|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Unless you're at Bama, where||
Unless you're at Bama, where the coffee is laced with Deer Antler Spray
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I think the stat is that UGa||
I think the stat is that UGa has more top 300 recruits than the rest of the $EC combined.
Rough go for UF and Tennecheat this year.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The Legwand trade was a "big||
The Legwand trade was a "big deal" only to armchair GMs.
The issue with the club is NOT the absence of Patrick Eaves and Calle Jarnkrok. It is the absence of star players (F and D) to anchor around.
You can't win in the NHL without difference makers. Much was rightly made of our team depth through the glory years ... but all depth and no stars means no chance to win. Zero.
We have no superstars. Glad for Larkin and Mantha (and AA, to some extent), who can be legit, important NHL players. But neither of them appear to be superstar-level players. We need a superstar C, a superstar D, and another star F and star D.
It's going to be a long, long process, I'm afraid.
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||It would be cool to see the||
It would be cool to see the draft order, not just the alphabetized results. Like, was Nico Mariota's 2nd rounder? His 8th?
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||"Very telling" in giving some||
"Very telling" in giving some indication of where he is today. Not so sure it will be telling about his ceiling a few years down the road.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I'd prefer Faster Brady to||
I'd prefer Faster Brady to Beeger Brady
If he can pick up the occasional first down with his feet when a play breaks down, that can go a long way in tight games. Bigness ... meh.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||There was certainly a||
There was certainly a disproportionate amount of crazy in the '05 class.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Go Dukes!||
|6 weeks 6 days ago||What a strawman-laden pile of||
What a strawman-laden pile of poo.
Who is saying a 5-star RB is all we need?
What does talking about the formula for the '97 title have to do with anything?
Who is saying a 5-star RB is now necessary in CFB to win a title?
None of these "points" have anything to do with how valuable Najee projects to be if he dons the winged helmet. The fact is there is ample reason to think that he changes our near-term projections signficantly if he chooses Michigan.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Getting snaps, but limited||
Getting snaps, but limited snaps.
He's about to get himself a ring, though ... that's what he's doing.
Once the guys ahead of him go pro this year, it will be interesting to see what he does as a starter.
|7 weeks 5 hours ago||L'il Hutch||
If he is like his daddy (perhaps one of the least-remembered Michigan all-Americans these days, thanks to modern history starting in approx the mid-90s with the spread of the internet and all), he will be a monster on the d-line.
I'll take the high side of the over/under bet on whether history judges him worthy of Rivals250 / Scout300 acclaim.
|7 weeks 5 hours ago||TJ Slaton||
So ... if he openly wants to play DT ... and we are badly in need of a DT ...
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I'm assuming the||
I'm assuming the multi-billionare will be smart enough (or have advisors smart enough) to remind him/her that he/she would have to pay taxes on his/her winnings ... and the "headline" amount is the PV of the annuity option, not the immediate payout... and therefore $500MM is not nearly enough to cover the cost of 212MM tickets.
The post-tax, balloon payout of a "$500MM jackpot" is a little less than $200MM. So a pretty bad deal on $424MM of ticket purchases to ensure victory while hoping to not split the pot.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||They have some young talent||
They have some young talent on the DL. And Lewerke didn't look entirely hopeless at QB.
Big issues on the OL though ... not sure who they have there that would give them hope. Then again, I've thought that in the past but somehow the Spartan "conditioning program" works its magic.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Coombs was also the point guy||
Coombs was also the point guy in landing Michael Jordan out of Plymouth last year, IIRC.
He only starts for them as a true freshman, no big whoop.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||If Kate did a Cates, that||
If Kate did a Cates, that might break the internet
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Except that in the OSU game||
Except that in the OSU game he was suddenly unreliable in the moment of need.
I'm glad he could block various Knights and Nits and Boilers over his career ... but we needed him to pick up those Bucks
|10 weeks 6 days ago||It would be intersting to||
It would be intersting to speak with Myron about that decision. I have this theory that it was indeed in part about academics.
He's just any old student at U-M. He's BMOC at FSU ... WITHOUT football.
And it worked out just that way: the story was he got crap from some of the FSU coaches for caring too much about academics. And he graduated in three years. And he became a Rhodes scholar.
He was not going to be a Rhodes nominee here. It would have been too hard for him to do that ... too much academic competition. At FSU, he's the smartest kid in his class almost all the time.
Crazy like a fox, that kid.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||BTW, in his third year at||
BTW, in his third year at Bama, Hand is a backup DE with 1 sack and 2.5 TFLs on the season.
He was the #5 overall composite recruit in Jabrill's class.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||"didn't give two shits about||
"didn't give two shits about being there" was a recurring issue for old school Michigan ... Bo and Lloyd both tended to view the Bowl as a 'reward' moreso than "The Be All and End All."
I don't think Harbaugh shares that view. I therefore don't expect we are at risk of the non-chalance of yore.
With respect to '06 in particular, OSU faced a bad matchup vs UF, and then Troy Smith played like 15 lbs overweight off the Heisman, etc post-season awards circuit. He was a fat blob in that game, and played right into the hands of UF's d-line.
In our Rose Bowl, that was the infamous "Andy Moeller lets his o-linemen be chainsmokers" mess. USC's d-line ran circles around our tubby, immobile guys who were gasping for breath before halftime. Though the score was still close at that point, it was obvious we were going to get run into the ground. Then Carroll opened the 2nd half with like 17 straight passes at Morgan Trent and that was all she wrote....
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I remember being a skinny ass||
I remember being a skinny ass freshman of maybe 155 pounds, and walking to class at the MLB I sensed something huge near me. I turned to see Skrep just blotting out the sun.
I've been around a bunch of the football players over the years, and many of them have commented on Skrep's size as being just different. It's illogical and hard to explain ... he just seemed huge. Like his size had a presence to it.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Yup, Les worshipped Bo, and||
Yup, Les worshipped Bo, and does everything he can to pattern himself after his perception of Bo. He very clearly practiced speaking with mannerisms, intonations, etc that he felt sounded like Bo.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I hadn't heard the JoePa one.||
I hadn't heard the JoePa one.
Is there any independent source to back this up? Or even just the collective memory of the board? Maybe I missed that one.
Fulmer is the infamous one, obviously. But that would suck if JoePa sucked that bad that he would have us less than #1 after we showed him what's what on Judgement Day in his ugly-ass erector set of a stadium.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||While not always true, we||
While not always true, we have seen enough examples lately of grad transfers working out really well. Whether they just need a fresh start under a different staff, are able to pick a system/lineup that fits their skills, or whatever ... it is not inconceivable that he has a big year wherever he lands.
Therefore, I vote for Pitt, as the one of those four not on our schedule next year.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Of course I want the||
Of course I want the Playoffs, but assuming it is the Orange Bowl...
I would much prefer FSU to L'ville. I get the point on the schadenfreude of smashing Petrino, but that game has such little upside for us.
