January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive end Frank Clark (57) against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Some Pre-Spring Practice Predictions — Defense


Posted at 6:30am — 3/14/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Some Pre-Spring Practice Predictions — Defense

Here is a small part of the post by MaizeMan on the message board. A little tease as we like to say so if you like what your reading please sign up to the message board to read entire post. Also the other day MaizeMan had his thoughts on the offense — Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Some Pre-Spring Practice Predictions — Offense.

January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke talks with defensive coordinator Greg Mattison against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

1) First let start out by saying some good things about Cam Gordon. I have been a fan of Cam Gordon’s since he arrived at Michigan. He was moved around under RR and then found a position under Coach Hoke and Coach Mattison, but just happened his best position was the same as our best defensive player (Ryan). Despite the frustrations he has really put forth some great effort in off-season and behind the scenes was one of the leaders. You have to give the kid some credit, I have seen many in his position just cash it in and go through the motions late in their college career and also it is a credit of the communication between this staff and players. Going into the spring, it is hard to predict that Cam will start, but he will see snaps, be on all ST’s, and finish his career on an up note at Michigan.

4) Probably the biggest thing that happened in off-season was the changes in coaching staff on defense. While almost everyone really thought Coach Montgomery was a great addition to the staff there are some who really like the fact that Coach Mattison will now be coaching the DL’s, which he will really be over-emphasizing fundamentals on how to get to the QB. Coach Mattison himself has said he likes the change.

Which brings me to me choice as the #1 player to watch in spring – Clark. Which Clark will show up this spring? Clark (Opinion) will determine what happens to other players. If the “good Clark” shows up I think they may look to move Beyer or even a longer-shot move Mario to Sam. Either way I just see Clark and Mario as being two of our more impact players and it would be great to find a way to get them both on the field. If the Clark of 2012 shows up then I see him fallen quickly down the depth chart in which I do not see him recovering. Off-season reports are he has had conversations with coaches and has shown vast improvement this off-season.

6) At LB, we have more speed, more size, and could be a very good group. and I now include RJS in the mix.

You should start seeing reports in the next two weeks. Remember the first several practices are in shorts and helmets so not much to gauge from it.

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