. Keep in mind Tate||
not likely. Keep in mind Tate is playing with the poise and polished-ness (?) of an upperclassman QB (making the right reads... most of the time, moving within the pocket, keeping his eyes downfield, good touch on passes, polished ballfakes) whilst making some typical freshman mistakes. Denard is playing like a raw freshman QB and making freshman mistakes.
Denard has shown improvement, though, and lets just hope MSU doesn't crowd the line every play. We will need points in this game, because MSU's offense can move the ball (and our D can't stop a MAC team).
|7 years 26 weeks ago||I was always bewildered as to||
I was always bewildered as to why Ginn went so high in the draft. As a receiver at OSU, he was exceptionally fast, but his route running and hands were both sub-par. No different in the pros, it would seem.
|7 years 26 weeks ago||Possibilities||
Any idea where else he is going to be visiting, other than U of M in December?
|7 years 26 weeks ago||Sam Webb calls Carleton||
Sam Webb calls Carleton Brundidge the best player in the state of Michigan in the class of 2011. A huge pickup for Beilein and the University of Michigan program. Kid apparently can flat out score. If you're not on the UM Basketball bandwagon already, jump on now.
|7 years 28 weeks ago||Sam Webb insists that nothing||
Sam Webb insists that nothing has changed with Dior. Plus michigan has cooled bigtime on him. Don't expect him to commit to Meech.
|7 years 28 weeks ago||This just made it official.||
This just made it official.
|7 years 28 weeks ago||If you like people playing||
If you like people playing beer pong during kickoff with tiny screens and nobody really watching the game, Thoms is for you. Otherwise hit up Metro 53. For Meech basketball go to The Hill.
|7 years 28 weeks ago||Ah yes, that's it! I know at||
Ah yes, that's it! I know at least 5 people who'd like to buy this shirt (minus the bloggy stuff) if it were to be put into production.
|7 years 28 weeks ago||Aramide Olaniyan = Craig Roh||
Aramide Olaniyan = Craig Roh
|7 years 28 weeks ago||Big Plays||
I agree with your analysis. It seems like the ND offense is plodding with a little bit of explosive mixed in. Jimmah throws the deep ball very, very well. I think if we make them try to beat us up front, and mix in a lot of blitzes with some conservative zone coverage schemes I think that'll be ok. One thing is for sure, Greg Robinson knows how to beat ND, so I have the utmost confidence that our D will be prepared. Barring said big plays, ND is not a super powerful offense.
|7 years 28 weeks ago||Marc from Novi!? The||
Marc from Novi!? The co-co-host of the recruiting roundup?
|7 years 28 weeks ago||I'd go with the Dalai Lama, I||
I'd go with the Dalai Lama, I think. Terrelle Pryor would be a close second, though.
|7 years 28 weeks ago||I respectfully disagree with||
I respectfully disagree with everything you just said. Sheridan is the most experienced QB we have on the team, and despite his interception, I thought he played exceptionally well. His handoff mesh point was the best of any of the three QB's, and his mechanics have improved as well. He is noticeably bigger, faster and stronger and knows the offense inside and out. He is a very valuable player to have on our team as the third QB, and we need to get him experience. He may not be as physically talented as Tate or Denard, but in the situation where Tate gets hurt (which many think is inevitable) you're going to be seeing a lot more of Sheridan, so it behooves us to get him on the field especially against an opponent such as WMU when we're up by 4 touchdowns.
Also, David Cone was on the field and I don't see you complaining about that. Give Sheridan a break, he's very valuable to this team.
|7 years 28 weeks ago||The spring scrimmage||
The spring scrimmage sensation Roy Roundtree noticeably absent!
|7 years 29 weeks ago||Nope. Next year.||
Nope. Next year.
|7 years 29 weeks ago||Wow, what incredible access||
Wow, what incredible access Tim. Let nobody question your commitment to the blog! Great video too!
|7 years 30 weeks ago||Short memories,||
Short memories, friends.
To name a few. In the late 80's and throughout the 90's Michigan used to get their pick of the litter in LA. Now that LSU is a powerhouse we are struggling.
|7 years 30 weeks ago||Innovation||
I think the TE question is a good measuring stick for RR as a coach. The ability to adapt your scheme to your personnel, the ability to innovate and adjust, I think separates the incredible coaches from the very good ones. Pete Carroll and Urban Meyer have proven themselves as elite amongst the coaching ranks for this reason. It is largely regarded that this year, the TE position is one of the most deep and talented on the squad with Koger and Webb. With a QB in the fold who can now get our TE's the ball and freak athletes at TE, the responsibility for our TE success, I think, lands solely on the scheme.
