Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Eligibility Count for 2011

This is a best-guess accounting of the scholarship players scheduled to be on the roster in 2011.  Changes will be posted depending on early NFL Draft entries, transfers, etc.  There are also injured players who played in 2010 but have medical redshirts pending (Mike Jones, Devin Gardner).

- Carvin Johnson has left the program.

- Greg Brown has left the program.

- Chris Barnett has left the program.

- Je'Ron Stokes has left the program.

- Tony Posada has left the program.

- Darryl Stonum will redshirt in 2011 and have one year of eligibility remaining.

- Kellen Jones is no longer enrolled at Michigan.

- Christian Pace, Teric Jones, and Terry Talbott have received medical hardships and are no longer with the program.

- D.J. Williamson is no longer with the program.

- Cullen Christian has decided to transfer.

- Ray Vinopal has left the team due to personal issues.

- Marell Evans transferred to Michigan and will be a fifth year senior.

- Michael Williams is no longer with the program due to multiple concussions.

- Incoming freshmen for 2011 have been added.

- Tate Forcier is no longer with the program.

- Troy Woolfolk is listed as a redshirt senior due to missing the entire 2010 season with a broken ankle.

REDSHIRT SENIORS = 9 (Final season 2011)
WR Junior Hemingway
WR Kelvin Grady
OT Mark Huyge
C David Molk
TE Steve Watson
DE Ryan Van Bergen
LB Marell Evans
LB Brandon Herron
CB Troy Woolfolk

FB John McColgan
LS Tom Pomarico
DE Will Heininger
CB Tony Anderson
S Zac Johnson
S Jared Van Slyke

SENIORS = 5 (Final season 2011)
RB Michael Shaw
SR Martavious Odoms
TE Kevin Koger
DT Mike Martin
LB J.B. Fitzgerald

REDSHIRT JUNIORS = 12 (Final season 2012)
RB Mike Cox
WR Roy Roundtree
WR Terrence Robinson
WR Darryl Stonum

TE Brandon Moore
OG Ricky Barnum
C Rocko Khoury
OG Elliott Mealer
OG Patrick Omameh
LB Kenny Demens
CB J.T. Floyd
S Jordan Kovacs
QB Jack Kennedy
QB Steve Wilson
WR Jordan Barpal
TE Mike Kwiatkowski
DT Alex Schwab
LB Paul Gyarmati
S Matt Cavanaugh
S Floyd Simmons
LS George Morales

JUNIORS = 5 (Final season 2012)
QB Denard Robinson
RB Vincent Smith
DE Craig Roh
DT William Campbell

S Brandin Hawthorne

REDSHIRT SOPHOMORES = 10 (Final season 2013)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint
SR Jeremy Gallon
OT Taylor Lewan
OT Michael Schofield
DT Quinton Washington
LB Isaiah Bell
LB Mike Jones
S Cameron Gordon
S Thomas Gordon
K Brendan Gibbons
RB O'Neil Swanson
SR Jordan Owens
WR Joe Reynolds
OL Christian Brandt
OL Jareth Glanda
OL Erik Gunderson
DT Nathan Brink
CB Al Backey
S Charlie Zeller
LS Jareth Glanda
LS Kurt Graman
K Seth Broekhuizen
K Kris Pauloski

SOPHOMORES = 9 (Final season 2013)
QB Devin Gardner
RB Stephen Hopkins
WR Jeremy Jackson
SR Drew Dileo
DE Jibreel Black
CB Courtney Avery
CB Terrence Talbott
S Marvin Robinson
P Will Hagerup

REDSHIRT FRESHMEN = 7 (Final season 2014)
WR Jerald Robinson
TE Ricardo Miller
DT Ken Wilkins
DT Richard Ash
LB Jordan Paskorz
LB Jake Ryan
S Josh Furman
RB Jihad Rasheed
TE Nate Allspach
TE Dylan Esterline
OL Joey Burzynski
OL Kristian Mateus
DE Chris Eddins
K Jeremy Ross

FRESHMEN = 16 (Final season 2014)
QB Russell Bellomy
RB Justice Hayes
RB Thomas Rawls
OL Chris Bryant
OL Jack Miller
DE Brennen Beyer
DE Keith Heitzman
DE Chris Rock
LB Frank Clark
LB Desmond Morgan
LB Antonio Poole
CB Blake Countess
CB Delonte Hollowell
CB Raymon Taylor
S Tamani Carter
K Matt Wile
QB Ben Fry
FB Joe Kerridge
OL Graham Glasgow
OL Dallas Williams
OL Gary Yerden


  1. McColgan is a scholarship player?

    For whatever reason, it feels like Fitzgerald, Shaw and Koger just got here.

