Not OT: Create an All-Michigan team from your lifetime

Not OT: Create an All-Michigan team from your lifetime

Submitted by Magnus on March 8th, 2011 at 10:02 AM

With all of the OT posts recently and talk about actual football seeming to wane, here's a topic to get the football engines revving again.  Who would be on your All-Michigan team choosing only players from your lifetime (or the time you have been a Michigan fan)?  For example, Tom Harmon wouldn't count for most/all of us, because he played before most/all of us were born.  My list is somewhat limited, since I remember watching Desmond Howard as a kid...but I don't remember the names of all his linemen. 

QB: Tom Brady
RB: Tyrone Wheatley
RB: Tshimanga Biakabutuka
TE: Tony McGee
WR: Desmond Howard
WR: Braylon Edwards
OL: Jake Long
OL: Steve Hutchinson
OL: Jon Jansen
OL: Jeff Backus
OL: Steve Everitt

DL: William Carr
DL: Mark Messner
DL: LaMarr Woodley
DL: Brandon Graham
LB: Jarrett Irons
LB: Sam Sword
LB: Erick Anderson
CB: Charles Woodson
CB: Ty Law
S: Marcus Ray
S: Ernest Shazor

I realize the safety position is a little weak, but...well...Michigan isn't known for producing safeties.

Vada Murray Tribute/Well Wishes on WTKA Wednesday 3/9 8-10 am

Vada Murray Tribute/Well Wishes on WTKA Wednesday 3/9 8-10 am

Submitted by M-Wolverine on March 8th, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Haven't seen it noted, but WTKA 1050 am in Ann Arbor is having teammates, Michigan football members, and callers send their best wishes and talk about Vada tomorrow on air from the 8-10 am hours with Sam and Ira. Thought some might want to listen or call, and this is heads up to tune in tomorrow. Or podcast it after the fact.  I'm sure there will be links when the time comes.

College Football HOF Ballot

College Football HOF Ballot

Submitted by MaizeAndHonoluluBlue on March 7th, 2011 at 8:01 PM

I haven't seen anyone mention this yet, but maybe I didn't look hard enough.

The College Football HOF Ballot was released today.


Among the long list:

Don Dufek, Michigan, Defensive Back, 1973-75 


Curtis Greer, Michigan, Defensive Tackle, 1976-79 


Robert Lytle, Michigan, Running Back, 1974-76 


Lloyd Carr – Michigan (1995-2007); with a 122-40-0 record (.753)


Tressel knew of violations 8 months pryor?

Tressel knew of violations 8 months pryor?

Submitted by MGoTarHeel on March 7th, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Per Yahoo! Sports

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was informed that several Buckeyes players were selling memorabilia more than eight months before the school claims it was made aware of the scheme, a two-month Yahoo! Sports investigation has found.

Tressel received information that players were selling items to Edward Rife – the owner of Fine Line Ink Tattoos in Columbus – as early as April 2010, according to a source. However, neither Ohio State nor the NCAA investigated the transactions or the players’ relationship with Rife until December 2010, when the school claims it was informed of the situation by the local United States Attorney’s office.

Mandel has Burning Questions About B1G FB

Mandel has Burning Questions About B1G FB

Submitted by BornInAA on March 7th, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Mandel obviously has to lay off the chili as it keeps him up all night writing moronic articles like this - pass the pepto.…

Michigan: Can Brady Hoke adapt his offense for Denard Robinson?

Hoke and coordinator Al Borges -- a West Coast devotee -- plan to run a drastically different offense than Rich Rodriguez's spread-and-shred attack. "To a degree ... we're blowing a lot of it up," Borges told the Detroit News. Hoke's goal is a balanced attack that features a two-back, downhill rushing element. It's admirable, but it remains to be seen whether the smaller, speedier personnel Rodriguez recruited will fit that vision. Thus far underutilized tailback Stephen Hopkins (6-foot, 227 pounds) could get more carries. But the biggest question: What will become of the electrifying Robinson? "I don't see Denard rushing for 1,700 yards, and I told him that," said Borges. "But I could see him rushing for 1,000 yards, and I could see him throwing for that 700 or 800 he didn't rush for."


