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|1 week 1 day ago||Taylor did not get first team||
Taylor did not get first team simply because of how horrible the OL unit was and the fact our offense could not run the ball a lick.
But to say he was worse than last year - not even close to the truth. He was at minimum the same level, and i believe moderately better. I believe he is better than Jake Long.
Now, Ryan Shazier is one of the most overhyped, overrated buckeye LB i have seen in quite some time. I just don't get this. The kid has some wheels, but he commonly overpursues, puts himself out of position, and just IMO is not a strong 'wrap up' guy. Matter of fact, the Buckeye defense as a whole was pretty bad this year IMO.
As much as a cant stand sparty, i really like Max. Think he is a very, very good LB. Worlds better than Shazier.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Dont know if it was||
Dont know if it was noticed/mentioned, but did anyone take a look at Hardaway's last game? :)
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Blake has been very up and||
Blake has been very up and down. He makes some great plays ala Marlin Jackson/Leon Hall, but then turns around and gets toasted a few plays later.
Many people will have a perception of Blake being elite because of the INT's, and he is solid indeed, but not elite. He could become elite - he has 2 years left. But in no way is he deserving of the #2 jersey right now.
I do have to say that he at the very least met my expectations (probably slightly exceeded) based on the year he had directly coming off the injury he recovered from. I think he very well may reach that 'elite' status next year. We will have to wait and see.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Smith is the perfect RB to||
Smith is the perfect RB to run behind the offensive line we had and will have next year. Green would have been better running behind what we used to have.
I think eventually we will have a 1-2 punch of Harris and Smith - possibly both on the field at the same time. Our OL should be back to normal by that time also.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||One of the WR's we are||
One of the WR's we are bringing in this year is greatly overrated IMO. However, another is criminally underrated. I think one may have a chance to play right away, but with Darboh coming back from injury, there probably is not huge playing time available.
I thought Chesson was VERY good this year. He exceeded every expectation i ever had of him. Great blocker, very hard to bring down. My perception of him was completely opposite - Speed guy that was easy to arm tackle. And Darboh was ahead of him, so IMO we have 2 young studs to go along with Funchess. Throw Butt out there and we have some HUGE targets next year. We are going to need them because our OLine will be pretty bad yet again.
And fergodsakes, PLEASE start Smith at RB next year! He is heads and shoulders better than Green.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||This is indeed a strange OL||
This is indeed a strange OL year. We have arguably the best pair of Tackles Michigan has ever had. We have the worst interior Michigan has ever had. It still tranlates into the worst line Michigan has ever had (your only as good as your weakest link).
I always want to blame our OL woes on youth - and to be honest, it is a huge part of the problem. But then i think, Harbaugh went to Stanford, which had WAY less to work with than what we have here at Michigan, and turned that OL into a jaugernaught (sp?) overnight.
Fitz is a very, very good running back. He, and no one else, can find any holes. Akron and Uconn DL caved in and destroyed our interior line.
One thing that is grossly overlooked is how good Devin Gardner is. Yesterday i looked up Michigan's historical passing records (per game and by season and by career) and Gardner was very high on all the lists (including first in passing yards in a game) and he hasnt even started for an entire season (yet). To take such a beating, have 3 guys in your face every play, and still put up the production he does is absolutely amazing. With even an average line Gardner has half the INT's and about 8 more TD's.
Point blank, without Gardner this year (if Morris or anyone else had to start) this team isnt .500
This interior OL absolutely stinks, and the coaching decisions have been HIGHLY questionable. I still havent forgiven Hoke for his decision last year vs. Nebraska. And he keeps piling on.
Love the guy - but Michigan is bigger than one person.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Ignore the rankings folks.||
Ignore the rankings folks. Been saying this for a while. Canteen is our top receiver taken last few years. Kids going to be a star.
FWIW, his route running is better than another local who i thought the world of .... Arnett. Arnett was a VERY tough cover. Not sure what is going on with him at MSU, but i think it may have more to do with him than anything else, if you know what i mean.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Hmmmmm||
some people just do not see the big picture. Some just dont get it. here it is in a nutshell.
1) Our interior OLine is horrible. Point blank. There a year away from being average, assuming natural progression. Hopefully that at minimum happens because we lose by far the 2 best on the Oline next year. However, i did expect this unit to struggle, just not this bad.
