"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
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|2 weeks 2 days ago||Got Poggi.||
Thanks for checking. I've got Poggi as one of the 4* FR DTs based on the 'Depth Chart by Class'. For this year at least, he's more likely a DE, but I defaulted to the mgoblog list in almost all cases.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Good catch.||
Good catch on Beyer, I fixed it. It was right in the table but wrong in the text. Thanks for noticing.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Agree with this.||
Your reply pretty much sums up the OL situation. There is enough talent on the OL that they COULD be good but not enough experience that they SHOULD be good. The players, OL coach and offensive coordinator need to do an excellent job for the offense to be successful.
Give these players another year in the program and the coaching gets a whole lot easier.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||This is a big one.||
I'll be honest. Now that the roster is so loaded with 4* at nearly every position, I like seeing new recruits come in to fill in depth down the road, but not many of the individual new recruits are game-changers to me these days.
This one is a huge deal to me. I'm a big fan of TEs that can block and catch because of the mismatches they create to begin with, and Clark's got the size, athleticism and apparent want-to that will make a big difference in Ann Arbor before he's done. Not only that, it looks like he'll be college-ready in terms of size when he walks in the door.
My new favorite 2015 recruit and into my Top 5 for 2014 and 2015 (Peppers, Canteen, Mone, Clark and Cole)
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I did.||
I've got two season tickets, but my two kids haven't been to a game. I'm taking my kids to their first game against Appalachain St. Got tickets on the 50 yard line!
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Not taking bets.||
No. They are NOT taking bets on this data.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Not impressed.||
7.5 over/under is a joke. Looks like they took last year's record and set the line a half point up or down. If you could actully bet these odds they would be put out of business by the end of the season.
Vegas sets odds so that half the people will bet each side of the line. There is no way that half the people would take the under.
I'll take the over.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||How about team defense?||
I don't know the OSU roster. However, if the talent is better on defense as you suggest, the results didn't show it last year. My opinion is Michigan's defense will be better this year than last.
Per NCAA.com for 2013:
Passing Yards Allowed:
Rushing Yards Allowed:
I'll take Michigan's defense over the OSU defense every time.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Biased but excited about DC tourney.||
As a resident of Northern Virginia with season football tickets, I'm excited the Big Ten Tourney will be in DC. I don't think Maryland adds anything to the conference, but I will enjoy being able to see additional Michigan sporting events without traveling 500 miles.
It's only an 8 hour drive to Ann Arbor now that the speed limit is 70 mph in Ohio, and it's a big treat to the many, many alumni in this area.
I would understand the dislike if it were going to be here all the time, but it's a nice bone to throw Maryland as long as it's only once every 5 years or so.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Reasons for optimism.||
1. We don't have to start 3 guys that have never played a snap before. Ben Braden is the least experienced of the likely starting 5, and at least he played in goal line situations in several games last year. Everyone else started multiple games. I
2. The TEs might be able to block. I'm as skeptical as the next guy on AJ Williams, but in the spring game he looked like a guy who can block. He also looked ok running some short routes, but I don't care if he catches a single ball as long as he can block the guy in front of him. If Williams can't block, I believe Heitzman can. He's huge and for a blocking TE is pretty athletic. Two blocking TEs instead of zero is a big step up.
3. RBs coached to cut back when the hole isn't there. One (admittedly of many) of the reasons the running game was poor last year was that the RBs never cut back instead they bounced even further in the direction the play was going. From the spring game, it was clear the RBs are being drilled to look for the cut back if there isn't a hole where the play was designed.
Unless you have 2-3 guys next to each other that blow the DL down the field, I think the OL success or lack thereof is driven by the weakest link. If one guy misses a block or goes the wrong way the play is doomed even if one or two guys had a really good block. If all of our OL and TEs are consistently adequate the OL will take a big leap forward. All of the starters (except Braden) have played a good deal, and I would argue by the end of the year Glasgow, Magnuson and Kalis were playing consistently adequate. It doesn't seem like too much of a stretch with a simplified offense that Bosch and Braden will be there by the fall. I thought both of them looked ok in the spring game.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Too much negative...||
I'll admit to being an optimist, but I can't believe how negative this thread is. Here are the positives I took from Saturday:
1. Our defense blitzed and played press coverage. This is great for the defense, but it is more important for Devin Gardner and the line's development. We all watched last year's offense struggle against the blitz. The only way to be prepared to play the blitz is to practice against it early and often. If we do this all spring and fall practices and can't handle blitzes come game time, shame on us. In the fall, we will intenionally run some plays that work well against blitzes rather than forcing Gardner to make the hot read. We all saw our offense succeed against teams that didn't blitz, if we can hold our own against pressure, the offense will be fine.
