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|8 hours 55 min ago||Detroit is Fred Jackson's||
Detroit is Fred Jackson's recruiting area. Mattison recruits mostly in Ohio and Texas, I believe, and Roy Manning handles the East Coast.
|8 hours 55 min ago||Jackson also recruits down||
Jackson also recruits down south in Louisiana.
|9 hours 16 min ago||I have to say that I thought||
I have to say that I thought Taylor Lewan took a slight step backward this year. I'm really not surprised that he's Second Team. I mean, I watched Michigan football a lot this year, and I didn't watch anybody else nearly as much, so I don't know who deserves to be ahead of him. Maybe nobody. But I just didn't think Lewan was up to par with his 2012 season.
|10 hours 18 min ago||It would be a prima donna||
It would be a prima donna reason if that's why he refused to go to an NFL team that drafted him and was going to pay him millions of dollars.
It's not a prima donna reason when he has his choice of schools to attend all around the country.
Personally, I think you're a prima donna for choosing the free Bahamian cruise as opposed to the free Alaskan cruise. Why would you want to go hang out with girls in bikinis and bask in the sunshine when you can bundle up and walk on an iceberg?
(That last scenario is made up, in case you were wondering.)
|10 hours 26 min ago||*sigh*||
Most teams don't have dedicated QB coaches.
Also, Logan Thomas completed 57% of his passes for 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this year.
Also also, Loeffler has been an offensive coordinator AND quarterback coach for the past three seasons, so I doubt he's interested in coming to Michigan...unless he can be the offensive coordinator AND quarterback coach.
|10 hours 33 min ago||If I'm figuring correctly, we||
If I'm figuring correctly, we won't be able to backdate any of the early enrollees this year. They'll all count toward the 2014 class.
|10 hours 35 min ago||I don't know if we really||
I don't know if we really lack players at the position. We lack a proven guy. The guys we have on the roster for defensive tackle (or maybe 5-tech) are Pipkins, Ash, Pallante, Mone, Henry, Godin, Glasgow, Hurst, Poggi, Strobel, and Wormley. Maybe I'm forgetting someone. That's eleven guys for those two spots, plus a couple guys who can play the 5. I don't think that's too bad. Pipkins, Ash, Mone, Henry, Hurst, and maybe Poggi can play the nose. It's just a matter of getting Pipkins healthy, but honestly, I think we would be okay with Henry as the starting nose tackle if we can find somebody to give him a breather.
|12 hours 57 min ago||Ah...didn't realize it was||
Ah...didn't realize it was sarcasm...
|12 hours 59 min ago||The problem with that theory||
The problem with that theory is that you'd be blaming poor offensive line play on a lack of numbers. If you can't find a decent offensive line among 15 five- and four-stars (okay, and a couple three-stars), then the problem is clearly the coaching.
It's not about numbers. It's about experience and development.
|13 hours 34 min ago||With QB and RB, yes. Four to||
With QB and RB, yes. Four to five offensive linemen could be overkill. I think it's probably closer to 3-4. Those guys are interchangeable so it just kind of depends on attrition.
|13 hours 41 min ago||The class of 2015 is||
The class of 2015 is scheduled to be at 13, which is right about where this recruiting cycle started before there was a little attrition. So we'll probably have similar sized recruiting classes in both 2014 and 2015.
|13 hours 43 min ago||First of all, I don't think||
First of all, I don't think the guys already on the roster are exactly what they want. Secondly, I don't really think McMillian is a quarterback. He might be a guy you put in there in Wildcat types of packages, but I just don't see him as the future at QB. He's probably better off at RB, WR, or S.
|13 hours 52 min ago||Coaches generally want to||
Coaches generally want to have 13-15 linemen on the roster every year. Michigan has 15 scheduled to be on the roster in 2014, plus 1 already in the fold for 2015 (and nobody graduating after 2014). That puts us at least at 16, plus potentially another guy like Sterling Jenkins, which puts us at 17. Granted, there will probably be some attrition at some point in there, but we're getting to the point where taking linemen would be overkill.
I think we should go for a RB, maybe a QB, and a "best available player" if possible.
|13 hours 51 min ago||Yeah...what we need is||
Yeah...what we need is another small running back that the coaches can move to slot receiver and rarely use. That's the ticket!
|13 hours 57 min ago||If we're going by open||
If we're going by open scholarships and seniors graduating, this class has spots for 16 players. We currently have 16 commitments. So "technically" there are zero spots remaining.
