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- OLine. Rep, rep, rep. Then some more.
- Running game. (Are there holes? Can they get through them?)
- Passing: want vanilla, but also want the reps, and the practice for OL in Pass Pro.
- DL. Want them to destroy.
- LB. Want them to destroy.
- Secondary. Want them to score.
- Sp. Teams. Want them to eliminate return yards from ASU.
- Sp. Teams. Want them to generate return yards on ASU.
- Want a shut out.
- Once we are up by 30 points, want the starters to rest unless there is a very good reason for them to play.
- Late in the season.
- When there are other compelling Big10 games.
- When Michigan is doing very poorly, and no one wants to watch them.
|9 hours 50 min ago||The Coaches Know||
The coaches know who they want and need. Roseboro is a great example . . . they were on to him before he was ranked as highly as he is now. They are doing a great job of assessing talent and moving forward.
|13 hours 31 min ago||Several Things||
|13 hours 51 min ago||You are right . . . but also a day late.||
Love the impression, especially when I first saw it here yesterday. You really need to page down to posts at least 24 - 48 hours earlier. (FTR, didn't neg you.)
|17 hours 10 min ago||Well obviously Ty Isaac||
Well obviously Ty Isaac is a similar situation. Except, we are the beneficiary there instead of the school losing out.
|17 hours 28 min ago||Agree with you, mostly||
I agree with you for the most part, but with one caveat. Between NC State and Michigan, the choice seems obvious. But that's really limiting the choice. Roseboro could go to South Carolina or Clemson and be about 2 hours from home. He could go to Georgia or Tennessee and be only 3 hours away. If you go by the number of players a school is sending to the NFL (your argument above,) there are plenty of places where Roseboro could go, work to accomplish his dream, and be closer to home.
At the end of the day, you need to go to a place where you're comfortable that will help you achieve your goals and dreams. If that's Michigan, wonderful. If someplace closer can do the same, I would understand.
|17 hours 59 min ago||Crap - want Roseboro most of all||
At this point, I want Roseboro more than any other remaining recruit. When you have a beast or two at that position, it changes the whole complexion of the game.
|18 hours 11 min ago||I'm using Chrome too||
Maybe it isn't really fixed. Dunno . . . those are the worst kinds of problems, when they work some of the time, but not all of the time, and in some circumstances (platforms?) but not others. Still, it hasn't worked for me at all for a long time, so this seems like at least some improvement.
|18 hours 13 min ago||Trying to be charitable||
I'm trying to be charitable. But yeah, I thought it had been quite a while since it work. I had kind of given up hope they would ever get it right. It's a great small thing to have working again. I like that this is one of the best blogs out there, and like for things to work the way they're intended to work.
|18 hours 48 min ago||I love Brady Hoke||
I just love Brady Hoke being at Michigan. I love his assistant coaches, I love his family, I love what he is doing at Michigan. I love that criticism largely rolls off his back like water off a duck. I love that the players who come here largely love being here. Hearing how Hoke wakes up Clark is awesome. Hoke does stuff like this because it is who he is, not because someone is looking or not looking. But I have absolutely no doubt that coaches and players and potential recruits and recruit's families and recruit's coaches are looking, and this is the kind of place they want to be part of.
|18 hours 56 min ago||Life is good||
It's Friday, and football is here in full. Between my son's team (8th graders, with a win last week against a higher league team,) the high school team (Glenbard North, a team in the Chicago burbs that has been in the hunt for a State Championship,) and U of M (we're going to go 11 - 1 . . . book it!) what more could you want? Happy day, happy day, sun is shining, kids are at school, long weekend beckons, all is well.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Thank you so much||
This is a lot of great information, and is much appreciated (by a Dad.) My daughter is pretty far from school now. She made it to E-4 in 15mo, but her total training time (Basic Training, Apprentice Technical Training, A School, & C School) total almost 22 months straight. That's about the same as 6 semesters of school. So, if you spent 6 mo in Pensacola, I'm not sure that's the same program. She had more than half a year with A School at Great Lakes, and is in more than 9 mo of C School in Dahlgren, VA.
