Showing posts with label University of Michigan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label University of Michigan. Show all posts

Michigan Wolverines in the Olympics

Saturday, February 8, 2014

As a whole, the Big Ten has sent 43 current or former student-athletes, alumni or coaches to compete for gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Of those 43, Michigan claims eight names.

Ice Dancing

  • Evan Bates
  • Meryl Davis
  • Alex Shibutani
  • Maia Shibutani
  • Charlie White
Men's Ice Hockey
  • Carl Hagelin
  • Brian Lebler
  • Max Pacioretty

Banish the Twitter Recruiters

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Earlier today, class of 2015 five-star running back Damien Harris announced that he would be de-committing from the University of Michigan, sparking outrage from the lunatic fringe on social media.

We see this every time a recruit chooses against the University of Michigan. Recent examples are when five-star wide receiver George Campbell de-committed and when the number one recruit in the 2014 class, defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, chose Alabama.

Most are supportive and understanding of the decision, but there is always the very vocal minority that absolutely destroys your faith in the advancement of the human race.

Who's in Charge of U-M Football?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A struggle for power isn't exactly news. GM's want to do this; head coaches want to do that. Head coaches want to do this; coordinators want to do that. Everyone has the correct answer for the problem. Shoot, the ongoing battles between federal and state governments are breathing proof, just in case you're more in tuned with politics than sports.

The same debate is starting to take catch fire at Michigan, where questions are arising about the details of former offensive coordinator Al Borges' firing. Most notably, of course: who made the call?

Quarterback competition, not controversy, in 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Photo Credit: USA Today
Entering the 2014 season, the Michigan football team is set with a unique situation at the quarterback position. Senior Devin Gardner, the experienced veteran returning from a broken foot and sophomore Shane Morris, the promising young quarterback looking to take over for the rest of his college career will be duking it out to see who gets the starting nod.

I'm not a betting man, but you can find betting info at Superbowl360.com, Gardner has a pretty good shot.

Nussmeier in position of instant success with the Wolverines

Photo Credit: AP
Friday saw a new offensive era welcomed in Ann Arbor as former Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier was introduced for the same position at the University of Michigan. At face value, the hiring of Nussmeier was knocked out of the ballpark. As head coach Brady Hoke is surely fighting for his job next season, the pick had to be a good one.

Of course, we won't know about the choice fully until the games are played. But, as far as Nussmeier is concerned, he is in a position of instant success with the Wolverines.

The curious case of Dave Brandon at a presser [Video]

With new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier introduced and ready to roll (no pun intended,) it seems that his presser was overshadowed by an appearance from Athletic Director, supreme ruler and sky writer extraordinaire, Dave Brandon.

What many are calling a "weird" presser, Brandon took questions after it was over. Even when head coach Brady Hoke and Nussmeier took questions of their own and had their chance to speak. Which, in its own right, is fairly strange. Most AD's would be satisfied with their head coach speaking. Not in this case.

In the past, Brandon has been accused of meddling with the athletic programs and being too involved as an AD. Though many of his grand schemes have been utter flops and angered many (alternate jerseys, raising of ticket prices and general admission student section) this might be the tip of the iceberg.

Devin Gardner possibly out for BWW Bowl, pray for Shane Morris

Monday, December 23, 2013

After playing the role of a tackle dummy for opposing defenses all year, the wear and tear of playing behind Michigan's dreadful offensive line has finally caught up to Devin Gardner, who is missing out on valuable bowl preparation time with a turf-toe injury.

Gardner has been walking around in a boot and using crutches for aid as he tries to heal himself in time to get back on the playing field. His efforts in the late-game stages against Ohio State were absolutely brilliant and gutsy. Watching that game, though, you got the idea that the entire season was finally catching up to him. He was hobbling in every which direction, leading his team in a fourth-quarter rally that just barely fell short.

Three Years: Rich Rod vs. Brady Hoke

Monday, December 9, 2013

I'm a believer in the three year rule. Three full seasons as head coach of a major college football team should give enough of an indication as to where a program is heading. For those of you who didn't have the fortune of deleting your memory from 2008 to 2011, you'll remember Rich Rodriguez was given exactly three years. During that time, the score-now-defend-later head coach won only 40.5 percent of his games and also coached the 2008 team that ended a streak of 32 consecutive years playing in a bowl game.

