Sunday, August 31, 2008

Toledo Blade: Article from J. Vardon

Threet outperforms Sheridan


ANN ARBOR - Michigan quarterbacks Nick Sheridan and Steven Threet said they went into yesterday's opener knowing Sheridan would start but both would play.

That's how things shook out in the Wolverines' 25-23 loss to Utah, but the details surrounding each quarterback's performance leaves one to guess how coach Rich Rodriguez will shape his depth chart in the future.

To hear UM offensive coordinator Calvin Magee tell it, Threet came out ahead yesterday.

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Toledo Blade: Article from J. Vardon

Same old story for new look Wolverines
Favored Michigan falls - again - in opener


ANN ARBOR - New coach, same result on opening day.

The Michigan Wolverines dropped their season opener for the second time in as many years, this time falling 25-23 to Utah in coach Rich Rodriguez's debut at the Big House.

Last season the Wolverines were stunned by Appalachian State. This time they knew they were in for a fight and got exactly what they expected.

Either way, UM is 0-1 … again.

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Toledo Blade: Utah knocks off Michigan

Utah knocks off Michigan at the Big House


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan's new era opened in a painfully familiar way for the 108,000-plus fans at the Big House: With an ugly-looking loss.

Rich Rodriguez's debut as Wolverines coach was spoiled when Utah's Brian Johnson threw for 305 yards and a touchdown and Louie Sakoda kicked four field goals, providing enough scoring to hold on for a 25-23 win Saturday.

"We got a chance to put our names on the map," Johnson said.

Detroit News: Article from A. Chengelis

Utah 25, U-M 23
U-M's offense stumbles in Rodriguez's debut

Angelique S. Chengelis / The Detroit News

ANN ARBOR -- Calvin Magee had the perfect view of the Michigan offense in its opener against Utah on Saturday.

Magee, the Wolverines' offensive coordinator, called the game from the press box, and, quite honestly, there wasn't a lot he liked from any vantage.

Michigan lost its home opener for the second straight year, this time to Utah, 25-23, as the Wolverines ushered in the Rich Rodriguez Era. After a particularly painful first half, which Michigan trailed, 22-10, the Wolverines staged a fourth-quarter comeback that just fell short.

So, what did Magee see from the spread offense making its debut at U-M?

Detroit News: Article by Bob Wojnowski

Wojo: U-M's in a tough transition

ANN ARBOR -- It began with a terrific blast of noise and energy and nearly ended with the same. And in between? Uh, in between, Michigan looked like a football team in monumental transition, exactly what should be expected.

You can be alarmed Michigan's defense looked so bad for a half before turning dominant in the second half Saturday. You can be disappointed Michigan's new offense was terribly shaky most of the game. But you shouldn't be stunned by the Wolverines' 25-23 loss to Utah in Rich Rodriguez's debut as coach.

It was different, so different, intriguingly different at times, hideously different at other times. But while the outcome wasn't easily acceptable, it certainly was explainable. The Wolverines showed enough fight in a fourth-quarter comeback to confirm they'll be interesting. But they showed more than enough mistakes on offense -- and very little blocking -- to confirm this will be a struggle.

Michigan Daily: Article by Nate Sandals

Michigan opens Rodriguez era with a loss
Blue's late push falls short

By Nate Sandals
Daily Sports Editor

In the first game of the Rich Rodriguez era, Utah took the lead in the second quarter and went on to hold off the Wolverines for 25-23 win, in front of 108,421 at Michigan Stadium.

Redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan got the start for the Wolverines and had some solid moments early, though he showed signs of inexperience as the game wore on.

Michigan opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game.After going three and out on their first possession, the Wolverines got a second chance when Jereme Brooks had the ball stripped on the punt return. Linebacker Kevin Leach recovered the ball for Michigan at the Utah 26.

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MGoBlue: Highlights and Press Conference

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Mailbag Question: Regarding Stadium

Hi there,

Do you guys know if the "new" stadium, once it is completed, will be equipped to host a night game? UM needs to get into that market!

Thanks, Matt


Thanks for the question. First off, it is not going to be a new stadium, but we know what you mean.

The renovations will not be done until 2010 and it will have capabilities to host night games if the athletic department wants to have them, but I really doubt it happens.

The new luxury boxes on both sides will have stands on top of them to hold lighting structures. Everything that I have heard to date is the athletic department is not planning to install lights at this time unless a donor comes out and pays for them.

Right now they will have all the power and lighting to handle it and if there is a night game or a later fall game that starts at 3:30 and ends into the night that the TV company will have to supply the lighting.

So there shouldn’t be anymore of the “lighting trucks” that normally are around the stadium on the later games.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Gameday is finally here: Utah at Michigan

Saturday - August 30, 2008

Utah at Michigan

3:30 pm EDT.

Local ABC or

DirecTV Channel 209 ESPN2

Go Blue ... Beat the Utes!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Toledo Blade: Article from J. Vardon

UM, Utah plan on covering spread
Wide-open offenses will be on display


ANN ARBOR - It's a good thing tomorrow's Michigan-Utah season opener is at the Big House.

Both offenses need plenty of room to "spread" out.

In UM's first game under new coach Rich Rodriguez - who brought the spread offense to the Wolverines - its opponent will have the same basic look.

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Detroit News: Article from A. Chengelis

Poll picks motivate U-M

Defense relishes the challenge of carrying the load, surprising its critics as the offense gets adjusted to a new system.

Angelique S. Chengelis / The Detroit News

ANN ARBOR -- Michigan is ranked 54th in the Sports Illustrated preseason poll. The USA TODAY/Coaches poll has the Wolverines 24th.

In the Associated Press writers' poll, Michigan isn't even among the top 25.

Some pundits have the Wolverines eking out a .500 record. Others think they will go sub-.500, others think seven, eight, nine wins are possible.

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Michigan Daily: Article by Dan Feldman and Ian Robinson

Breaking down Saturday's game against Utah
By Dan Feldman and Ian Robinson
Daily Sports Editors On August 28th, 2008
Michigan passing offense vs. Utah passing defense

Whether redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan or redshirt freshman Steven Threet starts, the Wolverines’ passing game will likely struggle Saturday. Both quarterbacks have limitations — Sheridan may have trouble seeing over the line and doesn’t have a lot of arm strength; Threet struggles throwing on the run. And Michigan’s offensive line, replacing four starters, is likely to struggle.