If Jackson runs wild and posterizes our LBs, that would be a miserable way to lose. (Let's not pretend that that couldn't happen -- he did that to FSU, and he basically did that to Clemson on the road, had his WR not misunderstood the downs marker at the end of the game.)
If we smoke them, there is a collective "who cares?" reaction from the rest of the country. They did just lose to Kentucky, after all.
FSU, or even Oklahoma, would be perceived as a premium match up, and a fittingly noteworthy one at the end of a Top 5-caliber season.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I think you might be||
I think you might be over-reading the context of his comment in '05. I wouldn't confuse an 'atta boy' for his Badgers with any positive feelings toward Michigan.
He might have respected us as a powerhouse back in the day, but I have met very, very few Badgers who have anything other than disdain toward us. Like the Illini and to some extent the Hawkeyes, they tend to view us as the devil. And that tends to be a deeply ingrained emotion.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Correct on the '02 PSU game.||
Correct on the '02 PSU game. All their complaints are correctly classified as whining because the play with the bad call never happens if they don't get the gift PI right before that. Put them together and you have a highly emotional but ultimately correct outcome there.
Yes, yes, Illinois 2000 was a fiasco, as was 2002 Washington ... and VaTech ought to be pissed for forever because that was a bowl game and therefore of national value. But what this thread really ought to more specifically ask is: has there been any notable instance of a blatantly sketchy call going our way in the OSU series that turned the game for us when it shouldn't have?
We all know the Bucks have had things break their way in the past, before Saturday's screwing. But I can't remember glaring (game-changing) instances in our favor against them.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||On Gentry...||
Not sure how many caught it, but on OSU's first FG attempt, the camera caught Gentry as the designated kick blocker up the middle. He jumped WAY up.
Pretty athletic looking for a 6'7"ish dude. Clearly the coaches saw significant evidence of that in practice or they don't put him in that role in that game.
Thought it was worth noting, given the discussion on his potential role next year in this podcast.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I believe in Michigan.I||
I believe in Michigan.
I believe that one of my fellow alums, one of the professors on campus or even one of the gifted young members of the student body has what it takes. Because this must be done.
We need to master the time-space continuum.
We need to invent time travel.
Because, God as my witness, we MUST get this into Lloyd's hands ahead of the 2005 Ohio State game. We can't let him call that punt late in the fourth and let Troy Smith March down the field in our house unimpeded, taking our program's manhood away in front of the whole wide world.
Come on Leaders and Best. Do this one little thing. Set the world back to what is right and true and good.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||The biggest problem with the||
The biggest problem with the quick throw WCO stuff is how agressively their D plays up at the line. Go look at that first screen shot Seth had at the top of the article. They do that a lot ... they are ready to jump right in the grills of receivers on stuff near the LOS.
I think we need to get some misdirection and some play-action stuff going to at least get them to pause, if not back up a bit.
The 1-2-Fire! stuff might keep Wilton standing, but I don't think that will move the ball much at the start of the game.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I think ... well, I hope ...||
I think ... well, I hope ... we will see Harbaugh find some little teal halos on a couple of their guys that you didn't (as most of us wouldn't), Seth.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||there is no 2016 Timmy B though||
While no one in their right minds expected 313 yards, that wasn't entirely out of nowhere. He was having a great year going into The Game, and was running behind a terrific line.
I'm not sure what the parallel would be here.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||"Could probably give the edge||
"Could probably give the edge to OSU" in the mid-90s?
In 95-96 they went 22-1 against everyone not named Michigan.
Yes we underachieved those two seasons, but even if we played closer to where we should have those were monster OSU teams.
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||Not that impressed?||
No, no ... Harbaugh was on Weber like white on rice on the night before signing day.
Thought we had him right up until the Higdon flip came out. That was the final straw for Mikey ... or he thought it was final, until he THEN found out the very O$U coach who was throwing shade at Harbs was in fact himself exiting stage left just days later.
Poor dude got yanked around. And now he's cursed with being only a Buckeye for his whole life, when he could have been a Wolverine. It's a shame, but sometimes you gotta play a weak hand.
|13 weeks 4 hours ago||That '05 punt to let Troy||
That '05 punt to let Troy Smith march it down the field in our house (with everyone knowing we couldn't do anything at all to stop it, other than hold our breath and hope for a fumbled snap) for the game winner was the epitome of what many of us despised about the latter half of Lloyd's reign.
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||JD Lewis is pretty good at||
JD Lewis is pretty good at getting off blocks and tackling in space (especially for being a pretty small dude). I think that is one more reason why we'll see him in the slot on Samuel frequently.
I also wouldn't be surprised to see some earlier-down snaps (maybe many, depending on how our DL is doing) where we pull either McCray or Gedeon and pull Delano H up into their spot (on the outside). I'd rather take my chances with extra speed than extra (or even standard) brawn. Because Urban is going to work those edges really hard.
Huge game for Taco, Wormley and Gary to consistently set the edge.
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||In the world of having to||
In the world of having to pick your poison a bit, I'll gamble on Stribling versus Brown in coverage.
If our DL is getting pressure on Barrett, he is a lot less likely to do consistent damage in that matchup. Strib isn't JD, but he's pretty darned solid in coverage. Brown is good, but he isn't a straight up mismatch.
Brown is probably better downfield than Samuels, but Samuels is the game changer for them.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||It would be really cool to||
It would be really cool to see Nik develop some court chemistry with Embiid.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||That is NOT the motto of the||
That is NOT the motto of the $EC
|13 weeks 6 days ago||If our DL shows up huge and||
If our DL shows up huge and stymies the traditional elements of their run game by blowing through their OL (which could happen), I wouldn't be totally shocked to see us move Delano Hill into one of the LB spots and put Tyree K. in at S (sure wish we still had Clark) so that Hill and Peppers could take Barrett and Samuel in space. This is a game where we will be very thankful for two lockdown corners who might be able to buy us room for that sort of creativity.
Urban has to be thinking of all sorts of ways to get those two isolated on McCray and Gedeon in space, especially on the edge. I expect JH and Brown are going full Mad Scientist to come up with counters to that.
|14 weeks 47 min ago||Trading away Miggy would be||
Trading away Miggy would be about as dark a day in Detroit sports history as the day Barry Sanders just up and quit football. Misery....
(And yes, yes ... I know they aren't equivalent situations bc we would get a lot in return for Miggy ... I'm just talking about the soul-crushing factor)
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Why does O'Korn under center||
Why does O'Korn under center bring the screen game back?
His arm is not supposed to be a cannon, nor is he all about the mental game. He's distinguished by his mobility more than anything else, right?
Given his supposed propensity for TOs, I doubt Harbaugh puts things back in the playbook that are deemed higher risk.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh lost his mind in||
Harbaugh lost his mind in this game, being dead-set on forcing a very obivously off-kilter Speight to try to win it. Just take what was there and this was a simple win.
