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|4 hours 55 min ago||I'm not sure what you||
I'm not sure what you mean.
I'm saying I doubt he ends up at Michigan.
|5 hours 41 min ago||I like Stevenson's game, but||
I like Stevenson's game, but if we took him (and I doubt we will), we would certainly have a lot of scholarships tied up in the offensive backfield. We have all the running backs currently on the roster (zero of whom are seniors), three guys committed for 2016, a bunch of quarterbacks on the roster, and two more quarterbacks coming in 2016.
|5 hours 43 min ago||One of the reasons Gary||
One of the reasons Gary Anderson left Wisconsin for Oregon State was the fact that Wisconsin has some funky admissions standards. So yeah, I think it's Wisconsin-specific.
|5 hours 48 min ago||I think Nauta is the superior||
I think Nauta is the superior overall player. Georgia doesn't have a great history of producing tight ends, but I think that's where he's probably looking to go. I think he would be better off at Michigan.
Frankly, I don't see Upshur and Nauta playing the same position (Nauta is more of a Y, while Upshur is more of an H), but I'm not totally up to date on FSU's recruiting strategy, the number of spots they have, etc. I think those two could have coexisted at FSU.
|5 hours 52 min ago||I don't think there's room||
I don't think there's room for three tight ends.
|5 hours 58 min ago||I don't think he would have||
I don't think he would have had much of a role outside of special teams, no. I think he *could* have a bigger role than he had under Hoke, but I just don't think Harbaugh is the guy to take advantage of a guy like Norfleet. I think Norfleet would have been able to make more of his offensive skills if he went to a spread team like WVU, where they use bubble screens, touch passes, etc.
|6 hours 3 min ago||It's not misleading unless||
It's not misleading unless you're looking for a reason to argue against it.
Mike Hart is our all-time leading rusher. I rarely see anyone saying, "Yeah, but that's only because he had almost 100 more carries than Anthony Thomas." Braylon Edwards is our all-time leading receiver, but I rarely see anyone saying, "Yeah, but he had 91 more catches than Anthony Carter."
Being an all-time leader in a category is often a function of attempts. It doesn't mean that the all-time leader is the best (I'll take Barry Sanders over Emmitt Smith, even though Smith had more yards), but it is indicative of talent, consistency, durability, and/or other qualities.
|6 hours 11 min ago||"He's too small, not nearly||
"He's too small, not nearly fast enough to make an impact in a P5 conference."
I'm not saying he's great, but he is our all-time leading kickoff returner. I'd say that's "making an impact in a P5 conference." He has also averaged 8.7 yards/carry during his career and 7.5 yards/catch. I would say the fact that we're even having a conversation about this means he "made an impact."
|15 hours 15 min ago||And he's our all-time leading||
And he's our all-time leading kick returner with the #14 overall kickoff return average.
|15 hours 34 min ago||It wasn't on punt returns. It||
It wasn't on punt returns. It was on punts (aka punt coverage) when we were missing someone. If it was Norfleet's job to count as a returner, then why would he have been on the field when Utah returned a punt for a touchdown?
|15 hours 35 min ago||Well, he does have a learning||
Well, he does have a learning disability.
|16 hours 3 min ago||Probably not, though.||
Probably not, though.
|16 hours 55 min ago||What about a DUI...twice? I||
What about a DUI...twice? I mean, I think it's pretty dumb to be drunk and get behind the wheel of a several thousand pound box of metal once, let alone twice, when your judgment is impaired by substances.
|1 day 2 hours ago||It will happen when it||
It will happen when it happens. People were worried about the 2016 class until June when Michigan got 14 commits, IIRC. There really aren't that many 2017 kids who have already committed, at least not compared to the fact that we've offered ~103 players.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Corley is a player. I would||
Corley is a player. I would rather get him than Ahmir Mitchell. I do still like Mitchell, but Corley runs pretty good routes, has really good hands, etc. Corley is a "sure thing" in the sense that he can play at this level and succeed, IMO. Mitchell is a guy who might end up being too big to play WR and end up as a tweener like Ricardo Miller, or maybe he'll grow into an outside linebacker.
|1 day 2 hours ago||I don't really see Corley as||
I don't really see Corley as a slot guy. He's more of a flanker, IMO.
|1 day 2 hours ago||I think one of Corley's big||
I think one of Corley's big issues with Michigan is that it took so long for him to get an offer. And then it didn't help that we were recruiting some other guys harder.
|1 day 2 hours ago||I don't know about Valiant,||
I don't know about Valiant, but we did offer Daevon Vigilant...
|1 day 10 hours ago||August 1, 2015 will be the||
August 1, 2015 will be the first annual Rich Rodriguez Appreciation Day in Ann Arbor.
