Spring Practice Photos

Submitted by Tim on April 14th, 2011 at 2:47 PM

If you just want to see all of the pictures, you can skip to the gallery at the end, but here are a few of the more-interesting photos from media availability.

Denard lines up mostly in the shotgun when the media is allowed to watch, and also gets to wear white pants (an Adidas prototype, not available in maize yet).

Devin lines up mostly under center (though both QBs practice taking snaps under center).

Since the Athletic Department already spoiled the surprise in Tuesday's "Play of the Day" video, I don't feel guilty pointing it out. Yes, that is Mike Martin lined up at rush linebacker, and he sometimes drops into coverage as well.

Not gonna lie, Cam Gordon looks slick in all-whites.


Your starting defense appears to be Roh, Van Bergen, Campbell and Martin on the line, along with Tony Anderson, Carvin Johnson, Kovacs, and Avery in the secondary. The linebackers changed from practice-to-practice, with Cam Gordon the only constant (He's joined by Herron and Mike Jones on this play).

Thomas Gordon's name is spelled wrong on his jersey. That's probably why he's one of the few guys to wear a game jersey in practice (i.e. because it's defective).

Brady Hoke points at things a lot.

Troy Woolfolk back on the field! Here getting a pick in defensive skeleton drills. Looks much happier than he did in bowl practices:


He was also joking around with JT Floyd, his fellow injured DB.


OH LB Joe Bolden was at practice Tuesday. (For more on him, check out Wednesday Recruitin' and Tom's update).

The rest of the photos live in this picture gallery:



April 14th, 2011 at 3:18 PM ^

The all white is unreal, it's also excellent to see woolfolk playing. The potential effect of his return has been extremely underrated by the media IMO.


April 14th, 2011 at 3:22 PM ^

I think Mattison may be using Martin on some pass plays like the Lions used Suh at LB  last year. 

The interesting comparison is that when Roh was in this spot everyone went ARGH!   The coaches are stupid, put him on the line.   With the respect Mattison has it's AHA!    Evil Genius.  MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

We'll see how it turns out.  Finding creative ways to use your best player is always something to look at, but there are plusses and minuses to trying to do too much vs letting teams gameplan him out of the game.

Where we are at as a defense with limited differnce makers,  I think getting the most out of Martin is a good gamble..



April 14th, 2011 at 3:40 PM ^

Well, first off, it was ROH, not the fans, who told the coaches they were stupid and he should be on the line.

Second of all, this coaching staff seems to have a handle on who can do what, and then letting those players do "what" to the best of their abilities.

You can think back to 2010 and decide for yourself whether GERG 1.0 did the same.


April 14th, 2011 at 4:12 PM ^

I said "everyone" not fans which  would have included Roh if my logic class still holds.

Why are you asking me to look at Greg?   I wasn't defending his usage of Roh.

Can we at least get to a Spring Game before we praise the staff for getting the best out of their abilities?   I said I like the use of Martin, but there can be a downside.



April 14th, 2011 at 3:41 PM ^

Love me some all whites.  Bring back Ricky Leach too....  That really looks great for some odd reason, makes the helmets stand out even more or something.  

D Rob telegraphed that pick btw.  Martin in coverage, even though he is starting from a standing position is not too far unlike a zone blitz package where a lineman drops back... its something that he may do at the next level also.

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April 14th, 2011 at 5:05 PM ^

So Herron is in now for an injured Demens. He switched LB positions? Anyone recall why Herron didn't see the field much last year compared to two years ago? I recall he got lots of camp hype in 09 for his speed, and played more in 09.


April 14th, 2011 at 10:06 PM ^

Nice to see Hoke teaching Devin and Denard how to point. They're not quite up to his level yet, but I expect their pointing ability to be up to Hokes level by fall camp.