    Its a shame if Marvin Robinson loses a year of eligibility for how little he played. Any talk of him getting an injury redshirt a la Gardner?

  2. @ Lankownia 11:50 p.m.

    I heard that McColgan earned a scholarship by earning a starting job.

    I agree about Fitzgerald, Shaw, and Koger (and Odoms).

    Marvin Robinson played on special teams most of the year. He won't be eligible for a redshirt this season.

  3. OL Underclassmen on the 2011 team so far:
    OT Taylor Lewan
    OT Michael Schofield
    C Christian Pace

    I've said it many times before, but with Campbell moving back to DL, the OL depth becomes extremely shallow within a couple years if they don't land 5 guys in this class. Sounds like they're on track right now, but if there are defections, they'll need to be replaced.

  4. @ Lankownia 3:38 p.m.

    Agreed. We don't need to just add Bryant - we need another guy, too.

  5. Aren't scholarships given to guys like MoColgan and Kovacs one year deals?

  6. @ Anonymous 9:39 a.m.

    Yes, they're on one-year deals...but every scholarship is renewed yearly. It's just that walk-ons who earn scholarships are less likely to keep them from year to year.

    That being said, I fully expect a two-year starter like Kovacs to be given a scholarship in 2011.

  7. I'm thinking of what to do about Kovacs in 2012. 2012 will be an optimal year for recruiting and we'll need every scholarship that we can get. Besides Terrence Robinson, I'm not seeing any other good candidates as guys who won't get asked back for a fifth year. Unless maybe you count Cox. I suppose Moore as well, if Miller moves to TE and the incoming freshmen TEs show promise.

  8. Is Nader Furrha still on the team? Last time I checked the roster, he wasn't listed.

  9. With the derth of TEs on the roster, I can't fathom this team not re-upping Brandon Moore. Same with Mike Cox; it'd be nice to have at least one senior running back that fits this system (i.e. does not fit in my pocket).

    Terrance Robinson is the logical choice is someone 'needs to go', but I would imagine that would depend largely on numbers.

  10. BISB:

    We now have four tight ends on the roster if I'm not mistaken and have two more committed for the following year.

    I see you're buying the "Rich Rod only likes tiny fast midgets" lazy meme that's not true at all. Smith is the only running back we've had in the past several years that would fit in a "pocket."

  11. @ David 10:20 p.m.

    There will only be three returning tight ends on the roster next year, which is what BISB is referring to: Moore, Barnett, and Miller (and Miller's only kind of a tight end, more of an H-back).

    Furthermore, Michigan's recruiting strategy over the past few years doesn't back up your argument. Yes, Smith is the only diminutive running back Rodriguez brought in (assuming the 5'11", 185 lb. Toussaint doesn't count, and I admit he's a bit of a tweener). That doesn't change the fact that Demetrius Hart was committed to the Wolverines, and we were also recruiting guys like Devondrick Nealy, Prince Holloway, Malcolm Crockett, Shane Wynn, etc. Furthermore, Rodriguez also recruited a bunch of tiny slots like Jeremy Gallon, Drew Dileo, etc.

    It's not a lazy meme. It's somewhat accurate, as long as you don't go overboard and say "He ONLY likes tiny midgets", which I haven't really seen anyone do. The fact is, midgets were a big part of his recruiting strategy, both on offense (see above) and defense (all the hybrid S/LB types, plus the tiny corners like Avery, Hollowell, and Talbott).

  12. Magnus,

    I thought Toussaint was almost 200 pounds. I could be mistaken.

    My point was directed primarily towards players who are or were actually here, not recruiting strategy. Rodriguez brought in Hopkins and Rawls as well as Smith and (briefly) Hart.

    The "hybrid" S/LB types don't factor positively into the meme IMO, purely because most were originally slated for safety.

    Avery, Talbott, and Hollowell are (fairly) tiny. Brown, Turner, and Christian are not.

    The meme applied to slot receivers is entirely accurate, of course, but it is a position where small, speedy guys excel.

    This is not intended to be an attack on you. I just read BISB's comment as "we only have one running back that's bigger than an ant."

  13. @ David 10:59 p.m.

