Former Michigan LB Jake Ryan of GB Packers season-ending injury?

Former Michigan LB Jake Ryan of GB Packers season-ending injury?

Submitted by markusr2007 on August 1st, 2018 at 8:01 AM

Some sad news potentially regarding former Michigan LB Jake Ryan of the Green Bay Packers.  Seems he may have injured his right knee this week during 11-on-11 drills. Ryan was set to start at ILB for the Packers

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/24235893/green-bay-packers-lose-jake-ryan-kentrell-brice-injuries

Jake Ryan and the Green Bay Packers

Jake Ryan and the Green Bay Packers

Submitted by StephenRKass on November 10th, 2015 at 5:48 PM

My son-in-law sent me the following article on Jake Ryan, in a rookie linebacker position with the Green Bay Packers. This was after Ryan's first extended playing time against the Carolina Panthers. Glad to see Ryan doing so well, and pushing for a starting position.

LINK:  Not buying it:  Packers coaches pumping brakes on Jake Ryan

Great to see Michigan players in the league. Look forward to seeing many future graduates of Michigan playing on Sundays.

The NFL's Character Issues

The NFL's Character Issues

Submitted by ChampionsofThe… on February 20th, 2015 at 1:01 PM

I'm a big Michigan fan, and also a big fan of the NFL and the Lions.  I wanted to follow the NFL combine to see how Devin Funchess, Jake Ryan, and Frank Clark do.  Like many people, i read about the "newly important" personality tests, that will supposedly be of great value to NFL scouts. The importance and value of these tests has increased due to the large presence of domestic violence cases in the NFL this season.  I just don't believe scouts will really value these tests, and don't believe that they understand the importance of character in a football player.

Our late great coach Bo Schembechler, whom my father actually played for in the early 70s, understood character.  He valued every player on the team, from all-american to walk-on.  Coach Schembechler would actively work towards building character in every player on his teams.  He would personally go to bars on friday nights and do night checks in every player's room, to make sure their lights were out at 11:00 pm.  Coach Schembechler once said "When someone uncovers a scandal in their company, I don't think they can say, "I didn't know that was going on." They're just saying they're too dumb to do their job! And if they really are too dumb, then why are they getting paid millions of dollars to do it? They know what's going on.” 

What Coach Schembechler was saying is that people have to take responsibility for all their actions.  He was saing that if someone screws up, they have to on up to what they did, and if they don't, they don't deserve to play at a higher level.  Now, i see that Frank Clark is blaming his domestic dispute on his girlfriend.  What Clark said goes against Coach Schembechler directly. If Coach Schembechler had found out what Frank Clark did, or what Brendan Gibbons did last year, he wouldn't fret over them, just to win a few more games.  He would kick them off the team on the day itself!  You don't see a lot of football coaches like Coach Schembechler anymore.  Nowaday's, coaches are preoccupied in winning more than character, and that's a huge problem.

Nowaday's, with the exception of this season, coaches play players who get into problems.  They don't spend enough time to get to know a player, so they don't know if he has good character.  A great example, albeit not a recent one, is Eugene Robinson.  The night before Super Bowl XXXIII, Robinson won the Bart Starr award for "outstanding character and leadership both on and off the field."  He solicited a prostitute that very same night.  While any other person would be in jail, Robinson was allowed to play, and played awfully.  His falcons lost, and he would go on to return the award.  Coaches don't spend enough time evaluating the character of their players; they just want to win.

I'm disgusted that Frank Clark got invited to the Combine.  If you read the police reports, his domestic dispute looked especially heinous.  While he's taking personality tests, Devin Gardner is going to be working out and doing everything he can to be drafted.  Devin Gardner deserved the invitation that Frank Clark got, but now has to sit at home, getting texts from Jake Ryan and Devin Funchess about the combine.  Heck, Devin will probably be working out when those guys are doing drills at the combine.  Guys like Devin, who have great character (most notably what he did for J.T. Barett) aren't rewarded for character.  They have little chance of getting drafted, and try their hardest in their limted amount of time with scouts, but still aren't rewarded. Roger Goodell hasn't made any of this better.  He promises that the NFL will represent a higher standard, and that he will try to fix these issues that we've seen in the last year, but the only thing that's come about from this are these personality tests.

