rundown of Michigan's riser
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|14 hours 50 min ago||It's hard to compare anyone to Denard||
It's hard to compare anyone to Denard. After watching college football closely for about 15 years there are only a handful of guys that can do the sorts of things that Denard can with the ball in his hands. Denard has something special to not only accelerate and outrun people, but stop and change direction incredibly fast. So, I don't think it's fair to compare a guy to Denard. I've never seen another player from Michigan in the past 15 years that can hold a candle to what Denard can do with the ball in his hands. So, is Fitz as good as Denard, no, but who is?
|15 hours 1 min ago||His challenge iskeeping weight down not up||
Green's challenge will be keeping his weight down versus getting it up. Unlike the smaller guys like Norfleet or Hayes, Green is more similar in build to Rawls. Both are big strong guys, but will be looking to keep their weight down to stay quick versus getting their weight up to get strong. Rawls also was dropping some weight this offseason from last year to get quicker. Green is already big and strong. He also was a guy that was much heavier as a kid and dropped weight as he got older. So, I don't expect a ton of weight change over his career or it may even drop slightly as he focuses on quickness. He already has size and strength.
|15 hours 5 min ago||Was that his fault?||
Of course there will be competition as there always is...nobody is guranteed any spot. But, was it Fitz' fault for a lack of rushing yards or a lack of quality run blocking by the offensive line, namely the interior line last year? I personally feel the lack of yards was more on the line than on Fitz. Sure, exceptional players can still get yards, like Denard, but he also has the advantage of a run/throw option. When Fitz was running the owness is more on the line to create holes. I think Fitz is healthy and is our #1 back with Green our #2 and probably getting a decent amont of carries, but still the #2. The question marks are still more on the interior line than the backs IMO. If there are holes our backs are good enough to get yards, if not...probably not, although Gardner will make plays in the passing game to keep the defense off balance more so than last year and we will be running more power sets versus zone run blocking.
|1 day 12 hours ago||I tend to dislike the state too||
I tend to dislike the state too, but I will say as a strength coach they do have a good reputation for strength training as there are a ton of good coaches, trainers, and training facilities like Westside Barbell. And, many of the kids that come out of OH have a better strength training background than kids from other states. During my undergrad in Connecticut three of my exercise science professors went to OSU. It was super annoying.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Hmm well||
For me it's football waaay more than any other sport. I have a hard time rooting for Ohio football under any circumstances, even if they are playing the SEC in a bowl game. It is rarely if ever in the best interest of UM for Ohio to ever win in football because we compete with them so much for everything that their victory does more harm than good in the long term even if it somehow helps UM get in a higher ranking. I still don't like Ohio for basketball, but way less so than football. And, I really don't care about any other sport other than a mild dislike. The only sport that I can say I'm emotionally invested in is football.
I will say that even though I hate them and almost always want them to lose, I do respect them and don't wish ill upon them unless they deserve it. Like, I don't want their players to get injured or anything. However, I do like to see them get punished by the NCAA when they do somthing wrong. That's about it for me.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Yeah, it's amazing||
Yeah, it really does look fine, it's amazing after seeing the clips of the injury and knowing what he went through. He doesn't seem to be favoring it in any way. His injury was just 7 months ago I think. I broke my tib/fib when I was in high school and it took me a good year or so to feel fully healed. It's just a silly video, but that was enough to give me confidence he'll be fine next fall.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Ahhhh||
Cheers...I thought it was Gallon in both scenes of the first clip.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Am I missing something?||
Wheres the Fitz reference/update? Good to see Countess looking healthy and Devin having some fun nonetheless.
|6 days 21 hours ago||I'm down with that||
I'm down with that. He seems like a quality player. He passes the eye test. Any idea why he seems a little lower on the recruiting rankings? I'd think a kid that projects to an all-conference type player would be a mid to high 4-star or in the mid 80s type range versus a 3-star around 78.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'd be worried about the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast||
If I were PSU I'd be more worried about the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast more than the Midwest as PSU has been good at recruiting PA, NY, NJ, MD, etc. But, with Rutgers and Maryland coming to the division and Michigan already setting up roots in VA, I'd be more concerned about UM and OSU taking their share of kids from the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast which has traditionally been PSU's areas.
|1 week 3 days ago||I hope PSU remains competitive||
I hope PSU remains competitive because a good PSU is good for the B1G. I think Michigan will seperate themselves from the likes of PSU with recruiting over the next few years which should give us enough of a cushion once PSU gets off sanctions to remain ahead of them. But, nonetheless, I still hope PSU remains successful and puts together 7-9 win type seasons throughout their sanctions.
Not that I like any team in the B1G other than Michigan, but I've been to Beaver Stadium a number of times, have friends that live in State College, have a number of friends that went to PSU, and really enjoy the times I've spent there and just in general and like their fanbase. So, good for them. As long as they don't beat us I wish them the best, especially since they had good rivalry with OSU and beat them quite a few times through the 2000's, even when we couldn't beat them.
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting||
This evaluation does not leave a ton of room to get excited about him...a servicable player that will never be a superstar...ugh. I wish the kid the best that was a bit of a buzz kill.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||Fantastic!||
I love hearing coach talk in there and some of those sound bites are ones I haven't heard. It's great to hear coach Hoke talking so passionately because I feel like he doens't typically show us that side of him. Thank you!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Nice!||
Good for him. Boyd Epley would be pleased. I love seeing weight room warriors.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think it's a fantastic idea||
I think it's a fantastic idea. All I ask is that if you do, you post pictures of it so that I can enjoy it too!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||My thoughts||
First I will say that watching Brock come out on his own was amazing and seeing Barwis cry shows you how much he cares about his athletes and how much it really touched him, which is amazing. I have a lot of respect for anyone who has ever taken on a job of a college strength and conditioning coach because it is an extremely difficult job.
