Sam Webb: Great article on Tyrone Wheatley, Jr '15 (and his dad!)

Sam Webb: Great article on Tyrone Wheatley, Jr '15 (and his dad!)

Submitted by yossarians tree on March 7th, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Sounds like a great kid, and his old man the Michigan legend seems to be doing great as well. The parents seem like they are level-headed and shielding their son away from all of the silliness.  Jr. already sounds like he is going to be a BIG dude, 6-6 235 lbs as a sophomore with no real weight training yet.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130307/OPINION03/303070385

 

 

Scouting Report: Adoree' Jackson

Scouting Report: Adoree' Jackson

Submitted by Magnus on March 7th, 2013 at 7:34 AM

This week my scouting report is on Gardena (CA) Junipero Serra cornerback Adoree' Jackson, who is originally from Illinois and is familiar with the midwest.  Michigan offered him a few weeks back, and he has shown interest, although he has also said that LSU is his dream school.  He's an electrifying player who could play a few different positions in college.

http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/2013/03/scouting-report-adoree-jacks…

OT: study suggests college football players at risk of brain damage even without concussions

OT: study suggests college football players at risk of brain damage even without concussions

Submitted by dnak438 on March 6th, 2013 at 6:23 PM

An academic study was published today suggesting that sub-concussive events can cause brain damage in non-concussed football players. I'm not qualified to judge the scientific merits of the study, but it looks like bad news for football players. I was hoping someone in the MGoBlog community would be qualified to assess how serious and conclusive the study is.

Business week reports as follows (LINK):

 

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic used blood tests, brain scans, and cognitive and other tests to assess brain trauma in 67 college football players over the course of the 2011 season. Although none of the players experienced concussions, blood tests showed that the 40 players who absorbed the hardest hits had elevated levels of an antibody linked to brain damage. These players then underwent brain scans at the University of Rochester Medical Center. When the scans were analyzed in a double-blind process, researchers found abnormalities that were predicted by the presence of the antibody.

“This positive correlation could be an early indicator of a pathological process that, with time, could perturb players’ brain health,” says Nicola Marchi, a professor of molecular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, who co-authored the study with Lerner colleague Damir Janigro and Rochester’s Jeffrey Bazarian. “All football players have repeated subconcussive hits—throughout the game, the season, and their careers,” he says, but without external symptoms of injury, the hits were hard to measure. The blood tests appear to offer an early warning system.

The academic article's abstract (LINK):

The acknowledgement of risks for traumatic brain injury in American football players has prompted studies for sideline concussion diagnosis and testing for neurological deficits. While concussions are recognized etiological factors for a spectrum of neurological sequelae, the consequences of sub-concussive events are unclear. We tested the hypothesis that blood-brain barrier disruption (BBBD) and the accompanying surge of the astrocytic protein S100B in blood may cause an immune response associated with production of auto-antibodies. We also wished to determine whether these events result in disrupted white matter on diffusion tensor imaging (DT) scans. Players from three college football teams were enrolled (total of 67 volunteers). None of the players experienced a concussion. Blood samples were collected before and after games (n = 57); the number of head hits in all players was monitored by movie review and post-game interviews. S100B serum levels and auto-antibodies against S100B were measured and correlated by direct and reverse immunoassays (n = 15 players; 5 games). A subset of players underwent DTI scans pre- and post-season and after a 6-month interval (n = 10). Cognitive and functional assessments were also performed. After a game, transient BBB damage measured by serum S100B was detected only in players experiencing the greatest number of sub-concussive head hits. Elevated levels of auto-antibodies against S100B were elevated only after repeated sub-concussive events characterized by BBBD. Serum levels of S100B auto-antibodies also predicted persistence of MRI-DTI abnormalities which in turn correlated with cognitive changes. Even in the absence of concussion, football players may experience repeated BBBD and serum surges of the potential auto-antigen S100B. The correlation of serum S100B, auto-antibodies and DTI changes support a link between repeated BBBD and future risk for cognitive changes.

5-Star OL Braden Smith visiting soon

5-Star OL Braden Smith visiting soon

Submitted by AnthonyThomas on March 6th, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Jeez, the board is slacking on recruiting these days. Smith is from Olathe, KS. He's a 5-star to Scout and also will be to Rivals eventually (he's currently ranked #19 overall). 

 

Another big timer slated to drop in for a #Michigan spring practice... Olathe (KS) South OT Braden Smith slated to vist the 19th or 20th.

Dantonio: OC Dave Warner to call plays, Bollman to coach TEs, Narduzzi my future successor

Dantonio: OC Dave Warner to call plays, Bollman to coach TEs, Narduzzi my future successor

Submitted by markusr2007 on March 5th, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Some more changes for Spartans 2013 offensive strategy.  

And is Dantonio pursuing future endeavors elsewhere?

Warning: Links to Freep article.

 

Se'Von Pittman leaving OSU

Se'Von Pittman leaving OSU

Submitted by dinsdale613 on March 5th, 2013 at 9:50 PM

according to 11warriors Se'Von Pittman has been granted his release.  I believe he was a guy with heavy interest in Michigan at one point,  he must have seen the writing on the wall with all the young, talented, DE's osu has.  He seems like a talented kid.  It will be interesting to see where he ends up.

Jabrill Peppers and Juwan Bushell-Beatty set up Michigan visit

Jabrill Peppers and Juwan Bushell-Beatty set up Michigan visit

Submitted by AnthonyThomas on March 5th, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Per Sam Webb on Twitter. I can't read the article on Scout (it's paywalled), but the description says they'll be visiting multiple schools in early April, so I assume that's when they're coming.

Peppers is a CB and the #2 rated player nationally according to Rivals. Bushell-Beatty is an unranked OL prospect. Both go to Paramus Catholic in New Jersey.