Friday, October 24, 2014

Welcome to the Weekend!

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MLive: Ask Nick - Talking NFL coaches coming to college, the trouble with offensive lines

Nick Baumgardner answers some mailbag questions about Michigan football (LINK).

Hit the jump for a few pretty women.

Visitors: Michigan at Michigan State

Detroit (MI) King wide receiver Donnie Corley (image via mgofish.com)
It's a big visit weekend for the Spartans, since it's against the Wolverines. The nature of the game means that a lot of prospects also have interest in/from Michigan, too. Here's a list of some expected visitors to East Lansing for the game:

2015
Christopher Hart - DE - Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas

Tyler Higby - OG - Houston (TX) Kinkaid:
John Kelly - S - Oak Park (MI) Oak Park:
Brian Lewerke - QB - Phoenix (AZ) Pinnacle:
Noah Listermann - OT - Cincinnati (OH) Winton Woods:
Grayson Miller - S - Georgetown (KY) Scott County:
Larry Scott - RB - Hubbard (OH) Hubbard:
Kyonta Stallworth - OG - Detroit (MI) King:

Tyriq Thompson - LB - Detroit (MI) King: Michigan offer; Michigan State commit
Raequan Williams - DE - Chicago (IL) DePaul:

2016
Jonathon Cooper - DE - Gahanna (OH) Lincoln:

Donnie Corley - WR - Detroit (MI) King: Michigan offer
Carter Couglin - RB - Eden Prairie (MN) Eden Prairie:
Desmond Fitzpatrick - WR - Farmington (MI) Farmington:
Tobias Gilliam - CB - Huber Heights (OH) Wayne:
Daelin Hayes - LB - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Michigan offer
Lavert Hill - CB - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Michigan offer
Michael Jordan - OT - Plymouth (MI) Plymouth: Michigan offer
Khalid Kareem - DE - Farmington Hills (MI) Harrison:
Jeremy Larkin - RB - Cincinnati (OH) La Salle:
Kordell Looney - DT - Springfield (OH) Springfield:
Jalen Martin - WR - Harper Woods (MI) Chandler Park Academy:
Michael Onwenu - DT - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech:
 Michigan offer
Jordan Overton - CB - Lyndhurst (OH) Brush:
Martell Pettaway - RB - St. Clair Shores (MI) South Lake:
Auston Robertson - DE - Fort Wayne (IN) Wayne: Michigan offer
Sam Schlueter - OT - Victoria (MN) Mayer Lutheran:
Ethan Tucky - LB - Delaware (OH) Hayes:

Preview: Michigan at Michigan State


Rush Offense vs. Michigan State Rush Defense
Michigan is in the middle of the pack in rushing. They rank #66 in yards per game (164) and #46 in yards/carry (4.67). Starting running back Derrick Green is out for the season, so default starter De'Veon Smith stepped in last week and carried the ball 12 times for 24 yards against a very good Penn State front. Overall, he averages 5.2 yards/carry but will cede some time to third down back Justice Hayes (4.7 yards/carry). Michigan State is #10 in rush defense, allowing just 102 yards/game, and they are #36 in giving up 3.46 yards/carry. Fifth year senior safety Kurtis Drummond (6'1", 202 lbs.) leads the team with 33 tackles, 29 of them solo. Redshirt junior strong safety R.J. Williamson (5'10", 200 lbs.) is second with 30 tackles, but freshman Montae Nicholson (6'2", 209 lbs.) has stepped up lately and has 21 solo tackles. Senior linebacker Taiwain Jones (6'3", 232 lbs.), redshirt junior Ed Davis (6'3", 220 lbs.), and senior end Marcus Rush (6'2", 250 lbs.) are also up near the team lead in tackles. Jones, Davis, and redshirt junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun (6'4", 240 lbs.) all share the team lead with 7.5 tackles for loss each, while Rush has 6.0 himself. Average size for the starting defenders is fairly light for ends (245 lbs.), tackles (278 lbs.), linebackers (222 lbs.), and corners (178 lbs.); the safeties all hover around 200 lbs., which is pretty normal. However, they are aggressive and know how to tackle.
Advantage: Michigan State

Pass Offense vs. Michigan State Pass Defense
Michigan is #110 in passer efficiency rating and overall passing yardage with 176 yards/game. Quarterback Devin Gardner is completing 63% of his passes, but he has thrown 6 interceptions and 8 picks this year. The offensive line has been questionable (tied for #83 in sacks allowed), and his receivers have been unable to gain separation. The most accomplished target is Devin Funchess (36 catches, 461 yards, 4 touchdowns), but he has been limited by an ankle injury and double coverage. The other guys all have limitations worse than a bum ankle. On the Spartans' side, Davis (6 sacks) and Calhoun (5 sacks) are Michigan State's top pass rushers, but there are roughly five guys who pose a big threat to get to the quarterback. The defensive line gets penetration, and the linebackers make quick reads and blitz often. The Spartans are #5 in sacks with 26 altogether. As a team, they allow 192 yards/game (#19 nationally) and are #21 in passer efficiency rating defense. Drummond and redshirt junior corner Trae Waynes (6'1", 175 lbs.) lead the team with 2 interceptions apiece while the team is tied for #32 with 8 picks overall; both players were pre-season all-conference picks. This will not go well for Michigan.
Advantage: Michigan State