The question about secret, last-minute flips always bugs me because if we knew about them in mid-December, they wouldn't be secret, last-minute flips. We didn't know about Roy Roundtree, Willie Henry, Tamani Carter, Dennis Norfleet, etc. in December of their respective years, so I'm not sure why this question gets raised.
|16 hours 10 min ago||I think Darius Slade had MSU||
I think Darius Slade had MSU as a finalist, but I don't think he was ever committed to them.
|16 hours 40 min ago||Your avatar picture is||
Your avatar picture is cropped poorly. There's one extra pixel of background next to your left ear that I don't like. Why don't you just go back where you came from?
|17 hours 19 min ago||It also decreases our chances||
It also decreases our chances of getting productive players at other positions.
You're right that there's no indication that all the freshmen, redshirt freshmen, and walk-ons will be superstars someday. How dare they not show up on campus with the perfect musculature, weight, footwork, technique, and strength to succeed in big-time college football!
|17 hours 41 min ago||Durkin is 6'4", 234 lbs.||
Durkin is 6'4", 234 lbs.
|17 hours 43 min ago||Logan Thomas was Jim||
Logan Thomas was Jim Druckenmiller's backup.
|17 hours 44 min ago||The other QB in Virginia||
The other QB in Virginia Tech's 2014 class is Andrew Ford, who was Adam Breneman's quarterback in high school. I remember Michigan being in touch with Ford a little bit before they settled on Speight, and Ford's kind of a soft-tossing lefty. Durkin definitely has a chance to pass him up.
|17 hours 48 min ago||Logan Thomas is done after||
Logan Thomas is done after this season.
|17 hours 49 min ago||It's tough to be picky when||
It's tough to be picky when you go 1-11.
|17 hours 51 min ago||The younger son is in the||
The younger son is in the class of 2016, so that would take Fred Jackson up through 2019 or 2020. I don't think Jackson will or should go anywhere this offseason, but I don't see him lasting that long.
|18 hours 42 min ago||I just don't understand your||
I just don't understand your rationale for throwing poop at the wall to see what sticks. That doesn't make sense to me, and I'm guessing it doesn't make sense to the coaches. The offensive line was poor this year largely because of youth, not because of a lack of talent. These guys, many of whom were highly rated, will presumably be pretty solid players down the road. So what you're suggesting is that Michigan bring in 17-20 linemen and spend scholarships on them for four or five years just because redshirt and true freshmen couldn't get the job done in 2013; meanwhile, you'll be sacrificing depth at other positions at the same time.
|19 hours 25 min ago||I'm not convinced that Enwere||
I'm not convinced that Enwere will flip to Michigan. I just haven't seen him say anything that indicates they've made a jump, whether it's excitement about playing time, playing for a potential winner, being like some of the other running backs that have played for Michigan, etc. The one thing Michigan has going for it is a better record/chance of winning than Cal, who just had a terrible season. And while that's significant, it just seems like he's not super interested in coming to Ann Arbor.
|19 hours 29 min ago||I don't understand all these||
I don't understand all these comments about a lack of development. Who exactly isn't developing? What player(s) didn't improve from last year to this year, or from the beginning of 2013 until the end? I can think of a couple guys who stayed stagnant (Washington, who was injured; Thomas Gordon, who was decent but didn't improve), but I think you'll find that on every team.
|21 hours 33 min ago||His last full class, yes.||
His last full class, yes.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Yes, things like that can||
Yes, things like that can happen...which is why it can suck to have sucky parents. But sometimes the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I don't know about Ward's parental situation, but saying "Oh, he's flaky because his parents are flaky" doesn't negate the fact that he is indeed flaky.
|1 day 7 hours ago||We have 13 scholarship||
We have 13 scholarship linemen on the roster for next year (counting Graham Glasgow, since he started the whole year). Two class of 2014 freshmen will raise that number to 15. Zero of those guys are scheduled to graduate, with the oldest being redshirt juniors (Glasgow, Bryant, Miller). You really don't want more than 15 linemen on your roster, and if things go according to schedule, we'll have 17 in 2015 (those 15 guys plus Runyan and someone else like Sterling Jenkins). You generally don't want to fill up your roster with 17 guys, many of whom are interchangeable between C/G and G/T.
Aside from the whole numbers thing, Ward is wishy-washy, doesn't know what he wants, and didn't inform the coaching staff that he was moving from Chicago to Florida in the first place. I like his athletic ability, but he can go play for some school that has reason to gamble on someone like him. He sounds a little too much like Chris Barnett to me.