The Utes have two All-Mountain West Preseason Team defensive backs in cornerback Brice McCain and free safety Robert Johnson. Utah’s coverage should be good, and that will be more than enough against a quarterback who has never thrown a college pass, is learning a new system and is being protected by a subpar offensive line.

Edge: Utah

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Utah at Michigan Predictions:

Well here are our predictions for the upcoming Utah Utes game against Michigan Wolverines Saturday at 3:30pm EDT on your local ABC and if not there it will be on ESPN2 in your area.

This week we have our normal guys that help out this blog (CoachBt, MaizeMan, Josh Turel and myself). Also every week we will have a guest to see how he does. So if your interested email us if your interested in being a special guest predictor.


Special Guest Poster (Heb 1966):

Each time The University of Michigan has gone outside the program, in the past 100 years, to hire a new head coach, the gamble has paid off. Will Rich Rodriguez follow in the footsteps of Yost, Crisler and Schembechler? Will the beginning of the Rodriguez era be a happy one? We will not know the answer to the first question for several years, but the second question will be answered on Saturday, when Utah visits Ann Arbor.

Though most of the so-called college football experts are choosing Utah, I like Michigan because:

1. Michigan's defense is both talented and experienced. They practice everyday against a spread offense and will do a better job of defending it. I think the Michigan defense is good enough to keep a talented Utah offense under 20 points.
2. Emotion has to be on the side of Michigan. Home opener. Appalachian State memory. First game of the new regime and a ton of bulletin board material from the Ann Arbor News, to the Free Press to Sports Illustrated to ESPN. There will be no letdown this year.
3. Conditioning. Barwis has these guys ready and they will be able to play for four quarters.
4. Family. Despite the remarks of Justin Boren, this is a very close group that will play as one.

Final Score: Michigan 31, Utah 17.

This is game of strength vs. strength. Utah offense against Michigan defense. So more than likely special teams will be very important. Michigan wins at home in close game. Something like 27- 24.

Being my pessimstic self---I am going with Utah 24-21.

Josh Turel:
I think Michigan is in a tougher situation than people realize. With so many new starters on offense and so many freshman being counted on to contribute, it's going to a year for growing pains. If the first game from last season told us anything, it's that Michigan doesn't win games just because their Michigan anymore. While the defense should be pretty solid this year, Utah matches strength upfront with four starters returning off a good offensive line. I still think Michigan sneaks their way by, but a loss to Utah would not be a shocker.Michigan-14Utah-13

Well time for a new era in Michigan football. We are going to see how well this team plays against a spread right away. Utah has a lot of skilled players back on offense and might move the ball a lot on our defense. Where our offense might look better than it really is because Utah has a very young defense. I am going to say a close game 21-17 Michigan pulls it out for the first win in the Coach Rod era at Michigan.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Toledo Blade: Article from J. Vardon

College football preview: UM's defense gets the call
Must carry load until players master new spread offense


ANN ARBOR - When it's running smoothly, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez's spread-option offense can pile up the points.

West Virginia finished first or second in scoring offense among Big East teams in each of Rodriguez's last four years there, averaging just over 35 points per game during that stretch.

But now he's with the Wolverines, who have no experience at quarterback, will likely feature freshman running backs, and are generally accused of not having the ideal personnel to run Rodriguez's elaborate, wide-open scheme.

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Toledo Blade: Article from J. Vardon

College football preview: Shafer says defense will attack
UM coordinator started as a quarterback at Baldwin-Wallace


ANN ARBOR - Scott Shafer, the man calling the shots for Michigan's defense this year, was a quarterback in college.

He was on Ohio University's team as a freshman in 1985, then transferred to Division-III Baldwin-Wallace, where in 1987 he was ranked 17th in the country in pass efficiency.

So a former quarterback is now the Wolverines' defensive coordinator? Go figure.

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Michigan Daily: Article by Ian Robinson

Rodriguez avoids naming quarterback

By Ian Robinson
Daily Sports Editor

Redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan (center) throws a pass during practice yesterday. He has been named one of two likely starters, along with redshirt freshman Steven Threet, at left.

Michigan fans will probably have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see who will be the Wolverines' starting quarterback.

In his final press conference before Saturday's opener against Utah, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez continued to dance around questions about whether redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan or redshirt freshman Steven Threet will start.

"No, I'm not ready to announce one today," Rodriguez said. "Even if I was ready to, I'm trying to think 'Why would I?' "

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Detroit News: Article by Bob Wojnowski

Rodriguez making his mark
New U-M coach's era starts with change, drama

ANN ARBOR -- He has tried repeatedly to explain who he isn't, or what he isn't. During his messy departure from his alma mater, West Virginia, Rich Rodriguez argued he wasn't a traitor or a brash opportunist.

For much of the past eight months, Rodriguez has been mired in mysteries and myths, and he swears that's not what he's about. Now, as the noise ebbs and the opener against Utah beckons, he finally gets to start showing who he really is, and what type of program he's really creating.

Early impressions? He's sharp and charismatic, which helps him say a lot without revealing too much. He's extremely confident, and to his credit, unshaken by criticism. His players admit initial trepidation but now speak glowingly of his feisty, hands-on approach.

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Detroit News: Article from A. Chengelis

Rodriguez coy on Michigan quarterbacks

Sheridan and Threet remain contenders as coach reveals a very interesting depth chart.
Angelique S. Chengelis / The Detroit News

ANN ARBOR -- Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez admitted he has a gut feeling who will be the Wolverines' starting quarterback in the opener Saturday against Utah but isn't giving anything away.
"Can you keep a secret?" Rodriguez playfully asked the gathered media during a news conference Monday.

The first depth chart was released Monday, and there were several interesting elements. But first, the quarterbacks -- former walk-on Nick Sheridan is listed ahead of Georgia Tech-transfer Steven Threet.

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Utah at Michigan Preview

Utah Preview:

Last year- Utah was 9-4 including a Poinsettia Bowl victory over Navy.

