Thursday, June 24, 2010

2010 Countdown: #79 Ray Vinopal

Name: Ray Vinopal
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 178 lbs.
High school: Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, OH
Position: Safety
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Prediction for 2010: Redshirt

Vinopal was a somewhat controversial addition to Michigan's 2010 recruiting class. Fans weren't too excited about a small-ish safety that reminded many of current Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs, who made the team as a walk-on. And I don't mean to pass the buck, because I was one of those who lacked excitement. But he's a Wolverine now, so hopefully all Michigan fans are rooting for him to be successful.

That being said, Vinopal is probably going to watch from the sidelines in 2010. He's likely headed for the free safety position, which is currently a battle between Cameron Gordon, a buzz-worthy redshirt freshman, and Vladimir Emilien, a sophomore who's still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in high school. Unless injuries and/or horrid play plague those two, there hopefully won't be a need for a third free safety. Then Vinopal can spend his time working on getting taller.


  1. At this point can't we all just agree to call Vinopal "Stumpy McShortlegs" based on the MGoBoard posters?

    On a more serious note, these write-ups are great. Think you'll make it through everyone this year?

  2. I'm not a big fan of nicknames, unless they're for people I hate.

    Thanks for the compliment. I'm going to try to get through all of them this year. August gets busy with football stuff, so that's why I'm trying to pump them out in June and July.