2) Gardner is much, much beter than he used to be. He definitely has progressed from where he was in high school. I questioned if he would ever start for us when we recruited him. Im proud of how he progressed to be honest. HOWEVER, he still makes some very mistakes like he did in high school, and i guess i should expect that. He has always had some positive qualities (ice viens, strong runner, great leadership, good arm, long strides) but his decision making at times is extremely questionable and he continues to carry the ball like a loaf of break. Nontheless, i dont blame this game on him one bit for reasons which would explode this paragraph another 3 so i wont start. WIthout him, were toast.
3. Fitz is leaps and bounds MUCH better than anyone else. Derrick Green is extremely overrated, so just admit it to your kool aid eyes now, and save yourself the 'next year' greif for the next 3 years. I will say this though, Harris is definitely the real deal - hopefully next year Drake comes back strong, otherwise Smith is probably our best back. But i feel sooo bad for Fitz running behind this interior line.
4. Someone needs to help me in regards to the D-Line. I have no clue. I expected SOOOO much more from it. I really don't know where to start. I expected the line overall, with the constant substitution and fresh body's of high quality players to absolutely dominate Akrons line, expecially late in the game. I won't even pretend to know why this unit has performed so bad, i honestly do not know. Need help on this one, but nonetheless, its been very underwhelming.
5. Punting. Holy crap, i thought this guy was supposed to be as good a punter as Hagerup. Wile has been horrible.
Horrible game, but soo relieved we won. But in regards to a few things, we wont make it to double digit regular season wins. 8/9 wins is where this team is at.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||IMO, its not even close.||
IMO, its not even close. Cole is an absolute stud.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I am currently at work, so||
I am currently at work, so cannot allocate resources to creating a list at the moment, but i will eventually compose one. I absolutely disagree with you though, Saginaw definitely has GR beat (with only 1/3 the population also) as far as prospects. Saginaw has produced some big, big time prospects in both basketball and football. Saginaw High and Saginaw Arthur Hill have produced and continue to produce unbelievable talent year in and year out. Saginaw Heritage maybe a recruit once every 10 years - they are not much of a factor.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||IMO, i do consider him an||
IMO, i do consider him an extremely important get.
Of course Michigan is going to have a great class without him, but he would still be a top 5 guy in their class. He is an absolutely stud at CB, WR and RB, and will easily be the top player in the state.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Are you kidding me? Saginaw||
Are you kidding me? Saginaw indeed is a fertile recruting ground - football and basketball. And within 15 minutes you have Midland and Bay City which chip in decent kid every other year, but Saginaw arguably is the #2 city in our state to pluck athletes out of.
won't even begin to list everyone in football/basketball the last couple decades from here, it would be very lengthy.
But yeah, Saginaw is indeed a stud breeding ground for athletes.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||The thing is Ace, many people||
The thing is Ace, many people either were too young to remember, or not born yet, and vehemently think Braylon is by far the best WR in Michigan football history. Everyone believes the newest, most recent in memory athlete is better than the guy 20, 50 .... years ago.
I don't know how many arguments with fellow Michgian fans i have had attempting to state how much better AC was than Edwards, Howard etc...
The irony of this is, i would argue with anyone that Wheatley was also the best RB ever at Michigan, and a 130 year old man would take my above position, arguing how naive i was that Wheatley was not even close to Willie Heston .... and he would be right.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||reason #1 why i rarely post on here||
too many arrogant smart ass pricks that need to be punched in the face a few times.
Its the main reason UM fans in general get the reputation they do - ruin it for the majority.
Posting on here is like walking on egg shells. Have to re-read your post content and grammar a billion times before hitting submit afraid that the jerkoffs that have nothing better to do than slam other people will rip into you.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan State recruiting exploding!!!!||
MSU is on a roll. They are on the verge of landing the #128 CB in the nation. (Jalen Watts or something like that)
|29 weeks 2 days ago||And Tyrone Wheatley was one||
And Tyrone Wheatley was one of the highest ranked kids recruited .... ever, period.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||This is definitely the||
|29 weeks 2 days ago||This is definitely the||
This is definitely the winning list IMO. Although possibly a slighly different order. Someone on many lists is slightly overrated, and by EOY rankings, it will show.
