|17 hours 58 min ago||Playing in the Cactus Bowl||
Playing in the Cactus Bowl sounds painful.
|18 hours 5 sec ago||In other relevant news, Jerry||
In other relevant news, Jerry West took his Metamucil this morning.
I just thought everyone would be interested because he shares the same initials as some other guys who play sports.
|19 hours 44 min ago||Neat.||
|21 hours 10 min ago||He's actually wearing #1 on||
He's actually wearing #1 on the front, #2 on the back, #21 on the left shoulder, and #98 on the right shoulder.
|21 hours 32 min ago||I would be interested to know||
I would be interested to know some examples of things he's said to indicate that he thinks of himself as one of the all-time great quarterbacks. Almost every talking head on TV is going to come across as opinionated, because that's what their paid to do. And most of us would probably come across the same way, because when you air your opinions on TV for an hour a day, that's the way the cookie crumbles.
|21 hours 35 min ago||I think you're assuming||
I think you're assuming something from what you've heard about Malzone that isn't necessarily true. You seem to be assuming that people who have said "He has shortened up his delivery" or "He has worked on his mechanics" mean that he has fixed the problem entirely. That's not necessarily the case. If I told you that Logan Tuley-Tillman looks to be in better shape than he was as a high school senior, that would be a good thing, right? But that doesn't mean his body is where it needs to be to start at the Big Ten level. He was 330 lbs. in high school, and then he was about 285 lbs. as a freshman. That's probably a step in the right direction, because he's presumably shed a lot of fat. But we still probably want our tackles to be 295-300 lbs. or more.
I don't know whether Dilfer "sticks to his guns" too much or not. Honestly, I don't think the Elite 11 thing is worth all that much, because it relies on camp stuff that can't possibly simulate a zone blitz on 3rd-and-11 with :14 left and your team down 6 points from your own 42-yard line. So I don't pay it a great deal of attention. But even if we assume that Dilfer knows less about football than college head coaches, only the gurus at Wake Forest, Pitt, a bunch of MAC schools, and our very own Wolverines pulled the trigger. So if Dilfer finds some significant flaws, maybe Brian Kelly, Mark Dantonio, Urban Meyer, James Franklin, Jerry Kill, etc. saw similar things.
|21 hours 44 min ago||I grew up playing baseball,||
I grew up playing baseball, too, although I've never coached it. While I agree that the timing is different depending on the play, a QB has a shorter window to get rid of the ball from the time he makes the decision on where to go until when he has to let it go. In baseball, the choice of where to throw is typically made as soon as the ball is hit, so for the entirety of the play, an infielder is typically getting himself into position to throw the ball to first base (assuming nobody is on base). If the ball is hit hard to a third baseman, or even a shortstop, he has a relatively long time to wind up and throw.
In football, there are times when the first read is the bomb down the left sideline, so the QB can sort of take his time in dropping back, planting, winding up, and throwing. But in most cases, the QB is looking off a safety, checking down to his #2 or #3 option, scrambling out of the pocket, pump faking, etc.
I'm sure Dilfer knows enough about baseball/throwing motions to admit that a shortstop trying to turn a quick double play is not going to take a long windup, but I sure as hell don't want to read an entire paragraph of him listing all the situations when a windup is possible or when a snap throw is necessary. If we're reading between the lines, we can get the gist of what he's saying.
|23 hours 29 min ago||I think it's kind of funny||
I think it's kind of funny that threads like these rip on Dilfer's assessments when people on this message board, recruiting scouts, etc. have been saying the same types of things. There's only so much you can say about a football prospect. Malzone probably isn't doing anything much different than when Josh Helmholdt, Clint Brewster, Space Coyote, etc. have watched him live or reviewed his film.
Does it make the Elite 11 somewhat redundant? Sure. By this point in the recruiting cycle, the elite quarterbacks in the 2015 class have been scouted and their film pored over for months, if not years.
What kind of information are any of you looking for from Dilfer? Is he supposed to give some inside scoop, such as "Malzone's favorite animal is the wombat" or "Alex's index toe is longer than his big toe"?
On top of all that, a lot of people like to bash Dilfer because he wasn't the greatest NFL quarterback, but he was a high draft pick, won a lot of games, and won a Super Bowl. It would be great to see Joe Montana, Steve Young, Johnny Unitas, John Elway, Peyton Manning, etc. running football camps, but the guys with Hall of Fame busts tend not to bother with this sort of thing.
|23 hours 37 min ago||I believe Malzone is||
I believe Malzone is primarily a third baseman.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Diet Dr. Pepper.||
Diet Dr. Pepper.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Pat Massey had 5 pass||
Pat Massey had 5 pass breakups in his career. Since he was a DT, I can only imagine most/all of those were batted down at the LOS and not swatted down while covering wide receivers on crossing routes.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Brady White mentioned||
Brady White mentioned interest in Michigan way back when, but he never visited and was never offered.
Malzone's other offers came from the MAC, Pitt, and Wake Forest, IIRC. It's likely that he would have picked up other offers between now and December, and December is too long to wait for a QB commit. But still. If another quality program came in with an offer, Michigan still would have had a chance to swoop in shortly thereafter. Let's say Notre Dame offered at the beginning of August; what's to stop Michigan from offering a day or two later, just so they don't get far behind?
