74polSKA

March 13th, 2012 at 9:44 AM ^

I know this isn't following the comments but I've wondered this for a while.  Are punters allowed to wear receiver's gloves?  That play makes me wonder.  If I were a punter I would want to make sure that didn't happen to me.

M2 in A2

March 12th, 2012 at 9:19 PM ^

I am still confused on the coaches choice to keep Shallman as a tailback. Two complementary backs are interested in Michigan and Shallman has shown ability on the defensive end. 

gajensen

March 12th, 2012 at 9:22 PM ^

Same. Shallman, if in the backfield at all, is a fullback or an H back. I said it a while ago that it boggles the mind to envision Sione Houma at fullback blocking for Wyatt Shallman at runningback. He could easily figure in as a defensive end/linebacker hybrid, as well.

 

Don

March 12th, 2012 at 9:30 PM ^

That's what I see as well. Smith, on the other hand, is a tackle-breaking machine. I just don't get the notion that Shallman is going to be an effective RB at BCS-level competition. Fullback, maybe. I think he's better suited to being a TE myself. For a TE, he'd have good speed and it appears as though he's got decent hands.

And if anybody's blocking for anybody else, Shallman should be clearing holes for Houma, not the other way around. Houma has the speed to take it the distance; Shallman doesn't.

manchild56

March 12th, 2012 at 9:44 PM ^

agree one bit at all about Hopkins the guy was pretty bad at short yardage runs. He fumbles way too much, and against ND if Denard wasn't paying attention that comeback never happens. He moved to FB cause he wouldn't have seen the feild any other way unless he cured his dropping the pigskin on the field.

Jeff09

March 12th, 2012 at 9:37 PM ^

Maybe they promised him a shot at it if he would commit. He seems like a pretty talented all-around athlete, strategy could be to give him his shot, and if it doesn't work out move him elsewhere. If he's so poorly-suited for tailback he should realize that by his spot on the depth chart and switch, or, if he's actually good / useful then we keep him at TB.

MichiganMan_24_

March 12th, 2012 at 9:25 PM ^

I watch Smith every Friday night during the season...I feel like he is a good RB who if he had breakaway speed would be elite..Isaac does have the breakaway speed but he runs very upright and i think Smith will be more durable due to his low running style... I think either will get the job done so im fine with whatever happens.

For what its worth Smith plays the same competiton as Toussaint played and having watched alot of both id say Smith is better at this time than Fitz was..and thats not a knock on Fitz

dennisblundon

March 12th, 2012 at 9:33 PM ^

Any one of the current RBs we have offered would be just fine with me and would easily be the highest rated back we have landed in quit some time. Funny how that gets lost in all of this.

bluebrow

March 13th, 2012 at 4:29 PM ^

Hoke and Co. are off to a fast start because they aren't joking around and the Recruits take them seriously.  If a recruit wants to visit, they know the status of their position before hand.  I really would like to see Isaac in a winged helmet, but if they take Smith first because Isaac wasn't ready, It solidifies that the coaches aren't blowin smoke up their asses.  Every year they stick by that, thhe more we will see early recruiting dominance.

feanor

March 12th, 2012 at 9:45 PM ^

I haven't seen Smith's tape, but I watch Isaacs a couple of days ago.  Its insane, he is never caught from behind throughout the whole 12 minutes of him running past people for 30-50 yrd TDS.  He is 6-3 220 as a high school junior, and with pretty good hands to judge from the video.

He is just too good of an athelete to not get on board if at all possible.