The NFL has huge issues with character.

Jake Ryan named Tillman Award Recepient

Jake Ryan named Tillman Award Recepient

Submitted by Marley Nowell on January 20th, 2015 at 3:52 PM

Haven't seen this posted yet:

Former Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan, a two-time captain, has earned the Pat Tillman Award at the East-West Shrine Game.

The Pat Tillman Award is presented to the player who best exemplifies intelligence, sportsmanship and service.

According to Buccaneers.com:

"Ryan led the East team in tackles with five and recorded one of his team’s four sacks. An inside linebacker, Ryan took smart angles to the ball carrier, proved to be a great tackler and was efficient in pass coverage. "

JMFR could really perform well in the NFL as an OLB in the proper 3-4 system where his versatility is valued and deployed correctly.

Scoring Draftageddon via All B1G/AA teams

Scoring Draftageddon via All B1G/AA teams

Submitted by m1jjb00 on January 10th, 2015 at 4:57 PM

I get that few people enjoyed Drafageddon ’14, and even fewer are interested in revisiting the topic.  Maybe one interesting piece out of it is the number and quality of people who weren’t picked, some of whom came from nowhere, as both a coda on the 2014 season and early hint at 2015.

To score the teams, I use the All-conference and All-American teams.  They provide an objective, easy metric to judge performances that also treat all positions similarly.  Anyone reading this is now listing all the problems with their use.  I agree, but I think they’re still the best option. 

As a scoring system, each pick gets 3 points for making one of the coaches’ or media’s first team All-Big 10 team for a possible maximum of six, 2 points for each 2nd team, and 1 point for honorable mention.  In addition if a player averaged better than second team All American among five All-American teams (AP, Walter Camp, USA Today, Football Writers, and Sports Illustrated) he gets a two-point boost.  If a player otherwise averages better than third team (or honorable mention) he gets one point.  For instance, Brad Craddock was second team AA on four teams and first on the Football Writers’ team; hence he squeaks by with two extra points, something that is way more important than I thought it would be when dreaming up the scoring system.

Based on this scoring system BISB wins the season, which was also the consensus at the start of the year.  Ace beats out Brian by one measly point.  Seth’s strategy of a hyper-spread team was not rewarded by the All Conference teams as Maxx Williams easily outpointed his entire set of skilled offensive players.  He did, however, have the second highest defensive point total.  Injuries and suspensions were obviously an important part of the outcome.

Draftageddon 2014

 

Points

B1G

AAmer

Ace

65

58

7

BISB

69

63

6

Brian

64

60

4

Seth

49

47

2

20-20

87

87

0

 

The four Mgo’ers left a lot of points on the table.  A perfect-foresight team (20-20) picked at the end of the season from those left over includes six guys who made at least one 1st-team All B1G team.  Lots of points could have been had by showing more love for the Gophers.  On the other hand, too many Michigan players were taken.  Nine were drafted who didn’t make any All Conference teams; Northwestern came in second at five.  Wisconsin, Maryland, Michigan State and Ohio State had four such players.

 

Quarterbacks

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

QB

4

0

0

0

6

JT Barrett was consensus first team, unpicked by the four because, obviously, given OSU QBs’ proclivities for injury there was the risk that he would drop too early and Cardale Jones would scoop up all the points.  Connor Cook was consensus second team, and no other quarterback merited honorable mention.  That’s probably the best defense of the All Big Ten teams as a scoring system.