Rodriguez's ability to get some of the quickest of shiftiest guys in the country was almost unmatched, but he learned none of that really matters when your defense cannot stop an infant from plowing through the defense like a wrecking ball.

Then came Brady Hoke in 2011. His press conference--splendid, inspiring. His demeanor--captivating. There wasn't a logical reason to go against Brady Hoke that whole season, other than a loss to rival Michigan State. All he did in his first year as head coach at Michigan was lead the Wolverines to a Sugar Bowl victory. And let's not forget one of the most compelling facts about that team; he did it with Rich Rodriguez's players.

Wounded

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Yes, the title of this post deserves a single word.

There are no positives to what occurred in East Lansing last night, only proverbial wounds. Large, gaping wounds. What we saw yesterday was a Michigan team that was exposed, outsmarted, out-coached and dominated in every single facet of the game. If you thought Penn State was the lowest of the low, Michigan State introduced us to a brand new low for this season. Michigan did not stand a chance.

This one will hurt for awhile.

This spreads far more than what Michigan State did to the Wolverines yesterday. But, it forces fans to think , "What's next for this team?" With four games left and a ticket to a conference championship looking more unlikely with every passing minute, it is another failed season for the Wolverines. Considering Michigan has not won a conference title since 2004, which was shared with Iowa, has every season since then been a failure? What is it going to take the right the ship?

However, by some dumb stroke of luck, Michigan could find its way to a conference championship birth if it wins out and Michigan State completely bottoms out. Though highly unlikely, Michigan State has placed themselves in the drivers seat and control their destiny in the Legends division.

Now, back to regularly scheduled programming.

The offense is atrocious right now. Scoring big against weaker opponents in the B1G is not something to thump your chest over. Michigan is not built to be that way, the foundation laid before Team 134 suggests bigger things. But, to no-show against the better teams of the conference, and yes Michigan State is the better team, is inexcusable. It's the same old song with the same old dance on repeat.

Do I think heads should roll after the season? Possibly. Would it happen? Highly unlikely. In a perfect world Al Borges would be sent on his merry way. The offensive play calling this season has been absolutely atrocious. Michigan is not a pro-style team, at least not right now. The aftershock of Rich Rodriguez is still very much apparent and doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. After Borges, who is next? Someone with Michigan ties or someone with a history of winning? You can probably see where this one is headed.

Granted, Michigan is in a much better state compared to what it was before Brady Hoke came to Ann Arbor. But, when does the program leave this era of ineptitude and not living up to expectations? It's always one baby-step forward, two giant steps backwards. To say Michigan has regressed since 2011 is a fair statement to make, but it is possible it was never there to begin with. Conceivably the Sugar Bowl victory and victory over Ohio State that fans hang their hat on is a product of overachievement and taking advantage of a program who had a down year. Considering what Ohio State is now, that might be the case.

If heads should indeed roll, Hoke should not be one of them. At least not for another season. Perhaps a 11-2 start to a Michigan career sky-rocketed fan expectations to astronomical heights, but the honeymoon phase of his Michigan coaching career is definitely over. Hoke's seat is not hot yet but lukewarm might be a safe temperature to use. Talking and preaching the "Michigan football gospel" is one thing, but fans and the higher-ups in the university need to see results. These results just aren't happening like they were two seasons ago. Some fans aren't sure they will ever happen with him, I say that's a reach. Hoke is capable of bringing Michigan to the top-of-the-pack, but it might take longer than some hoped for. Patience might not be a virtue in this case, but help is on the way. The problem with that, though, is how you develop that help.

Signing talent is one thing, but developing your players after getting them onboard is another. If Michigan is destroying the recruiting game right now, then how come walk-ons are seemingly waltzing into starting positions? For example, instead of developing core talent on the offensive line, they insert the next four-star recruit or former walk-on turned scholarship player hoping it sticks. Granted, there isn't much that can be done to fix that line this season, but in-game experience is far more valuable than being a practice All-American.

Above all, 2014 is the measuring stick. The system will be in its fourth season and the team will be challenged with a difficult road schedule, if there are no significant improvements or success, it's time to take an inward look at leadership. No excuses.