I'll admit that I'm higher on Kearns that the recruiting services and some schools, so I'm not saying that Michigan's coaching staff should absolutely agree with me. But some of the other guys I mentioned are both ranked higher AND have better offer lists than Malzone. There are certain people around here who don't care about recruiting rankings and trust offer lists. There are very few who say "None of that matters at all."
I think it's only fair to admit that the offer is a little bit questionable based on his stature, ranking, offer lists, etc. It may or may not work out for Michigan in the long run, but it's understandable to question it at the present.
|1 day 22 hours ago||"The most batted balls at the||
"The most batted balls at the line I can remember came from our 6'6" QB."
And I know for a fact that the 4'9" Vincent Smith never had a ball batted down at the line of scrimmage.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I didn't like the offer,||
I didn't like the offer, either. The truth (or at least my interpretation of the truth) is that there were other, better quarterbacks out there that Michigan could have pulled in. The same goes for Messiah DeWeaver, although that's irrelevant here. I think the coaches got antsy about not having a QB in the 2015 class, so they lowered their standards a little bit. They could have gone after Brandon Wimbush, Travis Waller, Kyle Kearns, Brady White, etc., but they offered Malzone instead.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Um...*cough*...well...er...I'||
Um...*cough*...well...er...I've only got, like, one of 'em.
Jeez. This is awkward.
How 'bout them Cowboys?
|1 day 23 hours ago||My sources tell me that it||
My sources tell me that it would cost about $3,700. I'm currently an A-cup.
|1 day 23 hours ago||I'm not trying to be a Debbie||
I'm not trying to be a Debbie Downer here, but "admirably" here means that nobody has said bad things about him. So far he hasn't been one of the top 11 performers on either day, and he's actually being outfperformed by Ryan Brand, a 5'10" Detroit U of D Jesuit kid who's committed to Air Force.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Speaking of Jordan Scarlett,||
Speaking of Jordan Scarlett, he committed to Miami yesterday. They already have a commitment from a RB we're recruiting (Dexter Williams), so perhaps that might have an effect down the road.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Malzone received a lot of||
Malzone received a lot of praise for his grittiness, essentially. Not exactly the most resounding praise for a QB, although I guess it could be worse.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Georgia also pulls in||
Georgia also pulls in top-notch talent from the surrounding states, namely Florida. There were 30 Rivals 5-stars/4-stars from Georgia in the class of 2014, so they can't keep all of them. They whiffed on many of them, but they also pulled in a 5-star from Florida (Sony Michel), three 4-stars from Florida, one from Kansas, one from South Carolina, and one from North Carolina.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Never trust the early hype.||
Never trust the early hype. Michigan fans (and fans in general) need to stop making this same mistake over and over again.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Overrated! I think only 29||
I think only 29 Georgians deserve to be on the list. Sucks to be Georgia!
|2 days 16 hours ago||It's still early, so some of||
It's still early, so some of those kids are bound to drop out. For example, Desmond Fitzpatrick and Jalen Martin are down near the bottom of the list. Still, though, it should be a decent class within the state.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Nope. Here are all the guys||
Here are all the guys Michigan has offered on the list:
|2 days 20 hours ago||I'm really sorry to read||
I'm really sorry to read this, Seth.
|2 days 20 hours ago||"I prefer coordinating||
"I prefer coordinating offense from the box and defense from the sideline."
I tried to type the same thing on my phone, but it ate my comment.
|2 days 21 hours ago||I'm not your pal, friend.||
I'm not your pal, friend.
|2 days 21 hours ago||One thing that bugs me is||
One thing that bugs me is when people say "So and so hasn't done anything to warrant being on the watch list!" or "So and so hasn't earned the right to wear that jersey number!"
The fact is that players have to be chosen before the year if you're going to do one of these pre-season watch lists, and they have to be given jersey numbers before the year starts. If these guys were already superstars, they probably would have left for the NFL by now. Most of them are upperclassmen, many of them are juniors, and many of them are stepping out of the shadows of other players. For example, Melvin Gordon had to share carries with senior James White last year and ended up with 15 fewer carries. If he were the full-time guy, he might have won the Heisman or the Doak Walker Award.
Devin Gardner, another example, is on the Maxwell Award watch list. No, he's not deserving of the Maxwell Award right now, nor was he last season. But he has the physical ability, the stage, and some pieces around him (such as Doug Nussmeier and Devin Funchess) to help him put up some great numbers and performances. Will he do it? Chances are that he will not, but then again, there are 76 guys on the list, and only 1 guy can win it.
|2 days 21 hours ago||I'm guessing most of us||
I'm guessing most of us posting in this thread are fat.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Anthony Capatina.||
|2 days 22 hours ago||Sorry, but DeVeon Smith is||
Sorry, but DeVeon Smith is slow.
|2 days 22 hours ago||I don't see why that really||
I don't see why that really matters. He's had two years. Hoke has had three. Basically, you're saying that we must wait five years before comparing coaching staffs. That's really ticky-tacky. By this point we have a pretty good idea of what each staff has to offer, although mini caveats apply here and there (Hoke just hired Nussmeier, Meyer just hired Larry Johnson, etc.).