If RR is able to feasibly adapt his scheme to effectively use our TE's this year, it will be a matchup nightmare for defenses. If he succeeds in involving the TE in his offense, I would expect to see TE recruiting ramp up in the coming years. If he fails to do so with the incredible bevy of talent he has there, I believe TE recruiting will just fizzle out.
RR has innovated at every stop that he's made on the path to coaching at U of M. I expect Michigan to be no different.
|7 years 31 weeks ago||And you're basing this||
And you're basing this assumption on Cox REALLY stepping up his game and committing to the program on what exactly? A solid scrimmage against the 2's and 3's yesterday? Right now he's the last running back on the depth chart not named Potempa. I'd be surprised to see him get any reasonable minutes this fall.
|7 years 31 weeks ago||Slot||
Who looked the best in the slot, in your opinion?
|7 years 31 weeks ago||Apparently||
Good news that it's the same report from independent sources.
|7 years 31 weeks ago||Also better than...||
Antonio Bass... he was a QB in high school!
|7 years 31 weeks ago||NSFMF||
Christian is on a different level in regards to the rankings, not necessarily skill. Avery has not played much CB, and is slated as a "steal" in Ohio since he's flying relatively under the radar. Keep in mind Teric Jones, a 3-star converted RB, is apparently on-par with 5-star CB JT Turner according to the guys at GBMW. Avery is a hell of an athlete, so don't count him out.
|7 years 32 weeks ago||second.||
|7 years 32 weeks ago||BARWIS||
I've mentioned this a few times, but I'd love a shirt that says:
"Eeeeeee... I'm a little girl for Mike Barwis." or simply "I'm a little girl for Mike Barwis"
that's got some good MGoBlog flavor, and it's pretty accessible. I'm not so great with graphic design, so if somebody could mock one up that'd be awesome.
I also love the one of Zoltan kicking Saturn. I will buy 2 of those if that one makes it. No vote button, though.
|7 years 32 weeks ago||Also to keep in mind||
Previously in RR's offense, there might be multiple slots on the field at the same time if the team is in a 4 or 5-wide set, hence the need for depth at that position. However, with our stellar (and solid 2-deep) tight end talent, we may see a TE in the slot rather than a SR. Maybe even 2 TE's (!!!). We'll have to see if RR can effectively use our awesome TE talent this year, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out with recruiting.
|7 years 32 weeks ago||fyi||
here's the direct quote:
On redshirt freshman offensive lineman Elliott Mealer: "Last year he got redshirted because of the surgery. He's got all of his strength back and then some ? he's in outstanding shape. If you ask him, he's in the best shape of his life, very strong. He's got a chance. He's a tough guy, very strong and somebody we've got a lot of respect for. I'm anxious to see if he can crack the two deep."
|7 years 32 weeks ago||He is practicing. He is||
He is practicing. He is wearing #57 in white in this photo gallery:
|7 years 32 weeks ago||Relax||
We don't deserve anything greater than #9. You have to earn respect, friends. It's not going to be handed to you after a 3-9 season just because you return some starters and get a few freshman. That is what you would call "hype". Once we start to win some games and turn some heads, then we'll merit something more. Relax, and enjoy being under the radar for now. It's a luxury we probably won't be enjoying in the coming years.
|7 years 33 weeks ago||yes, I want that shirt.||
yes, I want that shirt.
|7 years 33 weeks ago||Shirt Suggestion||
I always wanted an "eeeee... I'm a little girl for Mike Barwis" shirt. I would certainly pay for that.
|7 years 33 weeks ago||Nick Sheridan...||
|7 years 33 weeks ago||NSFMF||
NSFMF, according to Webb.
|7 years 33 weeks ago||Agreed||
Yes, watch out for Hakeem Nicks. He scored 21 of UNC's 30 points in the thriller against WVU in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. He is a monster.
Steve Smith and Hixon, as you said, are pretty firmly 1 and 2. But Manningham was injured for part of last year, so hopefully he can get in the rotation as he battles for the 3rd receiver position against Moss and the two rookies. It should be one of the more interesting receiver battles to watch in the NFL this year, as the Giants really beefed up their depth chart at that position.
|7 years 33 weeks ago||Spirited?||
PSU also ranked Biggest Party School by USA Today this past year. Whom did they just edge out? Florida:
(please note Michigan did not even make the top 20). I wonder to what type of "spirit" is this Encarta feature referring, exactly? Alcohol-induced?
|7 years 33 weeks ago||One thing we can probably all||
One thing we can probably all agree upon after seeing the spring game is that Will Campbell is unlikely to get pushed around too much. Remember how good Mike Martin was in his intermittent appearances last year? I think WC will receive a similar limited role in which he will impress.