Michigan still has a current season to finish before it gets into any of the specifics. Michigan could somewhat salvage a respectable season and could hypothetically be a two-loss team when it faces off against Ohio State the last week of the season. But Nebraska, Iowa and Northwestern are bigger priorities. With all three teams having down years, it still doesn't make these games easier for Michigan. It needs to put this week behind them and focus on what worked before.

Michigan is a wounded program right now, it's been kicked around and abused by their rival schools (save for Minnesota and arguably Notre Dame). Something fans and the university have not experienced much before. Michigan just needs to lick their wounds and focus on salvaging whatever is left of this season, that's it. The drop-off from years past is certainly frustrating and Michigan is losing considerable ground from the "glory days." But it's not impossible to get back to. Something will click one day. Whether it's a brand new staff or a brand new mentality, Michigan will be back. But, right now I believe this is fair:

"This Is Not Michigan."

Michigan and UCLA Announce "Home-And-Home" Series Starting in 2022

Thursday, October 17, 2013

UCLA and the University of Michigan have announced on Thursday that they will each host each other in a "Home-And-Home" series beginning in 2022. 

This means that each team will have one home game against each other beginning that year, and to me, that means nothing but good things for both teams, not just Michigan. There are pros and cons to the game sure, but the pros outweigh the cons. Realistically, the only cons of this situation I could think of is Michigan of UCLA being a bit jet-lagged, or not able to adjust to the time of kickoff due to the time zone changes. However, the pros are huge in this series. Both programs would benefit from the games greatly due to the exposure from national televised games, also from the magnitude of the game depending on where both programs stand in the preseason polls that year. 

The teams would also benefit greatly in the recruiting department as well. Bringing in top recruits has been Brady Hoke's best trait as a football coach for the Wolverines, and if he is still there, it is a huge recruiting chip. Due to the fact that there is a home game in each team's state, a coach could promise a big time player from California or Michigan that they would be guaranteed to play a game in their home state, which is a nice option to have. Secondly, they could sell the idea of the games being a battle of two nationally ranked teams, and have the chance to compete with the top talents in the country. 

Lastly, this game also could help each team with strength of schedule to help boost them into the college football playoff that is set to begin next year. If both teams continue having success both on the field and in recruiting, we could be talking about a couple of games that could shake-up the national polls, and possibly who gets a bid in the college football playoff. 

Furthermore, I think this series brings nothing but good national attention to both programs, something that is rare in college football nowadays. I think this series could be fun and help out both programs greatly. Given the notoriety of each program, college football as a whole could benefit as well. We may just have to wait and see on all these "what-if's" but either way, college football could be in for a tough, hard fought battle of two national title contenders, or just a cool series to host. 

TBHR speaks with former Michigan hockey captain Luke Glendening

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Former Michigan hockey captain Luke Glendening saw early success in the minor leagues after being a crucial piece to winning a Calder Cup for the Detroit Red Wing's AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins after only joining the team in December.

Now signed to a one-year, two-way contract, Glendening is back with Grand Rapids to try and see the same results as the year prior.

Glendening took some time to speak to me briefly about his time at the University of Michigan and his past season in Grand Rapids.

JH: Talk about your time with the University of Michigan. What was it about the hockey program that you fell in love with? Also, what does it mean to be a captain for the University of Michigan?

Glendending: I think the history of the program is what drove me here. You walk into Yost and you see pictures of players that have been here before you and you talk to a coach who is so renown in the hockey world, that kind of all draws you in. You get to see a game there for the first time and that's when you know for sure.

As far as being a captain goes, I thought it was very humbling that the coaches trusted me to be a captain for two years.

JH: When thinking of Michigan coaches, a lot of people automatically refer to Bo Schembechler and many seem to forget about what Red Berenson means to the Michigan hockey program. When his career is over, do you think his name should be included in the "Holy Grail" of Michigan coaches such as Schembechler, Crisler, etc.? Also, what is it about Red Berenson that makes him so important to the program?

