The group of 24 QB's competing for the 12 spots at The Opening Finals (June 30-July 3) in Dallas has been announced.
Cade McNamara is in.
Dwan Mathis is out.
Cade McNamara, Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch – 247Sports’ Greg Biggins and Blair Angulo called McNamara’s Sunday 7on7 session the best of the weekend. He cruised into the top 12 with a strong all-around weekend. He’s a Michigan pledge. 247Sports Composite Pro-Style Ranking: 10.
Been waiting for that annual spring right side of the screen kickstarter to pop up to help fund HTTV 2018, but yet nothing is there.
I've ready pieces here and there about articles being written and editing being done but nothing more.
In past years the kickstarter will have already been funded by this time and maybe even a preview of what's to come along with a digital version being available.
Anyone else curious? Did I miss the whole thing? Are Brian, Seth, Ace and crew waiting to mash the go live button for the new site to coincide with HTTV 2018 Kickstarter roll out?
This will go up and 1 hour later the kickstarter will have begun and this post will be moot.
I think the program is where most thought it would be, at least in terms of overall records: 10-3, 10-3, and 8-5 were pretty much expected outcomes. Below, I've included things that I think are reasonably within his control
I'll start things off.
- Don Brown, Ed Warinner, Ben Herbert, and Chris Partridge--generally awesome hires
- Solid recruiting--tailing off a bit right now, but that probably gets fixed with a good season
- Generating buzz--added some pizzazz and visibility to the program
- 2015-2016 playcalling
- Tim Drevno & OL--Not sure how Harbaugh could've seen that coming with Drevno's history of results, but in the end, he put program loyalty over personal loyalty and made a change
- 2017 offense playcalling--I know that the OL was rough, but Harbaugh successfully schemed ways around those kinds of weaknesses in previous years; this is probably an artifact of QB play
- 2018 is going to be a rough year, especially in dealing with the fanbase, given the schedule. Harbaugh will probably survive but not thrive. However, plenty of excellent video games and chess will take place during the year, so there's that.
- But 2019 is looking very Natty-like, especially with the OL/QB/fully weaponized WRs. ND, Michigan State, Ohio State at home. South Africa. Non-chaos Indiana before The Game. Tasty.
Edit: Army is better than I remembered.
...days until Dick Rifenburg (End 1944, 1946-1948) sees his Maize and Blue squad's current offense run at a level that his own did in 1948, to run all over that team in South Bend!
Ten days into the countdown and still going strong. We'll make it!
Go Blue and TO HELL WITH NOTRE DAME!
Spent a couple hours at Elite 11 today in Redondo Beach. Just missed McNamara, but met his family who was pleased with how he threw. Sessions were 7 on 7 touch with local HS WR’s and DB’s (some of whom will clearly play on Saturdays). Possessions started at the 40 yard line with as many throws as QB’s could get into fifteen minutes.
Here are a few of my observations on the QB sessions I saw.
Tualian Tagovaiola. Alabama
One of the shortest people on the field including the QBs, WR’s, DB’s & Coaches.
Very thick. Looks more like a fullback.
He and Rattler had the best session I saw.
Very comfortable in the pocket.
Sees the field well. Always finds open guy.
Throws effortlessly with great touch.
Spencer Rattler Oklahoma
On the shorter side. Quite thin. Looks like he’d break if Rashan Gary hit him.
Has an “it” factor… showed some leadership and confidence.
Nice arm with zip on balls. Throws effortlessly.
Moves through receiver progression quickly and finds open guy.
Quick, crisp decision making. Moved the ball well on offense.
Best session with Tagovaiola.
Bo Nix. Auburn.
Tall kid. Athletic. Looks the part
Nice easy throws.
Assesses field well.
Crisp decision making.
Nicest full package I saw.
Ryan Hilinski. South Carolina
Maybe the biggest kid in the competition
Bit of a plodding athlete – think John Navarre.
Made nice throws. Read the field well. Long balls floated some.
Sam Howell. FSU.
Big, thick, muscular kid. Looks like a linebacker.
Throws hard. Long windup. Questionable footwork.
Muscles balls down the field.
All fastballs. No touch.
Receivers had hard time with balls on short routes.
Made some people in stands gasp with his arm strength.
Has some Tebow in him.
Graham Mertz. Wisconsin
Big tall good looking athlete… Looks the part.
Trusts his arm, which is strong but not elite.
Locked in to receivers regularly and tried to strong-arm balls into small windows,
this made for some highlight throws and also a couple picks.
Connected on a perfect, indefensible, corner fade route for a TD.
Looks like an upgrade over past Wisconsin QB’s since Russell Wilson
Harbaugh said today Michigan is under its 85 scholarship limit. Asked if anyone has left. He said two have but ‘I’ll let them announce that if they want to.’— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) June 3, 2018
Harbaugh says he hasn’t named an OC yet. Hasn’t decided if he will or won’t. Staff will go through more self scout this week and next.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) June 3, 2018
...days until Tim Jamison (DE 2004-2008) watches the current edition of his alma mater make big sacks to DOMINATE the Irish in South Bend, just like him!
Getting closer! Go Blue and To Hell With Notre Dame!
BetOnline ranks Michigan 5th in its odds for the final 4.
3. Ohio St
6. Penn St
9. Florida St
Obviously this is based on bettors perception as there is little chance Florida St will be in the Top 10 at the end of the season. Penn St probably won't be there either, as I expect they will have at least 3 losses, to Michigan, Michigan St, and Ohio St. Georgia probably won't be in the top 4 as they've lost so many players to graduation, and the draft.
And most of all, it looks like they have a lot resting on the Ohio St vs Michigan game, their #3 vs their #5.