Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Some Pre-Spring Practice Thoughts
1) Coach Hoke in his pre-spring practice interview mentioned Kalis was now moving to RG. Couple of thoughts on this development.
A) That tells me Bryant probably wont be able to compete this spring. Bryant was primarily our back-up at RG.B) As I have mentioned in other posts, Coach Funk is the type of coach who really wants his OL to not only work, but “earn” their spot. So even though Kalis has come in very highly touted the coaches in fall of 2012 really made him “earn” his spot (even at times sending him a message by “benching” him on scout team). As you may recall, we reported that Coach Funk did this frequently a year ago with Lewan especially during spring practice. I just do not see how Kalis will NOT be in the line-up next Sept.
2) Coach Hoke did mention Furman when talking about safeties, but only mentioned M-Rob in passing. Again, last fall we reported that despite Furman’s issues last spring (off-field) he had seemed to make a turn-around and was really developing into a very good ST player. I still do not think Furman ends up starting, but could be the #1 back-up to T. Gordon and who knows when it comes to injuries.
3) Also notice how Coach Hoke mentioned both Norfleet and D. Johnson before he talked about Rawls. May not mean much, but (again as we reported) the issue with Rawls was his “vision” and making the right reads. If you can recall Rawls on numerous occasions a year ago ran into our own OL. Now some feel “vison” or improved “vision” comes with additional snaps and playing time as was the case with Touisssant, but some RB’s just never find the confidence time will tell with Rawls. I think of all the RB’s, Rawls future is this spring and fall with the incoming of Smith and Green, two similar backs in terms of power. If Rawls expects to play regularly at UM he better step it up starting this week.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — MaizeMan
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