Kenny Demens Performance

Kenny Demens Performance

Submitted by XxNoRemorsExX on October 17th, 2010 at 5:13 PM

I will defer to Brian when it comes to maticulously combing over the performance of Demens in the Iowa game.  However, I will say from my standpoint as a Michigan fan and general college football fan, I was pleased with him.  Sure there are some fixable mistakes which stem from his youth.  In all, though, I saw him as being very athletic and much more aggressive and decisive in his play.  As opposed to Ezeh, who generally waits for the play to get to him, Demens seemed to attack more.  In reading the last 3 years of UFR's about Ezeh's poor play, that seems to be a common missing component from his game.  Ezeh just doesn't play downhill enough.  Just about every coach I've ever had has always echoed the same sentiments when it came to playing style and mistakes.  I agree with them.  I would rather see a player make a mistake while playing hard and aggressive instead of being overly conservative and basically just taking up space.  Ezeh let's himself get caught up in the wash of blockers and takes poor pursuit angles far too often.  Not something you expect to see from a multi year starter and upperclassman.  Demens, in my eyes, tried to fill and shoot gaps when he could.  His athleticism let him pursue well and the most important thing is that he tackled when he got his hands on defenders.  I don't know how he'll grade out in the UFR, but I am hoping his playing time continues to increase.  Bottom line, I would rather see someone aggressively participating in the effort to win rather than someone who basically just takes up space and plays indecisively.

     Interested to hear other's thoughts on this.

The Wolverine.com: Spring Revelations (Defense)

The Wolverine.com: Spring Revelations (Defense)

Submitted by MGoShoe on April 29th, 2010 at 9:44 AM

TheWolverine.com provides their take on the standout defensive performers of spring practice. This article is not behind their paywall.

  • Most Improved: JT Floyd and Will Campbell
  • Breakout Starter in 2010: Greg Banks and Cam Gordon
  • Could Be Starting By Oct. 1: Kenny Demens
  • Freshmen Expected To Contribute In 2010: Cullen Christian and Josh Furman
  • MVPs: Jonas Mouton and Craig Roh

Click on the link for the full ananlysis, but here are my thoughts:

  • Their evaluation of JT Floyd is the most encouraging word I've heard about his spring performance and provides some measure of reassurance about the state of the cornerbacks.
  • Greg Banks apparently has a compelling story that they will roll out in their Football Preview. Could be another reason to get it if you don't already buy everything Michigan Football related.
  • They buy into the Kenny Demens love and the Obi Ezeh skepticism.
  • Amidst all the Dorsey obsession, their focus on Cullen Christian and particularly Josh Furman is interersting. Of course until these guys get on campus for summer conditioning and camp, who knows if they'll really be instant contributors, but the idea of "Furman [who] is a bit of a freak, boasting a 4.3 40-yard dash with the strength and power to play linebacker" competing for playing time at Spur is exciting.
  • More Roh man love and admit it, you're smitten too: "The 6-5, 249-pounder, already showing the leadership skills of a future captain, should emerge one of the Big Ten's best pass rushers and one of the league's most versatile defenders. One astute observer noted: 'I don't think we've seen any Michigan defender, as close to the line of scrimmage as he plays, like him in 20 years.'"