Aug 31, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive end Taco Charlton (33) celebrate with fans after the game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 59-9. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- Football Stuff

Posted at 11:00pm — 12/12/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Football Stuff

This is a small sample of MaizeMan’s post on the message board.

In some sense, this is the start of the off-season and competition for the younger players and many times the way players produce in these practices will put them on the initial depth chart for the spring.

1...GBMWolverine...M...AvatarAlso, these practices become important for players like Strobel, Shallman, etc. Those players who could of seen some action this year, but was hindered because of nagging injuries.

Bowl practices also give coaches an opportunity to somewhat “start over” and it would not be unexpected for UM to look like a completely different team in the bowl game. During the season, it is impossible to make big changes because as soon as the game is over on Saturday coaches are in “game week” for the next game. They now have a couple weeks including some time that is dead period in recruiting to really dive into what was successful and maybe more importantly how do the coaches want to proceed in the future.

This is also an important time for the players which is not discussed much in that some of the kids need to get their academics straightened out and if history repeats itself, Hoke and staff will use this opportunity to talk to the players, in some cases, individually especially those who lets say had certain issues with their standing on the team.

In terms of bowl game, this game is a winnable game and I personally stand somewhat on the fence in terms of what I would like to see.

On the one hand, (which I think will happen) Hoke will treat this game like he has the other games this year in terms of personnel. I expect to basically see the same rotation.

On the other hand, I really hope we see the “future” in this game with players like Taco, Gedeon, Thomas getting substantial playing time.

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