Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ex-Wolverine Updates

Thomas Rawls
Former DT Richard Ash: Ash made 2 tackles in Western Michigan's 20-19 loss to Toledo.

Former TE commit Pharaoh Brown: Brown had 1 catch for 15 yards, but Oregon lost to Arizona by a score of 31-24. He has 10 catches for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns on the year.

Former CB Cullen Christian: Christian made 1 tackle in West Virginia's 33-14 victory over Kansas.

Former CB commit Gareon Conley: Conley made 1 tackle in Ohio State's 52-24 win over Maryland.

Former CB commit Dallas Crawford: Crawford made 1 tackle in Miami's 28-17 loss to Georgia Tech.

Former S Josh Furman: Furman made 10 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks in Oklahoma State's 37-20 win over Iowa State. (See comments below for further details.)

Former RB commit Demetrius Hart: Hart had 11 carries for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns in Colorado State's 42-17 win over Tulsa. Hart now has 61 carries for 453 yards (7.4 yards/carry) and 4 touchdowns on the season.

Former RB Thomas Rawls: Rawls had 40 carries for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns, plus 1 catch for 16 yards, in Central Michigan's 28-10 victory over Ohio. He now has 572 yards and 7 touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards/carry.

Former head coach Rich Rodriguez: Rodriguez and his crew of Arizona Wildcats walked into Autzen Stadium and beat #2 Oregon by a score of 31-24. Running backs Terris Jones-Grigsby and Nick Jones combined for 40 carries, 207 yards, and 3 touchdowns. The defense sacked Marcus Mariota 5 times, although they failed to intercept him (Mariota has yet to throw a pick this year) and allowed him to catch a 26-yard touchdown pass from running back Royce Freeman. Arizona is now 5-0.

Former S Ray Vinopal: Vinopal had 6 tackles and 1 pass breakup in Pitt's 24-19 loss to Virginia.


  1. amidst all of the critiques of the Michigan staff (and rightly so). What do you feel about Jackson's real ability as a developer of running backs? Rawls isn't the only example (I think Mike Cox faired well and made the Giants too) after being sent to the pasture by FJ. I would contend that Mike Hart was not developed but was just that good coming in. There are rumors that FJ had a chance to offer Mark Ingrahm but didn't believe he was worth keeping in the State (rumor but he did go to Bama...)

    1. Unpopular opinion but Jackson is probably past his coaching prime. He's 64 and hasn't developed a great running back since hart.

    2. Love the guy but it's probably time to go. He deserves to be retired, not fired though.

    3. I don't think it's fair to remove credit from the coach for Hart. As a running backs coach, you either deserve credit or you don't.

      I think Derrick Green has improved this year. Is that Jackson's doing, or do you give credit only to Green? If it's all Green (or Hart), then why have a running backs coach at all?

      The offensive line isn't good. No running back is going to look good behind them. Unfortunately, it's been a poor OL for several years out of the last six or so. As far as Michael Cox, Vincent Smith, etc. go, there's no real way for us to know whether playing time was divided up on Jackson's recommendation or that of Rodriguez/Hoke. It's entirely possible that Rodriguez forced Vincent Smith upon us, or that Rodriguez forbade Cox from seeing the field.

  2. Rich Rod clearly has his team humming and can beat anyone. Argh.

  3. I think derick green was starting to come along. It was all about vision for him and he was starting to get it. I don't think RR did very well recruiting running backs. Vincent Smith was 5'7" and slow. And remember that you can't blame running backs if the OL is horrible. Fred Jackson may be beyond his time but has seen every thing in football. Maybe when our line is 5th year seniors we should reevaluate.

  4. Where is your report on Furman? LB Josh Furman | 6-2 | 202 | Senior | Annapolis, Md./Old Mill/Michigan/Oklahoma State University
    Michigan transfer Josh Furman nearly doubled his previous career high by recording 10 tackles and he added two sacks and two tackles for loss as part of Oklahoma State's 37-20 win over Iowa State. Both of Furman's sacks came in the first half and he also stuffed two plays for no gain en route to logging eight total tackles before intermission to set the tone for a strong performance by the OSU defense. On the year, Furman leads the Cowboys with seven tackles for loss, with all seven coming in the last four games.

    1. He just slipped my mind. Thanks. I added him in the post above.