Alex Bars getting "close" to a decision per 247

Alex Bars getting "close" to a decision per 247

Submitted by MichiganMan2424 on May 1st, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Alex Bars, a 4 star OT out of TN and younger brother of current Michigan OL Blake Bars, is getting close to a decision per a Steve Wiltfong tweet:

Steve Wiltfong @SWiltfong247 11m

Top247 offensive tackle Alex Bars getting 'close' to decision #Michigan #NotreDame #PennState #Vols  via @247Sports

He's the 107 overall composite player according to 247. The article is paywalled and posted on the Tennessee 247 site, but 247 also lists his top 5 as Florida, Floridat St., Michigan, Notre Dame, and OSU with the only 3 crystal ball predictions all having him going to Michigan. If he does indeed pull the trigger soon it may be good news for Hoke and co.

ESPN Article Suggesting that the NCAA should limit contact in spring

ESPN Article Suggesting that the NCAA should limit contact in spring

Submitted by bluebyyou on May 1st, 2013 at 8:32 AM

The title says it all.

The article indicates that the NFL is going to eliminate all pads and contact during the nine week offseason practice program, and that the NCAA should significantly reduce the amount of contact allowed during spring practice.

A couple of weeks from now, newly drafted former college players will join their NFL teammates in the NFL's nine-week offseason practice program. But not a single player will wear pads or have live contact during any of those practices. The NFL doesn't allow it. The league determined that it's not good for the long-term brain health of its players to have that offseason contact.

Why do this? Because it's necessary. According to medical experts, every block and every tackle in the spring is one more hit that brings a player closer to having long-term brain damage. Each tackle and each block jars the body -- much like being in a car crash. Each time that happens, the brain hits the inside of the skull. (It is difficult to determine the actual amount of contact players have during practices since it varies by coaches, drills and repetitions for players. Some research suggests that the number approximates an estimated 200-plus hits per game.) The cumulative effect of all those crashes over time creates the risk of long-term brain damage. As a result of this, the NFL eliminated live contact during the offseason last year in order to reduce that risk.


FOA (or "figuring out acronyms")

FOA (or "figuring out acronyms")

Submitted by tasnyder01 on April 30th, 2013 at 4:38 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen of the board, I come to you today with great need. We newcomers do not truly understand the great acronyms utilized in this very place -- we may know a few, but not yet all. please, ye intelligent ones, further the understanding of us ignoramuses. mostly tounge in cheek, but seriously, its offseason time. . . Those of you who know what AFAIK, SIAP, UFR, etc. mean, please elaborate to those who don't. MODS: if this becomes diary-worthy, move it. I'm not really sure it'll be so, so for the time being, I'm placing it here.

Semi-OT: JAX WR Justin Blackmon suspended 4 games; may help D-Rob get some significant early PT

Semi-OT: JAX WR Justin Blackmon suspended 4 games; may help D-Rob get some significant early PT

Submitted by Butterfield on April 30th, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Justin Blackmon, formerly of Oklahoma State and currently the Jacksonville Jaguar's #1 wideout, has been suspended 4 games by the NFL for substance abuse.  This may be good news for Denard's chances at significant early playing time, although fellow Jaguar draftee Ace Sanders from South Carolina (FML) probably benefits most.  The Jags had earlier this offseason cut their #2 WR last season (Laurent Robinson), so although D-Rob is listed as a RB, depth concerns may expedite a move to WR. 

In other M-related Jaguars news, Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert are in an open competition for the starting QB job.  I'm sure both of them would prefer Blackmon didn't get suspended. 

College Football Playoff Logo chosen

College Football Playoff Logo chosen

Submitted by MikeCohodes on April 30th, 2013 at 3:52 PM

They have closed the voting on the College Football Playoff logo design, and the one they are calling the "Golden Football" won.  Sorry, no spiked footballs.  Source link

Sorry if already posted, I did do a search and didn't see this on here, most recent post I could find was the one encouraging voting on it from a couple days ago.