 

Running backs

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

RB

5

10

8

0

5

This position is the exact opposite of quarterbacks with three guys earning extra AA points.   The only points undrafted were David Cobb (MIN) as consensus 2nd team, and Elliot (OSU) and Jackson (NW) with one honorable mention.  Institute a rule for next year that an Mgo’er automatically gets the backup in case of an “injury”, and Seth would have been on the board with Jackson.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

WR

3

6

9

2

10

Carroo (Rutgers), Dudek (Illinois) and Hamilton (PSU) make a nice receiving corps, though eschewing freshmen receivers is understandable.  Lippett was an inspired choice relatively late in the process.  In retrospect there were too many Spartans, Terps and Wildcats chosen at this position.

 

Tight ends

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

TE

7

0

4

2

2

Ace’s Maxx pick looks better on this scale than others thought in real time.  It wasn’t a banner year for Big Ten tight ends otherwise.  Heuerman, who was a consensus 2nd teamer, had 17 receptions for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns.

 

Offensive line

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

OL

12

17

19

16

12

I thought that Ace had the best o-line originally, but his picks of Johnson (RU), Marz (UW) and Walsh (Iowa) earned only four points.  Lindsay didn’t see the field.  All but one of Brian’s offensive line points were via Wisconsin players.  Seth got at least one point at all five positions.  A bunch of guys not picked earned two points from dual honorable mention awards, but only Travis Jackson (MSU), who was a consensus 2nd team All B1G, could be considered a miss.

 

Defensive line

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

DL

12

11

7

13

13

BISB and Brian were hurt by off-the-field issues with Spence (OSU) and Clark (UM). Hamilton (RU) and Washington (OSU) didn’t even make the coaches’ team.  Benntett (OSU) was the second-best interior linemen but was squeezed out of the 1st team by three ends.  To my mind, Zettel (PSU), who was undrafted, is the second biggest surprise of the year, deservedly earning first-team honors.  Ott (IA) was also undrafted and made the media’s second-team.

 

Linebacker

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

LB

5

13

0

5

10

Brian took the collar on linebackers with two injuries and Bolden & Ross being only ok.  Seth reasonably had higher hopes for Jones (MSU, 3pts) and Longa (RU, 0 pts), while BISB picked the two best backers in Hull (PSU) and Ryan (UM).  I thought Phil Steele’s 2nd-team preseason pick of Landisch (UW), who wasn’t drafted, was nuts at the time.  He earned 5 points.  Biegel (UW) also made the coaches 2nd team.

 

Defensive backs

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

DB

9

8

17

11

19

Brian’s DB picks looked good ex ante and proved to be ex post.  In retrospect the rest of the gang took too many Michigan and Michigan State backs and too few Gophers.  Body-Calhoun and Wilson each earned five points.  Hilary (WIS), Williams (PUR) and Van Hoose (NW) all made one 2nd team and honorable mention otherwise.

 

Kickers

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

P/K

8

4

0

0

10

Ace’s pick of Brad Craddock, who by virtue of getting one 1st team All American selection, pushed him past Brian.  BISB picked a couple guys earning dual honorable mention in Johnston (OSU) and Sadler (MSU).  Mortell (1st team) and Ficken (PSU) (2nd team) would have been a good punter/kicker tandem that weren’t drafted.  DuVernois (Ill) was a consensus 2nd team punter who also went unpicked.

 

 

Inside the Boxscore: Team 135, Game 10

Inside the Boxscore: Team 135, Game 10

Submitted by ST3 on November 9th, 2014 at 1:54 AM

     With apologies to Charles Dickens and BronxBlue, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Michigan won a football game. Michigan almost lost a football game in heartbreaking fashion, but Michigan was playing Northwestern. So when Northwestern's quarterback slipped and fell to effectively end the game, we all exhaled, smiled, and thought, of course that happened because it's Northwestern.

     Michigan's defense held Northwestern to 95 yards total for their first 13 drives. 95 yards in 51 plays; that's less than 2 yards per play. (I is good at math.) One drive lasted 9 plays. One drive lasted 7 plays. No other drives lasted more than 6 plays. So, of course, on Northwestern's last two drives, they go 95 yards in 19 plays and 74 yards in 14 plays. 169 yards in 33 plays. That's better than 5 yards per play after demonstrating complete futility all game long. Of course that happened, because this was the Michigan-Northwestern game.

