Friday, July 29, 2016

Michigan Friday: A Sneak Peak At The Jumpman Jerseys?

This was tweeted out this morning and could be an inside look at the new jerseys.  These jerseys don't include the number on the sleeve or shoulders which they call TV numbers.   We will see how close these are to reality next week.

  • Practice/Fall Camp starts August 8th and expect more 4 hour practices and probably the return of the submarine. 

  • With a us less then two weeks before camp opens, we have a bunch of articles on the internet asking the following:  What is the biggest question mark going into Fall Camp?  I believe there is only one major decision left, who is going to play QB?   We know this is Jimmy's field of expertise and he will make it as competitive as possible.  Most expect O'Korn or Speight,  I wouldn't be surprised if the light when on for Morris as some point during camp as well.  Some have speculated that Brandon Peter has a shot, I don't believe that to be accurate, he seems like he is a few years away from starting.   If Ways and Chesson are still banged up on offense, look for a few guys from the defensive backfield to play a little WR.    Peppers of course and probably Lewis. 

  • As you already know, Jimmy threw out the first pitch at the Cubs - White Sox game this week.   What a Rock Star!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Michigan Thursday: News and Notes

  • Michigan Basketball has a tough schedule next season.  They just added South Carolina to a home and home and the schedule also includes Texas, UCLA and Virginia Tech.  The home and home with Cincinnati seems to delayed or cancelled.   A Cazzie Russell coached Armstrong State will play Michigan for its exhibition game at Crisler.

  • A lot of Wood is going to be at the Nike release party.  Both LaMar and Charles are expected to attend.

  • Dhani Jones is going to be an NBC reporter at the Olympics.  

  • 2017 Alabama OL Toryque Bateman plans to be at the BBQ

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wolverine Wednesday: A New Partner and Some Former Wolverines Get New Jobs

Many Michigan fans are excited about the Nike launch next week and The Big House Blog has a new Michigan apparel partner in Fanatics.  They will have all the new Michigan Nike apparel on August 1st.   If you love your Wolverines and this blog, please check out the site and purchase your new Nike gear through the banner ad on the left or this link!   (The banner will be updated with Nike gear starting next week!)  Go Blue!

  • I haven't had a Big Will Campbell update in some time, but he just signed a contract with the Titans.  Campbell, who is 6-foot-4 and 311 pounds, has alternated between the offensive line and defensive line during his previous NFL stops with the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers. He has never played in an NFL regular-season game.   I still haven't let it go, that RR wasted his redshirt year on the field goal team.

  • Speaking of former large Wolverines, this guy went a little higher in the draft then Big Will did.  Jake Long is going to play for a Harbaugh in Baltimore.  He signed a one year deal.

  • This writer believes Michigan and Jimmy are leaving the Illini in the dust. 

  • He is not a former Michigan WR but a former 49'er, Anquan Boldin signs with the Lions.   I wonder if he has a good relationship with Jimmy?  Having one of the toughest WR's in NFL history around the Michigan WR group would have to be a positive experience.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Michigan Tuesday: Jimmy Speaks at Media Day

Well, he didn't really say much.  He did say he expects Chesson to be ready when camp opens and that Darboh is the #1 WR now.   The important take away is, we are getting close to football again! 

ESPN thought he stole the show on Day 1:  In short, Harbaugh was the same guy who dominated offseason headlines with his quirkiness. Yet something was also different about him.  At this same event last year, Harbaugh was evasive and even difficult at times during his interview sessions. He refused to give many specific answers to the media horde looking to lap up the story of his return to college football. On Monday, though, he was playful and animated, willing to talk at length about his team and other issues.

  • Jourdan Lewis on possibly being named a captain: "it would mean everything to me."

  • The Florida QB that Michigan faced in the Citrus Bowl, Treon Harris has decided to transfer from the Gators.  Treon is the 7th QB to transfer from UF in 3 years.  

  • IA WR Oliver Martin who went from basically obscurity to a 4 star WR on 24/7 after his Nike Opening performance, will be at the BBQ at the Big House.

  • 3 Star OH SDE James Hudson is planning to announce soon, there have been mixed reports if Michigan is still interested or not.   Right now MSU seems to be the leader in the clubhouse.  Sam Webb says that Michigan is trying to get him to the BBQ.

