I did not make this headline up
|23 hours 15 min ago||If it was produced right,||
If it was produced right, maybe. You know, if they had analysis and highlights. But not if it's a bunch of guys writing names on a grease board.
|1 day 5 hours ago||For anyone wondering,||
For anyone wondering, Michigan offered Hegarty as part of the 2011 class. He was from Aztec, NM, so we could feasibly have one New Mexican (Hegarty) snapping to another New Mexican (Zach Gentry), which would be a pretty big coincidence since we rarely recruit the state at all.
Hegarty was a 4-star, the #6 offensive tackle, and #70 overall to Rivals that year.
|1 day 5 hours ago||First of all, even 3 games||
First of all, even 3 games would represent 25% of the regular season.
Second, those first three games include Utah, Oregon State, and UNLV, not all of which are gimme wins.
Third, Glasgow is at least a two-time offender, so even if he misses "just" three games for this incident, there's a decent chance he will fall off the wagon again.
Fourth, this team was likely going to have Glasgow starting at LG until Jack Miller retired. So bringing in a guy who can start at center might allow Glasgow to play LG, which would allow Erik Magnuson to compete at tackle or right guard.
With the center depth right now (minus Miller and potentially Glasgow), we might be royally screwed even if there are no further injuries. Just think about how Glasgow looked during his first game action at center (bad snaps in three or four consecutive games) or how Rocko Khoury looked during the first series of the Sugar Bowl (two bad snaps on one series).
|1 day 5 hours ago||"Hell, Lindsay didn't play a||
"Hell, Lindsay didn't play a down for OSU this year."
That was due to injury.
|1 day 5 hours ago||We're at 85 currently. Here's||
We're at 85 currently. Here's the breakdown:
|1 day 5 hours ago||I'm pretty sure that Glasgow||
I'm pretty sure that Glasgow has been practicing for all but one or two practices. Of course, I'm not in charge, but it doesn't send much of a message to "suspend" kids from practice, unless there's something even harder they have to do outside of practice. For example, I remember stories about how Lloyd Carr used to make guys in the doghouse show up really early in the morning and run stadium steps.
|1 day 5 hours ago||We'll find out when the||
We'll find out when the spring game draft is televised on ESPN.
|1 day 5 hours ago||I don't really see Banks as a||
I don't really see Banks as a kick return specialist, because usually the guys who are true "return specialists" are guys who can do both kicks/punts. You can't really afford to spend scholarships on guys who are "just kick returners" or "just punt returners." Considering that, I don't see Banks as an ideal punt returner, so I would think they want him as a receiver while possibly returning some kicks on the side.
|1 day 9 hours ago||The point isn't really||
The point isn't really "entertainment." The point of all those things is so some people can make money.
I do not see a "Michigan spring game draft" drawing all that many viewers. Therefore, I doubt it would make much money.
So my question still stands. What would be the point?
|1 day 9 hours ago||There's always a chance, but||
There's always a chance, but I haven't heard anything about him being recruited as a fullback. Here are Reese's highlights from this past year:
|1 day 9 hours ago||To those crying "Who cares if||
To those crying "Who cares if their feelings get hurt?! Don't be pussies!" I ask:
What would be the point of televising the draft?
|1 day 9 hours ago||Regarding Korey Banks, he's a||
Regarding Korey Banks, he's a fast kid (claims a 4.26 forty) but is pretty scrawny right. I'm a little surprised Michigan pulled the trigger on him.
I'm also surprised Michigan offered David Reese this early. I really thought that if Michigan offered him, it would be a Grant Perry type of situation late in the process.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Maybe I missed it, but why||
Maybe I missed it, but why wasn't he asked about bubble screens?
Every coach should be asked about bubble screens.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Right. Harbaugh expressed||
Right. Harbaugh expressed that he wanted DeWeaver to remain in the class, but he said that Michigan was going to recruit other quarterbacks, too. That's when DeWeaver really decided to open things up.
|2 days 11 hours ago||I think it's kind of a big||
I think it's kind of a big deal from a Michigan-centric point of view, so I'm not surprised there have been multiple threads. It's not often that a player who's virtually guaranteed a starting gig just up and quits. I mean, if Miller didn't win the starting center job again, he was almost surely going to be a primary backup at C/OG. I remember being surprised when Rocko Khoury didn't return for his fifth year, because I assumed he would be a starter, but I think the last time a significant player just flat-out quit was Alex Mitchell during the Lloyd Carr days.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Well, yeah, but I just didn't||
Well, yeah, but I just didn't think it would receive as much attention, period, even if it were for concussions.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Yeah...this story has sort of||
Yeah...this story has sort of been blown out of proportion. I feel like it's received almost as much attention as Chris Borland's retirement, and Borland was an NFL player while Miller is a mediocre college player.
|2 days 13 hours ago||"Most people don't have that||
"Most people don't have that option."
They might not have THAT option, but we all make choices on a daily basis. People generally know the difference between right and wrong (if not morally, then at least legally). The right choices are generally the ones that let you live freely, get the best paying job you can, etc. Ultimately, smoking marijuana is something that most people who do it *want* to do, not something that is suggested/required by medical professionals.
As a professional athlete, people choose to set their alarm for a certain time. They choose to eat grilled chicken and vegetables instead of McDonald's. They choose to drink water instead of Mountain Dew. They choose to run hard in conditioning and not lollygag at the back. Those are the "rules" or at least "expectations" of the profession so they can be responsible professionals and good at their jobs. There's really no reason why they can't choose to avoid smoking weed.
|3 days 2 hours ago||If there were news on Rudock,||
If there were news on Rudock, you'd know about it.
We're currently at 84 scholarships. Getting O'Neill would put us at 85.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Well...sort of. DeWeaver||
Well...sort of. DeWeaver decommitted after Harbaugh was hired, not when things went south for Hoke.
|3 days 5 hours ago||"And to answer your question||
"And to answer your question there's a new saliva test out that can tell if the THC is active or was from prior use. If it's not already, it will be used for DUI tests in states that legalize."