     Michigan's offense gained 147 net yards rushing and only gave up 3 TFLs. Michigan's offense averaged 4.2 yards per rush to Northwestern's -0.3 yards per rush. That's usually a recipe for success, unless it's Michigan versus Northwestern, and then the normal rules of the universe don't apply.

     Northwestern had more first downs than Michigan, 18 to 13, and ran 84 plays to our 59. Gaining more first downs and dominating ball possession are usually recipes for success, unless it's Michigan versus Northwestern.

     Northwestern was only flagged for 10 yards in penalties to our 50. Northwestern had 82 yards in interception returns to our 2. Hidden yards can often determine the outcome of a game, unless it's Michigan versus Northwestern.

     I know you are patiently waiting for the links, but I've got one more of these, so bare with me. Northwestern was 10 of 20 on third conversions to Michigan's 1 of 12. How in the heck did we win this game? Oh, yeah, that's right, we were playing Northwestern.

Boxscore Link: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/110814aaa.html

Play-by-play Link: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/mich/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2014-15/box_score/stats_20141109aaa.pdf

Burst of Impetus
* Pat Fitzgerald would have you believe that when Northwestern blocked Michigan's field goal attempt to end the first half, Northwestern seized the momentum. I'm a scientist, so I'm fairly certain I can explain why he was wrong. Momentum is mass times velocity. Since neither team had any forward velocity, there was no momentum to be had. Michigan's touchdown drive came after Northwestern muffed a punt return. Gardner threw an 18 yard pass to Funchess, down to Northwestern's three. De'Veon Smith punched it in from there. Michigan's offense was functional for two plays, and that's all we really needed, because Northwestern.

Seniors First
* Jake Ryan led the defense with 11 tackles. He had half a TFL for 1 yard, a BrUp, and a huge, impetus reversing interception. There were some growing pains earlier in the season, but he seems to be settling in at MLB.
* Will Hagerup banged a punt 57 yards early in the game, but only netted 37 yards on the punt as it snuck into the endzone. That was his only touchback; however, and he contributed mightily to the cause by knocking three punts inside Northwestern's 20, with 2 of them being downed at the 1 yard line.
* Devin Gardner continued to explode in every direction. He finished 11 of 24 for 109 yards and 2 interceptions. I thought the blame for the first interception could be split equally between Gardner and Butt, but that second INT was vintage Gardner. I've been wondering why Michigan hasn't been throwing the deep ball this season, and I think it's because Gardner can't be counted on to get the ball within 10 yards of the receiver, and if by accident he does, the receivers can't be counted on to make a play on the ball.
* My one prediction going into this game was that if Gardner threw a pick-six, we'd lose. If he didn't, we'd win. At least I got one prediction right this season, but Northwestern had a 79 yard interception return and had a couple other chances to score from the defensive side of the ball.

Love the Drake, but Really Love De'Veon
* I saw Brian give De'Veon another -2 in the UFRs this week, and that got my dander up. I can't help it, I love watching him run. Well, you can't really call it running. It's more like slogging. But the guy gets YAC like nobody's business. De'Veon gained 122 yards on 18 carries and only lost 1 yard. He finished with 121 net yards, 1 TD, and a 6.7 yard per carry average.

ST3's STs
* Michigan won a game with special teams? Yes, Michigan won a game with special teams, but it's probably more accurate to say that Northwestern lost because of their special teams.
* Northwestern netted 30 yards per punt, about 5 yards less than Michigan. Michigan picked up about 30 hidden yards on punt exchanges.
* Northwestern did block a Michigan FG attempt, but also missed a 36 yard attempt.
* Northwestern's offense dominated Michigan's defense on it's last two drives. This would suggest that Northwestern would have been better served kicking the extra point and going to overtime. However, Northwestern's field goal kicking appears to be so bad that Michigan would have a decided advantage in the kicking game had the game gone to overtime. Teams start at the 25 yard line in overtime. Michigan can make 42 yard field goals. Yes, they occassionally get blocked, but more often than not they go in. Northwestern would need to gain a first down to get into field goal position. I think that's likely the reason why Fitz went for two and the win in regulation.

