Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — From My Perspective
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2) A quick question? Is Michigan building a SEC-like defense. Not sure we still have the same talent level, but I have heard Coach Saban speak many times about how to build a defense and seems like Coach Mattison and Saban could write the same book.
First you have to be big and physical on interior defense (check) with Pipkins and Washington returning along with players like Henry and Godin, not to mention Wormley and next year Hurst and Poggi coming in, we look to have depth and size.
Next you need some overall team speed on defense, this is where Michigan has been really lacking and still is in some cases. But with the addition of Mario (who I think is a perfect example of a SEC type player) Ross, and Wilson we are much faster in key positions.
Then you need physical corners which Michigan continues to recruit.
4) At times I wonder why we don’t red-shirt players and I think in future Michigan has a higher percentage of incoming frosh red-shirting, but, I also love the way Coach Hoke takes kids like RJS and others in freshman class and basically tell them if they want to impress coaches do it on ST’s. I now believe that the only positions that should red-shirt unless absolutely necessary for depth they play is either OL or DL and of course QB. All other positions, because you recruit so many at those positions yearly should play if they are ready.
6) As MSU has shown having a new QB can cause disruption in your offensive production. MSU was a very good offensive team a year ago, this year they are struggling. Their OL is not as good as normal,but they were not great a year ago either.
Fast forward, Michigan is going to go through a very similar transition, except it could be even more drastic because of the type of QB we will have.This is one reason, Gardner may have a great shot to win the QB job next year. If he is even with Bellomy I think Gardner wins because it will give Michigan the ability to make transition even smoother.
Couple that with the outside chance that even though we are going to be talented in the OL, we could have 4 new starters. Good thing it looks like Big 10 will be down again next year.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — MaizeMan
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