Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Based on Some Conversations
1) Wide Receivers:
Coaches are excited about both Chesson and Darboh. One coach stated “I have never been around a couple of kids who are not only good athletes, but you would be hard pressed to find better kids”.
Darboh ever since coming to Michigan has had a great approach to not only football, but college and “he will contribute” … “has very good hands” and “will hit you when blocking”.
Chesson what people tend to forget is how raw he was coming out of high school and has had the usual difficulties adapting to this level of competition. But expectations are he is going to make an impact before leaving Michigan.
2) As I stated in Chat Monday Night, my early picks for the best defensive players in 2013 Mario, Pipkins, and Ross.At least those are the ones I hope are the best because they simply are the most athletic players we have. Wilson could be considered in this group, but although Wilson is the favorite going into spring he is going to be pushed. Mario to me could be the key to next years defense. If he can become that impact pass rusher along with the return of Ryan and the emphasis of all the defensive line’s to improve pass rushing skills Michigan finally may be able to pressure the quarterback.
3) My early picks for sleepers (based on off-season) for spring.
Offense: Drake Johnson
5) He is a true freshman, but Bosch I think already starts out on 2-deep and he is much more athletic than projected. Coach Hoke of course wants to red-shirt all freshman offensive linemen, but Bosch is going to push someone this spring. He is probably one of the best “true” interior offensive linemen we have.
The defensive backfield is also an area I am most concerned. Hopefully a better pass rush will help.
I still see Wilson as the favorite, but he has to show consistency and play with confidence. That was the issue last year (maybe because he was a true freshman), but some kids mature, some kids dont. Maturity — I mean ability to play with confidence, which speeds up his play.
With Clark, he is a Junior now. He should be able to defend the run, he can play, he just needs to show more dedication.
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