Five Former Wolverines on TV This Weekend as AAF Kicks Off

Submitted by BursleyHall82 on February 8th, 2019 at 8:52 AM

The Alliance of American Football kicks off tomorrow night with two games on CBS at 8 p.m. (Not sure if they're showing them regionally, or what, but both games are listed for 8 p.m. on CBS.) FIVE former Wolverines are on AAF rosters. The schedule:

SATURDAY, 8 p.m., CBS

Atlanta (Denard Robinson) vs. Orlando (De'Veon Smith) - Mike Vick is Denard's OC. Denard is expected to back up former Notre Dame RB Tarean Folston, but he better get some carries.

San Antonio (Matt Godin) vs. San Diego

SUNDAY, 4 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Memphis (Channing Stribling) vs. Birmingham (Ty Isaac) - Mike Singletary is the Memphis head coach

I have no life, so I will be watching.

Comments

Bodogblog

February 8th, 2019 at 10:37 AM ^

That's very helpful, thank you. 

I think I love it.  I'll have it on in the background if nothing else, assuming there aren't any B1G or really great NCAA games going.  I don't watch the NHL or NBA until the late playoffs, so this fills a void for me.  If Michigan players are on the field, the draw is even higher. 

Looks like the new XFL starting next year will overshadow these guys?  Same season. 

JPC

February 8th, 2019 at 9:52 AM ^

It's crazy Denard couldn't stick in the NFL. He was so talented. Brady Hoke should give him 50% of his wealth, because Denard is the only reason he managed to win 11 games that first year. 

Bodogblog

February 8th, 2019 at 11:24 AM ^

It's pretty easy to understand actually.  Denard couldn't hold on to the football in the NFL, was a turnover machine.  Forget it forever at running back in the NFL if you can't hold on to the ball. 

I also don't think he naturally took to the contact like most NFL backs.  He always seemed to take punishment more so than others.  

1VaBlue1

February 8th, 2019 at 1:04 PM ^

I think he was more dynamic as a runner from the QB position because he could use the threat of a handoff, pitch, or throw to back off defenders.  All he needed was an inch, and 'real' RB's don't get that inch unless a blocker makes it for them because everyone knows the RB is running with the ball.  I think that is one of the reasons that plays into what you said about not being able to avoid contact.  As the QB, he had play fakes and option tells he could employ to avoid the big hit near the LoS.  Once in the open field, all bets were off on him taking a big hit.

Mike Damone

February 8th, 2019 at 12:28 PM ^

Tarean Folston shouldn't be allowed to carry Denard's shoes - or his shoelaces - much less start in front of him. 

Betting Denard will be in there during crunch time in the 2nd Half...