Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- Spring Practice Recap -- Some Additional Thoughts

Posted at 7:00am — 4/21/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Spring Practice Recap — Some Additional Thoughts

1) Norfleet went into spring attempting to prove one thing. Can he run between the tackles? I think the answer to that question is yes. Norfleet is really an interesting kid comes from a tough background and has this belief that he can play and should be playing. I continue to believe that UM just finds a way to get him on the field and with our now depth at RB’s especially with the 2 incoming frosh (and with Jackson’s history of not playing multiple backs) that means someone is going to have to find additional roles. I could see Norfleet being used as a slot or running specific plays. However, if the idea is to get the best players on the field just think Norfleet has to play some snaps.

3) Incoming frosh RB’s. While I was on the bandwagon thinking either incoming frosh RB could play a lot next year I now believe that Green (if he comes to UM in shape and has a great fall) will be in the rotation while Smith I think red-shirts. I just think both D. Johnson and Rawls in addition to the change-up of using Norfleet has shown me enough.

In addition, by the end of spring, I started seeing some vast improvement of the OL and the ability of the RB’s to read the OL.

5) Chesson the most impressive part of his game (of course other than how smooth he is running) is his ability to catch the ball in traffic and willingness to take a hit. His ability to catch the ball was my biggest concern, but if spring is an indication, he is going to be fine.

10) One other tidbit, I did not see one snap in spring that Braden played OT. Now, it may have happened, but I did not see one. Why is this significant? Mainly because Coach Funk likes to experiment in the spring and it may have been they wanted to give Braden as many snaps as possible at LG. Or it could mean, they are happy with the development of Mags who played both RT and LT and even some snaps with the 1’s at LT when they rested Lewan. Also, if we have to Gunderson is not bad at RT.

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