Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban meets with Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke after the game at Cowboys Stadium. Alabama beat Michigan 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Thoughts


Posted at 4:00pm — 12/4/2012

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Thoughts

1) Just asking, but one reason for the renewed interest in recruiting linebacker’s are two-fold (IMO). They just do not think they are athletic enough at linebacker as of yet. Yes they have a couple kids (ala Ross) who has shown some real athleticism, but not enough depth.

They may be considering moving a certain player from linebacker to fullback. Wont know until we see them take the field in spring, but there have been some discussions with one certain player.

2) When you have time, take a look at the scholarship list SKWDCOP has pinned to the top of message board. Here is the link: “Michigan Football: Scholarship Tracker”. Take a look at the number of freshman, red-shirt freshman, and sophomores. Then take a look at the names and the talent difference between upperclassman and players in the larger group.

This is the issue with Michigan football. The past four years have been a disaster in terms of both recruiting and having any sort of identity when it comes to Michigan football.

The transition from RR to Coach Hoke is over, but the transition from being an “OK” team in the Big 10 to being able to compete on the national stage is going to take more time. Michigan will get there, but recruiting must stay at a very high level year in and year out.

4) One part of this transition that I keep harping about is the lack of depth Michigan and Coach Hoke has had at practices. And remember, I have stated that Coach Hoke’s practices are three times more physical than either RR’s or Carr’s (in his latter years).

But, they are not physical enough (IMO) mainly because Coach Hoke has had to reduce the number of plays in which the players hit due to lack of depth especially along the offensive line.

During the season of course, players due “hit” less, but in spring and fall camp next year Coach Hoke needs to really go at it in terms of getting these kids more physical.

Note:
If you remember when Coach Hoke took over, he kept stating that his biggest challenge is getting the players to play physical on every play. That the players had a real issue of understanding the need to play tough on every down.

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