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- He would be available this season, to replace Bellomy and save Morris' redshirt, but gone after that to free up scholarships.
- He's large and, judging by his numbers, reasonably athletic, so he could run the same offense Devin runs.
- He has experience playing WR, so until he's needed at QB he can help remedy our relative lack of large WRs. Plus, as we found out last year, guys who convert from WR to QB in the middle of the season can turn out pretty damn well.
- It has a five-year look-back period to determine program strength, so it includes all three years of the RR era, which makes us look like a mediocre program that just had a lucky season in 2011 rather than a historically good program that had a 3-year deviation.
- One of its primary variables is whether we have a returning starter at QB. We don't, but Gardner is a top recruit who showed that he's a very good QB in his limited time last year.
- Another variable is returning starters. What the model doesn't realize is that nearly all the guys we lost (Omameh, Barnum, Campbell, Vincent Smith, Roundtree, Floyd, Campbell, Roh) were average at best - Denard and Kovacs were the only two stars we lost. And almost all those guys are being replaced by highly-regarded recruits, some of whom (Gardner) fit the system better than they guy they're replacing.
|11 hours 12 min ago||USC?||
Didn't Vanderdoes pick ND over UCLA?
|12 hours 15 min ago||Those gifs are...||
|1 day 7 hours ago||4.2% body fat?||
Is Mike Conley a refugee?
|5 days 11 hours ago||#FirstWorldProblems||
|5 days 13 hours ago||You're kidding yourself||
You're kidding yourself if you think that the student section is going to fill up because we have chrome uniformzzz. Maybe there's more competition for attention on gamedays now, but alternate uniforms aren't even a small step toward addressing that.
And the same goes for recruiting (which you didn't bring up, but a lot of people do). If a high schooler is picking teams based on who has the flashiest uniforms, then he's probably not the kind of guy who we want as a Michigan Man anyway. And anyway - take a look at the top recruiting teams. They're almost entirely traditionally-styled uniforms, which makes sense, because the top teams don't need to resort to cheap gimmicks to try to appeal to kids.
|5 days 13 hours ago||I never said Nike has never||
I never said Nike has never done anything wacky. My main argument is that, looks aside, Nike produces a higher quality product than Adidas - their jerseys don't rip or stretch or fall apart.
But even as far as alternate looks, almost all of those Nike examples at least present a coherent package that has something to do with the school's history/tradition/mascot, or at least is an interesting design. It's not just "hey, let's add a shoulder yoke and change the color of the numbers!" With the exception of the UTL uniform, all of Adidas' alternates could have been designed by a 10-year-old, whereas Nike's (love them or hate them) at least look like they were professionally designed.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Bad example||
The auto industry example isn't a very good analogy for uniforms, because cars are expected to change. You would hope that a 2023 model of car is nicer and better than a 2013 model. But uniforms aren't the same way. I don't know of anyone who hopes or expects Michigan's uniforms to look clearly better 10 years from now than they do now, and if you're not striving for improvement, then you're just changing for the sake of change. And that's almost always a bad idea.
When you think of college football uniforms, what uniforms do you think of? You probably think of Michigan, Alabama, Texas, Penn State, USC. We have amazing brand equity in our uniform, which is incredibly valuable. I don't see why we would want to flush that down the toilet and become Maryland.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Nnamdi||
Asomugha wasn't half bad.
|6 days 11 hours ago||He's a 5* recruit...||
...there will be plenty of thunder to go around on the 26th.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Soon||
Just waiting for the thread titled "Hey, Dr. ____, get off MGoBlog and come out to your waiting room to see me already!"
|6 days 12 hours ago||Nike||
Nike has its own issues, but at least they produce quality products. I've never seen a Nike basketball team have 5 jerseys rip in the same game (Minnesota, 2013), or a Nike football team have to change jerseys at halftime because the jerseys they were given were so awful (Northwestern, 2011).