  • Former UCLA commit CA DE Hunter Echols plans to take an official visit to Ann Arbor this fall.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Michigan Monday: Has Dytarious Johnson News

Michigan Blog Touch The Banner has confirmed with Alabama LB Dytarious Johnson that he has cleared up all his academic hurdles and will enroll in January. 

If you remember, Dytarious Johnson is a 3 star LB from Prattville, Alabama who committed to the Wolverines in the 2016 class but didn't sign an LOI.   He has enrolled in prep school and will join the Wolverines in January as a early enrollee for the 2017 class.   I will add his name to the 2017 class list.

Glad to see it worked out for the young man and a hat tip to Jimmy for sticking with him.

  • Speaking of Jimmy, he played in the American Century Championship this weekend.  It's a celebrity golf tournament for charity and he tied for 62nd.   Which means he spends more time on football then golf, which is a good thing!

  • In terribly sad news,  Mike Sadler and Sam Foltz have died in the same car accident.  Mike was the former punter at MSU and Sam was punter for Nebraska.  If my memory is correct, I believe Mike committed to Michigan as a walk-on, then MSU quickly followed with a full ride scholarship.   Please send your thoughts and prayers today to both families.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Michigan Friday: Recruiting News and Notes

  • Penn State is tired of negative recruiting due to the Jerry Sandusky case.   If your Penn State or Baylor right now, I think you have a huge hole to dig out of on the recruiting trail.  

  • After getting offered by Alabama earlier in the week, Jaylen Kelly-Powell added an Auburn offer this week as well.   Maybe those teams should do a satellite camp in Michigan next summer. :-)

  • We know that Michigan would still have to recruit Aubrey Solomon very hard after his surprise commitment last month.  Aubrey will take all 5 official visits and Michigan in one of them.   The others are Oregon, Florida, Clemson and USC.   I can't blame a kid getting to see the US in 5 free trips.

  • Four-star VA S Jonathan Sunderland is making his announcement this weekend and has Michigan in top 4.   Insiders are not expecting him to end up in Ann Arbor and probably heading to Penn State.   Michigan as you know have quite of few DB's high on their board.

  • CB Benjamin St-Juste goes from pretty much un-known recruit to a top 100 guy on 24/7.  He jumped up to the #92nd  player in the nation on 24/7 after his Nike Opening performance.

  • A very quiet recruitment is 5 star TX LB Baron Browning.  He has visited A2 and his brother played for Jimmy at Stanford.   Many recruiting services believed Michigan isn't a serious contender in his recruitment.   Some new information suggests Michigan is in his top group and does have a chance to play for the Maize and Blue.   The recruits that don't talk much to the services, really could surprise everyone with their choice.

With Michigan Fall Camp around the corner and high school practices starting.   I expect we won't see a lot of new commits for awhile.   Recruits now will look to take official visits before making a decision and that can start as early as 9/3.   Michigan has 18 commits and probably 24 spots.   I believe the staff wants to keep the final 6 or 7 spots open for some the big time players still left on the board.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Michigan Thursday: Nike is Coming - Nike is Coming!

Some of the gear that will be available on August 1st is starting to leak.   

Here are a few of my favorites:

One of the things to notice is the new Maize color.  Nike calls it Amarillo or if you are on the technical side it's PMS 7406.   It's common knowledge that Jimmy prefers a deeper Maize then the highlighter yellow that Adidas was going with.   Amarillo will be a special Nike color only for use by Michigan.

MDen will be open at Midnight on 8/1 for the launch.  It will be a big party staring late on July 31st on State Street as the Michigan Band will be playing, etc.

On August 2nd, Nike will have an invitation only Forged For Greatness: The Victors Dress Code Event in Detroit.  During this event the football jerseys and a new Michigan-themed AJ Trainer 1 shoe will also be introduced.   If your a Michigan fan and Sneakerhead, I suggest you pick up a pair of the AJ Trainers 1 quickly as they will sell out on August 2nd very quickly.  

On August 6th the football jerseys will be available for sale.  The basketball jerseys will be reviled closer to the season.

Nike Golf will also be making a higher end line of Michigan gear that will be available at M Den's Victors Collection.