I was not aware of this new test, so thanks. That's part of what I was asking, but I had to ask it about five times in this thread before I got an answer.
Anyway, *I* don't care whether you're high or not. But I do think employers have a right to care and hire/fire as they see fit. I'm pretty sure that if I got caught, I would get fired. There are obviously other jobs out there like that, so NFL players should actually feel pretty lucky that their jobs are not tied to stuff like this. Sure, they might get fined or suspended, but they'll only get fired if they make the same mistake over and over again.
However, if you're my taxi driver, my kid's bus driver, my kid's day care provider, the financial planner dealing with my millions of dollars, etc., then I would certainly hope you're not high on the job.
|3 days 5 hours ago||So you're saying that if||
So you're saying that if someone's lunch break was from 12:00 to 1:00 and he was getting high at 12:55 in the parking lot across the street, he would be 100% capable of performing his job when he walked back in the door at 1:00?
|3 days 7 hours ago||Okay. So how do you regulate||
So how do you regulate that? How do I, as an employer, know that your positive drug test is from you smoking at 8:30 p.m. and not at 7:45 a.m. on your way into work?
|3 days 7 hours ago||I wouldn't put it beyond some||
I wouldn't put it beyond some people to use that picture seriously in response to my comment, so I guess I just assumed the worst.
|3 days 7 hours ago||I'm not denying that there||
I'm not denying that there are positive factors with the use of medical marijuana.
I'm guessing the majority of people using marijuana, however, are not using it as doctor-prescribed medicine.
So you just said people shouldn't be smoking pot at work. Should they be allowed to smoke it on their walk/drive to work? Should they be able to smoke on their 30-minute lunch break? If they shouldn't be smoking at work, I'm assuming you're admitting it could affect your state of mind. So how exactly can you be sure that their mind wouldn't be affected if they smoked five minutes before they walked in and sat down at their desk?
|3 days 9 hours ago||They probably can swear at||
They probably can swear at home. But what if you're standing across the street from the school or day care and yelling cuss words at people?
So if you're not advocating smoking pot at work, are you advocating smoking pot...on your lunch break? On the drive to work?
|3 days 9 hours ago||Well, I think the intervening||
Well, I think the intervening factor is that some people think it affects job performance.
|3 days 9 hours ago||I had to pause a moment to||
I had to pause a moment to make sure it wasn't April 1 yet.
|3 days 9 hours ago||I'm not trying to be a||
I'm not trying to be a one-upper. Just trying to get facts straight.
|3 days 9 hours ago||self-plug alert||
I don't have any information on the number of offers at one time or another per year, athough this is probably significantly higher than any year in the last eight or so.
However, my site has offer boards from the past several years with the number of total offers at the top. Michigan offered 192 people in 2010 and 195 in 2011. Obviously, 2011 was the Rodriguez/Hoke combined class.
Since we're already at 175, I'm guessing the 2016 class will destroy that 2011 number.
|3 days 9 hours ago||This is essentially a||
This is essentially a discussion about supply and demand.
If you want to get a high-paying job in the NFL, you should avoid smoking weed. There are other people in the world who will happily take those millions of dollars and avoid smoking weed.
If I had a job that paid me a lot of money and they said "We do alcohol tests," then I would not drink so I could keep making lots of money. If I had a crappy job that paid me $9 an hour and they did alcohol tests, I would drink if I wanted to. If I lose the job, I can probably find another one that will still give me crappy pay in crappy situations.
We are not guaranteed jobs in this country. We are guaranteed "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." If we fail in that pursuit, that's our own damn fault. This isn't Frank Underwood's America Works program where anyone/everyone can get a job if they just sign up for one.
|3 days 9 hours ago||I don't know of any laws||
I don't know of any laws stopping you from not hiring someone who smells like curry. Personal hygiene, appearance, etc. are relevant to some jobs.
The law says you can't base hiring practices on sexual orientation. So I guess I don't know what your point is. No, we can't do that...and there's a law against it...and nobody in this thread has suggested that we should fire people for homosexuality...so...you win, I guess? Congrats.
|3 days 9 hours ago||There are some jobs you can||
There are some jobs you can get fired from for cussing. You can't be a teacher or day care provider and say, "Man, that f***ing Hitler was kind of a douche, wasn't he? If he was alive today, I'd like to kick the s*** out of him." If you make a habit of that, you'll get canned. And those are just words.
|3 days 9 hours ago||I have never seen a law||
I have never seen a law drafted that says, "People have the right to any job they want, or if the rules of that job don't suit them, they can be guaranteed a job at an equivalent company in the same location."
Rules suck sometimes. But you either follow the rule, or you work to change it.
|3 days 9 hours ago||"First of all, these players||
"First of all, these players can't go work for another company that doesn't drug test or move to another state where it's legal as that wouldn't help."
Sure, they can go. They can go play Arena Football or for some semi-pro team. There are options. They can also go to Canada.
Is the NFL the *best* place to play football? Sure it is. So play by their rules.
Or you could always go and get another job working for an accounting company, running a Buffalo Wild Wings, selling real estate, etc.
|3 days 9 hours ago||It's not absurd if the||
It's not absurd if the employer wants people who are drug-free. Companies can choose how they want to spend their money. Nobody tells you who to hire as a babysitter, lawn care provider, etc. Why should a company be any other way? It's their choice, just like it's yours to turn down their overtures.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Altogether, Michigan is up to||
Altogether, Michigan is up to over 170 offers already.
|3 days 10 hours ago||There's a limit of 105||
There's a limit of 105 allowed to practice in the summer.
I think the number 115 you have in your head is the number of times AnklePick whined about you calling him out.
|3 days 12 hours ago||So he's a 2015 linebacker...||
So he's a 2015 linebacker...
|3 days 13 hours ago||You know, it seems like||
You know, it seems like common sense, but it's not...
|3 days 14 hours ago||Someone pisses in my Wheaties||
Someone pisses in my Wheaties every day. It helps keep my hair shiny.