Michigan's burning question is DEFENSE. Not if DR gets 500 yds less or more rushing yards.


nvm; I searched "Greg Mattison" but said diary didn't show up, thus I thought it hadn't been posted

nvm; I searched "Greg Mattison" but said diary didn't show up, thus I thought it hadn't been posted

Submitted by AnthonyThomas on March 7th, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Mattison had some comments about the D that Michigan Insider tweeted.

Mattison: Mike Martin will love this defense, as opposed to getting doubled all the time last year.

Mattison on DT Will Campbell: Perfect for the 3-tech, winning all group competitions, reminds him of Haloti Ngata. 12 days to Spring ball!

"Mattison says he was shocked in first few film sessions by the inability of players to watch film correctly. "

edit: well shit, I searched for it and got nothing, forgot about diaries.

TVH Weekly: Armani Reeves, Jaleel Johnson, and more

TVH Weekly: Armani Reeves, Jaleel Johnson, and more

Submitted by TomVH on March 7th, 2011 at 1:46 PM

As we're getting closer to spring ball we will start to see more visits being scheduled and more lists being narrowed down. Michigan is firing up visits. Here's a look at some of those trips that have been scheduled and what a few recruits have to say about the Wolverines. As always, you can follow me on twitter for more updates, and feel free to email me at [email protected] with any tips or questions.

Armani ReevesArmani Reeves

5'11", 185 lbs.


West Roxbury, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts athlete and teammate of LB Camren Williams has a Michigan offer and plans on taking a visit this month.

I have 12 offers right now, so I'm kind of taking everything in. Michigan is definitely a school I want to see, I think we're going there either March 26th or the 19th. Coach Mallory is the one recruiting me, and they're telling me I could play cornerback. It doesn't matter to me, wherever I can play the fastest.

Reeves is currently playing basketball for his high school, so he hasn't focused too much on the process. He does know what his timeline will look like.

My final decision will probably be no later than December or January, I'm not going to drag it out. I'll visit all the schools that have offered first, then narrow it down. I'm really looking for a school with good academics, good coaching staff, and what the campus around it is like. 

So far Armani has been to Rutgers, North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Maryland. Reeves will be visiting Michigan with his teammate Camren Williams, who is also being recruited by Michigan.

Me and Camren are just enjoying the process together. We've been friends since 4th grade so he's like my brother. We don't base everything on going to school together, it's just a blessing to go through it together. Hopefully we can pick the same school.

This upcoming trip to Ann Arbor should make things more clear for the pair. Williams is looking to make his decision in June, so the visit will be crucial for him.

Jaleel Johnson

6'2", 277 lbs.

Defensive Tackle

Westchester, Illinois

Johnson does not have an offer from Michigan yet, but they have been in constant communication. He has definite interest.

I do think they'll offer me soon, and I know I want to get up there for a visit. I just have to put some dates in order and check my schedule to see when I have off. I think it will be during spring, since I have that time off, either way I will visit [Michigan]. I don't have a top list yet, but they're definitely a school that sticks out to me.

Defensive tackle is going to be a major focus for Michigan. Despite the fact that Johnson doesn't have an offer from Michigan yet, I believe that he could eventually get one. As other DT prospects make their decisions Michigan will have to look to kids like Johnson to try to shore up that hole on the depth chart.

Upcoming Visits:

These visit dates seem to be changing every day, so I will update them as I confirm what they are. Some of the recruits weren't positive on the dates, which tells me it might change. Here's a list of visitors that I have confirmed so far in the next coming weeks.

Michigan DT Matt Godin (6'5", 260 lbs) was in Ann Arbor this past weekend for the Michigan vs. MSU basketball game.

Illinois OL Dan Voltz (6'5", 289 lbs) visiting Michigan this weekend. He'll be making his final decision in the next couple months, so this is a big visit. I think Michigan is a little behind right now.

Wisconsin LB Vince Biegel (6'3", 210 lbs) also visiting Ann Arbor this weekend. This date could change, but as of yesterday it was still the right day. Vince has Michigan in his top three with BYU, and Wisconsin. The coaching changes at Wisconsin made him take a step back, so he'll visit Michigan and BYU next, then likely make his decision.

