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- Braden is enormous - he's tall and huge and wide and muscle-y. He's well beyond Cole in physical development.
- The coaches talk more confidently and definitively about Braden - saying he has the starting RT job, they like him, he has potential, run blocking good, pass blocking needs to improve. They talk about Cole as they should - true freshman that they really like, has an opportunity to be in the mix.
- Spring game: Braden played really well on most of the snaps, got beat badly by a Frank Clark pass rush or two. But he has power and speed and good feet. I really like him, actually. Cole played remarkably well for a true freshman, but most of what he did was staying in front of guys. He doesn't have nearly the power that Braden does in run blocking, and he was also beaten in pass rush.
- Third year guy vs. first year guy
|21 hours 2 min ago||That is interesting news. If||
That is interesting news. If true that means 1) RT job is Braden's, period, and 2) he may be signaling some confidence to the back-up tackles. Bars/LTT/Fox/JBB are the back-up options at RT, assuming Cole stays over at LT (which I believe he will).
Very interesting, given Glasgow looked very good at RT in the spring game. Surprised he's not the automatic back-up there. Of course everything could change in fall camp.
|21 hours 2 min ago||curious on this||
In the no-contact offseason, the players still practice in Glick. Hoke's office looks out over the field there (as I imagine most other CFB teams do)... he certainly can watch things like player-organized 7-on-7's, correct? Based on that, would he not know certain players are progressing, even since the last spring practice?
|2 days 11 hours ago||I believe one of the||
I believe one of the facilities upgrades in the AD vision (that $$ expansion of multiple buildings) includes a paved "walk of champions" along that Victors Walk.
|2 days 19 hours ago||of course||
But it's preseason and we have little else to go on, so we (and Peppers) use what we have. You can also collect last year's promising performance, the hype Lewis had all spring as having had a breakout camp, the fact that he actually earned the start in the spring game over an all-B1G corner due to that performance, and then the game itself, and have some pretty decent data on Lewis, though yes still very limited.
BTW in The Wolverine preview, Mattison as much as said Countess is at nickel. Nothing set in stone, it could all change in fall camp, but I like that. Better for Countess pro prospects as well.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Peppers wants to play safety||
From The Wolverine season preview, which is always outstanding and must read along with HTTV,
"To me, it doesn't matter as long as it's the secondary, but if you ask me, if it's my choice, I'd like to play safety just because we have two veteran corners. Jourdan Lewis played phenomenal in the spring game, and you have Jarrod Wilson at one safety, and if I was the other safety, I think we could have a 'no-fly' zone back there."
I don't understand how, but he can read my dreams.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Allen Trieu made the point on||
Allen Trieu made the point on Friday that Alex Malzone was having a huge effect on Cole. This speaks highly of not only Malzone's commitment and recruiting ability, but the coach's decision to bring Malzone in now, rather than wait for another possibly higher rated QB down the line.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Thanks for posting. Did they||
Thanks for posting. Did they offer him as a DE? He's a generic 3*, sometimes listed at SDE and sometimes DT. They either like him a lot, or frankly they're struggling to recruit that position. M clearly prefers Roseboro at SDE, and aren't taking a DT. But yeah, 92% crystal ball to Sparty
|4 days 11 hours ago||Sorry, but you're just some||
Sorry, but you're just some anonymous guy on the Internet saying someone else said something. It has about as much credibility as me saying my balls were on Kate Upton's forehead a moment ago.
Multi year starter for Bo and Mo, shouldn't be hard to figure out. Either say the name and how you know him, or accept that others can't give it much credibility. Insiders on Scout or Rivals said that? Ok, that can be verified or denied by others on the board with subscriptions. But you saying something is meaningless. Don't be offended - the reason it's meaningless is no one knows who you or the guy are.
|4 days 15 hours ago||ugh. Unsubstantiated heresay||
ugh. Unsubstantiated heresay is unsubstantiated.
It's hard for me to believe that watching the little film that is available. He smacked Ryan in the mouth whenever he got his hands on him in the spring game.
I could believe that maybe it was overwhelming last year, the assignments and the pressure. If he was lost and tentative, he may have gotten knocked down a lot and eventually emotionally beaten. It's a lot to ask of a RS freshman, not everyone is at the same level at each age. If this was the case, another year might do wonders. It would also explain why the coaches thought he was the answer so long before backing out. If they saw the potential and thought he'll be there with time and practice, but one spring and fall wasn't enough, makes more sense.
