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|4 weeks 8 hours ago||Media Training||
I know that freshman lacrosse players had to take media training during their first few weeks on campus, learning how to talk to reporters and learning about building their personal brand for how they want to be known. I'm sure the football guys are even more prepared and likely practiced.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Charlie Weis||
Charlie Weis. Schematic advantage for the win!
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||B1G Lax||
B1G Lax starts in 2015. This spring they are still in the ECAC.
In addition to the above and the ECAC teams, I heard a rumor Maryland was making a trip to the big house and we would play all but one of the future B1G lax teams. Hoping that comes true.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||This huge||
This is a huge get for JP. In 2016 JP has 2 of the top 12 recruits locked up. One attack and one middie. Generally those top 10-ish kids only go to ACC schools, and for JP to get 2 in one year, for a team that only has 2 wins ever is huge. It'll probably be 2018 or so before these top kids really have a shot at reaching their potential (which seems like forever), but I'm excited already.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Henry Adams||
Jamie Munro (who used to be the Denver coach) was raving about this kid earlier this week. He plays for a powerhouse program and looks very good. His highlights looked a bit like summer ball to me (cause it was), as a lot of defenders were playing with flat feet, etc., but there is no question the kid has some serious skills. His hand/eye coordination is great and he can catch the ball at crazy angles near the crease and get off a quick shot on cage. Would love to see him in some non-summer league games playing at full speed.
Regardless though, this is a huge pickup for JP. I've said all along that the hardest thing to recruit for him will be elite attack, and a top 10 recruit at attack can do wonders for a program. One Peter Baum, Mark Matthews or even Logan Schuss type could really elevate the team quickly.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Fly fishing||
Is that guy going fly fishing again and Saban is worried that his players will miss practice to go with him?
|17 weeks 19 hours ago||Beard||
According to the CTK video Miller and Heitzman both have camp beards.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Nice||
Looks like a quite a few challenging games, but a few winnable games as well. Florida, Northwestern and Hopkins all in a row is one tough 3 game stretch for a new team.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks||
Thanks for posting this. Heidt won best goalie and Young is a middie I've heard about before. Those two positions seem to be where our recruiting excelled in our first class with Jackson, Hernandez and Logan.
A top attackman will be tough to come by for a new program, but I'm hoping we can land some stud defenders soon. Putting a decent defense in front of Logan will really help this team improve quickly.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||#27||
Already got a couple #27 jerseys! I have been waiting for someone to breakthrough with that number since Calvin Bell.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Emil||
I guess I don't know enough about the specific rules, but if he stayed enrolled at the university, would that cause an APR hit as well? Doesn't seem all that different to someone who blows out their knee and chooses to stay in school and get their degree. Those don't seem like "academic" issues that should cause a hit to the APR to me.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Hoke||
I wonder how Hoke's recruits would match up on the size/weight measurables in that chart. I'd guess closer than bleacher report might expect.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Slightly||
Big ten has last year's laxpower #3, 5, 12, & 14.
ACC has #2, 4, 10, 15 & 17
4 top 20's vs. 5 top 20's. 2 top 5's vs. 2 top 5's. 4 top 15's vs. 4 top 15's. I stand by my slightly, while acknowledging that laxpower isn't perfect so there is of course plenty of subjectivity with this type of analysis no matter how you measure it.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Great news||
I'm definitely excited about this from a lacrosse perspective. Michigan will now play in the strongest conference nationally that will get an auto-bid, and the conference will only be slightly behind the ACC now. It also gets Michigan a lot more lacrosse exposure on the east coast in the Maryland recruiting hot-bed. Both of those things will help Michigan become a nationally competitive program relatively quickly.
Only question remaining to be discussed is what happens with JHU's TV deal with ESPN. Big Ten has been reluctant to show lacrosse games, however if they are looking to get into TV sets on the east cost, this is certainly one way to do it.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Friday||
I think they also got a tour of NBC sports studios and a EOS partners, which is an investment company on Friday. Very cool that the guys are getting a chance to do these types of things off the field. The UM network is a great thing, hopefully the recruits notice.
|40 weeks 3 hours ago||Progress||
Capilla, I think this team is progressing along just as we'd expect, and to be honest games like this and Hobart have exceeded my expectations. Next year I think we will still be underdogs in these types of games given that we will be playing almost all freshman and sophomores at that point, but the third year in I'm expecting the big jump as we will have two experienced classes in, plus a third group of Freshman. There are a few Freshman on the field right now who look like they are ready for this level of play, but are still inconsistent and a handful of guys who are ready should not be enough to be competitive against this type of schedule just yet.
