What are your "KEYS To This Year?"

What are your "KEYS To This Year?"

Submitted by Mr. Yost on August 8th, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Obviously we have to block, or avoid injuries, or not turn the ball over, or have good special teams...but all teams need to do those things to win.

What is a particular "key" or "factor" that YOU think we'll have to see in order to be successful this year?

For example, here are my 3 that I don't know if everyone would agree or have so high up on the priority list...

  1. Get instant impact from freshman WRs Darboh and Chesson on offense and Pipkins and Bolden on defense --- IMO, we need these 4 to fill the roles of '11 Odoms & Roundtree...'11 Campbell and Beyer/Hawthorne in terms of impact.
  2. Get more out of return game --- we were TERRIBLE last year in the return game, hopefully guys like Gallon, Norfleet, D. Johnson, etc. can make an impact.
  3. Denard's leadership --- Denard has to become more steady in his approach, last year we lost two terrible games, but bounced right back due to the steady leadership of Molk, Martin, RVB, etc., Denard has to be that this year during games. Hopefully we win them all.

The freshman WR one is so key IMO, I do see Jerald Robinson stepping up, but we still need more help at WR. If the freshman can't do it...I think Devin Gardner is going to have to be dominant on the outside. You ask why? Because I don't see us getting much from the TE position, in fact, I think 3WR, 2RB will be our primary set. People keep talking about replacing Hemingway, we also have to replace Koger.

5* OL Dorian Johnson decommits from PSU and list of transfers to date

5* OL Dorian Johnson decommits from PSU and list of transfers to date

Submitted by bdsisme on August 8th, 2012 at 8:08 AM

2013 5-star OT Dorian Johnson decommitted from Penn State last night.  He's said to be considering Pitt, Ohio, and VT.  Urban must be salivating.


2013 3-star WR Zach Bradshaw also decommitted yesterday, and switched to Virginia.


I think this is an up-to-date list of the fall-out from the NCAA sanctions -- feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.


Transfers (new school)

RB Silas Redd (USC)

WR Justin Brown (Oklahoma)

QB Rob Bolden (LSU)

K/P Anthony Fera (Texas)

LB Khairi Fortt (Cal)

TE Kevin Haplea (FSU)

OL Ryan Nowicki (Illinois)

DT Jamil Pollard (Rutgers)

S Tim Buckley (NC State)


Decommits (new commitment)

DT Greg Webb (North Carolina)

CB Ross Douglass (Michigan)

WR Will Fuller (Notre Dame)

WR Zach Bradshaw (Virginia)

OT Dorian Johnson (undecided)

VIDEO: Elite 11 Finals

VIDEO: Elite 11 Finals

Submitted by Thorin on August 8th, 2012 at 3:22 AM

This was a test of a new technique that I'm using to rip and process ESPN3 streams. It's not 720p but if people think the quality is watchable, I can have full games and highlights up on Saturday nights this year.



The whole episode:


Inside Enemy Territory (Columbus)

Inside Enemy Territory (Columbus)

Submitted by raleighwood on August 7th, 2012 at 10:28 PM
A friend is mine is a freelance photographer and he's working for ESPN while they're in Columbus this week. He took a picture of the Countdown Clock in the OSU locker room. It has a big clock (obviously) with OSU and Michigan helmets on the table below it. There's a picture of an OSU back running away from Michigan defenders (had to be during the RR years). It looks like Obi Ezeh is chasing him. I tried to copy it on here but couldn't figure out the trick. Anyway, my friend has a pretty good gig. He's met Erin Andrews (not as hot as you'd think) and Stephanie Abrams from the Weather Channel (hotter than you'd think). He worked in A2 for the UTL game last year. It was his first trip to Ann Arbor and he was impressed. They took a lot of footage at frat parties....he liked the sorority girls. Obviously, the UTL game was a little crazier than normal on campus.

Team 133 Captains?

Team 133 Captains?

Submitted by Perkis-Size Me on August 7th, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I'm somewhat surprised this hasn't been brought up on the board yet, but:

1) Does anyone know when the team is supposed to announce who the captains for the season will be?

2) Who do you all have pegged as captains for the year? Personally, I think Kovacs is a lock, and then Denard and Roundtree both have great chances. Maybe Demens, too. But if I had to narrow it down to three, I'd go with Denard, Kovacs and Roundtree. Thoughts?

Winningest QB in Michigan History?

Winningest QB in Michigan History?

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on August 7th, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I was reading a piece on colt mccoy being the all-time leader in the NCAA in QB wins. It made me wonder who is Michigan's most winningest starting QB?

I went to Bentley and looked at each year. It shows the number of starts each one has but does not specify which games they started. Could have been a win, loss or tie. So my question is to anyone on here, do you know who the winningest starting QB is in Michigan history?

EDIT: Stupid title fixed.

OT: Terrell Owens signs with Seattle and runs fast

OT: Terrell Owens signs with Seattle and runs fast

Submitted by wolverine1987 on August 7th, 2012 at 4:09 PM

So T. O. signed with the Seahawks, which is minor news I suppose, as well as news that likely means more annoyance for Seahawk fans, on top of having to have Pete Carroll as coach. But what was interesting to me is that according to ESPN today, Owens in his tryout ran a 4.45 forty--at 38 years old. That is pretty damn fast for anyone, but at 38 that is downright impressive. Anyway, that doesn't mean he'll be a factor on the field, but it sure shows that his genetics and effort to stay in shape are top notch.