So what's the verdict?  Are we happy with the logo?  Or is it just as bland as the name for the playoff itself? Michigan's Dave Brandon a 'reluctant participant' in new College Football Playoff Michigan's Dave Brandon a 'reluctant participant' in new College Football Playoff

Submitted by GoBlueinEugene on April 30th, 2013 at 1:56 PM


In Brandon's eyes, 15 games is too many. And if the format eventually expands to eight teams, then what?
“I just worry about these young men playing 15 games," he said. "That’s kind of the road that we’re on. You play 12 regular-season games, you play a 13th championship game in conference, then you play a 14th game as part of the four-team playoff and if you do well, it’s a 15th game.
He continued by expressing concern over player health and readiness that late in a season, explaining how Michigan's recent bowl trips have left the team with multiple injuries after a 13-game schedule.
Making him wonder if a team would be able to field a decent roster to play games 14 and 15.

Big Ten Recruiting Rankings 4-30-13

Big Ten Recruiting Rankings 4-30-13

Submitted by Ace on April 30th, 2013 at 1:55 PM

At long last, ESPN released their 2014 rankings, which means I no longer have an excuse to not put this together. With a new recruiting cycle comes some changes to the rankings:

  • Between the addition of two teams (Rutgers and Maryland) to these rankings in the past year, the Irish falling off the schedule after 2014, and reading the same damn comment every week, it's settled... to hell with Notre Dame.
  • Gone is the rudimentary points system. In its place, I'm using the 247 Composite Rankings, which combines data from all four recruiting services into, well, composite rankings. This not only gives an unbiased and comprehensive overview of each team's standing in the conference, but by adding the national ranking we get an idea of where the teams stand in the bigger picture and where the largest gaps are between teams in the conference.
  • Using the 247 Composite Rankings again, I've added columns in the top table for the number of five-, four-, and three-star prospects in each team's class.

If you've got any suggestions, please leave a comment or send me an email. Without further ado...

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
247 Comp. Rank (Ovr) School # Commits 5* 4* 3* Rivals Avg Scout Avg 24/7 Avg ESPN Avg Avg Avg^
1 (6) Michigan 8 0 6 2 3.50 3.50 3.75 3.75 3.63
2 (9) Ohio State 7 0 5 2 3.43 3.71 3.86 3.43 3.61
3 (18) Rutgers 8 0 0 7 2.63 2.63 2.88 2.50 2.66
4 (19) Penn State 6 0 2 4 3.17 3.33 3.33 3.33 3.29
5 (20) Michigan State 6 0 0 6 3.17 3.33 3.50 3.00 3.25
6 (25) Wisconsin 4 0 4 0 3.50 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.69
7 (30) Northwestern 5 0 1 4 3.00 2.80 3.40 2.60 2.95
8 (39) Iowa 3 0 1 2 3.33 3.00 3.67 3.33 3.33
9 (46) Minnesota 3 0 1 2 3.00 3.00 3.33 2.33 2.92
10 (48) Illinois 3 0 0 3 3.00 3.00 3.00 2.67 2.92
11 (62) Maryland 2 0 1 0 3.50 3.00 3.00 2.50 3.00
12 (72) Nebraska 1 0 0 1 3.00 3.00 3.00 2.00 2.75
13 (74) Purdue 1 0 0 1 2.00 2.00 3.00 3.00 2.50
14 (NR) Indiana 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --

^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.

NOTE: Unranked recruits are counted as two-star players.

On to the full data after the jump.

ESPN's take on Uncommited Football Prospects (Paywalled article)

ESPN's take on Uncommited Football Prospects (Paywalled article)

Submitted by tigers17fan on April 30th, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Espn recently put out a list of uncommited prospects in the top 150 and where they think they will go. Those predicted to Michigan?

2. Jabrill Peppers (CB)

4. Hand (DE)

55. Alex Bars (OT)

69. McDowell (DT)

75. Corey Holmes (WR)

85. Artavis Scott (WR)

87. Parrker Westphal (CB)

100. Kyron Watson (OLB)


Note* I'm not sure the feeling about paywalled articles on this site. Here is the link if wanted.

Mods, feel free to delete if this isn't acceptable use of the board.