But anyway, it always annoys me when people misspell easy-to-spell names. I still see people on here typing "Ty Issac" sometimes.
|3 days 14 hours ago||1. Presumably, the guy with||
1. Presumably, the guy with the highest ceiling for this season would be the starter. That could be Rudock, Morris, Malzone, Gentry, Brian Cleary, etc. Shane *might* have the highest ceiling for this year, but so *might* Malzone, Speight, etc.
2. Why does it matter if Malzone redshirts? If Malzone is the best QB, he should play. Redshirting doesn't give him five years to play football. It gives him four. It's just a matter of whether he would be the best QB from 2015-2018 or from 2016-2019. In fact, if he's the best QB on the team, you mathematically WANT HIM TO START as a true freshman, because that guarantees at least three years of having him on the field. If he redshirts and then plays two great seasons, then he could be off to the NFL after his redshirt sophomore year. (Not saying I expect that quality of play from Malzone, but it's a mathematical possibility.)
3. Sure, a true freshman starter might scare off other quarterbacks, but when has that really been an issue? Teams that have good quarterback play generally attract other good quarterbacks. You might have to wait two years to get another absolute stud, but that doesn't matter a great deal. Look at USC's run in the early 2000's. When they see a QB playing well, they want to go play for that program/coach because they can see themselves doing the same thing once they get in the system.
|4 days 7 min ago||I could, but not in the way||
I could, but not in the way you think.
|4 days 7 min ago||Your account has clearly been||
Your account has clearly been jacked by The Brain.
|4 days 9 min ago||It's an anagram for Milk||
It's an anagram for Milk Yanza, who as we all know, was the Beastie Boys' first producer. He is transferring to be the manager for Kosha Dillz.
|4 days 23 min ago||So...Shane Morris and Wilton||
So...Shane Morris and Wilton Speight are D2 talents? That's an interesting take...
|4 days 22 min ago||His name isn't Ruddocj. Nor||
His name isn't Ruddocj. Nor is it Ruddock.
|4 days 25 min ago||But there's a logical||
But there's a logical disconnect there.
If what we TRULY want is one of the current Michigan quarterbacks to beat out a decent option in Rudock (because that would mean our QB is pretty good), then the most logical guys to root for would be Gentry or Malzone. Why? Because that would mean our best QB is a freshman who has four years of eligibility.
If you're rooting for Morris to be good so he can be a two-year starter, then why not root for someone who can be a four-year starter?
So no, I'm not trying to be difficult. I seriously don't see the logic. It seems to me to be the logic of someone who is simply rooting for Morris because a) they like Morris himself, b) they want a highly rated guy to pan out, c) they feel bad for him because of Shanegate, d) they went to Warren De La Salle, etc.
|4 days 4 hours ago||I don't really get that||
I don't really get that logic.
I hope whoever plays QB for Michigan in 2015 is really good. That's it. I don't care if it's Bryan Mone, Bo Dever, or Kyle Kalis.
|4 days 4 hours ago||No, but he has been offered a||
No, but he has been offered a position in Braxton Miller's pyramid scheme.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Gross. You do NOT want your||
Gross. You do NOT want your head below a B hole.
|4 days 7 hours ago||No religion! (Except||
|4 days 7 hours ago||Interestingly, he was also a||
Interestingly, he was also a B hole.
|4 days 7 hours ago||I think that's the same||
I think that's the same kitchen where DeAnthony Arnett announced his college decision.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Banned? He'll be calling the||
Banned? He'll be calling the plays!
|5 days 4 hours ago||Baylor had a significantly||
Baylor had a significantly better defense, but they were very close to being in the College Football Playoff. Their whole team was good.
And again, with FEI and S&P, you're talking about pretty good teams except for Penn State, which had a very good defense. Even the numbers you're using (#41, #37) put Michigan in the top third of defenses, and again, that's without even a decent offense to alleviate some of the pressure.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Thank you. Even though you're||
Thank you. Even though you're disagreeing with me, I appreciate the additional research, since I'm not sure where you were getting those numbers.
I think playing 5 above average quarterbacks and 7 below average quarterbacks equals out pretty well. It's not 6-and-6, but it's as close as you can get one way or the other.
One thing that should also be factored in is that the good quarterbacks usually play for good teams, and the bad ones generally play for bad teams. In other words, we lost to Ohio State partly because of J.T. Barrett but also partly because of their running backs, receivers, defensive line, etc. Wins and losses can't totally be pinned on the defense when Michigan's offense was so putrid for long stretches.
|5 days 9 hours ago||I think so, too. The Ohio||
I think so, too. The Ohio State visit was set up first, and then he solidified plans to visit Michigan.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Okay, so how many did we play||
Okay, so how many did we play that were below that number of 58? That's the question. If we still played 6 under that number and 6 above, then the point remains the same.
|5 days 11 hours ago||A lot of it has to do with||
A lot of it has to do with their school schedules. Sure, more people would want to see a spring game, but they won't necessarily have spring break options at that point, so they might have to miss school. It's also Easter weekend on April 4, so families might not want to be away from home.
This weekend starts spring break for some people, so they're off all next week and go back April 6.
For others, spring break won't start until April 2 or 3 and then they'll have a few days off after Easter.
Anyway, the visitor list for the spring game is already pretty good, and it will probably get better. It won't have the #1 player in the country, but it includes at least 7 offered prospects so far.
|5 days 11 hours ago||I think Fitzpatrick might||
I think Fitzpatrick might flip at any point. I have a hard time believing he'll stick with Louisville as long as Michigan (or others) keeps giving him attention.
As for the other guys, I don't see any of them committing. I think King is going to let his recruitment play out, and Michigan is too far behind with Pryts for now to expect him to commit.
The other guys aren't deciding anytime soon, and we'll have a battle on our hands for them, anyway.
|5 days 11 hours ago||I'm not really understanding||
I'm not really understanding your point.
I'm not arguing that Michigan State is bad at defense. They are good and have been good.
