“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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|2 hours 2 min ago||Some Highlights...||
Here are some sophomore highlights...
|4 hours 13 min ago||This Right Here...||
Like some, I sort of had this quizzical look when I saw the title of this thread, but that's sort of where Thomas is going with this if you read the full Plain Dealer article. Here's where I think he starts to flesh out his idea a bit, if you will:
"I think it's that attitude and that swagger that demands respect. And, he also goes and backs it up out on the field. He throws the ball to the right person. He's doing things and getting everybody on the same page. That's just as much the role of a quarterback as throwing touchdown passes."
If it were meant to be a straight comparison complete with in-game performance and stats, then...yeah...
|7 hours 5 sec ago||Hard To Say...||
It's hard to really say what any of it means for the offensive considering that inside zone blocking is part of the package that comes with inside zone running, or I believe the two come as a set. To that end, it probably doesn't say anything about Kugler and might say that, in the experimentation that they've undoubtedly done to date, they like Glasgow's size and footwork better at center (Kugler might still be #2 for all we know). It will be interesting to see what the "depth chart" for the offensive line (which may or may not be the depth chart for the offensive line) looks like going into the week of Appalachian State, that's for sure.
|8 hours 57 min ago||Good Work...||
Good work! I don't know if you calculated it, but I would be curious to know the R-squared values for both the correlation between upper- and underclassmen percentage and overall winning percentage. I expect that you have some interesting evidence to support the "youth" aspect of last year's performance (surely a dynamic issue) which some (a seemingly vocal but small minority) seem to dismiss very easily.
|9 hours 1 min ago||Other Offers Included...||
Asmar Bilal has a rather long list of offers, now that I look at 247Sports.
Among his current Big Ten offers outside of Michigan, there is Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin and although no offer, there might have been some nominal interest from Purdue. Outside of the Big Ten, there is Duke, Kentucky, Lousiville, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Western Michigan (as an interesting outlier), plus a few others.
|12 hours 22 min ago||If I Understand...||
I believe I see where the OP is coming from here and I tend to agree at present. While I believe a good performance this year is important for maintaining some of the recruiting momentum as well as for other reasons, I wouldn't think that Brady Hoke is on the "hot seat" by even most media standards. The person whose evaluation would make the determination, if you will, has said that he is not even in the same neighborhood right now as the so-called "hot seat", so that's perhaps the word we must accept right now. So, to answer - is there drama being created around Michigan where there likely is none? I would say, right now, "yes".
|21 hours 17 min ago||Interesting Development...||
I don't have much doubt that Donald Sterling would mount an appeal, but the fact that the order states that Shelly Sterling can proceed with the sale with no delay pretty much regardless of what her husband tries makes me think that this might have been the final obstacle. Especially in light of some of the stern warnings given by certain personnel should the name Sterling remain associated with the team longer than absolutely necessary, if you will, I am thinking that the attempt to offload the Clippers is a relatively quick one.
|1 day 24 min ago||Speaking Of That...||
It's strange that you bring up this name, because I was talking to someone here in the conference room earlier about Michigan players that have played for the Pistons at some point or another and Hardy's name came up. I think Phil Hubbard played for Detroit for about 30 minutes (i.e., less than a season) in the early 1980s as well. In any case, I couldn't find any video clear enough to post, but bits and pieces of Hardy's dunking prowess were on YouTube as well as enshrined in scanned copies of the Daily from the late 1970s. If I find gold later, I can post it.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Customize It...||
Things actually get intriguing when you play around with the customized search. I selected "Midwest" and "20,000+" and left GPA and acceptance rate alone. The top schools given the criteria were:
76) Purdue - Main Campus
76) apparently, Purdue ties with Illinois - Champaign-Urbana
86) Iowa State
99) Wisconsin - Madison
Farther down that same list, MSU, OSU, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota and Missouri in that order. After Missouri, which is #189, the criteria do not match again until Cincinnati at #372.
|1 day 5 hours ago||I Believe...||
I believe this is the correct still shot anyway...
|1 day 5 hours ago||Where He Is Now...||
Like others, I would agree that if not for the injury, Ryan is probably in the discussion for being somewhere in the upper half of this list simply because he has shown that he is an excellent linebacker.
I am pretty confident in the switch to MLB though because I think Ryan is what yuo would perhaps want there in the new alignment, so it will be interesting to see if this is perhaps a case of Ryan being underrated on this particular list, I would think.
However, considering that there might be perhaps 10-15 Big Ten players (guessing, of course) on the list, it's a relatively high compliment from this standpoint.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Thanks For Sharing...||
I'll probably tune in and listen at some point today since it is me and one other person in a conference room with laptops doing the coordination of evaluation teams for this part of the territory, so thanks for the heads up. That being said, I think they needed to put Hazell and Beckman back to back and then make that the lunch break but allow them to continue speaking all the same.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Due To Lack Of Sleep...||
Well, it's hard to be pumped when you've barely slept (storms do that for me, as I live with their aftermath here), but I would say that I am at least optimistic that this year will begin an upward trend both in record and in the technical aspects as well. Actually, if the transition to inside zone goes as well as some have predicted, then between that and the switch to a 4-3 Over (which I think puts some players in a better position to succeed given the talent we have), I think there's reason to be optimistic definitely.
|2 days 16 min ago||The Best Thing...||
The best part about this, as others have already alluded to, is that recruits in other sports for which the BBQ is not specifically aimed still commit on the weekend of the BBQ. That is what you call recruiting momentum, I would think. That being said, welcome to Ann Arbor, Jack Bredeson!
|2 days 5 hours ago||Only Made Better...||
This would perhaps only be made better if he did a few go-arounds around and above Ann Arbor in a maize and blue wingsuit. I think that would complete the picture, and it probably would be a pretty cool and unexpected addition to the BBQ. Of course, not informing the school of one's intentions beforehand might lead to a mixed response, but caution to the wind, eh?
|2 days 8 hours ago||Interesting Thought There...||
"Michigan says it wants to start him out at nickel corner, but both Hoke and Mattison have also said they're going to put Peppers wherever they need the most help in the back end."
