RR update on injuries and more!

Submitted by Quail2theVict0r on April 6th, 2010 at 4:28 PM

"Unfortunately for us, Will Heininger tore his ACL in practice last week, so he will have surgery," Rodriguez announced. "His availability for this coming season will depend on rehab. He may be able to come back late September or October, we don't know yet. He was having a really good spring, so that's unfortunate."

"The news was better on a few others. Receiver Martavious Odoms has been out, as has Junior Hemingway (since the beginning of spring), but both were expected to contribute more at Tuesday's practice and be full go by the end of the week. Receiver Je'Ron Stokes was expected back by the end of the week and was also expected to contribute Tuesday."

"Vladimir Emilien, Quinton Washington and Jared Van Slyke are still out," said Rodriguez. "We're hoping maybe we can get some work out of them next week. David Molk, Brandon Herron, Mike Martin, Vincent Smith, all those guys [out for the spring] are right on schedule with rehab, so we feel good about that part."

More stuff here at the link:
as MGOShoe summarizes:
* The practice schedule and how Spring is progressing
* The QB battle including...
^ Whether he wants one guy to win the job
^ Areas where DRob is improving
^ Gardner's growth
* Evaluations of RBs: Cox, Shaw, Toussaint, Hopkins and White
http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1071564

Comments

MinorRage

April 6th, 2010 at 4:37 PM ^

hurt. But I think it's been discussed that if we are switching (a majority of the time) to a 3-3-5 that this could be a lot worse for the D. With Van Bergen, Martin, Campbell, and even Banks and Sagesse stepping up we should have a little bit of depth. I'm personally hoping Lalota comes along this spring and summer and proves to be a viable backup option also.

Quail2theVict0r

April 6th, 2010 at 4:53 PM ^

I knew he didn't have much experience, but based on his rankings, ignorantly I guess, I thought with his pure athletic ability and natural size that he should have been able to come into a thin defense and get in there - at least on special teams or something - and make an impact. I obviously gave up on that last year - but I thought we would hear at least something about him this year, but like I said it's been pretty quiet.

In Brian's post about him - he even kinda says the same thing:
http://mgoblog.com/content/2009-recruiting-anthony-lalota

"Projection: LaLota showing up 30 pounds light might actually be a boon for his chances at early playing time, as he's slotted into this spinner position and, given his athleticism, seems like an excellent fit for the spot. Still, he's so new to the game a redshirt seems likely, and preferable."

MGoShoe

April 6th, 2010 at 5:12 PM ^

...the content of the article was way, way undersold. Click on the link (it is not behind the paywall) for Rodriguez's thoughts on:

* The practice schedule and how Spring is progressing
* The QB battle including...
^ Whether he wants one guy to win the job
^ Areas where DRob is improving
^ Gardner's growth
* Evaluations of RBs: Cox, Shaw, Toussaint, Hopkins and White

[Ed. All this and more covered in Tim's front page story.]

MGlobules

April 6th, 2010 at 8:15 PM ^

RichRod believes in this guy:

"More than anything, he's understanding the offense, particularly in the passing game - where he should look with the ball and reading defenses. He understands our concepts pretty well, but this is his first spring practice. When you get there in August for the first time, you're just trying to get ready for a game plan. Once the game starts, you lose some of the fundamental stuff. You really work hard on fundamentals, and he still has a ways to go, but he's a talented, talented guy. He loves to play. He is very, very explosive, so you've got to have an opportunity to touch the ball - obviously, if you're a quarterback you're going to touch it every play.

"We're going to continue with him in that position. As we go forward, he'll be able to play the other skill positions offensively."

Blue Balls

April 6th, 2010 at 10:02 PM ^

I find it very refreshing that such a debate is possible. What's not debatable is that Denard has super freakish physical skills and riding the pine makes no sense.