Michigan LB Royce Jenkins-Stone (6'2", 215 lbs) said he thinks he'll be up to Ann Arbor on March 12th, but it sounded like it wasn't set in stone. This one might change.

Ohio TE AJ Williams (6'6", 260 lbs) has a trip planned for March 19th.

Ohio DE Pharaoh Brown (6'6", 220 lbs) also coming up on March 19th.

As mentioned, Mass LB Camren Williams (6'2", 215 lbs) wasn't sure of the exact date, but it's either March 19th or the 25th. I'll confirm with him in the future.

Mass ATH Armani Reeves (5'11", 185 lbs) teammate of Camren Williams, and will be visiting the same time as Williams.

New York DB Wayne Morgan (5'11", 188 lbs) will be visiting on March 25th. Morgan plays quarterback, corner, and free safety for his high school team now. Very versatile, very good athlete. 

Indiana TE/DE Pierre Aka (6'4", 250 lbs) is planning a trip on the 25th as well. He thinks Michigan may offer on the visit. If Michigan offered they could hear his decision shortly after. 

This is who I've confirmed so far. I'll be spending time this week trying to confirm more, so this list is going to go up from here. 


  • Mass LB Camren Williams says Michigan is in his top five, and grew up a Michigan fan. Visiting this month.
  • The Good Counsel prospects have interest in Michigan, and vice versa. 
  • Ohio DE Ifeadi Odenigbo will visit Michigan in June, and says that Michigan is not in his top five yet. A visit may change that, but I believe Ohio State and Stanford are the teams to beat.
  • Texas LB Jeremiah Tshimanga didn't make it up to Ann Arbor this weekend, but is hoping to make it up soon.
  • Kentucky QB Zeke Pike (6'5", 220 lbs) told me that he plans on visiting Michigan sometime this spring. He doesn't have an exact date yet, but he will make it up. Remember that 2011 Michigan signee TE Chris Barnett is friends with Pike, and has been trying to convince him to pick the Wolverines.

From FlyRy4's "Chalk Talk With Coach Mattison"

From FlyRy4's "Chalk Talk With Coach Mattison"

Submitted by DamnYankee on March 7th, 2011 at 12:08 PM


FlyRy4 - This was such a good post that I hope you don't mind I copy/pasted it for you.....Great nuggets below....Enjoy



I know this is different than the title, however, I do not have enough points for my own post.  Maybe someone else can start a new post and copy/paste.

I thought this was great stuff.

I was able to attend the Nike Coach of the Year Clinic this weekend, and Coach Hoke and his staff were present.

Best part was that I was able to spend about 90 minutes with Coach Mattison.  What a great guy, plus he gave some great insight for the upcoming year.  Here is a breakdown of the conversations that I and about 4 other HS coaches had with him.

Things we aleady knew... Michigan will employ a 4-3 under look.  This will look like a 5-2 to many, however, the Sam linebacker will be on the line (TE side) with LB responsibilities.

Things we may not have known....paraphrasing Mattison the best I can from memory.
1.  M. Martin will love this defense, as opposed to getting doubled all the time last year.
2.  Not sure what the deal with Will Campbell last year, but he should fit perfect in the 3 tech.  He is winning most group competitions.  Apparently was not skinny enough to play in last year's scheme.  Tried to make move him to OL last year, but reminds Mattison of Haloti Ngata (sp?)  6'5"  345 lbs  WC that is.
3.  Roh is perfect fit for rush end.  (We already knew this)
4.  Cameron Gordon looks like a good fit at SLB instead of safety.  Perfect body type and athleticism for this spot.

Couple other little nuggets.
1.  Will hit more than they've ever hit.  Not necessarily tackling to the ground every day, but will hit everyday.
2.  Will run pursuit drills everyday until perfected.
3.  Shocked in first few film sessions by the inability of players to watch film correctly.  (got banned from Scout this morning for film comment)

Spent time talking about other things as well, but this post is long enough as it is.