Thursday Quick Hits: Moosman to Start at Center; Other OL News

By · Thursday, September 24, 2009 · 4:37 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • The current offensive line situation is as follows: David Moosman is practicing again and will start at center on Saturday.  Mark Huyge, who has been starting at right tackle, practiced at right guard yesterday and may start at that position against Indiana.  John Ferrara filled in for Moosman at RG against Eastern Michigan, but this week Huyge could be in the starting lineup at that position, allowing Perry Dorrestein to get the start at right tackle.
  • Michael Williams wore a red no-contact jersey during practice yesterday.
  • Many teams are suffering from flu outbreaks, and Michigan is doing everything it can to prevent that from happening.
  • As a result of some general warnings about an increased risk of terror activity, all bags are now prohibited from Michigan Stadium.
  • I am currently tied for first in Big Ten Bloggers Pick’em.
  • Although walk-ons aren’t necessarily big-name players, they have contributed an awful lot to the Michigan football program, and some are being rewarded for their hard work by being put on scholarship.
  • A week after suspending Jonas Mouton, the Big Ten has done the same to Purdue’s Zach Reckman, who threw a right at a Northern Illinois player last Saturday.
  • The Athens Banner-Herald has a Q&A with Lloyd Carr.

Monday Quick Hits: David Molk Breaks Foot, Out 4-6 Weeks

By · Monday, September 21, 2009 · 4:16 PM |  Share | 2 Comments 
  • Starting center David Molk broke his foot during the Eastern Michigan game and will be out 4-6 weeks.  He had surgery on the injured foot earlier today.
  • Replacing Molk will be David Moosman, who is going to return this week from an injury.  He separated his shoulder against Notre Dame and missed the EMU game as a result, but he is going to play on Saturday and will slide to the left from right guard to play center.  John Ferrara, who filled in for Moosman at RG on Saturday, will likely get the start again this week, though Tim McAvoy and Rocko Khoury could provide some competition for the starting spot.
  • Brandon Minor’s ankle is still bothering him, which is why he left the Eastern Michigan game early on.  Minor is considered day-to-day and could probably play through the injury if he had to.
  • Rich Rodriguez was upset with the Big Ten’s decision to suspend Jonas Mouton, especially since they didn’t let him know about said decision until Thursday night.  Rodriguez said that now that a precedent has been set, he is going to make sure there is no double standard for other similar incidents.
  • Michigan moved up to 23rd in the AP Poll and 22nd in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
  • Carlos Brown is the Big Ten’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
  • Troy Woolfolk jokingly let Brown know that his father, Butch, still holds the record for the longest run in Michigan history (92 yards).  Brown replied by saying that there are still nine games left for him to break that record.
  • Ron English didn’t look very happy when he shook Rich Rodriguez’s hand after the game on Saturday.
  • The Michigan Daily put together a great piece on Michigan’s players from Trotwood, Ohio.  This comes after their excellent story last week on Michigan’s Pahokee players.
  • Maize & Blog recently interviewed Devin Gardner.
  • Mario Manningham had a breakout game last night, catching 10 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown in the Giants’ 33-31 win over the Cowboys.
  • Michigan’s 2010 basketball recruiting class is currently ranked as the 14th best in the nation by ESPN.
  • Michigan’s basketball schedule this season is the 8th-toughest in the country, according to SI.
  • Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd is out for the rest of the regular season because of a broken collar bone.

Friday Quick Hits: Hemingway Probable for Saturday; Moosman Out

By · Friday, September 18, 2009 · 5:53 AM |  Share | 1 Comment 
  • Michigan has sent out this week’s injury report, and only three players are listed on it: David Moosman, Tim McAvoy, and Junior Hemingway.  Moosman, as expected, is out.  McAvoy, who missed the first two games with a knee injury, is also out.  Hemingway, on the other hand, is probable, meaning he should play barring any last-minute setbacks.
  • Also in the release is that the captains for tomorrow’s game against Eastern Michigan will be wide receiver LaTerryal Savoy, wide receiver Jon Conover, defensive end Brandon Graham, and kicker Jason Olesnavage.
  • John Ferrara may fill in for Moosman as the starting right guard.
  • I previewed the Eastern Michigan game over on Go Blue Michigan Wolverine.
  • Tate Forcier has been named the AT&T All-America Player of the Week.
  • Rich Rodriguez has no plans to move quarterback Denard Robinson to a new position now that Tate Forcier appears to be set in stone as the starter.  I don’t even know why Rodriguez was asked about this, as it’s not like Michigan’s depth at QB got any better because of how Forcier played.  It’s great to have one player stand out and solidify his role as the starting QB, but depth is still thin.  Maybe when Devin Gardner comes to Michigan next year this would be a legitimate question, but it makes no sense for it to be asked right now.
  • interviewed Nick Sheridan.
  • An unofficial “Forcier4Heisman” site has popped up.  It seems a bit early to be proclaiming Forcier as a Heisman candidate, but the site has a disclaimer saying that it is for “The Unofficial Start to the Inevitable Hype” that Forcier will win the Heisman by 2012.
  • Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman was mentioned in an article about Myles Brand, speculating that she could be a candidate to replace him.  She laughed off the article, though, saying “I’ve got the best job in the world.”
  • A picture of the Drew Sharp sign I mentioned earlier this week has been posted on mgoblog.
  • A highlight video of the first two games has been set to “Lose Yourself,” which was one of the songs piped in last Saturday (and likely will become a staple of piped in music based on the reaction).