Being stubborn cost Bo dearly in some of his most promising seasons. This looked a lot like that.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Auburn showed themselves to||
Auburn showed themselves to be pretenders today, hot streak or no. UGa is sorry this year, so that is a BAD loss.
$EC's got nothing after Bama.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Yes our '85 D was incredibly||
Yes our '85 D was incredibly fierce, but Iowa actually marched up and down the field on us in that game ... we just did a terrific job of tightening up in the red zone. We kept holding them out of the end zone and forcing them to kick FGs.
So while it broke our hearts that they kicked the game-winner at the end, it wasn't like they hadn't earned it. They very much outplayed us overall that day. We hardly moved the ball at all.
As crazy as it may seem in the now-longstanding context of boring Iowa offenses and the romantic ideals we often attach to the Bo era, Fry's O lapped ours (with Jimmy under center) and then some in that game. Chuck Long was a man.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||actual coaching of the RBs||
Coach Wheatley makes me happy. 20 years of Fred J mediocrity makes me sad.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Ambry is really, really good.||
Ambry is really, really good. But Peppers 2.0? No.
|15 weeks 4 hours ago||wait...||
Where are the GoT dragons blowing flames (which I thought was hilarious, btw), the Simpsons line dancing to advocate for higher standards and the bazillion negs?
That very same LSJ article yesterday was described as "top ten worst post ever," and a plague upon the IQ of the board ... but now that Brian has proclaimed the subject matter "wildly entertaining," all is good.
Neg away, I suppose....
|15 weeks 22 hours ago||I love it that a D'Antoni||
I love it that a D'Antoni finger pointing picture made it onto that official ticket
|15 weeks 1 day ago||O versus Bama||
i think JH will try to throw all over Bama.
Saban's defensive braintrust is less well equipped to handle creativity. If they can pin you down and put you in a box, you are done for. They excel at eqiupping their guys to a tightly defined task.
But O$U stomped them pretty hard in the '15 game precisely because Meyer was willing to break tendencies and attack with creativity (would he have done this with Barret healthy? not sure). Harbaugh is capable of that.
Also, we don't have a game breaking RB to lean on. O$U had Zeke Elliott in their game, and that mattered a lot. So I think JH would put the ball in Speight's hands and use our piles of athletic TEs plus the SR wideouts.
I actually wouldn't expect a ton of Peppers on O in that game. Certainly not much at wildcat ... Bama has been there, done that. Would play right into their hands. I just wouldn't see us focusing our attack on near-LOS action ... moreso hit 'em intermediate and downfield.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||EE||
Ambry is planning to be an EE.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||You're wrong Bando||
That has everything to do with Harbaugh.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||OT, but highly disappointed||
OT, but highly disappointed in the student crowd shot under play #10. When did State chicks get so fat? Small sample, but boo.
Come on ladies, know your place in life and stay in your lanes please.
|16 weeks 8 hours ago||Iowa is the key for him||
Nationally televised night game. He needs to put up another crazy highlight (to get replayed during the Iowa broadcast) and some stats this week, and then have a "shining moment" that is truly memorable against Iowa. He needs to capture the nation's imagination.
Then follow that up with a monster game against O$U, and he's in business.
So hard to discount Lamar J ... he really just looks like he's playing in a video game every time he gets out on the field. We may not like that, but when a QB does that (hardest position to play in sports, arguably), he's going to get most of the attention. The voters won't forget that he was single-handedly out-athleting FSU when they CRUSHED the Noles. And that his loss at Clemson was when his WR misread the down marker on a completed pass as they marched toward the endzone at the end of the game.
|16 weeks 9 hours ago||"Where are my damn moron||
"Where are my damn moron sons?" -- Walder Frey
Once a Frey, always a Frey, I suppose.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Throwback bonus points for||
Throwback bonus points for referencing Cullen "Buck" Christian in this thread
He of the never ending commitment ceremony...
|16 weeks 6 days ago||>>But Nebraska ('97's||
>>But Nebraska ('97's Alabama) in the final?
No, no. Our '97 D eats up that NEB offense. People overrate NEB bc they smoked Tenn in that bowl game ... but Peyton was infamously small in big games. Chomp chomp.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Absent an injury, Stribling||
Absent an injury, Stribling will be in the league. Size and skills will give him that shot ... and his game speed is plenty sufficient.
How he tests on things like the 40 will likely disprapotionately influence which round he goes in. But he's put up plenty of data at this point to almost certainly be drafted.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Be careful using the word||
Be careful using the word "pay" in any reference to L. Treadwell.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Dont hold your breath on||
Dont hold your breath on Solomon.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Do you think MSU's dumpster||
Do you think MSU's dumpster fire season ends up in significant changeover in Sparty's staff, and if so ... does that push Ambry Thomas to Michigan?
Who specifically on MSU's staff are Ambry Thomas and his mom close with?
|18 weeks 3 days ago||That's silly. The ACC at||
That's silly. The ACC at least as many good or really good teams as the Big Ten this year.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||>>"if Rutgers got a point||
>>"if Rutgers got a point for…every point scored"
In Excel that is a circular function. I occasionally have to beat one of my analysts for doing this.
Rutgers is bad enough already, Brian's Peeps. And they've had enough. Don't express them in terms of bad Excel too.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||No Jaraymond Hall. Still no||
No Jaraymond Hall. Still no Ben St Juste. Hmm....
|18 weeks 6 days ago||1) legally change my name 2)||
1) legally change my name
2) after consulting with advisors to minimize taxes, claim prize
3) change my name back
No need to be "famous" ... then I'd figure out the rest.
Not sure of the exact split, but much would be in the hands of others doing the Lord's work....
|19 weeks 9 hours ago||Michigan genuinely cares||
Michigan genuinely cares about student-athletes' academics >> O$U genuinely cares about student-athletes' academics
DPJ and family will not miss this point
|19 weeks 12 hours ago||If his NFL future is an||
If his NFL future is an important consideration, you'd have to weigh the premium generally associated with the DT position.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Renes ... penetration. I see||
Renes ... penetration. I see what you did there.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||>>1) If he can't play||
>>1) If he can't play anymore, is this what a "medical hardship" is and will he be covered financially to get his degree?
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Tennessee||
>> if they don't show up until the second half next week, they could even lose to A&M. This is their first real road game this year
Pretty sure their Hail Mary win was in Athens, not at home. That is a definite road game for them, despite the number of Tennecheat fans in Atlanta who find their way into the stadium for that matchup.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||When will people learn? Guns||
When will people learn? Guns don't kill people ... Brian Kelly kills people.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Spurrier||
Not so sure that Spurrier's time at SC(east) is all that instructive as a data point on any part of the rest of the college football world.
Here's a good piece from 2010 on South Carolina football in the WSJ (written by a Michigan alum):
BTW, if you want to get a sense of just how bad it is to be a South Carolina fan, read the last two paragraphs of that article. Creepy beyond words....
