March 30th, 2011 at 1:44 PM ^

I like the small block M on the back of Devin Gardner's jersey, right above the name.  It reminds me of our current basketball jerseys.

Mike Martin is getting some nice pressure vs. his man at the 4:40-5:20 mark.


March 30th, 2011 at 4:51 PM ^

I got mine at the M-Den after the Big Chill. Which is funny because I get called a WalMart Wolverine by idiot Spartan fans, yet all my Michigan stuff is from the M-Den. My jersey, my 2010 team shirt, a Big House banner, my Big Chill hockey puck. Heck, my Denard t-shirt is from this website.


March 30th, 2011 at 5:01 PM ^

I saw a survey once where the amount of people in-state who attended neither university was about the same for MSU and M. It was basically tied to how close one lived to each East Lansing and Ann Arbor. So it is a little absurd to assert that only Michigan has fans that didn't attend the University. I guess I could just call those people "Save-A-Lot Sparties" right?


March 31st, 2011 at 12:23 AM ^

Ha well I also got a Denard jersey, went with the white away jersey though. Love the clean look of those whites, and you have to go with the authentic jersey. The others just pale in comparison, especially being my first jersey. You know it will last you forever so just fork up the extra cash.


March 30th, 2011 at 1:45 PM ^

I didn't have the sound on, but I sincerely hope those early run plays weren't at full tackling and were just drill-ish type run-throughs. Otherwise, there were a few missed tackles...


March 30th, 2011 at 1:57 PM ^

Kovacs, I. Bell, M. Jones, Q. Washington.  With MM, RVB, Roh, Avery, Cam G.

Stop it again at 1:11: 2nd team looks like Heininger, BWC, Ash, Black, Hawthorne, Furman, CC, and Paskorz (!) / Ryan


March 30th, 2011 at 2:09 PM ^

The other safety is Carvin Johnson FWIW.

I'd also caution against reading too much into anything from one day of practice.  In other videos Campbell is running with the ones, as are Mike Jones and Brandin Hawthorne.  It's early yet, and I'm pretty sure that the coaches are giving multiple guys a chance to run with the "locked in" starters at open spots.


March 30th, 2011 at 2:30 PM ^

Greg Mattison commented on the defense in an article posted in the Freep about an hour ago. Here are the highlights so you don't have to go over there to read it:

Among the topics he touched on in a media briefing today:

• A number of players stand out to him, including Mike Martin, Craig Roh, Jibreel Black, Will Campbell and Thomas Gordon. He cited Cam Gordon, who has moved from safety to strongside linebacker, as a player who could be very good. Though linebacker Kenny Demens has missed time with a shoulder injury, he has picked things up quickly in the drills he has done.

• Mattison pointed out that the linebackers will be critical components of his defense because they have to play the run and the pass. Under previous coordinators, many of them focused on blitzing.

• Head coach Brady Hoke is involved in the defensive meetings -- he also coaches the strongside linebackers. He offers suggestions, just like everyone else, Mattison said.

• Mattison no longer can talk trash with quarterback Denard Robinson, because Robinson has been so good in practice. He has outrun the defense a number of times, even when players took the proper angles to tackle. "I didn't realize how fast he was," Mattison said.

• He is a big proponent of the Big Ten title game, saying it'll be bigger for the players than any non-championship bowl game.


March 30th, 2011 at 3:28 PM ^

In 2009 we did blitz a fair amount.  Unfortunately, we did so at very predictable times and it rarely succeeded.  PSU and OSU killed us when we sent too many guys.

Mattison might also be talking about the weird way we had our MLB line up under GERG, where he was practically headed downhill at the snap. 

NOLA Wolverine

March 30th, 2011 at 3:40 PM ^

He might be referring to the earliest build of our defense under Gerg in 2009 when blitzing was an option (because of Warren and Woolfolk), and our linebackers came non-stop. It was pretty much a gurantee back then that 7 blitzers were coming on third down (See: Iowa's first TD, Penn State calling the screen in anticipation of the blitz for a TD, every other game......). 

EDIT: Or just read the post right above mine. Either way.