All Conference Teams Experience Analysis

Submitted by BleedingBlue on November 24th, 2009 at 2:02 PM

I did a little analysis on the all-conference team as selected by the coaches. Not shocking that the results show the teams are dominated by upper classmen.

80% of players with 4 or 5 years in a program make up the 1st and 2nd team.

Only 2 sophomores making the second team and 0 on the first team.


Experience No. of Players
RS Senior 17
RS Jr/Sr 23
RS So/Jr 8
So 2

Projected Michigan Starters for 2010:

Yr No.
RS Sr 4
Sr 2
RS Jr 4
Jr 3
RS So 4
So 4
Rs Fr 1

Freshman = 0 whoooo!


steve sharik

November 24th, 2009 at 2:37 PM ^

If Marvin enrolls early and learns the system, he will play ahead of Kovacs. And if Cullen can get here early, I believe he will start, hopefully opposite Warren. And don't forget Witty will be a true frosh.


November 24th, 2009 at 2:45 PM ^

I can see that. I had Turner starting opposite Warren at corner. If Christian can beat him out I would be surprised, but who knows since Turner didn't even sniff the field this year. I would be interested on hearing what happened there, if it really was that he just couldn't catch up from the late start in training camp and conditioning.

You obviously know a ton more than me, but I thought Kovacs kicked some serious ass near the line of scrimmage against the run, and didn't make the huge mental errors that gave up TD's (freshman tend to do that).

Let's say Robinson starts at safety, whether it's to start the year or later on, that's still only one freshman and a significant improvement over the last two years.


November 24th, 2009 at 3:52 PM ^

OK - so I just looked back through some of the UFR's, and found one play against PSU where Brian said he blew the coverage as a deep half safety, One TD against Indiana there was mass confusion and he couldn't make the play, One TD against Purdue playing deep safety. I'll agree that saying he "Didn't make the huge mental errors that gave up td's" is wrong. He's definitely too slow to be a deep safety and did make a few huge mistakes.

However, those were playing deep safety (which is called SS in this defense for some reason). When playing the FS (near the LOS mostly) he kicked some ass, like when he had 17 tackles including 2.5 for a loss and a forced fumble against MSU. He would be playing that spot next year with Woolfolk playing deep. Plus, he already learned a ton this year and would hopefully not make mind-bending mistakes next year that a true freshman would be prone to making.

I don't I way off base here?


November 24th, 2009 at 2:53 PM ^

this isn't surprising news. it takes time to develop young players into strong men. rich rod has the best in the business when it comes to that (barwis). these guys are going to be monsters in 2/3 years.


November 24th, 2009 at 2:58 PM ^

Why are you negging every post in this and other threads?

Also, I agree these kids and this team will be a monster in 2 to 3 years. Also also, a direct quote from my OP: "Not shocking that the results show the teams are dominated by upper classmen." so no, I also agree it is not surprising.


November 24th, 2009 at 6:17 PM ^

As long as everybody is on the subject of DBs, can someone please clarify what is the different role of the strong vs. free safety position? An earlier diary yesterday made a reference to the improvement when Woolfolk played SS instead of CB, and when Kovacs played FS instead of SS.

Isn't it better just to get the four fastest, hardest hitting guys who can really cover and tackle?

Thanks to all.