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|4 days 10 hours ago||Not worried for 2017.||
I shared your concern until we signed Solomon. I think Dwumfour (solid but not playmaking), Solomon and Hudson is just fine as back-up DTs. Plus, Gary can slide inside here and there, particularly on passing downs. We should be able to find some decent SDE snaps among Ron Johnson, Marshall, Kemp, Jeter, Irving-Bey and Hudson to give Gary an occasional rest. I do see Gary getting a lot of snaps.
If our young but talented secondary can get the job done, we could have a very good defense.
|1 week 6 days ago||Glasgow 4th?||
Was that the younger Glasgow in 4th? I don't think he would have made anyone's Top 10. Good for him. Probably not top 40 time, but I'm impressed.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Spot on.||
I agree with you on the most likely starters and Filiaga in consideration at RT but not at the front of the line. I believe Cole will be the center as Harbaugh wants his best player there and that is a natural position for Cole. I think Onwenu is a lock at RG (could be LG, I suppose). I believe Bredeson will be at tackle since we have no other obvious options, he started this year, and his 'Hello' post states he could play any position on the line. I agree Bredeson is most likely LT if Newsome is not ready.
Based on last year's performance, I don't buy JBB at LT, maybe RT and maybe guard, but I will be shocked if he is at LT. I think there is the most uncertainty over RT. Could be anyone listed below as well as Bredeson if he's not at LT.
LT - Bredeson/Newsome (I can hope), Ulizio
LG - Ruiz/Kugler
C - Cole
RG - Onwenu
RT - Ulizio, JBB, Filiaga, Spanellis/Hall/Stueber
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Ruiz and Cole.||
Ruiz sure looks like he would be ready to play based on his film. I can see him moving into a starting guard role during the year as a freshman and then over to center in year 2. I think Harbaugh likes his best lineman at center ala Glasgow and Cole, and I think he'll put Cole at LT as a last resort only. However, I can see Cole being the LT anyway unless one of the freshmen or Ulizio are ready.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Furbush.||
I thought Furbush played quite a bit. Strangely, it looked to me like he came in on passing downs. It seemed like the nickel package was Furbush (maybe for a DL?). I think he'll play a lot next year, possibly at multiple LB positions, and do well. Coaches seem to trust him.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Safety.||
Hudson was at safety during pre-game warm-ups. Also noticed back-up OL from left to right was Dawson, Onwenu, Kugler, Runyan and Ulizio. JBB was the third string RT. Not sure how much this means.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||McCray/Bush.||
Sounds like McCray and Bush will start in the middle/WLB spots that play every down as the top two LBs. I can see Furbush being both the SLB against MSU/Wisconsin and the back-up to McCray (MLB?) and maybe Bush. In this capacity, he could get almost as many snaps as McCray and Bush assuming he is good enough to play a lot.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting.||
I'm assuming some sort of Furbush/Hudson/Uche split. Furbush more on running downs and against MSU/Wisconsin types. Hudson most similar to Peppers and Uche similar to Hudson but with a little more LB.
I assumed Metullus would be more of the strong safety type with lots of run support. Maybe Brown wants Hudson at the second safety position due to better man coverage ability (not that you don't need that at SAM).
I think Brown is going to have a blast with young multi-talented players like Hudson and Uche.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Agree.||
It's my hope that Bredeson was a legit option at LT this spring. Harbaugh seems to like to have his best OL at center (ala Glasgow and Cole), so I think he'll do this if he can. My back-up would be Filiaga at LT and Bredeson at RT or LG.
I think the top four lineman are Cole-Bredeson-Kugler-Onwenu. I don't think JBB at LT is the way to go, but maybe with another year he'd be solid at RT.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Went forward.||
I still haven't seen anything that clearly states the rule if forward progress is stopped by your own player, but he went forward after the Michigan player hit him. I don't think the Michigan player that hit him stopped his forward progress.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Show me the rule.||
I was interested, so I tried to look it up. This is the closet I could find. The only other reference to forward progress described being "in the grasp".
Ball Declared Dead ARTICLE 3. A live ball becomes dead and an official shall sound his whistle or declare it dead: a. When it goes out of bounds other than a kick that scores a field goal after touching the uprights or crossbar; when a ball carrier is out of bounds; or when a ball carrier is so held that his forward progress is stopped. When in question, the ball is dead (A.R. 4-2-1-II).
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Forward progress.||
Forward progress stops when you are in the grasp of a defender, not when you run into your own players backside. He wasn't down until his butt hit the ground. At this point, the ball was a 1/2 yard behind the line and clearly not a first down.
The ref spotted the ball based on the wrong rule for forward progress. The replay looked at it for 30 seconds and apparently decided the same thing.
The call was wrong but unfortunately that changes nothing.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Desmond/Woodson KRs.||
I loved the flipping back and forth through the Desmond/Woodson highlights. I flashed to the thought of how awesome it would be to win the game this year on a KR by Peppers.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Chris Evans.||
I think Chris Evans will play. He has speed and an ability to make you miss that is not prevalent on the current team. I think Harbaugh will find ways to get him the ball for a few plays a game that take advantage of these skills. Steve Breaston 2.0.
|41 weeks 11 hours ago||McDoom and Uche.||
I'll put in another vote for McDoom and Uche. My first choice was Chris Evans but then I saw he is a 247 composite 4*. He looks like a Steve Breaston clone to me except not as skinny. If he can catch, we are gonna love him.
