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|1 hour 52 min ago||I agree||
In most cases, it is all in good fun. However, sometimes it's actually detrimental (as far as fan opinion matters). For example, people are pretty negative about James Ross, who I mentioned in the post. People are negative about Kyle Kalis. People are starting to be negative about Thomas, Green, etc. When expectations go into overdrive, especially for young players, it's worth reconsidering what a "good season" means.
|2 hours 9 min ago||Agree on D, Kinda disagree on Funchess||
Funchess was around last year and had Gallon beside him. I don't think losing Gallon and changing what you call Funchess opens things up. It'll take other things (like a viable run game, or screen game, or a deep target emerging, to open things up more than last year.)
Also agree on Peppers, I'm buying in. But people DID say some of the same stuff last year - Thomas had the nickelspot nailed down, until he didn't.
|3 hours 3 min ago||I'd rather Morris redshirted than Mone||
Morris needs to be ready if Gardner goes down, as he is probably significantly better than Bellomy. BUT, playing in garbage time isn't going to help him significantly in that regard. Not when he's already started a game and played meaningful snaps. If Gardner is healthy, it would be potentially HUGE for Michigan if Morris could get back that red-shirt year.
|3 hours 6 min ago||Redshirts||
I think you sort of have the concept of redshirts backward when you say "waste a redshirt year". A red-shirt is by nature a wasted year. If you can avoid it and get 4 years of equivalent production out of 4 years of scholarships, rather than 5, you win. Scholarships are finite resources. You only SPEND a redshirt year, if you think you'll get the benefit back later.
Typically you do that for somebody who is not ready, either physically or mentally. Mone is physically mature. His gains from a red-shirt will be modest compared to other freshman who have to gain weight and strength.
Finally, I would not assume that Hurst is clearly ahead of Mone. Mone has gotten more mentions and fits an immediate need for interior side, particularly if Pipkins is not ready for heavy duty. It seems like Hurst's best bet is getting playing time in pass rush situations. On 1st and 2nd downs we need some size inside to offset the smaller DEs.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Moving a safety||
I disagree and think it's very likely. If Peppers, Lewis, (and maybe Stribling) are indeed superior players that emerge into starting roles, then you're talking about Countess and/or Taylor sitting on the bench while somone out of Hill/Clark/Thomas try to find their way. The realities of sitting a very good veteran player while "acceptable" sees the field will eventually settle in and we'll see positions change. (This all assumes the hype of Lewis and Peppers is legit...)
The Avery comparison isn't particularly relevant because Countess and Taylor are clearly better players. Moreover, they seem to be better at tackling, specificially. Avery always seemed like an awkward fit at Safety - the move seemed to be based on need. Most of the NFL's best safeties are 6' or less, so it's seems unlikely we have to have a pseudo-LB type, especially with all the spread teams we face.
|2 days 1 hour ago||There were others||
Michigan has stopped pursuing a number of quality DT, OL, LB, and DBs when they were "full" at those positions. Almost lost Mike Weber too.
|2 days 20 hours ago||BS on BS||
"very obviously favors upperclassmen" is what is bullshit. This coaching staff is playing and has played freshman all over the place, including LT - a position where it's probably more uncommon for true freshman to play than anywhere else.
If you mean just WR - it probably has something to do with the fact they haven't recruited any elite WR prospects...until 2014. Arguing about Jackson is one thing, but Reynolds was a walk-on...
|2 days 21 hours ago||Fair Point||
Canteen, since I have to pick. But really I don't know, my main point was to dispute the unanimous opinion.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Unanimously Wrong||
I predict you guys are wrong about Darboh and that someone out of the Chesson/Norflett/Canteen group ends up with more targets/receptions/yardage than Darboh.
1. Pass protection - We're going to need a lot of short passes and many of them will come from the slot, where Darboh is not working.
2. Overlap - We already have a large mid-range target; Funchess will get most of the balls that Darboh would otherwise excel at.
3. Best Deep threat - Chesson, Canteen, and maybe Harris sound like they are better downfield threats to pair with Funchess.
4. Experience - Darboh was ahead of Chesson in 2012, but was hurt all year. Their recruiting profiles suggested that Chesson had higher upside and now has an experience advantage.
5. Talent - Freddy Canteen has it, while Darboh barely played as Joe Reynolds and Jeremy Jackson took plenty of snaps in 2012.
6. Health - probably not an issue, but foot injuries can reoccur or cause related problems
Darboh may be the best candidate to be the #1 receiver if Funchess is hurt, but there are other guys who are better complements to Devin in 2014.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Kind of the point...||
To upgrade from Fister to Price the Tigers gave up a ton of stuff. Especially if you consider the Soria trade may not have been needed if they had Smyly in the pen.
|4 days 16 hours ago||It's not that hard to say||
He has several years of AL track record to indicate he would do pretty well in the AL.
|1 week 1 day ago||Something to keep in mind regarding now.||
The coaches haven't been right in August about the starting center in October since Molk left. In 2012 they wanted Barnum and ended up with Mealer. In 2013 they wanted Miller and ended up with Glasgow.
Miller didn't last very long last year and never saw light of day as Magnuson, Burzynski, Kalis, Glasgow, Bosch were thrown into the lineup. Maybe he made a leap, maybe he's a better fit for the coaching transition...or maybe the coaches will make a change two days from now.
|1 week 2 days ago||I thought I was being generous||
Maybe it's not what you meant, but when you write "if Gibbons got expelled, York should too" that implied, to me anyway, that you think the punch was at least as bad as rape.
|1 week 2 days ago||wow||
was nodding my head, more or less, till you equated punching a guy to rape.
