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- It is a very, very wide gulf between "juveniles should face life sentences" and "juvenile sex offenders should receive the same FBS football recruiting treatment as everyone else." Neither Brian, nor I, nor anyone that I can tell, argued that juvenile offenders should be locked-up for life or is "ireetreivably depraved." What you have done is created a straw man argument, and is clearly outside the bounds of logical reasoning or criticial thinking. While common in politics today, this a completely invalid argument that a rational thinker would immediately dismiss.
- The fact that you need me to present my statistics and cannot respond with your own is representative of the fact that you don't know what you're talking about. If you did, you would have at least denied the validity of my claims. You have Google and access to libraries, so you can find this information yourself, but it is you who is lazy and unwilling to actually look at the picture before you cast accusations. Just to get you started, here's one source: https://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/Pages/delinquency-to-adult-offending.aspx
- What you'll find if do some honest research of your own is that not only are juvenile offenders more likely to repeat offenses, but that college age is the most likely time those offenses would be repeated.
- Next time, before you accuse someone of being lazy and perpetuating dangerous myths, you should know what you're talking about, and not point to an irrelevant data point to support your argument.
- You are not wrong to believe that juveniles, even Robertson specifically, deserve a second chance, and in this case an invitation to play football for a prominent FBS university. It is your right to any opinion you choose to hold. Where you are wrong is to accuse anyone with a fact-based counter opinion of being lazy and destructive. You can argue Robertson deserved his chance--but you cannot argue that he did not have a higher likelihood of repeating his offense (and, in fact, committing a more violent offense) than his peers.
- After reading all the QB comments, I thought Speight would look worse. Don't get me wrong--this did not look like a step forward for him, but he was under constant pressure and did not have lots of open receivers. That said, Peters looked very good and it would be great to have an honest competition that encouraged both to play better.
- Man, the RBs are impressive. Evans looks bigger (though we didn't see much of his running); Isaac's vision appears to have improved; Walker has a tantalizing blend of power and quickness; and Higdon was the best of the bunch--decisive, quick, powerful...he could have an amazing season.
- WR looks wide open. Black, DPJ, Crawford, Johnson, McDoom, Ways...I have no idea. This is less than ideal--would love to see a few guys prove they are better than the pack.
- TE--plenty of receiving options and not many blocking options. Excited to see Bunting back in the fold
- OL has a long way to go, but I think we'll have similar results compared to last season. Hoping Frey can work some magic.
- The starting DL is as advertised. Unfortunately, so is the depth.
- Uche flashed some serious ability. Glasgow looks like a Glasgow. Hudson, Metellus, Kinnel--three very good, very athletic players. Kemp looks like a back-up that can provide quality snaps. Bush is going to win the starting job over Robo, and Robo is pretty good.
- Eddie McDoom / Nate Johnson
- Oliver Martin
|10 hours 39 min ago||I like everything except the||
I like everything except the first polo and the last polo. Nice, classic, clean looks. Will I buy any? No.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Yep. Confirmed by science.||
Yep. Higdon > Weber. Confirmed by science.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Not what you said at all||
No, that's not what you said. And, in fact, no one--not one person--made the claim that Robertson was irredeemable. Your entire argument is based on something that never happened.
As to the predictability, read above and do some research--this outcome was predictable.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Your response and continued||
Your response and continued citing of the Supreme Court ruling demonstrate fatal flaws in your reasoning.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Okay. You don't have to buy||
Okay. You don't have to buy it, but it's factually true. Did you watch the video? He can throw the ball farther and faster than most D1 propsects, even without good lower body mechanics. I don't think anyone is saying Peters doesn't have a great arm, so I'm not sure why that's relevant--other than that it gives time for the staff to refine Milton's mechanics so that he can have more control over his angles and velocity.
So, whether or not you're buying, Milton has an extremely strong arm.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Language vs. Semantics||
While I agree that Brian's phrase "easily predicted" might cheapen the factors that go into persistent young adult criminal behavior, the statistics are pretty damning here, and your accusation is out of line.
Brian's statement is highly statistically accurate in that multiple offenses as a minor does in fact exponentially increase the chances of an adult offense. Yes, therapy and other interventions can reduce that rate, but there is a very good reason lots of programs choose not to take kids with criminal records and specifically with sexual misconduct issues.
