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- QB - Toss-up. Numbers edge to Blue.
- RB - Maize. Smith + Green > Isaac + Shallman
- FB - Blue. Kerridge is the best we've got by some distance, IMO, esp. w/Houma out.
- WR - Maize. Blue got Darboh, then Maize got pretty much everyone else, unless Harris is actually healthy.
- TE - Blue. Probably our two best pass-catchers, and one of our best overall players in Jake Butt.
- OL - Blue. But looking at both sides makes me realize we have plenty of good players at OL; if Maize had JBB, it would pretty much be a toss-up.
- DL - Blue. Despite lacking a DE, Glasgow, Henry, and Wormley are three of our best DLs. Maize has no starters there, unless Marshall blows up.
- LB - Slight edge to Maize. Bolden and Gedeon are two of our best. Morgan and RJS are just a notch below. Gant might be a hair better than Wangler, but that's pure sepculation.
- CB - Blue. This is one of the widest gaps, and it will be fun to watch Blue's CBs match-up against Maize's WRs.
- S - Maize by a hair. Wilson is steady and Thomas is explosive, but Peppers, Hill and Clark are a stronger trio.
- RB - Isaac, Green, Smith, Johnson. All of those guys are more than capable of being successful starting RBs, and all should benefit from the new system. My guess is that whoever can stay healthy wins the job, and looks good.
- WR - Darboh and Chesson and are almost certainly your day one starters. Ways is probably their biggest threat. Norfleet, Canteen, and Dever could all come on in the slot, and Canteen might get some time outside, though he's still pretty small. Cole probably won't redshirt, but I doubt he's ready to be an every down guy. But even guys like Jones and Dukes that have been around for awhile could suprise.
- TE - Might be our thinnest position. Butt is the only proven guy here, and we have to hope he stays healthy, because the drop-off is big. Williams is a blocker who can't block very well. Hill is a question mark after the injury. Bunting is still growing into his size. Winovich was a LB. I'm a bit concerned here.
- FB - There will be true fullbacks. Kerridge is primed to blow-up, and Houma should be good if he can return healthy. Shallman is listed at RB but could make an impact here. Pallante has the right body to make an impact as a blocker. Harbaugh will make one of these guys (or more) into a LB-killer.
- O-Line - Magnuson, Samuelson, Fox, LTT, Braden, Kalis, Cole, Bars, Dawson, Glasgow, Kugler, JBB. All of those guys were either talented recruits or have demonstrated they have some ability on the field. There's a starting five in there. It will take some time for them to gel and really learn the scheme through experience, but this group will be good enough to compete with just about anyone by season's end. Unfortunately, there is one team in our conference that will probably be too much for them...
- D-Line - The new system will utilize talented players wherever it can. Taco, Mario, Marshall, Wormley, Glasgow, Mone, Hurst, Henry--those guys all have starting potential. Godin, Pipkins, Poggi, and Strobel are adequate depth guys, and Pip could be more if he can stay healthy for 10 minutes.
- LB - Maybe no stars, but loads of good players: Bolden, Morgan, JRIII, Gedeon, McCray, RJS, and even Gant is getting some hype. Furbush and Wangler could surprise. I don't see an all-B1G guy, but there is plenty of depth and talent here.
- CB - Lewis, Countess, and Stribling are almost certainly your top three. Peppers might play some nickel. That's four good options. Richardson apparently looked good before injury, and someone like Dawson could surprise.
- S - Peppers and Wilson? This could very well be our best starting position group on the entire team. Hill, Clark, and even Watson could figure in here.
- 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.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Logged in to upvote||
Well done, sir.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Better than the offense?||
This is bad--horribly bad--but it still might have been a more productive recruiting class than the 2010 offensive version. Only Gardner would wind-up a consistent starter, and Dileo was the only other significant contributor.
All-in-all, 2010 was pretty much the worst on every level.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Competency||
If our defense can be as good as it was last year (and it could be better), then we just need a competent offense to get us to 8 wins.
What's clear is that a healthy Rudock is, at least, a competent QB. He may not be a game-breaker like Henne or Henson, but he may be able to manage a game and take what the defense gives him. I do believe we'll struggle vs. great defenses (like OSU) but 9 wins seems plausible, with at least 8 probable with Rudock at the helm.
If Morris beats him for the job, that's a very good sign, IMO.
|1 week 2 days ago||Old arguments||
RR is a good coach. He develops players, installs a scheme that maximizes his talent, and seems to genuinely care about his team.
But damn if he didn't shit the bed a few times while he was here, and this class was one of those.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||YES, and...||
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|3 weeks 4 days ago||Really?||
A steamroller that almost lost to PSU, Indiana, and Michigan? 2OT vs PSU, up by one going into the 4th against Indiana, and up by 7 at the start of the 4th against Michigan.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||HARBAUGH!||
April 24th has never been so much fun in the college football world.
