landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
|1 week 1 day ago||Chris Evans.||
I think Chris Evans will play. He has speed and an ability to make you miss that is not prevalent on the current team. I think Harbaugh will find ways to get him the ball for a few plays a game that take advantage of these skills. Steve Breaston 2.0.
|1 week 4 days ago||McDoom and Uche.||
I'll put in another vote for McDoom and Uche. My first choice was Chris Evans but then I saw he is a 247 composite 4*. He looks like a Steve Breaston clone to me except not as skinny. If he can catch, we are gonna love him.
McDoom looks to be big and fast with moves, so I'll take that.
I think Coach Brown can't wait to bulk up Uche a bit and unleash him on defenses. Without Brown as DC I might go with someone else, but I believe Brown will use Uche's speed and athleticism to terrorize opposing offenses.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||Fair point.||
It's a good point that Newsome played ahead of Kugler this year. To my recollection, when Newsome did play, he was typically the sixth lineman on a play that was most likely a short yardage run. Given his size, this situation plays to Newsome's strengths. It is possible in extended play or passing situations the substitution could have been different (or not).
Personally, my takeaway from the last 3 spring games was that Kugler looked pretty good, so what do I know.
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||Long time until September for Newsome.||
Agree Newsome looked a bit shaky. My read is that Kugler is the 5th best lineman now, but Harbaugh hopes that by September Newsome will be ready. I see Harbaugh's vision of running left behind Braden and Newsome.
Giving Newsome reps also gives Cole lots of reps at center that he needs. Then, he subs Kugler in at center and both guard spots so he is ready to play any of the three if needed.
I assume if Newsome doesn't make the leap that Kugler starts at center and Cole goes back to LT.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Hill would be fine.||
I think Henderson looked like a perfectly function in-line blocker/occasional runner at FB. I think he could be the starter if we wanted to play Hill at TE.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Had same thought.||
I agree Malzone is 4th or 5th in line for snaps this years (Peters will almost certainly be ahead by next year), but I also thought he looked good. I don't read that as he will challenge for the job only to note how amazing our QB depth is 1 year after last year's spring game. I certainly wouldn't want to get down to our 4th/5th string QB, but I don't think it would be a disaster if we did.
Quite impressive indeed.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Henderson.||
Henderson caught my eye on a couple plays. Looks like your typical walk-on fullback who ends up playing a bunch of snaps. If Khalid Hill can't run with the ball, we may see a lot of him. I'm a big fan of Hill. If he can run with the ball, his pass catching out of the backfield will be quite an asset. He's already showed he can handle the blocking.
|8 weeks 11 hours ago||2014 Class.||
I think it's a bit early to worry about the 2014 class depth. They haven't played mostly because of the success of the 2012 and 2013 class that are still here.
If you count hype this spring for guys who haven't played yet (a big if I admit), the following look like they will at least be contributing football players:
Peppers, Mone, Cole, Winovich, Bunting, Ways, Furbush and maybe Speight/Marshall/Harris.
That would be hits on 10/16 with potentially 3-4 stars (Peppers, Mone, Cole, ?). I'll take that.
Let's check back next year on 2014.
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||Obvious what Harbaugh saw in him.||
I've never been so excited at the commitment of an unranked player. Watch his film for about 2 seconds, and you can see why Harbaugh wanted him. For a FB he has plenty of speed and athleticism, and he CLEARLY likes to hit people.
I would not be at all surprised if he was Harbaugh's #1 recruit at FB. Ranked or not, he looks like a high quality player at a position of need who will play right away.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Wish I could upvote.||
Love the comment. Consider this an unofficial upvote.
|14 weeks 11 hours ago||Seems like a bad choice.||
I don't like this. The Spring Game is a great thing to take your family to on a nice day. Unfortunately, because it is so early to accomodate the players studying (which I endorse), I can't remember the last time the weather was nice for the Spring Game. Having it at night isn't going to help this any.
In the trade of fan experience in the stadium vs. more people watching on TV, I would have preferred to side with the fans in the stadium. I hope that enough people show up that it isn't embarassing to have on TV.
Fortunately, Jim Harbaugh has built up enough good will the attendance will probably be pretty good.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Doesn't make sense.||
I don't think there is a significant chance Michigan recently cooled on Swenson unless there is a reason we're not aware of. Not developing is something we would have known about for some time.
We haven't been recruiting like Swenson wan't going to be part of the class. Why wouldn't we have gone harder after Terrence Davis? Why wouldn't we have been recruiting more OL? It's not like there are a handful of 4* OL with Michigan in the final group that would cause Michigan to want to push Swenson out.
Given the lack of OL recruits the last couple years, I can't believe we would want less than 4 OL in this class. It sure has seemed like we had 4 OL in the class and were looking to add a top OT or noone.
Leads me to believe there is something here we are not aware of.
|19 weeks 11 hours ago||Agree with Long and Hill.||
After Gary, the next most important recruit has to be either Long or Hill. We need a top flight CB in this class. Either Long or Hill appear to be a significant step up from any other DB on the roster once Peppers and Lewis take their talent to the NFL.
LB and OL need the bodies, but our defense won't likely fall apart with the LBs we currently have and a redshirt freshman OL is unlikely to be a savior in 2017 relative to Cole, Newsome, Kugler, Dawson, Bushell-Beaty.
|29 weeks 13 hours ago||20-13 Michigan.||
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Wilton Speight.||
I thought it was great he gave Speight the interview. It's possible Speight will have a bunch more starts and other great moments, but this could be the biggest sports moment of his life. I think Harbaugh recognized this and wanted to make sure he got to enjoy every bit of the moment.
Given his play on the winning drive and the 2 point conversion that was so critical, he certainly earned it.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Fine with Newsome playing.||
I'm fine with Newsome playing and most of Hoke's non-redshirts as well. I believe most coaches philosophy is that if you are in the two deep you will play. This does not mean you play someone on the two deep who hasn't played in garbage time. This is what Hoke did and this is what Harbaugh is doing.
I suspect this means that Dawson and Kugler are not as ready as we would hope (it is possible the 6th OL had to be a tackle for this game but unlikely). Dawson had been the first OL off the bench and has not looked good in my opinion. I suspect if Newsome is ready to play as a true freshman when he didn't have to play that we can mentally pencil him in the starting lineup next year and for the following 2 years similar to Mason Cole.
Clearly with redshirts there is some trade between winning now and winning later. I think the priority should be 80% winning now and 20% winning later. There is so much uncertainty with what will happen 4 years later (injuries/NFL ready/personal problem) that you can't compromise the current year in hope for the future. I also think the true question on redshirt value is comparing the difference between Newsome vs. Kugler/Dawson now to the difference between possible 5th year senior Newsome and the 6th best OL in 2019. If you ask Harbaugh if he plans to have 5 high quality starters at OL by 2019, we all know what he believes. I do recognize it is possible a 5th year Newsome would be the best of that bunch.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||OSU game.||
Didn't Gedeon start and play most of the OSU game his freshman year that we nearly won? I don't buy that someone who starts a game (even only one) should have redshirted. I'd love to have him for one more year, but he started one game and was in the 2 deep all year. Those players do not redshirt.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Cole stayed in.||
Cole didn't come out on those 2 plays. He moved to a TE position on the other side of the line to provide an extra blocker.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||McCray practicing.||
To me the most interesting thing was that McCray was practicing. I thought he was hurt and out for a while but apparently he is practicing. Woo-hoo.
Oh and Canteen actually playing at cb.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Not maize, NFL neon yellow.||
I took the stadium tour this week ($15 a person and awesome!).
The goal posts match the NFL color, and it was at Baxter's request according to the tour guide.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Have football players, need athletes.||
Another key point is that right now, we have a team full of pretty good football players at just about every postion, but we need more superstars. Taking some higher end athletes who need to refine their football technique fits very well in this situation. He can afford a number to wash out as long as the ones that make it become stars because of our talent and depth.
This has not been the case recently and fits very well with what Harbaugh is doing.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Never left.||
I don't understand the premise. Why would one stop rooting for Michigan. I know of no other way.
I root for Michigan because I love Michigan.
If you need a reason. How about the fact that Michigan is one of the few programs that trys to win the right way. Oh and the stadium, the fight song, the uniforms, Tyrone Wheatley, Charles Woodson, Desmond Howard, Anthony Carter, Denard Robinson, Jake Ryan . .
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Brandon Watson?||
Looks like Brandon Watson was lost on the CB depth list. He should be right up there with Stribling. Looked good in the spring game.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Format brutal for OL.||
I'm hoping to see an OL that holds up. I see a solid two deep on the DL that would start on most Big Ten teams with some potential studs Mone, Henry, Glasgow, Wormley so they can fill two teams with good starters. On the OL, we go about 8 deep, and it gets a bit questionable after 6. This should be ok once the season starts, but it gives the OL an uphill battle in the spring game.
Looking forward to the game.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Thanks for posting.||
I appreciate your posting this. I'm fully on board with the special teams redshirt burn. This is both because special teams are important, and because most of the redshirts that are burned for special teams grow into good players not great players.
I have grown weary of the overreaction to the number of burned redshirts on this board. Yes, we have lost a bunch of 5th years from good players, but in almost every case there will be minimal dropoff from the younger replacement player.
The only burned redshirts I would really like to have back in retrospect are Dymonte Thomas, Taco Charlton and Ben Gedeon. Each of them could be a star as a 5th year senior. However, I completely understand why they played. Taco Charlton played a good deal, and it would be hard to project at the beginning of the year whether he would be adequate or firgure things out and be quite good. He filled a dynamic pass rusher role that we needed more of. Dymonte Thomas didn't play that much beyond special teams. However, this is another example where it would not have been surprising if he had figured things out mid-year and started the last half of the season. As for Ben Gedeon, he played most of the OSU game that year and had 6 tackles and a tackle for loss. Hard to argue that he wasn't needed. He is another player that could have taken off and become a starter the last half of the season.
