questions on SAM/slot for 2014

questions on SAM/slot for 2014

Submitted by tasnyder01 on June 5th, 2013 at 4:04 PM

1.) On the unofficial two-deep we've got Royce Jenkins-Stone as the backup WLB. Per his recruiting profile, I thought he'd be the back-up SAM. Currently, Beyer is the backup SAM, and Beyer won't likely move (WDE is taken up by Clark [Sr], Ojemudia [Soph], and Charlton [Fr], not to mention incoming recruits like Lawrence Marshall). 

The depth chart by class really exemplifies my above statement regarding depth at LB. What I'm wondering is what the board thinks about RJS moving positions to SAM. He and Winovich are the best protoypes for that position on the roster, but if RJS moves from WLB this year, we have no depth.

Basically, do we see RJS as moving to SAM next year (backing up JMFR), or does he stay at WLB?

2.) The slot position loses 2/3 of its players after this year. We are bringing in new WRs, but none fit the "slot" position (except A. Scott, who has not committed). After this year, only Demario Jones (6'2) will be a "slot" WR. I know we're moving away from the position, but in the ideal Borges offense, we should still have a player who can play the slot position on offense. 

Do we move one of the smaller CBs -- Richardson, Lewis, [insert any and all Cass Tech CBs here]? Or do you guys see someone moving from RB -- Norfleet, Hayes? 

It's not terribly important: A. Scott as a potential commit, other WRs able to move inside, multiple TE/U-back/H-back types.  Nevertheless, it's the offseason and I'm bored at work. 

Comments commence?

Rothstein article on Gardner's split time

Rothstein article on Gardner's split time

Submitted by Blazefire on August 24th, 2012 at 10:11 AM

A nice little article from WolverineNation about Gardner splitting time.

http://espn.go.com/colleges/michigan/football/story/_/id/8293704/devin-gardner-juggles-two-positions-michigan-wolverines

They get input from Drew Bennett, which is a nice touch. Bennett was a heralded QB recruit who split time between QB and WR at UCLA while working under Borges. Want more 'it's a small world?' According to the article, at that time, Borges travelled to Ann Arbor to speak with Carr about how Michigan was managing with a certain two way player of their own, one Charles Woodson.

If you don't know, Bennett went on to be an NFL WR, something that I imagine had to make the split time appealing to Gardner. If Borges could get Bennett drafted at WR, he sure as heck can do it for Gardner.

WR Recruiting

WR Recruiting

Submitted by Bluestreak on January 18th, 2012 at 4:31 AM

With Stonum dismissed from the team, is there a chance we lure another 1-2 WRs in the class?

We have a slim chance with Payton at this point - but any dark horse receivers still in the picture for Michigan? Anyone think Diggs might come to Michigan with the lure of early PT?

Michigan 2010 WR Production Better than Advertised?

Michigan 2010 WR Production Better than Advertised?

Submitted by 2014 on October 5th, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Before the season started, I was of the belief that Deanthony Arnett (and other top flight WRs) were justified in eschewing Michigan for more WR friendly offenses. I'm not sure I'm on board with that theory anymore given the early WR production.

Let's look at the potential top two contenders for Arnett at this point vs. our WRs. Chart by top 3 WRs number of receptions:

First Last School Catches Yards Avg. TD
Ronald Johnson USC 26 358 13.8 5
Roy Roundtree Michigan 25 337 13.5 2
Daryl Stonum Michigan 15 226 15.1 2
Mark Dell Michigan St. 16 263 16.4 1
Keshawn Martin Michigan St. 16 219 13.7 1
B.J. Cunningham Michigan St. 17 215 12.6 3
Robert Woods USC 13 175 13.5 1
Martavious Odoms Michigan 14 165 11.8 0
Brandon Carswell USC 6 92 15.3 1
Top 3 WR Total Michigan 54 728 13.5 4
Top 3 WR Total Michigan St. 49 697 14.2 5
Top 3 WR Total USC 45 625 13.9 7

Chart by top 3 WRs number of yards (Odoms and Hemingway switch, look at the YPC leap):

First Last School Catches Yards Avg. TD
Ronald Johnson USC 26 358 13.8 5
Roy Roundtree Michigan 25 337 13.5 2
Daryl Stonum Michigan 15 226 15.1 2
Mark Dell Michigan St. 16 263 16.4 1
Keshawn Martin Michigan St. 16 219 13.7 1
B.J. Cunningham Michigan St. 17 215 12.6 3
Junior Hemingway Michigan 6 190 31.7 1
Robert Woods USC 13 175 13.5 1
Brandon Carswell USC 6 92 15.3 1
Top 3 WR Total Michigan 46 753 16.4 5
Top 3 WR Total Michigan St. 49 697 14.2 5
Top 3 WR Total USC 45 625 13.9 7

 

We're only 5 weeks in obviously, but this dilithium enhanced version of the RR offense leads me to believe that Arnett & Co. wouldn't be crazy to start thinking about Michigan as a real option for top WRs again. Thoughts?

 

edit: (I added a chart on top 3 WRs by number of yards vs. number of receptions. Odoms and Hemingway swap out as the #3, look at the leap on YPC)

DB recruiting question

DB recruiting question

Submitted by UMfan21 on September 22nd, 2010 at 12:33 PM

We know how badly UofM needs DBs over the next few years.  One of the popular sports cliches I hear about DBs when they drop an interception is "that's why the play on defense".
  So, I was just wondering, how well do WRs translate to the defensive side of the ball?  I know we have a few former WRs in the defensive backfield, but I was curious if there would be any benefit to recruit WRs as DBs over the long term.

I would assume the cliche is over simplified (I'm guessing DBs probably need to be more explosive for the "react" part.  They probably need to be more physical to initiate contact, etc).  But, our WRs are pretty physical in their own right.

If the difference between a WR and a DB is truly how good their hands are, then wouldn't it benefit us to recruit WRs as DBs? Just something I was curious about.  Our coaches seem to be good evaluators of WR character/talent and I just thought if we could bottle that, and simply flip them to the other side of the ball, maybe it would make us better off?