This will be a battle between two spread teams. Utah version of spread is different from Coach Rod’s, but they do have some similarities. Utah returns many key members from last years offense, but most replace two of their top Wide Receivers and a ton of defense.

Utah runs a spread offense. They will use two backs and Quarterback in backfield as their base formation. Key plays are veer, inside zone, and zone read. Key to this offense will be keeping star Quarterback Brian Johnson healthy. This will be easier with three returning Offensive Linemen and thousand yard rusher Darrell Mack returning.

Utah is a base 4-3 team. They were a very young defense last year. Therefore, the biggest question will be how much have they improved. The secondary in particular needs to be stouter. Utah also needs to replace two starting Linebackers. Utah will score some points this year. Question will be can they stop people.

Biggest question for Michigan will be who starts at Quarterback. It looks like Sheridan is the lead contender right now. If Michigan gets solid Quarterback play, they have plenty of offenses weapons to score points.

After Quarterback, biggest area of concern is Offensive Line. If Michigan gets solid Offensive Line play it will take some pressure off the Quarterbacks. The Offensive Line cannot take any more hits and needs to stay healthy. That is the thinnest position right now with talent level.

In our opinion, Running Back is one of the strengths of the 2008 Michigan Wolverines.

On defense, Michigan’s biggest need is for improved Linebacker play. If Michigan gets solid Linebacker play, they have potential to be a very good defense.
In our opinion, special teams could very well decide this game. Team that plays best in this critical area will have big leg up. Next will be battle at the line of scrimmage.

If Michigan’s Offensive Line shows improvement and Defensive line plays up to their potential we like Michigan’s chances.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

DirecTV launches the MTN


Centennial, CO - DIRECTV, the nation's leading satellite television provider, has announced that it will launch the MountainWest Sports Network – The Mtn. beginning Wednesday, August 27 on Channel 616.

"We're very excited that DIRECTV will allow college sports fans across the nation to get unprecedented coverage of their favorite Mountain West team", said Craig Thompson, MWC Commissioner. "Our fans and alumni have been asking for more accessibility to The Mtn., and the DIRECTV launch of the network in August will give them all of the games, news and analysis they've been wanting."

The Mtn. will be available on DIRECTV's Choice and above packages for the states and DMAs servicing Mountain West Conference institutions: Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming plus the markets of Dallas/Fort Worth and San Diego. Customers throughout the remainder of the county will be able to access The Mtn. with a subscription to DIRECTV's SportsPack.

"DIRECTV and The Mtn. will be sports fans' ticket to the best of Mountain West Conference football and basketball along with a wide array of other sports-related programming," said Dan Hartman, senior vice president, Programming, DIRECTV, Inc. "We welcome The Mtn. to our industry leading line-up of sports programming and look forward to serving its passionate fans nationwide."

The Mtn. will broadcast 30 live regular-season football games for 2008, including six triple-header Saturdays. The network also will telecast over 100 men's and women's basketball contests this season in addition to its comprehensive array of news, features, original programming and analysis on MWC teams, coaches and players.

"Having The Mtn. available nationally on DIRECTV beginning August 27 is an important milestone in the short history of The Mtn. and marks the culmination of a tremendous team effort," said Kim Carver, vice president and general manager of The Mtn. "Many people worked hard throughout this process and we're pleased that viewers, who have been very patient and supportive, will be granted greater access to The Mtn.'s programming. We've always been committed to obtaining satellite distribution and we'll continue our efforts to broaden the availability of the network."

About The Mtn.
The MountainWest Sports Network – The Mtn. – premiered on September 1, 2006 as the first network dedicated to a college athletic conference - the Division I Mountain West Conference (MWC). The Mtn. annually produces and airs more than 200 collegiate sporting events, including football, basketball, Olympic sports, and conference championship coverage. The Mtn.’s expanded coverage includes news programming, coaches’ shows, pre and post game analysis and feature programming about MWC athletics. The Mtn. is jointly owned by Comcast and CBS College Sports Network. For more information, visit

About the Mountain West Conference
From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West Conference ( has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academic missions of its member institutions. The Mountain West Conference is comprised of nine Division I institutions: The United States Air Force Academy, Brigham Young University, Colorado State University, the University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, TCU, UNLV, the University of Utah and the University of Wyoming.

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DirecTV: Big Ten Channel "Overflow Channels" this weekend

BTN overflows this weekend only

617 (temporary BTN alternate)

623 (temporary BTN alternate)

618 (temporary BTN alternate)

620 (temporary BTN alternate)

The overflow channels are going to change the next few weeks due to the RSN realignment

Michigan Daily: Article from D. Feldman

Michigan releases football depth chart

By Dan Feldman

Daily Sports Editor

Sophomore Donovan Warren will start at cornerback and is listed as the fist punt returner.

The Michigan football team released its depth chart for its opener against Utah on Saturday. Here's the two-deep:

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Detroit News: Article from A. Chengelis

U-M's Rodriguez: Starters not determined at QB, RB

Angelique S. Chengelis / The Detroit News

ANN ARBOR -- Michigan's first depth chart was released Monday, but it revealed little about coach Rich Rodriguez's plans for who will start at running back or quarterback Saturday against Utah.

Speedster Sam McGuffie, a true freshman, is listed first at running back, but that is followed by an "OR" and the name Michael Shaw, also a true freshman.

Those freshmen are followed by two others in the "OR" category -- juniors Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown.

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Mailbag Question: Regarding the Running backs


Utah's defense traditionally is very aggressive and will run andpass blitz considerably. How good are the running backs at pickingup rushing linebackers, safeties, and corners? Who is the bestrunning back when it comes to blocking? Could this aspect of thegame limit the opportunities for Shaw and McGuffie?



Thanks for the question. Pass protection by Running Backs takes three things, proper technique, will, and toughness.

Proper technique can be difficult for freshmen to pick up. Many have been I formation Tailbacks throughout there high school career and were not asked or required to block.

This spring Minor did a very good job pass blocking and in our opinion was best of the returning Running Backs. We were equally impressed with the improvement Grady showed blocking.

All reports we have seen from practices indicate that McGuffie has the toughness and will to pass protect.