There are a bunch of other nice players, but which of the following would be projected as all Big Ten in their 5th yr senior year: Jenkins-Stone, Ojemudia, Delano Hill, Damrio Jones, Houma. Maybe Brennan Beyer, but he played a lot as a freshman. It would be nice to have them back, but they will have adequate replacements.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Competition with experience.||
Last year, I think Magnuson was the only other OL and maybe Kugler who were options to play. No matter how well Cole played, having to start a true freshman all year says a lot about the number of viable options.
Now that everyone has another year under their belts and all the starters are back, I see a lot more competition to shart. I think Kugler will be hard to keep off the field, Dawson will probably be ready and any of Fox, Bars, Tulley-Tillman and Samuelson could be options as well. I count 12 players that are RS-So or older for 2015 while last year the number was 6.
My take is that this year you'll have to earn a spot on the line where as last year you just needed to show you wouldn't be a liability, and I thought all 5 starters last year did ok.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Agree on Kugler.||
I'm with you on Kugler. I thought he looked good in the spring game last year, and another year in the weight room and learning the college game won't hurt. I think he will beat out either Miller or Kalis and start somewhere in the fall.
I thought Miller was solid but unspectacular. I thought Kalis was up and down. Now that we have some competition on the OL, Kalis and Miller are going to need to step up this year if they don't want to be left behind.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Not that much difference.||
At this point, it doesn't matter too much. Even in 2016, high end 2016 recruits are almost as likely to be ready to play as the non-elite 2015s we are chasing now.
Harbaugh won't have any trouble filling next year's, even if we sign nobody else which won't happen.
Come on Wheatley and Clark.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Perfect 2nd QB.||
I love this pick-up as a 2nd QB. He looks like a boom-bust prospect with a high upside.
Redshirt and sit a year and then come on strong in 2017.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Wondering the same thing.||
It will be interesting to see, assuming we get Pickard, does that still leave room for Wheatley and Clark? Do we have room for a DE, TE and 2 DE/TEs? I assume we could take all those guys plus 1 CB which would cover our needs, but that's a lot of players at TE/DE in a small class.
It is very hard to see us turning away Clark or Wheatley though. Maybe the coaches know something we don't about one of them.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Just CB and TE left.||
Lots of others that will be nice to have, but I think a CB and TE are the two needs left for this class. Maybe a second DE is a need also. Everything else is a bonus.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Bellomy sticks.||
I think Bellomy will stick around. As a 5th year senior, he should have enough practice experience to play ok if needed now that there are some experienced players around him.
We do have Cleary if we just need someone to take a few snaps in an emergency to avoid burning a redshirt, so he doesn't have to stay just to protect Malzone's redshirt.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Looks like a project but that's ok.||
This looks like a big guy that we can sign and get in the weight room and teach technique for a few years so that he is ready to play as a JR which is pretty much what we need at this time.
Since we have plenty of depth on the OL the next few years this is fine. I suspect we're interested in him because Harbaugh has determined we need more OL in this class and there aren't 4* studs we can poach.
I suspect he is a 2* because his technique and balance aren't very good. I'm not an expert, but if he had good technique and balance, someone his size would not be a 2*. The scouting services are better than that.
I will be interested to see confirmation this is a scholarship offer and not a preferred walk-on offer. I could see the interest here and with the Texas QB being as preferred walk-ons, but I wouldn't really be surprised either way. If he commits tomorrow, we can probably assume it's a full scholarship offer.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Bunting, Watson and Furbush.||
I think Bunting will thrive as a mismatch, down the field TE. Hopefully he will take to blocking more than Funchess did. With Butt, Khalid Hill and Bunting, TE may be our best offensive postion which just happens to fit what Harbaugh likes to do.
I see Brandon Watson providing key CB/safety depth down the line. I see spot duty in 2015 and starting down the road.
I'm in the Furbush to DE group, and I think he'll see spot duty in 2015 and hopefully be ready for a major role in 2016.
I thought Dever was terrific as a possession receiver who got open and caught the ball which are two good features in a WR. I won't mind seeing more of him, but I would agree we need someone to stretch the field emerge from Ways, Harris and Canteen.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Like the post. Depth looks ok.||
Thanks for the detailed breakdown. I am with Space Coyote that I think the depth concern is not that bad. Add 1-2 DEs, 1 LB and a CB by the time this year's recruiting class is over, and it looks much better.
If we keep the same D, I see Furbush moving to WDE before too long as he was very large for a LB coming in, and we do need more bodies at DE. This will help the DE depth but hurt the LB depth.
I also think the safety play will be much better in 2015. Wilson was solid after being up and down his first year playing. I think the experience gained by Hill, Thomas and Clark in 2014 will pay huge dividends in 2015. Safety is hard and playing experience is critical. We'll feel good about this position going into 2016.
Big picture, the fact we can look at potential starters for 2016 and see good options that have played at all positions except 2 LBs and a 2nd DE is amazing!
I think the improved DT play from SOs becoming JR/SRs by 2016 along with better CB play (Lewis and Peppers) will lead to very good defenses both years.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Most important. . .||
Good points, but I think you left off the most important news of the day. The AD running the coaching search telling all the players that he feels good about having their guy but that he wants to make sure everything is signed before moving on.
This gives me a lot more confidence than anything else I've seen to date. The only opinion more important than Hackett's is the opinion of Jim Harbaugh.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Like Korn Ferry press release.||
It looks to me like the Korn Ferry press release went out today to give newspapers something to write other than the search is taking a long time.
It's yet another indication that nothing is happening soon. They took a couple days to fire him, had the banquet with Hoke there, now they release this non-news.
I wonder what they'll come up with next week if we really have to wait until the NFL season ends.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Go to the games and root for Michigan.||
I'm a lifer. It's what I do. I rooted for RichRod until the end. I rooted for Hoke until the end, and I will root for the next guy until the end.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Nice post.||
Thanks for the post. I couldn't agree more with sentiment. Hoke won't be the coach anymore, but I'll always be a fan of him. Sadly good guys don't always win.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Rich Rod's last year.||
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Took survey, but . .||
I skipped the "should Hoke be fired" question although it is fairly obvious he will be when the season is over. I skipped it because a decision should be made at the end of the year.
It is highly unlikely but not impossible that Michigan could beat Indiana, Northwestern, Maryland and OSU (yes, this one would be quite the shocker) and look like an improving football team thus finishing the year winning 5 of 6. If this happens, you could make a case for bringing Hoke back next year. For this reason, I'll wait until the year is over to say Hoke should be fired.
I also skipped the "who is doing more damage" question because I found it unnecessarily negative. Who is more responsible for the state of the program would ask the same question without being negative.
For all of Hoke's lack of wins on the field, Hoke has clearly made a huge upgrade in the talent on the roster compared to when he arrived. The best thing that would happen if he was fired (IF, IF, IF, IF, IF we get a great coach) is that the roster is poised to be good next year. The new coach could easily have a near Hoke-like first season with plenty of talent on the roster for 2016 and beyond. All of the bad would be swept aside with Hoke being gone and the new guy would look like a savior.
Of course, once Hoke is fired, we could also not get either Harbaugh or Les Miles and get a second tier candidate, have many players who loved Hoke transfer and be doomed to mediocrity for the next 4 years. Sigh. . .
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Need more data.||
I tend to agree that Brian was a little hard on Kalis. He had the play Brian showed that he had a brain fart and let the guy through, plus two plays where he inexplicably fell down. Other than that, I would describe his play as solid but unspectacular.
I don't think Kalis' performance was bench worthy, but Glasgow is going to play somewhere.
I completely agree with Brian's assessment that the huge change from last year was everyone playing their assignments on almost every play. Awesome!
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Agree on Dileo comparison.||
I had the same thought on Dever watching the spring game. Dever looks like a quick slot guy who catches everything thrown at him but doesn't have the speed to get deep. Sounds a lot like Dileo to me. He also appeared to have the same running style.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Hill playing???||
So Delano Hill is playing? I thought he was out 2-3 more weeks with a busted jaw. I would assume he and Clark are playing in the scrimmage because they already know what Wilson can do.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||In general agreement. . .||
Here's my list:
2. Magnuson (first two are easy)
3 Kalis. Ever so slightly ahead of Bosch based on last year and spring game. Happy quotes from him in fall camp tells me starting lineups without him aren't correct.
5. Braden. I hope you're right that he is ahead of Kalis and Bosch since we haven't seen him. He has a higher ceiling this year than Bosch/Kalis but also a lower floor since he has barely played.
6. Miller. Comparing play in the spring game, I'd put Kugler here. However, Hoke's comments in the fall give Miller the slight edge here. If he's really ready to play, I could see Glasgow pushing Kalis, Bosch or Braden out of the starting lineup.
7. Kugler. To me, he looked ready to play in the spring game. Plenty big and strong enough and seems to know what he's doing. Won't be surprised if he starts at center or guard later in the year.
8. Cole. I still think he is better than 50/50 chance he will redshirt unless there are multiple OL injuries.
9. Burzynski. He's ready as an adequate fill in at guard if noone else is ready. I'd bump him ahead of Cole if Cole hadn't been in most of the starting lineups.
10. Dawson. Wait until next year.
OL competition next year will be ridiculous with 12 or more guys ready to play. Expect battle between Bosch, Kalis, Kugler, Cole and Dawson for three spots to be epic!
|1 year 41 weeks ago||First 20 minutes when press allowed in.||
So the media was allowed in for the first 20 minutes per Baumgartner link below.
My bet is that Hoke was just messing with the media by showing an OL that OBVIOUSLY will not be the starting OL. I seriously doubt this was the line for the part of practice the media did not attend.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Got Poggi.||
Thanks for checking. I've got Poggi as one of the 4* FR DTs based on the 'Depth Chart by Class'. For this year at least, he's more likely a DE, but I defaulted to the mgoblog list in almost all cases.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Good catch.||
Good catch on Beyer, I fixed it. It was right in the table but wrong in the text. Thanks for noticing.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Agree with this.||
Your reply pretty much sums up the OL situation. There is enough talent on the OL that they COULD be good but not enough experience that they SHOULD be good. The players, OL coach and offensive coordinator need to do an excellent job for the offense to be successful.
