Monday, March 8, 2010

Michigan Monday: Huggy Bear Needs a Hug

Michigan has a long history of getting some top high school prospects from the State of California and hoping they become college football stars. