"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|3 weeks 4 days ago||20-13 Michigan.||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Wilton Speight.||
I thought it was great he gave Speight the interview. It's possible Speight will have a bunch more starts and other great moments, but this could be the biggest sports moment of his life. I think Harbaugh recognized this and wanted to make sure he got to enjoy every bit of the moment.
Given his play on the winning drive and the 2 point conversion that was so critical, he certainly earned it.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Fine with Newsome playing.||
I'm fine with Newsome playing and most of Hoke's non-redshirts as well. I believe most coaches philosophy is that if you are in the two deep you will play. This does not mean you play someone on the two deep who hasn't played in garbage time. This is what Hoke did and this is what Harbaugh is doing.
I suspect this means that Dawson and Kugler are not as ready as we would hope (it is possible the 6th OL had to be a tackle for this game but unlikely). Dawson had been the first OL off the bench and has not looked good in my opinion. I suspect if Newsome is ready to play as a true freshman when he didn't have to play that we can mentally pencil him in the starting lineup next year and for the following 2 years similar to Mason Cole.
Clearly with redshirts there is some trade between winning now and winning later. I think the priority should be 80% winning now and 20% winning later. There is so much uncertainty with what will happen 4 years later (injuries/NFL ready/personal problem) that you can't compromise the current year in hope for the future. I also think the true question on redshirt value is comparing the difference between Newsome vs. Kugler/Dawson now to the difference between possible 5th year senior Newsome and the 6th best OL in 2019. If you ask Harbaugh if he plans to have 5 high quality starters at OL by 2019, we all know what he believes. I do recognize it is possible a 5th year Newsome would be the best of that bunch.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||OSU game.||
Didn't Gedeon start and play most of the OSU game his freshman year that we nearly won? I don't buy that someone who starts a game (even only one) should have redshirted. I'd love to have him for one more year, but he started one game and was in the 2 deep all year. Those players do not redshirt.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Cole stayed in.||
Cole didn't come out on those 2 plays. He moved to a TE position on the other side of the line to provide an extra blocker.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||McCray practicing.||
To me the most interesting thing was that McCray was practicing. I thought he was hurt and out for a while but apparently he is practicing. Woo-hoo.
Oh and Canteen actually playing at cb.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Not maize, NFL neon yellow.||
I took the stadium tour this week ($15 a person and awesome!).
The goal posts match the NFL color, and it was at Baxter's request according to the tour guide.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Have football players, need athletes.||
Another key point is that right now, we have a team full of pretty good football players at just about every postion, but we need more superstars. Taking some higher end athletes who need to refine their football technique fits very well in this situation. He can afford a number to wash out as long as the ones that make it become stars because of our talent and depth.
This has not been the case recently and fits very well with what Harbaugh is doing.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Never left.||
I don't understand the premise. Why would one stop rooting for Michigan. I know of no other way.
I root for Michigan because I love Michigan.
If you need a reason. How about the fact that Michigan is one of the few programs that trys to win the right way. Oh and the stadium, the fight song, the uniforms, Tyrone Wheatley, Charles Woodson, Desmond Howard, Anthony Carter, Denard Robinson, Jake Ryan . .
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Brandon Watson?||
Looks like Brandon Watson was lost on the CB depth list. He should be right up there with Stribling. Looked good in the spring game.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Format brutal for OL.||
I'm hoping to see an OL that holds up. I see a solid two deep on the DL that would start on most Big Ten teams with some potential studs Mone, Henry, Glasgow, Wormley so they can fill two teams with good starters. On the OL, we go about 8 deep, and it gets a bit questionable after 6. This should be ok once the season starts, but it gives the OL an uphill battle in the spring game.
Looking forward to the game.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for posting.||
I appreciate your posting this. I'm fully on board with the special teams redshirt burn. This is both because special teams are important, and because most of the redshirts that are burned for special teams grow into good players not great players.
I have grown weary of the overreaction to the number of burned redshirts on this board. Yes, we have lost a bunch of 5th years from good players, but in almost every case there will be minimal dropoff from the younger replacement player.