Reports on Shaw have not mentioned his blocking, but he definitely has the size and toughness to block. Question for both will be will to block and technique. Ability to pass protects will and should have big effect on overall playing time.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Toledo Blade: Article from J. Vardon

Whitmer graduate could start for Michigan on Saturday


ANN ARBOR – Kevin Koger, a Whitmer High graduate and true freshman at Michigan, could start at tight end Saturday in the Wolverines’ season opener against Utah, coach Rich Rodriguez said this morning.

Koger is listed on UM’s two-deep along with returning starter Carson Butler and fifth-year senior Mike Massey. As is the case with several positions on Rodriguez’s depth chart, there is no indication who will start among the three tight ends listed.

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Michigan Daily: Article from D. Feldman

"Victors Walk," captains and Witherspoon update

By Dan FeldmanDaily Sports Editor

Victors Walk: The Michigan football team will try to duplicate the success this year of last season's Capital One Bowl upset of Florida.

Before that game, the Wolverines entered the stadium by walking between lines of cheering Michigan fans. It was the first time junior defensive end Brandon Graham had ever experienced anything like that.

"It got me hyped," Graham said. "It got everybody hyped. The energy was there."

Michigan used that swagger to fuel a 41-35 win over the Gators, and the Wolverines will have similar opportunities to get motivated for each of their home games this year.

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Detroit News: Article from A. Chengelis

U-M fans can cheer players during 'Victors Walk'

Angelique S. Chengelis / The Detroit News

ANN ARBOR -- Michigan football players and coaches hope the new "Victors Walk" adds excitement to game days in Ann Arbor.

The "Victors Walk," a 200-yard walk by the Michigan football players to the locker room about two hours before each home game, will give U-M fans and players a chance to interact.

Busses will drop off the players east of the Michigan Stadium tunnel entrance -- east of Crisler Arena -- and the players will be led by the Michigan marching band to the locker room entrance. The idea is for fans to be lined up to cheer the Wolverines as they march in.

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MGoBlue: BTN looking at Michigan

Big Ten Network Goes Maize and Blue For Opening Week

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In anticipation of the upcoming football season, the Big Ten Network will highlight University of Michigan football this week with a trio of special programs.

On Tuesday (Aug. 26), the Network will air Big Ten Legends: Lloyd Carr, debuting at 6 p.m., followed by the kickoff of season two of The Big Ten’s Greatest Games, which will feature Michigan’s 2000 Orange Bowl overtime win against Alabama, beginning at 7 p.m. Then on Friday (Aug. 29) at 8:30 p.m., the Wolverines will be the focus on the season premiere of Big Ten Friday Night Tailgate presented by Nissan.

On Big Ten Legends: Lloyd Carr, former Vanderbilt, LSU and Indiana head coach Gerry DiNardo visits the former Michigan head coach in Ann Arbor to reflect on his career with the Maize and Blue. A five-minute preview can be viewed on the Big Ten Network website.

Following Big Ten Legends: Lloyd Carr, fans can relive one of Carr's great bowl victories, the 2000 Orange Bowl, on The Big Ten’s Greatest Games. Michigan and Alabama both entered the New Year’s bowl ranked in the top 10 with Wolverine quarterback Tom Brady at the helm against Crimson Tide tailback Shaun Alexander. Michigan rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to tie the game with Tom Brady throwing for 369 yards and four touchdowns to send the game into overtime. Michigan scored first and Alabama answered, but the Crimson Tide botched the extra point to give the Wolverines the 35-34 victory.

Big Ten Friday Night Tailgate presented by Nissan kicks off Friday with this week’s host Mike Hall and correspondents Jordan Klepper and Charissa Thompson focusing on the University of Michigan. Each week the show visits a different Big Ten campus to capture the true essence of the collegiate atmosphere during game week.

This weekend will also mark the debut of former Wolverine tight end Tony McGee on the Big Ten Network. McGee joins the BTN this season as an analyst during the network's weekend football coverage.

Mailbag Question: Regarding the season

How do you guys feel now that it is game week? Are you getting more positive or more negative how Saturday might go? I am very excited to see this team, but not sure how they will do this saturday let alone this year.Kind of nervous for the first time and also excited to see what this team will do this year under all these new changes.



Thnaks for the question. Anxious is best way to describe how we feel.

There has been enough talking and analyzing done and it is time to play the game.

Our 2 biggest concerns have not changed, Offensive line play and depth, and Quarterback play.

In our opinion those two factors will be biggest questions that will determine how the Utah game and season go.

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Coach Rod: Talks Utah

Rich Rodriguez talks about season-opener

Monday, August 25, 2008

Mailbag Question: Regarding Morales

Hey ... Why was George Morales recruited and given a scholarship for 2008? Only a 2 star and a "long snapper" as his claim to fame. This is so strange and costly.



Thanks for the question. Probably because of two reasons in our opinion.

First Morales was 4.0 student who loved Michigan.

Second reason was importance of long snapping. Long snappers are only noticed when they screw up.

Having superior one is worth their weight in gold.

Michigan had history of giving scholarships to former walk on long snappers. In this case, they were just being proactive.

The other thing with the new staff coming in they still gave him a scholarship, but it was for only one year, then wait, and see approach. He might be able to get a academic scholarship after that so he would be able to still get a free ride and a great education at Michigan.

Could be a win-win for both sides and at a position as pointed out earlier is only noticed when there is something wrong

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Mailbag Question: Regarding Defensive End recruiting


Why are we having so many problems recruiting defensive ends? In several interviews and highlights that I have watched the DE's said they love Schafer's new scheme because they lets them just get after the quarterback. So why are we having trouble recruiting defensive ends? DE's should want to play in this defense right.

Thanks Dan


Thanks for the question. Problem with Defensive End recruiting is twofold in our opinion.

First is a regional problem. Many of the top Defensive Ends are in the south or west. With USC in the west and SEC doing great job of keeping its best in the south, it is getting tougher and tougher to recruit the top Defensive Ends. There are not a lot of them available in the Midwest.

Two of the top Midwest Defensive Ends are Ohio kids and Coach Tressell and Ohio State have done excellent job of keeping Ohio talent in state.

Second factor is recruits have not seen exactly what Michigan is going to be doing this year on defense. It is much easier to negative recruit the unknown. Once recruits see that Michigan is really going to play a more aggressive style of defense it should help recruiting.