There are 128 teams in the country. Obviously, some teams are very good, and some teams are very bad, on both offense and defense. Most teams are in the middle somewhere.
Michigan State is good at defense. By some measurements/opinions, they had the best defense in the country a couple years ago. And Michigan - by some measurements - was statistically near them on the 128-team spectrum. So I'm not going to level a ton of criticism toward the defense, the defensive coaching, etc.
Let me put it this way:
If our offense was ranked the same as our defense, we might very well have been in the Big Ten Championship game or maybe even the playoff.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Pad level.||
|5 days 12 hours ago||I smell a new catchphrase for||
I smell a new catchphrase for the blog!
|5 days 12 hours ago||He's definitely a project,||
He's definitely a project, but he's got a good frame. He needs to get stronger and a little more aggressive on the boards, I think.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Here's a full list of||
Here's a full list of visitors this week (that I know of). It's a pretty darn good list.
|5 days 14 hours ago||a) QBR ratings are supposed||
a) QBR ratings are supposed to have average quarterbacks hanging out right at 50. So by the evidence you have provided, it shows that Michigan played 6 below average quarterbacks and 6 above average quarterbacks. So going by quarterbacks alone, they faced an average schedule. I'm not sure that helps your point.
b) Your statistics don't mean much if you don't take into account who the other teams above/around Michigan played. Michigan was #7 in total defense. Did teams #1-#6 play only offensive juggernauts?
|6 days 46 min ago||a) What's wrong with that? b)||
a) What's wrong with that?
b) In this context...gross.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Yup. And they allowed 4 more||
And they allowed 4 more yards per game than us in 2014, and they gave up 0.9 fewer points per game.
So maybe we shouldn't be complaining very much.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Well, then I think you get||
Well, then I think you get into changing the original intention of the game. Kicking has always been an element of the game. Saying "goal line plays are more interesting than kicks" is a slippery slope. Do you do away with the field goal for the same reason? I think flea flickers are more interesting than off-tackle running plays, so should we require that every team run at least one flea flicker each game?
|6 days 1 hour ago||Right. I would hope anyone||
Right. I would hope anyone with enough knowledge of the sport to attend practice and make this report would calibrate for the fact that some of these guys are playing new positions, they're using different terminology, etc.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Here's the thing that people||
Here's the thing that people don't understand:
A *lot* of defenses look bad these days. There are record numbers being put up by offenses, which means that defenses are going to be "worse" than they used to be. You can say we looked bad against good teams, etc., but every team plays both good and bad teams.
Here are a couple facts:
Michigan was #7 in total defense (311.3 yards allowed/game).
Michigan was #27 in scoring defense (22.4 points allowed/game).
The defense was pretty good. Period.
(And if we weren't tied for #121 in interceptions, those numbers would have been even better.)
|6 days 3 hours ago||Well, the defense was pretty||
Well, the defense was pretty good last year, and we didn't lose many people. So when Henson reports that the defense doesn't look good and they look slow, that raises some red flags for me. The only guys we lost were Beyer (who was not fast and was not great), Raymon Taylor (who was okay but not great and not a blazer), Hollowell (who apparently is pretty fast but didn't play like it), and Ryan (who obviously was pretty good).
So we lost one stud from last year (Ryan), but now our defense looks slow and bad? Hmmm...not buying it.
|6 days 3 hours ago||The coaches are still in||
The coaches are still in contact with him. I think it's an uphill battle, but there's still a chance.
|6 days 6 hours ago||The current number is 14, but||
The current number is 14, but it will surely increase:
|6 days 8 hours ago||I think making it from 40 or||
I think making it from 40 or 50 yards would negate the initial idea. Making a 50-yard field goal is still a difficult feat. I think the extra point was not intended to be particularly difficult, but it was a slight obstacle. Now it's basically automatic, but kicking a 50-yard field goal is not just a slight obstacle.
Some guys are really good at those long kicks, and some guys are not. That's the way it should be. Everyone is good at the current extra points, which means it's a waste of time.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Those and more. Michigan is||
Those and more. Michigan is in on a lot of linebackers.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Correct. He was an H-back at||
Correct. He was an H-back at times for Hoke, but he has been getting snaps at RB for Harbaugh.
|6 days 11 hours ago||How is that possible? 11 x 2||
How is that possible?
11 x 2 = 22
Even considering the nickel corner:
12 x 2 = 24
Add in the fact that Beyer, Ryan, and Taylor are gone... I just don't see how that makes sense.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Yeah. We're right up there in||
Yeah. We're right up there in his top two or three.
|1 week 3 hours ago||I think this comment belongs||
I think this comment belongs in the Funchess thread.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Yes, there are a few guys who||
Yes, there are a few guys who could play left tackle, but I'm not a big fan of going into a season without having a guy who has at least played the position a wee bit. I like Cole on the interior more than at tackle, but if he plays center, that makes LT a big question mark.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Who's the "other guy?" Is it||
Who's the "other guy?" Is it perhaps Devin Funchess?
|1 week 4 hours ago||Are you talking about Onwenu||
Are you talking about Onwenu or Price? Price is an OL all the way.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Yep.||
|1 week 7 hours ago||I don't get it, either, but||
I don't get it, either, but that's where the staff likes him.
|1 week 8 hours ago||We could really use some left||
We could really use some left tackle prospects, since our starting left tackle is now repping at center.
|1 week 10 hours ago||He does not look to me like a||
He does not look to me like a guy who would probably earn FBS offers. But that's the case with most preferred walk-ons.
|1 week 2 days ago||Nothing is going to be||
Nothing is going to be fast-moving in this process. He didn't have an offer before he arrived, and the Big Ten has to approve Michigan's waiver request to make him immediately eligible. So while he "commit," there are still some wheels that need to start turning.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's tough to say, but||
It's tough to say, but Johnson is out due to his ACL tear; Isaac has had a couple injuries; and Green has been dinged up. I have heard that Smith and Shallman have been the only backs available for a couple practices.