Specifically, the article mentions free safety as a possible place for Peppers to start at the present time with Countess maybe being the nickel corner. I was admittedly intrigued by that as it seems like it would provide a boost to pass defense, which was middling last year. I like the idea of Peppers' speed back there, although I would think CB is his ultimte destination. It will be interesting to see Mattison and Hoke experiment with the backfield in camp, that's for sure.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Nice Read...||
It has been great to watch the approach of commits actively talking to and selling Michigan to potential recruits, especially when it seems to aid in success as it has with Brian Cole. I don't know that this same sort of thing happens or reaches the level of maturity that it has if this staff didn't create the family-style atmosphere that they have in Ann Arbor. I know we, as a group, are perhaps mostly in agreement that a good season this year is essential to sustaining that sort of recruiting momentum, but the culture of this program definitely does not hurt our chances with any given player.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Quiet Night Before Storms...||
We're supposed to get the shitty weather tomorrow here in the Detroit area, so that will be fun as I sit around in the afternoon listening to my phone and pager go off with all sorts of alerts and warnings. For the moment, however, it's a Barefoot Riesling and my laptop on the back porch watching the fireflies put on a rather nice display out in the backyard. In the distance, I can hear the dude from the thrift shop around the corner picking up the last of the furniture I placed on the curb this afternoon - our renovations / modernizations keep him in business apparently.
|3 days 15 min ago||Additionally...||
I could be wrong about this, but wasn't his visit to USC just within the past day or so, perhaps even yesterday? If that is the case, it could very well be post-visit "wow", if you will, but I suppose we won't really know for some time more than likely. As people have said, there's time yet definitely to see what ultimately happens.
|3 days 26 min ago||Seems Like A Good Line...||
I don't have the historic data for the other BBQs, but something tells me that 2.5 is probably a pretty good line for this particular event. My recollections of others, which could always be skewed, make me think that we usually end up with 2-3 either at the BBQ or following it. This year, I am going to optimistically go with the over if we include residual commitments.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Luck Indeed...||
I have always held the view that luck is simply "probability taken personally", as it was once put to me. It always seems like there are a fair number of people that claim there is a predictability to the unpredictable, an error in reasoning which is sort of central to the gambler's fallacy.
I have also observed people who seem to believe in "luck" also erroneously try to causally connect events which occur in sequence, something which may or may not be true but when dealing with random events - like rolling dice in craps - your roll of a six did not cause your roll of the eight on your next turn.
I've also seen people attribute "luck" simply to things which are beyond their control, like a condition or place of birth, which always makes me wonder why one would use the word at all then except for its accepted literary value in such descriptions.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Good News Indeed...||
Well, I was hoping to be rewarded with good news after nearly three hours of assembling furniture from Target and having to use some of my own screws in the process because I personally can't have nice things. It is great, however, to see that Michigan can have nice things - welcome to Michigan, Brian Cole!
|3 days 5 hours ago||Nice Read...||
While Ross is a sound tackler with solid athleticism, he's a bit on the slim side at 227 pounds. In the past, Mattison has used Ryan (and often Beyer and Cam Gordon in this spot) and put them on the line in pass-rush situations to help get pressure on the quarterback.
It might be just me, but I sort of like the idea of Ross as an SLB in the 4-3 Over that they are supposedly going to run here with Ryan handling things up the middle. As I understand it, you basically look to the MLB in the 4-3 Over to stop inside plays with a secondary responsibility to scrape to the outside when needed. I can see Ryan excelling in such a situation. In pass defense, I think you want your best LB on short to midrange stuff too. To me, this theoretically sets up well.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Embed Of The Vine...||
....and the point of Rayburn's existence, summarized in one attempt at throwing:
|3 days 20 hours ago||Between This And The Tigers...||
Although I removed the old iron cage which used to surround the fire pit and made it a more natural pit, I did actually burn some branches and miscellaneous lawn waste in there this evening and did so with an Angry Orchard Crisp Apple in hand. Eventually, I will have enough ashes that my gardens will be....well...probably be covered in soot at the first decent wind.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Paul's Boutique...||
I am going to admit that sometimes this particular Beastie Boys album is in the mix for my commute music, and while my commute is only about nine miles, I will say that "Johnny Ryall" among other songs is not the worst way to wake up when you're pretty sure that you've not had enough coffee. I think this was the first album from their post Def Jam era too, although I might be wrong there.
|3 days 23 hours ago||The Colbert Piece...||
I'll embed the Colbert piece....it's hilarious....
|4 days 3 hours ago||I Had Thought...||
I had thought that Patrick Beilein had interviewed for the Marist job too sometime last month as well, so it has been nice to see the apples not falling too far from the tree, as they say. Working with Trey is definite bonus though - best of luck to him on the start of the NBA leg of his career.
|4 days 5 hours ago||That Was A Good One...||
Actually, for history's sake, let's embed this one here -
|4 days 5 hours ago||Minor Additions...||
I believe that Strong dismissed two additional players during the Longhorns' spring session as well, which would up the total to seven dismissals since he took over. In addition, BurntOrangeNation mentioned that Overstreet and Collins are repeat offenders when it comes to whatever rule was indeed violated, so there is that as well.