Glendening:  Yes, I think his name will definitely be mentioned with those names as the best to ever coach at Michigan. The thing about Red is that he's not just in it for the hockey, and not just in it to see his players be good at hockey. He wants his players to be good citizens and good people outside of hockey. That usually makes a big difference and he's just somebody you want to play for.

JH: You obviously joined the Grand Rapids Griffins in the December. I read something interesting lately that you were the first player from the Grand Rapids area to play for the Griffins. What does that mean to you when you first found that out?

Glendending: I honestly had no idea. You had a guy like Justin Abdelkader who's from Muskegon which is close, but it's pretty neat to be able to play in front of your family and friends.

JH: You recently re-signed with the Griffins this offseason. What are your goals for this upcoming season?

Glendening: I just want to go to camp in shape. Just put my best foot forward and see what happens. I have a lot of expectations for myself and I expect a lot out of myself. I am going to go out there and do my best.

JH: Talk about your run to the Calder Cup. It seemed to me that the Griffins caught fire after the Wings were eliminated from the playoffs.
 
Glendening:  It was a lot of fun. It's different playing 100 games compared to playing 40 when I was at the University of Michigan. Obviously when the Wings lost we got a couple of guys back that helped us with the run to the Cup. I had a lot of fun winning and hope to do it again this year.

JH: Do you still follow Michigan hockey? What do you expect from the team this season?

Glendening: I still follow them very closely. Whenever I have an off day I try to catch a game of theirs and try to read articles about the team. I know this senior class is trying to have a good year and they have some solid leadership, so I think they will see some success.

Predicting Michigan captain candidates

Thursday, July 11, 2013

With the 2013 football season approaching ever-so-slightly. The time has come to begin some preseason predictions for Team 134.

Being a captain of the Michigan football team comes with high praise and high expectations. You are the player who (mostly) answer to the media, you're looked upon by coaches to lead and you're expected to show high integrity on and off the field.

This year more so than any other, the candidates for captains is probably easy to predict. But, below are my three candidates who, I believe, are perfect fits for captaincy on Team 134.

Captain one: Thomas Gordon


Thomas Gordon has flourished into a fantastic safety and has really grown into his own. He finished 2012 with over 80 tackles and two interceptions.

Gordon, a redshirt senior, will now have to become a vocal leader for the defense with Jordan Kovacs graduating. By all accounts, it appears that Gordon had already started to assume those roles last year.

In both of Hoke's two seasons with Michigan there has been a defensive captain. Don't expect this trend to change too much here. Gordon is the logical fit for a defensive captain position.




Captain Two: Devin Gardner



Even though he is a redshirt junior -- with help from the NCAA and a medical redshirt application -- quarterback Devin Gardner is also a logical choice for a captain position.

Gardner is loved in the locker room. With a big personality complicated with a big arm, this translates well with the other players when thinking of whom they want as their leader.

With Denard Robinson no longer stepping through the doors of Schembechler Hall, Gardner has done a wonderful job of stepping up and assuming the quarterback position. All while showcasing excellent leadership skills on offense.

On top of it all, Gardner is also striving to get better. By working out with QB guru George Whitfield Jr and attending QB camps, Gardner expects to see better results from himself as well. That type of dedication will be looked highly upon by coaches and players alike.

Captain Three: Taylor Lewan


Even though he is probably the most obvious of choices, there was a brief moment in time where his senior season at Michigan might not happen.

To all Michigan fans surprise, Lewan decided to come back for his final season at Michigan, forgoing millions at the next level. Which also locked up an automatic bid for captaincy, as well.

The dedication and adoration Lewan has for Michigan is telling. Him passing up millions to have one more go-around at college speaks volumes about the program and his leadership.

On the field, Lewan is a beast. Off the field, he is probably one of the funniest guys on the team. Combine that together and you have a likable guy the players can relate to and the coaches can trust being a positive influence on the underclassmen.

An Open Letter to Trey Burke: Thank You, Trey

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Trey Burke,

You have no idea who I am, or even have any clue that this website exists, but I took a picture with you a year ago. You had just announced you were coming back for a second year and had campus buzzing about it. The first time the Michigan fan base had been buzzing about basketball since we had a special group of five players in the '90s.