I'm just extremely thankful that the Navy has given her great training and schooling, and has opened many doors to her. She opted in to the post 9-11 GI Bill, and was able to see how beneficial it would be. However, I don't think she is aware of all the details. Because she is not a Michigan resident, U of M probably isn't in the cards: the difference between in-state and out of state tuition at Michigan is about $27,000. I don't even know if the yellow ribbon program will take care of that much of a difference. It also is helpful to understand about the clock ticking once she finishes active duty, and particularly that children can't use it unless she has 10 years of active duty.
Again, thank you for your service, and for this information. It helps put parent's minds a bit more at ease.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I vote for San Diego||
I vote for San Diego. Love southern California. My wife votes for Jacksonville, Florida. Close enough to drive from Chicago in one long day. My daughter votes for Seattle. Has always wanted to go to the Pacific Northwest. But I really think all of them have their own advantages, and are great places to end up, so it doesn't matter that much.
At the end of the day, that's her attitude too. She realizes it doesn't make sense to get your hopes up for something: it always will be about "the needs of the Navy," and so don't worry too much if said needs are different from your own desires.
|1 day 13 hours ago||She actually wants Seattle||
She actually wants Seattle. But like I said, you can't go wrong with any of them. Myself, I would choose Rota in a heartbeat. However, if orders are to Spain, I think she will be elsewhere: she would be responsible to maintain, calibrate, fix, observe, operate an inland Aegis Computer system. I don't know that exact location, and suppose it would be classified anyway.
And thanks for your service to our country with the Marines. While I'm very glad she is in the Navy, I think the physical danger is much greater in both the Army and Marines.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Thanks for your kind words||
Thanks for your kind words. Really, she almost can't go wrong. For her training, she will end up in Norfolk, Jacksonville, Seattle, San Diego, or Honolulu on one of 15 ships. The only place she really wants to avoid is Norfolk: all the other ports would be fine. There's a slim chance she ends up in Romania, Poland, or Spain, but that is pretty unlikely, although it wouldn't be bad either.
|1 day 14 hours ago||That's exactly what she did||
Thanks for the comment, GoWings2008, and that's exactly what she did. I don't know what the precise benefit will be, but the GI Bill should cover more than $150,000 in tuition, room, board, etc. for college. Because of her rate and her current schooling, (related to being a network analysis and electrical engineering,) some of her training will actually translate into college credit. And it is her intent to take university classes while in the Navy, to get a jump on that prior to finishing up with the Navy.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Small side benefit: matches with Michigan!||
So, there's a small side benefit I have as a Navy Dad: any Navy stuff I wear doesn't clash with Michigan gear. I typically have on a Michigan block M baseball cap, and it goes perfectly with a couple of "Navy Dad" shirts:
Seriously, it doesn't really matter that it matches, and I'm very proud of my daughter, who is finishing her training at C School to be an Aegis Computer Network Technician, and will find out soon where her home port will be the next four years. Short of being at Michigan, I couldn't be happier with her choice. (EDIT: I could never afford out of State tuition for her to Michigan, but once she's finished, she should have enough to go to school in Ann Arbor if she so chooses.)
|1 day 16 hours ago||Great Practical Joke||
No one gets hurt, they're really afraid for a couple minutes, then the "gotcha." Some people just hate practical jokes. I guess there's a time and a place, but it seems fine to me. The only over the top part was the shovel and the "conspiracy." A guess that's a Southern, SEC kinda thing.
|1 day 16 hours ago||So what's your first game this year, BiSB?||
So what's your first game this year, BiSB? Will you be in the Big House for Appy State? See the last ND game? Be there for the mauling of Miami?
|2 days 12 hours ago||Agree with Jane about Michigan Hatred||
I'm proud to be a Michigan Alum. I often wear my Michigan hat and t-shirts, etc. But even with all the Michigan alumni in the Chicago area, that day was really crummy. Illinois fans, after all, wear a "Muck Fichigan" t-shirt. They see Michigan as a rival, and hate us. It was a nightmare that couldn't possibly have happened, and yet it did. At that time, I was still a stalker, and hadn't become a user at Mgoblog. The horror, the shame, still stings. Maybe the worst for me was going to Thanksgiving in Cleveland, with all of my wife's family being Ohio State fans. A few of them couldn't help but rub it in.
