Darker Blue

March 5th, 2013 at 12:35 PM ^

I want to see our Offensive line busting their asses. I want these kids to show me that they're gonna maul the FUCK outta the rest of the B1G. We're gonna go as far as the OLine takes us, at least in my humble epinion. 

Young John Beilein

March 5th, 2013 at 12:46 PM ^

It would be nice to see all the starters on the line determined in the spring.  Last year's (ostensibly) last minute shuffle between Barnum and Mealer didn't turn out so well.  Would be nice to see an improvement from the pass catchers in some form.  I think we know what we have with Dileo (decent to sneaky good) and Gallon (very good), but having either Funchess as a consistent threat or Darboh as an emerging contributor would be nice.  I also irrationally think Taco will be a contributor this year with 4-5 sacks.

Disclaimer:  I do not actually believe Taco will get 5 sacks.  But I think he has a great future.

Mr. Yost

March 5th, 2013 at 12:37 PM ^

2. Improvement at QB

3. Identify a consistent pass rush

4. Replace Kovas' leadership and "coach on the field" mentality

5. Figure out the OL situation


March 5th, 2013 at 1:22 PM ^

A brand new Red Shirt on Devin Gardner.   It will be a little small and out of style since it was from 2 years ago.                                                                                                


March 5th, 2013 at 12:38 PM ^

Curious to see how the interior of our defensive line comes together with Washington and Pipkins.  Strobel/Wormley also need to step up on the outsdies.  Other than that, I'd be curious to see how Countess comes back and also the interior of our offensive line.  Kalis, Braden, Bryant and Miller, notably.


March 5th, 2013 at 12:40 PM ^

The offensive line needs to improve, somebody besides Gallon needs to step up, and it will be interesting to see how the defensive backfield performs (minus Kovacs, plus Countess).


March 5th, 2013 at 12:45 PM ^

with his legs and see Toussaint do anything at all. Apparently Toussaint is back to running, but I don't know how much progress you can possibly make in four months from an injury like that.

Perkis-Size Me

March 5th, 2013 at 1:12 PM ^

I don't know much about torn ACL's, but I'd be surprised if we saw Countess do much, if anything. He's probably going to be participating in some form of team drills just to stay fresh, probably a lot of conditioning, but not much more than that.

They don't want to risk him getting injured again, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if we don't see much of him until fall camp.


March 5th, 2013 at 12:46 PM ^

Two-minute highlight videos from terrible angles, preferably quite zoomed in, with voice-over interviews with seniors talking about toughness and focus and The Team.


March 5th, 2013 at 12:47 PM ^


1. a second and third receiver need to emerge behind Gallon.  This could be a tight end, but the offense would really need to feature that tight end.

2. a consistent running game that gets us in great 2nd down situations and can convert short yardage 3rd downs consistently.



1.  Pressure on the QB.  QB's facing UM should know they have very little time to make a decision.  I would like to see the pass rush become much more effective.

2. Coverage sacks.  When the pass rush breaks down, it would be nice if that didn't matter because everyone was blanketed, thanks.




March 5th, 2013 at 12:51 PM ^

I want to see a between-the-guards running game. I'd also like to still see some read option plays to show that we aren't completely moving toward MANBALL.

I'd like to see Chesson and Darboh step up and make some plays.

I'd like to see Gardner complete >70% of his passes. (It's a glorified practice, so I don't think it's unreasonable for expectations to be higher than game-time expectations)

I want to see good coverage by the secondary, only to be bested by good plays by the receivers.

No missed tackles.


March 5th, 2013 at 12:52 PM ^

I really want to see our OL kick but, open huge holes and not allow sacks.  I'm also going to be looking for our DL to step up and cut off running lanes and am really looking for a great pass rush on every passing down.  The WR really need to develop their route running to create seperation.  I also hope the defensive backfield looks good and does not allow any seperation on their receivers, or completed passes.  I want to see some play-making INTs out of the DBs.  I'm going to be looking for the QBs to step up the accuracy, see a lot of completed passes, as well as cut down on poor decisions and INTs.  I also want our RBs to break into open field, but I want our LBs to stick every RB in the hole.

That pretty much sums everything up correct?