That does not mean that Brian, or I, or anyone is damning those kids to a life of crime, but to pretend that juvenile sexual assault is not a predictor of future behavior is pure fantasy.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Milton and Shough||
Both of these guys, to my eye, have the tools to be elite. Milton has one of the best arms I've ever seen, but needs to work on mechanics (especially lower body) and consistency. That said, he should more than enough time to develop behind Peters and McCaffrey.
Shough is much more refined, but needs to continue to develop his arm strength and ability to progress through reads. My main concern with Shough is that if he's already near his ceiling, I'm not sure he can be elite--but his floor appears pretty high.
Honestly, I believe both of these prospects underrated (though 247 ranks Shough about where he should be, IMO) and that both are future starters.
If we don't get either of these guys...ugh.
Wanted to add that while I like DTR, I believe he is overrated and not markedly better than either Milton or Shough. Just one man's opinion.
|4 days 10 hours ago||THIS||
Would love to beat OSU/Clemson in the first round, then 'Bama for the title. Makes the trophy mean more when you beat the best.
|1 week 1 day ago||Welcome to the family!||
|1 week 2 days ago||I think we are rightly||
I think we are rightly favored to win this game. But with such a young team, this is basically a toss-up.
|1 week 2 days ago||What? Yes, his mechanics||
What? Yes, his mechanics need some work, but it's his passing that's impressive. He's definitely agile, but I'm not sure he's fast enough to play anything but QB, and I wouldn't want him to. His arm is amazing, he's got great pocket awareness, and he can throw dimes on the run.
Whoever gets Milton to commit will have a potentially great QB. He won't be switching positions.
|1 week 2 days ago||Did you watch his tape? His||
Did you watch his tape?
His arm is better than DTR's and Shough's. He's incredibly raw, but his talent is off the charts.
|1 week 2 days ago||Pure. Arm. Talent.||
DTR is a great player that I would love to see in a Michigan uniform (especially to see if Harbaugh would use his legs), but damn, Joe Milton can sling it as well as any HS QB prospect I've ever seen.
And I mean that literally. His mechanics are terribly inconsistent (especially from the waist down), but he has an amazing arm that appears to just whip the ball where it needs to go. He's making 50 yard passes on the run. When he does actually involve his legs and hips, he fires missiles at his targets. He just slings the ball wherever it needs to go.
He's tall, very agile, keeps his eyes downfield, and already has great pocket feel. Yes, his mechanics need a lot of work. But I don't see how Milton doesn't wind up a star in college and the NFL--his skill set is extremely rare.
Honestly, after watching his tape, he is my #1 choice for QB in this class (among DTR, Shough, and Milton).
|1 week 2 days ago||Sending prayers and good||
Sending prayers and good thoughts for her and her family.
|1 week 2 days ago||Love our staff||
Zordich, like everyone on the staff, seems to have a clarity of purpose and focus. He stays on the same points because that's what they're teaching: press man, know your assignment, play with technique. It's beautiful in its simplicity.
If anyone can get these young guys ready, it's this staff. Florida is going to be tough, but I beleive this team will be humming by mid-season.
|1 week 3 days ago||Theory vs. Reality||
Yeah, in theory I'd love to see successful toss plays. In reality, especially against even decent competition, the play was a disaster last year and a disaster in this game.
Yes, it can work, but Michigan has not demonstrated any kind of consistency in running it. I defy you to chart how it worked in this game and last year; the results are pathetic.
|1 week 3 days ago||I would be fine if we took||
I would be fine if we took the toss out of the playbook completely. Wasted play.
|1 week 4 days ago||Agree||
Only way he goes somewhere else is if Michigan won't take him.
|1 week 4 days ago||His throwing motion is a bit||
His throwing motion is a bit low. That's also a reason he has a quick release, compact motion, and can fire darts into small windows.
Also, Hurst is a beast. He'll block a few more passes this season.
|1 week 4 days ago||I think Higdon was one of the||
I think Higdon was one of the best performers of the day, if not the best. His vision was great, his cuts were sharp, and he seems even quicker than last year. I agree that he deserves to be lauded for all of those things. I also agree that, to my eye, he is at least equal to Evans as a runner. His production on Saturday was awesome, but watching him looked even better. This will be our best RB group in a decade, IMO.
