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|5 hours 31 min ago||To Review...||
So the board can review, other notable programs in the mix included:
- Florida State
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- West Virginia
The full list of potential destinations is here - (LINK). It is still early in his recruitment and we are still not excluded by any means, of course, but regardless of circumstances I don't fault a kid who is more or less just getting his driver's license and who has about a quarter of FBS schools offering him for exploring options. He could still be Blue in the end, but wherever he lands, hopefully he lands in the best situation for him.
|7 hours 7 min ago||I Am Reminded...||
This reminds me - has anyone gone up to the broadcast booth to check on Don Criqui? I believe he had been waiting for some signal, and I have to think that if he hasn't seen it by now, then it may never happen. In any case, I would think the weather and Winter Classic preparations have obscured the source of the signal.
|8 hours 54 min ago||All The Same...||
Taylor Lewan really has had a decorated career at Michigan and it is a shame that he didn't make the first team this year. We've been very lucky in the recent past with players who have worn the number 77, of course, and I believe that Lewan has added yet another great story to that number.
|11 hours 40 min ago||Some Stats...||
There are what appear to be reasonably complete stats here at MaxPreps - LINK
This year, he is 167 for 245, good for a 68.2% completion percentage and has thrown for 2,753 yards with 33 TDs and 7 INTs. They give his passer rating as 133, although I would think the NCAA calculation would put these numbers close to 200 (a bit of mental math - could be off), so that must be the NFL calculation.
|13 hours 1 min ago||Thanks For Posting This...||
Thanks for posting this, and indeed, this is an awesome project, a great way to give back and hopefully the effort only expands from here.
Have an excellent holiday season, Vincent.
|13 hours 25 min ago||For Reference...||
For reference because someone might ask, here the link to Rivals' list of current 2014 commits - (HERE)
Long story short, right now we're looking at 2 DBs, 1 DE, 2 DTs, 4 LBs, 2 OLs, 1 QB, 1 TE and 3 WRs in our class as it stands. If I did the database query right, there would be 28 as-yet uncommitted players with at least 3-stars and at least "medium" interest in Michigan.
|15 hours 33 min ago||To Add A Little...||
To provide a few more options to people, Jeremy Fowler at CBS Sports also does a quick-hit type column on changes and what he's heard - (LINK). Among some of the things that get a mention here, ND may have some of its coordinator situation resolved soon and the Florida OC situation supposedly could involve ASU's Mike Norvell. He also talks about why Texas should give Mike Gundy a look and some potential replacements for Rich Ellerson.
|15 hours 56 min ago||The WTKA Interview....||
Just to add a little to this, for those that want to hear the radio interview with Peppers on WTKA (which was recorded yesterday but only aired this morning), it is the second one up on this listing -
|17 hours 2 min ago||His Goals...||
You would want a whole team of people that are willing to work so diligently to earn their time as Jake Butt is doing really, and I did like his goal statement at the end:
“The sky’s the limit,” he said. “One day I hope I can do the whole thing — hand in the ground, the run plays, pass set and continue to run routes, probably get about 260 (pounds), get a lot stronger and then take over the whole tight end position, hopefully.”
The way things seem to be going for Butt between the time he puts into this and everything else, he may very well be doing this very thing at some point.
|17 hours 35 min ago||Internal Belief...||
If the articles from NFL writers over the last few weeks are accurate, it seems like the internal belief for Lions' management is that they have at least most of the horses to be a consistent contender, which to me makes it look as if they are looking at possible leadership changes for the team. However, for the Lions, I believe one would also have to look at the actual management ranks as well for potential changes - as in, Mayhew-level. The Lions bring in new players each year and new staffs periodically through the years and seem to consisently fail to address building a culture of winning, which must involve the folks in Allen Park. Any coach will only do so well in these curcumstances.
|18 hours 13 sec ago||The Variance...||
That's actually more intriguing than the average of 33.8 points. The standard deviation is 16.44 points, so the variance was considerable. Actually, normalizing the values, you find only 2 performances (CMU and Indiana) where we were above the mean by more than 1 standard deviation, as well as two (MSU and Nebraska) were we were more than 1 standard deviation below the mean.
|20 hours 29 min ago||Nice Quote...||
This I find completely believable:
"“The more I see of this kid (Fournette) the more I’m impressed with him. I think whichever college gets him is going to win a national championship while he’s there because Leonard is the type of person that other people gravitate to.’’ - former East Jefferson coach Henry Rando
A wonderful gesture by Fournette indeed. Wherever he lands, a team will indeed get someone who seems to be a winner on and off the field.
|20 hours 43 min ago||Per MGoBlue...||
According to MGoBlue, the only scheduled items for this week were Hoke's presser, which was yesterday and is available here, the bowl practice report (here) and the upcoming episode of Inside Michigan Football. I could be wrong, but I believe that they are normally listed here if they are going to occur.
|20 hours 53 min ago||Nice Try, But...||
Jim Schwartz resigning as Lions HC /s
The tribe seems to have spoken on this one. Kidding aside, it probably doesn't need to exist on the board unless we need a Lions Snowflake Thread of some kind. Actually, for those of us that are Lions fans, this doesn't seem like a bad idea right now....
|1 day 6 hours ago||Comparison Stats For The Board...||
Here are some of the comparison stats via TeamRankings:
|1 day 7 hours ago||The Wanderings...||
There were some rumblings on the Rivals boards that his trip to South Florida went well, in Ward's estimation, even going to far as to call Taggart "a mentor". Penn State supposedly came calling at his school as well. A very bizarre, meandering recruitment indeed.
