October 19th, 2012 at 8:41 PM ^

This is a great article and it really does present something that one wouldn't expect. One thing that it does, I believe, is make us appreciate who the difference-makers on a team really can be in some cases - not necessarily someone who makes a lot of plays or even plays much at all. It can simply be that person that introduces you to the culture of the team and school and then you take it from there, as Denard has. As someone mentioned, Sheridan was much derided, it seemed, and Cone didn't really play but for a minute or two, but after reading this, they definitely deserve some applause for helping a certain QB out in the beginning, I would say. All of them, in their own ways, "Michigan Men". 

The Wolf

October 20th, 2012 at 1:06 PM ^

Articles like this are great, but not just because we all love Denard. I think we, as fans, sometimes forget about the end of the depth chart or the guys who don't make the travel squad. I had a very good friend who was a career scout team guy, and many times he has told me of the pride he took in doing "his job." It really is amazing to see the pride those players take in preparing the starters each week, the pride they take in keeping the starters hungry, and the pride they take in giving everything they can in practice to keep the starters aggressive and on their toes.

Maybe players like Sheridan, Cone, and the rest each deserve a bit more gratitude from us as fans.