Wolverines back in Final Four for first time since Fab Five, F4 ticket demand strongest in four years

Friday, April 5, 2013

By Dan Groob, TiqIQ

It has been exactly 20 years to the day since Chris Webber’s infamous timeout-that-wasn’t quite possibly cost the University of Michigan Wolverines the 1993 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

Fast forward to tomorrow and the Curse of Chris becomes at least partially lifted, as the Wolverines will be making their first Final Four appearance since Webber’s ill-advised decision to trap himself in the corner and call for timeout with none remaining.

Tomorrow evening’s contest against the Syracuse Orange will mark the first time in NCAA history that two four seeds have faced each other. But these two teams are most certainly not your average four seeds. Both squads spent a majority of the season ranked among the top 10 teams nationally, with Syracuse ranking as high as No. 3, and Michigan even reaching No. 1 for a short while.
Although both the Wolverines and Orange dropped a few games down the stretch leading to their respective under-seeding, there is no question now that they are among the very best teams in the country. In fact, this season proves as well as any that records, rankings, and seeding don’t mean nearly as much as level of competition and being battle tested. While Gonzaga finished the regular season with the best record in college basketball at 31-2, Michigan and Syracuse lost 7 and 9 tough fought games, respectively, and used the experience to win some tough ones in the tournament when it counts.

Because Michigan carries such a large and devoted fan base that hasn’t seen their team in a Final Four in two decades, demand has absolutely skyrocket for tickets in Atlanta. Also contributing to elevated demand is the relatively close proximity for the basketball-crazy fans of Louisville, the large fan base of Syracuse, and the Cinderella/one-time appeal of Wichita State as well. Add it all up and you have the most expensive average NCAA semifinals ticket price of the past three years according to TiqIQ, checking in at $801.35 dollars. Simply getting in the door will set fans back $312 dollars a pop.

Final Four Semifinal Games

  • Average price = $801.35
  • Get-in price = $312
As has historically been the case, the price for a one game championship ticket is slightly less expensive than a two game semis ticket, at an average of $502 dollars. But with get-in prices of $312 for the semis and $124 for the championship, fans are almost certainly better off purchasing an All-Sessions pass. One of these passes to all three games currently carries an average price of $1,006 dollars, representing a 23% discount to purchasing both tickets individually. The cheapest available All-Sessions pass prices at just $330 dollars—barely above the get-in price for the semis alone.

All Sessions

  • Average price = $1,006.28
  • Get-in price = $330

NCAA Championship

  • Average price = $502.09
  • Get-in price = $124

For the fan who really wants to get the full NCAA-experience, Final Four tickets are also available for the Official NCAA Mens Final Four ELITE Hospitality program. The hospitality program takes place for three and a half hours prior to both Saturday’s and Monday’s games, and is a celebration of Atlanta, southern culture, and the Final Four. Hosted by John Salley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the hospitality program features an open bar, live music, and plenty of ATL BBQ. 

 

Hospitality Package

  • Average price = $1,103.83
  • Get-in price = $447

Brief Update: Gelen Robinson

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Gelen, featured left, is the brother
of current Michigan basketball player "GRIII"
Everyone is familiar with the last name Robinson when it comes to Michigan athletics. Especially those who happen to be named "GRIII". It's possible that Michigan is looking to dive even deeper into the Robinson gene pool with this recruit.

Gelen Robinson, a '14 DE recruit is the younger brother of Glenn Robinson III. A freshman standout on the basketball team. The bloodline in this family is strong. The coaches have been keeping in touch with Robinson and I caught up with him to see where he is at with his recruiting process.
  • When asked about his recruitment process, he said: "Things are going pretty good right now,  I've had a couple coaches come through the school. It's been difficult lately to be able to get down to different schools because of wrestling. I still think it's going pretty well."
  • Robinson's thoughts on Michigan: "They're a great school, obviously. They have a great academic program. They're doing really well right now with all of their athletics and I know they will continue to stay on top."
  • The status of a Michigan offer: "Hopefully it happens. I haven't talked to any of the coaches recently but they've told me to keep on improving. They'll let me know as my season goes on and throughout my recruitment process to see if they will offer."
  • How having his brother playing for Michigan currently helps his views on Michigan and where they stand with him: "It's great to know I'll have someone there at Michigan, it's nice to know that he's there. In regards to my decision, I will have to pick somewhere that fits me. By what he tells me and by what I have seen so far it's a great school. Him personally, it wouldn't really effect my decision much because he's obviously in a different sport."
  • His timeline for a commitment to a school: "I really don't have a specific date that I want to be committed to a school by. I just think when the time is right I'll be able to figure that out."
As always, I will be keeping in touch with Gelen throughout the recruiting process and will have a more in-depth interview with him when he finally gets a Michigan offer.

