“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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|19 weeks 2 days ago||The sandbagging is getting||
The sandbagging is getting intense. We have just as much to lose, just as much to gain. The last victor gets the bragging rights; otherwise, you're just as pathetic as Ohio State bringing up football season to ease the pain.
|20 weeks 10 hours ago||Thanks for this discussion. I||
Thanks for this discussion. I love looking ahead, even while enjoying another March. A few randomly ordered thoughts:
-I think Mitch could be tempted to jump due to age. Even as a second rounder, he starts his NBA clock sooner, which gets him to a potential second contract sooner. If he's healthy enough for pre-draft workouts, he could even end up as the ideal candidate for a team like the Spurs late in the first.
-I disagree that we need to hit a home run with PG in 2015. PG is a luxury until the 2016 class due to the depth on the roster. To get a true blue chip point, they will likely need to see a faster path to playing time than a potential Jr. Walton/Sr. Spike depth chart. Of course, things change. Walton could make the leap in year 2. And Michigan is still recruiting Brunson, even if (according to Sam Webb) they've slowed their recruitment of other 2015 points.
-Completely agree that we need a talented big in 2015. I hope Diamond Stone has continued to watch closely after his visit last year, because there's an opportunity for quick playing time here.
-I have to think that Nik is gone. His draft stock will likely never be higher, and I don't think we can discount the impact of seeing Glenn and Mitch come back, only to have their draft stock fall. We should enjoy every one of these last 9 games ;)
|25 weeks 6 days ago||In general, I roll my eyes at||
In general, I roll my eyes at about 90% of references to "Michigan Men" made on WTKA and elsewhere. The phrase obviously had meaning at some point, and there are obvious exceptions where that meaning holds true - the work with Mott sticks out.
But the phrase now more than ever seems to be a bit pro forma, based more upon performance on the field or star rating of a recent recruit.
Regardless of what the title means anymore, if the allegations here are true, then more than one person should give up their claim to it.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Bullets||
In additon to the other quotes mentioned, I found these interesting:
--Philosophy is to put playmakers in the best positions to succeed.
--Will run the ball;
--His philosophy is consistent with that of Hoke or else he wouldn't be here;
--Could see drastically different formations from week to week, depending upon what is best against a particular D;
--Need to put QBs in as close to game situations as possible before Saturdays;
--Players need to be self-starters off the field given the limitations on time with coaches;
--Minimize penalties on offense and negative plays - no presnap penalies, loss of yardage plays, sacks;
--Impressed with the young talent on the roster;
--Green, Dawson, Morris called out specifically as examples of the talent on the team that he recruited at Bama.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||I think the assumption is||
I think the assumption is that Fitzgerald is purple 'til he retires, but I'll be interested to see what happens if UT or USC backs a armored truck up to Bill O'Brien after another successful season at PSU. Either one of those athletic departments could absorb his buyout without a second thought. And - despite his sentimental spot in Happy Valley - I think he'd be crazy not to at least consider a chance at college football royalty.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Absolutely. I'm hoping that||
Absolutely. I'm hoping that once Funchess gets healthy, he can serve as the complement to Gallon. That said, it's pretty impressive to see Chesson's downfield blocking. If he's not yet a viable receiving threat, at least he's still looking for ways to contribute.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Smith||
De'Veon has now come in for some serious praise in the MGo-Preview materials, highlighted by Brian's prediction that he'll be the #2 back by the end of the season (but also in Ace's predictions above).
Is there recent insider scuttlebutt that suggests that he has been more impressive than Green or Johnson, or is this just an appreciation for Smith's game? (Interesting take either way; just wondering if I have missed something insidery.)
|49 weeks 1 day ago||I'm listening on my iPhone||
I'm listening on my iPhone right now using the Downcast app. Pretty easy to subscribe using the wtka podcast URL.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Wow... Make sure to listen to||
Wow... Make sure to listen to the podcasts if you get the chance. There is a great deal of inside information being discussed during these interviews with the coaches today, including breakdowns of Bryant's play this fall, Avery's swap, the growth of the linebackers, etc.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Re: SAM||
Sam Webb, during today's recruiting roundup, attributed the recent recruitment of several SAM-types to information that has not yet been made public. (I'm paraphrasing.)