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Michigan Football Tidbits: Part 2

Michigan Tidbits: "Some Concerns on Offense" Part 2

We are going to be looking back at some of the concerns with the team that we have seen in the spring, summer, and fall practices.

Probably the number one has to be the offensive line right now. If Cory Zirbel would not have went down it might have been the quarterback position.

Offensive Line:
The biggest thing with the offensive line is the depth issues and talent level. Remember that now after the Florida bowl victory this position took the hardest hit for departures with Alex Mitchell, Grant DeBenedictis, Brett Gallimore, and Jeremy Ciulla. If you remember spring of 2007 as well, Justin Schifano did not come back to the team for the 2007 season after spring football, which would have helped with the depth issues. Justin Boren left in the middle of 2008 spring football as we all know and read about his side of the story. We have gotten many e-mails blaming the old regime with the lack of depth. Well hard to do that when so many of these people had eligibility left and decided for their own reasons not to continue playing football at Michigan.

Cory Zirbel out possible for the season who in our opinion was the best run blocker on the team and have that bulldozer type mentality of wanting to plow the defenders five yards back and pancake them into the ground. Really, feel bad for the kid because we know how hard he had worked to put himself into this position of starting for Michigan.

This leaves Michigan in our opinion with only six quality offensive linemen that are ready to play. The Michigan coaches just recently moved over John Ferrara with the loss of Zirbel. How fast will Ferrara pick up the scheme is going to be the biggest issue for him. Ferrara was one of the hardest working kids in the off-season and possible will be seeing a chance to play this year because of all the time he put in the off-season. We know that Coach Rod made comments that Ferrara could possible see playing time right away as well told us that he is not very happy with the level of talent that is behind the starters right now with a defensive lineman already pushing for playing time and only being moved over less than a week ago.

Besides the starters (Mark Ortmann (LT), Tim McAvoy (RG), David Molk (OC), David Moosman (RG), and Steve Schilling (RT) we just do not have the depth with Cory Zirbel out possible for the year and also Mark Huyge out for a few weeks. Coach Rod said on the BTN practice show when you have so many freshmen on the two deep that is scary. The thing in our opinion we lack real talent on the offensive line behind the starters. They could also move Schilling over to a guard position and bring in Dorrestein to take Schillings spot if say Molk doesn't do well and move Moosman back to center.

Molk is a person we need to look out for early and see how he does because he has not done as well as we hoped he would. Possible because he is going against two very good defensive tackles in Terrance Taylor and Will Johnson. Players that could see playing time this year could be Perry Dorrestein who is the third offensive tackle and Rocko Khoury depending on how Molk handles the center position. Ricky Barnum could see sometime at guard and possible Dan O’Neill. If we go past those people, we could be in serious trouble. Not trying to bash kids here, but some of them are not ready for division one football at the college level at a place like Michigan. This is a position of need and a place where we need serious upgrade in talent in a hurry. We think this is a position where high school elite offensive lineman would be salivating over because of the depth issues a long with the talent level. You could see several kids come in and red-shirt a year and start for four years at a major program like Michigan.

This has been beat to death and has been overblown as well by posters/e-mailers taking what we have said and putting their own spin on it. Coach Rod is a demanding coach of his quarterbacks and he acts more like a quarterback coach during scrimmages then Coach Rod Smith. He stands right behind the quarterback and if the center snaps it wrong Coach Rod could catch the ball.

Another problem that I saw in spring and continues in fall is Michigan’s new version of the “check down” pass. What they do is take one of the slots and he will run a flare toward the sideline (which means does not take steps down the field, but “drifts” to the sidelines. When Quarterbacks feel pressure, they are told to get rid of the ball which more times than not is just throwing a short pass to the slot who has run the flare toward the sideline.

This is why Coach Rod is recruiting those allusive slot type players because they will be asked to get about five-six yards out of virtually nothing. So far, our Quarterbacks are throwing this pass excessively often and think it is due to lack of confidence.

Good news is our Quarterbacks are learning a new system and they are learning it against our defense.

Nick Sheridan:
There is some definite strength to his game. First off, he is a coach’s son and has been raised around the game all his life so you know he has the knowledge and the understanding of football. He is also a good athlete who uses his legs to make some plays. He is no Pat White for sure with his legs, but he can scramble out of trouble along with being able to run the read option offense.

The concerns that we have is that he has not shown a major college arm and it has more than arm strength or how far you can throw it. He had problems with accuracy more than the problem of arm strength. Everybody has seen Sheridan throw the ball during practice drills and against the scout team. He throws a nice ball, but the thing we worry about is when the first team defense is going against him and going live in which the quarterback will be hit and put pressure on he usually goes to the check down receiver. He rarely looked downfield in the live scrimmages and usually did the check down receiver.

Steve Threet:
He has the stronger arm along with the person that has been using the whole field a lot more and going to the wide receivers deeper as well. He lacks confidence and his decision-making has been poor. He really needs to get rid of the ball sooner and his reads needs to improve in which confidence comes into play. In this offense, you need to throw the ball before the wide receiver makes his break and needs to get the ball to them when they make their break so they can run after the catch in this offense. He has been trying to get the ball deeper like the coaches have been harping on these guys about, but he is a little late in his decisions and the defense has been able to cover or intercept the ball. One other thing that we have seen and it looks like it is being corrected is Steve has been throwing with a weird sidearm motion lately, but in the recent scrimmage, it looks like somebody has been working with him on it.

David Cone:
He is a guy that will be a program kid and work well for the scout team. Not sure why people kept thinking he would leave Michigan because if he wanted to play or thought he had a chance why would he have stuck around when Mallett was here. Sometimes you need a program kid and I believe he is that kind of person that will do what is asked of him and he will walk away from Michigan someday playing for the football team and getting an excellent education.

Wide Receivers:
Not many concerns except for not many of them have game experience besides Greg Mathews. Darrly Stonum has really flourished and could be a serious weapon in this offense this year if we can get him the ball. The biggest concern is not having enough speed or deep threat on the outside wide receiver or split ends. Besides running back, the outside receivers probably have the most depth ready to play this year. This is a group as well that needs to stay healthy to help stretch the field with our slots and running game.

