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|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 2 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.
|3 weeks 9 hours 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.
|3 weeks 9 hours 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.
|3 weeks 6 days 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.
|4 weeks 2 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.
|4 weeks 2 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.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Wish I could upvote.||
Love the comment. Consider this an unofficial upvote.
|10 weeks 2 days 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.
|14 weeks 5 days 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.
|15 weeks 2 days 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.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||20-13 Michigan.||
|25 weeks 6 days 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.
|26 weeks 8 hours 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.
|29 weeks 6 days 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.
|33 weeks 3 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.
|36 weeks 3 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.
|37 weeks 7 hours 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.
|47 weeks 2 hours 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.
|1 year 1 week 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 . .
|1 year 3 weeks 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.
|1 year 4 weeks 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.
|1 year 6 weeks 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.
|1 year 11 weeks 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.
|1 year 11 weeks 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.
|1 year 13 weeks 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.
|1 year 13 weeks 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.
|1 year 13 weeks 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.
|1 year 13 weeks 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.
|1 year 13 weeks 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.