The only burned redshirts I would really like to have back in retrospect are Dymonte Thomas, Taco Charlton and Ben Gedeon. Each of them could be a star as a 5th year senior. However, I completely understand why they played. Taco Charlton played a good deal, and it would be hard to project at the beginning of the year whether he would be adequate or firgure things out and be quite good. He filled a dynamic pass rusher role that we needed more of. Dymonte Thomas didn't play that much beyond special teams. However, this is another example where it would not have been surprising if he had figured things out mid-year and started the last half of the season. As for Ben Gedeon, he played most of the OSU game that year and had 6 tackles and a tackle for loss. Hard to argue that he wasn't needed. He is another player that could have taken off and become a starter the last half of the season.
There are a bunch of other nice players, but which of the following would be projected as all Big Ten in their 5th yr senior year: Jenkins-Stone, Ojemudia, Delano Hill, Damrio Jones, Houma. Maybe Brennan Beyer, but he played a lot as a freshman. It would be nice to have them back, but they will have adequate replacements.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Competition with experience.||
Last year, I think Magnuson was the only other OL and maybe Kugler who were options to play. No matter how well Cole played, having to start a true freshman all year says a lot about the number of viable options.
Now that everyone has another year under their belts and all the starters are back, I see a lot more competition to shart. I think Kugler will be hard to keep off the field, Dawson will probably be ready and any of Fox, Bars, Tulley-Tillman and Samuelson could be options as well. I count 12 players that are RS-So or older for 2015 while last year the number was 6.
My take is that this year you'll have to earn a spot on the line where as last year you just needed to show you wouldn't be a liability, and I thought all 5 starters last year did ok.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Agree on Kugler.||
I'm with you on Kugler. I thought he looked good in the spring game last year, and another year in the weight room and learning the college game won't hurt. I think he will beat out either Miller or Kalis and start somewhere in the fall.
I thought Miller was solid but unspectacular. I thought Kalis was up and down. Now that we have some competition on the OL, Kalis and Miller are going to need to step up this year if they don't want to be left behind.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Not that much difference.||
At this point, it doesn't matter too much. Even in 2016, high end 2016 recruits are almost as likely to be ready to play as the non-elite 2015s we are chasing now.
Harbaugh won't have any trouble filling next year's, even if we sign nobody else which won't happen.
Come on Wheatley and Clark.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Perfect 2nd QB.||
I love this pick-up as a 2nd QB. He looks like a boom-bust prospect with a high upside.
Redshirt and sit a year and then come on strong in 2017.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Wondering the same thing.||
It will be interesting to see, assuming we get Pickard, does that still leave room for Wheatley and Clark? Do we have room for a DE, TE and 2 DE/TEs? I assume we could take all those guys plus 1 CB which would cover our needs, but that's a lot of players at TE/DE in a small class.
It is very hard to see us turning away Clark or Wheatley though. Maybe the coaches know something we don't about one of them.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Just CB and TE left.||
Lots of others that will be nice to have, but I think a CB and TE are the two needs left for this class. Maybe a second DE is a need also. Everything else is a bonus.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Bellomy sticks.||
I think Bellomy will stick around. As a 5th year senior, he should have enough practice experience to play ok if needed now that there are some experienced players around him.
We do have Cleary if we just need someone to take a few snaps in an emergency to avoid burning a redshirt, so he doesn't have to stay just to protect Malzone's redshirt.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Looks like a project but that's ok.||
This looks like a big guy that we can sign and get in the weight room and teach technique for a few years so that he is ready to play as a JR which is pretty much what we need at this time.
Since we have plenty of depth on the OL the next few years this is fine. I suspect we're interested in him because Harbaugh has determined we need more OL in this class and there aren't 4* studs we can poach.
I suspect he is a 2* because his technique and balance aren't very good. I'm not an expert, but if he had good technique and balance, someone his size would not be a 2*. The scouting services are better than that.
I will be interested to see confirmation this is a scholarship offer and not a preferred walk-on offer. I could see the interest here and with the Texas QB being as preferred walk-ons, but I wouldn't really be surprised either way. If he commits tomorrow, we can probably assume it's a full scholarship offer.
|46 weeks 6 hours ago||Bunting, Watson and Furbush.||
I think Bunting will thrive as a mismatch, down the field TE. Hopefully he will take to blocking more than Funchess did. With Butt, Khalid Hill and Bunting, TE may be our best offensive postion which just happens to fit what Harbaugh likes to do.
I see Brandon Watson providing key CB/safety depth down the line. I see spot duty in 2015 and starting down the road.