These 5 are BIG, BIG, BIG time lands, for different and additinoal reasons besides being absolute elite studs.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||you cannot look at it that||
you cannot look at it that way. There are 4 starters in the secondary, Peppers cannot play them all at the same time.
IMO, Webb is probably the top player in the State of MIchigan. I believe he is the most ready to play his position right now. I believe Harris and McDowell have better upside though.
Webb stings a bit. Wish we could flip him but most on here say no chance for whatever reason.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||lol @ scouts||
lol @ scouts headline:
Southfield defensive end Lawrence Marshall came to Ann Arbor this morning - and the Scout300 #89 prospect has just committed to Michigan!
|31 weeks 6 days ago||This brings a smile to my||
This brings a smile to my face. This kid is really, really good. I was ultra bummed when he committed to OSU (just like i was for Webb). Then he was said to be an MSU lean for a while.
Extremely happy if Michigan lands 4 of the big 5.
Think of it, Webb and Marshall were at OSU, Harris was at MSU, and things were starting to dwindle with the stud 5* DT once national powers were aggressively pursuing. It was looking like there was a chance Mich would get shut out for all the blue chippers in Mich at one point. Nice job by the staff.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Watson reminds me of Kenny||
Watson reminds me of Kenny Demens.
Harris actually reminds me of Charles Rogers.
Ways reminds me a little of Savoy but with better straight speed.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||I wouldn't.||
|33 weeks 4 days ago||I realize you can't get them||
I realize you can't get them all, but Marshall and Webb do sting a little. If there was ever a year i would pick to 'wrap up the state', this would be it, because this is probably the most talented year in-state that i can ever remember. I started following recruiting in year 2000.
I would have been estatic if both would have picked us.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||I pretty much share your||
I pretty much share your opinion. Was hoping to land Kates-Diop and Booker.
The one guy i am SUPER high on though is 2 years away - Luke Kennard. I think that kid would be a super in Michigan's system. The guard, Eric Davis of Saginaw, not very impressed by him. Not sure why he is rated as high as he is.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Kovacs put up a 4.58? WOW!||
Kovacs put up a 4.58? WOW! That is blazing for a safety. Impressive.
|41 weeks 11 hours ago||Irvin is the best high school||
Irvin is the best high school basketball player recruited by Michigan in at least the last decade. I thought Trey Burke was grossly underrated and could not fathom how every service not only didnt have Burke in the top 50 (almost every service had him ranked 125th ish and Brundidge higher, sometimes top 100), but how these basketball analysts even have a job. Burkes relentless practing/training is tough to match. The kid practices/trains so hard to get better. He really is one of a kind all the way around, including his Barry Sanders demeanor ont he court. Back to Irvin....
Irvin is a star in the making. He is absolutely phenomenol. Even if everyone stays except Burke, i don't see how Irvin is will be kept from the starting lineup. He is a future NBA'er all the way.
I excpect Walton to be very, very good and to have a season similar to Burke's freshmen year. In the long run, Walton will get as many assists as Burke/Morris, possibly more, but his scoring will not match Burkes.
Walton will definitely carry the high standard of our recent point guards going forward.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||This is a pretty awesome||
This is a pretty awesome post. And equally awesome is one of the reply's thinking your serious!
|42 weeks 4 days ago||MSU loses 2 games in a row,||
MSU loses 2 games in a row, and you think they should only drop from #4 to #5? What are you smoking?
IMO, i was shocked to see MSU still ranked as high as they are! Thoguht they would drop to #10 to #12.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Rivals?||
Rivals? They have 1 midwest analyst (had zero for about a year) and about 17 southeast analysts. They are biased in rankings.
247 has Marshall at #246 overall, #14 sde, #6 in the state of Michigan.
Looking at the kid, he is physically developed, very athletic. This is a kid Michigan definitely wants.
Losing Webb and Marshall to OSU sucked bad. Very glad they lost Marshall. Webb may be the top player in the state (i personally think he is #2, and VERY close to MdDowell for the #1 spot) so i hope Michigan can flip him. He may be the best prospect to come out of Cass Tech in recent years.