Slot Receivers:

Toney Clemons:
Might not be the ideal “slot”, but he does everything really well and the coaches really like his attitude especially in the spring when they asked him to change positions for the team in the spring and had done quite well. In addition, he knows every position for the receivers so he can be used in many different situations.

Terrence Robinson injury might hurt a little bit for depth reason, but he is a person that is very thin and you almost think he could be torn in half watching him go against defenders if they could ever get a solid hit on him. I am wondering if he might have the “Steve Breaston” disease where he is a heck of a football player, but is always banged up because the size of the kid.

Martavious Odoms is a player that could be very special in this offense and at Michigan for four years. He makes the first defender miss almost every time he touches the ball. He has that mentality that he cannot be stopped and is good size for his stature and build.

Roy Roundtree:
I know that Coach Rod said he expects him to play, but I am wondering if it has to do with depth issue more than anything else does at this time. We do not see that he is ready, but it might be one of those things where he might see sometime depending on the formation and the team we face. Also Coach Rod might be thinking that Roy could be used on special teams along with Michigan having several people coming in next years class at the slot position that might as well use him even if it is wasting a year.

Running Backs:
Well this is the deepest a Michigan team has been in quite awhile at this position and has several different types of backs to use at their disposal.

Brandon Minor:
He has really stepped up his game and had shown back in the spring a new attitude. He looks extremely faster and does the little things a lot better than last year like picking up the blitzing blocker.

Carlos Brown:
He has become a different player as well this year and looks to be the second running back in the game. He and Minor both could be used in the same backfield as well. A lot of times they will start in the backfield together and put Carlos in motion.

Coach Rod has not really said, but we believe that both Minor and Brown were held out of some of the practices/scrimmages to give them a needed rest before the season starts and also to see how the two freshman will handle the pressure of playing this year.

Sam McGuffie:
He is a very good running back, but he is not as fast as the other Freshman Michael Shaw. McGuffie and Shaw actually compliment each other very nicely because one is a better pure runner where the other is a better all around running back.

Michael Shaw:
People that thought he was just a track star are sorely mistaken. This kid is a football player and a damn good one. It is a good thing he picked Michigan at the end because we would have hated to face him for four years at Penn State.

Kevin Grady:
He looked great this spring and looked like a different player, but then he got into trouble with the law and kind of has been in the doghouse. Can he get out this year and be productive that is the big question. With the freshmen doing so well and having more speed, Kevin might only be used in certain situations now. In addition, we do not know what kind of self punishment Coach Rod has put on him either. He could be a person used down on the goal line or when the team has a third and one.

Michael Cox:
The forgotten freshmen who is really put together, but not sure, where he will ever really fit into Coach Rod’s offense. He would have been a perfect running back for the old regime, but with the young running backs in Shaw and Mcguffie along with Fitzgeral Toussaint and Teric Jones coming in next year just not sure, where Cox will fit in for the long haul at Michigan.

Tight Ends:
No real concerns except for injuries and stupid mistakes by this group. Mike Massey can he stay healthy a complete year and can Carson Butler not jump off sides/hold or drop the ball. Not really sure how much Martell Webb will play this year, but it will probably depending on those two guys above and how they play first.

Should see Kevin Koger and Brandon Moore both redshirt.

Part 3 “Some Concerns on the Defense”

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Kansas City Star: By J. Brady McCollough

Outsider may be just what Michigan needs to regain swagger


The Michigan torch was passed from Lloyd Carr to Rich Rodriguez.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. The outsider’s door is always open. That’s the first difference. People come and go throughout the day, hoping to make their initial judgments, and the outsider makes time.

Rich Rodriguez knows that many of his visitors aren’t convinced he’s the right guy to man the captain’s seat of Michigan football, arguably the country’s steadiest ship, but he chats them up anyway. He doesn’t sound like them with his easy Appalachian drawl, his mix-and-match grammar. He knows that, too.

For years, Schembechler Hall was an impenetrable fortress. With an arrogance that drove nearly all of its peers crazy, Michigan was content to sit at the top of the hill and look down on the changing world around it. Isolationist policies eventually die, though, and Rodriguez, the program’s first outsider in 38 years, has arrived to begin the process of modernization.

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Toledo Blade: Article from J. Vardon

from Toledo Blade

Offensive line for UM took big hit

Just 1 starter back for opener at Utah


ANN ARBOR — You might say Michigan's offensive line has been down on its luck lately.


Well, one of its starters didn't just transfer, but went to Ohio State, no less.

Additionally, two possible starters with a year of eligibility left decided not to return, and another key player could miss the entire season with a knee injury.

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Michigan Football Tidbits: Part 1

Michigan Tidbits: Being a “Hater” Part 1

Well first off, several of the people that help me on this blog (CoachBt who helps a lot, MaizeMan who chips in once in awhile and Josh Turel with a occasional comment) have seen practices of Michigan football in the spring and the fall. Several posters have called "us" out regarding several things.

That is fine and their right, but people need to get off this notion of “us” only seeing one practice. That is more laughable then anything because we have seen more practices then any media member out there (IMO) and will put it out there for others to judge and compare what we have seen compared to others. The media member’s usually only see the first thirty minutes or so of practice where they only see drills, workouts where we see the entire practices.

Okay enough of that type of stuff.

Regarding the e-mails saying we are being a “Hater” of certain positions and kids because we are giving our opinions about what we have seen in the spring, summer, and fall workouts and practices. If we did not give our truthful thoughts on the matter then people would say during the season “why none told us some of these concerns” that they saw in practice. This is not going against what Coach Rod is doing because he is probably worried about the same things regarding this team when he watched the practices.

Believe us he does not think everything is wonderful and that we are going to be great at this time or as we liked to call it “lollipop and roses”. Well just go to one of his practices and you would see first hand, about what we are talking about here.

Also this does not mean those people need to feel differently than how we feel or that you are not allowed to e-mail us because we enjoy the debate along with seeing a different perspective on what other people think and possible have seen. Therefore, keep those e-mails coming good or bad. Remember as well we would not put all this time, money, and effort into hating Michigan football. We all love Michigan as much as anyone else does and that is why we have concerns not out of hate, but because we want the best for Michigan.

