Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
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|6 hours 44 min ago||Interesting||
UM can't find a safety and OSU is letting safeties that were top 250 recruits go...wtf?
|2 days 16 hours ago||Am I missing something?||
I feel like those are all reasons why the o-line WON'T be good.
|3 days 23 hours ago||It's difficult||
I think as fans we are quick to criticize. I am the worst at this. We want results and we want them fast. And, we pull out examples of other players of similar age or situations, or other coaches, or programs that are successful earlier without pointing out that they are likely the exception and not the rule. We hate excuses like youth, inexperience, turnover from previous coaches, etc. So, its hard to not criticize.
With that said, I although I understand the o-line will still be young I want to see forward progress. I can understand early struggles but by mid-B1G play I'd like to see some consistency. Also, I'd like to see guys with high recruiting profiles entering their second and third years show some growth. I'm thinking of guys like Kalis, Magnuson, RJS, Bolden, Pipkins, Charlton, Ojemudia, Wormley, Ross, Wilson, Green, and D. Thomas. These are all top 300ish kids in their second and third year and they should be showing promise and progress, so I hope to see some flashes of that this season. And, finally I'd like to see us beat at least one of our division rivals on the road (MSU and OSU).
|4 days 3 hours ago||Actually it's the opposite||
Losing footing is not the problem, in fact it's the solution. That is why the newer turf has what's called "infill" which allows less shoe-to-turf contact so that you can still slip. When athletes lose footing they generally fall down or slip, which prevents the injury. The problem is when the foot stays planted due to excessive mechanical tracking and the body's momentum continues above forces the soft tissue can handle. In particular it's rotational tracking on synthetic turf that is the most dangerous for knee and ankle injuries, the two most common lower body injuries in football.
And, there is plenty of research to suggest artificial turf causes an increased risk. Historically, clinical studies have indicated that higher injury rates occur on artificial turf than on natural surfaces. This conclusion is backed by biomechanical data that suggest that torque and strain may be greater on artificial surfaces than on natural grass. Recent data on professional athletes suggest that elite athletes may sustain injuries at increased rates on the newer surfaces. However, a main problem with injury reports is they rarely report field conditions, field maintneance, etc. So, it's still a murky situation. But, there is plenty of evidence to suggest not switching at this time.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Agreed, just spitballing here||
Agreed, definately a quick neg on my part, but it's the offseason, what else am I gonna talk about? If I can't be frustrated about something that hasn't even happened yet I wouldn't be a UM fan ha. Out of curiosity do you expect him to start next season?
|4 days 16 hours ago||Why switch to an unknown then?||
Even if there's any doubt, which there is plenty of research to suggest there may be higher injury rates on artificial surfaces, why not wait until you know it's safe before switching?
|4 days 16 hours ago||We got bigger fish to fry||
While it's frustrating to lose any highly ranked recruits to go to our rivals, nevermind one that was once committed to UM, we have bigger fish to fry. I'm still hoping for development from supposedly highly ranked recruits from the 2012 class who are now upperclassman, nevermind guys that haven't even signed a LOI. In case you're wondering who I'm talking about guys like Bolden, Kalis, RJS, Richardson, and Pipkins come to mind.
|4 days 16 hours ago||I expect him to perform up to his recruiting profile||
I expect him to be better than Isiah Lewis and Kurtis Drummond were as true sophomores. Dymonte was ranked pretty similar to Vonn Bell, who is already having an impact at OSU. Marcus Maye and Marcell Harris at Florida were ranked similarly and either started or are projected to this year as a true sophomores. Randall Goforth at UCLA started as a true sophomore. Tray Matthews was ranked similarly and started as a true freshman at Georgia. All I'm saying is that as a top 200ish player I would expect him to be ready to play at that position as a sophomore assuming we don't have an established upperclassman ahead of him, which he's not. There are plenty of guys with similar or lesser recruiting profiles that are much further along in their development and I find that frustrating.
|4 days 19 hours ago||I don't like turf||
I get it, especially in cold weather climaets, but I don't like the impact I beleive it has on lower body injury rates. I've seen research on both sides of the fence, with some even claiming field turf may be safer. But, the data seems far from conclusive on either side of the argument and when that happens natural seems logically better. If the human body was designed to perform on an artificial surface it probably wouldn't be called artificial.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Agree, but why is that?||
T. Gordan, Woolfolk, C. Gordan, M. Williams, Harrison, etc. I know a lot of them played as underclassman and many eventually switched positions, but I feel like that's because they never developed, were playing out of position, and/or were just not any good. It's like the staff is always looking for the right guy, or the next guy, or a guy to develop, yet they always seem to mix and match at that position.
