Friday, September 19, 2014

Preview: Michigan vs. Utah

Rush Offense vs. Utah Rush Defense
Michigan has taken a step forward this season and comes into this game #30 in rushing (242 yards/game) and tied for #14 in yards per carry (6.26). Of course, the best performances have come against Appalachian State and Miami, but most teams have played a patsy or two by now. Leading the pack is sophomore Derrick Green (332 yards, 6.6 yards/carry, 3 touchdowns), who put the rushing game on his back last weekend. Backup De'Veon Smith (189, 7.9, 2) has also been effective at times, but has some athletic limitations. The offensive line has improved with the return of Graham Glasgow, who has taken over the right guard position from Kyle Kalis. Utah is #39 against the run and #22 in rushing average against (2.79 yards/carry), but they have yet to play a quality opponent in their two games. The Utes' leading tacklers are senior safety Eric Rowe, redshirt junior linebacker Jared Norris (6'2", 237 lbs.), and senior defensive end Nate Orchard (6'4", 255 lbs.). Walk-on defensive tackle Clint Shepard (6'2", 276 lbs.) has made some plays in the backfield, but is obviously undersized. The Utes run a base 4-2-5 defense that might leave them a little undersized against a decent sized offensive line and a couple running backs who are 220+ pounds.
Advantage: Michigan

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

MLive: Hoke - "Hopefully those boos were at me"

Michigan fans let some boos rain down last Saturday before Michigan pulled away for the victory (LINK).

Hit the jump for three pictures of good looking women, plus a GoPro video of a girl during and after her workout.

Video: Brian Cole receives his Under Armour jersey

Under Armour All-American Game Participants: Michigan

Joe Bolden (#27) is one of the latest Michigan commits to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.
The 2014 Under Armour All-American Game won't be played until January, but player participants for the game will be selected in the coming months.  The following participants have committed or signed a Letter of Intent to play for Michigan:

Chris Clark, TE - Avon, CT*
Brian Cole, WR - Saginaw, MI*
Garrett Taylor, CB - Richmond, VA*#

Juwann Bushell-Beatty, OT - Paramus, NJ
Michael Ferns III, LB - St. Clairsville, OH#
Drake Harris, WR - Grand Rapids, MI#
Bryan Mone, DT - Salt Lake City, UT
Jabrill Peppers, CB - Paramus, NJ
Wilton Speight, QB - Richmond, VA
Jared Wangler, LB - Warren, MI#

David Dawson, OT - Detroit, MI
Patrick Kugler, OG - Wexford, PA
Mike McCray, LB - Trotwood, OH
Shane Morris, QB - Warren, MI
Henry Poggi, DT - Baltimore, MD
Logan Tuley-Tillman, OT - Peoria, IL

Joe Bolden, LB - Cincinnati, OH
Terry Richardson, CB - Detroit, MI


Demar Dorsey, S - Lauderdale Lakes, FL
Devin Gardner, QB - Inkster, MI

Isaiah Bell, LB - Youngstown, OH
Taylor Lewan, OT - Scottsdale, AZ
Craig Roh, DE - Scottsdale, AZ
Quinton Washington, OG - St. Stephen, SC

Ricky Barnum, OG - Lakeland, FL
Dann O'Neill, OT - Grand Haven, MI

*Committed to playing in next year's game
#Will not/did not participate due to injury

Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Larry Foote

Larry Foote (#17)
Larry Foote - who seemed on the verge of retirement - is now starting at inside linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, and he's doing a pretty good job there. In their 25-14 win over the New York Giants, he had 8 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 pass breakup. That's his second straight game with 8 tackles and a pass breakup, and he added the pick this week. That's a great start to the 2014 season. In that same game, teammate Kenny Demens made 2 tackles on special teams and forced a fumble.

Honorable mention: Carolina Panther wide receiver Jason Avant caught 5 passes for 54 yards and a touchdown in a 24-7 win over the Detroit Lions. Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall made 6 tackles, 1 interception, and 2 pass breakups in a 24-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Oakland Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson made 8 tackles, but they lost to the Houston Texans, 30-14.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Grantland: Need for Speed

Bill Barnwell looks at the fastest teams in the NFL - and whether that even matters (LINK).

Hit the jump for two girls in bikinis and some underboob.

Recruiting Update: September 17, 2014

Cincinnati (OH) Elder offensive tackle Tommy Kraemer
Cincinnati (OH) Elder offensive tackle Tommy Kraemer was offered by Michigan. He's a 6'5", 305 lb. prospect with offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, and Tennessee, among others. He's an early 247 Composite 5-star, the #4 offensive tackle, and #18 overall. Kraemer has pretty good feet and overall technique, and he looks like a tackle at the next level. He's not a mauler but he gets the job done and reminds me a little of Erik Magnuson. The relationship between Michigan and Kraemer has reportedly been somewhat strained. He didn't want to visit Michigan without having an offer, and the coaches don't like to offer regional prospects (Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, etc.) who don't show their interest by visiting. It appears that the coaches have ceded their position a little bit for the #18 player in the class, and he is considering a visit for the game against Penn State.

Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha offensive tackle J.P. Urquidez was offered by Michigan. Urquidez is a 6'6", 299 lb. prospect with offers from Baylor, Florida State, LSU, Maryland, Penn State, Texas, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin, among others. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, the #15 offensive tackle, and #164 overall. Urquidez looks like a guard to me, because he doesn't have the best feet. He does have a good initial punch and could play right tackle, too. He moved to Maryland from Texas, so any regional allegiance to the east coast may be non-existent.

Memphis (TN) University School offensive tackle Drew Richmond committed to Ole Miss. Richmond tweeted out that Ohio State will always be #1 in his heart, but he chose Ole Miss instead. He's headed to the same school as LaQuon Treadwell. You may be able to draw your own conclusions.

Here's the list of visitors from the Miami-OH game (LINK).

You can check out the Recruit Tracker posts (LINK), which give updates on Michigan's current commits in the 2015 and 2016 classes.