I know many people want to hear the “fluff” or what we like to call the “lollipops and roses” version where everything is great and we have no problems. Well that is not going to happen here unless that is what we truly feel. We are not concerned if people do not agree with our comments, but we give our opinions to what we feel might happen during the beginning of the season and telling people what we believe might happen is more important then actually getting attention or more people to click on this blog.

Therefore, it works both ways in our opinion with the people that call us out, but then they are “hoping” to make a bowl game and continue the bowl streak or they are saying they would be happy with is 7-5 record? To me that is being a hater because if you’re calling us out for what we have seen and reported it to you and you think we are wrong then why are you not predicting 12-0, 11-1, 10-2 regular season record.

Most of the posters are lowering their expectations so low that they will be happy with any success. Not picking on any one poster of any message board or who e-mails this blog, but if you really think you would be happy with 6-6 or 7-5 and just extending the bowl streak then you are a lot better fan than we are right now because we could never be happy going 6-6. We have seen this team and they have worked to damn hard to be happy with a 6-6 record. We know as well the Michigan coaching staff would not be very happy with a 6-6 record either and would consider it a failure.

Many people ask for our prediction of this team and what we think. Well it is tough because we will be held more accountable, people will remember our prediction a lot more then somebody else, and they will make sure to throw it back at us. This might be getting off the easy way, but we can see 7-5 as being the worse this team could do and we can see 10-2 as the best. We would be happy in this first year to be 8-4.

A lot will have to do with how this team starts the first three games. They are very important to build confidence and also get over the first few hurdles that will make a program stronger especially a new program where the coaches can tell the kids “See that is why we were pushing you so hard” during the off season and practices.

Of course, turnovers will play a huge part in this team’s success because of all the inexperience it has along with being so young with a new program. To go on record we say 8-4. Do not hold us to this though because I want to see how the first three games go first because if Michigan can get on a roll the first three games we can see 10-2 as well.

The Notre Dame Game scares us because most Michigan fans do not believe Notre Dame is very good along with playing at Notre Dame has always been a weird game for Michigan. This is a HUGE game for both programs and could be a defining game for both programs and the direction they are headed. This could also determine the type of season Michigan could possible have this year.

Part 2 will deal with some of our concerns on offense that people have taken the wrong way and have twisted them around.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

MGoBlue: Camp Confidential -- Week Three

from MGoBlue

Camp Confidential -- Week Three

• Three Wolverines earned scholarships for the 2008 season, including junior/sophomore quarterback Nick Sheridan, fifth/senior long snapper Sean Griffin and fifth/senior kicker K.C. Lopata.

• Around 10,000 fans showed up for Fan Day on Sunday (Aug. 17) to meet the 2008 Wolverines.

• The Big Ten Network descended on practice Monday (Aug. 18) for its Michigan All-Access show. The BTN crew filmed practice and performed interviews with coaches and players to begin the third week of camp.

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Mailbag Question: Regarding Coach Rod's spread


We know that new HC Rich Rodriguez and OC Calvin Magee will bridle the Wolverines with a new spread offense attack this fall. Personally, I am convinced that with the right personnel and team speed, this style of offensive can be extremely effective at the college level.

Michigan may generate fewer NFL profile QBs going forward, but between 1969 and 1983 Michigan cultivated only 2 QBs to the NFL (Dennis Franklin and Larry Cipa), but won more football games and Big Ten titles during this stretch than any Wolverine team prior with emphasis on the run and option offense.

Recent sports articles have stated the obvious: spread offenses are nothing new to the Big Ten conference.

Rich Rodriguez is regarded as one of the spread formation "creators". Can you explain in what ways Rich Rodriguez's offense and offensive philosophy may be completely different from what we've seen before from Randy Walker at Northwestern, Terry Hoeppner at Indiana, Jim Tressel/Jim Bollman at Ohio State, Joe Tiller at Purdue?

My suspicion is that Michigan offensively will closely resemble the style of the dangerous Northwestern teams between 1999-2005 with QBs Zak Kustok & later Brett Basanaz with a few more option pitches sprinkled in.

Please share your view of what we can expect.
Thank you and keep up the excellent work with your blog. I love it.



Thanks for the question. Coach Rod and staff prefer the read option version of spread offense.

It is a version that relies on Quarterback being a threat with his legs as much as with his arm.

Most of the other spreads you mentioned are more of the pass first versions. Some like Northwestern and Purdue have a strong running game included, but not to same degree as Coach Rod’s.

They also do not emphasize a Quarterback who runs as much as new Michigan will. Coach Tressel/Bollman at Ohio State uses very little pure spread. They will run some empty from time to time, but this package is different then pure spread.

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BTN: Preview of Big Ten Legends

Lloyd Carr on the BTN.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Toledo Blade: Article from J. Vardon

Michigan goes bowling to raise money for Mealers


ANN ARBOR - Shelly Mealer has made it a practice not to look at most of her son Brock's medical bills. Instead, she sends them straight to the family's attorney.

"I've peeked at a couple, and they're just so horrifying," the Wauseon woman said.

Her youngest son, Elliott, is a freshman offensive lineman for the Michigan Wolverines. By throwing a "Bowling for Brock" charity event here yesterday, the team raised $15,025 to help cover his brother's medical expenses.

Detroit News: Article from A. Chengelis

From Detroit News

U-M's Rodriguez redrawing O-line after injuries

Ferrara switches from defense, might start in opener; injury likely will cost Zirbel entire season.

Angelique S. Chengelis / The Detroit News

ANN ARBOR -- Michigan's offensive line has taken some significant injury hits during camp. That, coupled with youth and inexperience, not to mention one returning starter, has forced coach Rich Rodriguez to get creative.

Sophomore John Ferrara, who was in the defensive line rotation, was moved to the offensive line Monday and has a shot at being the starting right guard for the Aug. 30 opener against Utah.

"He's such a smart guy and such a competitive guy we've really been impressed with him," Rodriguez said Wednesday. "He is battling for a starting job at guard, maybe by the first game."

Mailbag Question:

Hi guys,

Coach Rod and Coach Dantonio coached against each other in the Big East. Tell me about their rivalry. Example: Won/loss records against each other, recruiting wars, respect, or no respect for each other, best buddies or enemies, who had whose number. You get the idea.