By the way, Tressel hasn't coached OSU since the 2010 season. They've been without him as long as Michigan has been without Rodriguez.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Here's a list of guys who are||
Here's a list of guys who are visiting for the BBQ. I'm sure there will be others, including current commits:
|2 days 23 hours ago||"I've never really felt like||
"I've never really felt like he is head coach material as he struggles through somewhat inarticulate interviews with frequent malapropisms."
I don't see what this has to do with being a head football coach. Face of the program blah blah blah, but I don't think it affects his ability to win football games, which is the thing that matters most.
|3 days 1 hour ago||I believe in Doug Nussmeier.||
I believe in Doug Nussmeier.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Recruiting: Ohio State Player||
Recruiting: Ohio State
Player development: Ohio State
Game management: Michigan
Public relations: Michigan
|3 days 2 hours ago||There are kids who still do||
There are kids who still do it that way, but the "sad" thing (even though it's not that sad) is that these kids have now grown up with players announcing at All-America games, on ESPNU, etc. A handful of years ago, it was a novel thing to commit on TV. Now it has become ingrained in recruiting culture, and kids think it's the norm.
Just for a familiar name, William Campbell committed at the Army game in January 2009. That was five years ago, and it will be six by the time this current class hits NSD. The kids in the 2015 class were in 6th grade at that time. Those types of announcements have been put on TV for as long as these current seniors have been paying attention to college football recruiting.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Iman Marshall is somewhat of||
Iman Marshall is somewhat of a pipe dream. We do have a shot at Reynolds.
None of the three guys you mentioned is planning to come to the BBQ. Masina and Lucier-South are probably going to take officials to Michigan. Campbell might take an official to Michigan, but it's somewhat doubtful.
|3 days 17 hours ago||I think you could take him.||
I think you could take him.
|3 days 18 hours ago||"Morris has a legit shot at||
"Morris has a legit shot at winning the job."
No, he doesn't.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Agreed. I think wearing a||
Agreed. I think wearing a headset on the sideline can be a pain in the butt sometimes. Sometimes you get caught up talking/listening to coaches when the most important things are happening on the field with the players. It's long been known (at least to some of us) that Hoke has the calls being relayed to him, and he can clearly communicate back to the guys in the booth if necessary. It's really not a big deal, and if it's true what Bonnie Bernstein said about most of the Twitter questions having to do with the headset situation, then I think it just shows the ignorance of the average fan.
|3 days 20 hours ago||The off-the-field knocks I've||
The off-the-field knocks I've heard about Gardner:
1. He did not take the QB position seriously enough early in his career when he was the backup to Denard Robinson. Ever since he became "The Man," that seems to have changed (regarding film study, etc.).
2. He's not a vocal leader. He's one of the guys, but he doesn't challenge others to be their best.
3. He gets down on himself after poor performances and losses and has to be picked up by his teammates, rather than holding his head high and plowing through.
|3 days 20 hours ago||There's no right way to||
There's no right way to answer that question.
|3 days 20 hours ago||The clips are from spring, so||
The clips are from spring, so it's nothing we haven't really seen already.
|4 days 2 hours ago||What about him?||
What about him?
|1 week 2 hours ago||I don't wish him ill, either,||
I don't wish him ill, either, but I do sort of want him to be unspectacular. If he starts winning games like mad at Arizona like he did at WVU, then that's just going to reinforce that the problem was Michigan itself, not the coaching. I'd like to think that Michigan (while it certainly didn't handle Rodriguez perfectly) wasn't completely responsible for the abysmal seasons we went through.
|1 week 2 hours ago||He's busy studying.||
He's busy studying.
|1 week 15 hours ago||I had/have my doubts as well,||
I had/have my doubts as well, but anything's possible...and the Chris Perry in the video is dominating the league, so it makes a little sense.
|1 week 19 hours ago||I haven't found anything new||
I haven't found anything new on Dorsey in a while.
|1 week 21 hours ago||I, too, think she's in his||
I, too, think she's in his left pant leg. You can see a bulge there when he walks out, and the bulge gets smaller as he's sitting on top of the big blue head.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Yes, Michigan is still||
Yes, Michigan is still recruiting him, and he said that he "might" take an official visit to Ann Arbor. So there's still a chance, but it's very, very small.
|1 week 21 hours ago||I'm not absolutely certain||
I'm not absolutely certain that it's the same guy, but I believe he's a semi-pro football player for the Orlando Phantoms.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Barnett showed up at a JUCO||
Barnett showed up at a JUCO in Texas for a few days at one point, but I don't think he ever made it to a season. The kid had a rough childhood, so I hope he's making something of himself as an adult, wherever he is.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Number of Youtube views never||
Number of Youtube views never surprises me.
Life is totally possible to exist on other planets. We haven't explored very much of the universe at all, obviously. Lots of interesting things could be out there.
But Tony Gibson being the defensive coordinator for a coach on the hot seat like Dana Holgorsen is crazy. I honestly can't believe someone like Holgorsen would hitch his wagon to Gibson. So I'm not even joking when I say that the Gibson thing is the hardest to believe. WVU was #108 against the pass, #83 in pass breakups, and #69 in interceptions last year, but he still got promoted. Crazy.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Yes, Dee Hart is also||
Yes, Dee Hart is also considered an "Ex-Wolverine," at least according to the site. I follow former commits because I like to think about "what could have been" for Michigan's program. Dallas Crawford was even mentioned in the OP even though he never played for Michigan. So as the years go along, I'll also track guys like George Campbell, Damien Harris, etc.
|1 week 22 hours ago||dammit, Jim, I'm a blogger, not a...||
That sounds like a question for your urologist.
|1 week 22 hours ago||I admit it. One night he||
I admit it. One night he passed out at a party, and I drew a penis on his cheek and laid a contract on top of his head. It was all over Facebook, and he never even untagged himself.
