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|3 min 59 sec ago||Off the top of my head, I||
Off the top of my head, I think Bolden/Morgan ran a 4.95 and a 5.0 at the pro day.
|5 min 27 sec ago||I wouldn't be surprised at||
I wouldn't be surprised at all if one of those guys ends up elsewhere (at another position or school) for 2017. I just don't see two fifth year seniors wanting to split fullback duties, especially when they were brought in to play TE or DL initially.
|3 hours 32 min ago||I see what you're saying||
I see what you're saying about FB prospects, but I also think some people are missing the appeal of these players because they play an "undesirable" position. Fullback isn't a sexy spot because they don't make big headlines, won't get drafted high, etc.
But Michigan has very, very few options at fullback beyond 2017. I think we can all agree it's an important position for Harbaugh, even more so than it was under Lloyd Carr. However, Bobby Henderson graduates after this year, and the other options are all going to be redshirt juniors this year (Poggi, Hill, Shallman). When Lasater/Mason arrive, they might redshirt for a year while those upperclassmen play out their eligibility; or they might allow guys like Hill (TE) and Poggi (DL) to move back to their more natural positions.
If we look at the position of FB for what it's intended to be, I don't think it's a 6'3", 270 lb. guy like Hill or a 6'4", 260 lb. guy like Poggi (heights/weights are off the top of my head but you get the point). They do have some upside (Hill is a good receiver out of the backfield, Poggi improved significantly as a blocker throughout last season), but neither one is Sione Houma or Owen Marecic.
Players like Mason/Lasater *do* have the potential to be those prototypical fullbacks, and they're both more open to it than someone like, say, Kingston Davis. Meanwhile, you're not going to find many 4- and 5-star fullbacks, so this is how you have to go about getting guys at that position from a recruiting perspective. It's not sexy and doesn't help the star rating average, but it's necessary.
|12 hours 58 min ago||Bolden wasn't a great||
Bolden wasn't a great athlete. He had other issues, too, but running a 5,0 forty after months and years of training isn't very impressive.
|14 hours 36 min ago||We also have few true FB options in the pipeline beyond 2017.||
We also have few true FB options in the pipeline beyond 2017.
|14 hours 38 min ago||We haven't signed a single 2017 prospect yet.||
We haven't signed a single 2017 prospect yet.
|19 hours 40 min ago||Again, tomato, tomahto. I||
Again, tomato, tomahto. I would say it would be "mature" to realize that your new employers possibly/probably want you to handle a question in a certain way. Naive is maybe a slightly better word, but "mature" is arguably accurate as well. I don't think "morals" have much to do with it, because nobody's really claiming it was immoral of him to answer the questions in the manner he did.
It's not a lie to say "I have no comment at this time." As human beings, we're not required to answer every question we're asked.
EDIT: If a reporter asked Tunsil his social security number, it wouldn't be a lie for him not to answer. Lying by omission is an act of leaving out pertinent information while making it seem like you're telling the whole truth.
|20 hours 14 min ago||I heard rumors that he used||
I heard rumors that he used to hang out with Craig James.
|20 hours 15 min ago||Tomato, tomahto. Naive is||
Tomato, tomahto. Naive is perhaps a good word, but NFL players "mature" as they deal more with the press. They give "more mature" answers once they realize the impact of their statements. This is arguably part of that maturation process. I don't think it makes McShay wrong. I just think it's something he probably should have phrased better. If he had sat down to write an article about it, maybe he would chosen different language while sending the same message. As things stand, he's a veteran sports commentator whose words maybe got tangled up on live television. I'm sure we've all said things in person that we wish we could have rephrased, but that's not possible on live TV. (And perhaps the same goes for Tunsil.) I think both guys should be cut some slack.
|20 hours 23 min ago||The NFL looks for athletic||
The NFL looks for athletic freaks at TE in round one. Butt is a very good tight end, but he's not going to stretch defenses vertically or be a huge catch-and-run guy in the NFL. I could see him slipping into the end of the first round for a well established team that's looking to fill a hole, but he's more of a safe pick than the game-changer type that teams want in round one.
|20 hours 29 min ago||I think a lot of those NFL||
I think a lot of those NFL commentators are looking at the situation through the NFL's eyes. If Todd McShay were a college commentator, he may have made a different statement. However, he's evaluating players for the NFL, and you want your players/employees in the NFL to keep things behind closed doors. The next time something personal comes out about a teammate or a coach, do you (the Miami Dolphins) want him to tell the truth? Or do you want him to put the team first and say "No comment" or "I haven't had time to figure out exactly what happened, so I'd like to wait before commenting"? From a P.R. perspective, NFL teams/general managers probably want him to keep his mouth closed when it comes to controversial things like that.
I think that's the point McShay was making, whether it's right or wrong. He just didn't make it very well.