You guys have a great site.
Thanks for your response,


Thanks for the question. West Virginia under Coach Rod played Cincinnati under Coach Dantonio twice, in 2005 and 2006. West Virginia won both games using a strong running attack.

In 2006, West Virginia won 42- 24 and had over 300 yards rushing, with two long runs by Slaton. In 2005, West Virginia won 38-0 behind almost 300 yards rushing and 4 Touchdowns by Slaton.

Hard to say one had the others number when playing only a few times along with the fact that West Virginia (IMO) is a bigger football program than Cincinnati. We will see what happens very soon.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Coach Rod talking about practice

BTN: Coach Rod interview

Passing Drills

BTN: Michigan Football Practice

Toledo Blade: Threet and Sheridan equal?

from Toledo Blade

Michigan media day reveals only that Threet, Sheridan compare equally in practice

Nick Sheridan and Steven Threet are the top quarterback candidates for the University of Michigan, but their duel to see who starts against Utah so far has decided nothing.


ANN ARBOR — Not Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, not his staff, and not dueling quarterbacks Steven Threet and Nick Sheridan. None of them know who’s taking the first snap next week against Utah.

But at the Wolverines’ on-campus media day yesterday, in which reporters had access not only to Rodriguez, but to his assistants and all the players, some light was finally shed on why we are where we are — Threet and Sheridan seemingly in a dead heat.

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Detroit News: Newsome backs out

from Detroit News

Top QB recruit rescinds U-M commitment

Detroit News Staff

Kevin Newsome, a top dual-threat quarterback, has decided to rescind his commitment to Michigan for the 2009 class.

Newsome, a 6-foot-3, 217-pounder now enrolled at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy apparently has been wavering since he made a verbal commitment to the Wolverines in April.

The and sites reported on Tuesday that Newsome has decided to back out.

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Mailbag Question: Regarding Newsome

Well guys,

We lost Newsome or it looks like it for good now. So how does this make Michigan's recruiting class without him?Also where does Forcier come in to play now? Will he commit on his visit?

Do you think that the Forcier pressure helped Newsome back out and start his recruiting all over again?

Where do you see the team with Beaver by himself and where do you see the team if Forcier come to Michigan?
Is this a better deal now for Michigan if Tate comes to Michigan?



Thanks for the question. If Newsome does end up somewhere else, it is definite loss for Michigan in our opinion. We do not believe it is devastating.

First, Beaver is very good prospect, and there are still other quarterbacks out there that would be great fits.

In our opinion, Michigan needs two quarterback recruits in this class. Forcier, while not the fit Newsome is, he would be nice addition, but so would Eugene Smith and Dennard Robinson.

In our opinion, Newsome decision had nothing to do with Forcier. It has more to do with Newsome being unsure about Michigan style of offense.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Michigan Daily: Fred Jackson says best RB class ever

from Michigan Daily

Jackson: Shaw and McGuffie are my best running back class ever

By Dan Feldman
Daily Sports Editor

Freshman running back Michael Shaw has impressed coaches with his all-around game.

Michigan lost its all-time leading rusher in Mike Hart. And his two most-experienced replacements, juniors Carlos Brown and Brandon Minor, have been hampered by injuries.

With so much uncertainty at quarterback and on the offensive line, the Wolverines can’t afford to see another position group struggle.

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Detroit News: Michigan will have many choices

from Detroit News

U-M will have many choices

Unlike past seasons, Rodriguez says skilled positions might be split among several players.

Angelique S. Chengelis / The Detroit News

Michigan fans might have to get used to the idea that new coach Rich Rodriguez isn't going to be concrete when it comes to his depth chart.

Maybe that's not a bad thing.

While it could be evidence of lack of depth, an abundance of inexperience and uncertainty among coaches as to who's the best at each position, it could also mean, hey, there's plenty of solid players deserving of playing time.

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Mailbag Question: Regarding Sheridan

Hey guys,

I know this has been beat to death, but can you explain it a little better regarding Sheridan. Do you guys not like him? Do you guys really think he can't throw the ball 20 yards? What is the deal? Also how does Threet seem so much better in your guys thoughts, but the coaches seem to think Sheridan is making the better decisions right now?

Thanks ... Greg


Thanks for the question. It is not a matter of liking or disliking, it is a matter that in our opinion, based totally on what we saw, and Sheridan is not a very good passer. His passes lacked zip and were not very accurate.

None of us is questioning Sheridan's football knowledge and sense. We are also not questioning his ability to run quarterback read option. He did these things very well, in our opinion. He just did not show the throwing ability that Threet did in the spring.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Toledo Blade: Tragedy won't stop Mealer

from Toledo Blade:

Tragedy won't stop Wauseon's MealerWants to play at Michigan, as planned


ANN ARBOR - Talking about it rips Elliott Mealer's heart out.

But reliving the Christmas Eve auto accident his family was involved in that killed his father, David, and girlfriend, Hollis Richer, is something Mealer does often.

Even when there's no one to talk to.

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Detroit News: Mealer moves on

from Detroit News:

U-M's Mealer moves on without father, girlfriend
Lineman leaves OSU country after tragedy, starts new life in Ann Arbor

Associated Press

ANN ARBOR -- Elliott Mealer always believed he was destined to play college football.
Just not at Michigan.

But there he was, all 6-foot-6 inches and 298 pounds of him, emerging from Schembechler Hall on Sunday in a uniform he grew up despising. Now it's part of a new beginning that's helping him slowly replace tragedy.

Mealer's new football home has provided solace 55 miles from Wauseon, Ohio, the small town where Mealer learned to love football and where last December, his life changed.

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Michigan lands a kicker: Anthony Fera

Example of new regimes emphasis on special teams. Is capable of helping both offense and defense by improving field position.

Huge leg who is capable of reaching end zone of kick offs from thirty yardline. Also shows very good height on both field goals and kick offs. Has kicked fifty-eight yard Field Goal in high school.

Needs Improvement:
Needs to get to the ball a bit quicker and speed up his approach. Will also need to adapt to kicking Field Goals without tee.

Fera Highlights:

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