this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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- QB - Henne. While Brady's pro career is surreal, Henne was a better college QB. Leach and Harbaugh are too pricey, and Griese has the grit but not the game.
- RB - Thomas. This list really demonstrates the talent we've had at RB. Only Hart is above Thomas in career yards, and Thomas beats everyone in TDs. I'll take that for a buck.
- WR - Howard. Perhaps the best collegiate WR ever, Desmond Howard was impossible to cover, and a special teams ace as well.
- D - Woodson. Probably the best collegiate defensive player ever, Woodson also helps on special teams and offense. A value at $5.
- Coach - Crisler. A national championship and undefeated season in '47 where only two games were within a TD. Everyone else got smoked.
- University gets a topflight deal to cover apparel and subsidize the athletic department
- Nike gets the best brand in college sports with the largest (and probably wealthiest) alumni network in the world
- Fans and recruits get the gear most want
- Tim Biakabutuka - Amazing player who owned OSU in 1995.
- Marquise Walker - Quietly one of the best WRs of all time.
- Jeremy Gallon - Next to Mike Hart, I've never seen a player out-play his potential more than this guy.
- Jason Avant - Did whatever was needed to win.
- Tai Streets, Amani Toomer, Derrick Alexander - All really good WRs, all fun to watch.
- Jarrett Irons - Tackled anything that moved.
- Leon Hall, Ty Law - Lockdown corners that won games with INTs.
- Aaron Shea and BJ Askew - Awesome FBs that could run, block, and catch.
- Jerame Tuman, Jay Riemersma, Ben Joppru - Great TEs that could block and catch.
- Baas, Pape, Backus...too many OL to name beyond the Longs and Lewans
- Lamaar Woodley, Brandon Graham, James Hall - Sack artists who could stop the run as well.
- Gabe Watson and Allen Branch - Space-eaters who crushed opponents.
- Dhani Jones, Ian Gold, Larry Foote - Tackling machines that made the whole defense better.
- Jordan Kovacs - Honestly, other than Marcus Ray, the only safety that I have fond memories of...#5 will change that this season.
|9 hours 37 min ago||YES||
|3 days 8 hours ago||Thanks for the info||
This is a great post, and now that the class is filling out and we're getting to "crunch time" (senior seasons) it's a much easier and more accurate read on the situation.
This is a very, very good class that will only get better, and will form a foundation for U-M's success going forward. It is not an elite class, but we'll have that after Harbaugh wins a signature game this year.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Love it||
Not a single pick I can really argue with so far, except for maybe Peppers, and that could end up being a great pick. Cardale Jones is certainly gamble, but if we wins the job it was the best value in the draft by far.
Bravo. It's going to be hard for me to pick my favorite team this year...
|4 days 8 hours ago||Correct Answer||
This is the right answer.
|5 days 2 hours ago||5th years and PT||
I'll just leave this last comment here, because we generally agree.
5th-year players transfer all the time. Mostly, they transfer for PT reasons. Heitzman was aware of his PT situation, and did not initiate a transfer. Once Harbaugh told him he had to try out, he started looking.
Yes, PT was part of the decision. But the try out is what made him think about leaving, and I do believe it's fair to say that represents a lack of desire to compete for a roster spot. Do I blame him for feeling that way, after working for four years to earn his spot? No. Do I think that's the type of player Harbaugh wants in his program? No. Do I think that's the way I would have handled it? No.
The kid is not a jerk, a weakling, or a malcontent, as far as I know. Like I said, I wish him the best. But neither is he the type of competitor Harbaugh is looking for. I would have been upset if I had been in his shoes, too, but he had the opportunity to prove himself for a new coach with a demonstrated track record of success, and he chose instead to try his luck at a lesser program that is likely to offer more PT.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Inaccurate||
Magnus, I've upvoted lots of your comments (I am in favor of empathy and being reasonable about a kid's choices), but you keep asserting that Heitzman transferred because he thinks he can get more playing time elsewhere. While that's part of the equation and I certainly hope he can get more PT at a lesser program, the fact remains that the catalyst for his transfer was that he had to try out. A fair and reasonable conclusion is that he did not want to compete for his roster spot at U-M. And that is a completely understandable position to take, and also a completely understandable reason I don't think Harbaugh would have wanted him on the team.
But please, stop asserting that playing time was the reason he transferred. Before he heard about the try out, he knew what his playing time looked like. He could have decided to transfer then. But he didn't. He decided to look around after he heard he had to try out.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Not worked up||
Who's worked up?
I don't have any ill feelings towards Heitzman. I don't think he made a bad decision. I think he made a decision that I would not have made, and that it indicates that his competitive drive is not what Harbaugh is looking for.
I wish Heitzman the best at Ohio and beyond.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Reason for leaving||
"Obviously, (Jim) Harbaugh coming in was going to change things at Michigan — do things his way,"Heitzman told the Dispatch. "But I didn't know if I wanted to try out. That definitely took me off-guard. I was bummed out."
The try out is why he looked elsewhere. Without the tryout, he would not have. Like I said, I have no problem with him looking for what he believes is a better situation for him, but if the reason he's doing it is because he's not sure he wants to try out, a fair and reasonable conclusion is that he did not want to compete for a roster spot. I understand that sentiment, but it's not how I would have handled it, and it's not the kind of mentality I want on the team.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Guaranteed Scholarships||
Everyone at U-M has 4-year scholarships. NOT 5-year scholarships. If you're not a 5th-year, your scholarship, and therefore your place on the roster, is guaranteed (they can ask you to accept a medical waiver).