Give these players another year in the program and the coaching gets a whole lot easier.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||This is a big one.||
I'll be honest. Now that the roster is so loaded with 4* at nearly every position, I like seeing new recruits come in to fill in depth down the road, but not many of the individual new recruits are game-changers to me these days.
This one is a huge deal to me. I'm a big fan of TEs that can block and catch because of the mismatches they create to begin with, and Clark's got the size, athleticism and apparent want-to that will make a big difference in Ann Arbor before he's done. Not only that, it looks like he'll be college-ready in terms of size when he walks in the door.
My new favorite 2015 recruit and into my Top 5 for 2014 and 2015 (Peppers, Canteen, Mone, Clark and Cole)
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I did.||
I've got two season tickets, but my two kids haven't been to a game. I'm taking my kids to their first game against Appalachain St. Got tickets on the 50 yard line!
|2 years 6 days ago||Not taking bets.||
No. They are NOT taking bets on this data.
|2 years 6 days ago||Not impressed.||
7.5 over/under is a joke. Looks like they took last year's record and set the line a half point up or down. If you could actully bet these odds they would be put out of business by the end of the season.
Vegas sets odds so that half the people will bet each side of the line. There is no way that half the people would take the under.
I'll take the over.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||How about team defense?||
I don't know the OSU roster. However, if the talent is better on defense as you suggest, the results didn't show it last year. My opinion is Michigan's defense will be better this year than last.
Per NCAA.com for 2013:
Passing Yards Allowed:
Rushing Yards Allowed:
I'll take Michigan's defense over the OSU defense every time.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Biased but excited about DC tourney.||
As a resident of Northern Virginia with season football tickets, I'm excited the Big Ten Tourney will be in DC. I don't think Maryland adds anything to the conference, but I will enjoy being able to see additional Michigan sporting events without traveling 500 miles.
It's only an 8 hour drive to Ann Arbor now that the speed limit is 70 mph in Ohio, and it's a big treat to the many, many alumni in this area.
I would understand the dislike if it were going to be here all the time, but it's a nice bone to throw Maryland as long as it's only once every 5 years or so.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Reasons for optimism.||
1. We don't have to start 3 guys that have never played a snap before. Ben Braden is the least experienced of the likely starting 5, and at least he played in goal line situations in several games last year. Everyone else started multiple games. I
2. The TEs might be able to block. I'm as skeptical as the next guy on AJ Williams, but in the spring game he looked like a guy who can block. He also looked ok running some short routes, but I don't care if he catches a single ball as long as he can block the guy in front of him. If Williams can't block, I believe Heitzman can. He's huge and for a blocking TE is pretty athletic. Two blocking TEs instead of zero is a big step up.
3. RBs coached to cut back when the hole isn't there. One (admittedly of many) of the reasons the running game was poor last year was that the RBs never cut back instead they bounced even further in the direction the play was going. From the spring game, it was clear the RBs are being drilled to look for the cut back if there isn't a hole where the play was designed.
Unless you have 2-3 guys next to each other that blow the DL down the field, I think the OL success or lack thereof is driven by the weakest link. If one guy misses a block or goes the wrong way the play is doomed even if one or two guys had a really good block. If all of our OL and TEs are consistently adequate the OL will take a big leap forward. All of the starters (except Braden) have played a good deal, and I would argue by the end of the year Glasgow, Magnuson and Kalis were playing consistently adequate. It doesn't seem like too much of a stretch with a simplified offense that Bosch and Braden will be there by the fall. I thought both of them looked ok in the spring game.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Too much negative...||
I'll admit to being an optimist, but I can't believe how negative this thread is. Here are the positives I took from Saturday:
1. Our defense blitzed and played press coverage. This is great for the defense, but it is more important for Devin Gardner and the line's development. We all watched last year's offense struggle against the blitz. The only way to be prepared to play the blitz is to practice against it early and often. If we do this all spring and fall practices and can't handle blitzes come game time, shame on us. In the fall, we will intenionally run some plays that work well against blitzes rather than forcing Gardner to make the hot read. We all saw our offense succeed against teams that didn't blitz, if we can hold our own against pressure, the offense will be fine.
2. We appear to have 2 new playmakers in Lewis and Canteen.
3. AJ Williams looked to be able to block and Heitzman did too. Competent TE blocking will make a big difference over last year.
4. I thought the OL looked a lot better in the second half of practice. Bosch and Braden looked fine and Miller had his moments. Put Magnuson and Glasgow in the starting lineup, and we could be ok.
5. Safety play was good. Jarrod Wilson had a couple nice plays, and Jeremy Clark had a couple nice plays in run support.
6. I believe the defense looks like a big step up from last year's defense even factoring in the offense.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Not Glasgow.||
He won't displace Glasgow, since he's our best lineman. Glasgow will start somewhere whether it be center, guard or tackle. More likely replace Bosch or Kalis, possible Glasgow goes to tackle and Braden becomes the first reserve.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Good and bad...||
This is the good and bad for where we are today. The scary part is that not only is Gardner the only SR, but Gardner, Funchess and Glasgow are the only members of the JR-SR classes on offense. 2015 will be a great year and hopefully this year talent will trump youth. At least we have players who have seen the field before at every position.
I would put Heitzman #2 on the TE list. I think we will love his position switch. Given his size and athleticism (for a primarily blocking TE) along with his experience in HS, I'll be surprised if he's not ahead of Williams by the start of the season.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Glasgow.||
I thought Glasgow was our best OL not named Lewan or Schofield last year, especially considering he had to move over and play center. Walk-on or not, he's a good football player. He will start somewhere on the line next year and do well, whether it be C, G or RT.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Ryan move seems like a spring test run.||
I see the Ryan move to MLB as a test run to see if he can be a disruptive force in the middle of the defense. If it doesn't work out, they move him back. Even if it doesn't work, they can play Ryan at MLB here and there to throw teams off if he's spent some time playing there. Fortunately, we have a bunch of LBs with 2 years of playing time so we can try some different things and go back to what they know if it doesn't work.
Another amazing observation. We can move a player who started at SDE some of last year to tight end with no concerns about that lack of depth on the DL. This is a little less exciting since we have a bunch of solid players, but not much WOW at SDE other than Taco.
I'm assuming Dawson is at LT because Braden will likley start at RT. I seem to remember seeing somewhere that LTT was the nominal LT with Magnuson out and before he had surgery.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Safety options.||
I'll be stunned if Wilson and Dymonte aren't the starting safeties in the fall, but if one of them isn't ready I suspect Jeremy Clark is a viable option (looked good in the spring game). Down the line, Hill and Dawson both sound like very athletic players who could develop into excellent safeties.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Willie Henry.||
Henry's got enough size/strength to play NT. If Pipkins isn't ready to go, I think Henry is the NT with Wormley at the 3T to start the year. I see Hurst and Pipkins backing up at both positions and pushing to start as the year moves along.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Can the 2014 guys add weight?||
I think that Funchess and Darboh will get the bulk of the catches along with Butt and a few from Chesson.
Of the 2013 and 2014 guys, I was thinking that Harris and Canteen would both make an impact, but I was surprised to watch their highlight tapes and see how skinny they are. Granted Harris' tape was from 2012 so maybe he's put on good weight while injured (?). Ways did not look as skinny, so maybe he'll play. All of them are very talented.
My bet is 1-2 of the 2014 guys contribute with some big plays and that if it's only one of them that Jones will be the other WR getting PT.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Run defense?||
Would make sense based on size, but he'd need to dramatically improve his run defense. Certainly an option on passing downs.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Skins||
I see Clark-wde, Henry-nt, Wormley and Beyer. Pipkins at NT with Henry at 3T if Pipkins is back ready to go. Hurst and Poggi will be next year's version of Henry and Wormley. Play more and more as the year goes on. Charlton will amaze here and there and play a lot by the end of the year.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Similar to last year.||
I see the game going a lot like last year. State won't be able to move the ball but will find there way to a touchdown and a field goal somehow. We'll play it tight to avoid turnovers and win 13-10.
As long as we are -1 or better in turnover margin, I see us winning. I just don't see their offense moving the ball against our D.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||MSU game will look nothing like IU||
Borges' game plan against MSU will be completely different because it will be a completely different game. It will be a grind it out game, and if we get 20 points that will likely be enough to win. TOs will be our doom. Borges will smartly call a safer game (I don't mean run on every 1st down). If it works all is well. If we lose, Borges will be criticized for not using the IU game plan.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||More Magnuson?||
I thought Magnuson was in there pretty much the whole game. I did see Kalis on a goal-line play as the extra lineman and a few more plays. I am far from certain this is correct.
I thought Magnuson, Burzynski and Bosch all looked good enough. None are likely to blow people off the ball, but they'll block the guy they are supposed and not be a liability against a pass rush. This is good enough for me in 2013.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Re-watched U-conn game, feel a little better.||
The first half was awful, but after watching the second half, I feel better about Devin. I felt like he needed to spend the bye week getting his confidence back. I was surprised to watch the second half and watch a poised Gardner play pretty well. He threw 1 bad pass and other than that looked pretty good.
I also noticed on the long Touissant TD run, Gardner saw the LBs gearing up to blitz up the middle and audibled to the speed option that went for a TD. Borges also had a couple other calls geared to deal with LBs blitzing up the middle that went well. The LB blitzes confusing our interior OL has been a big worry for me, so I was glad to see we had adapted in the second half.
Anyway, if you want to feel better about the team, rewatch the U-conn game, but start right after the second half fumble. I actually think it says good things about Devin that he was able to pull it together at halftime.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Yuck.||
That was awful, but we didn't lose. The team got away with taking the week off and playing vanilla offense and defense.