Rush Defense vs. Michigan State Rush Offense
The Michigan Wolverines are actually #4 nationally and give up just 94 yards/game on the ground, with a 5th-best 2.73 yards/carry allowed. Linebackers Jake Ryan (56) and Joe Bolden (51) lead the team in tackles, while Ryan (9.0) and defensive end Frank Clark (8.5) each have a respectable number of tackles for loss. The Wolverines do a good job of keeping things contained and swarming to the ball. The Spartans run for 261 yards/game (#15 overall) and average 5.45 yards/carry (#21 overall), and they're second overall in rushing touchdowns with 25 total. Senior starter Jeremy Langford (6'1", 208 lbs.) has 664 yards and 7 touchdowns on 5.3 yards/carry, and senior backup Nick Hill (5'8", 196 lbs.) has 475 and 6. Even third-stringer Delton Williams, a sophomore, has gotten into the domination act with 7.2 yards/carry and 5 touchdowns. The tackles for MSU are over 300 lbs., but the interior guys average 289 lbs. None comes with a lot of accolades, but they get the job done. When teams are on such opposite ends of the spectrum statistically, it seems like they never meet in the middle - either Michigan State will run all over Michigan, or Michigan will completely shut down MSU's run game. Due to the recent history of this series, I have to imagine that the Wolverines will be on their heels.
Advantage: Michigan State

Pass Defense vs. Michigan State Pass Offense
Michigan gives up 207 yards/game, which is good enough for #36 nationally. However, they're #70 in passer efficiency rating defense, which underscores their inability to create turnovers or make plays on the ball. Sophomore Jourdan Lewis has 2 interceptions, but he and defensive tackle Willie Henry are the only players to record picks this year. The Wolverines are tied for 111th in interceptions. They do have 18 sacks, which is tied for #33, but no one player shows a consistent ability to get to the quarterback. The most dynamic pass rusher is Clark (2.5 sacks), but Brennen Beyer leads the team with 4. Short and intermediate routes have been a problem for the defense. Michigan State is #42 nationally with 265 passing yards/game, and they are #8 in passer efficiency rating. Redshirt junior Connor Cook (6'4", 215 lbs.) completes 61% of his passes and has thrown 16 touchdowns, compared with just 5 picks. Fifth year senior Tony Lippett (6'3", 192 lbs.) leads the team by a wide margin with 39 catches for 786 yards (20.2 yards/catch) and 8 touchdowns. The next best numbers on the team are 15, 244, and 4, which all belong to redshirt sophomore tight end Josiah Price (6'4", 238 lbs.). Otherwise, the receivers have been pretty pedestrian. Cook has benefited from excellent protection, as the Spartans have allowed just 4 sacks all season, which is tied for #1 overall.
Advantage: Michigan State

Roster Notes
  • Players offered by Michigan include WR Aaron Burbridge, LB Ed Davis, S Kurtis Drummond, OT Dennis Finley, LB Mylan Hicks, LB Shane Jones, WR Monty Madaris, DE Malik McDowell, S Montae Nicholson, LB Jon Reschke, DE Marcus Rush, and DT Lawrence Thomas
  • TE Dylan Chmura is the son of former Green Bay Packers tight end Mark Chmura
Last Time They Played . . .
  • Michigan State won by a score of 29-6 in 2013
  • Michigan scored 2 field goals in the first half
  • The Wolverines had -48 yards rushing, including 7 sacks of Devin Gardner
  • Jeremy Langford ran 26 times for 120 yards and 1 touchdown


Predictions
  • Michigan gains more than -48 yards on the ground
  • Devin Gardner gets knocked out of the game due to injury
  • Connor Cook gets a maddening amount of time to throw the ball
  • Michigan State 32, Michigan 14

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MLive: Devin Funchess #13 on SI's Big Board

Devin Funchess is still a highly touted draft pick, despite Michigan's struggles (LINK).

Hit the jump for a few good looking women.

Recruiting Update: October 23, 2014

Saline (MI) Saline placekicker Ryan Tice (image via Saline Post)
COMMITMENT
Saline (MI) Saline kicker Ryan Tice committed to Michigan as a preferred walk-on. He's going to enroll in January, when he will presumably start competing for the jobs that will be vacated by seniors Matt Wile and Will Hagerup.

OFF THE BOARD
Cleveland (OH) Benedictine linebacker Jerome Baker flipped from Florida to Ohio State. I was a bit surprised when he committed to the Gators over the Buckeyes, anyway, so this makes a little sense, especially in light of Florida's struggles and Ohio State's success. Meanwhile, Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier linebacker and Ohio State commit Justin Hilliard is taking another visit to Iowa, where his older brother is a running back. These two things may or may not be related, but Urban Meyer might gain Baker while losing out on Hilliard.

MISCELLANEOUS
Last week I posted a look back at Michigan's 2007 defensive end recruiting (LINK).

Over on Recruiting Season, I posted a profile of Farmington Hills Harrison DE Khalid Kareem.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Detroit News: Michigan's Devin Gardner beaten, but not broken

Angelique Chengelis writes a piece on the trials and tribulations Gardner has gone through as Michigan's quarterback (LINK).

Hit the jump for three good looking women.