OT: Grimes Suspended by Nutt

OT: Grimes Suspended by Nutt

Submitted by 2014 on November 17th, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Really I just wanted to use Grimes and Nutt in the same sentence cause it sounds kinda naughty. But also there's this article referenced by Bruce Feldman in an ESPN Insider article:



Looks like our old friend Tony Grimes was potentially suspended for some academic hijinx or another. Apparently our awesome luck with DB's extends to one-time recruits who were paid chose to play elsewhere?

Denard only needs 78 yards to break single season rushing record for QB!

Denard only needs 78 yards to break single season rushing record for QB!

Submitted by Young Pretty a… on November 17th, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Let the countdown begin!  Denard needs just 77 yards to tie Air Force QB Beau Morgan's 1996 record of 1,494 yards.  But I think we all know, once the dust clears this record is going to get smashed, only to be broken next year again by Denard.  So U of M student section, organize the countdown during the Wisconsin game, and hopefully we will celebrate a broken record and Michigan victory Saturday.
Go Blue

Slightly OT: Report on schools football expenditures

Slightly OT: Report on schools football expenditures

Submitted by maizedandconfused on November 17th, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Just saw the football expenditures report has come out, a couple important highlights

1. Ohio State (1) $31.76
9. Wisconsin (8) $22.04
14. Penn State (17) $19.78
18. Iowa (3) $18.46
20. Michigan (25) $18.32
25. Nebraska (26) $17.93
27. Mich. State (36) $17.46
29. Minnesota (72) $17.43
36. Northwestern (38) $15.73
54. Indiana (57) $12.82
62. Purdue (53) $11.82
65. Illinois (64) $11.09

Kind of weird that we spend less than both Iowa and PSU.. maybe we should start paying our assistants HC salaries.. 


the DL vs Wiscy.. who to play/where

the DL vs Wiscy.. who to play/where

Submitted by maizedandconfused on November 17th, 2010 at 3:57 PM

So, just read the UFR. Patterson seems to be competent at NT against Purdue. 

I realize this means little with respect to Wiscy, but I feel I would be remiss to not think about the possiblities..

Sageese and Banks are marginal players in my opinion, few mistakes few outstanding plays... So. the question is. 

Do we chance a shaded 4 man front with Patterson at NT/DT, Martin at the 3 tech and RVB at the strong DE and Roh at the weak? I really feel against Wiscy that key will be limiting 1st down plays to less than 3 yards (dont have stats but im guessing they run alot).. if they gash us there consistently, well be in serious trouble. We don't have the foot-speed to recover on playaction. 

Alternatively, you could put RVB at the weak DE, Martin at the Strong and Patterson at NT with Roh with his hand on the ground for a 3-3-5 look of sorts. 

So, who do we start/switch to, and how do we react if Wiscy is pushing us around.

Patience required: Years needed to get down the basics

Patience required: Years needed to get down the basics

Submitted by StephenRKass on November 17th, 2010 at 2:53 PM

I was just reading an article about Wisconsin over at Scout. (http://michigan.scout.com/2/1022909.html) I was struck by one quote:

Bret Bielema and his staff are so thorough about such things, he saw rainy weather in last week's forecast and required the team's specialists to do a ton of "wet-ball drills."

The article focuses on how well Wisconsin protects the ball, but it made me think of something else. I remember how frustrated RR was in the Spring of 2008, and his comments on how many basics it was going to take a lot of time to get to the point of being second nature. I also think to our deer-in-the-headlights true freshmen in the defensive secondary, and how steep their learning curve is. And I remember Brian commenting on the coaching stability at Iowa, allowing them to learn schemes extremely well, because they don't change a lot.

With all we are doing, I think Michigan still doesn't have the luxury to spend lots of time on "wet ball drills." The coaching staff is cramming so much stuff in to our team, there is sensory and cognitive overload.

My question: how many years does it take for the team to learn the basics? When does the game slow down for everyone, not just the QB's? I'm hoping that we see this in 2011. However, just this week, RR was quoted saying that it has taken longer than he anticipated for the team to get where they are now. I'm starting to think that we won't really be clicking on all cylinders, in every aspect of the program, until the 2012 season. That's how long it will take for the basics, from tackling to route running, from QB reads to secondary schemes, to become second nature.

Ho Jeeze: Please No Rain for Ann Arbor on Saturday

Ho Jeeze: Please No Rain for Ann Arbor on Saturday

Submitted by markusr2007 on November 17th, 2010 at 1:37 PM

I wish I could send some southern California weather to Ann Arbor for Saturday, but it looks like it'll be cool, dry and with only 10% chance of rain, so thank Christ for that.

Wisconsin is fully aware of Michigan's struggles to hang on to the damn football this year (and last year, and the year before that). 

Bret Bielema:

"Bottom line, on Saturday Indiana had some turnovers and we didn't. I think it was a point of emphasis that our guys carried forward to the game. Michigan had five turnovers on Saturday, and I know our guys will be aware of it."

Also from the MJS article:

Michigan is 1-2 at home in Big Ten play. The losses came in consecutive weeks - 34-17 to Michigan State and 38-28 to Iowa.   The common factors in the two losses: Michigan couldn't stop the run and couldn't protect the football.

How true that is - and not a little bit depressing.

Lewan Showing Concussion Symptoms

Lewan Showing Concussion Symptoms

Submitted by DreadPower on November 17th, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Per Angelique Chengelis' Twitter:

"RR says Mouton and Martin practiced Tuesday. Doing better. Taylor Lewan & Shaw dealing with concussion-like symptoms."

"UM right tackle Dorrestein is fine. If Lewan can't go, Mark Huyge, who has started for Dorrestein, could start at LT."

I knew about Shaw but this is the first I have heard anything about Lewan. Let's hope they're both alright.

Brandon's thoughts on the BCS

Brandon's thoughts on the BCS

Submitted by Blue_Sox on November 17th, 2010 at 12:59 PM


This is DB's first entry into his new blog on MGoBlue.com. In short, he thinks the system works well because every week is essentially a playoff game in his view. I don't agree with this because, well, what happens when you have multiple undefeated teams? And is the "hysteria" he says is created surrounding college football good when a lot of people aren't satisfied with the outcome? 

These arguments have been hashed out a lot. Nonetheless, I think it's good to have an AD who will be this open about communicating his thoughts to the people that follow the program. This new blog combined with his new Twitter account (http://twitter.com/#!/DaveBrandonAD) are good efforts to communicate with fans in ways most AD's around the country won't. 

Money seems to be on UM in Wisc game.

Money seems to be on UM in Wisc game.

Submitted by Ziff72 on November 17th, 2010 at 12:44 PM

I thought it was interesting that the line has moved from Wisc -5.5 to Wisc -4 in the last day.   For those of you who are not gamblers that is a pretty big swing during the middle of the week.  This is especially surprising given the news attention being on Wisc scoring 83 points last week. 

Anybody have any theories on why this could have moved so much?  My only thought was the news of J. Clay maybe not being ready to play. 


Sammy Watkins, and WR depth

Sammy Watkins, and WR depth

Submitted by Jon Benke on November 17th, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Now that Dallas Crawford is blue, my question on his teammate Sammy Watkins is rather simple...  With the depth UM is bringing back; Roundtree, Hemingway, Stonum, Odoms, not to mention Ricardo Miller and Je'Ron Stokes, what are the odds that Sammy Watkins plays from day one?  I know he's highly ranked - Scout's #2 WR - but is he so good that he'd jump over Miller/Stokes/Grady, and see the field from day one?  Could our depth hurt us here?