|1 week 2 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....
|4 weeks 4 days ago||PSA:||
LaMarr Woodley kills people
|17 weeks 1 day 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.
|17 weeks 4 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.
|20 weeks 4 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.
|21 weeks 6 hours 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.
|21 weeks 7 hours 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?
|21 weeks 13 hours 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.
|28 weeks 6 days 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.
|29 weeks 7 hours 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.
|30 weeks 5 days 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
|31 weeks 10 hours 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.
|31 weeks 3 days 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.
|31 weeks 3 days 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.
|31 weeks 6 days 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.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Please do more of this. I||
Please do more of this. I think they are fair game.
|32 weeks 6 days 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.
|32 weeks 6 days 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.
|32 weeks 6 days 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).
|33 weeks 3 days 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.
|33 weeks 3 days 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.
|33 weeks 3 days 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?
|33 weeks 6 days 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.
|38 weeks 4 days 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.
|38 weeks 5 days 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?
|47 weeks 4 days 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.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||No way standing around in||
No way standing around in that picture is grounds for dismissal
|50 weeks 4 days 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.
|50 weeks 4 days 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.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Not many tests to cheat on||
Not many tests to cheat on this early in the semester....
|50 weeks 4 days 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.
|50 weeks 4 days 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.
|50 weeks 4 days 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.
|50 weeks 4 days 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 20 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.
|1 year 40 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.
|1 year 48 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.
|1 year 51 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 26 weeks ago||Flip that script||
As Leon said in one of his finest moments, you gotta topsy-turvy them:
|2 years 33 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.)
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Mister Simpson||
Westwood, he is NOT a Michigan Man:
|2 years 43 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.
|2 years 45 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....
|2 years 45 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.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Love the picture of the sportswriters||
Always a high goober factor in that crew....
|2 years 48 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).
|2 years 49 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 2 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.
|3 years 28 weeks 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]
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Funchess to WR||
Because Mike Williams and stuff....
|3 years 48 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 18 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 22 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 25 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 25 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.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||You are right aaamich fan||
From all I've heard, they are not buddies.
|4 years 34 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....)
|4 years 41 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.
|4 years 43 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."
|4 years 49 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.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Not Moeller||
Miles and Herrmann (or the Herrmanns, as it were)
|5 years 9 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 9 weeks ago||? for Tim||
Did you personally watch this kid live?
|5 years 9 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 12 weeks ago||Not to nitpick but||
I thnk you meant "still-drunk-from-this-morning Alex Boone"
|5 years 16 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 16 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....
|5 years 48 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.
|5 years 48 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.
|5 years 49 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.
|5 years 51 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.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||Ruh roh||
Someone is harshing the mellow of mgoblog's recruiting vibe....
|5 years 51 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 4 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 4 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 6 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 6 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.
|6 years 32 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.
|6 years 49 weeks ago||"heartbreaker" = great ... BUT||
|8 years 4 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.'|