|1 week 3 days ago||I wouldn't put it past||
I wouldn't put it past Winovich to play both ways. He was a high school QB (who ran more than he passed) and obviously a pretty good linebacker. Personally, I like guys who played QB in high school because it shows leadership/intelligence. I think he's the type of guy who could handle playing on both sides of the ball.
|1 week 3 days ago||So far I have not been||
So far I have not been impressed by Stribling. Yes, he is tall. That's about where the story ends. He is neither strong nor quick/fast. Personally, unless he shows more than he has, I do not expect or want Durkin to bend over backwards to get Stribling on the field.
|1 week 3 days ago||The test was this past||
The test was this past Saturday. He'll be lucky to get the results by the April 1 deadline.
|1 week 3 days ago||Graham Glasgow. Because he's||
Graham Glasgow. Because he's drunk.
|1 week 3 days ago||I think one thing not really||
I think one thing not really considered when making statements like Brown's is the bench. Kentucky might have really good talent, but when the starters get winded and have to sit down, the NBA teams still have talent coming off the bench while the college teams have weak and/or one-dimensional players.
|1 week 3 days ago||But but but A&M would win||
But but but A&M would win their division in the NFL!
|1 week 3 days ago||Somebody purchased one for||
Somebody purchased one for me, and the only place I will wear it is in my own house (or my family's). I refuse to go out in public wearing it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yes, any player under||
Yes, any player under scholarship for any reason counts against the football roster's limit of 85 players. So O'Korn would count against the 84, just like Ty Isaac counted last year.
|1 week 3 days ago||There's at least one guy||
There's at least one guy who's probably going to get medicaled by the time fall rolls around. And after the spring, there's always the possibility of more transfers, ineligible players, etc.
|1 week 3 days ago||O'Neill did not get along||
O'Neill did not get along with Rodriguez and staff. He was also not into the Barwis regime, which was asking him to lose weight, get quicker, etc. He wanted to be a mauling lineman in a pro-style offense, which is why he committed to Lloyd Carr in the first place.
He became a multi-year starter at WMU and I believe was named all-conference, so I don't think it's fair to say he "wasn't into football."
|1 week 3 days ago||Fisher was committed to||
Fisher was committed to Michigan and Rich Rodriguez at one point.
|1 week 3 days ago||Jackson split time with||
Jackson split time with another QB as a junior in 2014. I have also heard not-so-positive comments regarding his attitude. Plus I wasn't that high on his film. I ranked him #22 in the state (LINK).
There's actually another QB in the state, Trishton Jackson from West Bloomfield, who's probably a better athlete.
|1 week 3 days ago||That's actually not at all||
That's actually not at all what he's asking. Go back and read his post. He didn't ask anything about splitting reps, changing quarterbacks, etc.
You're putting words in his mouth and trying to argue with me about it.
|1 week 3 days ago||If DiNardo says that Malzone||
If DiNardo says that Malzone looked the best, then I am confident that Morris and Speight are better.
|1 week 3 days ago||We are currently using 84||
We are currently using 84 scholarships for the 2015 season, which includes O'Korn, Kerridge, and the Glasgow brothers.
Rudock would put us at 85.
Lyons would put us at 86.
|1 week 3 days ago||Miller was not part of that||
Miller was not part of that group.
|1 week 3 days ago||He PLAYED at Western||
He PLAYED at Western Michigan. I believe he got a tryout with the Texans but he finished his college career in 2012. He was a 2008 recruit.
|1 week 3 days ago||Okay, well, let's flip the||
Okay, well, let's flip the situation. You've been around here long enough to see what happens. How about this headline:
"Iowa, Ferentz will not release QB Rudock to play for [insert teams]"
|1 week 4 days ago||That was rude.||
That was rude.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm sure you can go to Boise||
I'm sure you can go to Boise State, win some games, and have fun. But no matter what, you're bound to be considered a soft-tossing system quarterback. If Rudock wants to play in the NFL, he'll have a much bigger stage and better preparation in Ann Arbor.
|1 week 4 days ago||Exactly. People keep saying||
Exactly. People keep saying we have a lot of quarterbacks, but it's simply not true.
The spring roster includes Morris, Speight, and Malzone. That's 3.
The fall roster will include Morris, Speight, Malzone, Gentry, and possibly Rudock (with O'Korn having to sit). That 4 or 5.
The 2016 roster will include Morris, Speight, Malzone, Gentry, O'Korn, and whichever quarterback(s) Michigan brings in with the 2016 class. That's 5 to maybe 7.
If a walk-on quarterback wins the job, then good for him. But the last time a walk-on QB played at Michigan was 2008 when Nick Sheridan started and the program was in shambles with a 3-9 record.
|1 week 4 days ago||Well, he writes. For a||
Well, he writes. For a living. So I think that would classify him as a "writer" even though he doesn't write 300-page novels.
Even so, lots of people model their writing (or music or baseball swing) after others, and it's not necessarily self-aggrandizing. Growing up I modeled my hitting stance after Frank Thomas. Does that mean I thought I was as good as him? Did all the bands who emulated the sound of Nirvana think they were as good as Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, etc.?
|1 week 5 days ago||I probably don't care either||
I probably don't care either way, but I'm guessing there are a lot of guys who read this blog who don't know that Terech was a preferred walk-on candidate and not, say, a 4-star linebacker from California. Typically, when I see a "Hello: ___________" I get excited for at least a second or two. But ultimately, these walk-ons typically end up playing special teams at best.
I do think it would be helpful to write "Hello: Preferred walk-on Chris Terech" or "Hello: PWO Chris Terech" or something like that. But it's basically picking nits.
|1 week 5 days ago||Lloyd Carr has won lots of||
Lloyd Carr has won lots of games! You need to learn your Michigan history.
|1 week 5 days ago||Glasgow was NOT driving.||
Glasgow was NOT driving.
|1 week 5 days ago||Oh, how I miss the days of||
Oh, how I miss the days of mustaches in baseball...
|1 week 5 days ago||Somebody suggested Terry||
Somebody suggested Terry Pratchett to me over on TTB not too long ago, and I added a couple of his books to my wish list. I had no idea that he was in the throes of Alzheimer's. I picked those at random, so now I'll probably put "Guards! Guards!" or "Small Gods" at the top of my list, since I'm not much of a fan of Neil Gaiman.
