Thursday, April 17, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Follow me through the jump to hear my thoughts on the current state of the Michigan offensive line, and how I think it'll all shake out come August 31st...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
This was a part of one of the greatest locker room speeches ever given in college football by legendary Michigan head football coach Bo Schembechler.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Doug Nussmeier's voice at the conclusion of Saturdays practice was close to gone judging by what the Wolverines had shown on the field. From dropped passes from wide receivers and missed assignments from the offensive line it was a long day for Michigan's offense.
Monday, April 7, 2014
After watching, re-watching, and watching the Spring Game over the past few days, I've come away with several negatives and several positives that we can legitimately take away from the game. As always, bad news first, good news later, so follow me through the jump to check out the negative takeaways:
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Today is Michigan Football's annual Spring Game at The Big House, and while it may be more of a practice instead of an actual game, there are some players to look out for today.
Devin Gardner, Quarterback
Gardner won't exactly be tested today, as he'll be wearing a no-contact practice jersey, but we should be able to see how comfortable he is in new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier's new pro-style offensive attack.
There will not be a ton of designed runs for Gardner in this system, but today will show us that he has a handle on the new system and is building a good rapport with his teammates.
Jake Ryan, Inside Linebacker
Ryan is healthy and a proven talent on this team, but a big defensive shake up in the off-season has moved him over to middle linebacker, where he more or less becomes the quarterback on that side of the ball.
He is more than capable of being an impact player at this position, and calling the shots now should make everyone else better around him. Ryan has all the tools to be an elite defensive playmaker, and we should get to see how he is adjusting today.
Derrick Green and Deveon Smith, Running Backs
Ok, so this is more than just one player, but they are tied in together in more ways than one. Not only are they extremely similar players, but they will also split carries in the running game for the Wolverines this season.
Both are downhill runners and have the potential to be very good backs in this offense. Their success is indirectly tied in with how well the offensive line performs (we'll touch on that a bit later), but I am eager to see how the two look compared to their freshman seasons.
Freddy Canteen, Wide Receiver
Many thought the Wolverines settled when they ended up with Freddy Canteen instead of Artavis Scott in the 2014 recruiting class, but by all accounts, this true freshman slot receiver appears ready to make a big splash.
Canteen has had a very good spring showing and hasn't been shy about saying he wants to play early and play often. With guys like Jeremy Gallon and Drew Dileo graduated, the opportunity is there. Today will be the public's first chance to see if he can seize it or not.
Dymonte Thomas, Safety
Going into his sophomore season, Thomas is a guy that many are looking to that can emerge as a playmaker in the defensive secondary. He has shown flashes of the great athlete that he is, but did not get many chances in that rotation last year. He is now being given that chance.
If Thomas can live up to his potential, the thought of him and freshman Jabrill Peppers in the same secondary over the next few seasons has scary good upside.
Honorable Mention: The Offensive Line
This group could be given an article of its own (and will be, soon enough).
Aside from Kyle Kalis and Ben Braden, there are several unknowns in this group, and today we may get a clearer picture of who is in the lead to land these other positions. Keep an eye on them.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Chad Lindsay, an offensive guard, will be visiting Michigan this weekend during the annual Spring Game at Michigan Stadium, according to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Speaking to the media on Thursday afternoon, Hoke stated that the Wolverines have hit the ground running in Spring practices in terms of what they are throwing at players on the offensive side of the ball in the new scheme.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
One of the biggest keys to success in 2014 is of course developing redshirt senior quarterback Devin Gardner, but they also want to do keep him healthy and on the field at all times.
Monday, March 31, 2014
You can listen to the latest episode here or on the YouTube link after the jump.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
In the last couple of classes, Brady Hoke and staff have focused their attention on the defensive side of the ball to bringing in some of the more athletic secondary prospects in the country, and it should pay off in the future.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Also, we talk to Maize N Brew's Joshua Henschke about the commitment of 2015 cornerback Garrett Taylor and where the Wolverines go next with that recruiting class, along with his recent article on the basketball team featured in the Detroit Free Press.
You can listen to the show here.