**edit: here it is, because that link is behind a paywall for most
>>Gamecock fans even have an explanation for their misery: the Chicken Curse. "I originally wrote that as a joke to show the power of negative thinking," said Doug Nye, the former sports editor of the now-defunct Columbia Record who is credited with popularizing the term. "But nobody read the last paragraph."
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Wow||
Calling out first team all-American and team MVP Rod Payne ... that's pretty strong work right there by Les.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||>>Michael Jordon is arguably||
>>Michael Jordon is arguably the most successful pro athlete ever and his stab at baseball garnered less attention.
... because the sports media world in 1994 without twitter, etc looked just like it does today?
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Generally true that MSU's DBs||
>>He was 7-10 against the blitz because MSU's secondary can't cover anything.
Generally true that MSU's DBs didn't look great ... but he did hit some small windows on really nice downfield passes a couple of times when he was facing pressure and the secondary was in the right place. Maybe not JD Lewis-level hip pocket coverage, but hardly blown assignments. And he nailed it.
Limited sample size, but he did do it.
That being said, I generally agree on your comment. I I think our DL introduces him to a whole new world of pain this week and he ends up looking a whole lot more like a rookie QB than he did last week.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Do we have a realistic shot||
Do we have a realistic shot at any superstar-level CB recruits who could play right away next year behind Long and Hill?
From what you saw of him in HS plus what we've all heard out of camp, what do you think of Onwenu moving full time to DT?
1) DT is a premium pro position (both in the draft and in free agency) ... OG generally is not
2) we seem to have many irons in the fire w/r/t interior OL recruiting. DT (as noted in other posts in this thread) is pretty thin.
Would seem to be a win-win for him and the team if he moves to DT full time. But I might well be missing something that you mght have picked up about him in live action.
|23 weeks 11 hours ago||sports reporters||
I sat in on way too many of these things when I was an undergrad writing sports for the Daily. It was at least as comical IRL as it comes across in print. With that backdrop, it makes it really easy to hold onto a burning disdain for the jackasses at the Freep for what they did in Stretchgate.
Very glad I went into an entirely different field. Most of my friends who pursued journalism careers don't seem super happy about it.
Also very glad for Brian and his team's commitment to excellence and to not giving up their intellectual curiosity.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||don't let the facts get in the way dragonchild||
Because McDoom, Crawford, Onwenu, Bredeson and Asiasi are LoLing at the premise of your post. They've all worked themselves right into the two deep.
And that isn't counting Long or LHill, one or both of whom will be playing (though more likely for reasons along the line of your depth-only conjecture).
|23 weeks 1 day ago||1974||
If you're going to come at me son, come correct.
King was an '04 recruit. He was a veteran player in '06, not a freshman. He was all-conference that year.
Lloyd absolultely did not "back off" ,,, he sat back and stopped working. PSU sent King a letter every single day. We did nothing. They turned the tide in no small part by "showing him the love." He was very clear on this point. His words, and the words of those close to him.
But go on taking shots at posts where you admit you don't have depth of knowledge. I do, and that's why I posted it ... because it really, truly cost us deeply. Worse than RoJo, even.
(FYI, I wasn't referring to the next year's bowl, either. I'm talking '06 Wolverines versus '06 Gators. If we have King on that team, we win. Matchup very much in our favor.)
|23 weeks 1 day ago||misses that really cost us||
I'm with you EastCoast on losing sleep over Mikey Weber.
That being said, the one I will truly never get over was Justin King. He was in the bag, but then Lloyd & Co got lazy and PSU didn't. Incredibly costly mistake. You put him on the '06 team, and we win in Columbus and are in the NC game.
Go back and look at the PSU-O$U game that season ... King was the only CB in the B1G who put the clamps on Ginn, who in turn put up over 100 yards and a TD in the Game ... and, crucially, tore into us at critical moments (e.g, that bomb early on into the red zone).
Morgan Trent was a good soldier* ... but you put King on that D and we would have been something else. And I think we would have matched up against UF in the NC game way better than O$U did.
(* Pete Carroll showed in the Rose Bowl just how important that isn't)
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Thank you Brian||
The proactive decision to spend your money on the PFF data just made one of the best things on the internet even better. For no apparent reason other than your love of Michigan and this board community. This is akin to a couple of years back when Chick Fil A scrapped their already-tasty grilled sandwich for an even better grilled sandwich. I cannot stay away from her siren's song.
You, sir, are a noble beast.
(And you finally got your head right on Stibling! LoL)
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Staee||
This could very well help them a lot, as Redfield is one of ND's leading tacklers. He's a hitter from the S spot. That will likely matter when Groucho runs LJ Scott between the tackles again and again and again....
|29 weeks 5 days ago||PSA:||
LaMarr Woodley kills people
|42 weeks 2 days ago||can Maryland hold him?||
Urb flipped a stud Maryland LB from the Terps post-Durkin last year, right?
O$U has traditionally had a much stronger presence in MD than we have. As has PSU. Hopefully Harbaugh can change that. But at this point, if he flips away from the Terps I would say the money is on an outcome we would not like.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||skeletons||
Well he does have them, but he owns up to them. No need to worry about a bomb that has already gone off.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Cobo||
One of the most electric basketball games I ever saw was played at Cobo: Chris Webber's DCDS Yellowjackets (reignng Class B state champs) against Jalen Rose's Detroit Southwestern Prospectors (reigning Class A state champs).
It was in the heat of the recruiting cycle. Magic showed up courtside to show the love. Game was fantastic.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Gateway||
I don't think we ever managed to land any recruit of significance from Gateway. Terry Smith sent Justin King to PSU and then we never got any of the others either.
I might have forgotten someone, but I'm pretty sure that's right.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||So Brian, I'll take the bait...||
You are "kind of in the Clark camp" over Stribling about as consistently as I'm kind of in the Michigan camp over Notre Dame.
But let me ask you this: to what end do you think the Coaches are working when they have so publicly and consistently stated throughout basically the entirety of Spring ball that Stribling is The Guy?
Is it your view that there is some nuanced, player-specific psychology going on (e.g., Strib is soft and needs to be built up; Clark needs the challenge of being called out as the backup)? Or do you have some other theory?
Seems pretty inconsistent with Mr Relentless Meritocracy's general approach to name one guy a starter if in fact the other guy is even remotely close to being The Guy, no?
|46 weeks 1 day ago||LoL @ mgoblog's ongoing Clark-fest||
Listen to Sam Webb's interview of Harbaugh: Stribling a lock to be the starter opposite JD Lewis
But keep on banging that drum, Brian & Co....
Clark has intriguing ability ... but Stribling has stepped up and claimed the job. Emphatically.
|1 year 1 week ago||oh Scruffy||
If you're going to take the time to talk down to me, you might want to first go back and do a careful read of both Brian's piece (including what he stated up front as this piece's intent, i.e., the context in which it was to be read) and then also my specific comments (which most assuredly did NOT question Brian's prerogative to write "what he thinks"). To clarify, he said he was laying forth his view of the order in which specific players were most likely to be starters at the 27 listed positions.