I will say that I think Wilson has the intangibles to be that guy. He seems to have the size, skills, and now experience to be pretty good for the next few years. But, who are we gonna put next to him? All the options are unproven. And, the best combination of skills and size is a true freshman (Peppers) who'd be playing out of position. It just seems like UM rarely has a true safety playing at his natural position. So many guys seem to be undersized. Or if they have the size they don't have the speed.
Even a guy like Dymonte Thomas who had a great recruiting profile does not look the part of a college safety yet. After looking back at OSU's previous depth charts over the past 7 years you're right that many times they had juniors and seniors playing safety. But, that's not the case at MSU. Isiah Lewis was good as a sophomore, same with Drummond. I can't see any good reason that a guy like Thomas with his recruiting profile shouldn't be ahead of where Lewis or Drummond were at his age.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Safety||
Why is it that UM seems to have so much trouble finding a quality safety? I find it very frustrating as OSU and MSU both seem to have quality safeties every year, but every year we seem to struggle with at least one of the safety positions. Kovacs was a hard worker, experienced, smart, and had all those intangibles, but he wasn't the most gifted athlete. It seems like at least one of the safeties is often a liability to get burned. The last really talented safety I can think of was Marlin Jackson and he was really more of a corner playing safety IMO. Why does UM struggle with this particular position or is it just me?
|1 week 2 days ago||Is it too much to ask...||
Is it too much to ask that the minute Jabrill Peppers steps on campus he minimizes all our fears and woes and instantly makes the team exciting and physical and makes spectacular big plays and gets all the 5-star kids to come to Michigan? That's not too much to ask of a true freshman is it?
|1 week 3 days ago||FWIW some of it is voluntary||
The strength coach is limited with the amount of time they can spend with athletes. During out of season periods (after the bowl game) they only get 8 hours per week with 2 reaquired off days. Once the academic year ends in May there is no "mandatory" training sessions until fall camp begins. I put mandatory in parenthesis becasue they are somewhat expected to train over the summer and can be supervised by the coaching staff and are often expected or even given workouts to be run by team captains or upperclassman, but not technically required.
In my experience you don't see night and day differences with training, lifting, speed, agility, etc. stuff over the offseason. It's the combination of the training with the participation in the actual sport that really brings it together. But, it is certainly not a linear response to improved ability based on each offseason. There is a high degree of mental work and understanding that is repsonsible for player improvements not to mention the maturity and confidence pieces. This is why players are often stagnant at the same level for an extended period, then that light goes off and they have an "ahh ha" moment where it clicks and you see a big jump. This (and all) games are so highly mental/emotional that these things are very hard to judge. It happens at different times for different atheltes.
|1 week 4 days ago||Saw him a few months ago||
Saw him last season (this year) in his second year in the program. Cole after only a few months in the program looks better.
|1 week 4 days ago||Cole Prediction||
Mason Cole looks really good. My prediction he's a starter. I don't know if he'll displace Braden or Mags, but he looks better than what I've seen from both so far.
|1 week 4 days ago||Ferns||
I'm surprised I haven't heard much of anything about Ferns. I know we are deep and experienced at LB, but with his size, ability, and recruiting profile I figured we'd hear a little more about him.
|1 week 4 days ago||Todd Collins 2.0||
He looks pretty similar to me.
|1 week 4 days ago||Deveon sure looks the part||
Deveon looks like a beast. I hope he plays as good as he looks.
|1 week 4 days ago||Half Line Drill||
On that drill with only half the o-line vs 2 d-line players and one LB...the o-lineman are getting pushed back on ever snap...yikes. There is no hole for the RB between the center/guard/tackle.
|1 week 4 days ago||Fleet!||
Fleet is obviously short, but dude looks stacked! He may be the best put together guy on the field. He makes a lot of guys around him look skinny.