The bad thing about Miller and Glasgow both potentially being gone is that we had lots of experience returning at center, and now we're down to zilch. Kugler came with a lot of hype, but I have heard few good things about him in practice. Blake Bars is a guy who I thought might pass through in four or five years without ever really getting on the field. Now those two might be battling it out for perhaps the most important job on the offensive line.
|1 week 5 days ago||What does Terry Richardson||
What does Terry Richardson have to do with the NFL Draft?
|1 week 5 days ago||It's just boys being boys.||
It's just boys being boys. Didn't we all cause damages of $250,000 when we were 18-22 years old?
|1 week 5 days ago||I agree that nothing really||
I agree that nothing really jumps out about his film.
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't think talent has much||
I don't think talent has much to do with it. Keep in mind that there are lots of talented kids throughout the country who don't earn offers from every school out there. I don't know of any red flags about Vaughns in particular, but it could just be that the coaches don't see him fitting what they want or that they have inquired and he has not shown any interest in communicating/visiting. There are also the other possibilities mentioned here.
|1 week 5 days ago||He's like Bugs Bunny but||
He's like Bugs Bunny but faster.
|1 week 6 days ago||We will never know what we||
We will never know what we don't know in those situations.
We don't know what David Harris would look like as a freshman.
We also don't know what Raymon Taylor would look like as a fifth year senior.
|1 week 6 days ago||I never claimed he was great.||
I never claimed he was great. But on a team with other viable college receivers (Gallon, Roundtree), putting up the best numbers is nothing to scoff at. You might say that he made the easy catches and yards, but if they were so easy, why weren't the more experienced/better receivers making them?
|1 week 6 days ago||Also, Henne was a 5-star and||
Also, Henne was a 5-star and I'm not sure of Solomon's rating, but he was really good. I remember liking his film and then he looked very good during the Semper Fi game. It's pretty rare that quarterbacks look good in those games, but he managed to do so.
|1 week 6 days ago||this guy?||
|1 week 6 days ago||I don't agree with Brian's||
I don't agree with Brian's take on that press conference, and I also have heard different things. One day Morris looks better, one day Speight looks better, etc. The vibe that *I* get is that nobody is emerging right now, which is not a surprise since we're only a third of the way through spring practices.
|1 week 6 days ago||I agree with this. I think||
I agree with this. I think people are leaping to some really early conclusions about Speight/Malzone based on not much information.
|1 week 6 days ago||"And, let's face it, he||
"And, let's face it, he wasn't very good during that WR experiment."
He was the leading receiver on the team for the first several games of the year. And that was a team that included Jeremy Gallon (an eventual record-setting WR) and Roy Roundtree.
I agree that he wasn't a great wide receiver at the time, but he was also a guy who had been playing QB for two years of college (not to mention all of high school) by that point and had one foot in the QB world and one foot in the WR world.
No, he wasn't a great route runner. Are you surprised that a converted QB wasn't a great route runner by week one against Alabama? Is that supposed to be a criticism of some sort? He wasn't playing WR by choice. He was playing WR because Michigan had an okay QB already (Denard Robinson) and Gardner was the best athlete.
With the way Gardner played in the second half of 2012, we may have been better off with Gardner at QB and with Denard being the one getting reps elsewhere (such as at RB).
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||It's possible that those guys||
It's possible that those guys don't start, but at least you would have options in case of injury, underperformance, etc. In the current case, you have to hope everyone stays healthy or you're playing guys who have never seen the field before.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Yeah, this is what I was||
Yeah, this is what I was thinking, too. When you have, like, a twelve-step process to explain why something is good or bad, it means there's no real formula for this kind of thing. I doubt the coaches are sitting in the office doing a twelve-point check on whether they should redshirt Zach Gentry or not.
I think the bottom line is that some redshirts are good, and some redshirts are bad. Part of a coach's evaluation process is figuring out which ones would be a good idea. In that aspect, I don't think Hoke did a very good job. As others have said, we have had very little attrition at the linebacker position from guys leaving early, and yet we're pumping out fourth-year seniors like crazy. Even in Morgan's case, there would have been no doubt about him coming back in 2015 if he had redshirted back in 2011; as it stands now, he's lucky he got hurt so early, because if it had happened in the fifth game, he would have been taking part in Michigan's pro day on Thursday. (I understand that Morgan played a significant role on that 2011 team, but he's an example of why it's nice to redshirt guys.)
If Hoke had done a better job of redshirting guys, we might be looking at a three-linebacker lineup this year of Morgan (5th), Bolden (Sr.), and Ross (RS Jr.). Next year we might have Ross (5th), Jenkins-Stone (5th), and Gedeon (RS Jr.). That bridges the gap between our experienced 2015 group and the next wave of linebackers from the 2014 class (Winovich, Furbush, Wangler).
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||There are different kinds of||
There are different kinds of impressive. Sometimes I'm impressed by speed, sometimes I'm impressed by aggression, arm strength, size, etc. I'd say most of the recruits have SOMETHING impressive about them.
For example, I think Malzone is limited athletically, but he was in great command of Brother Rice's offense and seemed to know exactly where to go with the ball, how to get it there, his ball handling, etc.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Lots.||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I was close to posting my||
I was close to posting my scouting report on him when the news came out about the new staff basically pulling the offer. I wasn't very impressed by him. He's not very shifty and he's not very fast. He's a decent talent but nothing to get worked up over.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||According to 247's Composite||
According to 247's Composite rankings, he's the #4 player in Illinois behind Josh King (offered by Michigan), Erik Swenson (committed to Michigan), and Sean Foster (who has a fairly unimpressive offer list).