|7 years 34 weeks ago||Nice Point||
I like your points about the importance of walk-on players for team cohesion. I think the excision of naysayers like Boren, Wermers, etc. and the inclusion of people who want to play for Michigan will strengthen the resolve of this team dramatically. RR definitely has the right idea for this one.
|7 years 34 weeks ago||Nice Point||
I like your points about the importance of walk-on players for team cohesion. I think the excision of naysayers like Boren, Wermers, etc. and the inclusion of people who want to play for Michigan will strengthen the resolve of this team dramatically. RR definitely has the right idea for this one.
|7 years 35 weeks ago||Oregon State?!||
The Giant Slayers? No thank you. We did want to win this game, right? I'll take the doormats of the ACC any day.
|7 years 35 weeks ago||Conflicting reports||
Sam Webb was very enthusiastic about Devin Gardner's Elite 11 performance on the recruiting roundup the other day (July 23), especially since Gardner impressed a non-regional Scout analyst. Apparently there was effusive praise (plus you can sneak behind the Scout paywall thanks to Webb). Check it out: http://wtka.com/index.php?fuseaction=home.podcasts_sel&id=1849
Given that Gardner is a dual-threat QB at a pure passer camp, he surprised some people. However, he may not have done AS well as Webb and Scott Kennedy (Scout.com analyst) may have claimed: http://michigan.scout.com/a.z?s=162&p=2&c=881354
Of the 11 QB's there, Gardner did not merit a ranking in the top half at least according to Chase Daniel and some Colorado QB.
However, a few things to keep in mind. As I've already mentioned, this is a PASSING camp, which is a facet of the game that Gardner has repeatedly notably been "raw" in. The fact that he's there working on his passing skills is a testament to his determination. Not only that, but he showed enough improvement and flashes of talent to impress a non-regional analyst, which bodes quite well for his future as a Wolverine. As Pat White demonstrated, you don't need to be able to pass well to be successful in this offense. You need leadership, athleticism and toughness. If Devin Gardner can continue this upward trend as a passer, watch out.
|7 years 35 weeks ago||What a great attitude||
What a great attitude Boisture has
|7 years 35 weeks ago||Not Lost Til Signing Day||
But yes, many factors don't seem to play in our favor. If MSU gets this kid, it looks like Dantonio will own Ohio as well.
|7 years 35 weeks ago||Dior Moves Up||
Dior Mathis went from 3* to 4 as well. LaTwan is very talented, his ranking is justified.
|7 years 37 weeks ago||No, Oregon was not the ideal||
No, Oregon was not the ideal destination. He stated many times he wanted to play in a pro-style offense. Oregon runs the spread.
I guess this is an example of how waiting to commit might hurt a player such as Bolden. Had he committed to MSU earlier, Boisture may have remained at BC. I'm not saying he's doomed to ride the bench at PSU, but he'll certainly have some top competition from Paul Jones and Newsome.
|7 years 37 weeks ago||It's easy to see why this is||
It's easy to see why this is one of the first kids Coach Rod offered. You can tell he's raw as a passer (his release takes a little longer than ideal as he "loads up" the ball before releasing, but that can be coached), and as a rusher (frequently has the ball in the non-sideline hand), but he's got the talent for sure. He throws a surprisingly tight spiral, and has great arm strength to throw on the run. I have heard his short range accuracy has something to be desired, but the ceiling on this kid is high. Should provide some excellent competition for our QB's in 2010. We are now officially stacked with talent for the future at QB with Gardner, C. Jones and Forcier (I'll include D. Robinson on this list as well, though it's likely he'll be moved around a bit).
I am pleased with RR's eye for talent. If you look at our 2008 and 2009 class, it appears that most of our 3 stars are, or are going to be, 4 star level talent. Have faith, my friends; RR knows what he's doing. A winning season will silence the critics.
Thanks for the link, btw. I like what I see.
|7 years 37 weeks ago||Robinson Dominated||
Apparently at camp this year, according to Sam Webb, Robinson was dominant at wide receiver. Sam Webb also stated that he made Cullen Christian, the #3 CB recruit in the nation, look silly more often than not. Webb has stated a few times that he thinks Robinson is most likely a better receiving prospect than (gasp) Ricardo Miller. He stays on offense for sure.
As for M. Rob, yes he is one of the best safeties in the nation, but the staff is looking at him with OLB in mind. We will see when he gets on campus, but either way he is such a freak athlete that having the luxury to decide where he plays is not the worst thing in the world.