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- Joe Bolden - Captain of the defense. Has the experience, athleticism, and leadership skills to get the most out of his team.
- Mason Cole - Value is inflated because there are no other "sure things" on the O-line. Has positional flexibility as well, and with G. Glasgow gone, this guy's importance can't be overstated.
- Ryan Glasgow - I'll take performance over hype, thank you very much. This former walk-on will be the anchor of Michigan's 2015 defense.
- Jake Butt - A sure thing on an offensive squad that doesn't have many of those. Butt can block and catch and is a match-up nightmare for any LB on the team.
- Jourdan Lewis - Last year's #1 CB is this year's #1 CB.
- Jabrill Peppers - I love the hype, too, but can't put him any higher until he performs.
- Desmond Morgan - Limited athletically, but still a great LB.
- Amara Darboh - Came on during the second half of last season and is a proven offensive weapon.
- Jarrod Wilson - This guy is massively underrated by the board. He can play center field and allow Peppers to do his thing in man coverage and run support.
- Willie Henry - Mercurial talent that is unblockable when he is in top form.
- Smith, Green, Isaac -- I see them as virtually interchangeable at this point, so I wouldn't be in a hurry to draft one.
- James Ross III and Ben Gedeon -- There is little doubt that LB is our deepest and best position. McCray and RJS deserve some recognition here, too.
- Mario Ojemudia -- 7.5 TFLs last year in limited action. Gets wiped out sometimes, but makes plays too.
- Taco Charlton -- Has potential. Hasn't proven it.
- Chris Wormley -- Better than given credit for, I think Wormley finally takes his place as a difference-maker this year.
- Jehu Chesson -- Don't count out the experiened WR that does whatever is asked of him, and is a special teams ace.
- Dennis Norfleet -- Experience and quickness almost earned a place in my top ten, but hasn't yet been a game-changer.
- Kyle Kalis -- New scheme should be a perfect fit. If he can become consistent, he could transform himself into an early-round NFL pick.
- Hurst and Mone -- NT will be a position of strength this year.
- Magnuson -- Has never settled into a position, but has lots of experience and talent.
- Blake Countess -- He will bounce back this year and be good-to-very-good.
|6 days 18 hours ago||My Board||
This is a lot harder than it should be. We need more standout players, and I suspect that by B1G season, this will be much easier (and in the future). In a draft, of course, a lot depends on what the other team does, but in terms of overall value I would load-up on defense (assumes all players are healthy):
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Kap and Hack are examples of||
Kap and Hack are examples of what happens when your offensive line play declines precipitously. Hackenberg didn't become a ba QB as a sophomore and Kaepernick didn't become a bad QB because he's a year older. The O-line play directly impacts the QB and both guys faced softer protection this year. That's not all there is to it, but that's a big part of it.
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|3 weeks 5 days ago||If this is half true, I'm||
If this is half true, I'm excited. HAIL-YEA, the defense should be ahead of the offense at this point. It is much easier to pick up scheme on defense than it is on offense where timing, precision, and chemistry play a bigger role. Not to mention that we have no established QB, very little WR experience, and a very different coaching style on the O-Line. On top of all that, our defense is simply better--they've been coached better and played better for years, and there is more experience.
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|4 weeks 1 day ago||This is the winner||
"I MUST WIN...I MUST WIN!!!" He spends another few minutes repeating and talking about that phrase after he breaks the projector with his enthusiasm.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Texas||
I actually like the Longhorn on the front of the helmet.
But yeah, lots of these are just bigger logos...
|4 weeks 6 days ago||No big deal||
I'm not worried.
If our staff is as good as we think it is, this won't be a huge issue. What makes me say that? OSU's defense this year featured 13 players on the two-deep with one or no years of experience. Their safeties each had one season of experience.
Would it be nice if the recruiting classes would smooth out a bit to prevent this in the future? Yes and no. Having years where you are loaded with seniors does seem to correlate to national success, so it may be worth having some lean years.
But like I said, Saban, Meyer, and even Fisher have demonstrated the ability to reload each year. Harbaugh will do the same.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Numbers changing||
Unfortunately, I think transitions have made this look worse than it is.
I expect these numbers to change as Bolden, Wilson, Butt, Taco, Dymonte(?), Canteen, Cole, Mone, Watson(?), and Mason Cole move up through the ranks and rack-up some PT.
Then again, we just had another transition, and if those guys aren't willing to eat cereal and gatorade (that's a metaphor) then they won't see the field under JH.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||This should be Posbanged||
Morgan is a very good player who seems to have the tenacity Harbaugh craves. While expected, this is amazingly great news.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Book your ticket to Indy||
If we beat both MSU and OSU, you can bet we'll be playing in Indy for the B1G championship. I'm sure it's not likely, but doesn't it feel good that it's possible?
|6 weeks 3 days ago||OSU||
The article also points out the running game's success against Ohio State, which was extremely encouraging when you consider how strong OSU's defense had gotten by that point.
But to answer your question, I dont know. I'd love to see someone research that, but it won't be me. Anecdotally, I do remember offenses finishing strong and then looking better the following year, like MSU '13.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||WRONG||
The laws of probability prove that if something has any chance of happening, it eventually will. Something that has a 0% chance of happening must truly be impossible.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Burning bridges||
There is no way Urban didn't know about Drayton's departure. Drayton must know that if he even wants to coach college football again that he needs to be open and honest with his head coaches--especially guys that the influence that Meyer does.
This was dirty, slimy, under-handed. And if U-M does it, I'll say the same thing.
I'm not going to give Meyer the blanket label of "slimy," but OSU played this kid, and they should rip-up the LOI if he asks them to.
|7 weeks 14 hours ago||ND press coverage||
We pressed ND unsuccessfully. Countess, in particular, was getting torched. Will Fuller was getting clean releases on slants and fades, and we had to soften coverage to try to stop the bleeding.