Thursday Quick Hits: Minor Should Play Against Notre Dame

By · Thursday, September 10, 2009 · 5:03 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 

Friday Quick Hits: Odoms Misses Practice; Minor Back at Full Speed

By · Friday, August 21, 2009 · 5:28 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Martavious Odoms missed practice yesterday because of a headache.  Brandon Minor, who had been limited because of headaches, is going full speed again.
  • Donovan Warren and Ricky Barnum were in green limited-contact jerseys.
  • The quarterbacks wore black jerseys in practice yesterday to signal that they are not live.
  • The competition for starting kicker appears to be pretty even so far, though MVictors thinks freshman Brendan Gibbons has the “slight edge.”
  • John Ferrara may move back to the defensive line because of a lack of depth.
  • Tom Pomarico will probably be Michigan’s starting long snapper.
  • Ace of The Wolverine Blog was at practice yesterday, and one of the players that stood out to him was Kelvin Grady, who seems to be receiving quite a bit of praise, including some from Rich Rodriguez.  Another thing that Ace noticed was dropped punts, which the team still seems to be struggling with.
  • Though he didn’t show it, Brandon Minor was really injured last year.
  • Dave Birkett has video of the offensive line doing a drill.
  • It would cost Michigan $2 million to back out of its game at Connecticut in 2013.
  • Michigan Stadium is one step closer to becoming a host site for the World Cup if it is awarded to the United States, as it made a list of 32 venues.  13 stadiums were eliminated from the last list.
  • Two videos of Rich Rodriguez speaking to a group of fans have been uploaded to YouTube.
  • WolverineHistorian uploaded highlights of the 1998 Rose Bowl, which comes in three different videos.

Monday Quick Hits: Spring Practice Begins

By · Monday, March 16, 2009 · 6:30 AM |  Share | 3 Comments 
  • There is a rumor out there that a few Michigan football players were involved in an incident at Scorekeepers over the weekend, but right now it is only a rumor. For that reason I won’t mention any names or anything like that. If it is anything more than a rumor, I’m sure we will hear about it soon enough.
  • The Wolverine has a transcript of Rich Rodriguez’s press conference on Saturday (the info in the next few bullet points is from the transcript).
  • Defensive coordinator Greg Robinson will work with outside linebackers and defensive ends.
  • Nick Sheridan unsurprisingly took the first snap at quarterback. He is technically the returning starter with Steven Threet gone, and Tate Forcier has to actually practice before he can climb up the depth chart.
  • John Ferrara isn’t changing positions back to the defensive line (at least not yet, anyways)
  • The team won’t practice in pads until this Thursday.
  • Mike Tirico and Central Michigan coach Butch Jones were at Saturday’s practice.
  • The Free Press has a photo gallery of the first spring practice.
  • Rich Rodriguez’s Twitter page is, in fact, real.
  • Former Miami quarterback Robert Marve is going to visit Michigan and five other schools before making a decision about where he is going to transfer.
  • Tiffany Ofili won a national championship in the 60-meter hurdles for the second year in a row.
  • Tickets for a Michigan athletics celebration featuring a reunion of the Fab Five are going on sale today.

Monday Presser Notes (Week 11)

By · Monday, November 3, 2008 · 8:33 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 

Rich Rodriguez:

  • Steven Threet took a helmet to helmet hit in the fourth quarter, but he should be able to practice later this week. “We anticipate no problems.”
  • Practice yesterday was more of correcting things rather than a usual practice.
  • Getting a win and making progress fundamentally are two things that hopefully will happen the rest of the season.
  • “We’re playing for the Brown Jug in this game.” (In reference to Saturday’s game against Minnesota)
  • The 3-3-5 was implemented against Purdue to help the secondary and was not a permanent switch. The strategy changes on a game-by-game basis.
  • “We all talked about it as a staff.” (In reference to the switch to a 3-3-5)
  • Mike Williams, Sam McGuffie, and Troy Woolfolk (he sprained his ankle in the first quarter against Purdue) should all play against Minnesota.
  • Carson Butler will probably stay at defense end. He played around 23 or 24 snaps against Purdue. He’s still learning the position but showed some things there.
  • “Donovan Warren will play both safety and corner.”
  • Justin Feagin is going to play at the slot receiver position. He played on two special teams situations against Purdue and will get in more this coming Saturday.
  • “Schemes don’t cause you to miss 21 tackles.”
  • He was asked a question about whether or not he thinks Scott Shafer is doing a good job this year and quickly said he’s never going to point the finger at one player or one coach.
  • “I know we can build this program to be one of the best in the country.”
  • “There’s not a guy on our staff that feels good right now.”
  • The coaches will be watching everybody very closely the next three weeks.
  • “Every time there is something said everybody wants to make a big deal out of something.”
  • The key for Minnesota’s success this year is a better defense and their quarterback.
  • Playing indoors is a little bit different.
  • Some portions of practice this week will be inside to get ready to play in the Metrodome.
  • The progress made inside the program isn’t showing up on Saturday, but it is happening Sunday through Friday.
  • Minnesota has done a really good job of taking the ball away this year.