Everyone is auditioning for playing time; the 5th-year guys have to earn their scholarship, and this is standard practice almost everywhere. Calling it a "tryout" might sound more harsh, but it's actually just an honest statement of most schools' policy on 5th-year guys.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Conflation||
You're conflating two issues here and missing my point. It's fine for Heitzman to seek an opportunity he perceives is better at Ohio. I have no problem with that at all. But he would have seen that Butt was a better player whether he had to audition for his spot at U-M or not. He could have chosen to transfer (like a lot of 5th years do, ie Blake Countess) based on his desire for a better opportunity, and not because he was bummed about having to try out.
From Heitzman's comments, it sounds like the tryout impelled him to seek opportunities elsewhere. To me, that's the sign of some one who did not want to compete for their spot on the team. It sounds like, absent the tryout, Hetizman stays at Michigan. That is VERY different than just deciding to transfer because you believe there is a better opportunity elsewhere.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Reason for leaving||
But the reason matters. Heitzman did NOT leave for playing time reasons--he would have made that decision if there had been no tryout. He is quoted as saying he "didn't know if [he] wanted to try out."
The tryout prompted his decision to look elsewhere, no the playing time. I'm sure playing time was a factor, but if the idea of a tryout makes you look elsewhere, then yes, I do question your competitive drive.
What I don't question is his emotional reaction of, "that sucks" to the idea of tryout. I would have felt the same way. But a tryout would not have prompted me to consider transferring.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Better way||
You don't have to say "no comment." You can say, "I was grateful for getting to play at Michigan. I saw an opportunity at Ohio that I believed was a better choice for me, so I transferred."
|5 days 8 hours ago||Big difference||
Between being bummed and deciding not to compete. I would have been bummed, and then I would have done my best to go out and prove that I deserved my spot.
|5 days 8 hours ago||There is no chance any of||
There is no chance any of those guys would have transferred or done anything but go out and prove themselves. No one likes having to try out, but everyday in college athletics is an audition, and true competitors would take the challenge.
I'm not arguing it wouldn't suck to hear you have to "audition" as a 5th-year, but damn if I wouldn't have gone out and done my best to prove myself.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Agree with your sentiment||
It would be tough to hear that you have to earn your spot, after four years of hard work.
That said, any player not up to that challenge should transfer. When I played college sports I always knew that everyday was an audition, and that I had to earn my minutes. THERE IS NO WAY I would have transferred.
I feel bad for Heitzman, but if he wasn't up to the challenge, I'm glad he's somewhere else.
|6 days 4 hours ago||LOVE Draftageddon||
Great read, great research, fun snark. Can't wait to see more.
|6 days 4 hours ago||THIS||
Loved this approach.
The only problem is that it makes each position have equal value. BiSB won with this system, but Ace's team would have beaten him in a game, IMO. Have to look at positional value as well, which is why we have JT Barrett, who may not even start for OSU, as a legitimate #1 pick.
|1 week 5 days ago||He ain't passed the bar but||
He ain't passed the bar but he know a little bit.
|1 week 5 days ago||Win-Win-Win||
Personally, I'm happy about all three, but I'll never be a huge spender on apparel.
|1 week 6 days ago||Another fun fact||
|1 week 6 days ago||Hope you're right. One thing||
Hope you're right. One thing we know for certain: starting in 2016, whoever wins the QB job will have earned it by besting top-flight competition. So whether it's Gentry, Malzone, Morris, Speight, O'Korn, or even Peters or Vic Viramontes, it's going to be a really good player who has won the job over other really good players.
|1 week 6 days ago||Jim Hackett||
He's amazing, but he's not John Beilein status yet.
|1 week 6 days ago||Disingenuous||
Come on, Don. I love Denard as a player and person, but you're comparing two very different eras of football. Denard was not a very good passer. JH was. Who would you rather have throwing the football? JH would have put up monster passing numbers in today's college football, was a first round pick at QB and a successful NFL QB.
That said, I agree the poster's criticism was a bit extreme--Denard's arm did a few great things for U-M while he was here.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Woodson, Wheatley, Perry...||
Woodson is my favorite, but there are some other guys that deserve love that haven't been mentioned much:
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||So much good news||
Please, Rashan Gary. Go Blue. It will be the best decision you have ever made.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Or just use the commonly||
Or just use the commonly accepted definition of maize Hex triplet #FBEC5D
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|2 weeks 4 days ago||Human Nature||
The color previously labeled "Iowa Official Yellow" is in the middle of yellow-orange range, as well as being the middle choice in the data set. It is a statistically proven fact that human beings are most likely choose the middle option when presented with several choices.
That said, a lot people just don't realize (or maybe even like) how orange real maize is.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||TRUE||
We've had a great historical OOC schedule, and that was before the CFP incentivized having better OOC schedules.
If college football keeps moving in its current direction, we'll see more P5 teams in the OOC schedule, not less. And neutral sites won't matter because everyone will want home-and-homes.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Sex Wolverine is the only||
Sex Wolverine is the only possible name for this product. And it should smell like Gatorade and cereal.
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|2 weeks 5 days ago||Chris Perry||
One of my all-time favorite Wolverines. If he could have stayed healthy, I believe he would have been one of the best RBs in school history. I will never, ever forget his game vs. OSU in 2003. One of the best individual performances in school history.