Good times. Hah. Good times.
|1 week 22 hours ago||I have not heard a thing||
I have not heard a thing about J.T. Floyd since he left Michigan.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Hoke doesn't even use e-mail,||
Hoke doesn't even use e-mail, so I doubt he's going to be DMing on Twitter anytime soon.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Those Who Stay Will Be||
Those Who Stay Will Be Screamed At Incessantly
|1 week 23 hours ago||I think Mone is going to play||
I think Mone is going to play this year. The only other guy like him on the roster is Ondre Pipkins, who is coming off an ACL tear and probably won't be 100%.
|1 week 23 hours ago||I agree with this. I've||
I agree with this. I've always thought Ryan projected more as a MIKE linebacker, although I think he can be solid in a number of places - MIKE, SAM, WDE, etc. Some of his most exciting plays have been when the coaches bumped him inside and sent him on blitzes. It would be nice to clone him and have him play all three linebacker spots (or at least two of them), but that's not legal.
|1 week 23 hours ago||There are a lot of people who||
There are a lot of people who think this is a down year in Michigan. I happen to think it's a bit of a down year in Ohio, too. Other than the top couple guys (Hilliard, Jerome Baker), I think it drops off rather quickly.
|1 week 23 hours ago||We are recruiting Brian Cole||
We are recruiting Brian Cole as a WR.
Also, A.D. Miller out of Texas is a possibility, too.
Cole, Tate, and Miller are the most likely to commit out of the current offers.
|1 week 23 hours ago||We actually thought we might||
We actually thought we might have a chance after he visited for the spring game and was offered. But things had been trending toward Notre Dame for the past few weeks, so the writing was on the wall.
|1 week 23 hours ago||S'Mores need to be added to||
S'Mores need to be added to that list.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think they'll wait to see||
I think they'll wait to see how this year goes. Michigan could very well have the personnel to run the 4-3 Over again next year with Ojemudia and Charlton as the defensive ends.
|1 week 1 day ago||I believe you'll see a step||
I believe you'll see a step forward this year from the pass rush. Frank Clark played well in the second half of last season, and the Over defense should lend itself to a little more blitzing. I also think putting two edge rushers on the field (Clark/Ojemudia and Beyer/Charlton) will help the pass rush more than the Under defense where the SDE is practically a defensive tackle.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm not known as an optimist,||
I'm not known as an optimist, but I do believe Michigan's offensive line will be decent this year. I think "very happy" is probably stretching it, but I've been targeting 2014 for a couple years as The Year When Things Turn Around.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think things will get||
I think things will get sorted out now. I wouldn't be surprised to see Michigan take another lineman by National Signing Day, and next year should be a little bigger class (plus Glasgow and Miller will graduate, which opens up at least two spots).
|1 week 1 day ago||Then you should be a||
Then you should be a recycling man.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think the numbers are back||
I think the numbers are back to being just about right, but the distribution between classes is way off (i.e. too many young offensive linemen and not enough upperclassmen).
|1 week 1 day ago||Tim Settle was offered in||
Tim Settle was offered in December. Du'Vonta Lampkin was offered in January. The coaches kept in touch with Terry Beckner, Jr., who I believe will also be a DT in college.
So the coaches have definitely been recruiting defensive tackles. Maybe they just don't think Cornell can make the move from a weakside end prospect to a DT.
|1 week 1 day ago||Jashon Cornell: 247 Composite||
Jashon Cornell: 247 Composite 4-star, #3 WDE, #37 overall.
|1 week 2 days ago||I think you think they're||
I think you think they're faster, even though they're probably not (or at least not by much). I think they play faster because of the style of defense and the fact that they have perhaps the best defensive coordinator in college football.
I also disagree about Ross.
Ultimately, we both seem to agree that size is not the issue. It's more important to be good at football than it is to be big.
|1 week 2 days ago||Too much is being made of our||
Too much is being made of our linebackers' sizes. Michigan State runs a similar 4-3 Over defense. They have two guys who are 238 lbs. Reschke is 234. Ed Davis is 230. Riley Bullough is 233.
Iowa's upperclassman linebackers are 235, 232, and 232 lbs.
This isn't the days of yore when teams are running the ball 70 times a game and you need linebackers who are 245-260 lbs. It's a spread-em-out, passing game now.
We don't need linebackers who are bigger. We need ones who are athletic enough to make plays in space and in pass coverage.
|1 week 2 days ago||Get Beilein on the line!||
Get Beilein on the line!
|1 week 2 days ago||That's odd - I don't see||
That's odd - I don't see Pallante playing anywhere other than nose tackle.
|1 week 2 days ago||Wide receiver K.J. Williams||
Wide receiver K.J. Williams is also ineligible this year, so Michigan also did a good job avoiding him.
|1 week 2 days ago||OMG Shirtless!||
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm confused||
You linked to a video of an interview of Alex Malzone.
|1 week 2 days ago||I believe they're all names||
I believe they're all names of Nike cleats.