    Toussaint is about 200 lbs. now. When he was recruited, he was only about 185.

    Rawls did not commit until after Rodriguez was fired.

    Brown is 5'10", 180 lbs. That's not exactly big. And while Turner and Christian were both bigger, they also never/rarely saw the field. Hopkins saw playing time a bit more often, but the bigger backs' (Hopkins and Cox) carries paled in comparison to Smith's. It stands to reason that Rodriguez has an affinity for smaller players.

  14. I was looking a year ahead (to the time in which Michigan would have to decide on a 5th year for Brandon Moore), where the TE position would consist of Moore, a converted Ricardo Miller as a redshirt soph, Chris Barnett as a true soph, and whichever true freshmen sign. Not re-upping your only upperclassman TE, when beyond him you would only have two tight ends who have seen a college snap, seems unlikely.

    As for RB size, I was only commenting on his fellow seniors. VSmith is obviously... uh, vertically challenged, and Teric Jones is far from a bruiser (he's listed at 5'9", but that seems generous). Cox is the only guy out of the senior class that I feel like would have been recruited by this staff, so I can't see them letting him go unless Hayes or Rawls turn out to be the kind of running backs Fred Jackson will claim them to be.

  15. To be fair, Lloyd recruited midgets, too (Boubacar Cissoko, anyone?). But RR did recruit a larger number of smaller, faster offensive skill-position guys than previous administrations, and likely more than the new administration. The offense simply required different skill sets in some spots.

    On defense, though, I think the strategy (to the extent there WAS one) was not so much smaller guys as 'tweeners.' Craig Roh, Robinson, Carvin Johnson, the Gordons, etc. Which is fine, I suppose, until your team is composed of a group of guys who fit equally well at multiple positions, but no one is really suited for the position they end up taking.

  16. @ BISB 10:49 a.m.

    Yeah, Lloyd Carr recruited *a* midget: Boubacar Cissoko. Virtually every other defensive back was 5'11" or taller, virtually every receiver was good sized, and almost all the running backs were 6' or taller, with the exception of Mike Hart, who was short but solidly built. Cissoko was an exception; Rodriguez showed a trend.

  17. Not to nit-pick, but its Williamson...hes listed as Williams.

  18. @ Anonymous 7:16 p.m.

    You're absolutely right. Thanks for the correction.

  19. Morales was given a full scholarship. I haven't seen anything to say it's not. Is it year to year?

  20. Magnus - you have Big Will as an OG, Omameh as an OT, and Roh as an OLB.

    GERG would agree with you on Roh......

  21. Isn't Isaiah Bell gone too? Or has that not been confirmed yet?

  22. So 14 openings (90-76) +14 seniors = 28 scholarships. Big 10 allows 28 (25 + 3 Early Enrollees) scholarships. Hmm funny how that seems to work out.

    Right now we have 23 commitments. With Stokes out we definitely need two WR (25). We still need a DT/NT (26). With Posada out we need a OG maybe two (27/28?). I'm guessing the 28th spot is for an elite RB or S (Dunn, Marshall, Wright or Diggs). Anyone disagree?

  23. I know you're most interested in counting schollies here, but since you do show walk-ons, the following changes should eventually be made to your list:

    REMOVE: Jack Kennedy, Nader Furrha, Jonny Childers, Jordan Owens, Adam Barker, Christian Brandt, OL Jareth Glanda (you have him listed twice, later shown correctly as an LS), and Baquer Sayed.

    ADD FRESHMEN: QB Ben Fry, OL Graham Glasgow, FB Joe Kerridge, OL Dallas Williams, and OL Gary Yerden.

  24. @KB Who said 90?? the scholly limit is 85

  25. Yesterday, I forwarded a number of roster changes for your listing. I checked the roster on this a.m. (Aug. 24) to see if they removed Stokes (they have), and the elusive Jack Kennedy has once again reappeared. I can see how keeping track of these non-schollie guys can drive one crazy!

  26. So, correct me if I'm wrong.. This means that we will have, as of right now, 26 scholarships available with the seniors leaving?

  27. Magnus,

    You said that you expected some attrition, but you didn't want to really put names out there.

    Should we still expect more after Brown and Carvin?

  28. @ Anonymous 5:39 p.m.

    Yes, right now there looks to be 26 open scholarships.

  29. @ Anonymous 6:02 p.m.

    Yes, you should still expect some more attrition after those two. A couple are almost certain, and one seems to be on the fence.