The Big House Report Speaks With Channing Stribling

Friday, July 20, 2012

The newest commit in the Wolverines 2013 recruiting class, two-star defensive back Channing Stribling (Matthews, North Carolina), impressed Michigan coaches at their recent clinic. Stribling did not waste any time getting on board with Team 134 after receiving the offer.

Stribling took some time to answer some questions.

TBHR: A lot can be said about your recruitment. Especially considering your commitment came under-the-radar, so to speak. When first going into the process, did you plan on committing to a school so soon if you found a great fit?

STRIBLING: Not really, my main plan was to get looks from most of the MAC Conference schools. Then I would weigh my options at each school.

TBHR: So getting a look from Michigan must've been pretty surprising? What was it about Michigan and their coaching staff that made you want to commit so soon?

STRIBLING: Yes it was. Mainly the family atmosphere. Like coach Hoke, Mattison, and Mallory all looked at me as I was one of their players. Coach Mattison even has a nickname for me, "Spider", and said he was going to call me that the entire time I was at camp, even before the offer came (laughs). After coach Hoke offered, I went back and told coach Mattison and he gave me a big hug and told me how proud he was of me. So, it's like I have four fathers as coaches.

TBHR: Let's talk about your game. I know you do a little bit of everything on the football field, but since you were recruited for the defensive back position, describe your game. What kind of defensive back are you? What do you feel are your greatest areas of strength and areas for improvement?

STRIBLING: Well, for me I play 20% physical and 80% mentally. My mentality is to think as a receiver and take away things from the wide receiver that will give me an edge. My strengths are my quickness to the ball, knowing how to play the jump balls, and being able to catch every ball that touches my hands. I have a saying that when I drop a pick, I'm dropping money or a scholarship (laughs). My areas of improvement is just focusing on better tackling and getting bigger.

TBHR: You mentioned the fact about size. How do you answer your critics who may say that you could possibly be too small to play the defensive back position in the B1G?

STRIBLING: Well, once I head to Michigan, they are going to make me put on more weight, which I'm gaining lots of weight right now. That's why I focus on the mental aspect of the game because you can put on weight but it's hard to coach a guys I.Q. When the physical part of my game comes along, there will be a balance between the two.

TBHR: Michigan has a funny reputation of having other schools starting to offer their "under-the-radar" type commits. Have you heard from any other schools or have you completely shut down your recruitment?

STRIBLING: I haven't heard from any other schools. But, unlike most commits who decommit, I'm a man of my word and I won't choose any other school over Michigan. I'm from Alabama and I grew up an Alabama fan. My friends and family ask me if Alabama were to offer me, would I go? I tell them no because Alabama was at my school to watch me play. They saw me and did nothing like the other schools did. Michigan looked past the ratings and if any other school offered me. They saw me as a special player that they loved and I thank God and the Michigan coaching staff for that.

TBHR: Last question, once you arrive on campus, what are your short and long term goals you'd like to accomplish as a Wolverine?

STRIBLING: Well, everyone says that they will redshirt me my first year. I see that as a challenge so my first goal is get playing time and start my first year. I would love to be the starter for many years. My long term goal is to get as many degrees in psychology as possible, and of course to become a professional athlete. If that doesn't work out I would like to become a psychological therapist.

Spoken like a true Michigan Man.

If you're interested in viewing some highlight tape of Stribling, you can find it below.

Q & A Sessions: Shane Morris

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Some are heralding him as the savior of the Michigan program, our solution at quarterback and a kid who will bring us back to the traditional ways of pro-style quarterbacks.

Morris, 5* QB from Warren, MI took some time out to answer a few questions of mine.