I think I read that there are 162 players attending The Opening.
|1 week 2 days ago||Canada||
|1 week 3 days ago||I would certainly agree||
I would certainly agree regarding his college decision (decommitment, timeline, etc.). However, I think we should be careful regarding this particular event, because "personal reasons" could be some sort of health issue, death in the family, etc. I hope it's nothing bad, but most people don't cancel trips for happy reasons.
|1 week 3 days ago||I am not one, but many.||
I am not one, but many.
|1 week 3 days ago||LaMarr Woodley and Alan||
LaMarr Woodley and Alan Branch were around just before Graham broke out.
|1 week 4 days ago||Damien Harris.||
|1 week 4 days ago||Michigan is recruiting him as||
Michigan is recruiting him as a wide receiver.
|1 week 4 days ago||Our best chances at WR are||
Our best chances at WR are Auden Tate, Brian Cole, and A.D. Miller.
|1 week 4 days ago||Cornell was overrated early,||
Cornell was overrated early, even as a WDE. Lots of people said he was the next Jadeveon Clowney a year or two ago when people first started looking at the 2015 class, but he's nowhere close to being as explosive as Clowney.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm not saying it won't||
I'm not saying it won't happen but kids who say they'll take all 5 visits often don't follow through. So I'll believe that when I see it.
|1 week 4 days ago||Hilliard is more of an OLB.||
Hilliard is more of an OLB. Kirkland is a MIKE through and through.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yeah, Pipkins will be a true||
Yeah, Pipkins will be a true junior this fall.
|1 week 4 days ago||The thing is that we have||
The thing is that we have several young guys there like Wormley, Godin, Poggi, Henry, potentially Strobel, etc. one of them is bound to pan out at least.
|1 week 6 days ago||Usually it's around the 1st||
Usually it's around the 1st of August.
|1 week 6 days ago||I have heard said music||
I have heard said music directors talk about this as a fun experience, too.
|1 week 6 days ago||Is that an eagle in your||
Is that an eagle in your pants or are you just happ... Oh. That's definitely an eagle. In your pants.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'm deeply offended by this||
I'm deeply offended by this image.
|1 week 6 days ago||Schedule a massage.||
Schedule a massage.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||I mean, who hasn't wanted to||
I mean, who hasn't wanted to take a chunk out of another human being's flesh? It seems like he's making a standard childhood dream come true.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Logic.||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's a good thing they're not||
It's a good thing they're not on our schedule this year. If he were on their team last year, we would have lost.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm guessing that Lebron and||
I'm guessing that Lebron and "his people" won't make the same mistake twice. The second time around will probably be a little more subdued.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, there's no way Funchess||
Yeah, there's no way Funchess will run a 4.33 at the Combine, but being the fastest player on the team is saying something. I remember in the spring Freddy Canteen was bragging about being the fastest on the team, saying Da'Mario Jones was maybe the next fastest guy. So to see a list of players who are the "fastest" that doesn't include Canteen or Jones is maybe a good thing.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I mean, the other wide||
I mean, the other wide receiver set a school record for receiving... I don't understand why we can't give credit to Al Borges for the successes he did have. He didn't fail at EVERYTHING.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The Magnus Effect is when you||
The Magnus Effect is when you fart in a bar next to the hottest girl and then make a big deal about how maybe she just sharted herself.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That campaign is still||
That campaign is still accepting volunteers and donations.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||yes and yes||
Don't forget about Miranda Kerr.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Well, he was #1 in high||
Well, he was #1 in high school, and clearly that's off the table.... Jordan Paskorz wore #94 last year.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Nobody ever will if the||
Nobody ever will if the standard is "He must be as good as Charles Woodson."
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I remember seeing this scene||
I remember seeing this scene in X-Men.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Every class could be a bleak||
Every class could be a bleak class if we don't do well on the field. Have you ever said "Man, no how many games we win this year, all the best players are going to want to come to Ann Arbor!"?
We have a healthy chunk of the top 300 players in the nation.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Here's the full list of||
Here's the full list of Michigan offerees in the top 300:
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'll say this about DeWeaver,||
I'll say this about DeWeaver, whom I have not seen throw since his junior season ended. This is nothing new, but we have a quarterback who was pretty bad at throwing the football last season. He spent a lot of time this off-season getting some extra coaching and working hard on his mechanics, and now he looks significantly better from last November until now. So sometimes it just takes an extra bit of dedication or some added maturity as far as paying attention to timing, mechanics, etc. Quarterback is the most difficult position to play in football, so while I have issues with what I've seen from DeWeaver, he's got time to develop.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Entering his junior year,||
Entering his junior year, DeWeaver is already over 17 years old. It's interesting to see some differences in recruiting philosophy. John Beilein doesn't mind getting young guys because he knows they have a lot of room to grow. Meanwhile, Michigan has brought in a couple "old" quarterbacks in Speight and DeWeaver over the past few classes.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It's currently scheduled to||
It's currently scheduled to be 16 or 17. There are 16 juniors and redshirt juniors on scholarship who will be a seniors in 2015 (17 if you count Joe Kerridge).