While the win against Florida was great, I think if I could do it over, I'd take the win over Appalachian State in a straight up trade for a bowl loss to Florida. I don't know. Those kinds of thoughts are stupid and pointless, but I hate the loss to Appalachian State, and really hate the rematch game. Not worth the money to me.
|2 days 12 hours ago||It's hard||
I can understand (as a parent) wanting a son to be reasonably close. And if you have a strong family, that especially makes a lot of sense. Putting the shoe on the other foot, we see some recruits from Michigan and areas within several hours choose to go here rather than heading to a coast or the deep south. That's a good part of the reason it is so difficult to pull recruits out of California, Texas, and Florida.
For Michigan, I really hope Roseboro comes to Ann Arbor. But if not, I could also understand. We'll just have to see.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Completely Agree||
Completely agree. I would definitely take Roseboro over some higher ranked players. Especially with our depth, it is critical to add a couple guys to the DL. I would absolutely love to add KLS or Bilal or both, but right now, Roseboro and Wheatley and even Jalen Bates are all more important to fill the need at UofM. I'm still bummed that both Hand and McDowell chose to take their talents elsewhere. However, you have to move on, which is exactly what Michigan is doing. Getting Roseboro would give a lot more peace of mind. Roseboro, Wheatley, and even Bates would really fill the need on the DL. At that point, I think Michigan would have plenty of depth everywhere, except maybe at safety.
EDIT: Interesting note . . . Jack Bredeson, who accepted a baseball scholarship to Michigan, is also a DE. Wouldn't it be interesting to have a two sport guy. Problem is, he isn't even rated as a DE, so he probably wouldn't help much.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Hear you on Wheatley||
He has to decide for himself. And yet, Michigan wants him, and he would fit well. We'll see.
As regards Roseboro and Ace, I'd assume, given the predictions, that Ace should already have the Hello! post in the can, with just a few minor edits needed to get it up. Where Ace really gets snookered is when there is a commitment that comes out of left field . . . maybe like Weber?
|2 days 17 hours ago||I'd agree with your recollection||
Even though it wasn't a scholarship offer, it was clear to a number of coaches that Graham Glasgow had the potential to develop. Becker saw this. He was really an unknown, because he came to football so late. We were extremely fortunate that a Michigan grad was his coach.
A significant part of recruiting is not just bringing in the 4 & 5 stars. Everyone had a pretty good idea that Peppers was a tremendous talent. When you are bringing in 4 & 5 star players, you are going to be good. Look at what Alabama and Ohio State have been doing. But there is only room for so many 4 & 5 star players, and even some of them are busts. When you can bring in a hugely talented player that is not adequately scouted, and thus not highly rated, you have improved the overall quality of your class.
An example of someone not being highly rated, to some degree, is Canteen. Because of where he played and the lack of film and exposure, not everyone saw how good he was going to be.
Beilein has done a great job in Basketball of identifying players who fit his system, but flew a bit below the radar. Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, and now Caris LeVert are great examples of this. This is a way that teams can exceed projections and escape from the anaylsis done by the Mathlete (i.e., that you can predicate success based on top offensive and defensive recruiting classes.)
I think that Kovacs, one of my personal favorites, succeeded not because of undeveloped raw talent, but because he maximized what he had, and used his smarts and technique to be in the right place, tackling in the right way. Glasgow is different. He actually has the raw material (strength and size) to succeed at a high level. I actually wouldn't be surprised to see him succeed in the NFL. Kovacs came to open tryouts, and played very well, with limited natural abiltiy. Glasgow, on the other hand, had barely played in High School, and so was an unknown.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Definitely some back story||
The Glasgow brothers played ball at Marmion Academy, a small Catholic high school in Aurora, Illinois. Their coach was Kurt Becker, former offensive guard (9 years) for the Chicago Bears, and prior to that, offensive guard for Michigan. Graham was a basketball player, but tried out football as a High School Junior. With one year of experience as a junior, Tressel saw Glasgow, and was prepared to make him a preferred walk on. Minnesota coach Jerry Kill saw the same thing, and arranged an official visit. Becker wasn't about to let this happen without alerting Michigan. The rest is history. Shortly after Ryan Glasgow came to Michigan, Becker left to take a coaching position elsewhere.