Q: It's obvious your stock has been on the rise and the hype about your game is at an all-time high. How do you deal with the hype? What keeps you grounded?

A: The hype can obviously get to people and sometimes it can be hard to keep grounded. But, my parents do a great job of keeping me level-headed and also my coaches do a great job of helping me as well.

Q: Did you ever expect this recruiting class (2013) to take off at such a fast pace like it has?

A: No, I honestly didn't think it would be like this. I knew that it should be, but I didn't think it would. Michigan's a great place and people know that.

Q: Building off that, care to share your recruiting secrets? What are your major selling points about the University of Michigan that makes kids want to come here?

A: I don't really have any secrets (laughs). I just let them know about Michigan and how amazing it is. I tell them about all of the benefits you get from earning a degree from the University of Michigan.

Q: Before attending school in Ann Arbor, what do you feel is the greatest area of your game that you feel you need to improve?

A: I need to improve on every aspect of my game before I arrive in Ann Arbor. I'm nowhere near where I want to be when I reach college and I need to work harder than ever to get there.

Q: Do you feel you can be ready to start game one as a true freshman? Do you feel like you can beat out Devin Gardner on the depth chart?

A: I'm working right now to start as a freshman. I need a lot of work and I need to develop physically and mentally in order to do that. Devin Gardner is a great quarterback and he will be a senior when I arrive. It will be his team and he is a great leader, but there is no way that I will just let him have the job. I want to push him every day in practice to make him be the best he can be. But obviously it's my goal to start as a freshman just as it is everyone's goal coming into college.

Q: I'm going to be asking the obvious here, but why Michigan?

A: I'll just state the obvious answer. Why not? It's Michigan. It's the most amazing place in the world and there's not a better school or football team out there.

Q: In your recruiting class, who are you the most excited to have already committed and who is your number one target?

A: I'm not excited over one kid more than I am over any other kid in our class. Our 2013 class is amazing and it's only going to get better. We have great potential together and we just need to keep working hard and not settle.

Q: Can you drop any hints as to what Michigan fans may expect with the rest of this recruiting class?
A: All I can say is that you can expect it to get better. The coaches aren't taking a day off with recruiting and they want the best players in the nation.

Q: What are some goals of yours you would like to achieve before you leave Michigan?

A: Well, obviously everyone's goal is to win a championship such as the Big Ten championship and National championships. That's something we will do.

Q: Henne, Harbaugh, Leach, Grbac, Brady, Greise. You're playing in a historically important position for the University of Michigan. What's it going to take to have your name included in the same breath with the all-time greats at the quarterback position?

A: All of those names mean so much to the program.  Combine them with the legendary coaches and they made Michigan what it is today, "greatness." For me to be considered with those names, it will take a tremendous effort and hard work for 4-5 years and not taking a day off. I want more than anything to go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in Michigan history. But, I know what it is going to take and I need to start working toward it right now.

If you want to check out some highlight tape on Morris. You can find it, here.

Also, if you're interested in a more in-depth recruiting profile of Shane Morris. You can view that, here.

Target Acquired: Kyle Bosch

Saturday, February 18, 2012

It has been confirmed by Sam Webb that monster blue-chip OL recruit, 4* Kyle Bosch, has committed to Michigan. He is ranked #60 in the nation by Rivals.com

Bosch was a little bit of of a surprise to some, as he did have some interest in Michigan State and Notre Dame.  It as reported that Bosch visited East Lansing at least seven times.

The addition of Bosch is huge, as it takes away some of the woes of losing out to Garnett and Diamond.

Bosch's highlight tape can be viewed, here.

The State of the Rivalry Address: Michigan vs. Ohio State

Friday, February 17, 2012

A lot can be judged upon 10 years of performance. Since 2002, Ohio State has owned Michigan 8-2, or 7-2 if you count the vacated loss. There is no way to sugar-coat the truth or make this fact hurt less; Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes have owned Michigan, there's no denying it.

A lot of outside factors could attribute to the previous eight dismal seasons worth of performances. But, the truth is, Michigan was outworked, out coached and lost their toughness when needed the most. Times are changing around the campus of Ann Arbor, and so is the rivalry. Cue Brady Hoke.