Plus, Nike can come up with some crazy alternate uniforms, but at least they seem to be thought out reasonably well. It's not crap like just changing the color of the numbers, or adding stripes or a yoke. The UTL uniforms were great, but the Virginia Tech, Alabama, and South Carolina uniforms were orders of magnitude stupider than anything Nike has done.
|6 days 13 hours ago||He wasn't drafted.||
He signed with the Raiders as a UDFA.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Almost all RBs and WRs wear||
Almost all RBs and WRs wear gloves. McGuffie didn't when he was at Michigan, so there was speculation over whether this would risk more fumbles or anything like that.
Most photos of McGuffie at Rice are sans-gloves, but there are a few of him wearing gloves, so he's not totally opposed.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Nickname?||
We call it "the kickstand."
|6 days 13 hours ago||Just a Freudian slip||
I think Nix began to talk trash, but then his mind began to wander and he started thinking about food.
|6 days 13 hours ago||San Diego||
I think he's talking about San Diego as America's best beer city (given his comment about "bad choices south of the border"), which has to be on the short list. Lots of good breweries out there.
|6 days 13 hours ago||$$$ only goes so far||
As a premier school, Michigan is going to make a lot of money from whoever their supplier is. However, there have to be minimum quality standards. Is it worth getting an extra 5-10% if the products we're given are absolute garbage and look like clown uniforms?
|6 days 13 hours ago||Pac-12||
I also like the matchup against a Pac-12 team. I always feel like the Big Ten and Pac-12 have some shared history, due to the Rose Bowl, and I get excited when we play Pac-12 teams. Plus, it's boring when every non-BCS Big Ten bowl slot is against a SEC team.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Is that a compliment?||
I'm sure a high school kid hoping to start a rap career would be honored to be told he sounds just like the rappers you hear on the radio. Don't get me wrong, I think it's garbage too, but it doesn't appear to take much more than some misogyny and some fiddling with ProTools to get on the radio these days.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Pushing Gardner||
We know what Gardner is capable of doing in Borges' offense, and it's pretty damn good. If Morris is pushing him as a freshman, then I'm extremely excited for the next 4-5 years.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Not only that||
Not only that, but he's worried about him "posting nonsense." You know, instead of posting eloquently written insights, like Twitter is famous for.
|1 week 1 day ago||Those are some bold statements||
|1 week 5 days ago||Denard?||
It's not fair to compare any of those guys to Denard. Denard was an awesome student-athlete who had a great attitude, stayed for four years despite a coaching change, and supported his fellow students at other events. I'm in favor of keeping the door open for the guys mentioned in this article, but they don't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Denard.
|1 week 5 days ago||This guy would be ideal||
I can't think of a better option for a transfer, assuming he wants to come here and be the clear backup to Devin:
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The model doesn't suck, we just don't fit it||
It's easy to see why this model predicts a bad season for Michigan:
So, in other words, don't look at a single ridiculous prediction (I don't think any college football analyst is predicting us to be as bad as 7-5) and say the model sucks. This model actually has a pretty good track record at predicting how strong most teams will be. But if you look at why the model says we're not supposed to do well, you'll see reasons why our particular situation doesn't fit the model well.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Florida||
Florida didn't really advance farther than their seed though - they didn't beat a single team seeded better than them. They only made the Elite 8 because FGCU knocked off Georgetown
|2 weeks 5 days ago||that guy gets around||
I was in Guam last August and I'm pretty sure I saw him there.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Nobody has any real insight.||
Nobody has any real insight. At this point, all the major services have access to every word a recruit has ever said. After that it's just a guessing game, and dollars to donuts no one service is consistently any better at guessing than any other.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Gotta love the NCAA||
"because it can be used as advertising"
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Makes sense||
We've both drastically changed our offensive system in the last 3 years. WVU went from running the scraps of what Bill Stewart remembered from RichRod to the Holgorson Air Raid, and we obviously went from RR to the Borges offense.