The Glasgow parents are team doctors for the football team at Northern Illinois. As such, finances were not as big of an issue as they would be for most students.
The basic situation is that both Glasgow brothers were diamonds in the rough, with very little experience, very raw, but with huge potential. Occasionally, someone like that will unsurface, and if you are lucky and in the right place with the right connections, guys like that can end up on your team.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Hate the stupid shirt||
I hate the shirt. I hate the crabbing about Hoke. I hate the "hot seat" media generated nonsense. I hate the stupid Ohio State fat jokes about Hoke.
Happily, I don't think Hoke gives a rip. He's not gonna wear a stupid headset. He's not going to wear a coat or a sweater unless he's really cold. He's gonna wear shorts when he wants to. He's gonna eat when he wants to, and where he wants to, and what he wants to. (Well, that last within reason. I suspect he eats a bit less than he wants to. I am similarly weight challenged, and have to tell myself to eat less.)
I love Hoke, and want to stick it to every doggone fan and rival and media type who continually dog him.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Fine press conference||
You know, I really loved Borges' press conferences and the interaction with Heiko. But at the end of the day, I'm very happy with Nuss and with coach speak. I actually think that the OL would have been a disaster last year no matter who was the OC and the line coach. But I think they will improve to at least mediocre this year. The big thing with Nussmeier is his understanding of the QB position, and working with DG to help him succeed.
Speaking of Nuss and QB's, I think this will also pay dividends with Morris. By Morris having another year largely on the sidelines, nailing down the playbook, learning more about being a QB from Nuss, he will be much more ready to take the wheel in 2015. I think Michigan will have a minimum of 9 wins this year, and personally, I'm predicting 11 wins in the regular season, with a loss to MSU. I hope that Nuss sticks around at least two years, because I think 2015 is going to be really special. By next year, the OL will be solid, there will be depth and experience and skill at every single position, and we'll see Michigan as a solid competitor for the Big 10 and beyond.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Very nice Diary||
Love your optimism. I'm on-board. I do believe we'll lose to MSU, but win every other game in the regular season. I can't predict the bowl game quite you. Keep up the good analysis!
|4 days 15 hours ago||3pm||
3pm. Michigan will win the next 3 weeks. This makes them more compelling. TV drives everything (well, TV money.) As such, ABC will choose Michigan for the late afternoon game.
Noon starts will only happen with a combination of things.
Since I don't anticipate Michigan losing, and the slate of other games is putrid, and it isn't late in the season, you can pretty much guarantee a 3pm start.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Great Piece||
I've always enjoyed reading what Brian writes. Once again, he doesn't disappoint.
I mostly get the dread. After last year, how could you not? I think watching the MSU game last year was one of the most painful experiences possible. You just knew that they were not going to score on State's defense. And that Devin was taking punishment all game long, especially in the second half. And that the defense couldn't do it all.
And yet, I have such a strong sense of anticipation for this season. I don't know what the OL will do, but with Nuss, and with what appears to be a very strong offense, and with the OL possibly improving over the season, and with more receivers, I have hope.
I strongly agree with Brian that Michigan needs to stay the course with Hoke, Transitions, indeed, are brutal, and the last thing we need now is another transition. Actually, I believe that Hoke's ceiling is much higher than Brian and many others anticipate. For an example, you need look no further than Beilein. Prior to Michigan, Beilein was a good coach. Bringing him to Michigan gave him the resources he needed to excel. Brian wrote several years ago of limited expectations for Beilein. Well, Brian's expectations were exceeded. I believe that with the excellent coaching staff, and the recruiting, Michigan football under Hoke will also exceed Brian's expectations.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Very nice article||
While some fluff, it also gives insight into who Devin is and what makes him tick.