Team 135

Team 135

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Another Preferred Walk On at Michigan

The BHB is starting to be the place where you get all your Michigan Wolverine walk-on news.

Coach Rodriguez has found another walk-on he would like to add to next years team. It's Fullback Calvin Smith from Joliet Catholic Academy in Illinois.

Smith is 6-2, 235 and rushed for 537 yards for an average of 5.5 yards per carry.

Now, Smith is planning to enroll in at least one class this summer so that he can participate in Michigan's summer workouts.

"I'd like to get on special teams next season and maybe get a chance to play in goal line situations," he said

My $.02 on walk-on's: I love the idea of a preferred walk-on coming to Michigan, it gives the team depth, but it also gives the team the ability to practice with a higher number of players. One of RR's comments this past year was, Michigan was doing a lot of good things on Monday - Friday that wasn't showing up on Saturday. Maybe having more kids at practice will allow Michigan the ability to practice at a different level and close the Saturday gap.

This policy also gives kids a chance to "live the dream" and put on the winged helmet in front of 110,000 fans on a Fall Saturday. Now that is something they can tell their grandchildren about!
I'm very much in favor of this new policy and hope it gardeners a "diamond in the rough"!

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