To your questions:
1) yes, I am suggesting the Brian improve his occasional heavy categorization of the non-star players ... yes, I think he should change what he thinks. More precisley, I think he should change HOW he thinks. He would be well served to let his opinions flow more fluidly with incremental data on players as it arrives. He has an observable bias in some (NOT all) cases among the lesser players to establish a point of view and then cling to it, many times against futher evidence, and some times (like here with Stribling) against reason. It can make for entertaining writing and perhaps he feels it is a useful tool in conveying to the average reader a sense of his expertise (which is, in fact, very deep), but I've seen it get off the rails from time to time. He sometimes crystalizes his view, and then it just flows downstream from that point. For example, it is not remotely reasonable to expect at this juncture that either of those two freshmen are in the same likelihood category as Stribling (a very seasoned player who is, at the very least, demonstrably competent ... even with some notable flaws). As others noted in response to your post, he often does this in the context of expectations from the recruiting cycle. I would also note he has some tendency to do this (in either + or - ways, from player to player) within season and season-to-season. It is noticable within UFRs, when he selectively highlights (positively or negatively) certain guys.
To be clear, I'm not saying it is impossible for Hill and/or Long to pass Stribling up next year. I'm saying that Brian has no rational basis for making that claim at this point, given what he described as the point of this exercise. His view on this one point is countervaling to both logic and data. When coupled with my observations of some of his tendencies over the years, I highlighted it as one example of how Brian sometimes allows his bias to influence his judgment.
2) going back to the first part of this post, I am pretty sure this was NOT a dumb place for my "tirade." It's exactly the place. Brian was laying out his view on specific guys' likelihood of STARTING. To your rhetorical questions about Harbaugh's grand sense of player development and future seasons, of course JH is smart enough to see the need in '17 and beyond. But that is NOT what Brian was getting at. Or, if it is the case that he did allow that consideration into his thinknig in the Strib vs Hill/Long instance in particular ... well, then Brian got himself derailed from his own mission, didn't he? And that would only further my point of his negative bias on Stribling influencing his subjective output around a set of objective facts.
Look, I recognize the entirety of my post is an in-the-weeds observation. And it is very much the gnat on the ass of the elephant. This blog (and this board) are spectacular elements of the overall 'M' sports community. That being said, I do think it's fair to have a discussion on "the little stuff." I'd be shocked if Brian disagrees with that view. And I'm not even making an entitled bellyache of "I want Brian to deliver me a better product" ... what I'm saying is that in his quest to be great (which he inherently does have, and it's observable in his passion and fire to do all things well on this site), he would futher his own cause with a little introspection on this point.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||biases||
Love Brian's work overall, but one of the longstanding bones to pick is how his biases or partially-formed theses (extrapolated from mixed and/or limited data) sometime crystalize into truisms. Sometimes that is falling in love with a player, other times that is relegating a player to undeserved also-ran status.
Example here: the laughable thought that Channing Stribling ought to be grouped with Vert Hill (or even David Long) in likelihood of PT as a 2016 CB. Utterly preposterous. While I'm a huge fan of Hill's long-term potential, it is complete nonsense to expect a PSL kid to come in and make plays like we often see from Stribling. See: undercutting Florida WR on a well thrown, well run deep square-in during the bowl game for the PBU.
Sure Stribling has some whiffs (some very frustrating), but he can and will play. A lot, actually ... and while he may not beat out Clark for the #2 CB spot, there is a near 100% chance he would be next man up if Clark was injured. He is a far steadier pair of trusted hands out on that CB island than either of the incoming freshmen, regardless of their respective ceilings. We have, for example, significant evidence that Stribling has made tons of progress as an open field tackler, especially when he's isolated against the run (an important element of the CB trade that few freshmen -- particularly the "pure cover corner" variety -- can perform sufficiently). We have ZERO basis for an informed opinion on that matter for either Long or Hill.
The prevalence of subtle biases among the non-stars in Brian's work is not new. Nor is it entirely bad. It gives us something to debate. And, unlike various other 'M' website personas, he isn't so threatened by it as to freak out in response. But it is a weakness that I have noticed creeping in through certain recountings and subjective analyses (UFR, etc) over the years.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Two things||
1) I love you for doing this. If I could go hang with my 'M' boys one of these Friday evenings over beers, I would insist we geek out on it name by name for hours.
2) on the specific rankings you are a clueless idiot and wrong many, many times over ... but this is still freaking awesome
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I'm thinking Shantee Orr 2.0||
I'm thinking Shantee Orr 2.0 might be the better comparison. Unblockable speed off the snap.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||No. Wisconsin hates us.||
No. Wisconsin hates us. Iowa hates us. PSU hates us. And Illinois really, really hates us.
Of course, the lunatic fringe at each of them individually assumes we count them as a rival.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||The dad||
Now that we've learned the dad's name is Swen Swenson, the pendulum has swung again and I'm officially pissed at Harbaugh. He passed on that kind of awesomeness? Jim just doesn't get it.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Glad to hear you are going to||
Glad to hear you are going to do more of this, Brian.
It would be that much more interesting if you could get some of your fellow bloggers following other programs to do the same thing.
I mostly care about what the 'M' related sites are able to deliver on our guys. But if there is systematic outsized suckiness at one of the services that is analytically observable, that would be worth seeing.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Please do more of this. I||
Please do more of this. I think they are fair game.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Posible, but Trieu saw him||
Posible, but Trieu saw him live and said much the same thing.
There were plenty of reports in SE MI that Trishton is a terrific athlete, and a natural at WR.
And he was a monster in high school hoops last year too.
Even though he made many of those plays in a league not traditionaly characterized as elite for either basketball or football, the kid is at the very least seriously athletic.
Sometimes you miss some. And other times you don't worry yourself too much about kids coming out of the 248 area code ... the track record of them fulfilling the hype is pretty spotty, to say the least.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I think everyone on this||
I think everyone on this board can agree that Bert sucks. That truth spans all generations and time periods of the game.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||B1G guarantees its schollies||
B1G guarantees its schollies are for four years.
Easy picking to market itself as the high ground option relative to the S(ee) E(verybody) C(heats).
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Gary||
In addition to the challenges mentioned in the prior post in comparting OL and DL, the Kalis comparison is not fitting because it was widely observed in his Army All-Star week that he was far from dominant. Looked pretty ordinary, actually. Clearly not a 5*.
In contrast, last week at the UA Gary looked like a terror, a man amongst boys. He has it all: size, unrelenting motor, excellent and diverse technique and freakish speed for his size.
I think he is far and away the best DL prospect I have seen. Ever.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||also||
I don't know of any precedents as impact players because all the hype seems to be about QBs (Russell Wilson, Rudock, et al), but are there any whispers of a graduate transfer in at LB?