Umps
* I normally don't complain about the umps, but I thought they were awful. It wasn't just the penalty yard discrepancy. There was Funchess' offensive pass interference call, and numerous questionable spots that went against us.

Who was worse?
* Your candidates are Brady Hoke, Pat Fitzgerald, and whomever directed the game for ESPN. The coverage was awful. They were continually late cutting to the sideline view at the start of the play, and they even missed an entire play to let Adnan Virk give us an Auburn-Texas A&M update. Hey, ESPN, we're watching a Michigan-Northwestern football game. That means we're certifiably insane. No one who bothers to watch Michigan versus Northwestern gives a sh!t about good teams playing good football.

More Best and Worst
* I watched two games today. This one, and State versus State. The latter was a contest to see who is the best of the best of the Big Ten. After last week, it's obvious that Indiana - due to their present QB situation - is the worst of the worst. So what does that make the Michigan - Northwestern game? I was going to say it was a contest to see who was the best of the worst of the Big Ten, but after winning, Michigan sits at 3-3 in the conference and 5-5 overall. We're solidly in the middle of the middle. Next week will determine if we're the best or worst of the average teams. We were all expecting, or at least hoping for better in year 4 of the Hoke administration.
* I made the statement this week that I'd take Hoke back next season if we won by 1 point on November 29. I hemorrhaged quite a few MGoPoints as a result, and rightly so. I'll readily admit that a one point victory over Northwestern is not the same as a 1 point win over the Buckeyes. But after today, after what Ohio State proved by going into Spartan Stadium and doing that to Dantonio and his nationally renowned defense, you've got to admit that if we upset the Buckeyes to end the regular season, Brady Hoke should be put up for sainthood because a few major miracles will have occurred. I think it's far more likely that we lose by 40+ points than we win, but that's why they play the game. Maybe Gardner, Funchess and Norfleet can get healthy during our bye week and our passing game can provide a nice complement to the newfound competence in the running game. That would be the best outcome going down the stretch. I'm prepared for the worst.

 

Inside the Boxscore: Team 1, Game 1 AD

Inside the Boxscore: Team 1, Game 1 AD

Submitted by ST3 on November 2nd, 2014 at 4:52 PM

     "AD" for After Dave. Once the head coach has been hired, an athletic director, being so far removed from the day-to-day workings of a football team, should not be able to impact the success - or lack thereof - of the football team. A quick check of the boxscore does not show the athletic director's name (though this season I have hinted at it showing his finger prints.*) In fact, it does not even show the coaches' names, which makes this a less than perfect archive since I believe that the coaches do matter. (It does, however, list the officials.) So the boxscore is populated by people who set foot on the field and determine the outcome of the game. Did the resignation of Michigan's athletic director release a dam of pent-up frustration, stress, and ill-will that allowed the football team to perform to their highest potential, or is Indiana just really bad? I'm going to take this opportunity to focus on the positive and leave the rest of the nonsense for later in the season. For now, there's still a chance the team can become bowl eligible, earn another chance to put on the winged helmet and play for Michigan.

*I've referenced the advertisement placement that blocks some of the stats.

Boxscore Link: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/110114aaa.html

Play-by-play Link: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/mich/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2014-15/box_score/stats_20141101aaa.pdf

Burst of Impetus
* Michigan stopped Indiana on their first possession and responded with a decent drive that ended in a field goal. Michigan's drive was highlighted by a 34 yard Gardner to Darboh completion. On Indiana's next drive, Jake Ryan forced Tevin Coleman to fumble the ball and Bryan Mone was there to recover the ball. Given a short field, Michigan's offense responded, going 27 yards in 6 plays for a touchdown. Down 10-0, Indiana's coach benched his one great player for fumbling, allowing Michigan to extend our lead to 17-0. With Indiana sorely missing their QB, there was little to fear the rest of the way.