I'm in the Furbush to DE group, and I think he'll see spot duty in 2015 and hopefully be ready for a major role in 2016.
I thought Dever was terrific as a possession receiver who got open and caught the ball which are two good features in a WR. I won't mind seeing more of him, but I would agree we need someone to stretch the field emerge from Ways, Harris and Canteen.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Like the post. Depth looks ok.||
Thanks for the detailed breakdown. I am with Space Coyote that I think the depth concern is not that bad. Add 1-2 DEs, 1 LB and a CB by the time this year's recruiting class is over, and it looks much better.
If we keep the same D, I see Furbush moving to WDE before too long as he was very large for a LB coming in, and we do need more bodies at DE. This will help the DE depth but hurt the LB depth.
I also think the safety play will be much better in 2015. Wilson was solid after being up and down his first year playing. I think the experience gained by Hill, Thomas and Clark in 2014 will pay huge dividends in 2015. Safety is hard and playing experience is critical. We'll feel good about this position going into 2016.
Big picture, the fact we can look at potential starters for 2016 and see good options that have played at all positions except 2 LBs and a 2nd DE is amazing!
I think the improved DT play from SOs becoming JR/SRs by 2016 along with better CB play (Lewis and Peppers) will lead to very good defenses both years.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Most important. . .||
Good points, but I think you left off the most important news of the day. The AD running the coaching search telling all the players that he feels good about having their guy but that he wants to make sure everything is signed before moving on.
This gives me a lot more confidence than anything else I've seen to date. The only opinion more important than Hackett's is the opinion of Jim Harbaugh.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Like Korn Ferry press release.||
It looks to me like the Korn Ferry press release went out today to give newspapers something to write other than the search is taking a long time.
It's yet another indication that nothing is happening soon. They took a couple days to fire him, had the banquet with Hoke there, now they release this non-news.
I wonder what they'll come up with next week if we really have to wait until the NFL season ends.
|1 year 6 hours ago||Go to the games and root for Michigan.||
I'm a lifer. It's what I do. I rooted for RichRod until the end. I rooted for Hoke until the end, and I will root for the next guy until the end.
|1 year 2 days ago||Nice post.||
Thanks for the post. I couldn't agree more with sentiment. Hoke won't be the coach anymore, but I'll always be a fan of him. Sadly good guys don't always win.
|1 year 5 days ago||Rich Rod's last year.||
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Took survey, but . .||
I skipped the "should Hoke be fired" question although it is fairly obvious he will be when the season is over. I skipped it because a decision should be made at the end of the year.
It is highly unlikely but not impossible that Michigan could beat Indiana, Northwestern, Maryland and OSU (yes, this one would be quite the shocker) and look like an improving football team thus finishing the year winning 5 of 6. If this happens, you could make a case for bringing Hoke back next year. For this reason, I'll wait until the year is over to say Hoke should be fired.
I also skipped the "who is doing more damage" question because I found it unnecessarily negative. Who is more responsible for the state of the program would ask the same question without being negative.
For all of Hoke's lack of wins on the field, Hoke has clearly made a huge upgrade in the talent on the roster compared to when he arrived. The best thing that would happen if he was fired (IF, IF, IF, IF, IF we get a great coach) is that the roster is poised to be good next year. The new coach could easily have a near Hoke-like first season with plenty of talent on the roster for 2016 and beyond. All of the bad would be swept aside with Hoke being gone and the new guy would look like a savior.
Of course, once Hoke is fired, we could also not get either Harbaugh or Les Miles and get a second tier candidate, have many players who loved Hoke transfer and be doomed to mediocrity for the next 4 years. Sigh. . .
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Need more data.||
I tend to agree that Brian was a little hard on Kalis. He had the play Brian showed that he had a brain fart and let the guy through, plus two plays where he inexplicably fell down. Other than that, I would describe his play as solid but unspectacular.
I don't think Kalis' performance was bench worthy, but Glasgow is going to play somewhere.
I completely agree with Brian's assessment that the huge change from last year was everyone playing their assignments on almost every play. Awesome!
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Agree on Dileo comparison.||
I had the same thought on Dever watching the spring game. Dever looks like a quick slot guy who catches everything thrown at him but doesn't have the speed to get deep. Sounds a lot like Dileo to me. He also appeared to have the same running style.