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I think an Ohio State offer||
I think an Ohio State offer for an Ohio kid is always a threat. However, he has always seemed more interested in Michigan than OSU, and I don't believe he's an Urban Meyer-style quarterback. So I don't see that developing into an issue going forward.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Absolutely not.||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||In case anyone's interested,||
In case anyone's interested, here are my thoughts on DeWeaver:
|3 weeks 1 day ago||In case anyone's interested,||
In case anyone's interested, here are my thoughts on DeWeaver:
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Green's abilities||
Rich Rodriguez would have been all over this kid as a box safety, and I bet there are a number of people on this board who would be excited about him. He played corner last year and is listed at 6'3", 195 lbs. He's not an otherworldly athlete, but he's big and strong with decent speed. I don't really see him fitting what Michigan wants to do (which is perhaps one reason why they haven't offered, but he has decent skills.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah...and ballerinas who||
Yeah...and ballerinas who wear Nike flip-flops are going to have major, major foot problems later on in life. So take that, Tyler Green!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||"Fuck this kid." This goes||
"Fuck this kid."
This goes right near the top of the list of Things That Should Never, Ever Be Said.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||If Tommy Rees were a good||
If Tommy Rees were a good leader, he would have taught Mahone to run from the cops. Mahone might actually have a chance of getting away.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I believe the coaches still||
I believe the coaches still see Roseboro as a strongside end. He's been one of their top targets, and he just took a 3-day visit not long ago, so I think the coaches will continue to pursue him.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||You'll probably just have to||
You'll probably just have to wait about 6 to 8 weeks until the news trickles out. The info definitely won't be posted in this here open thread or in other dedicated threads.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Happy Father's Day!||
Happy Father's Day!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Steve Hutchinson. We need a||
Steve Hutchinson. We need a good offensive line like Antonio Cromartie needs a vasectomy.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'm creeped out.||
I'm creeped out.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||Unless he hits a growth||
Unless he hits a growth spurt, I don't know many FBS schools that are going to offer him a scholarship. I'm sure the Miles family has the money to foot the bill for tuition anywhere he wants to go. I wouldn't be surprised if Miles would like to see his son go to Michigan as a preferred walk-on, but if I'm the kid, I'd probably prefer to go to a smaller school (FCS or D-II) and actually play rather than sit on the bench behind Shane Morris, Alex Malzone, etc. for four years.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||I liked Ed Davis coming out||
I liked Ed Davis coming out of high school. I wish we could have pulled him in.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||Manny Miles is not a well||
Manny Miles is not a well regarded prospect. Also, he's listed at 5'11", 170 lbs.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||Maybe Blake wants to keep his||
Maybe Blake wants to keep his number.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||Perhaps numbers shouldn't be||
Perhaps numbers shouldn't be given out at all, and each player should just be assigned a CAPTCHA.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||You're not the only one. I'm||
You're not the only one. I'm not that impressed, either. He's surely an FBS guy, but I don't think we should worry if we don't get him.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||I know Vincent Smith did. I||
I know Vincent Smith did. I can't remember anyone else off the top of my head.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||Rodriguez was well ahead of||
Rodriguez was well ahead of the times when it came to running spread option. He was an innovator. He's still good at it. It doesn't take elite talent to be successful if you're running a cutting-edge system or a system that nobody else runs. Look at Texas Tech's Air Raid or Georgia Tech's triple option. You find people who can fit your system and get the job done. That's what Rodriguez did at WVU, and he had the advantage of beating people to the punch. Now he's at Arizona and having offensive success, but other people in his conference and the country have caught up to him.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||not exactly news||
It's always been a UM/MSU battle.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The stupid thing is that not||
The stupid thing is that not only is the layout just as bad (or worse), the pages take longer to load.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||George Campbell always looked||
George Campbell always looked like a top 100 guy, not a top 10 guy. You can't be a top 10 prospect if you're a receiver with questions surrounding him such as "Can he catch the football?" That's like expecting a noodle-armed quarterback or a 4.9 cornerback to be a top 10 prospect.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Here's a list of all the guys||
Here's a list of all the guys Michigan has offered:
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Let's get 'im. What Michigan||
Let's get 'im.
What Michigan needs is a good, ol' fashioned QB controversy.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Well, yeah...but if you look||
Well, yeah...but if you look at the recruiting posts from Brian, they're also filled with superlatives and high expectations. It's not like Brian was saying "whoa whoa whoa let's slow down on this Justin Turner recruitment!"
This is the epitome of second-guessing. Right now we have the advantage of looking in hindsight at the 2009 class, but at the time it all went down, there were a fair number of people excited about Turner, Emilien, etc.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I have a friend with some||
I have a friend with some access to WVU, and he said that Gibson is absolutely the hardass jerk that he was rumored to be at Michigan. Hasn't changed his stripes at all.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||He's from McLean, Virginia.||
He's from McLean, Virginia. He goes to a private school in New Jersey.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I've learned that about||
I've learned that about 2-star and 3-star and 5-star OL recruits, too.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I think it was Tony Posada||
I think it was Tony Posada when talking about his weight gain.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||That really doesn't happen||
That really doesn't happen very often. You probably see more of it when it gets to January or February, but most guys who commit at this time of the year just announce it on Twitter or send text messages to the recruiting sites.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Blake Bars has also snapped||
Blake Bars has also snapped the ball in practice a little.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I would also just like to||
I would also just like to point out that I was against the whole self-promotion thing until the guy from Tremendous (aquaman, Steve Lorenz, whatever you know him as) started doing it regularly.