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|2 days 3 hours ago||Stephen Hopkins was under 200||
Stephen Hopkins was under 200 lbs.? Wow. He really had me fooled.
Forcier was listed at 6'1".
Cam Gordon moved from safety to linebacker under Rich Rodriguez.
Justin Turner was over 6'2" as a corner. Cullen Christian was 6'0". Demar Dorsey was 6'1".
Jerald Robinson was 6'2". Ricardo Miller was 6'4."
(This is not to imply that all of these players panned out, but it's simply not true that he didn't recruit players with size.)
|2 days 6 hours ago||What does Ryan Mallett have||
What does Ryan Mallett have to do with anything? He was on his way out of town regardless. That's like saying Rodriguez should have won more because of Mario Manningham.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Uh-oh. That means we're in||
Uh-oh. That means we're in trouble against BYU.
|2 days 7 hours ago||He says he's 100% solid to||
He says he's 100% solid to Penn State, but I don't believe that. From what I gather, he's basically got a top three of Penn State, Michigan State, and Michigan in that order. I do think Michigan is an option, but I'm not sure if the coaching staff will continue to push for him.
|2 days 12 hours ago||*3-8||
|2 days 13 hours ago||That loss was not nearly as||
That loss was not nearly as bad as the loss to Appalachian State. We were expecting to be national championship contenders in 2007, and we lost to an FCS team. Regardless of what expectations were for 2008, it was a bad team without much talent that (if you subtract the Toledo loss) was still 3-7. Only six players accounted for more than 100 yards of total offense, nobody rushed for more than 533 yards, and nobody caught more than 433 yards of receptions.
I shrug my shoulders at the Toledo loss. It was a bad loss in Michigan's worst season during my lifetime. The loss to Appalachian State is widely regarded as one of the biggest upsets in college football history.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Are you sure?||
Are you sure?
|2 days 14 hours ago||As long as we're listing all||
As long as we're listing all the bad things (and only allowing one good thing to be noted), I'll toss in a few to balance it out:
He also recruited Taylor Lewan, Michael Schofield, Jake Ryan, Jeremy Gallon, Desmond Morgan, and Devin Gardner, among others. He developed David Molk on his way to winning the Rimington (after Rodriguez left). He helped develop Brandon Graham into a 1st round pick. He increased the win totals by 2 games each year and built the foundation for Brady Hoke's 11-2, Sugar Bowl-winning season.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Yes, I did hear. I know it||
Yes, I did hear. I know it sounds like a cop-out, but it's not really something that I feel like airing publicly. It's not anything terrible, but it hasn't really been well documented.
|2 days 15 hours ago||They probably should, but I||
They probably should, but I think they come up against some teams that are a little more disciplined in the state championship games. The last two years, they've lost to Saline and Novi Catholic Central, two pretty good teams who are fundamentally sound, though not as athletic. There's more to being a championship football team than having the best athletes, which is why Northwestern, Purdue, and others have been able to compete in the Big Ten at various times.
|2 days 16 hours ago||James Ross is a fourth-year||
James Ross is a fourth-year senior, so I don't think trying out will be an issue.
Cass Tech is more talented than OLSM, and it's probably not even close. Off the top of my head, they have Peoples-Jones, Vance, Onwenu, Kelly-Powell, Jordan Reid, Tim Walton, Donovan Johnson, Kalon Gervin, Dwight Blakey, Taeshon Trotter, Edrick Matthews, DeAndre Square, Xavier Goldsmith, and probably others I'm forgetting with FBS offers.