I put up a post yesterday on Maize 'n' Brew about What to Expect on Signing Day, including predictions on Michigan's few remaining recruits. Check it out if you're interested.
|Desmond Morgan + truck stick = fullback?|
With all of the linebackers Mattison is bringing in, where does a kid like Desmond Morgan fit in? Do you think they are going to run a 3-4 in the future or do you think he might be able to fit in as a fullback in the future? I know it's crazy but just think if you had a fullback who could throw the ball..... what kind of trick plays you could run.... or just having him as the protector on punt formation... Just seeing what your thoughts were on where he might end up. Thanks, AndyWithout hearing a plan come directly out of Greg Mattison's mouth, it's difficult for me to say with any certainty what type of defense Michigan will run in the future. If the rumor is true that Will Campbell has made the switch back to defense, then I would say that's a good indicator of intentions to run a 4-3 type of defense. After all, there wouldn't really be a need for so many defensive linemen if Michigan were only going to use three of them at any given time. New recruits have also reported that head coach Brady Hoke was selling a 4-3 defense.
|Yes, Chris Bryant's high school team|
was the Wolverines, too.
|Sophie Reade will be there. I hope.|
|Louisiana cornerback Floyd Raven|
|Zack Novak and Stu Douglass: Yes, Michigan's part-time power forward looks shorter than its shooting guard.|
|Antonio Poole was the first one to drop.|
|The California Golden Bears use a zone blocking system|
Hey Thunder,To first get some terminology out of the way, no team out there runs a true "man blocking scheme", at least not the way many people interpret those words That phrase can be disingenuous.
I'm curious as to how you think the Michigan offensive line will perform in 2011. What are the main differences in zone blocking vs. man blocking schemes, and do you think Michigan's current group is up to the task? I've never coached offensive line (or defensive line) in my brief career, so I'm curious. Thanks!
|Antonio Poole chose Michigan instead of someplace worse.|
|Russell Bellomy probably thinks what I think:|
"Purdue coach Danny Hope is a tool."
|Indiana sucks. Craig Roh doesn't.|
My understanding is the he DC ran the 3-4 at Baltimore and I'm concerned what this means for Roh. He doesn't seem suited to play LB or DE in that system. Is he strictly a one-gap lineman and if so, how do you see him being used by the staff?First of all, I think Roh is one of the top two defensive players on the roster (with Mike Martin). He's 6'5", 250+ pounds, he's strong, he can cover a little bit, he's pretty quick, and he's aggressive. So I don't blame you for being concerned about how he will be used.
|San Diego kicker Matt Wile|
|Highland Park defensive back Raymon Taylor|
|Keith Heitzman thinks helmets are unnecessary|
|Ohio linebacker Antonio Poole|
|Cornerback Tamani Carter (#3) digs pink. And maize and blue.|
|Justice Hayes (Rivals #85, Scout #131) is Michigan's highest-ranked recruit|
|Former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez led the team onto the field in 2008|
|Vista, CA cornerback Stefan McClure (#21)|
Thanks for the blog, which I enjoy. As you are clearly knowledgeable about football, I was surprised by the following comment:
"My initial reaction is to expect that Robinson will transfer, perhaps to Pitt, where former Michigan offensive coordinator Calvin Magee has alighted. He could go to Pittsburgh, sit out 2011, and have two years of eligibility to play quarterback. In my opinion, the best chance Hoke has to retain Robinson is to make a pitch for Robinson to become a running back or wide receiver."It seems to me that if Robinson stays, he simply must be a quarterback. Otherwise, with Forcier gone, Michigan would be down to one scholarship quarterback, which is clearly unacceptable.
As of now, there are no QB commits in the 2011 class, and at this late date, I suspect the best Hoke could get is a mid-range three-star who will show up in August unprepared for Division I football. If Robinson transfers, we will have to live with that. But if Robinson stays, I cannot imagine that the coaches would choose to hand the job to Gardner, with an anonymous true-freshman three-star kid as his backup.
Let’s assume that Gardner would beat out Robinson in an open competition (not at all obvious to me, but I’ll run with it). You still need two guys ready to play the position. QB is hard enough to learn when you practice it full-time. I can’t imagine that Robinson would have be able to learn a new playbook, get fully prepared to back up Gardner, and have any significant amount of time left to practice other another position that he has never played before.
On top of all that, Robinson seems to want to play QB. I doubt that he would survive a whole season at running back, given his propensity for injury, and he has no history catching the ball. But even if Robinson wanted and were suited to another position, the lack of depth at QB pretty much precludes that idea.
Again: love the blog. I just wonder what on earth you were thinking when you suggested a position switch for Denard. It seems to me the world’s most impractical idea.
Best regards, Marc
1. Prepare Gardner to be the starter.I don't think Denard is as injury-prone as you suggested, although I do think he's injury-prone for a quarterback and was asked to run too much. He got his shoulder dinged up, but the main reason that mattered was because he was playing quarterback. A minor shoulder injury isn't a big deal for a RB because he doesn't have to throw. And Denard did bang up his hip and knee, but I would guess a majority of running backs get dinged up throughout the year. They were all pretty minor injuries, and I don't think they would have been as big of a deal if Denard wasn't a QB and touching the ball on 100% of the plays.
2. Bring in a freshman or two and see if they can handle being the backup.
3. Move Denard to RB or WR. Create a package for him to be the "Wildcat QB" or just let him get a few reps at QB in case of an emergency. And if people get hurt ahead of him, he could always move back to QB in a Paul Thompson (ex-Oklahoma QB/WR) or Justin Siller (Purdue QB/RB) type of way.
|See you later, Tate. Or not.|
|Quarterback Denard Robinson might struggle in a Brady Hoke offense|
|Safety Wayne Lyons committed to Stanford|
|Cornerback (and Michigan commit) Blake Countess is playing in today's U.S. Army All-American Bowl|