In the words of the great Ron Burgundy, "When in Rome."
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Damn. I had a hard time||
Damn. I had a hard time convincing myself to mow the lawn this weekend.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||It's coke mixed with Ex-Lax.||
It's coke mixed with Ex-Lax.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Diet Coke.||
|4 weeks 6 days ago||You seem to be forgetting||
You seem to be forgetting about redshirt freshman Ross Douglas.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, it would matter, because||
Yes, it would matter, because Richardson isn't eligible. What are you trying to do to Michigan's football program?!?!?!
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I think it depends upon the||
I think it depends upon the individual school's policy.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Negged for "Issac."||
Negged for "Issac."
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||To begin the year, he was.||
To begin the year, he was. The year probably wouldn't have ended that way, but if Smith or Green had looked fantastic right off the bat, they would have surpassed Johnson immediately.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||"I know kids are competitive,||
"I know kids are competitive, but there are now three kids on the roster who could be the best back on most college teams."
Two of the three guys I assume you're talking about were beaten out for playing time last year by Drake Johnson and Justice Hayes at various junctures. They're not even clearly the best back on our favorite college team, which doesn't have much of a running game.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||That person clearly stole the||
That person clearly stole the idea from me.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||Nor should they.||
Nor should they.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||Isaac isn't quite as vicious||
Isaac isn't quite as vicious of a runner, but he does have some of those same abilities because of his size. I compared Isaac to Eddie George when I did a scouting report on him. Eddie George wasn't an absolute bull, but he was big and fast, which seemed to work out well for him.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||a) Green said he wasn't||
a) Green said he wasn't afraid of competition.
b) Michigan didn't take a running back in the 2014 class, so this isn't much different than if a stud freshman were arriving on campus. There's always going to be someone coming in and trying to take your job.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||Oops. I meant to say that||
Oops. I meant to say that Barnett is likely to choose Oregon.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||Staying out west won't affect||
Staying out west won't affect Michigan much since he won't play against Michigan if he goes to Notre Dame. I guess if he went to ND and did well, that could help their recruiting efforts in the midwest. But frankly, I don't care if he goes to Notre Dame or not. If they don't get him, they'll get another solid QB prospect.
Anyway, yeah, I heard Barnett is likely going to choose Michigan.
BTW, Barnett was definitely on our radar, as he was one of the few quarterbacks with an offer from Michigan.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||It's certainly frustrating if||
It's certainly frustrating if you're the team being jilted (Damien Harris, George Campbell, etc.), but to me, it almost makes recruiting more interesting. It means that until National Signing Day 2015, you don't know whether kids will flip or not. You're never out of the fight.
I don't *like* the trend of going back on your word, but I think it does make things more intriguing.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||This has been known for a||
This has been known for a while. No big deal.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, I think Gardner will be||
Yeah, I think Gardner will be at least the second-best quarterback in the conference...
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Rodriguez's system doesn't||
Rodriguez's system doesn't necessarily require a high-speed running threat like Pat White or Denard Robinson. Matt Scott threw for 3,600 yards in 2012 and BJ Denker threw for 2,500 yards last season. Both can run a little bit, but neither is a blazer.
You really only have to be fast enough to keep a defensive end honest in his system. John Navarre wouldn't work, but guys like Patterson, Tate Forcier, etc. can do the job.
That being said, the vibe is that Patterson won't end up signing with Arizona anyway, so it might be a moot point.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Huh? We have scholarships to||
Huh? We have scholarships to give if Isaac wants one.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Those <10 hits from Bolivia||
Those <10 hits from Bolivia are all RollDamnTide.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||He just didn't have time to||
He just didn't have time to get to Zingerman's yesterday and wants another shot.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||You don't get it. Hoke||
You don't get it.
Hoke doesn't have a "no visit policy." That's the biggest thing you don't get.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Anything having to do with||
Anything having to do with food. Maybe an MGoBlog recipe book?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I absolutely think he can||
I absolutely think he can start in the right situation. But so could Jamal Crawford. I just see him as being one of those guys who can be instant offense off the bench but maybe not a guy who plays 40 minutes a night.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Yep. I could promise a free||
Yep. I could promise a free date with Kate Upton to a Michigan vs. Ohio State game that included free Bell's beer and Panchero's, and that post would still be met with negs.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||WTF is going on? Are you||
WTF is going on? Are you having a conversation with yourself? Where did I say Runyan was a "need"? Did you skip the part where I said I'm not a big fan of Runyan?
I spend enough time arguing with people who actually disagree with me. You, on the other hand, are disagreeing with an imaginary person that you're pretending is "Magnus." I'm not interested anymore.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I guess it depends on what||
I guess it depends on what you mean by "top SG." I think he can start in the NBA, but I don't see him being a superstar. Maybe I'm wrong, and I hope I am. I just kind of picture him as a good sixth man (Jamal Crawford?) or a role player on a good team.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I don't really know what's||
I don't really know what's causing the site to get blocked. I don't run any fancy gadgets on the site, and anything mildly inappropriate is kept off the front page. My guess is that it's blocked because someone at your work was spending too much time gandering at the ladies, or just too much time on the site, period.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||"In 2015 we'll graduate 3||
"In 2015 we'll graduate 3 LB's sounds like a need to me as two of them will be starters."