To clear up regarding some discussion on scientific principles I think there was some confusion there by Barwis between Wolff’s Law, Davis’s Law, and The General Adaptation Syndrome. Wolff’s Law is about the idea that bone remodels along the lines of the stress placed on it. And, although I think he could have been talking about bone remodeling I don’t think he really was. Davis’s Law basically states the same, but in regard to soft tissue remodeling. I’m still not sure he was referencing soft tissue remodeling either. I think he was really citing The General Adaptation Syndrome, which states that the body must be able to adapt and respond to the stresses placed upon it and does so by following a specific and predictable pattern, which would include all kinds of stress. This is the essence of what I think Barwis was actually referencing, but that’s my guess. Either way I think his apparatus and way he trained Brock was a very creative technique and brave of him to take on the challenge of something he knew probably little about. It reminded me of another video of a kid and trainer that is doing some amazing things so I thought I would share it.
Regarding strength coaches, they come in all abilities and personality types. Granted a lot of football strength coaches tend to be the loud, in your face types, which may not be the most eloquent speakers and are better motivators, but that’s not always true. Jerry Martin from UCONN is someone that is more analytical and not very loud. Chris Doyle of Iowa is a guy that is a good motivator and can be loud, but is also a pretty analytical guy and quite well spoken. I know his programs and philosophies quite well as I worked for a guy in his coaching tree. If you really want to get a good idea of a strength coach that is a great presenter take a look at Martin Rooney. I can't imbed this video, so you have to follow the links, but it’s a great example.
Martin Rooney's link:
To view the video click on the above link, scroll down the the video titled "Motivation: Unlocking Your Personal Success Formula".
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think you want a complete back||
Each of them has a weakness. I think you want a complete back that can run between the tackles, run with toughness, has decent enough speed to break away, and can also make plays in the open field. I think guys like Chris Perry and Tim Biakabutuka were both that sort of guys...6'0" 215-220ish. Fitz is probably a little on the shiftier side and Green is probably a little on the run-you-over side, a little mix of the two would be best I think. A good college guy I can think of is TJ Yeldon and in the pros right now Adiran Peterson both of which are around the same 6'1" 215ish in size and can do all those things.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Where are they training?||
Doesn't he run his academy out of San Diego? Where are they training now becuase that looks a lot more like Michigan than California and who is paying the bill for his services? Just sort of curious but, either way I'm very excited about what Devin's gonna do this season.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Loved them back in the day||
I loved them back in the day, that's such a shame. I used to rock out my backwards jersey and sing "Jump" all the time back in junior high (I'm the same age as Chris). Good memories, but sad to hear.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||What's the sign for bunt???||
This is great news to land him! It seems like we are moving towards an offense that can put two of Funchess, Butt, and/or Bunting both on the field at the same time, right? By the way, does anyone have a more accurate assessmen to his size, which apparently is anywhere from 6'5"-6'7" and 190-215lbs?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Totally agree||
I totally agree we win that matchup. I wasn't comparing MSU's defense to Michigan though. Go Muzzy Maulers!
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I agree the interior d-line is a weakness, but who's better?||
I agree their interior defensive line is a weakness. They won't be as good as they were last year or the year before. But they still have good linebackers, a good secondary, and at least one good defensive end. I'm not comparing them to Alabama. I just think that's enough to be one of the better defenses in the B1G. You don't think so? I mean what B1G defense doesn't have a weakness?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Back 7 or Front 7?||
Is it the back 7 or front 7? I guess it's all in how you look at. I see what you're saying, but I think the effectiveness of the linebackers and Rush at end I think is enough to make them a quality defense. I still see them as one of the top defenses in the conference which will keep them in games. The question is will they win those close games?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I like the new husky||
I like the new husky image, but it doesn't make for a good uniform emblem. They should have done something with the UCONN name since that's what everyone recognizes...not the way old design, but some new design with the UCONN.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting how MSU makes teams||
They actually have the seniors do a draft and pick players for their respective teams. I'd rather see the #1 offense go against the #1 defense but oh well.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed||
Agreed, we need him this year. Having Gordan, Taylor, and Countess, all guys that have at least a year of starting duty around him should help too so all he really needs to do is play. Then, hopefully he can develop into a real leader the following year.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Nice attitude||
You're a quality person.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Webb's 2014Bucks Website?!?||
Maybe I am way off base. Apparently Webb's mother has created a website to help OSU recruit after he saw how well Morris used social media to recruit last year. Have a look...
It may not have been a good idea to allow comments. How long do you think this goes before it gets mobbed by angry Michigan fans?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I'm curious to hear what people like vs dislike||
I'm curious to hear what people like vs dislike. I've only ever created 2 threads I think, so I'm curious what content people think is good vs bad. Plus, I already got negged just for asking you and you didn't get negged for replying to me, so I may be in more danger than you & I don't care so...
|4 weeks 6 days ago||He's younger||
Well, he's younger so he is a year behind them, Apple and Conley are quite highly ranked, even higher than Webb, and Burrows is just a few spots behind him the ESPN 150, and they are all a little taller and bigger (minus Conley who is only taller), which is sort of why I was surprised he wanted to go there in the first place.