Apr 13, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke talks to defensive tackle Willie Henry (69) defensive end Mario Ojemudia (53) and defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins (56) during the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- Spring Practice Recap -- Odds and Ends

Posted at 7:30am — 4/26/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Spring Practice Recap — Odds and Ends

1) One of the aspects of Coach Hoke’s program so far is the coaches intensity when it comes to recruiting, the style in which they recruit, the emphasis on establishing relationships with high school coaches and (maybe because it is just reported more), but the ability of Michigan to look down the road and recruit kids for 2015 and 2016. To me, this has been a major change, Michigan has recruited future kids in the past, but nothing like under Coach Hoke’s program.

2) The player/coaches meetings (post spring practices) are designed for not only coaches being able to evaluate individual player allowing the player to ask the question (where do I stand?), but under Coach Hoke, it becomes a meeting to let each kid know what the expectations are from now until Aug 1st when team gets together. They not only tell them they expect them to work, but are very detailed on what drills they would like them to concentrate on. The detail in which they try and motivate the kids are also a big change than in the past.

3) We continue to recruit big players, both at cornerback and wide receiver. When it comes to wide receiver’s, it is easy to look at the advantage the big wide receiver’s have in red-zone (which has been a weakness at Michigan), but coaches made it quite clear in spring, they want their wide receiver’s to be a big part of the running game and expect them to be very good blockers. The emphasized they do not want their wide receiver’s to run any “run-off” routes, but even on those plays they are not involved, they want them to go hit somebody. Gallon is really good at this and will continue to be taught under Coach Hoke.

4) What are you doing in the next few weeks. Our Seniors. Are going to take finals and then go and work out with the navy seals. The kids are more nervous about those workouts than they were for any spring practice.

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke talks to offensive linesman Michael Schofield (75) in the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

5) After finals, most of the kids go home, but they will be back (most of them in May) to start taking classes and start their workouts. In the past, you rarely saw any player around in May, they usually started the second week of June. Official summer workouts still do not start until June, but a great many of the players will start the second week of May.

In the winter sessions, there were 11 players who reached the top level. Michigan has three levels players are rated, in terms of intensity of effort, etc… Coach Hoke expects this number to grow substantially this summer.

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