There were times where an offensive lineman wearing #97 would come into the game, without a nameplate. Who was that?
I live in the Washington, DC area and wanted to share update / tidbit on class of 2018 QB recruit Kevin Doyle. I know there has been a lot of doom and gloom here about the state of current QB and O-line play, but I think this news is encouraging and I think QBs that Harbaugh and staff have recruited will eventually pan out like we all want them to.
Anyway, on my way into work, I had 106.7 THE FAN on and the Sports Junkies, a group of 4 regular hosts from the area, were on. All of these guys went to DeMatha High School, a powerhouse prep school you might have heard of - massive NBA and, to lesser extent, college football pipeline school. They almost always field competitive football teams on par with Good Counsel high school (Stefon Diggs, Blake Countess, etc). The hosts of this morning show are, as expected, massive homers and super proud supporters of DeMatha athletics.
Anyway, one of the hosts attended the DeMatha-St. John's game this past Saturday and, for what it is worth, said that "Kevin Doyle is the best high school QB he's ever watched live". The host said he was tall, athletic, saw the entire field well and "could make all the throws". Noted that he's going to Michigan and that he thinks he'll be a very good QB at the next level. Host said he "wished he was at DeMatha right now".
St. John's is the favorite to win the WCAC (private school division) in the DC-area this year. You might remember Kevin Hogan and his pretty good career at Stanford? Kevin Doyle is coming from that same competition level (Hogan attended a rival school in DC).
Washington Post credits him with 266 yards in the air, 2 TDs, 1 INT and 22 of 33 passing.
Washington Post article (https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/highschools/all-access-with-demat…)
Towards the end: "Harbaugh entering Year 3 as Michigan’s head coach will do so starting the year with a younger roster in need of experience. Ohio State is a better team. Playing at Penn State in a revenge game could be difficult. Playing Florida in the opener should be a challenge. Michigan may not really have a shot at winning the Big Ten in 2017, and most will give Harbaugh a pass for that. That’s fair, but the pressure for winning big in 2018 will be high."
There is a site that tracks all NFL contracts and is sortable by team. I took a look at the Michigan players, found it pretty damn interesting and wanted to share with the board. LINK
Brady and Woodson are 1-2 on the board with ~$196M and ~$98M respectively. Those are mind-boggling numbers. Jake Long is third on the list with $71M career earnings. The retired players like Woodson and Long are unrestricted free agents. Others are still active in football at some level like restricted free agent, Devin Gardner, and exclusive rights free agent, Jeremy Gallon.
Many of the 2017 draftees have signed rookie contracts and the list shows the UDFAs who have picked up some form of contract. These guys are listed at the bottom of the list, but will be in great shape should they make their respective teams. De'Veon Smith for example has a 3 year deal for $1.665M with the Dolphins. Denard is an unrestricted free agent this season and has not signed a contract with the Jags. After drafting Fournette this year, he may have to look elsewhere for playing time.
It will be interesting to see how Peppers and Wormley end up. Their deals could be quite lucrative.
An article on PennLive using figures from the US Department of Education ranks the Big Ten football programs from 7-1-15 to 6-30-16 based on how much money they brought in (not including broadcast payouts). In no surprise, Michigan comes in first with revenue of $97.1 million and $60.6 million after expenses.
I'm starving and I've gotta eat. Green beans, potatoes, tomatoes just don't do it for me. LIke our man Denard of old, we've gotta eat. I don't think that I'm the only one starving for some Mo, Gary, and McCray to feast on opposing qbs and rbs. Fall can't come soon enough...
Hopefully someone smarter than me can embed this for the board.