Positives: Chesson yards-after-catch looked really good. More touches for him as teams double and triple Gallen, please.
Lots of snaps for Jourdan Lewis. Not sure why we've played a different 3rd CB each week (Stribling-Hollowell-Lewis). Thought Lewis looked pretty good out there.
Willie Henry played and appeared to look pretty good on first viewing. This season, I was expecting him to be the first DT off the bench and do well.
Prediction: U-Conn will be very sorry we played so poorly today.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Looked like Magnuson at LT.||
My recollection from the game was that Magnuson appeared to be going in at LT, not RT (standing on that side of line before Lewan came in). I assume this was because they expected it to be only one play, and it wasn't worth moving Schofield back and forth for one play.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Hopefully will improve with carries.||
I think Fitz will run better as he gets more in game carries with this OL. As he gets more carries and learns the tendencies of his blockers and where the holes tend to end up on a given play, he should get better.
Seems like two years ago he had trouble finding holes early in the year and then suddenly exploded after a few starts once he figured out where to go.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Lots of Wilson||
I think it will be all Wilson and no Avery. Hoke's quotes sound like Avery won't actually play even though he says 'yeah' he'll play.
I'll also predict Countess stays at CB and someone else plays nickle so he can match up along with Taylor on their outside WRs.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Glasgow will start somewhere.||
I predict Glasgow will start somewhere because I think he's good. He looked pretty good in the spring game, he looked good pulling near the goal line on the last scrimmage highlights, and he started the spring game and ran with the first string in the last scrimmage. The dude is 6' 6" and moves like a football player. My guess for the starters would be Glasgow at guard and Miller at center. The only way I can see Glasgow not starting is if it were Braden at guard and Miller at center.
It would be one huge line if it were Lewan-Bryant-Glasgow-Kalis-Schofield.
The suspense will end Friday after today's scrimmage so the line can get some run as a unit the rest of the way.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Glasgow looked good.||
If Bryant is better than Glasgow then that is a good thing. I thought Glasgow looked good in the highlights from the practice. He had a really nice pull where he nailed Morgan (I think) coming through the hole.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Miller.||
I think Miller will be good enough. He won't overpower people, but he'll be in the right position and block the right guy.
His biggest strength is getting out and blocking a LB when that's his job. I watched him closely in the spring game, and he goes full bore for the LB and always gets there.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Aaron Shea and Borges weapon.||
I agree completely with the Aaron Shea comparison, and I think Shallman will be a fan favorite before his career is complete. He will be used by Borges as yet another player (along with Funchess, Butt, K HIll and Bunting) that will drive defenses nuts with mismatches. I see his best role as an H-back similar to K. Hill. I see him differentiating himself from Hill with his ability to play RB enough to keep defenses honest in addition to being able to run and catch.
I can imagine a lot of combinations of personnel with Shallman that would drive defenses nuts. My favorite thought is lining up with 1 WR, Williams/Butt along with Funchess at TE with K. Hill at H-back and Shallman at RB facing 3rd and 2 or so. If the defense matches the heavy formation, I can see switching Funchess out wide with Hill and Shallman in the slots.
We're probably a year away before all these guys are ready to block and catch, but it will be fun to watch when they are.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Fan favorite.||
I guess I agree with the assessment of low plus relative to some of the other guys since, he won't look like Devin Funchess outrunning linebackers 30 yards downfield, but I think he will be a fan favorite by the time he graduates. I see him as a guy that will want to be a blocking tight end as well (as well as receiving) and will have lots of Roy Roundtree-like catches where he is wide open because they though he was a blocker. I also think he will have a lot of 3rd down catches for a 1st down where a linebacker or safety just couldn't cover him.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||3+ decent back-up OL.||
I"m with Heiko on the OL of Lewan-Braden-Miller-Kalis-Schofield as a given for the starting O-line. Watching the spring game, I though Braden was the 3rd best OL with his size and athleticism, and I liked that when Miller's job was to get out and block a LB he made sure to do it. They all need more experience playing together, especially against stunts.
I think Glasgow will be ok as the next man in, but I'm guessing that Bryant will push him by the end of the year. Bryant played with the 3rd string OL in the spring game, but he looked really good even when going against the 2nd string DL. He's big and strong, but I doubt he pulIs very well. I think he was 3rd string because he's working his way back from injury and that he'll move up in the fall. I also think Burzynski showed last year that he could play in a pinch and be ok, and he pulls well. I thought Magnuson was not too bad in the spring game but needs to get stronger. I think he would be ok to sub in for a few plays if one of the tackles has to sit out a couple plays, but I wouldn't want to see him play a whole game. I'm hopeful he'll be ready to play next year.
The OL will not dominate, especially early, but they'll be ok and get better as the year goes on. I'm just hoping they're looking pretty good for the tough games at the end of the year.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Scott and Canteen.||
They haven't added anyone yet, but it changes if we take both Scott and Canteen. Sound like both of them are speedy, slot guys.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Thomas won't stay at nickle.||
I don't believe for a minute that Dymonte Thomas will stay at nickel. I believe he's playing nickel to get better at coverage and because playing safety as a true freshman is too hard. We have others that can play the nickel, but we don't have others that can grow into an all-american safety.
We need Wilson/Thomas/Clark to fill the two safety spots next year and Hill, Dawson and maybe Stribling as back-ups further down the line. It's a little tight, but if Wilson and Thomas can both play there won't be many snaps for anyone else for a few years.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Miller-Kugler center battle will be a good one, later.||
My read on our centers is that Miller is going to be just fine. I think by the end of this year, Miller will be showing well in the UFRs and noone will be worried about who will play center in 2014. Given that Miller and most likely Glasgow would be at least 'ok' at center (Burzynski might be ok too), I don't see any way that Kugler plays this year.
In 2014 Kugler will likely push Miller, but I'm guessing Miller will be the starter at least at the beginning of the year. He'll have started for a year and have an extra year in the system. Plus, success at center is less about being a super athlete and more about technique, knowing who to block and getting the line calls right. I can see Kugler getting a shot at playing guard if he doesn't win the center job.
By 2015, we'll have two very good centers, and I can see Kugler being just too good to not be on the field.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Poggi=Van Bergen=Godin.||
I see all three of these guys as being very similar, and I think that's just fine. I also think with the current coaching, Poggi and Godin will reach senior Van Bergen much earlier in their careers (redshirt sophomore year?). I'll take a senior Van Bergen level talent at 3T and another at 5T happily.
I agree he looks like a high floor, medium ceiling kind of guy. It's great to have players like this mixed in with boom/bust guys like Charlton (don't see him busting) and Hurst.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||My worst as well.||
I was at that game at the 1990 Rose Bowl against USC which was the worst loss.
Sitting through the Tennessee Outback Bowl was the least fun football game I've ever been to.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Hoke's current favorite at a position of "need".||
I'm interested because he seems to be the current best available for Michigan at SLB which is a poistion of "need" in this class. I use "need" because we have a starter there for the next two years, but after that we only have a couple potential players (McCray and Ferns).
Personally, I think Ferns can play either MLB or SLB. With the depth chart at MLB/WLB being Bolden, Jenkins Stone, Ross, Poole, Gedeon and the depth chart at SLB being McCray, I see Ferns at SLB. You'd like to have more than two players competing at a position, especially if one is redshirt freshman.
Hope Winovich goes Blue.
|3 years 1 day ago||Morris' competetiveness.||
We need to factor in how competetive Morris is. He's going to come in with the goal of beating out Gardner (not that it's going to happen). I think by the end of fall camp that Morris will have shown enough that it will be clear that he will be a much better back-up as the season goes on. I haven't done any research on this, but I don't think you redshirt your back-up QB. Also, Morris is competetive enough that if he is the second best QB that he won't want to redshirt.
My guess is that Morris won't play in the CMU game to give the coaches a chance to see how things are going (Morris progress, Bellomy injury recovery and Cleary readiness), but he will play against Akron.
We are helped that other than against Notre Dame, we shouldn't need him to be very good to win until the PSU game in Mid-October. That gives him an extra month and a half to learn the offense. His arm is strong and accurate enough that Borges can put in a package that he can run successfully without knowing the whole offense.
|3 years 1 week ago||No Wisconson or Nebraska.||
I can't see how anyone is complaining about MSU/OSU on the road from a schedule difficulty point of view. We don't play either Wisonsin or Nebraska (one of which would likely be on the road if we got MSU or OSU at home). I think that more than makes up for the difficulty of having to go to E. Lansing an extra time. By 2014, our superior talent will trump home vs. away.against MSU.
I agree it stinks from a home schedule standpoint.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||My read...||
My take on the lower rankings is that he has excellent size and speed but that he will need good coaching and some time to be ready to see the field. My suspicion is the higher rated safeties are more likely to play sooner.
I don't expect Hill to do much of anything on defense this year, but I'm very high on Hill's potential down the line. I don't see how we won't end up with two very good safeties in a couple years since we only need two out of Hill, Thomas, Dawson, Wilson and Clark to pan out.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Surprised if Braden doesn't start.||
I'd put Braden ahead of Glasgow, and if not he'll be the first guard off the bench. Maybe if there was a long term injury he would switch back to tackle and be the alternate, but I would think you'd want to let him focus at guard.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||We did not oversign!||
This debate is ridiculous. We were at 86 scholarships only if you count a suspended kicker who may be back and a 5th year that may not be renewed. By the time we get to summer practice, we will probably be at 83 or less with regular attrition. There was absolutely no reason for Ringer to be encourage to leave the team since there is/will be plenty of space.