Yep. It's a good thing we recruited Noah Furbush, Chase Winovich, Michael Ferns III, and Jared Wangler in the 2014 class.
"When Runyan gets there we'll have 15+ OL on scholarship and we'll only lose 3 in 2015 to graduation. Clearly it was an offer based on loyalty. It doesn't make sense to offer him otherwise."
What's your point? Even if it's an offer based on loyalty, are you saying that it should become standard practice? Furthermore, do you think that Michigan's football program owes as much to the family of a true freshman as it does to Jon Runyan, who played out his career in Ann Arbor, went on to success in the NFL, and has had a fairly successful political career?
"You're arguing that a player ranked in the top 50 nationally..."
What player are we talking about? Brendan Ferns? Yeah, he's STILL not ranked in the top 50. Just because you repeat it several times doesn't make it true.
"Kenny Allen is still on the roster is he not?"
Kenny Allen is a walk-on. Furthermore, he's better known for his punting, not so much his placekicking.
And on top of all that, the coaching staff has tossed out 40 total offers, 2 of which have gone to linebackers (Shaquille Quarterman and Daelin Hayes). Clearly, the coaches are pursuing linebackers. Just as clearly, they have not decided yet that they want Brendan Ferns. It's 1 year and 8 months before National Signing Day for the 2016 class. Chill.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I thought everybody liked||
I thought everybody liked pictures of Popeye doppelgangers...
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe not. The last time I||
Maybe not. The last time I was there was probably two years ago.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I don't have access to||
I don't have access to MGoBlog's stats, but I have seen page hits diminishing on my blog over the last year. Not to crippling levels, but it's noticeable.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||If you donate $300, one copy||
If you donate $300, one copy gets sent to the Ann Arbor Public Library and $270 gets sent to an actual charity.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||If Taco Bell is the caterer,||
If Taco Bell is the caterer, make sure the venue has lots of restrooms.
Speaking of which, the Starbucks at State and Liberty sucks.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I'm in.||
|5 weeks 2 days ago||*phew*||
Now we can concentrate our efforts on paying for tattoos so we can compete with Ohio State.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||We currently have 16 juniors||
We currently have 16 juniors and redshirt juniors on the roster, plus whatever Joe Kerridge is (so perhaps 17). There are a few guys who could leave early for various reasons (Bellomy, Funchess, Countess, etc.)
So we're looking at a 2016 class that I'm guessing will be at least 20 when all is said and done. (EDIT: Some of those early departures could be redistributed to the 2015 class, obviously.)
|5 weeks 2 days ago||No, I don't think he's a top||
No, I don't think he's a top 50 kid. You're making a lot of assumptions. He's currently ranked #51 by the only recruiting service to have done rankings, and there's a very good chance that he drops in the rankings as more and more kids get evaluated.
I'm not a huge fan of Runyan, but your logic here is a failure. If you think Runyan is a bad player who was offered because of his connections to the program, then your solution is to offer other players just because they're connected to the program? We could probably create a large portion of the team from the children of Michigan alums (all the Wanglers, Runyans, Wheatleys, Thompsons, etc. of the world), but that doesn't necessarily mean those kids will be able to win.
I think we offered a kicker because we need a kicker. Call me crazy, but one kicker graduated last year, and both the punter and placekicker will graduate after the 2014 season, so...like...we need a kicker. That's why we offered a kicker.
I think getting the players you want is a good strategy. If we don't want him, letting Franklin and Meyer get a jump on him doesn't mean jack s***.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I really doubt Brendan Ferns||
I really doubt Brendan Ferns is going to be a 5-star prospect.
Michigan has sent out 112 offers in the 2015 class. I don't know what that has to do with anything, though.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Patrick Allen was offered in||
Patrick Allen was offered in late April.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Probably because the coaches||
Probably because the coaches have not yet determined whether they want him or not.
Just a hunch.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||In my experience, the women||
In my experience, the women sharing the genes of guys who are 6'6" and 300 lbs. aren't worth recruiting unless you're a fan of softball player bodies.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||What about Ty Issac?||
What about Ty Issac?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||If you set your expectations||
If you set your expectations low enough, you just might reach 'em.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Speaking of impressive,||
Speaking of impressive, you're starting to sound a lot like me, Frito Bandito...
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks, Seth, for sharing all||
Thanks, Seth, for sharing all this info. I think it's some good transparency on your part, although it's probably not really our business who makes what from the book. We don't go into a Meijer or Walgreen's and ask how much of our purchases go to the cashier, manager, pharmacist, etc., so I'm not sure why some people were so insistent on that stuff... Oh well. Thanks again.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I think it's kind of cool||
I think it's kind of cool that we get a chance to contribute to the site while actually getting a tangible product in return. Donations are great and everything, but $15 for a book, some good info, and a partial contribution for all the time I spend here is a pretty good $15 spent.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||so will this character||
|5 weeks 3 days ago||My biggest concern with his||
My biggest concern with his family being murdered is how it affects our depth at nose tackle.