Should the SEC/Ole Miss be criticized? Absolutely. Is McShay the right person to take Ole Miss to task on an NFL Draft broadcast? I'm not so sure.
|20 hours 35 min ago||Maybe I'm wrong, but isn't||
Maybe I'm wrong, but isn't the Justin Fuente power read play in the Ian Boyd article the same one Michigan ran under Al Borges, where the end is being blocked?
|22 hours 52 min ago||(No subject)||
|1 day 55 min ago||Heh. You said P.U.||
Heh. You said P.U.
It's better than Vermont Design University, I guess.
|1 day 56 min ago||This one even has an avatar!||
This one even has an avatar!
|1 day 16 hours ago||I had to go ahead and do a||
I had to go ahead and do a Google image search...
...and all I got was a bunch of pictures of a character from "Falling Skies." Not too offensive.
|1 day 17 hours ago||You have me confused with||
You have me confused with someone else. I've been coaching for a long time.
|1 day 18 hours ago||I guess it depends on your||
I guess it depends on your definition of stars. I'm talking about college stars. Josh King, AJ Epenesa, etc. don't really apply, IMO. The guys who have truly been stars (a few running backs, Dennard, Calhoun, Cook, etc.) have not been from Illinois. Jack Allen was a good center, but not good enough to get drafted. If that's the best Illinois has to offer, then I'm pretty indifferent about Illinois.
|1 day 19 hours ago||http://www.huffingtonpost.com||
It seems like some people at the news agency contacted an intern at the NTSB, who confirmed the names. Then four people got fired once the names turned out to be inaccurate. That's not a great joke to me, but maybe I don't understand humor.
|1 day 19 hours ago||serious question||
What stars has Michigan State recruited from Illinois? I know about the Allen brothers, who are/were decent, but I'm drawing a blank when it comes to other players. Generally, I find talent from Illinois is pretty underwhelming, so I'm wondering who you're thinking of.
|1 day 20 hours ago||No, but we did just offer a||
No, but we did just offer a kid named Juliano Falaniko from American Samoa. He's a 2017 prospect who's committed to USC. He's the first Samoa native that we've offered, AFAIK.
|1 day 20 hours ago||You know, I almost take it as||
You know, I almost take it as a compliment that someone would take a few minutes out of his day to write up a somewhat fabricated story about me that's only slightly related to the topic at hand. It's almost like he's been planning it for some time and couldn't hold himself back any longer.
|1 day 20 hours ago||That's fine. My issue is with||
My issue is with the "If you all knew where he was from, you wouldn't be joking" comment. Many of us do know where he's from. And even so, we don't need to have a moment of silence every time the name "Ben Mason" is mentioned. He's from a town where something bad happened. We get it. It's reminiscent of the "thoughts and prayers" meme:
That's the end of what I have to say on the subject.
|1 day 20 hours ago||The funny thing is that the||
The funny thing is that the only people who refer to me as an "expert" are people trying to drag me down. I don't claim to be anything more than a coach who runs a recruiting site. But don't pretend that I don't do my own writing and analysis, because that's simply untrue. If you don't like the info, then disregard it.
|1 day 21 hours ago||He was the MVP of the||
He was the MVP of the linebacker position.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Right...because 9/11 didn't||
Right...because 9/11 didn't touch New Yorkers' lives.
Regardless, you're missing the point. My comment is about being a downer, saying nobody would be joking if we knew where he was from. So every thread about Ben Mason needs to be devoid of humor and happiness?
|1 day 23 hours ago||Yep. It was part of a bad||
Yep. It was part of a bad joke that was put on the news a couple years ago. I think at least one person got fired for their poor taste in humor.
|1 day 23 hours ago||The topic has been discussed||
The topic has been discussed pretty much whenever Ben Mason is mentioned.
I'm not saying you should feel bad for being ignorant. But I don't know why that topic needs to be dragged into the discussion every time, as if we need to be reminded of a school shooting whenever possible.
Isaiah Wilson is from New York, guys. He might commit to Michigan. But hey, do you remember that whole 9/11 thing?
Jaylon Redd just lit up an iLLSpeed camp. Great prospect. He's from Rancho Cucamonga, which is right next to San Bernardino. You know, SAN BERNARDINO. TERRORISTS.
|2 days 2 min ago||He has some position||
He has some position flexibility, but we are low on fullbacks, and that's an important position in this offense. Khalid Hill and Henry Poggi are somewhat awkward fits and both will be gone relatively soon, and Bobby Henderson is a senior. Shallman hasn't shown much and will also be gone soon. So we need an influx of talent at the FB position.
|2 days 4 min ago||His school has been well||
His school has been well covered. I don't think that's going to surprise many people, let alone change the discussion. I don't know why you're trying to be a downer.