Personally, I'd much rather get sucker-punched than raped.
|1 week 2 days ago||cheer for Nebraska's health||
Their injuries hurt us, because they could be beating teams in our division. If Nebraska can beat MSU that would be a big help. Go Nebraska (and Iowa, Minnesota, and everyone else not in our conference-division-league-side-thing) - you're our best buds except in those rare times when we play you.
|1 week 5 days ago||Regarding the weather||
It is pretty great.
People like to complain about the summer because yeah, it's hot and shitty compared to northern summers but it's the worst time of year. Summer in Austin needs to be compared to Winter in Ann Arbor (or wherever you're coming from.) If you look at it that way, it's fantastic. By night time it's far nicer and you can go for a walk or whatever on on weekends you can hit the water. .
Plus there is AC everywhere. My gripe during my 2 years there was actually with that - I had to bring a long-sleeve of some kind around with me during the summer because everyone overcompensated with ridiculous AC usage. Spring and Fall are fantastic. Winter is actually cooler than you might expect but it is short and mild by northern standards.
|1 week 5 days ago||Well, for starters, it could||
Well, for starters, it could help ones nerves to have actually played in front of 100K before, or on national TV. More importantly, maybe it's not 3rd QB snaps he takes but 2nd QB snaps. If there is an injury to either QB ahead of him, or if he proves to be the best #2 QB over the course of the season.
Again, I'm not arguing he shouldn't or won't redshirt if he's clearly the 3rd string QB (or 4th string QB). I'm saying there are plenty of scenarios where it is completely rational to play him, as it was to play Shane and other true freshman in years past. We don't know what this season holds and every year our preseason expectations get disproved quickly. Already we are hearing the Cole is likely to play a significant role, that Drake Johnson is ahead of Derrick Green, etc.
|1 week 5 days ago||Mostly agree. 90% of the||
Mostly agree. 90% of the experience will come through practice, but the 2015 season kicks off with an away night game (Utah) and then a home game vs Oregon State. You're talking about two legitimate opponents and nationally televised games. These are not cupcakes, they are high pressure situations where not every kid is going to thrive.
|1 week 5 days ago||Bummer. I thought Yuri||
Bummer. I thought Yuri Wright was coming to town.
There have been a lot of lemon predictions over the years. I enjoy them. But I don't track every one religiously or memorize Brian's tweets, so I was in the dark here.
The post could have used a hyperlink to the tweet or something.
|1 week 5 days ago||Imagine this: They feel sure||
Imagine this: They feel sure about Speight being the starter next year and want some seasoning for him.
Note: Not saying this will happen, I'd be surprised if Speight didn't redshirt, but there are viable reasons for him not to. Especially with the '15 and '16 QBs already (tentatively) lined up.
|1 week 5 days ago||Can someone explain the lemon||
Can someone explain the lemon comment? Thanks in advance.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Do we play this school?||
What conference are they in?
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||How can I listen to you what you are saying?||
If you're telling me not to.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||ESPN3||
For those of us who opt out of paying for cable TV, ESPN3 games are awesome. No restrictions and a high quality stream wooo!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||My thoughts||
OL - You could put any and all of the OLmen on here. Top 5 X Factors = Top 5 OLmen. Even Glasgow needs to get better, and if he can stabilize the center position and lead from the inside to out, it would have a dramatic impact on the whole unit. Or if he can swing to RT and fill a hole, that's huge too. Magnuson is changing positions and LT spot is critical for pass protection. Braden, Kalis, Bosch - check check check.
WR - I'm not convinced the hype was real on Darboh. We've heard practice hype before (e.g., Jerald Robinson). We've seen leaping catches (e.g., Devin Gardner). It doesn't mean much. Chesson seemed to come in with more upside as a recruit and has, at this point, an advantage in health and experience. Chesson and or Darboh will obviously be important, but Canteen is the real X-factor here IMO. He could be an instant-impact performer. If he has the route-running and quicks that his hype would have you believe, he's the perfect complement to Funchess. He's relatively thin, but he's 6'1 or 6'2, not some wee specialist. Gimmee that Manningham.
Totally agree on Pipkins, and clearly Peppers' upside is off the chart.
The other X-factor is gardners health, but that goes back to OL.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Dave Brand'n did it||
Just ask him.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Does it matter yet?||
The thing is this coaching staff has a track record of not being right about the OL in July. Their hopes and desires don't always manifest into reality. Last year, they pegged Miller as the starter at center, the year before there was the Barnum-Mealer flip-flop. I'd take Hoke's early assesment with a couple large grains of salt.
Here is my takeaway: "Hoke has yet to name a starter at any spot".
He more or less said Magnuson and Graham would start and it's clear he values the cohesion/consistency on the interior and views Braden as the leader at RT. However, those comments seem more like a wish than an observation. If Cole or Dawson prove to be one of the best 5 linemen, or one of the presumed starters (Kalis, Bosch, Braden) struggle - they will once again shuffle things around.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||matchup nightmare||
is any WR recruit NOT called that?
Either they are tall or fast and therefore undefendable.
They called Gallon a slot too. If Cole is one of the two best WRs, he'll be outside plenty.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||Since we recruited 17 WRs in the last three classes||
give or take ten, Cole isn't locked into any position yet
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||Big get||
Top in-state kid with offers from OSU, MSU, Nebraska, and Tenn. We weren't having much success with WRs this class, so Cole fits really nice - even if he ends up at DB.