September 28th, 2012 at 12:11 AM ^


RJS vs Gibbs

Ojemudia vs Glanda (??)

Ash vs Kalis

Strobel vs Mateus

I think the last one was Raymond Taylor because people are yelling Ray and #6.  


September 28th, 2012 at 11:16 AM ^

With as much of the coaches' comments as I could make out:

First pass-through:

Roh vs Ben Braden

(Funk to Braden afterward: “You’re not using your hands” -- see how Braden doesn’t get his hands out for a good punch – “You’re stepping backwards”)

Campbell vs Mealer

Bolden vs. Magnuson

R. Jenkins-Stone vs. Dan Gibbs (preferred walk-on)

(Curt Mallory yelling “Go get ‘em, Fireball!” – RJS, presumably?)

Kovacs vs. Gallon

(Great job by Kovacs, although he does have 4 inches and 15 pounds on Gallon)


Second pass-through:

Ojemudia vs. #84 (not Mario Williams)

(Mattison: “Way to knock it back, 5-3!”)

Willie Henry vs. Graham Glasgow

(Hoke to Henry: “Hey, hey, hey, hey… That’s what [garbled] … You can do it.”)

Ash vs. Kalis

(Funk: “You’re not steppin’… you’re not stepping and punching. You’re not using any strength…” Just one rep, I know, but a good demonstration of how tough it is even for the most physically ready true freshman OL to make the transition to college ball)

Strobel vs. Mateus

(Someone calls him “Strobie” here… Funk(?):“Keep your hips to your feet and you’ve got a chance”)

Godin vs. Bars

(“Godes” … someone (Funk again?) yelling “Don’t be so high… don’t be so high”)

R. Taylor vs. Joe Reynolds (check out Joe’s piano chops here:

(Mattison: “Hey 6! Good job, attaway, 6!)

Fun stuff - MANBALL!  Seriously, though, this is what it's all about. Love the emphasis on technique, and the firm but not harsh style of the coaches. These kids are in good hands.



September 28th, 2012 at 6:17 AM ^

This is a tough drill for the defender, because he has to make a tackle while taking on a block.  Anybody who makes a tackle - even five yards downfield - is doing pretty well for himself.

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September 28th, 2012 at 6:24 PM ^

It was the invention of Bud Wilkinson, wasn't it, Magnus?  I gather that it is now fashionable for schools to take it on under their own name.  So that Oklahoma Drill becomes the Michigan Drill, or the "Whatever" Drill.  But most teams call it the Oklahoma Drill.  The Ohio State Buckeyes have had a thing called Hoot and Holler, but it is a bit more involved than the Oklahoma Drill: 

And there is a popular variation in which there is a fourth player, a linebacker of sorts, backing up the defender.

Oklahoma Drill 

And there is of course "Michigan Drill," a local maker of high-quality high-speed drill bits and other cutting tools for retail and industrial use:

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September 28th, 2012 at 10:50 PM ^ 

But as I said, there are variants of the Oklahoma Drill, including 3- and 4-player versions, and I suppose if somebody wanted to call a 5-man drill an "Oklahoma Drill," it wouldn't be terribly surprising.

But it's a very well-known drill as the Oklahoma Drill.  One of the best-known drills in the game.  And outside of the environs of State Street, I don't think that anybody calls it the Michigan drill.

About your signature quote; I don't think it can possibly be an original Schembechler quote.

The old "three things can happen and two of them are bad" was, in my lifetime, most often attributed to Woody Hayes.  The Quote Investigator notes that some of the earliest published quotes are credited to Texas coach Darrell Royal.  But Royal himself may have credited Hayes.  In any event, I don't remember Schembechler ever saying it, except perhaps as a joking tribute to his mentor Hayes, and Schembechler would have been an unkown assistant when the Dallas Morning News and other newspapers were crediting Royal as early as 1962. 


September 28th, 2012 at 10:55 AM ^

this sort of video makes you feel really good about the competency of the coaches. the coaches look confident and in control, and you can sense those who don't make a play are disappointed, but the coaches don't beat down on them. i know, that's interpretting a lot from a short video, but it feels authentic.

also, kovacs is such a smart player and knows how to get off blocks.


September 28th, 2012 at 2:30 PM ^

I thought that went the way of the T-Rex /s.


Ya gotta love the level of physicality in practice, it tranlates to toughness on game day.

Next year you'll be hearing all the talking heads saying things like: "Michigan is as tough and physical a football team as I have seen."  When they start talking like that we'll be watching our guys punch their opponents in the mouth, and take their lunch money.

Can't Wait!


September 28th, 2012 at 10:24 PM ^

I can't wait until Hoke has his boys in place in the trenches. I keep going to recruiting sites and looking at the past couple classes and dreaming about how dominant our lines are going to be.  Deep, versatile, nasty, and dominant on both sides and going against each other every day will make them even better.  Even our Walk-ons like Gibbs have talent and are going to be invaluable whether they see a ton of playing time or not.  God I love Coach Hoke and what he is doing for this program.