April 24th, 2012 at 8:24 AM ^

I am glad to see that as talented as he is, he didn't end up like P. Brown. Sneaking away for a visit and ending up at Oregon. Thank you Magnus you el hombre!


April 24th, 2012 at 8:49 AM ^

Agreed.  I'm not sure what made him think that going to Oregon was a better choice than Michigan.  Obviously, Oregon has had tons of on-field success, it's a fun atmosphere, the uniforms and facilities are great...but they don't exactly put out a lot of NFL players.  He's a great athlete, so maybe he'll find his way to the next level.


April 24th, 2012 at 8:31 AM ^

Those West Side Cubs were stacked!  I imagine it would be special to continue your career with someone you've known so long.  Let's hope that Blake and Kendall have as strong a relationship as Terry and Jourdan.  Our CB future looks great.


April 24th, 2012 at 8:51 AM ^

Thanks for the post Magnus, that was a great piece. He really changed my perception on him because after that incident it mentions last summer with the visit's and wanting to be whined and dined I thought he was being all flash but now he flashed a true sign of character and class, the Michigan standard. Welcome young man! Go Blue!


April 24th, 2012 at 9:18 AM ^

Good interview.  5"10 and 180 is solid size for a field corner.  He'll be running a 4.4 40 with some more training.  Look forward to seeing him on the field someday.  


April 24th, 2012 at 10:23 AM ^

This interview shows Terry to be grounded and team-first, which seems very different from the picture that his twitter painted last year.  This is just more proof for me that providing teenagers a vehicle to immediately, and very publicly, express every thought that crosses their minds, without any filter or time for consideration, has the potential for disaster.

Rather be on BA

April 24th, 2012 at 10:24 AM ^

At a certain point T-Rich won't be able to put on weight working out 3 hours a day...  Michigan's strength staff will hook him up I am sure.   Glad he is working hard though!


April 24th, 2012 at 11:51 AM ^

Yes, but the other options are/were Brandon Moore, Jordan Paskorz, Ricardo Miller, Devin Funchess, and A.J. Williams.  Funchess' body hasn't developed.  Paskorz isn't a good athlete.  Miller is undersized (but moving back to WR, anyway).  And so on.  I'm not saying Brown would have been a great player as a freshman, but he's on par with just about everyone else.  There's a difference.


April 24th, 2012 at 12:00 PM ^

You think Brown is on "par" with Brandon Moore right now? Brown is big for a high school kid, but he doesn't exactly throw people around.  He is bigger then Funchess but not the athlete he is, and WIlliams would launch Brown given the chance (though he lacks his athleticism for the position). From every analysis I have seen from Bill Greene and Allen they both said he needed to get stronger and bigger before he contributes. So I think there is a difference.


April 24th, 2012 at 12:15 PM ^

I get that and I get what you are saying, but my point is that last season we didn't play two tight end sets very often and when we did it was for blocking purposes 99 times out of 100. How many times was Moore  (the second TE) targetd when he came in? I think Williams can slide into the blocking TE position with Moore holding down the recieving TE position. I don't think it is out of the question to see Funchess get a snap or two from the TE spot. I guess I am not as high on Brown as some are. WOuld have been nice to have him for depth, but I think even if we have him he still redshirts.


April 24th, 2012 at 12:19 PM ^

We used double ted sets a lot.  I agree that Moore wasn't targeted a lot, but there were plenty of times when both Moore AND Watson were in the game.  A.J. Williams might be able to slide in as a freshman to block, but Brown is just as physicall ready as Funchess, if not more so.  Funchess is 6'5", 223 and Brown was 6'6" and 230 or so.  That's a toss-up of a competition.  And Paskorz's ceiling is a Steve Watson-like role, so none of the options are very impressive.


April 24th, 2012 at 12:58 PM ^

A lot? I disagree, I doubt we used double TE sets more then 5% of the time. I could be wrong but I seriously doubt we used double TE sets much outside of short yardage and goal line situations.

I have seen Funchess twice in person, and he could easily slide out to Fl if needed because of his athleticism, I have not seen Brown, but from the analysis I have read on him he is not capable of that. This is why I say Funchess plays, because of his athleticism, not because physically he is ready to stick his hand in the dirt and play TE. I think there will be a role for him though. Brown is much more Moore then he is Funchess.

It is what it is though, and debating over what could have been is silly at this point. We have what we have.


April 24th, 2012 at 2:15 PM ^

I just watched the "Offense vs. Ohio State Every Snap video" for about 11 minutes.  Out of 55 plays, we used two tight ends 11 times (20%).  And keep in mind that by the time OSU rolled around, we had abandoned much of the I-formation stuff for the spread because that's how the personnel operated best.

So your guess of 5% seems way off base, and that 20% I mentioned above is still probably below the overall average from last season.

Yes, Michigan used two tight ends a lot last season.

And when we're talking about tight ends, what does it matter if Funchess plays flanker?  If he plays flanker, he's not playing tight end.  That's like me saying that Wyatt Shallman is physically ready to play defensive end because he can also play running back.


April 24th, 2012 at 2:58 PM ^

Again, I get what you are saying, but "a lot" imo is well over 50%. I just watched the first 4 1/2 minutes of the Nebraska game with all offense plays, and 8 of 27 plays had two TE's. So yes I stand corrected we were using two TE sets down in the 20% range. Is that still "a lot"? In my book 20% of something is not very much. Also watching the Nebraska game I noticed that the second TE was nothing more then an extra blocker. Not once did the second TE leave the LOS during those 8 plays.


This only strengthens my point, was Brown going to come in and be the second blocking TE? No. Can Jordan be Watson and essentially just be a blocking TE, I think he can, and if he can't then I am sure AJ can.

I think you will see Funchess play the H-Back role that Koger would play when he rolled behind the second TE and then ran a route. I think Funchess is a better option then Brown to fill that role.


Again, none of this really even matters because Brown is not here.


April 25th, 2012 at 6:08 AM ^

The second TE likely never left the line of scimmage because the second TE was Brandon Moore or Steve Watson, neither of whom is very good.  If the second TE was someone with Koger's skill set, he probably would have been used in the passing game more.  And I do think Pharaoh Brown has more athleticism than either Moore or Watson.


April 25th, 2012 at 8:39 AM ^

I disagree. Moore's problem has neve been his athleticism. When is the last time we had two very effective te's? Again, continue fighting a battle you're never going to win. Brown is not here, none of your argument matters. I will be. Eh surprised if brown touches the field for og on this year.


April 25th, 2012 at 10:47 AM ^

We're both fighting a battle we're never going to win.  We're talking about hypotheticals when it comes to Brown.  You're saying he wouldn't see the field as a freshman if he were at Michigan.  I'm saying there's a chance.  Neither of us will be proven right or wrong.

However, I do think Moore's athleticism is holding him back at this point.  He had decent speed as a high schooler, but he hasn't maintained that speed at 255 lbs. and can't get separation from linebackers.