August 23rd, 2013 at 8:09 AM ^

I think too many people around here are selling smith short. He was a consensus 4-star recruit, and on many teams would be considered a prized recruit. The kid is physically impressive, came to camp looking in shape (not meant at a shot at Green) and has a great combination of size, power and agility. I wouldn't be shocked if he becomes a major contributor over the next year or two.


August 23rd, 2013 at 8:22 AM ^

Also, probably his single best attribute, which I highlighted, is his balance. He just seems to be able keep/regain his feet when he gets hit. I'm really glad to see that it is translating to the college level.


August 23rd, 2013 at 9:53 AM ^

I reminds me a little bit of Marshall/Gurley out of Georgia.  Marshall was the more heralded recruit, but Gurley looked better his freshman year.

I love that we got Green and Smith in this previous class.  I think they're both going to do great things at Michigan.


August 23rd, 2013 at 10:54 AM ^


They are actually a nice compliment to each other.  It won't be one or the other down the road, it will be both.

When the young OL's step up, this O is going to be nasty (to go along with the nasty D.)

The future looks bright.  What makes a champion is not having any weaknesses to expliot.  That's much more important than having a few ultra-stars surrounded by some exploitable players.

The whole theme of not having many recruiting candidates that can be called sleepers because they're all solid 4-stars is the most exciting development in Michigan football in years.  Moreso that the 5-stars that show up.

Combined with the solid coaching they'll get, it produces a team without exploitable weaknesses.



August 23rd, 2013 at 12:33 PM ^

I wish I could argue, but I can't. If there's a difference, it's that Smith is bigger and is able to finish runs through people and fall forward. Hart would have to do a final juke to find a way to fall forward, but he always did. I'm not saying he'll be Hart, but he has a hell of an upside from what we've seen.

The more I see Deveon, the more excited I get. The only issue in my mind is the interior OL. I know I'm the first to express that concern.


August 23rd, 2013 at 8:11 AM ^

Or was our oline getting blown up by the D??? The D had Gardener on the run A LOT

Not sure who's running 1's and 2's but Chris Bryant looked a little gimpy out there too.

Fingers crossed for the OLine to come together sooner rather than later. Notre Dames Dline is going to be a Huge, Huge test for team.



August 23rd, 2013 at 9:31 AM ^

Schofield did play a little, but not much at all.  Same goes for Chris Bryant, who apparently has secured the LG spot.  It also sounds like Joe Reynolds is the early favorite to win the outside WR spot opposite Gallon.  This is all word of mouth stuff, so take it for what its worth.

Double Nickel BG

August 23rd, 2013 at 8:07 AM ^

Showed really good pocket presence by sliding left or right to avoid the rush after his first play. Good to See seeing as he can make all the throws. Just has to get a feel of the speed of the college game.


August 23rd, 2013 at 8:08 AM ^

Good to see confirmation on Shane Morris' cannon.

Stribling is everywhere, but very very skinny.

Great run by Smith and Green's one run was good. Did I not see Fitz with any carries?


August 23rd, 2013 at 8:11 AM ^

Aside from Gallon im not sure we have a guy who can go win a one on one with a pure cover corner. That is going to be an issue in November so hopefully a few wrs will emerge. Devin looked okay and Shane looked pretty good in there to be honest. Shane has serious arm talent. Our D looks very good against our offense and im not sure how much can be taken from that at this stage. I think our offense will be improved but that will hinge on a couple unexpected wideouts making big production jumps from what is currently expected. Contrary to the wr concerns...Im very excited about our running game. I think we have a stable and a group of bullies up front that just might have us in Indy in December. Question will loom is can we find a way to beat Ohio twice!?


August 23rd, 2013 at 8:35 AM ^

i think it goes back to chemistry. I think the fact that there is still competition this late in the camp because that is what the coaches want, you have guys who are playing worried and thinking to much instead of just letting their natural ability show. Why do u think coaches name their starters at QB so early? To allow them to make mistakes with the first group but also to play through them and get better as a team.

eamus_caeruli (not verified)

August 23rd, 2013 at 8:15 AM ^

Shane looked better than I expected. Defense is looking fast and furious. 2team OL is rough still.

Channing making some plays out there in the secondary. Kind of cool.