As I recall, Josh Furman went that route to OkSt on the way out of U-M.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||LB options||
Didn't Chase Winovich move back to LB? Or, if he hasn't yet, wouldn't that plausibly be on the table at this point?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||DA, not Manningham||
I loved Mario, but the better former M player comparison for Chesson is Derrick Alexander. At least in terms of his physical gifts and playing style. Lanky-tall with tons of straight line speed and a bit more wiggle than people expect of him. Not elite hands, but developing into very good. Is a consistent threat to take the top off the D, but also can make plays at the mid-level, including an ability to either juke for or fight for YAC.
Chesson is still growing a lot as a wideout ... this is a guy who is still getting coached up. I think we see a VERY interesting player in him next fall. I was one of the few who was fairly bullish on him coming into the season (loved his work ethic combined with the speed/length combo), but I didn't expect him to come this far, this fast.
Chesson already blocks immeasurably better than either Manningham or DA ever did. I wouldn't take him in a footrace over DA, but he does so many other things at least as well or better.
And there is an even greater separation off the field. As Drake Johnson noted that Jehu stands out on the team for "having his sh!t together" ... well, that was quite the opposite of Mario and Derrick, who would have done well for themselves to be a little more responsible in life. DA, in particular, is one guy who is awfully glad that the internet was only a pipe dream during his college years.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||No doubt about the Stadium's cultural importance||
I married into a big SEC family (mostly Bama and UGa), and one of my wife's great aunts was a HUGE Bama booster. Gifts to players, the whole nine yards.
When she came up to Ann Arbor for our wedding, the ONLY thing she absolutely had to do before heading back south was see the Stadium. She could not care less for a single thing north of the Mason-Dixon line (her words), but she had to see Michigan Stadium.
PS - for those who haven't been to PSU's contraption of a home field, yes they can get 100k+ in there, but it looks like they hired McGuyver to put it together rather than an architect. So I could see how some visiting Nits would want to see it. Ours CRUSHES theirs in every way.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Anyone is a downgrade?? LoL||
So, how did the very best D-Coord in all of CFB do on his final exam this year?
LoL ... methinks our 2016 DL roster alone will attract a number of HIGHLY qualified candidates for his seat. All of that back plus Mone and maybe plus Rashan Gary. Is there a 'licking chops' emoticon around here?
|1 year 20 weeks ago||religoius draw to Auburn||
Alex Kozan says hello from the Auburn campus chapel.
Danwillhor is totally correct in that for those players/families where a religious connection is a big deal, the southern schools have a huge leg up.
I'm not sure we know enough from Sam Webb's interview as to have a good sense on how big a deal that really is to Rashan and his mom.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||No way standing around in||
No way standing around in that picture is grounds for dismissal
|1 year 23 weeks ago||The difference||
The difference is you're not likely surrounded by a bunch of highly compensated adults every day who beat it into your skull on a regular basis that you're in a fishbowl 24/7 and should do whatever it takes to avoid said dumb shit.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Drinking?||
I seriously doubt this was just a drinking incident.
Jim has plenty of personal experience with drinking issues. No way he straight up boots a guy off the squad for ONLY that.
Now it may turn out that alcohol was involved in whatever happened. But it's a very safe bet that whatever it was, it was very serious. Jim has been around the block ... publicly canning a veteran player and explaining it with "conduct unbecoming" ... that's smoke from a very significant fire.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Not many tests to cheat on||
Not many tests to cheat on this early in the semester....
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Samuelson||
He wasn't exactly chosen over Pocic. He was a late-ish add when the view on OL numbers had changed (increased)... the Pocic ship had long sailed at that point.
Samuelson was glad to trade up. Pocic was in a different boat than that.
Now you can argue Pocic vs Bosch for sure. That was the real decision at hand at the time.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Personally...||
I try to stop thinking of them as kids once they enter the program. Because they aren't. It slips into my lexicon from time to time as well, but the reality is this is his third year here. It isn't kids' play anymore for LTT or anyone else on the team.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Rivals||
There is a culture of subtle (or not-so) douchebaggery among the higher-ups on that staff that goes back a long, long way. Well before they split up with Tom Beaver.
Glad Brian called them out.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||He was a killer from the get-go||
I was at the UVa game and Charles had two PBUs that were both very nearly highlight reel INTs. When he came in for the injured Steve King, the Hoos targeted him right away ... he gave up a play, but then was a total monster.
If Brian is drooling (rightly so) over #26's coverage in this game, he would be ga-ga over Woodson's first appearance on the field.
It was really only the game at MSU against a very excellent Mushin Muhammad that Charles really took any Freshman lumps.
Charles was all that. He really, truly was. The moment he came into that first game you could see he was on an entirely different level, first as an athlete and second as a guy whose football IQ blossomed almost immediately (I'm talking in the context of a small number of plays, not games or years). I was in the northeast corner of the stadium about 30 rows up, sitting with a buddy who played WR at CMU ... we were just floored at what we saw. It was very plain to the naked eye.
Having him and David Bowens on the field at the same time ... most freakish pair of game-changing D talents I've seen together at 'M.' Good grief, if only someone could have gotten Bowens to go to class....
|1 year 45 weeks ago||hmmm||
I'd like to keep up my track record as a sexist jackass when it comes to such questions and pick some hottie off the women's teams ... but there really were none that stand out from my vintage (early-mid 90s). Though a couple were kind of cute, the teeny little gymnasts never rang my bell. The women's hoops, softball, volleyball, field hockey and T&F teams were pretty barren in those days. Maybe the McCorkel twins on the golf team?
Absent a knockout chica, I'll change up my criteria entirely and vote for pure sports awesomeness and say that the Olympian swimmers of that era that John U recruited (Barrowman, Borges, Wunderlich, Namesnik (RIP) and Dolan) were a mighty crew. It was pretty amazing to have that group of super-accomplished athletes on campus together (more or less -- Dolan and Barrowman didn't overlap). Heckuva run for the Maize & Blue.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Loeffler||
I think you are paintng a VERY overly-rosey picture of Scot's track record post-Michigan. No one is talking about him as HC material.
For the record, I was very much on the Loeffler side of the equation in the "who should be calling the plays, Loeffler or DeBoring" debates of the last Carr years (esp '07, when many reported that Scot was the one who finally got his way in putting together the aggressive game plan in the bowl game against UF).
But ... he has not shown anything of significance to support the idea of him being a coaching prodigy. Is he at least a competent grinder? Sure. But that's a low bar. He's turned out to be quite ordinary.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I totally agree with not||
I totally agree with not viewing our team as a 'product on the field.'
I gave up my 20 years-running season tickets when Bradon hired Hoke because I was pretty sure that Brandon expressly DID view our guys as a product. And he saw us as the suckers who would take anything served to us and like it.