Also, I thought Ringer played almost as well in the spring game as Bolden and Jenkins-stone. There is no gaurantee that he would stay at the bottom of the depth chart for the next three years.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||NHL network.||
It's on NHL network now. Don't know about a stream.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Totally disagree.||
I can easily see a scenario where Hardaway comes back, and we run the offense through him. I think Hardaway was unable to showcase his skills this year because Burke was so awesome, and the entire offense ran through him every play. Hardway could be that guy next year (obviously not like Burke was). With all the complimentary players around him, I can see his stock going way up as a huge part of the offense on a very good team.
I suppose you can make the case we could run the offense through Albrecht as a pure point guard or Walton could come in ready to be the focal point, but I like the idea of running the offense through Hardaway and give Albrecht and Walton a year of experience not having to be the primary focus.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Game changer.||
I'm a big believer that with the team we have in place we will be plenty good enough to compete for Big Ten titles and BCS games year after year. I believe that with the outstanding running game we will have once our OL matures that our current WRs are more than good enough to put up lots of points (think Wisconsin with better QBs and WRs).
That said, adding Drake Harris is a HUGE, HUGE deal! He is the kind of player that turns close losses to Top 10 teams into wins.
Most of the recruits we have added (other than Green) over the last 6-9 months I've viewed mostly as continuing our high level talent. The only thing we've really needed are truly elite RB, WR, more DL (I think Taco and Pipkins will fit the elite category) and CB. With Green and Harris, we've checked the first two boxes. If we can add McDowell and/or Hand plus Peppers that would be unbelievable awesome!
|3 years 7 weeks ago||TEs missing blocks.||
Looked to me like two of the running plays were blown when TEs missed blocks. One was Williams and one was Funchess. From the Borges interviews, it's clearly a point of emphasis, but they've got some more work to do before fall.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Great idea.||
I love the idea for the height and weight. It's not much harder to go to mgoblue.com for the info, but it would be great to be able have it right there when looking at the depth chart by class or two deep.
I don't think items 1,3 and 4 are needed.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Just a couple.||
1. Fiction. I think Drake will look ok, but I think Hoke is pushing for Rawls or Hayes to step up. I'll guess it is Rawls. Touissant, Geen or Smith will start in Fall.
3. Fact. I see Kalis and Braden as most likely, especially with Bryant weighing in at 325. Hopefully now that he can move around a bit he'll get his weight down over the summer. Burzynski would be my best bet to beat one of them out.
10. Looked like Robinson was with the starters (at least Gordon) in the practice video and Wilson running with the 2nd team. This surprised me as I expect Gordon/Wilson to start. Only a snippet from one practice, but likely ahead of Thomas/Clark. Will be fun to watch.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||My takeaway.||
Sounds good about Cam Gordon, Pipkins, Ojemudia and Wormley.
Sounds like Rawls and Hayes are being pushed to do more.
Cam Gordon and Jake Ryan on the field at the same time sounds interesting. Seems like that would be passing downs only with Ryan moving down to WDE.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Most likely at tackle.||
I see Schofield at tackle in all scenarios except where Magnuson is one of the top 5 OL. I don't see Magnuson playing guard. This might be the case if Bryant isn't back healthy and Braden is behind Magnuson. In this scenario, I would expect: Lewan, Kalis, Miller/Burzynski, Schofield, Magnuson.
I think if Braden is one of the top 5 OL he'll play guard and Schofield will play OT. His strength is run blocking.
I think people are underestimating Burzynski. He was the first (and only) OL off the bench, and to me he looked ok when he played. Won't be the powerhouse run blocker we'd like but will know what he's doing and block the right guy. I see him as the option if the young guys and Bryant aren't ready.
This being said, I expect Miller to start at center, and I don't see Miller and Burzynski both starting. This makes center the most likely spot for Burzynski.
Line I'd like to see: Lewan, Kalis, Miller, Bryant, Schofield
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Flexibility.||
I see Shallman contributing at a number of positions and Borges using this flexibility to create mismatches. I see him as another Aaron Shea.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Prefer we don't assume Poggi to Alabama.||
My count has us with 87 so far (with Poggi and Green). Depending on what's going on with Hagerup and the injured LBs, that seems like a reasonable number. Seems Hoke is expecting some attrition with the Smythe offer.
I'm expecting a late pick-up as well, but I'm not excited about losing a couple players off the roster even if it's inevitable.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Not only. . .||
So not only did we just land the #1 RB in the nation, but he'll be on campus by June and playing in the fall!
I am a big fan of Hoke's sign them early plan, but it is a bit of a tease to have to wait so long for guys like Shane Morris and Dymonte Thomas to hit campus.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||LIke the flexibility.||
As a 6th lineman, I like that he could play either guard spot or right tackle. That flexibility should help him to get on the field down the road.
He's not the OL that I was expecting today, but it works for me. I suppose it's a little bonus that we take one from Nebraska.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||At least one more win.||
Huge change! My expectation for next year was hoping to win at least our half of the Big Ten next year with an expectation we should win at least our half in 2014. Taylor Lewan (and the awesome leadership he demonstrates) bumps me to thinking we are likley to win at least our half of the Big Ten.
I see the biggest risks to next year as O-line, big step up for Devin Gardner, need healthy Blake Countess and need Jarrod Wilson or Marvin Robinson to be solid at safety. If those four happen we could be excellent in 2013 instead of just pretty good.
Lewan returning dramatically raises both the floor on possible O-line performance and raises the possibility the O-line could be pretty darn good next year from zero to 50-50 or so. Still risk with 3 new O-line starters, but it looks a whole lot better.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Deer in the headlights.||
I think he'll be a tolerable back-up by next year. He was clearly frazzled early and hurt by the blitzing, not open receivers and dropped passes. After the mess, he looked decent on his last drive. He'll have another year of practice to get better. I do see an issue in that I see him more as a game manager than a playmaker. Given our lack of difference makers, we need a playmaker at qb in 2013. By 2014, the Oline is probably good enough he could hand off and make enough plays in the passing game in a pinch.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||With you.||
I see Burzynski as the safe option. I think he'd be at least as good as the guys who played this year (less power but fewer times blocking the wrong guy or air). I'm glad that if he doesn't start that whoever beats him out showed something rather than being the only option.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Improvement throughout year.||
I'm with you on the O-line improving throughout the year. I see us being about as good next year as this year with a better record and ending the year on a high note. I see our O-line, DBs, LBs, D-line and WRs all playing some young guys and getting much, much better as the year goes on.
Like this year a toss-up on whether we go to the Big Ten championship game and great optimism heading into 2014.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Funchess too talented.||
I see Funchess breaking out big next year. This year with Gardner, I think Borges was avoiding throwing over the middle to limit turnovers. Gardner needs work on not telegraphing passes, and I think that's why he didn't go over the middle to Funchess. Next year, our biggest weapons ourside of Gardner are Gallon and Funchess. Borges will set up the offense to maximize their production.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Doesn't say he will start.||
No where in the article does he say he will start. My guess is he was asked if Norfleet was going to play CB, and he said yes. What's he supposed to say, "He's 5th on the depth chart, and if he has to play we're doomed".
I highly doubt he's ahead of Richardson or Hollowell, but I can see where he'd play if we had to put in a 5th CB because of injury, someone being tired or some prevent defense with tons of dbs.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Not encouraging about center.||
Hmmm. Not a lot of enthusiasm for Miller at center, Bars not playing center, complementing Glasgow. Not what I was hoping to hear about the center position.
Fortunately, we've got 9 more months to pull tiny tidbits from Hoke on who will play center and how worried we should be.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Hoke's recruit.||
Norfleet was signed last year by Hoke. At the time, I seem to recall it was primarily to be a kick returner.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Drake Johnson, too.||
Don't forget Drake Johnson. Hoke said at his last presser he wished freshmen could play in the bowl game and keep their redshirts in reference to him. Not saying he's going to start, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was ahead of Norfleet.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||My theory.||
My theory is this is a trial run to see if he can be a good corner which I assume the coaches think there is a decent shot. If it doesn't work, they move him back to RB in the Spring or before Fall practice. It's not like learning RB is that hard that he couldn't go back before Fall practice and be able to play (ok, blocking is kind of hard but that's unlikely to be his specialty anyway).
I think the odds are near zero that he's moving to CB if they didn't expect him to be at least 2nd string at one of the CB positions (nickel?).
Remember, Borges RBs at SD State were small.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Lewis at WR?||
I wonder if this increases the odds that Jourdan Lewis ends up at WR instead of CB. Seems he could play either. If Countess is healthy (please, please, please), then the need seems greater at WR.
Finding a stud CB is typically harder than a stud WR, but it may make sense for us next year.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||My guess.||
My guess is that either Dawson has pretty much decided he wants to go to U-M and will recommit prior to 12/14 or if he doesn't, one of the other OL will commit on 12/14 and Dawson will be left out.
I'd be surprised if Dawson takes the other visits in January and a spot is still left at that point.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Shallman versatility.||
I see Shallman's strength on offense being his versatility. I can see him at RB, FB and at TE catching passes. I can see Borges using that versatility to drive defense nuts along with players like Hayes/Norfleet.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Interception||
My take on the interception was the man covering Roundtree was watching Devin stare down Funchess and left his man. You see him start to follow Roundtree across and then leave and go get the pick. I'm not convinced it was a bad read, but a failure to look away from the primary receiver.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Devin Gardner.||
Devin Gardner does a lot of things well and is very effective in Al Borges' offense. He will improve as he plays more, but it will be a big factor once teams have film on him and gameplan against him. If you watch him closely, on almost every play he looks at his primary read and if it's not open he runs the ball, typically for decent yardage.
It looked like on the interception to Funchess, the corner/safety covering Roundtree left his man to go to Funchess because Gardner was staring him down. We're going to see more of this as teams gameplan for Devin. This isn't unusual for a QB in their first couple starts.