That would seem to indicate that there is something attrition-related afoot, rather than a sudden identification of need.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I now look forward to||
I now look forward to Borges's presser as much as any other post during the week.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Brian has done a lot of||
Brian has done a lot of things right with this blog, but this may be my favorite. Thanks to all involved for bringing back an underrated piece of past gameday experiences.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Jebus, the content this week...||
|2 years 5 days ago||Hello: Ross Douglas, per||
Hello: Ross Douglas, per Bill Greene on Twitter
|2 years 5 days ago||Very interesting that his||
Very interesting that his Scout profile lists interest in Michigan as "high," while everyone else is at "medium." This leads me to believe that it is based upon more than just the offer status and visit schedule.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||OT Taylor Decker||
He was previously an ND verbal and now listed as an OSU commit on Scout. I wonder how this impacts Diamond's decision.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Speaking of Brandon Graham...||
Speaking of Brandon Graham, I thought this Twitter exchange from immediately after the game was very interesting:
scbr3 (Stevie Brown): @BGraham54 y couldn't Hoke come when we were still there bra
BGraham54 (Brandon Graham): @scbr3 yeah I know man I'm sick
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Best recruit since Jerod Ward in 1994.||
There are programs that recruit well but don't develop players during their time on campus. There are programs that develop players in good college players, but don't bring in the big time recruits and are eventually exposed. With Beilein and this staff, M has the chance to become one of those teams that both recruits high level players and maximizes their potential. This is BIG.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||I don't think we'd need||
I don't think he would necessarily need to see another commit for the depth chart to give him trouble. Michigan has got two of the top tackles (Manguson and Kalis, even if he projects at guard), an in-state sleeper like Braden, and -- if rumors are true -- one or two more OL coming in for this class. I think Elmer (and Diamond, for that matter) are looking for opportunities to play early.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||I guess I can understand it||
I guess I can understand it somewhat. With the OL class in 2012, he was facing stiff competition to see the field early. Tough to lose him, but I'd rather he leave the state if he isn't going blue.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||"Did I hit somebody? Did I||
"Did I hit somebody? Did I strike somebody?" is just as ridiculous a statement as "Everybody murders."
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Counter-programming to||
Counter-programming to Brian's appearance on WTKA, obviously.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Serious question for anyone||
Serious question for anyone who listens to Michigan Insider on WTKA:
At the 12:29 mark of that clip, is that frequent caller Dennis? If so, he's either a) not putting on an act when he calls in, or b) been in character for over 35 years.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Meridian Pint or RedRocks on||
Meridian Pint or RedRocks on 11th Street in Columbia Heights. It shouldn't be more than a 10 minute cab ride, and you'll get to experience a part of DC that isn't normally frequented by out-of-towers. Meridian Pint is high end bar food and great beers. RedRocks pizza is very good.
Afterwards, walk two blocks south for a beer on the patio at Wonderland Ballroom.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Now a fun one...||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Feels good to see Michigan||
Feels good to see Michigan listed in that group. As a reminder, a quote from Sam's article a week ago:
|2 years 51 weeks ago||I have no problem with the||
I have no problem with the staff choosing Pipkins over Schutt, if that's indeed what happened. While it may be a nice confirmatory measure, I sure hope the staff doesn't recruit based upon a third party star system. Besides, the two are ranked so close that placing one over the other is likely subjective anyway. The unfortunate consequence is that Schutt could end up at Penn State or Wisconsin.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Six Zero better get to work...||
He may need to photoshop in another 'head asplode' next to JH.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||And then he created...||
And then He created a Denard, Hart, Arnett, Watkins, and Roundtree starting lineup for the Alabama game.
And it was good.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Slight correction...||
M-Wolverine is right that Sam stood by his gut feeling; however, Sam stated that he had not spoken to Dee yesterday or today. Sam mentioned that the Orlando Sentinel article had no impact on his gut feeling and that he would stand firm to his thoughts unless he heard it directly from Dee.