Totally baseless speculation, that.
|4 days 16 hours ago||BTW, Touchthebanner final TTB||
BTW, Touchthebanner final TTB rating on Cole is 87.
Final TTB rating on Peppers? 100. Holy shitballs. 87 is high for Magnus, I've never seen one of his rating approach 100 (though I haven't seen all of these over the last several years).
|4 days 16 hours ago||I'm puzzled by last year as||
I'm puzzled by last year as well. I don't know how he wasn't a better option at OG, and even if not, why not a RT and move Schofield to LG. Maybe his pass protection was worse last year. Didn't have the ability to pull or understand who to pick up as a guard, but not yet good enough to pass pro at RT? That's my guess.
I understand that last year poses a question mark, but I don't see anything that says he'll be bumped for Glasgow (and I'm a big fan of Glashow, but at C... though he did play well at RT in the spring game), let alone Cole.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Not now||
I'd like him to RS as well. But this year is too critical for M. All hands on deck, at all times, constant alarm, have to play desperate and make desperate decisions. I'd like Isaac to RS as well, but if he can contribute a TD or two in critical games that lead to wins, he needs to be on the field even though that gives us Green/Smith/Isaac in the same class.
Especially at Tackle, M is in a desperate spot. LT-T and Fox red-shirted last year, and Juwan Bushell-Beatty will redshirt this year. If Cole can contribute at all in 2014 in critical games - if he's the second best guy and Magnuson goes down, if he comes in for half of a critical game and keeps Gardner upright and that leads to a win, it's worth a burned RS.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Why is everyone so down on||
Why is everyone so down on Braden? We have very little evidence on either of these guys, but what we have wouldn't support Cole over Braden.
What am I missing? Again, little to go on, but I see nothing that supports Cole over Braden.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Trieu says he's likely to||
Trieu says he's likely to stay in the B1G, probably another in-state battle between M and Sparty. This morning on WTKA
|4 days 21 hours ago||Trieu says toss-up between M||
Trieu says toss-up between M and Sparty, this morning on WTKA
|6 days 17 hours ago||How many customers||
How many customers can mycleanpc.com get with that ICU commercial with the guy? I mean seriously, it even plays in the offseason.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Offense: Sione Houma. I like||
Offense: Sione Houma. I like the way he targets, and I think in his junior year he finally has the size/strength to deliver the blows they expected when they recruited him. He looked great as an H-back blocking in the spring game. Because he's not huge, he doesn't pulverize people (though he rocked Gedeon), but he moves them enough to get the RB through. And more importantly he's quicker to get there than Kerridge and seemingly less confused on who to hit. If he can catch some balls out of the flat and show some run after the catch ability, he can add a low-risk, short/flat passing game threat to an offense with questions at WR.
Defense: I'm going to be silly and go with Mone. He just looked great to me in the spring game. He will be immovable at some point, but he's also quick and showed some pursuit by getting to a RB 5-7 yards downfield. I don't know if it will be a "breakout year", because I think there are so many options at NT/DT for Michigan this year, but I think he'll turn heads at a game or two this Fall. Just incredible natural strength for a true freshman, he's going to be great eventually, and help this year. This is of course an outrageous prediction based on just a few series in a meaningless spring game.
EDIT: cheating, but still well before the season. For Defense I'm going with Taco Charlton. Looking at some of the games last year, he was a few blatant holding calls away from really making an impact. And he was great in the spring game, albeit against weak competition. Great athleticism, holding up better on the edge, will be a true pass rush threat. That is my hope.
|1 week 17 hours ago||So...||
You're upset that Brandon doesn't seem to understand that "This Is Michigan"?
Interesting dichotomy, given your noted disdain for that sentiment.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't see the comp. Cox||
I don't see the comp. Cox looked good in practice and in limited PT in baby seal games, but he could never learn the play book apparently.
Hayes hasn't done anything of note in games, and hasn't been a practice superstar, though reviews this spring were generally positive. I also don't think Hayes looks particularly good on the hoof, as he's still small. Cox was beast for most of his time here.
