Thursday, May 28, 2009
BBQ at the Big House visitors
Latwan Anderson - S
Jibreel Black - DT
Andrew Carswell - WR
Cullen Christian - CB/S
Andrew Donnal - OL
Kurtis Drummond - S
Daniel Easterly* - S/LB
Devin Gardner - QB
William Gholston - DE/OLB
Andre Givens - RB
Tony Grimes - CB
Brandon Ifill - S
Travis Jackson* - TE
Toney Jones - RB
Antonio Kinard - LB/DE
Christian Pace - OL
Marcus Rush - DE/OLB
Dan Schneider* - TE
Skyler Schofner - OL
Jewone Snow - LB
Terry Talbott* - DT
Earnest Thomas* - S
* Denotes a player who has not been offered by Michigan.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Football Camps Offer Instruction
The content of the article states that players who sign up for the camp will be given position-specific instruction, as well as tips on running form, weightlifting, and nutrition. That information might be true, but if you are a kid who's looking to get better at football - or a parent of a football player - Michigan's football camp is probably not the best camp to make improvements.
Most BCS schools use "camps" as institutional scouting combines. The best athletes will be given the most attention, while decent high school athletes will be passed over and nudged aside. Which is fine. Schools have to do these things to identify prospects and refine the recruiting process. And despite the lack of instruction, some kids want to go anyway. They want a chance to mingle with the coaches and other top prospects, to get a glimpse at the facilities, to see what big-time football is like. Which is fine.
I've never been to Michigan's camp, but players I've associated with have gone. I've heard it's a meat market, but I don't know firsthand. Michigan's camp might be different than other BCS schools, but if you really desire individual attention and knowledge about football, go to a D-II or a D-III school. Those coaches are there to teach football.
Don't get caught up in the hype.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Toney Clemons, ex-Wolverine (update)
"'He said he feels I can come in there and be at Colorado what [DeSean] Jackson was
at Cal,' Clemons said."
Uhhh . . . right. Jackson had 601 and 1,060 and 762 yards receiving in his three years as a Golden Bear. And he was a first round pick. Clemons' biggest achievement has been earning high rankings (such as #91 overall on Rivals in 2007) coming out of high school. This is an example of the type of B.S. that college coaches feed players in order to lure them to a school. Clemons might be a successful receiver, but DeSean Jackson he is not.
The total number of remaining players from Lloyd Carr's final recruiting class has dwindled from 20 to 14. Zion Babb (destination unknown), Artis Chambers (Ball State), Avery Horn (destination unknown), Ryan Mallett (Arkansas), Austin Panter (graduation), and Clemons have all opened up scholarships.
Clemons said nice things, especially about Carr and his staff, on the way out. Michigan fans should harbor no ill will toward him. I wish him good luck . . . unless we schedule a non-conference game against Colorado . . . and we're down 26-21 in the waning seconds of a game at dusk . . .
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
More golf, less dinner
Monday, May 11, 2009
Remember Me? I'm Tyrone Wheatley
Wheatley was contacted last December by former Michigan defensive coordinator and current Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English. English needed a running backs coach and Tyrone Wheatley was really really good at something having to do with football, but I can't remember what . . .
Wheatley played for Michigan from 1991 to 1994 and racked up 4,187 rushing yards and 47 touchdowns. His best season was his sophomore year, when he averaged 7.3 yards per carry and scored 13 touchdowns. He wrapped up his college career as Michigan's second-leading rusher and with the second-highest yards per carry average (6.1).
Picked 17th by the New York Giants in 1995, Wheatley appeared to be the heir apparent to Pro Bowler Rodney Hampton.
Then that damn Tiki Barber guy showed up. (Hey, Tiki, Mercury Hayes says hello.)
Wheatley shuffled off to Oakland after the 1998 season, where he spent six years learning how not to run a football team from Al Davis. He ended his career after the 2004 season with 4,962 rushing yards and 47 rushing and receiving touchdowns. Hey, those numbers look kind of familiar . . .
Anyway, Wheatley spent one season as the head coach of his alma mater at Dearborn Heights Robichaud, where he went undefeated (thanks, Al Davis!). Then he spent one season coaching and getting educated at Ohio Northern. Now he's an FBS assistant coach with head coaching aspirations.
Wheatley was one of my favorite players growing up. He was fast and strong and I thought he got a raw deal in New York. But then again, at that point in my intellectual development, I thought every Michigan player was destined for the NFL Hall of Fame and a presidential nomination. I remember being sad when he graduated and even though several good running backs have passed through Ann Arbor in the past 15 years, there hasn't been one quite like Wheatley.
(I'm not saying they're equal players, but I'll be damned if those Wheatley highlights didn't remind me of Brandon Minor. The violent-but-upright running style, the size, and the stride all look similar.)