Sometimes being right is miserable.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Bosch tools||
Very unlikely he's related to the Bosch family of Bosch Tools. The company in question is a massive German multinational ... as in more than $50Billion in sales and 300,000 employees. (The home tools business is a relatively small part of what they do ... they are also a HUGE auto and industrial components manufacturer -- it's just that consumers recognize the brand because they come in contact with the tools.)
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Flip that script||
As Leon said in one of his finest moments, you gotta topsy-turvy them:
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Nope, Yost would thrive with the pass||
Tape don't lie ... see the 1:34 mark:
Looks like a beautiful downfield square-in he was running them through.
(Quick, someone find Mike DeBord and tell him (wherever he is) that even back then passing in the middle of the field was not against the rules.)
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Mister Simpson||
Westwood, he is NOT a Michigan Man:
|3 years 16 weeks ago||I think 300 would be a pretty||
I think 300 would be a pretty solid number as well ... and I think the delta between Total Offense and Devin Gardner Offense is likely to be well under 50 yards.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Stribling||
He's all of about 15 months into playing CB seriously. Prior to the 'M' camp before his senior year he was all about playing WR.
Something tells me when we get through these freshman growing pains we are going to be VERY happy with him on the field....
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Very excited to see...||
... Mikey Weber as a Wolverine. (fingers crossed)
I go back a ways in recruiting (LoL) and I am struggling to remember being more excited about a pair of RBs in one class than I would be with MW and Damien H . Could be our answer to UGa's class of Gurley/Marshall.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Love the picture of the sportswriters||
Always a high goober factor in that crew....
|3 years 21 weeks ago||NCAA and MSU||
>>MSU is too small of a program for the NCAA or the national press to waste their time with.
That is exactly why the NCAA might do something.
They would never voluntarily do something to a program that matters (financially).
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Future secondary||
Even if we got JuJu, I doubt we would see a lot of Peppers+JuJu+Dymonte+Countess. I can see Dymonte taking Thomas Gordon's spot next year (he had better!) but I doubt JuJu displaces Jarrod Wilson ... more likely that he would be Wilson's successor.
It will be interesting to see if Raymon Taylor can hold off Stribling (maybe), Hollowell (probably) and Lewis (maybe) by the end of NEXT year.
I would bet we do see lots of Peppers though....
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Glasgow's cheese||
He was standing immeditaely next to Taylor ... so Lord only knows what was being said. It might have been all Glasgow could do to not fall over laughing at that point.
|4 years 1 week ago||Canes||
It is amazing what southerners can do to make you crave chicken. Chick Fil A was first, now Canes comes along and wham! I believe D Terrell might even call it [email protected]
|4 years 16 weeks ago||Funchess to WR||
Because Mike Williams and stuff....
|4 years 21 weeks ago||How about the Sparty OT commit?||
Ace, what did you think of Finley?
I don't want to read too much into your comment about the CT line's struggles -- and the absence of praise for Finely. (well, actually I *DO* want to ... but figure I should ask)
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Mistaken Massey||
You show Pat as a 3/4* borderline. I think you were thinking of Mike, the TE, class of '04.
Pat was a near-consensus 4*+ guy in the same class as Pierre Woods -- 2001?
In the 'where is he now' annals, Pat is a big-time guy (for his age) in high finance these days, just FYI. Works at a very well-established private investment firm in OH.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Great Daily article, BUT...||
... the editors need to bone up on their Michigan timeline: in the spring of 1990 the Fab Five were not months away from enrolling, they were a year and a few months away.
1991 was a pretty darned good calendar year in Michigan sports, following up on the disappointment of 1990 (which included the aforementioned hockey tourney screwing; the Bo Kimble and Loyola catastrophe in hoops; being ranked #1 in football twice only to lose the heartbreaker at ND and the Sparty mugging of Desmond in the end zone on the extra point, relegating a very talented team to the Gator Bowl; and missing on Michigan uber-legacy Eric Montross in hoops recruiting).
In 1991, Desmond won the Heisman and we earned a trip to the Rose Bowl, the Fab Five signed on in the Spring and then immediately turned the world upside down whenthey showed up in the Fall, and we finally made the NCAA hockey tournament that Spring.
Among the students who were hard core sports fans, I wouldn't say the hockey part of that was as big as the others (it clearly wasn't) ... but emotionally it was HUGE. The sense of relief, accomplishment and pride for that group of guys was really palpable on campus. I think everyone who had felt that kick in the gut along with the 1990 team was openly overjoyed in 1991. I remember people hugging in the stands and screaming their minds out about it. To me it was the start of what would become Yost as we know it.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Lacy not practicing is about||
Lacy not practicing is about as devastating to them as Mike Hart not practicing while he was here. In other words, big whoop. The guy is an absolute load, better than any RB we faced last year. He has seen tons of action already, and that is a veteran OL and QB he's working with.
In fact, it is almost less of a big deal to them than when Mike H didn't practice for us. With Lacy out, that other Hart (Dee) and early enrollee TJ Yeldon with both get tons of valuable reps.
Bama's backfield may not have the foursome that LSU rolled out there ... but their top three are better, IMO (assuming Dee is all the way back by the fall). Devastating group, esp since those OLs came back rather than jumping early.
I'm assuming Demens is up worrying at night about tackling Lacy. At least he had better be. He has to play his best game of his career, period. As does BWC, to state a more obvious one. Lacy is going to be running downhill right at those two ... hopefully not right through them though!!
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Bama's QB||
IDK Hart20 ... my Bama in-laws (veteran eyes, to say the least) seem to think McCarron projects out as the best QB they've had in quite some time.
He clearly got a LOT better as the season went on last year. He looked pretty darned good against that LSU D in the title game.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||You are right aaamich fan||
From all I've heard, they are not buddies.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Thx Brian, but would really like...||
Would really like your thoughts breaking down the Va Tech-Stanford bowl game and either of the Clemson games from this year.
Interested to see what you find worked so effectively against the Hokies, rather than seeing what didn't work against them.
(That probably sounds ungrateful, but isn't meant to be....)
|5 years 14 weeks ago||false dichotomy||
Isaac isn't up against Shallman for a particular seat in the next class. There is room for both. They are very different prospects.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||"You know what? All those||
"You know what? All those internet football junkies are freaking out wondering if I'm really no taller than you, or if I'm actually the 6'4" listed on the roster and this is just a picture taken from a deceptive camera angle."
|5 years 22 weeks ago||I have one||
Does Fred J have compromising photos tucked away of Mary Sue, Lloyd, a prominent faculty member and one or more farm animals?
It would be great to hear John U's thoughts on how that guy has managed to keep his no-accountability gig for so long.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Not Moeller||
Miles and Herrmann (or the Herrmanns, as it were)
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Rasmus||
I totally agree with you Rasmus. Methinks this is your proverbial high ceiling late bloomer. The staff uncovered a gem, and he happens to be a kid who understands 1) the value of a scholarship to Michigan and 2) that a gray shirt can very well be playing to the strength of a late bloomer.