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Other options||
Other options include:
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It's the guy who, at one||
It's the guy who, at one time, was most likely to be our class of 2016 running back.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Greg Mattison told him that||
Greg Mattison told him that he would need to re-earn his offer from the new staff. Harbaugh never extended one, so Michigan wasn't an option.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||"Boom Goes the D" is||
"Boom Goes the D" is clearly...David Terrell.
Hitting your landmarks means that you're taking the right steps and aiming for the right spots on the field. For example, on an outside zone run, we teach our kids to aim 2 feet outside of the end man, whether it's a TE or an OT.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm wondering why he's there...||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I disagree. You can see||
I disagree. You can see things on film that you can't see on the field, and you can correct things in film that you can't correct on the field. There is a reason that coaches use film to teach players. You can't just throw the whole thing out and say "We're not going to watch any film until the end of August."
|2 weeks 2 days ago||So we shouldn't give Brady||
So we shouldn't give Brady Hoke any credit for the way his teams played against Ohio State? He won in 2011 because Fickel sucked as a coach, and he kept it close the last couple years because of Meyer's incompetence, even though he's won three national championships...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||My guess is that players are||
My guess is that players are expected to watch film by themselves or with their position groups or with other representatives of the program, sans the coach. That could be a huge constraint in players trying to get involved in other things, including their studies. It would be doable but also you have to be 100% locked in to football, academics, and virtually nothing else. That might not be hard for someone as intense as Harbaugh, but not everyone is wired that way.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah...he's probably making||
Yeah...he's probably making sure that the quarterback's hands are place properly and that the ball is coming up properly. Hands can be too open or too closed, too far back, etc.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If they didn't plan for teams||
If they didn't plan for teams individually, then how did they play Ohio State - who lost just three games in the past two years, IIRC - so closely?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I believe all of it.||
I believe all of it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yes. Which is tiny.||
Yes. Which is tiny.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Is this sarcasm? It's been||
Is this sarcasm? It's been mentioned at least a couple times.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'll be the grammar Nazi that||
I'll be the grammar Nazi that points out that the title should be "Jack Miller Forgoes Fifth Year."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I hope he is not picked in||
I hope he is not picked in the first three rounds. He's not someone I want to be at the forefront of Michigan's draft coverage, which is bound to be pretty sparse, anyway.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Somebody probably thought||
Somebody probably thought Carlos Spiceyweiner's avatar was too risque.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I thought he improved from||
I thought he improved from 2013 to 2014. I don't think he ever would have been dominant, but sometimes Big Ten awards and such are given because of longevity. Being a second-year starter on a decent offensive line might have garnered him some notoriety.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||"Jack Miller was a great kid||
"Jack Miller was a great kid but he was our weakest link on the OL."
That's simply not true. The right side of our line was probably the weakest link, with Braden probably the biggest culprit. Miller was pretty solid last year, although not great.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Hello: Chad Lindsay||
Hello: Chad Lindsay
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Did they mention Ace||
Did they mention Ace Williams?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||My girlfriend calls it... Oh,||
My girlfriend calls it...
Oh, who am I kidding?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I have heard from other||
I have heard from other sources that people are thinking Chris Fox will hang it up soon. Unfortunately, I think it's just a matter of time.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||He was 170 lbs. as a||
He was 170 lbs. as a freshman.
Roy Roundtree was tiny and seemed to do pretty well, and he wasn't the same caliber of athlete that Harris is.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, you need to get off of||
Yes, you need to get off of jams, but there are other ways besides overpowering cornerbacks. I think this is kind of a silly argument. There are lots of skinny wide receivers, and there are lots of thick wide receivers. Quick/fast receivers can sometimes beat jams because of their quickness, and sometimes they get outmuscled. Thick/slow possession receivers can sometimes beat jams because of their strength, and sometimes the defender can recover because of superior quickness.
What does it all mean?
It means good receivers will be good, and bad receivers will be bad. If Drake Harris is doing well in practice against good corners like Countess, Lewis, Peppers, etc., then he can do well against other Big Ten corners. If he's getting his butt kicked in practice, then he'll get his butt kicked in games.
Regardless, you go into a game knowing that not every single one of your players is going to win every snap. Mason Cole didn't earn the starting job because Hoke/Funk thought he could win 100% of his snaps. They thought Cole was their best option and could win the highest percentage of those snaps out of anyone on the team. If Drake Harris is that guy (or one of those guys) at wide receiver, then he should be on the field.
Do you think Roy Roundtree was going to overpower corners and safeties? Absolutely not. But he still got on the field and had a pretty darn good career. He had his best year under Rich Rodriguez because Rodriguez knew how to use him. If Harbaugh and the rest of the staff know how to use Harris - and if he's good enough - then he should and will see the field.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||High school stats are often||
High school stats are often overrated. People put too much weight on high school stats when you generally don't know the state of the offensive line, whether his receivers had good hands/ran good routes, etc.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||IIRC, those rules changed a||
IIRC, those rules changed a couple years ago.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Morris is actually pretty||
Morris is actually pretty experienced for a guy who has never been a full-time starter. I mean, virtually every new starter is inexperienced to a degree. He played in five games in each of the last two seasons (with two total starts), and he has attempted 87 passes. I think you probably have to go back a ways to find a brand new starting QB at Michigan who had MORE experience going into the season.
Gardner was less experienced when he took over for Denard in 2012.
Denard Robinson only attempted something like 4 passes as a freshman before he started in 2010.
Tate Forcier started as a true freshman.
Steve Threet and Nick Sheridan were both brand new to college football.
Chad Henne started as a true freshman.
John Navarre got thrown into the fire, IIRC.
In the past fifteen years, no new starter at QB will have had more experience than Morris going into 2015 (if he is indeed the starter, which is doubtful).
