rundown of Michigan's riser
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|9 hours 59 min ago||Projecting recruits||
I think that nationally, it's about 50/50 whether a 5* recruit will become a star. There's a lot of uncertainty in projecting high schoolers.
And it's not really fair to simply look at Grady, Hopkins, and Rawls, and conclude that Michigan hasn't fared well with bulldozing RBs. Grady was a top recruit, but it turned out that he had alcohol problems, and he was also behind a guy who ended up being Michigan's all-time leading rusher. Hopkins and Rawls were both 3* recruits, so they aren't really comparable to Green as far as talent and expectations.
Not that past recruits from two offensive systems ago should tell us anything anyways, but if you go back just a little further, we did just fine with Chris Perry, B.J. Askew, and Anthony Thomas.
|10 hours 4 min ago||Deveon Smith?||
I wouldn't be sad if Deveon Smith earned some carries.
|10 hours 12 min ago||Not that shocked||
We're talking about kids who have played two seasons of high school ball, and won't be on a college campus for another 2 1/2 years. It's not surprising to see some minor disagreement about how good they are.
|10 hours 14 min ago||Makes sense||
With the importance of the passing game, it's become the defensive position where HS coaches put their freakiest athletes.
|10 hours 38 min ago||Maybe, maybe not||
There are a lot of unknowns with Fitz, though. Obviously, his health and his trust in his leg is a concern - who knows how he will feel when he's facing a live defense for the first time since November. Also, while he's a talented back, last year it didn't seem like he was a great fit for Borges's preferred offense.
I could see Green starting and getting the bulk of the carries this year, while Fitz takes over a slightly expanded Vincent Smith role as the guy who knows how to block, do the little things, and catch screens.
|14 hours 31 min ago||My favorite Urlacher stat||
In his senior year at New Mexico, he had 7 receptions on offense, 6 of which went for touchdowns.
|15 hours 18 min ago||Don't worry||
If you need reassurance, just check the thumbs up/thumbs down ratio for his video.
|1 day 12 hours ago||USC?||
Didn't Vanderdoes pick ND over UCLA?
|1 day 13 hours ago||Those gifs are...||
|2 days 9 hours ago||4.2% body fat?||
Is Mike Conley a refugee?
|6 days 12 hours ago||#FirstWorldProblems||
|6 days 15 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.
|6 days 15 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.
|6 days 15 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.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Nnamdi||
Asomugha wasn't half bad.
|1 week 12 hours ago||He's a 5* recruit...||
...there will be plenty of thunder to go around on the 26th.
|1 week 13 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!"
|1 week 13 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.
|1 week 15 hours ago||He wasn't drafted.||
He signed with the Raiders as a UDFA.
|1 week 15 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.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Nickname?||
We call it "the kickstand."
|1 week 15 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.
|1 week 15 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.
|1 week 15 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?
|1 week 15 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.
|1 week 15 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 2 days ago||Those are some bold statements||
|1 week 6 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.