But Hayes was supposed to have shimmy and moves coming out of HS (he was a 4*, don't think he was close to 5*), and he hadn't really shown that until this recent spring game. Some really nice jump cuts to avoid DL blowing past some poor blocks. We'll need that, especially early in the year if the OL struggles.
|1 week 1 day ago||I disliked this series last||
I disliked this series last year, but with a better understanding of the intent and a little better format to indicate who's talking/selecting, it's an excellent preview of the B1G. Thanks for taking the time to put it together, and improving
EDIT: specifically the analysis like that re. Rose - I'd heard he was the reason for improvement for Nebraska, but hadn't heard why or seen any data/video. Helpful to see at least one datapoint indicating it may have been scheme rather than player. Lindy's has him first team B1G
|1 week 1 day ago||I thought #5 was Pepers for a||
I thought #5 was Pepers for a moment, glad to see it's Hayes. Having watched the spring game again, I'm even more impressed with some of his cuts. I'm hoping he gets a shot this year to show what he can do, whether as a featured or third down back.
BTW, the hype train keeps rolling along for Peppers. Maize n Brew and John U. Bacon (?!) have now thrown their hat into the ring. http://www.maizenbrew.com/2014/7/20/5920997/michigan-football-realistic-expectations-for-the-wolverines-2014
|1 week 1 day ago||Happy to help||
Also sent an email to mgoblogfolk
And hate to pile on here, but Monday or no, if you're in the health industry in any capacity you should be well aware of this kind of disclosure. I'm in totally-unrelated-to-healthcare-business and I'm very versed in HIPAA. Even absent the law, not cool.
|1 week 1 day ago||I've posted a request to||
I've posted a request to delete in the mod action sticky
|1 week 1 day ago||Kuruk posted confidential||
Kuruk posted confidential information re. one of the players PSA: Season Tickets Have Arrived thread. Please delete that post
|1 week 2 days ago||Not sarcastic, just overly||
Not sarcastic, just overly EMO, such is your admitted wont. I'm not even referring to his play at physicaly challenging OL, though a lot of that featured him blowing up Kugler or remaining steadfast against Miller/Kalis doubleteams. Either would be impressive enough regardless of which D1 OL he was going up against.
I'm talking about his speed to the ball in several plays where he chased, showing surprising quickness and athleticism. It indicates how he's now carrying his weight. His pass rush was bland, but the rest of his game was very promising. It's only a one game sample, I'll give you that, but it's really all we have to go on. The SB Nation eval, brief as it was, seem the most likely to me: excellent DT, not once-a-decade player (no shame in that).
The Rivals downgrade was (and initial eval) was against high school competition, so if you in any way put stock into those rankings, you'd have to accept that a showing in the spring game means more than any series of showings against high school competition. After all, Kalis was at that UA game and kept his 5*. My belief is he'll certainly play this year, given he'll earn the playing time. Whoever is best plays in Mattison's system, even if only just a bit better in practice that particular week than another good option. Besides, a 3rd string guy becomes 2nd string in the event of injury, and a 2nd string guy will certainly play in Mattison's system. I agree though that there's a ton of depth - a lot of it unproven yet - at NT and 3T.
|1 week 3 days ago||/chuckles||
yeah, that response doesn't remind me of a political debate at all...
|1 week 3 days ago||Was thinking the same||
Was thinking the same yesterday, but what I believe he's referring to is the drop in ratings Mone suffered after the UA practices. The Rivals guy thought the added weight slowed him down, wouldn't be able to carry more weight in college and be as explosive as he seemed in high school.
I think the spring game should dissuade any of those concerns.
|1 week 4 days ago||Finding the truth, holding up||
Finding the truth, holding up a mirror. Explaining something that doesn't seem to have an explanation to me and many others.
Apologies if offended, this is not my intent. But these are my views.
|1 week 4 days ago||Lots of people thought that,||
Lots of people thought that, and are probably right. I don't know if he has elite quick twitchness needed to be a dominating DT, but he has speed when he gets moving. With well above average athleticism at that huge size, OT is probably ideal. But he and his father were adamant that he play defense. I don't think he even played OT for his high school, though I could be wrong
|1 week 4 days ago||You also see the difference||
You also see the difference in speed. The play that almost goes for a safety, has both starting at this same point, and Marshall runs right by McDowell on the way to the QB. McDowell is at most an SDE, probably a DT, and we need WDEs. He may end up a beast, but he's got work to do - that great height will work against him early, as shorter, heavy-bottomed college guards will blow him out of the play if he stands up that much. And again, Michigan has a lot of talent (at least you rankings-wise)at the DT positions.