McDoom looks to be big and fast with moves, so I'll take that.
I think Coach Brown can't wait to bulk up Uche a bit and unleash him on defenses. Without Brown as DC I might go with someone else, but I believe Brown will use Uche's speed and athleticism to terrorize opposing offenses.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Fair point.||
It's a good point that Newsome played ahead of Kugler this year. To my recollection, when Newsome did play, he was typically the sixth lineman on a play that was most likely a short yardage run. Given his size, this situation plays to Newsome's strengths. It is possible in extended play or passing situations the substitution could have been different (or not).
Personally, my takeaway from the last 3 spring games was that Kugler looked pretty good, so what do I know.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Long time until September for Newsome.||
Agree Newsome looked a bit shaky. My read is that Kugler is the 5th best lineman now, but Harbaugh hopes that by September Newsome will be ready. I see Harbaugh's vision of running left behind Braden and Newsome.
Giving Newsome reps also gives Cole lots of reps at center that he needs. Then, he subs Kugler in at center and both guard spots so he is ready to play any of the three if needed.
I assume if Newsome doesn't make the leap that Kugler starts at center and Cole goes back to LT.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Hill would be fine.||
I think Henderson looked like a perfectly function in-line blocker/occasional runner at FB. I think he could be the starter if we wanted to play Hill at TE.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Had same thought.||
I agree Malzone is 4th or 5th in line for snaps this years (Peters will almost certainly be ahead by next year), but I also thought he looked good. I don't read that as he will challenge for the job only to note how amazing our QB depth is 1 year after last year's spring game. I certainly wouldn't want to get down to our 4th/5th string QB, but I don't think it would be a disaster if we did.
Quite impressive indeed.
|47 weeks 21 hours ago||Henderson.||
Henderson caught my eye on a couple plays. Looks like your typical walk-on fullback who ends up playing a bunch of snaps. If Khalid Hill can't run with the ball, we may see a lot of him. I'm a big fan of Hill. If he can run with the ball, his pass catching out of the backfield will be quite an asset. He's already showed he can handle the blocking.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||2014 Class.||
I think it's a bit early to worry about the 2014 class depth. They haven't played mostly because of the success of the 2012 and 2013 class that are still here.
If you count hype this spring for guys who haven't played yet (a big if I admit), the following look like they will at least be contributing football players:
Peppers, Mone, Cole, Winovich, Bunting, Ways, Furbush and maybe Speight/Marshall/Harris.
That would be hits on 10/16 with potentially 3-4 stars (Peppers, Mone, Cole, ?). I'll take that.
Let's check back next year on 2014.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Obvious what Harbaugh saw in him.||
I've never been so excited at the commitment of an unranked player. Watch his film for about 2 seconds, and you can see why Harbaugh wanted him. For a FB he has plenty of speed and athleticism, and he CLEARLY likes to hit people.
I would not be at all surprised if he was Harbaugh's #1 recruit at FB. Ranked or not, he looks like a high quality player at a position of need who will play right away.
|49 weeks 17 hours ago||Wish I could upvote.||
Love the comment. Consider this an unofficial upvote.
|1 year 1 week ago||Seems like a bad choice.||
I don't like this. The Spring Game is a great thing to take your family to on a nice day. Unfortunately, because it is so early to accomodate the players studying (which I endorse), I can't remember the last time the weather was nice for the Spring Game. Having it at night isn't going to help this any.
In the trade of fan experience in the stadium vs. more people watching on TV, I would have preferred to side with the fans in the stadium. I hope that enough people show up that it isn't embarassing to have on TV.
Fortunately, Jim Harbaugh has built up enough good will the attendance will probably be pretty good.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Doesn't make sense.||
I don't think there is a significant chance Michigan recently cooled on Swenson unless there is a reason we're not aware of. Not developing is something we would have known about for some time.
We haven't been recruiting like Swenson wan't going to be part of the class. Why wouldn't we have gone harder after Terrence Davis? Why wouldn't we have been recruiting more OL? It's not like there are a handful of 4* OL with Michigan in the final group that would cause Michigan to want to push Swenson out.
Given the lack of OL recruits the last couple years, I can't believe we would want less than 4 OL in this class. It sure has seemed like we had 4 OL in the class and were looking to add a top OT or noone.
Leads me to believe there is something here we are not aware of.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Agree with Long and Hill.||
After Gary, the next most important recruit has to be either Long or Hill. We need a top flight CB in this class. Either Long or Hill appear to be a significant step up from any other DB on the roster once Peppers and Lewis take their talent to the NFL.
LB and OL need the bodies, but our defense won't likely fall apart with the LBs we currently have and a redshirt freshman OL is unlikely to be a savior in 2017 relative to Cole, Newsome, Kugler, Dawson, Bushell-Beaty.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||20-13 Michigan.||
|1 year 17 weeks 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.
|1 year 17 weeks 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.
|1 year 21 weeks 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.