Two weeks in a row we had a chance in the 4th quarter to actually beat an ECAC team. We were right in both games and neither seemed to look like a fluke.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Nice||
I'm pretty excited to see him develop once he gets some more talent around him. Watching the inter squad scrimmage last fall it looked like he was easily te teams best feeder.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Competition||
Not sure if that's the case. I believe Hobart has been a sub-par faceoff team so far this year, so it may just be that as Brad Lott is out (who was near 50% the last couple games himself), Wylie is facing some favorable competition. Sounds like we might be close to having two options now, which is huge.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Encouraging||
That sounds lilke an encouraging first half. I think Hobart is better than their record indicates. And for Michigan to do that while a number of their regular players are out is very encouraging. Hopefully our second half keeps it close and we can take a step forward.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||HPU||
Interested to see how this one goes. I'm not sure we can say we are favored to be honest. How we looked against Marquette and how we looked against Army is such a big variance who knows what team will show up tonight. High Point is inconsistent as well given how young they are.
I'm hoping we can just avoid the transition and make them play us 6v6. Teams seem to get on runs against us with their transition and I'd like to see us correct that against a team we should be able to match up with.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Surprised||
I thought this might be a trap game, but did not expect us to play this poorly. Happy we did well on face offs and in goal, but we really struggled even getting shots on cage. Turnovers were up and clearing below 80% so maybe that contributed to the shot problems. Hopefully the young guys are just experiencing some inconsistencies as they grow.
Also really surprised by Marquette given how well we did against them in the scrimmage. Maybe it's good news for us.
|42 weeks 20 hours ago||Maybe not||
I'm not sure the law of large numbers applies here. The law of large numbers needs the players to be chosen randomly. The players are not really random. They are genetically bigger, faster, stronger, competitive, and probably testosterone driven than most of the rest of us. If sexual orientation is based on genetics as many argue, we are looking at a portion of the population that shares quite a few genetic traits and probably doesn't represent the full spectrum of genetic possibilities.
Likely there have more than a few though.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Game||
Watched the 2nd half, and it looked like after Michigan went down early in the 4th they upped the pressure and that led to BU running away with it. Watching the offense, it looks like we still don't quite have the athletes to break down the defense 6v6 consistently. I saw a lot of shots running away from the goal, forced feeds and shots from far out, which shows me that we're still outmatched physcially.
Kyle Jackson did some nice things, and the man-up looked to at least generate some looks. Lott looks like an upgrade, although it seems BU adjusted to him by the 4th.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||charge and block||
I think both the charge and block calls need to go as they stand now. Taking a guys legs out shouldn't be allowed, but basketball is the only sport when a defender gets a foul for being in the offensive players way. Just man up and let the guys play.
Those two calls turn most pickup basketball games into a jerry springer drama fest. Ruining the game at the grass roots level and encouraging a culture of unnecessary drama.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||face offs||
Heard we still had trouble with face offs. Anyone know what the deal was with brad Lott? He wasn't on the inactive list the team twitter account posted yesterday, so I wonder if he is low on the depth chart or was suspended or something.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||wow||
I would love to see this happen. Having two traditional powerhouse programs in a league associated with the midwest would really help legitimize B1G lacrosse and help the game expand beyond the east coast, both of which will help Michigan get the lacrosse recruits they need and make them a better know commodity on the east coast. Of course that will make it pretty difficult for Michigan to compete for conference championships, but in the long run should be a good thing.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Defense||
Defense I think is more correlated to athleticism, size and effort and less correlated to skill, so it seems intuitive that it wouldn't leave you. Your opponent could get hot and make lots of shots in a row, but if they are all contested, you are getting blocks and steals and not allowing drives, I think it is less likely so. By being a good defensive team, you can get the opponent out of their game by forcing them to take bad shots, hurried shots, etc and that doesn't really depend much on luck but more so on effort and athleticism.
There would be variance in the shooting percentage of your opponents as they have good or bad luck from time to time, but forcing them into harder shots via defensive effort seems like something you can control. And when the opponent consistently takes harder shots, it makes it much less likely they will catch on fire offensively.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Punts||
I thought Hoke said returning kicks, as is in kickoffs not punts.
I'm not sure I'd want Denard returning punts if his grip isn't strong enough to throw the ball. Could make catching the ball and holding onto it tough. If he muffs a kickoff he will have time to just pick it up before defenders get there. But not on a punt, they will already be there, and punts are trickier to begin with. You want experience and sure hands to return punts.
|1 year 2 days ago||Team rules||
Alcohol, even if you are of legal age, often is a violation of team rules when you are in season. I don't know the football team's specific rules though so who knows.
And that was a very well written apology.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Tough schedule||
Even new program high point could be a challenge. They tied NCAA tournament team Colgate last month in a scrimmage. Scrimmage yes, but sounds like they've got some talent.
Having watched the intra squad scrimmage, michigans offense should give them some opportunities to pull off some upsets this year. The defense is very young, and it may be a while before they play together as a team defense, so until that happens may we have trouble keeping pace with some teams. Hopefully that happens by the end of the year in time for the UDM game.