Thanks for making my Friday, Jim.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||If Saban could do this he would||
Since he cant,
|4 weeks 2 days ago||NO||
"Really, there is no body of objective evidence, other than that, to indicate he has earned that offer."
That statement is patently FALSE. The kid has camped at U-M, has coaches who have seen him practice and play, and has played in JV games. Just because he doesn't have film that's publicly available or a high school stat sheet doesn't mean there is no objective evidence to indicate that he has earned the offer.
Here is a correct statement: "I can't find any objective evidence on the internet to indicate that he has earned the offer. Therefore, I will assume there was no reason other than his legacy status, despite the fact that his brother did not recieve an offer an is paying his way, and despite the fact that his coaches and our coaches do have knowledge of him. I will make that assumption because I am entitled to an opinion about everything that happens no matter how it makes a kid feel or how it might affect our football program."
Do you want to be the guy saying that last statement? That's what this board should be asking itself.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Welcome to the family, Carter!||
We are grateful to have you! We need more enormous, athletic, committed young men on our team.
As far as everyone who is saying that this offer doesn't make sense...don't you think it's possible that Harbaugh knows more than you do? Carter has camped at Michigan and has obvious Michigan connections. HS stats for a sophomore aren't everything.
I'm excited to have another member of the family.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||Triumph?||
Is that you?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Pretty sure this is Jim Delany||
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Too systematic||
I don't think we need applications and the formality proposed here.
In my opinion, the biggest problem with the Legends jerseys was that there were too many of them. Dudes that were most certainly not close to being legends were wearing them, and that watered-down the mystique.
Basically, we should only retire numbers of dudes who are legends (Heisman or some other equally amazing feat) and if those jerseys are brought back into circulation, it should only be for players that have already demonstrated they have a realistic shot at repeating those amazing feats, and that would be at the HC's discretion.
The problem with the Legends jerseys, and even the #2 jersey, during the Hoke era is that it was WAY too easy to get one. Not one of the players wearing a "Legends" jersey turned out to be anything close to a legend, perhaps save Jeremy Gallon--but even that is a stretch.
|6 weeks 21 hours ago||Devin Lucien, UCLA|
|6 weeks 21 hours ago||Hello!||
Welcome to the family, Blake! We are fortunate to have you and look forward to bringing the B1G championship back to A2 where it belongs.
P.S. - Negging a "Hello" post should be cause for a ban. I'm sure I don't understand all of the squabbling that goes on around here, but no matter what you think of a poster, don't neg the news that we've added a valued member to our family. You can find other places to relieve your angst.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Not that clear-cut||
First of all, I think they are very close--Bolden is not way ahead of Morgan. I think they are very different players who offer different things. I'd prefer Bolden. The previous staff (which had pretty good defensive chops and was led by Greg Mattison) agreed with me.
Morgan is more consistent. He fills his gap, stops the ball, and does his job.
Bolden is more athletic. On every play, he has a lower floor and a higher ceiling than Morgan. Bolden can blitz, come off the edge, and cover more field. He blew-up a screen in the Outback Bowl that really illustrates my point: Morgan could not have made that play on his best day, but even after he got there, I was worried Bolden might miss the tackle--Morgan would not have given me that cause for concern.
This is pretty nit-picky--I like both guys and only incrementally prefer Bolden. On 3rd and 1, give me Morgan. But Bolden can do things that Morgan can't, and I would slightly prefer his diverse skillset.
We'll see what this staff thinks. I'd like to see both on the field, but Bolden's diverse skillset gives him the slight edge in my mind.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||almost 100% agree||
Other than the injured guys who may make pushes (Drake Johnson, Khalid Hill, Ty Isaac) I think you pretty much nailed it.
My one quibble is that you have Bolden and Morgan reversed; pretty much everyone but you puts Bolden ahead of Morgan. But it's your list.
Also, +1,000 points for you for the Lebowski reference w/Kerridge.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Watson||
Agree on Watson, and I forgot about him in my diary.
The secondary will be fine, especially after Lyons joins. The only remaining concern on defense is at DE, where we'll be okay, though we might not have any gamebreakers.
Offense is a different story...two or three OL spots, one WR, the RB, and...oh yeah, the QB--all up for grabs. And not in a good way like the #3 safety (Thomas, Hill, and Clark all looked good). More like when you go to the grocery store looking for a ripe avocado and they're all bright green so you just take the one that you can barely press into with your finger but you're still not sure if you just pushed harder on that one.