|1 week 4 days ago||Other DB (beside Countess)||
I was surprised to hear that Lewis seems to be running with the 1's. I thought for sure Taylor would be back in his same role and even that Stribs looked better than Lewis last year. It will be interesting to see how our DBs play out this year between Taylor, Lewis, Stribs, Peppers, Thomas, and Clark. I am a little disapointed how small D. Thomas still looks. For such a high level recruit he does not look the part of a BCS safety yet.
|1 week 6 days ago||5-Star comparison||
I agaree with both of your points, but that really only reinforces that the talent FSU has is more usable and only further entrenches the point that FSU (2013) is well ahead of where UM can hope to be next year. I don't have access to 247 rankings I don't think...assuming it's a paid service. But, I'd be curious if you did a comparison of the number of 5-star recruits (247 rankings) in the same time span. I feel like UM doesn't have any in that time frame (Roh, Campbell, Stokes, and Dorsey who never came are the cloest I can think of but I doubt any were 5-stars). I'd be willing to guess FSU had at least one or two in every class.
|1 week 6 days ago||Those are class rankings||
That is all
|1 week 6 days ago||Recruiting Profiles||
Not that UM hasn't recruited well because they have, but not as well as FSU has. FSU had 5-star recruits every year. Here is the comparison (ESPN) from 2008-2012.
2008: FSU 12, UM 13
2009: FSU 8, UM 10
2010: FSU 6, UM 14
2011: FSU 1, UM NR
2012: FSU 2, UM 7
UM has pretty darned good talent, especially for the B1G, but they don't have FSU talent IMO.
|1 week 6 days ago||9-3 is a stride IMO||
Yeah, I kind of see this as a 9-3 type team that makes strides, doesn't get whopped by anyone in the way they did by MSU last year, gets a few wins on the road (at least one of OSU, MSU, or ND), and plays with a lot more consistency on both sides of the ball. All in all it seems like the talent is there, yet they remain young and inexperienced. That will get better and better each year. 2015 should be a very good team and this year a better, but still not great team IMO. I am optimisitcally hopeful for a 9-3 finish and a split with MSU and OSU. Couple that with an improved but still not great running game, an improved but not dominant defense, some great performances by the Devins here and there, and a few flashes of playmaking from the youngsters like Norfleet, Peppers, Stribs, Canteen, Taco, etc. and that about does it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Good call||
They definately go after guys that are committed elsewhere. But, it still seems like they somewhat give up on guys they had already targetted who verbally commit elsewhere during the process.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Is my impression correct?||
I get the impression that UM coaches kinda give up, or at the very least significantly reduce the amount of time they talk to recruits once they commit (verbally) and they look for new offers and go after them. But, I don't feel like other school like OSU don't do that. Maybe that's because UM goes after and gets so many OH kids with OSU offers, but I feel like school like OSU, FLA, Bama, etc. are always still going after some of UMs commits when the opposite is not true of UM going after their commits. Is that a correct assumption? I guess I kinda wish we continued to puruse kids they really wanted even after the commit elsewhere (while still targeting new kids that is).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||We are close. All the pieces are in place.||
When guys like Pipkins, Charlton, Mone, Wormley, Poggi, Marshall, etc. are all upperclassman it will take care of itself. The LB corps are already good and there is plenty of young depth that are maturing like Gedeon, McCray, Ferns etc. And, the DBs are going to be good fairly soon as guys like Lewis, Stribs, Thomas, and Peppers get experience. I think we are very close to a very good team. All the peices are in place. The athletes are there, the star ranking recruits are there, and the depth is there. We just need a little bit of age, experience, and maturity (and the mental toughness that comes with it). I think we will go through a little more of growing pains this year, although no where near as much as last year. But, I think we will finally start to see improvement this season and should be very good in 2015 and beyond.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Seems like a great kid||
As much as I would love the see more wins (although I think they'll eventually come), I do like the trend I see in these kids being generally good people. I really enjoying hearing many of these kids talk. They are often mature, hard workers, and just get it. Ross, Green, Lewis, Morris, Butt, Peppers, Ferns, Speight, etc. Every time I hear a kid interviewed they impress me. Along those same lines I'm already hearing that Butt is becoming a leader that the team is looking up to. For a kid that's still a true freshman and injured that is pretty impressive.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Harris||
Wow, can't beleive how skinny Harris looks. I hope we RS him so we get another year. I don't see him strong enough to play this year.