Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ex-Wolverine Updates

Sam McGuffie
Former Michigan cornerback Cullen Christian: Christian had 2 tackles in Pitt's 38-17 loss to Ole Miss in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

Former Michigan running back Sam McGuffie: McGuffie had 5 receptions for 80 yards in Rice's 33-14 victory over Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.  He ends the season with 54 catches, 603 yards, and 5 touchdowns, along with 5 carries for 16 yards.

Former Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez: Rodriguez ended the year with a 49-48 win in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.  Running back Ka'Deem Carey (1,929 rushing yards, 23 touchdowns) ends the year as the FBS leader in rushing yards.  In true Rich Rodriguez fashion, the Wildcats finished #117 in passing defense and #118 in total defense, but they still went 8-5.

Former Michigan wide receiver Je'Ron Stokes: Stokes had 1 carry for 1 yard in Bowling Green's 29-20 loss to San Jose State in the Military Bowl.  He ended the season with 15 catches for 114 yards and 1 carry for 1 yard.

Former Michigan safety Ray Vinopal: Vinopal had 1 tackle in Pitt's 38-17 loss to Ole Miss in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

Former Michigan cornerback commit Adrian Witty: Witty had 3 tackles in Cincinnati's 48-34 win over Duke in the Belk Bowl.


  1. It seems as though McGuffie found a relatively happy place (and position) at Rice. In retrospect, he probably wasn't destined to be a game-changer at the high D-1 level.

    I got a good laugh at the Rodriguez numbers (thanks). Do you think Casteel's 3-3-5, when implemented to their satisfaction (and to the highest degree possible, when Arizona's appeal to recruits is considered) will get them into double digits (that is, overall defense rank)?

    1. I do think Arizona will improve on defense, although based on a lack of elite defensive talent, I don't think they'll ever be awesome. I think the 3-3-5 can work effectively, but like anything, it takes time and the right talent. Without following Arizona's roster or recruiting extremely closely, it's tough for me to guess at how quickly that will happen.

    2. Slot receiver at Rice seems better suited to him than feature back at Michigan for sure. Glad he had a good career close to home.

  2. Winning 49-48 while giving up over 650 yards to a 7-6 Nevada team. I don't miss that at all.


    I think Casteel has done pretty well at WVU and his performance can be excused as first year stuff. You have to take team stats with a grain of salt with that offense, due to pace. The FEI rank for Arizona's D was 68. Not good, but not Michigan in 2010 bad.

    I thought Rodriguez did surprisingly well at AZ considering how his other first-years have gone. I suspect he learned some lessons about transitioning smoothly through his MIchigan experience.

    Recruiting seems to be going about as you'd expect for RR/AZ. Big class of 3 stars with a few promising offensive prospects.

    I think AZ fans are pretty content with the direction of the program. They might be in good shape in a couple years if turmoil continues at USC and Chip Kelly leaves the Ducks. Even this year they hung with the Ducks (for a half) on the road, took Stanford to OT on the road, and lost to Oregon State in the last minute.