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Who knows? Maybe. Yes. Yes.||
Who knows? Maybe. Yes. Yes.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||He won't lose a year. He will||
He won't lose a year. He will be immediately eligible because he's transferring as a graduate.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Razor Ruddock?||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I do not think Sullivan has||
I do not think Sullivan has any history of playing/coaching basketball or football, so I take his evaluations of sports with a huge grain of salt. IIRC, somebody once said he was a cross country guy. I'm not sure if that's true, and someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know. Maybe they||
I don't know. Maybe they think Beathard is really good. Maybe he doesn't get along with the offensive coordinator. You don't have to be "very good" to out-perform what Michigan currently has.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I think taking Rudock - or||
I think taking Rudock - or promoting Speight - would be a pretty good indication that the coaches do not have confidence in Morris. If he does not win the job this year, I think there's a decent chance that Morris goes elsewhere. I have to think that he could play somewhere, even if it's at WMU or Ball State.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Speak for yourself.||
Speak for yourself.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Basically, everything||
Basically, everything Sullivan said in the lead-up to National Signing Day was wrong.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||He's not guaranteed anything||
He's not guaranteed anything anywhere.
By all accounts, the interest in playing for Michigan started with Rudock. This is not a case where Harbaugh went out searching for him. So I don't know how you can be so sure that he won't come here when Rudock is the one who reached out in the first place.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm putting last night's stay||
I'm putting last night's stay at Holiday Inn Express to work!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||If you go to Arizona State,||
If you go to Arizona State, you will probably get an STD.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not sure if I agree, but||
I'm not sure if I agree, but some people say that you should not get your Master's in the same field as you got your Bachelor's. So it's not too surprising that people might want to go to other schools and broaden their horizons.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Morris Speight Malzone Gen||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||He doesn't? Shane Morris has||
He doesn't? Shane Morris has 0 touchdowns (running OR passing) and 5 interceptions in his career. The rest of the guys haven't played a down of college football.
There's no question that Rudock is an upgrade, unless you're assuming that Speight or Malzone could have had a 16-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio last year.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||No, Rudock was the starter.||
No, Rudock was the starter. He split *some* snaps with C.J. Beathard, but Rudock had 345 pass attempts while Beathard had 92, including when Rudock missed a game due to injury. So Rudock was the #1 guy.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Wheatley supposedly wants to||
Wheatley supposedly wants to be a head coach someday, presumably with a stint as an offensive coordinator first. So he had better get used to answering questions.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||If Rudock were to transfer||
If Rudock were to transfer in, I think he would probably be the starter in the fall.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I will say that The Wolverine||
I will say that The Wolverine did a pretty good job with the coaching search stuff, but otherwise, I have not been impressed lately. It seems like the guys at 247 are more tuned in with what's going on regarding recruiting. I'm generally not impressed with Balas, Sullivan, etc. at The Wolverine.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I disagree with you. I||
I disagree with you. I thought Lewis looked significantly better. The coaches could have easily redshirted Stribling without any noticeable detriment to the team.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||SMH. I didn't say they were||
SMH. I didn't say they were good. You said that every player from there has been a disappointment, and those are at least two guys who have not made an impression yet. I have also mentioned others in this thread, but you have chosen to ignore those as well.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Thomas Gordon and David||
Thomas Gordon and David Dawson have not disappointed me.
"So from where I'm standing, if osu wants to waste a scholarship on what has PROVEN to be garbage program the I say "let em""
That's what you call a garbage program? The program that sends numerous kids to FBS schools every single year, won a couple state championships in a row, and went to the state title game again in 2014 (where they lost to Saline)?
I'm going to stop short of calling you dumb, but this is certainly a dumb comment.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I feel obligated to point out||
I feel obligated to point out that Beyer's name is Brennen, not Brennan.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||And basically, what it||
And basically, what it amounts to is that Hoke didn't have a great idea of whom to play and when.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I am all that and more.||
I am all that and more.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That's a good question. I'm||
That's a good question. I'm not sure what the deadline is for a financial aid agreement. I believe it goes up until initial enrollment, but a player must also be enrolled to receive the financial aid and benefits of being part of the athletic program. So he would not be able to participate in fall practice until he's officially enrolled, IIRC.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Other stuff. The truth is, I||
The truth is, I got distracted by lunch and just posted where I was.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||No, I didn't. I simply||
No, I didn't. I simply checked the MGoBoard, and this thread was bumped back to the top because you commented on it. This thread would probably never have been viewed by anyone again until you went back and dredged it up.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"I'm a 28 year old man who||
"I'm a 28 year old man who would love to talk to you face to face."
Nobody is intimidated by your veiled physical threats. You're just a dude on the internet.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It usually takes about 2||
It usually takes about 2 weeks to get the results, and the NCAA only allows players to sign an NLI until April 1. So he has until the Wednesday before Easter to get things in order.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I agree, but that's not what||
I agree, but that's not what you were saying above. You said:
"Is it just coincidence that they're getting guys during years where we have 15 or fewer spots?"
The answer is no, it's not just a coincidence. There are other reasons, like the ones you point out in this post.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||First of all, Thomas Gordon||
First of all, Thomas Gordon was a decent product. And so is Jourdan Lewis, not to mention some guys who have yet to get much of a chance (Delano Hill, David Dawson). So you're wrong.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Better than U of M for||
Better than U of M for decades? Not really. Only since the early 2000's.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||...who signed with Cincinnati||
...who signed with Cincinnati out of junior college.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Here's a link for||
Here's a link for reference:
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Considering he's 340 lbs. and||
Considering he's 340 lbs. and in a more compact frame, I'm guessing Onwenu could do even more damage.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think it's just||
I don't think it's just coincidence. Ohio State has legitimately out-recruited us for those guys, with the possible exception of Alabi. Michigan went really hard after Webb and Weber, and Ohio State got them, anyway.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Again, I doubt Mad Hatter||
Again, I doubt Mad Hatter would have blasted it all over the site if you had responded differently. And furthermore, I could be wrong, but I don't think he even mentioned your name when he posted the thread. To be honest, I had no clue that he was referring to you until you inserted yourself into the conversation in his thread.
P.S. The only time I've actually tracked down your past comments was when you said you would be returning to lurker status...and then immediately came back to comment some more.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I don't need to justify||
I don't need to justify myself to you. If you don't like my website, don't read it.