|1 day 9 hours ago||As I Understand It...||
The committee that selects the teams will also be responsible for seeding them, if I remember correctly. USA Today actually tried to simulate this with their "Football Four" feature this year, and taking the resulys of the championship games into mind, seeded Auburn and FSU #2 an #1 respectively, but theorized that the #2 Auburn would probably play a rematch of the Iron Bowl in the playoff against a #3 Alabama, where as #1 would get #4, or the winner of the BTCG - Michigan State. It seemed like a reasonable projection for this year, if it had happened.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Early Yet, But...||
The "early yet" qualifier would apply here too, but this is how TeamRankings would project some select teams in the Big Ten right now:
Michigan - projected 10-seed, projected record of 18-12, projected probability of bid 67% (9% for automatic bid)
Wisconsin - projected 2-seed, projected record of 25-6, projected probability of bid 99% (17% for automatic bid)
Ohio State - projected 1-seed, projected record of 26-5, projected probability of bid 99% (26% for automatic bid)
Indiana - projected 11-seed, projected record of 21-10, projected probability of bid 53% (7% for automatic bid)
They also give Iowa and Michigan State a 5-seed and 6-seed projection respectively.
|1 day 12 hours ago||I'll Bite...||
It's so hard to know what the actual standards are for Lions' management sometimes. If you believe the numbers, the next three are quite winnable on paper - indeed, by Massey, we're favored tonight and next week and Minnesota shapes up to be a good each way bet. I have to believe that, by now, Schwartz is at least can see hot seat territory from where he is, but that is a relative measurement with each team. Realistically, they could go 2-1 and find a way into the playoffs somehow and - win or lose there (preferrably win) - that might be sufficient for now perhaps. Again, without knowing what the Fords, Mayhew and others are really thinking, it's difficult to be certain - it is actually sort of hard to judge the Lions like you might other teams, I think, due some of the base cultural issues with this team.
|1 day 12 hours ago||The Offer Sheet...||
Much to what the ratings and the film says about this kid, the offer sheet was equally impressive. In addition to Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia, he had Big Ten offers from Wisconsin, Michigan State and Nebraska as well as other schools such as UCLA, Oregon, Florida State and some others of note. When about a quarter of FBS schools are offering, that's not bad.
|1 day 14 hours ago||This Time Last Year...||
Regarding this topic, Seth did a great edition of Hokepoints late last year regarding attrition rates of classes going back to the early 1990s (HERE). What is interesting about this - and I revisit this entry on occasion - is that it seems Michigan classes have been historically quite variable when it comes to attrition rates, but so far there has not been much under Hoke (there were some from the 2011 class).
|1 day 15 hours ago||As An Aside To This....||
A few of the Florida blogs actually seem a little surprised / perplexed by Murphy's announcment that he will transfer, interestingly enough. They cite the idea that the QB job could very well have been Murphy's to lose in 2014, or at worst, he's backing someone who has a very lengthy history of injuries (Driskel, I assume) and probably would start a fair amount anyway. That seems to go back to the possibility that Tyler Murphy was not happy with that situation anyway, given that what they are describing is more or less the 2013 situation.
|1 day 19 hours ago||In Addition....||
Yes indeed. Herm was banned somewhere around the Akron game, as I recall. He also had become combative to the point of getting personally insulting to other bloggers, even telling a few to do things which are quite impossible physically (I'll be polite here). It was time at that point.
|2 days 6 hours ago||NBCSports Piece...||
Here is NBC Sports on the subject - (LINK)
They actually quote the SI article, which already throws out some ideas on a replacement for Ellerson:
"Some names with West Point ties include Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, New York Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica, Vanderbilt defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, UCF offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan."
|2 days 10 hours ago||Some Numbers For The Discussion...||
247Sports had some season stats for Shaun Crawford, incidentally. As a CB, he has 82 tackles with 8 TFL, 2 INTs, 5 pass breakups and 2 forced fumbles as well as 2 fumble recoveries. As a WR, he has 16 receptions for 258 yards and 2 TDs. He has some decent rushing numbers as well - 66 carries, 808 yards and 8 TDs.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Just A Smidge...||
OT - Kirk Cousins drove the field 80 yards for a game tying (almost) touchdown
The tenor of the remarks in this thread makes me think I missed something that has since been deleted, but in any case, the general level of interest in current Spartans is typically pretty low, much less ones that have moved on to the NFL. This thread might be a smidge over the OT line.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Afterwards...||
He looked pretty dejected walking back to the sideline, from most accounts, and I do feel bad for him being that close. Unfortunate ending (on a good defensive play) aside, the 25-yard run brought back some pretty nice memories of similar runs, many with excellent results.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Even Better...||
To add to that, Woodson has actually said in interviews on a few occasions that he enjoys Peppers' bravado and was impressed by it. Actually, he mentioned it at this year's Mott Takeover. If the Woodson himself is enjoying it, somehow it is doubly awesome.
|2 days 10 hours ago||The Future Of Texas...||
USA Today has their own idea for the future of Texas here (LINK)
At the top of their list, perhaps not without surprise because he is most familiar with the region, is Mike Gundy. I don't know what it would take to get him away from Oklahoma State, but he did listen to Tennessee, so perhaps he would listen to Texas. Who knows.
They also list Jimbo Fisher, Gus Malzahn, Charlie Strong and - interestingly - Mark Dantonio. The author here considers Dantonio a dark horse but worth consideration, saying:
"If not as big-time as Saban, not as trendy as Fisher, not as local as Gundy or as explosive as Malzahn, Dantonio would put the bread and butter back in Texas football."
|2 days 19 hours ago||Getting An Early Start...||
I put a little Bailey's in the coffee this morning to take the edge of yet another round of shoveling the snow. It also helps me feel less irritated about having to dig out the end of the driveway now the the inevitable has happened and the city has plowed me in.