I think Tim is just wrong on this one. The fact pattern speaks pretty loudly.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||? for Tim||
Did you personally watch this kid live?
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Fred sez||
Nicely done jaws. But you forgot the Ronnie Lott and Tripp Welbourne parts. He is a safety after all.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Not to nitpick but||
I thnk you meant "still-drunk-from-this-morning Alex Boone"
|5 years 41 weeks ago||That move is more likely than||
That move is more likely than the reverse, as a general rule. Lots and lots of recruits are labelled OTs coming in, only to be moved inside. Schilling, Omameh, Zirbel, McAvoy, Ciulla, Gallimore (yes, yes, a muderer's row there toward the end I know....).
For the most part, that is a doable transition. It is the rare beast whose lanky OL build necessitates a stay outside.
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Sheldon Day||
I noticed the same thing rockydude ... surprised a clear top 100 guy on scout (at DT, no less ... widely viewed by coaches as a tough spot to grab athletes) didn't even make the top 250 on rivals.
TomVH, would certainly love to hear your thoughts on Day and Michigan....
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Kinda glad the Rock game clip||
Kinda glad the Rock game clip wasn't in HD. I didn't need to have it presented to me even more glaringly that what we just got. Yikes.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Those who thought Brian was||
Those who thought Brian was overly harsh on Ezeh really surprise me. I thought Ezeh was as spectacularly missing from the play as I have ever seen him.
I was actually hoping to read a snide remark from Brian in the breakdown of the late 1H play where Kovacs forced the fumble. Yes Leach completely FAILed on that play, but watch Obi ... he does his little pause and then AGAIN runs the wrong way. Mouton started right away and took a step outside/upfield on the front side of the play. The RB was looking backside before he got the ball and never thought about going elsewhere. Obi basically just decides he is going to throw himself into the strength of the line as a (semi-)speeding bullet. He just runs up into the wash and makes himself entirely irrelevant as a defender. In fact, Mouton has seen where the RB is going and is trying to come across the line and has found a hole (it won't work if he makes it, because he's too far away ... but at least he is doing what he can), but Obi plows into him from behind.
There is no question that Leach was just a disaster here. But Obi ought to have been defender #2 on the scene of the tackle, but instead he does what he specializes in: he goes in completely the wrong direction.
The MLB spot in this D ought to make plays. Obi doesn't. He's just a mess of a football player. He has anti-instincts.
|6 years 22 weeks ago||I'm hoping it was a bit more||
I'm hoping it was a bit more Ed Reed "I'm hurt dawg!" than Tebow tears ... but either way we definitely could use Roh to just go off from this point on. He is the highest-ceiling game changer among our D starters.
|6 years 24 weeks ago||I don't think I discredited||
I don't think I discredited his talent whatsoever -- if it read that way, then that was my bad.
I'm just saying running like Gulliver through the Lilliputians isn't telling us anything one way or another.
Re: the impact of being the son of a coach, I hope you are right in the end. But I am keeping my expectations there in check. I don't think saying he should redshirt is any sort of rip on the kid ... just a recognition of what level of football he is coming from. I see no reason he can't be coached up. And a redshirt is a good thing much more often than it isn't.
|6 years 24 weeks ago||Ruh roh||
Someone is harshing the mellow of mgoblog's recruiting vibe....
|6 years 24 weeks ago||The O in Oakland Co stands for OUCH!||
It is just painful to watch football played as poorly as it is in the 248.
Awfully hard to tell much about Conway's film, other than he is a sure-fire redshirt candidate. #1 the level of competition in that league is just pathetic. #2 (probably in no small part as a result of #1) he just doesn't do much at all right now in the critical elements of the higher levels of the game -- sharp routes, reacting to the play (quite noticable on D), etc. #3 it is awfully hard to tell how fast he is because he's just long-striding around out there without any need for precise body movements, 100% effort, etc.
I wonder what he'll think of the ball coming at him on a rope from Devin, Denard or even Tate ... it will certainly be a new experience for him. As will any element of physicality whatsoever. He won't have Tyler McButterpants standing opposite him to just discard at will (like he does when he wants to throughout that film).
Time will tell if that brings out the best in him or if he remains a 'project.' Certainly hoping for the former, but (through no fault of his own) I don't think we'll see much evidence either way this fall.
|6 years 26 weeks ago||Clarklakeblue...||
The reason they don't transfer in is the same reason we don't see JuCos but once in a blue moon: the University won't recognize the credits they've earned.
So unless you see an Ivy Leaguer decide he needs to give up his lottery ticket in order to wear the winged helmet, we will continue to not see transfers-in much/ever. Just like it was under Lloyd, Gary, Bo, Bump....
It is a University thing, not a commentary on the coach or the football program.
|6 years 26 weeks ago||moving someone to CB||
I don't see it among our WRs ... but I will be interested to see if they ask Mike Shaw to do it (assuming he's even academically eligible). No whispers to this end yet, just the following reasoning:
Lloyd initially lost him to Jopes because U-M wanted him at corner but PSU promised him RB. The Old Man was too classy to throw the snake oil comment out there, but RR gave him the same treatment as he gave Tiller on teammate Roundtree.
Carr's crew was generally of the opinion that Shaw had high end potential at CB. There was some minor talk of a Woodson analogy -- though that was always clarified as NOT a prediction of the "next Charles Woodson," but moreso just physically reminiscent (size/speed combo, body type, very good quickness, two-way standout from OH, etc) and the potential to be very good at the spot.
IMO CB and RB have some parallel in that experience (while useful) can be trumped (or at least in part covered up for) by elite athleticism. I don't take Shaw's flaws-to-date as a RB (goes down too easily, prone to misread/mistime the hole, sometimes dances) as fatal flaws for his theoretical prospects at CB.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||There are early whispers of a||
There are early whispers of a little personal maturation needed, so I am keeping my expectations in check on J-Rob this fall.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Buffalo Stampede||
So if RR pulls this one out in 2011 as Devin-to-Denard-to-Devin (or the reverse), does that constitute MGoPorn?
|6 years 31 weeks ago||Tim had pretty considerable||
Tim had pretty considerable back injury issues, no? He certainly didn't have the mobility that was hoped for in recruiting.
|6 years 31 weeks ago||Nice press box. Does it have||
Nice press box. Does it have a 60s-era Bond-style ejection seat for Freep writers dumb enough to show their face? I might actually donate real coin to Mr. Brandon to help out on that one.
|7 years 5 weeks ago||Every time I see Gallon...||
... I can't help but think "Snoop" from The Wire.
That character was a bad mofo ... even if Snoop was, technically, a girl.
|7 years 22 weeks ago||"heartbreaker" = great ... BUT||
|8 years 29 weeks ago||Mississippi||"Why the hell is it so hard to convince kids to leave Mississippi?" [Seriously. I want to know this.] Umm, apparently someone has never been to Oxford to check out the 'scenery.'|