2. We appear to have 2 new playmakers in Lewis and Canteen.
3. AJ Williams looked to be able to block and Heitzman did too. Competent TE blocking will make a big difference over last year.
4. I thought the OL looked a lot better in the second half of practice. Bosch and Braden looked fine and Miller had his moments. Put Magnuson and Glasgow in the starting lineup, and we could be ok.
5. Safety play was good. Jarrod Wilson had a couple nice plays, and Jeremy Clark had a couple nice plays in run support.
6. I believe the defense looks like a big step up from last year's defense even factoring in the offense.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Not Glasgow.||
He won't displace Glasgow, since he's our best lineman. Glasgow will start somewhere whether it be center, guard or tackle. More likely replace Bosch or Kalis, possible Glasgow goes to tackle and Braden becomes the first reserve.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Good and bad...||
This is the good and bad for where we are today. The scary part is that not only is Gardner the only SR, but Gardner, Funchess and Glasgow are the only members of the JR-SR classes on offense. 2015 will be a great year and hopefully this year talent will trump youth. At least we have players who have seen the field before at every position.
I would put Heitzman #2 on the TE list. I think we will love his position switch. Given his size and athleticism (for a primarily blocking TE) along with his experience in HS, I'll be surprised if he's not ahead of Williams by the start of the season.
|21 weeks 20 hours ago||Glasgow.||
I thought Glasgow was our best OL not named Lewan or Schofield last year, especially considering he had to move over and play center. Walk-on or not, he's a good football player. He will start somewhere on the line next year and do well, whether it be C, G or RT.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Ryan move seems like a spring test run.||
I see the Ryan move to MLB as a test run to see if he can be a disruptive force in the middle of the defense. If it doesn't work out, they move him back. Even if it doesn't work, they can play Ryan at MLB here and there to throw teams off if he's spent some time playing there. Fortunately, we have a bunch of LBs with 2 years of playing time so we can try some different things and go back to what they know if it doesn't work.
Another amazing observation. We can move a player who started at SDE some of last year to tight end with no concerns about that lack of depth on the DL. This is a little less exciting since we have a bunch of solid players, but not much WOW at SDE other than Taco.
I'm assuming Dawson is at LT because Braden will likley start at RT. I seem to remember seeing somewhere that LTT was the nominal LT with Magnuson out and before he had surgery.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Safety options.||
I'll be stunned if Wilson and Dymonte aren't the starting safeties in the fall, but if one of them isn't ready I suspect Jeremy Clark is a viable option (looked good in the spring game). Down the line, Hill and Dawson both sound like very athletic players who could develop into excellent safeties.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Willie Henry.||
Henry's got enough size/strength to play NT. If Pipkins isn't ready to go, I think Henry is the NT with Wormley at the 3T to start the year. I see Hurst and Pipkins backing up at both positions and pushing to start as the year moves along.
|29 weeks 15 hours ago||Can the 2014 guys add weight?||
I think that Funchess and Darboh will get the bulk of the catches along with Butt and a few from Chesson.
Of the 2013 and 2014 guys, I was thinking that Harris and Canteen would both make an impact, but I was surprised to watch their highlight tapes and see how skinny they are. Granted Harris' tape was from 2012 so maybe he's put on good weight while injured (?). Ways did not look as skinny, so maybe he'll play. All of them are very talented.
My bet is 1-2 of the 2014 guys contribute with some big plays and that if it's only one of them that Jones will be the other WR getting PT.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Run defense?||
Would make sense based on size, but he'd need to dramatically improve his run defense. Certainly an option on passing downs.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Skins||
I see Clark-wde, Henry-nt, Wormley and Beyer. Pipkins at NT with Henry at 3T if Pipkins is back ready to go. Hurst and Poggi will be next year's version of Henry and Wormley. Play more and more as the year goes on. Charlton will amaze here and there and play a lot by the end of the year.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Similar to last year.||
I see the game going a lot like last year. State won't be able to move the ball but will find there way to a touchdown and a field goal somehow. We'll play it tight to avoid turnovers and win 13-10.