He'll be good enough to keep us in all games next year along with our awesome defense. A playmaker at WR/RB will be even better, but there were plenty of open WRs with the current crop. Gallon, Darboh, Chesson and Funchess will get open and make plays.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Watch the option play again.||
The option on 3rd and 7 would have been a sprint to the first down marker against the safeties if Schofield got out and made his block. He didn't get to the LB in time so the play got smoked.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Happening all year.||
In my opinion, it's not a new occurence and has been happening all year. I've noticed a ton of plays that would have gone for long gains if the OL had just blocked the right guy. My suspicion is that 2 of 3 interior Oline are new to playing regularly and the center that makes the line calls doesn't always get it right and sometimes the lineman head for the right guy but don't get there fast enough.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Good game vs. Nebraska.||
Comments from the Nebraska game was that Black had played an excellent game. I see him playing SDE in running situations and NT in passing situations.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Most optimistic thought.||
My most optimistic thought is that guys like Kalis and Magnuson will be like watching Ross at LB. Very young but so much more talented that it goes ok. 2014 and on will be lots of fun!
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Transition.||
The emotion of Saturday's game has mostly passed, and I have a few thoughts.
1. Those freaking out about Borges results seem to forget about him scoring slightly more points per game in 2011 than we did in 2010 plus last years Nebraska and OSU games. Not saying he's perfect, but let's be fair.
2. MSU conservatism was intentional since the plan seemed to be their offense is terrible and our D is quite good. If we play conservative and don't turn the ball over, we can beat them 6-0. Not saying I like this plan, but this plan isn't typical of the other 21 games Borges has called at Michigan.
My read of the offense versus Nebraska was that Borges had started to open it up on the drive Denard got hurt and the offense was moving the ball well. Let's not forget we scored 40+ against Purdue and Illinois. If Denard can play, this offense can score points.
3. The defense if much better than expected and quite good. We should win our next three and Nebraska is at least 50/50 to lose to MSU or PSU. I see winning our half of the conference coming down to whether or not we can beat OSU which is not all bad even if I'd say the odds are slightly less than 50/50 we win that game.
4. Long term, I see a very productive offense with our awesome O-line classes, Shane Morris, Funchess, Darboh, Chesson plus Wyatt Shallman driving defenses nuts as a FB/h-back/TE. 2013 will be the transition year for the offense and won't be awesome, but hopefully the defense will be awesome enough to carry us through.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Burzynski and Miller.||
Burzynski has looked quite capable in the games he has played this year, including when subbing for an injured player during meaningful parts of the game. To my untrained eye, he's looked at least as solid as the starters, and I haven't seen him miss a block. Miller has looked ok.
I've been dreading next year's OL for a long time now. However at this point, I"m not that worried about the guards and center since I think we'll have a reasonable group to choose from Bryant, Kalis, Miller, Burzynski and Bars. The biggest negative is that it will be a whole new group with no chemistry. Since this years play has not been great it won't be a big downgrade. Replacing Lewan would be scary. I sure hope a redshirt freshman Magnuson approaches the redshirt freshman Lewan (minus the penalties).
I agree we need to start Devin Gardner due to his playmaking ability. We don't have the elite players at the other positions for a game manager like I perceive Bellomy to be. I expect Gardner will do ok as the year goes on next year.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Too many men in the box.||
I agree one of the big issues is too many defenders in the box since teams would rather have Denard pass than run.
The blocking issues that I have seen have been more due to one lineman not recognizing what the defense has done and blocking the wrong guy versus not being big and strong enough. Many times if a lineman had picked the right guy of two to block it could have broken a big play. I figure it's because Mealer and Barnum don't have that much game experience and have been hoping to see it improve as we go. I didn't watch closely against MSU or Neb.
I think Fitz has looked better as far as running North-South the last few games.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Burzynski and Miller.||
Given our OLdepth chart next year, I've been watching closely when Burzynski comes in whenever an OL goes down. To me, he's looked at least as good as the guys he's replacing. May not be a beast that will pancake his man, but he executes his responsibility on each play I've seen. I though the same of Miller in his snaps yesterday.
If Lewan comes back, our OL next year should be about as good as this years.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Agree on Gardner.||
I agree that I think it will be Gardner next year (don't think medical redshirt is happening though). I think if we had a powerhouse, OL and RBs plus elite WRs that Bellomy would start as we would need more of a game manager than a high-end playmaker. However, I think we'll have a decent OL, decent RBs and decent WRs. I think we need a playmaker at QB next year.
I also believe Gardner will do fine once he gets consistent playing time. I see a lot of his mistakes so far as trying to force plays that aren't there to make a play in his limited action. I think this will settle down once he gets significant time at QB.
Our defense should be good enough to win games with either at QB, but I don't feel as good about next year's team as I do about this year's team and the team we'll have in 2014.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Schofield.||
I'd be surprised if it was anayone but Schofield even if he isn't having a great year. I assume Magnuson or Kalis would play RT.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Not after this year.||
LBs don't leave after their sophomore year to go to the NFL. I don't even think sophomores can go to the NFL if they want to. I don't think you can leave until after your junior season. Wait to worry until next year. Hopefully by then Jenkins-Stone will look good enough that you can sleep at night.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Funchess = Shannon Sharpe.||
From the first highlight tape I've watched of him, I've thought of Shannon Sharpe. He seems like an exact clone.
If he doesn't like to block, he'll be a bench NFL WR. If he bulks up and becomes a passable blocker, he'll be an all-pro TE in the NFL.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||D-line and LB.||
The top 8 tacklers were LBs and DLs, so I'd say it's safe to say the LB and DL ruled the day. The DBs probably covered pretty well, but Illinois didn't have much chance to throw. On the rare opportunity they could have completed passes, the receivers dropped the ball.
It's amazing that it reached the point on the 2-3 plays to gain over 5 yards that I was surprised.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Fitz will come around.||
I think the biggest reason is that Fitz isn't seeing/feeling the holes/cuts like he was toward the end of last year. It took him a bunch of games last year to get in a groove, and I think he's still working on it this year. On the year, he hasn't had that many carries. As a secondary issue, I think he looks just a little bit slower than last year.
I like Rawls, but I don't think his style fits as well in the read-option as Fitz. I think you need speed to go along with power to succeed in the read-option. Maybe bring in Rawls here and there as a change of pace.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||D-Line ok. We'll miss Denard.||
The D-line will be fine. Sophmore Pipkins >= Campbell. Clark, Beyer, Washington will be a year better. One of Black, Heitzman, Godin, Wormley will be fine at SDE. The defense will be in the transition year from really good in 2013 to dominant in 2014.
O-line will be passable if Lewan comes back with Lewan-Kalis-Miller-Burzynski-Schofield with Bryant/Magnuson plus other redshirt freshmen as back-ups. I think Burzynski is ready to play if needed. He looked pretty good pulling in the play he get in against ND, and Hoke subbed only him in with the starters at the end of today's game.
I think overall the offense will struggle. I think Bellomy would do well at QB if we had a really good line, RB and WRs, but we won't be quite there yet in 2013. I am of the opinion we'll play Gardner at QB because we'll need his athleticism to make plays. I think he'll do well at QB once he gets consistent playing time.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Fitz will improve.||
I think we need to keep going with Fitz. I don't think he's reading things like he did last year. That will come as the season goes along. He hasn't had a lot of carries, and it took him a bunch of games to get in the groove last year as well.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Kovacs replacement.||
My hunch on filling Kovacs position will either be Marvin Robinson if he is really good or that Thomas Gordon will slide over and Jarrod Wilson will take Gordon's spot. Also, Dymonte Thomas is so good that I suspect he will play some even though it seems like we could get away with redshirting him.
I see the safeties as a definite strength.
At DT/SDE, someone from Godin (my guess), Wormley, Heitzman, Brink (?) or Ash (DT) will step up. If it's Ash at DT, then Black will be our SDE. If Washington, Pipkins, Black and Clark are our best 4, I think they'll start against running teams/downs. Black will move inside against passing teams/downs with Ryan or Ojemudia or Beyer playing SDE.
I see our only weakness/non-strength next year as our second corner. Blake Countess should be good at one corner (field or boundary) and Taylor/Jourdan Lewis/Richardson/Avery/Conley/Stribling will be ok but not great at the other CB. By 2014, our CBs will be good to excellent.
Next year, I think our LBs and DL will be excellent against the run. My concern is our DL won't generate a lot of pass rush and our CBs will be ok but not great and teams will make some gains passing against us. In 2014, I think our defense will be excellent all around.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Looking for pass rush.||
I think they wanted to put the best pass rush unit on the field which they did. Neither Black or Roh have played much on the interior, and I think Mattison wanted to get them extensive playing time together. He didn't know how they would be able to hold up against the run, so he left them in long enough to give UMass a chance to take advantage of the lack of size.
I suspect we will see this alignment again in obvious passing downs against better teams.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Success by year.||
I see us being a notch better this year than we were last year. My goal for the team is to win our half of the conference to earn a shot at playing in the Rose Bowl. Anything beyond that is gravy, and I think the title game against Wisconsin will be a toss-up. I still see this as realistic. My plan is to enjoy every minute that Denard has left.
2013: I see a small step back, due to the loss of Denard and the O-line depth. The defense should be another notch better than 2012's improved defense.
2014: Similar overall talent to 2012 but with the offense built to Borges' plan. Defense is leading the way. This is the start of our 3 or so years of steady improvement to national title contenders.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||3-4 freshmen on the OL 2-deep.||
I was surprised to hear Hoke say there could be 3-4 freshmen OL on the 2-deep. I'm thinking it's a bit of a stretch, and he's just saying it because he wants all 4 competing as though they have a chance to play.
I would think Mealer, Miller and Bryant would be ahead of the non-Kalis freshman leaving only 2, maybe 3 freshmen on the two deep.
I can't imagine all 4 freshmen OL playing. 1 for sure, 2 maybe, but not 3 or 4..