We tried to press ND, just couldn't do it.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Heh||
But, as you've proven, self-righteousness is not a lost art.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Missing the point||
I am excited about/for every kid that commits to Michigan, regardless of their recruiting rankings. Our coaches should be, too.
There is no possibility of negative consequences from these tweets, unless you're the type of person that only believes that highly-ranked recruits are desirable.
Harbaugh turned Stanford into a national powerhouse with 3-star players...anyone he invites that accepts the invitation should excite us.
I have never, NEVER been anything less than excited for a "Hello" post, and I doubt I ever will be. It's always a blessing to welcome another member to the family.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Ace||
Yeah, well said, Brian.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, but not Gollums.||
Yeah, but not Gollums.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Seth referenced it||
Smart football makes complex concepts accessible to the layman.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Gut feeling||
I believe Clark is going to pick UCLA.
And if he does, I am fine with that, because I think it indicates that there are things that are more important to him than football. Don't get me wrong--I've lived in LA and Westwood is an amazing spot--I can't blame the kid for loving it. But Harbaugh's system is proven to be an NFL TE factory.
I wish him the best and hope he goes Blue, because I honestly believe Michigan gives him a far better chance of becoming an elite TE and a high NFL draft pick.
|9 weeks 13 hours ago||Early returns||
So far, he appears to be a good addition. The recruits he is visiting seem to like him and he's getting kids to come for visits.
Time will tell, but there is certainly nothing to criticize yet.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I wish||
I could upvote this. Great work, and lots of it. We tend to only remember the whimpering end, but Fred had a pretty good career here.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Broncos?||
He missed lots of hires. 49ers, Broncos, Jets. He named the guys that hired his assistants.
There really is nothing to see here.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Really?||
Your comparisons are completely invalid. First of all, no one has any idea who (if anyone) deflated the balls, or who ordered it. It's more likely Tom Brady is guilty than Bill Belichick, but that's not the story out there.
Second, if you want to compare, let's use a valid comparison. The Seahawks break contact and pass interference rules all the time, and don't get flagged every time. Should they be fined and docked draft picks? They are doing it in plain sight, same as the footballs. This isn't cheating on a test, it's an open, obvious practice that the refs had the opportunity to stop AFTER EVERY SINGLE PLAY. And comparing this to putting lives in danger by driving drunk? SMH. That's beyond ridiculous.
Finally, the balls were re-inflated at halftime, and the Pats proceeded to annihilate the Colts. This game's outcome had NOTHING to do with deflated balls. ZERO.
Honestly, the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions were hurt by far more egregious officiating errors, and there was no recourse. Give me a break. If this wasn't Belichick's team that has a chance to be the most successful ever, then it wouldn't be a story.
To answer your one reasonable question: YES. Blame does get shifted if someone is paid to enforce the rules. As my other examples above indicate, it is the referee's job to make sure the rules are followed. That's why we have refs. That's why you don't call your own fouls in professional sports. If you were ever an athlete or coach in a terribly officiated game, then you understand that bad officiating tilts the scales, and, if properly enforced, rules are broken far, far less often.
Have you ever played a sport and broken a rule? Ever fouled someone in basketball and not had the foul called? What did you do? Did you tell the ref to stop the game and give the guy some free throws?
The self-righteousness of our society is staggering.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Iman Marshall||
The starting spots are all wide open with the new staff, but CB seems to be particularly open. Iman Marshall is very much what Durkin looks for in a CB, and I think he could win the job and start opposite Lewis by B1G season, if not from day one.
Countess was average at best on the outside last year, and I don't see the aggression that Durkin's CBs played with at Florida. I think we'll see a renewed emphasis on speed at all positions, and Peppers playing that HSP role that UF used last year sounds perfectly delightful.
This defense will, schematically, somewhat resemble Mattison's 2011-2013 units, but it will have a very different feel with personnel and execution.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||EXACTLY||
This whole thing is such a joke. If the balls were deflated to a point that would have made a difference, then the referees are the ones that are at fault here. They handle the balls after EVERY play, and if they couldn't tell they weren't properly inflated, then they should be reprimanded, not the Patriots.
Anyone who has played any football can immediately tell--just from gripping a football--if the ball is properly inflated.
This is more about media attention and making a stroy than anything, but if there is a story, it should be the continued incompetence of NFL officials.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Best part||
I think this is the best part of the story...honestly reminded me of Hoke (in a good way):
Maybe we can have everything we want in a coach.
|10 weeks 15 hours ago||Crystal Ball||
If I had to guess, right now I'd say UCLA for Clark. But a visit to U-M with JH could change that very quickly.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Bootleg||
What some people mistakenly call a waggle is actually a bootleg.
Two TDs were scored on bootlegs in this game alone, and the naked bootleg was a HUGE play for us in '97.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Streets and Tuman||
I can't believe Tai Streets isn't getting more love.
He didn't really blow-up until '98, but he and Tuman combined for 51 catches and eight of the team's 14 receiving TDs.
I thought Chris Howard was overlooked too often just because A-Train was a freshman; Howard, at that point, really was a far better all-purpose back who led the team in rushing and receptions.
On defense, they all seemed like stars. Marcus Ray was amazing, but I loved Dhani, Sword, and James Hall.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||True||
But you are missing my point. The screenshot I posted is not the play OSU ran, it's the concept.
Harbaugh did not start the wham/trap concept, but he has used it to great effect and is known for it. OSU used it in the NC game, but hadn't been using before.
I wasn't actually talking about the Triangle play, since OSU doesn't use it.