As long as we are -1 or better in turnover margin, I see us winning. I just don't see their offense moving the ball against our D.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||MSU game will look nothing like IU||
Borges' game plan against MSU will be completely different because it will be a completely different game. It will be a grind it out game, and if we get 20 points that will likely be enough to win. TOs will be our doom. Borges will smartly call a safer game (I don't mean run on every 1st down). If it works all is well. If we lose, Borges will be criticized for not using the IU game plan.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||More Magnuson?||
I thought Magnuson was in there pretty much the whole game. I did see Kalis on a goal-line play as the extra lineman and a few more plays. I am far from certain this is correct.
I thought Magnuson, Burzynski and Bosch all looked good enough. None are likely to blow people off the ball, but they'll block the guy they are supposed and not be a liability against a pass rush. This is good enough for me in 2013.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Re-watched U-conn game, feel a little better.||
The first half was awful, but after watching the second half, I feel better about Devin. I felt like he needed to spend the bye week getting his confidence back. I was surprised to watch the second half and watch a poised Gardner play pretty well. He threw 1 bad pass and other than that looked pretty good.
I also noticed on the long Touissant TD run, Gardner saw the LBs gearing up to blitz up the middle and audibled to the speed option that went for a TD. Borges also had a couple other calls geared to deal with LBs blitzing up the middle that went well. The LB blitzes confusing our interior OL has been a big worry for me, so I was glad to see we had adapted in the second half.
Anyway, if you want to feel better about the team, rewatch the U-conn game, but start right after the second half fumble. I actually think it says good things about Devin that he was able to pull it together at halftime.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Yuck.||
That was awful, but we didn't lose. The team got away with taking the week off and playing vanilla offense and defense.
Positives: Chesson yards-after-catch looked really good. More touches for him as teams double and triple Gallen, please.
Lots of snaps for Jourdan Lewis. Not sure why we've played a different 3rd CB each week (Stribling-Hollowell-Lewis). Thought Lewis looked pretty good out there.
Willie Henry played and appeared to look pretty good on first viewing. This season, I was expecting him to be the first DT off the bench and do well.
Prediction: U-Conn will be very sorry we played so poorly today.
|45 weeks 12 hours ago||Looked like Magnuson at LT.||
My recollection from the game was that Magnuson appeared to be going in at LT, not RT (standing on that side of line before Lewan came in). I assume this was because they expected it to be only one play, and it wasn't worth moving Schofield back and forth for one play.
|45 weeks 13 hours ago||Hopefully will improve with carries.||
I think Fitz will run better as he gets more in game carries with this OL. As he gets more carries and learns the tendencies of his blockers and where the holes tend to end up on a given play, he should get better.
Seems like two years ago he had trouble finding holes early in the year and then suddenly exploded after a few starts once he figured out where to go.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Lots of Wilson||
I think it will be all Wilson and no Avery. Hoke's quotes sound like Avery won't actually play even though he says 'yeah' he'll play.
I'll also predict Countess stays at CB and someone else plays nickle so he can match up along with Taylor on their outside WRs.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Glasgow will start somewhere.||
I predict Glasgow will start somewhere because I think he's good. He looked pretty good in the spring game, he looked good pulling near the goal line on the last scrimmage highlights, and he started the spring game and ran with the first string in the last scrimmage. The dude is 6' 6" and moves like a football player. My guess for the starters would be Glasgow at guard and Miller at center. The only way I can see Glasgow not starting is if it were Braden at guard and Miller at center.
It would be one huge line if it were Lewan-Bryant-Glasgow-Kalis-Schofield.
The suspense will end Friday after today's scrimmage so the line can get some run as a unit the rest of the way.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||Glasgow looked good.||
If Bryant is better than Glasgow then that is a good thing. I thought Glasgow looked good in the highlights from the practice. He had a really nice pull where he nailed Morgan (I think) coming through the hole.