Presser Notes 8/8

Submitted by MichFan1997 on August 8th, 2011 at 7:04 PM

-Hoke says Will Campbell was 342 leaving the spring, down to 316-319 range now

-Hoke can see Matt Wile handling both kicking and punting

-Stonum is practicing

-Says Stonum's redshirt won't change the target of 26 member class

-Woolfolk is at "full speed"

-Kickers are going to practice in the Big House. Different experience than simply staying in practice facility

-Hoke says we need to rely on 1)Power run, 2)Set pass up from there, and 3) the 2 min offense

-Practice intensity was good

-Hoke says he has a "strict manner" in discipline

-Molk says less yelling than there was under RR

-Molk says offense is running smooth

-Woolfolk says Campbell is moving faster and looks more athletic

-Woolfolk says he himself is faster and more focussed on mechanics

-Van Bergen now weighs 290. Says he's on a 6-7,000 cal diet. Was 4-5000 under RR



August 8th, 2011 at 7:18 PM ^

I feel the same way. A lot of people forget that running a fast offense racks up a lot of yards on your defense. Just changing from that jet tempo will lower defensive yardage. Combine that with the improved mechanics, Mattison, T-woolf, not having to rely on frosh, Mike Martin, Slim Will, no more 3-3-5 crap ... I think we'll be in the top half of the Big Ten defensively; possibly top third.


August 8th, 2011 at 8:28 PM ^

Or just watch any game from last year. That should tell you everything you need rovings about how bad we were. In particular, watch OSU, Wisconsin and he gator bowl.
<br>I don't know why people need to look at complicated stats and metrics to figure out things that are obvious.


August 8th, 2011 at 11:40 PM ^

Oh I wasn't suggesting our defense was good last year. I was suggesting that you can make anything look bad when you only look at games you play against two 11-1 teams that both went to BCS bowls and a 9 win SEC team. I do find it funny you pointed to 2 wins and a loss to another 11-1 team.


August 9th, 2011 at 7:45 AM ^

That's one thing you can't lay exclusively at the feet of RR. The soft zones on third-and-forever have been a consistent "feature" of our defenses since Bo was coach. They were a frequently infuriating aspect of our defenses under Carr, too, with the exception of 1997.

What makes it worse is that those soft zones on third down have frequently been accompanied by three-man fronts that put absolutely no pressure on the QB, allowing him ample time to find open receivers underneath our coverage.


August 8th, 2011 at 7:15 PM ^

@freepwolverines: UM C David Molk on difference in practices: "less yelling... Coach Rod was a yeller. Great guy but liked to yell."

@chengelis Woolfolk on why D will be better: "because of one word -- intensity"

@mikerothstein Van Bergen's specialty cooking food: "pineapple glazed salmon."

True Blue Grit

August 8th, 2011 at 7:10 PM ^

Thanks for the information.   The news on Will Campbell's weight is good news indeed.  Van Bergen's diet is amazing.  I'd turn into a blimp in a week with that number of calories!


August 8th, 2011 at 7:31 PM ^

Is anyone else starting to get concerned about the progress with the scoreboards? They've barely started on the back paneling of the south end scoreboard and they still have paneling to go on the north end. I feel they might be cutting it close before Sept. 3.


August 8th, 2011 at 8:12 PM ^

They're deliberately not paneling it up in case they find errors, etc with the board itself.  It gives the workers more light and space to work in while fixing what matters.  Securing premade panels to the back of the frame will take less than a week.  Likely a couple days if you run two shifts on it.  


August 8th, 2011 at 7:14 PM ^

So if the reports of Roh weighing 270 are correct, and assuming Mike Martin weighs about the same as last year, our DL will weigh 290-300-318-270 across the line.  That is a massive defensive line. 

For you sociology majors, that's 294.5lbs per player.  Some teams' biggest D-lineman doesn't weigh that much. 


August 8th, 2011 at 7:19 PM ^

Last year, our three DL to start the season were RVB (283), MM (299) and Greg Banks (285, I think).  When Roh came up and we went 4 down, Roh added 251.  Obviously this is much better. 

Go to Rivals top 120 countdown and look at their depth charts.  Not many teams will stack up to us in this department.  Then again, out guys' weights in there are out of date, so mosy other teams' are too.


August 8th, 2011 at 7:17 PM ^

It's great that Big Will is losing weight, he'll definitly be faster and more agile. But the thing that worried me the most about Will from the past two seasons and the spring game was his pad level...he'd get too high and the o-line man would get a hold of him and he'd be done. If he improves that, than he could be one of the best comeback stories ever and one of the great Michigan interior lineman.

Mr Mackey

August 8th, 2011 at 7:19 PM ^

Very good news, and very helpful for those of us without the twitter. 

Nice to see that we'll have a monster DL, but the speed of Campbell and Woolfolk is the most exciting for me. We need those guys to step up

Blue boy johnson

August 8th, 2011 at 7:27 PM ^

It has to be comforting for Big Will to know, if he can't handle the job, all he has to do it let Coach Mattison know. Initial reports are Big Will responded well to the challenge. This will be one of the more interesting stories to follow this season. I'm pulling for you big fella.