Zoltan Mesko:

  • It’s an honor to be a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award.
  • “It’s alright to do individual things, but I’d rather trade everything that I’ve done for a team effort.”
  • “I’ve worked with a couple NFL guys to fine tune my mechanics.”
  • Michigan’s long snapper, Sean Griffin, noticed that Purdue’s center put his head down on the fake punt. On every other punt he looked forward.

Tim Jamison:

  • The team got together on Sunday and said that they are going to finish off this season strong.
  • The team does tackling drills during every practice. They just have to execute during games.
  • Minnesota is a much improved team compared to last year.

Brandon Minor:

  • The offense played well on Saturday because everyone was clicking at the same time.
  • His wrist is good. (It was re-injured against Purdue.)

John Ferrara:

  • The switch to offensive line wasn’t that tough mentally. All it is now is getting the fundamentals and technique taken care of.
  • He played a little bit of tight end in high school but never played on the o-line.
  • The toughest thing for him is pass protection. Your technique has to be really sound.
  • Nick Sheridan’s dad recruited Ferrara to Michigan before Steve Stripling did.
  • He is roommates with Perry Dorrestein.

David Molk:

  • It’s tough to switch from the d-line to the o-line. (He was asked about Ferrara.)
  • The offensive line gels more with every practice the team has.
  • Losing is tough.
  • At first he didn’t think the transition would be this radical for the offensive line.
  • Pass blocking is a little more difficult than run blocking.

Friday Quick Hits: Injuries Alter Offensive Line Again

By · Friday, September 26, 2008 · 12:47 PM |  Share | 1 Comment 
  • Michigan’s offensive line has been constantly changing due to injuries this season, and more changes are on the way for tomorrow’s game.

    Left guard Tim McAvoy has worked at left tackle, coach Rich Rodriguez said, and backup right guard John Ferrara has been getting repetitions at left guard. Those moves were precipitated by injuries to starting left tackle Mark Ortmann and his backup, Perry Dorrestein.

    Ortmann, who missed Michigan’s loss to Notre Dame with a dislocated right elbow, practiced in a green, non-contact jersey Wednesday. Rodriguez said before practice that Ortmann would be able to play against the Badgers. He wasn’t so optimistic about Dorrestein, who donned a green practice jersey because of a knee injury.

    Thankfully Mark Huyge should be returning from an injury he suffered before the season even started. Any added depth at this point is needed because Michigan is only an injury or two on the offensive line away from complete disaster.

  • Along with Michael Phelps and other Michigan Olympians, Mike Hart, Jake Long, and Mario Manningham also will be at the Wisconsin game since their NFL teams have a bye this week. (HT: MGoBlog)
  • Michigan will open the 2008 basketball season against Michigan Tech in the first-round of the 2K Sports Classic (aka Coaches vs. Cancer). If Michigan gets by Michigan Tech then they will play the winner of the Northeastern-IUPUI game. It was originally thought that UMass would be in Michigan’s regional, but since they are not I would expect Michigan to advance out of their regional and to Madison Square Garden. If that happens, the Wolverines would likely play UCLA or Southern Illinois. Duke also will probably make it to the semi-finals, but since Michigan plays them in December, my guess is that the Blue Devils are on the other side of the bracket.
  • An article on ESPN discussed how some high school athletes are homeschooled, and Tate Forcier was mentioned quite a bit.
  • Football recruit Thomas Gordon, a player from Cass Tech High School, is announcing his college decision after his game this afternoon. Gordon’s final two is Michigan and Michigan State, and all indications are that he is going to pick Michigan.
  • Greg Mathews likes brownies, especially ones made by Rich Rodriguez’s son.
  • The top of the polls are going to look much different next week as Oregon State upset #1 USC last night. The Beavers got out to a 21-0 lead after the first half and managed to stave off a USC comeback to win 27-21. Even though USC had more talent, Oregon State outplayed them.

    Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 186 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was able to find room to run on nearly every play thanks to his lack of size. Being only 5’6″, he disappeared after getting the ball and really was dominant against a usually great USC defense. James Rodgers, the brother of Jacquizz, scored two touchdowns as well. He was on the receiving end of a couple TD passes from QB Lyle Moevao, meaning the two brothers played a big part in helping Oregon State take down USC.

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