Brady Hoke has changed the landscape of Michigan football. It doesn't take the inquisitive eye to notice the changes. He oozes toughness and preaches the gospel of Michigan football, the way it should've always been. Onward rolled November 27th, 2011, a 40-34 Wolverine victory catapulted Michigan to relevancy and a BCS birth. Which also helped change the way the Michigan and Ohio State rivalry will be looked at for years to come. Cue Urban Meyer.

Though it was already in the works, a Wolverine victory cemented the idea of Urban Meyer coming to Columbus. It was inevitable. With the hiring of Meyer, it's the first time Michigan and Ohio State has had former MAC head coaches take over the head coaching positions of these schools since the days of Woody and Bo. Fans, it's time to get excited about manball again. Because that is exactly what is going to be displayed the last Saturday of every November.

Quite simply, it's old school football making a reappearance. The rivalry has finally had a fire lit up underneath it, and we are seeing passion and competition unseen in many years. Michigan and Ohio State are in the top 10 of recruiting in every national recruiting website in the country. It's competition, it's fierce and it's the rivalry reborn.

A whole new Ten Year War has begun. Long gone are the days of embarrassing streaks and poor displays of football. Both teams are going to bring the best product out on the field that they possibly can. For the next 10 years, both teams may win five games. One team way win six or seven. It's going to be tough competition, it'll be heated and blood will be shed (so says Kyle Kalis). These wins will be earned, some may be consecutive, but rotating wins will be a norm.

As Bo once said, "When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing." Believe in this rivalry, believe in your Wolverines. Our day to be champions is coming fast. Blink, and you might miss it.

Q & A Sessions: Taybor Pepper

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

UPDATE: Pepper has decided to take a scholarship offer from Michigan State and will not be joining the Wolverines.

The newest commit in the 2012 class, long snapper Taybor Pepper (Saline, MI), took some time out to answer a few questions! Pepper was raised to hate Michigan, as his dad played for Illinois in the 90's. How does his dad feel now that he's a Wolverine? Read onward to find out!

Q: To start, why Michigan? Did you receive any offers elsewhere?

A: I didn't receive any scholarship offers at all. Just preferred walk ons. It's funny, I moved to Michigan two years ago and I was born and bred an Illinois fan since my dad played there. When I got to Michigan I was bred to not like them. Two months ago was the first time I ever wore a piece of Michigan clothing. It's been a wild ride.

Q: How is your dad taking the news?

A: He's cool with it! He's really happy I'm staying in the B1G. He taught me how to long snap in the 6th grade. Then in 8th grade I went to my first camp and I loved it!

Q: What made you decide that long snapping was going to be your position of choice?

A: I was the only one who knew how to do it on my 8th grade team. So my goal was to start on varsity, after my first Rubio camp I learned that I had a shot at becoming a college football player. From that camp on I wanted to be the best I could be.

Q: Talk a little bit about the Rubio camps for those who may not know what they are. Do you feel as if they present the best chances for kickers and long snappers to be signed by D1 schools?

A: They are the best no question. Rubio has everything down to a science. He teaches in a way that we (teenage boys) can relate to. Such as, if your butt isn't far enough back, he says "if you were camping and you had to poop, would your poop hit your shoes?" If the answer is yes, you need to move your butt back. Also, by the of the camp you understand the mechanics enough that it's easy for you to teach other people how to long snap.

Q: Well, you started in varsity and are currently walking on to a D1 school. What's next on the list of achievements and what is it going to take to achieve those future goals?

A: First priority is to let the coaches know that I'm going to do anything to become a better student athlete. After that it's to start. At the end of college I want to start in the pros.

Q: Is there any professional dream team you would like to sign with if given the choice?

A: Probably the Eagles since my dad played for them for a brief time. Or the worst team in the league so I would get playing time.

Q: What are you most looking forward to when you finally put on that winged helmet for the first time?

A: Being unnoticed during the snap, but making big tackles on special teams to make a statement. Special teams is the most important part of the game.

Q: Finally, what are your thoughts on Ohio State? I know Illinois probably hates them, but you're headed into a whole new rivalry with them!

A: I was at the game this year and went on the field! I can't wait to crush 'em! I've never been a pat of a giant, historic and heated rivalry before.
 

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