Love the Drake
* I thought the story of the running game this year was going to be the battle between Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith. With Green out for the year, and Smith dinged up in the first half, Michigan turned to Drake Johnson. Johnson carried 16 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Even subtracting his long run of 32 yards leaves him with 90 yards on 15 carries for an even 6.0 yards per carry. That was a solid performance.
* Smith and Hayes combined for 42 yards on 13 carries against the same Indiana defense, so I'm inclined to be optimistic that we may have stumbled on something positive in the running game. Time will tell.

I'm Having a Hard Time Coming up with Positive Section Headings. It's Been That Kind of Year.
* Devin Gardner completed 22 passes for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns.
* Even though he mostly targeted Darboh and Funchess, eight Michigan players caught passes, including Bo Dever, Joe Kerridge and A.J. Williams.
* Darboh had a career game with 9 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown.
* Jake Ryan led the defense with 11 tackles, 2.5 TFLs and 2 forced fumbles.
* Michigan recorded 12 TFLs and had two sacks.
* The top four tacklers were all front-seven guys. Wilson and Hill each had 3 tackles. The starting CBs, Taylor and Lewis combined for one tackle.

The Glass is Half Full?
* Indiana did not earn a passing first down. I wonder when the last time was that happened. For the game, Michigan doubled Indiana's first down production, 20 to 10.
* Michigan ran 64 plays, of which, 61 ended in non-negative yards.
* In a near reversal of last week, Michigan more than doubled Indiana in total yardage, 404 to 191.
* Michigan won the time of possession, 33:35 to 26:25. Hey, it matters to Brady, so we'll record it as a positive for this week.
* We had twice as many third down conversions as Indiana, 6 to 3.
* Michigan was perfect in the red zone, going 6 for 6 with four touchdowns, and unlike previous weeks, we actually got there quite often this week.
* For the second week in a row, Michigan scored more points off turnovers than their opponents. This week it was 14-0.

Wow, I'm sorry guys. I'll admit this was far from my finest effort. It's going to take more than a new AD to rescue this program. I tried to put lipstick on this pig, but it's still a pig. On to the next one...

 

Wallpaper Season - The Autumn Warrior

Wallpaper Season - The Autumn Warrior

Submitted by jonvalk on August 3rd, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Ok, ladies and gentlemen - mostly gentlemen, let's be honest - here is my newest creation.  I saw the Butkus/Lombardi nomination picture of Jake and immediately thought it looked like a Captain America style shot.  So that's what I did.  Behold, Jake Ryan, "The Autumn Soldier."  I hope you all like it.  27 days until JMFR hits the field in glory.  As always, constructive criticism and/or suggestions for future work is appreciated.  Mobile and assorted other formats to come as they are finished.  Enjoy!

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ESPN. Top 100 players in CFB

ESPN. Top 100 players in CFB

Submitted by robbyt003 on July 28th, 2014 at 11:47 AM

LINK

They have only announced 80-100.

Tied 83

Jake Ryan
Michigan Wolverines
Linebacker
Redshirt senior



After an injury-shortened 2013 season, Ryan could put himself among the Big Ten's elite defenders this fall. Poised for a surge after his sophomore year, when he earned All-Big Ten honors, Ryan has had a tackle for loss in 25 of his past 30 games.

Jake Ryan on the Butkus Award watch list

Jake Ryan on the Butkus Award watch list

Submitted by Magnus on July 14th, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Jake "JMFR" Ryan is on the Butkus Award watch list this season.

Also, remember Kris Frost? He is, too. 

Both of those guys on the same team would be pretty cool. I hope Ryan is as effective (or more so) in the middle as he was as a SAM.

http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/2014/07/2014-butkus-award-watch-list…