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Pipkins at 337.||
Not a shock after previous diet comments, but is anyone else concerned about Pipkins weighing in at 337? There's a lot of hope he can contribute this year, but that doesn't seem realistic at such a high weight.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Quite a few.||
Even though I expect quite a few will play, I like the fact that only 2-3 will play because they have to, and they don't have to start unless there's an injury. With our OL depth, Kalis will have to play as the 1st or 2nd (Miller) OL off the bench. AJ Williams also pretty much has to play if we ever want to play 2 big TEs or if Brandon Moore isn't so good.
DL is the other spot where a freshman is pretty much required even though you could make the case that Cambell, Black, Roh, Beyer, Clark, Washington and Ash are enough. Pipkins or Godin/Wormley will play due to the lack of depth combined with their talent. After that I think that Chesson (or Darboh), Funchess (more as a slot WR), Bolden (or Ross) and Wilson will play because they are just too good.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||All 3.||
I don't see Bailey and Treadwell competing even though they are both WRs. Bailey is a 5' 11" slot ninja and Treadwell is a 6' 3" outside WR. It seems to me the remaining slots go to Treadwell and best available. I believe after Treadwell the coaches would take any of the top players on the board at RB, WR, DB and DL, and they will save a slot for Treadwell.
My guess for the rest of the class is Treadwell, Bailey or Paul Harris, and the first to commit of a DB or DL (McQuay, Fuller or Mathis if they can get one of them).
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Delany negotiating in the press.||
I took Delany's comments as a response to the SEC demand for the top four teams in the tournament. I'll see your "top four teams or else" and raise you a "we'll take our ball and go home". It's a negotiating ploy to get back to 3 conference champions and an at large.
I think the Big Ten/Pac Ten are a much more convincing sell that they would walk and continue playing the Rose Bowl outside everyone else's system since they did it before. Time will tell if this will lead to an end solution of 3 conference champs and an at large.
|4 years 1 week ago||Fine with me.||
I don't have any problem playing a harder schedule than MSU on average over the years. We're better than they are! Long term, we will field a superior program and won't have to worry that we play a harder schedule. As long as we beat them it shouldn't matter.
OSU, Nebraska, Wisconsin and PSU have comparably difficult schedules which is good enough for me.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Robinson, Black and Ash.||
Beyond Denard only playing one series, I was most surprised by Robinson, Black and Ash.
I wasn't expecting much from Robinson, but he looked good in all the plays I saw. It's nice to have depth at safety that isn't a freshman.
I didn't expect much from Black playing at DT given his size, but he didn't look small on the field and seemed to make a number of plays.
I was glad to see Richard Ash get some penetration. He may not be ready for a lot of playing time quite yet. However, after a summer of work plus fall camp I think he'll be able to make some contribution in 2012 and could be ready to start in 2013. Not counting freshman, I suspect he'll be the first back-up at NT and 3-tech in the fall.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Mattison will work matchups.||
It seems to me that Ash/Washington are perfect complements to Black. Ash/Washington likely won't provide much pass rush, but they seem suited to stuff the run. Black should be disruptive against the pass, but might struggle against the run.
I think with these guys and Clark/Beyer that Mattison will have a lot of fun working the matchups this year.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Agree.||
I agree the D line should do fine. Mattison has lots of options. Against manball running, I can see switching to a line of Roh-Ash/Washington-Campbell-Black to get more size on the field.
I like that we have quick guys and big guys that should all be able to play so Mattison can work the match-ups.
Plus, this doesn't even count the freshman that Mattison can bring in slowly if they're ready.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Wish it were later too.||
Sounds like there are logistics issues, but I wish it were later too.
I live in Virginia, and I was going to take my 4 and 6 year old girls on their first visit to Michigan stadium for the spring game last year.
Unfortunately, it was cold and wet so we spent the day with Grandma and Grandpa instead.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Maybe sooner.||
Based on the link below, maybe he's coming sooner after all.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Not for spring game?||
I don't think they are coming for the spring game. My recollection is they plan to visit but later, not at the spring game.
Fuller is the stud CB visiting for the spring game.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Ryan will start.||
Good to hear Cam back in the mix, but barring injury Jake Ryan will start somewhere on D. He and Kovacs will be the best two players on D. I just finished watching the Sugar Bowl again and Ryan was making plays all over the place.
If Cam is too good to sit and Clark/Beyer don't impress, I can see Ryan moving to WDE to get the best 11 on the field. Most likely Ryan will start and Cam will be backup SLB
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Defense lost?||
It sounded to me like the defense had "lost" whatever the competition it was. It wasn't clear that it was Campbell specifically. Could be either way based on Hoke's statement.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Noticed that too.||
I noticed the lack of mention of Bryant as well. Given that he's been mentioned previously by the coaches, I'm assuming it's for motivation and we'll hear better things about him in the weeks ahead.
Good to hear that Mealer is doing well and Miller is doing well enough he's playing at guard in case Barnum is the starting center.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Probably, but . . .||
I agree that Michigan would still like a high end TE who can block and catch as evidence from the interest in Orndoff and the other TE. Given the recruiting success, I am not convinced we are interested in any TEs that aren't both high end and can both block and catch. I view the 3rd TE more as a best available spot at this point. I also think the coaches are reassessing things based on the amazing success they've had already.
If you add up all the positions they would like based on the publicly available info, there aren't enough slots for everyone.
Best available from Cravens, Levenberry, others
That is at least 24 since Levenberry has us on the top of his list and has been told we'll wait for him.
My hunch is we'll take 2 more total WR+TE, but we'll see. Smith's commitment (Yeah!) takes a spot away from somewhere since the coaches still want Isaac (good call). We'll find out what positions as we go forward.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Love it!||
I watched the highlight films of Smith, Isaac and Green and my takeaway was any of them would be a great get, but I like Smith's highlight film the best. He seems to have moves, run people over, and he has a nasty stiff arm.
I'm strongly in favor of adding Ty Isaac as well. With Morris, our OL recruits and our all-around defensive recruits the last two years, the most important recruits are super-elite RBs (Smith and Isaac qualify in my book) and super-elite WRs.
My #1 wish list recruit now is Treadwell with Isaac at #2 and stud DL #3 (with Mattison I'm sure we'll fill #3).
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Love this pick-up!||
He's a 6' 2" CB who is a 3/4* recruit who in his highlight video plays the deep pass, plays the run, reads a QBs eyes for a pick, blitzes, blocks kicks and returns kick-offs plus the coaches are high on him in spite of our limited scholarships available. I'll take him any day!
I'm sure there is still room for Cravens and/or Fuller if they want to come.
This takes one player off my wish list:
Everything else is a bonus.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Not expecting DL switches.||
While a switch to DL is possible, I expect with Mattison we'll consistently have top notch DL and linebackers. More likely with such amazing classes we'll start to lose them a year early to the NFL.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Oops.||
Trying to fix formatting.
Got it. Better now.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Not too worried.||
Kalis or Magnuson could play center if we needed them to. Their taller than would be ideal, but they would do fine.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Expect 23 or more.||
We have 16 seniors plus 2 open scholarships plus 1-2 non-renewals plus 2-3 of natural attrition puts us at 22 min, more likely 23+, by signing day by my count.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Not worried at RB.||
At this point, I can't believe we have to worry about adding a top shelf RB. With the OL class the last two years along with the lack of big-time young RBs, I think we'll have some very nice options. My hunch is they'll be so good that we take two more RBs.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||We'll take two.||
At this point, I can't believe there won't be two RBs we can't turn down that will sign up to run behind this line. Wow!
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Easy RB recruiting!||
At this point, recruiting a top shelf RB to Michigan this year seems to be about the easiest job ever! With the list of the OL from the 2012 and 2013 classes plus Shane Morris, I would think Hoke's phone is ringing off the hook with the top RBs clamoring to be the first to commit.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Standifer.||
I'm with you on Standifer. I'd love to add any corner that can play who is over 6' tall. It would be worthwhile even if they only substituted in to match another team's tall receiver.
Does your comment about needing a big time corner imply a lack of faith in Richardson? I'll always take more stud CB's, but long term Countess-Richardson seems like a good start especially with Avery, Taylor and Hollowell for depth.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||What about. . .||
1. I agree with Roh at SDE and Clark at WDE against spread teams and on passing downs, but it doesn't seem ideal against a power run team like Wisconsin (not on schedule), MSU or Iowa. Not much better option at SDE, but maybe later in the year we could play Roh at WDE, Washington at DT, Pipkins at NT, and Campbell (?) at SDE against these teams.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||No desparate needs!||
I really enjoyed seeing this list and a lack of gaping holes. Yes, we have a major need to sign a large number of offensive lineman, and it will be great when a couple of them are very highly regarded. However, in theory we need them to backup the blue chips in front of them. Yes, we need a blue chip RB which we will probably get, but it wouldn't be the end of the world if we had to settle for 2-3 pretty good backs. An elite WR or two would be great in case the two we got this year don't become stars, and we need more depth throughout the roster.
This year our biggest need is to add elite playmakers wherever we can which is a great position to be in.
Obviously not all recruits pan out, but this class' multiple quality talent across all positions (except QB and one could argue RB) along with the last couple classes on defense has shaped up our roster quite nicely.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Too bad.||
I'm disappointed to hear this. I think he'd have been a very good player at a position of need (center). It also changes our remaining recruiting to now. Before this, we had met all our needs and were looking for some very nice bonuses. Now, we have to add at least one more OL. It sounds like we're in good shape there, but it ups the stakes on getting at least one of Garnet, Diamond or Kozan.
I suppose that's what makes this time of year exciting.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Sam Grant?||
Wasn't Sam Grant supposed to be visiting?
|4 years 20 weeks ago||No boycott, but I won't watch.||
I'm not the boycott type. I've watched most of the significant bowl games, but I won't watch because I don't care who wins. The whole poinit of bowl games is to see how the conferences line up with one another. Watching two teams from the same conference play a second time isn't interesting.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||After next year?||
I see where we're good for next year, but after that it looks a bit light. We'll only have a redshirt freshman (Stacey) and a redshirt sophmore (Miller).