I would add, however, that it does appear that Evans has the lead in the competition, but this is largely a nominal distinction--I expect them to get roughly equal carries for the season and the "hot hand" to get more during certain games.
The last thing I'll say is that while it would have been nice for Brian to point out Karan's accomplishments, and even nicer for him to notice the improvement, that none of this really matters. If Higdon earns the job, he'll have it, and his play does all the talking that is necessary. Love that you back him up, but he doesn't need it--he's a damn fine RB and I expect he'll have a great 2017.
|1 week 4 days ago||Mostly Agree||
Everyone gets excited about the back-up QB, and, in this case, for good reason. However, he is far from perfect and I would be surprised (less so now) if he jumped Speight this year. He needs to continue to clean-up his reads, build his poise, and refine his technique. But he's much closer to Speight than I expected, and that is a good thing for everyone. Competition for starting QB will make both players better.
That said, the long throw on the game-winning drive was excellent because of the conditions. While it did take Schoenle inside a bit, it made for a much easier catch and more sure completion given the high winds. In those conditions, that is a throw an NFL coach would be grateful for; you can't just launch your fades when the wind is blowing like that.
Agree--nothing encouraging, but many of his incompletions were good throwaways, and he was under so much pressure that it's hard to even grade him. Both INTs were obviously bad decisions, but his poise and escapability still looked good and he kept his eyes right.
However, the conditions are much worse for Wilton than Brandon. Speight's arm talent is limited and he simply cannot overcome high winds like Peters can. That does not mean he will not/should not start, but it's concerning.
|1 week 4 days ago||My snowflakes||
Overall, here were my top players (in order):
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Predictions for every Position||
QB - Peters outperforms JOK by a substantial margin
RB - Evans barely plays. Walker and Isaac look good.
TE - Bunting is a beast--looks like Butt as a junior (great receiver, just okay at blocking). Wheatley has one amazing and one terrible play.
OL - Whoever faces Hurst and Gary gets annihilated. The interior looks okay; the tackles get embarrassed a few times. Hall shows some promise, and Ruiz proves he will challenge for the OC position.
WR - DPJ makes at least two great plays. Crawford looks like '15 Chesson. McDoom and Johnson both look ready. Harris looks okay, but won't start in the fall. Ways see situational duty.
DL - Whoever faces Hurst and Gary gets annihilated. Winovich does not look as good as we'd hoped, but still good. Mone does his job well but doesn't pile-up stats. Kemp is the only back-up that impresses, but Jeter shows some promise.
LB - Bush looks far better than Robo, but tape review finds them about even. McCray is a beast. The depth looks surprisingly good.
CB - Other than one or two (or maybe three) bonehead plays, the CBs look very good. Long on another level; Hill looks good and the freshmen look only marginally less so.
S - Kinnel and Metellus are playmakers. Hudson is a beast at Viper. Jordan Glasgow looks like...a Glasgow. Freshmen safeties look like freshmen safeties.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Or||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Agree. My only criticism of||
My only criticism of this list is that I believe slot should be:
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't buy the "Bush is||
I don't buy the "Bush is struggling" chatter. He was the fourth pick of the spring draft, and my guess is that he is not only a starter but plays on a level equivalent to Gedeon's '16 season.
We'll see what happens with Robo, but my money is that the only walk-on making a significant contribution (barring injury) on the field during games on defense is Myers. Glasgow will show-up on special teams
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Love that Kocur was there||
The Bruise Brothers will never be forgotten.
Probert was the spit to Stevie Y's shine. He and Kocur could go toe-to-toe with anyone in the league. Those 90's Wings teams were some of the most fun to watch because they could do everything.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe even more||
With his talent and CMU's schedule, he could probably rush for over 1,000 if he stays healthy.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Welcome to the Family!||
Christian Turner looks like he has the potential to be another great UM RB. His tape shows a nice progression (if you watch the older tape as well). He is developing vision and strength and already has great burst and balance.
Very excited to have him on board!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for the||
Thanks for the highlights.
Higdon has some serious chops as a runner and I am excited about the Higdon/Evans show in '17. Would like to see him continue to develop as a blocker, route runner, and receiver.