I hope Harbaugh, Tolbert, and Co. help the boys work wonders this summer, because wonders are needed on offense.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Big Miss||
Ryan Glasgow will either start or be heavily in the rotation at NT. He was one of our best players last year. If we ever see the draft order, it will come out that he went very high. The fans missed this one in a big way.
Also, Erik Magnuson is a versatile player that has more talent and experience than a few guys above him. I'd put him ahead of Dawson, LTT, and Braden.
Other than that, I think we did a pretty darn good job. I think Bolden is ahead of Morgan and I think Drake is ahead of De'Veon, but that's picking nits.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Don't get the Maize love||
I think Blue has the better O-Line and D-Line; Maize only has four scholarship O-Line players.
It's close, but I like Blue.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I like Blue||
See below for complete explanation, but Blue is stronger on both lines and has the secondary to compete with Maize's loaded WR corps.
Should be fun to watch.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Winners (my two cents)||
At first glance, I thought Maize looked better...upon further review, I like Blue's chances to win. Stronger on the lines and no real weaknesses on defense. If Isaac and Shallman can move the ball, they'll be okay only have two proven receiving threats in Darboh and Butt. Maize will need its WRs to outplay Lewis, Countess, Wilson, and Thomas to win. I'm not sure their O-Line will be able to hold-up against Blue in the running game.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||O-Line||
Can they open holes? Can they pass protect?
The Hoke era should have taught us one important thing: In a pro-style offense, the team goes as the O-Line goes. We're only in spring, but has Drevno picked-up where 'Nuss left off (a competent running game) or do I have to worry about TFLs being an official play call again?
We have the bodies; we'll see if these coaches can get them to execute.
I'm not worried about WR, and I'm not sure why we would be. Poor O-Line and QB play--not to mention scheme--has distorted that position's production. I believe Darboh, Chesson, Norfleet, Ways, Canteen, and even Jones, Cole, and Dever give us plenty of options. Maybe there's not star, but there's a competent group there.
RB would be my #2 position to watch...we have talent, but I'm real curious to see how it translates in this system.
DE would be #3...pass rush?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Agree, but...||
What's our ceiling? Harbaugh has demonstrated that he can win games against superior teams, so is our ceiling a spot in the CFB playoff?
My prediction is now 9 wins; our schedule is pretty tough, even with our rivals coming to us this year. Utah, Oregon State, and BYU are all non-conference threats, with Maryland, Minnesota, and Penn. State joining MSU and OSU as potential losses. That said, I think we'll only drop three of those eight games.
It's awfully hard to put a ceiling on this team, but I'd say 11 wins is on the edge of reason, and going undefeated is implaubsible.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||YES||
As Brian said, this is a massive relief. Our biggest question mark just changed dramatically: our floor at the QB position is a competent B1G starter. If Rudock doesn't win the job this fall, it's because we have a pretty darn good alternative.
This is amazing news, and pushes my win prediction to 9.
Welcome to the family, Jake. GO BLUE!
|7 weeks 3 days ago||No names, but plenty of talent||
While this transition lacks a Denard-type star, it's not a question of if but rather who.
QB is the biggest question mark and potentially limiting factor on this team's ceiling. We really have no idea who's going to start, and we won't have a much better idea after Saturday. But I'm not too worried about any position other than QB, and possibly TE.
The point is that other than QB, we have starting talent and even adequate depth (other than TE). There will be stars...we just don't know who yet. I'm excited to see who rises to the top of the meritocracy.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||During the weekend, or following the weekend?||
Actually during the event, I'll take under.
By the end of next week? Over.
|8 weeks 19 hours ago||Relationships w/HS Coaches||
And I would that coaches are a generally tight-knit community; relationships aren't going to vanish because a guy goes to the NFL. If they trusted Harbaugh before, they will trust him now, unless he gives them reason not to.
HS coaches are almost always looking out for the best interest of their players. Access to a school like Michigan and a staff like ours--led by Harbaugh--is a good thing for their players and their programs, and they will want to rekindle that relationship with Harbaugh. Sending your player to a great school that can also prepare him for the NFL is a win for you, the player, and your program...HS coaches want to see their players go as far as possible, and to be able to say, "You know who So-and-So rookie of the year in the NFL is? He played his HS ball here and got a degree from Michigan."
I seriously doubt JH's time away from college football has had much of negative impact on his connections, and I believe those bonds will be re-formed quickly.
The real problem is location--a lot of kids say, "distance isn't a factor," but most end-up committing close to home. Like Carr, if Harbaugh can get a couple players a year from CA, he's doing well. Ditto for Texas and the southeast. If we're pulling 6 elite or very good players per year from those regions, chances are we've got plenty of talent--that would be 20-30 of our total roster in addition to the talent we get from the B1G footprint.
|9 weeks 22 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):