Am I correct that none of our other current lineman that will be around after next year are reasonable options to cover at center?
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Prefer a G/C.||
My preference would be the best player that could play center in a pinch. I think that means Garnett or Kozan (or a dream of Boehm). With only Miller and Stacey as center options after next year, I'd like to see one more player that could at least play center in a pinch. Potentially some of our tackles could move to guard but I assume that players like Kalis and Bryant are not options at center.
I see that as the only true need remaining for this class.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||All of the above.||
I agree completely. I think Woolfolk, Gordon and Kovacs will all play a lot in different situations. More Woolfolk in passing situations than in running situations. Hoke stated he liked Woolfolk having more catch-up speed than the other guys. He also said it was to get the best 11-12-13 players on the field. Clearly he thinks Woolfolk and Countess meet this criteria.
I see the biggest advantage putting Woolfolk at FS when they go Nickel and it lets Gordon play Nickel.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Fitzgerald at WLB.||
I noticed Fitzgerald playing a fair amount today. I was surprised ot see that he was in at WLB instead of backing up at MLB. Also saw Morgan out there a fair amount at WLB. I like Hawthorne's playmaking, but I'd love to see a sub at WLB good at playing the run.
Also interesting to see Black as a back-up at SDE instead of WDE. With Roh's play it makes sense. Keep Roh on the field and get your best players playing.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Option by Denard.||
Agree passing offense must improve. I love the option by Denard. I doubt it will be used often, but we'll get several more big plays from it this year.
Love the DL play (Roh, Martin, Van Bergen plus Ryan rushing the passer).
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Both kickers.||
I would guess they both kick in the opener to get them both game experience. I can see Gibbons kicking first if he's been more consistent in practice.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Worrying less.||
I've decided not to worry so much about Brink potentially starting. If this were just because Will Campbell wasn't ready to start, Black or Wilkins could be starting at SDE. This means that Brink is ahead of Campbell, Black and Wilkins. That makes me believe there is something good about Brink.
I think it speaks to better depth at SDE than DT. If Van Bergen plays DT (backed by Campbell/Heninger), that still leave Brink/Black and maybe Wilkens at DE. Maybe Campbell is more a substitute than a starter at this point and Hoke prefers getting other SDEs on the field.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Worrying less.||
I've decided not to worry so much about Brink potentially starting. If this were just because Will Campbell wasn't ready to start, Black or Wilkins could be starting at SDE. This means that Brink is ahead of Campbell, Black and Wilkins. That makes me believe there is something good about Brink.
I think it speaks to better depth at SDE than DT. If Van Bergen plays DT (backed by Campbell/Heninger), that still leave Brink/Black and maybe Wilkens at DE. Maybe Campbell is more a substitute than a starter at this point and Hoke prefers getting other SDEs on the field.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Black at SDE in spring game.||
That was my thought as well. Didn't he play most of the spring game at SDE? I thought that he and Roh were the ends in the spring game.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Timing of attrition?||
I'm trying to figure out if this is a typical time of year for heavy attrition. It seems like this would be the time we would find out about anything that happened since the spring game so heavy attrition at this time of year makes some sense.
Is it typical to lose 3ish players between the spring game and the start of Fall practice?
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Miller/Stacey/Bars (?)||
Other than Miller and Stacey, it seems like Bars is the only other OL who might be able to play center. 6-5, 275 doesn't seem too big for center. No idea if he has the skills for it.
I'm hoping Hoke and company can find a stud guard/center for OL #6. With all this recent attrition, maybe we go with OL #7.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Center in 2013?||
As I panic somewhat prematurely about our center position in 2013, I thought, "what about Patrick Omameh"?
If Miller and/or Stacey aren't ready at center, might Patrick Omameh be an option at center as a senior? If so, our 2013 line has options with Lewan/Schofield at the tackles and some combination of Bryant/Posada/Kalis/Magnuson at the guards.
I don't think he's too big for center, and as a senior he ought to be able to handle the line calls. Any chance he played some center in HS?
|4 years 44 weeks ago||What about Pace?||
Our OL recruiting seems odd if Pace truly has a serious enough knee injury to not be on the roster. It seems like we would have gone after a center in this class or at least a guard who could play center.
Of the guards or potential guards, I would think Posada, Bryant, Kalis would be rather large to play center. That leaves Stacey and maybe Bars along with Miller as the only center options in 2013.
If Pace is out, seems like the last OL scholarship would need to go to someone who could play center.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Good spring game.||
I thought Evans was excellent in the spring game running with the first team. He may not have been spectacular, but as far as I could tell he was in the right place and didn't have any trouble making the tackles.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Favorite defensive player in class.||
Kellen Jones is the player from this class I'm most excited about. His playmaking ability in the highlight tape is amazing.
I do disagree with Brian about being on the 2 deep when he gets to campus. I'm betting that Evans starts at WLB most of this year. I also think that Jake Ryan is so good that he'll be on the field at either WLB or SLB and probably starting by the end of the year.
Next year, Ryan will be in an intense battle with Jones at WLB and/or Gordon at SLB.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||I think LBs will be ok.||
With Demens in the middle and Gordon primarily at SLB (potentially sharing time with Ryan), WLB will be the best of Evans, Jones, Fitzgerald and Ryan.
My guess is Evans starts game 1 with the others subbing in, but Ryan starts by the end of the year.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||Pipkins-O'Brien-Wormley.||
This surprised me as well. It's hard to believe we wouldn't find space for Pipkins, O'Brien and Wormley.
If so, the coaches must be pleased with what they've seen from Campbell, Washington and Ash.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Pipkins and Diamond.||
My view on the rest of the class is Pipkins and Diamond and everyone else is a bonus, and it sounds like we have some pretty nice bonuses in the pipeline.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||O-line depth this year.||
Aren't Barnum, Khoury and Schofield supposed to all be quite good? Barnum will likely start at guard, but that leaves Khoury (guard or center) and Scholfield (tackle) as reasonable starters on the bench. If we lose tow guards/centers or two tackles at the same time we'll be in some trouble. However, we'd still have Pace at guard or center, and I believe either Barnum or Khoury played part of a game at tackle last year. Not optimal, but not one of my top concerns.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||OLB?||
I've just about got this defensive positions figured out, but I hear OLB mentioned here and there. I think the OLB spends most of their time along the line rushing the passer. I also hear Mattison say we'll look like a 5-2. I assume this adds the WLB along the line.
We've got a DL of 2 DTs, SDE and WDE and at LB we have MLB, WLB and SLB.
What is an OLB? Is this a WDE or a WLB? I could see Paskorz, Herron and potentially Bell as OLBs.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Duke win.||
No brainer. I'll take the Duke win.
Football is more important than basketball, but you can't pass up a win over a #1 seed and Duke to boot in the tournament for possible wins later.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Not many safeties.||
I find it interesting there aren't a lot of safeties being offered. My view is that FS, DT and OL are the most critical postions of need, and we are certainly offering a high number of DT/DE and OL. However, the FS recruiting appears to be more geared toward trying to add 1 top recruit vs. looking for lots of help.
The optimist in me is starting to think the coaches believe there are reasonable options at FS among the FS, DBs and other safeties on the roster.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||More Carvin Johnson.||
I'm with you. It seems like every time I saw Johnson he was making a play/nice tackle. He needs to be on the field, but unfortunately 3 of our better players on defense play basicly the same position in Johnson, C Gordon and Kovacs. I don't believe that FS is the right position for Johnson.
The best I could come up with was to run a 4-2-5 with Vinopal at FS and Johnson-Kovacs-C Gordon as the other safeties.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||I am torn.||
I assume that Hoke has decided that slot WR is not a need since we have a lot of talented slot WRs on the roster, and his offense doesn't use the slot WR as much as the spread does.
If not taking Lucien allows us to take one more DT or FS in this class or the next class, the decision makes some sense.
If Lucien is a good college slot WR, Hoke probably made the right call. If Lucien is a game breaking superstar at the college level, Hoke made the wrong call. Time will tell.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||WR coach?||
Wouldn't we expect the RB/recruiting coordinator Hoke brought with him to be the WR coach now that Fred Jackson is back?
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Bigger CB?||
I checked to see if he was bigger than our collection of 5' 10", 175 lbs CBs.
He's listed as 5' 11", 175 lbs.
I suppose that's a little bigger.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Keeping current players.||
I'm with you. Hoke's first priority needed to be 'recruiting' all his current players to stay. By making the current players priority number one over bringing in 'his players' also sends a strong message to the current players that they come first.
I'd be surprised if he also hasn't made contact with all the current commits by now.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Offense will rock.||
I don't see how our offense can't be significantly improved next year since we only lose Schilling and we have replacements for him. Denard was awfully good in his first year as a starter, and he's a hard worker. He should be significantly better next year.
Only risk on offense is growing pains from learning a new system. Sounds like Hoke intends to minimize this by maintaining some of the spread.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Desmond Howard's autograph.||
While I was a student, I ran in to Desmond Howard in a Taco Bell and got his autograph.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||My take on DB logic.||
As I understand what's been said, when DB announced his coaching search he had met Hoke for 12 seconds. I suspect he was in the top group of candidates but not necessarily the only candidate.
At the coach search press conference DB advertised that Michigan would pay more then Michigan has historically paid in order to widen the pool of candidates. After this, he talked to some number of candidates and decided that Hoke was the right man for the job.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||A concern, but...||
No way to say that isn't a valid concern.
However, you don't go from 4-8 to 12-1 without knowing something about coaching. Whether it's at an elite level or not we'll have to wait and see.
I can't listen to a Michigan coach who sounds like Bo and not be all in for Brady Hoke.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Senior class.||
One of my favorite items from the last couple days was how the senior class was doing their all to hold everyone together.
I do like the players on this team. We have Rich Rod to thank for the men in the Senior class.
I was expecting 9 wins from Rich Rod (new DC) and if Hoke can keep all the current players on board, now I'm hopng he can win 9 too.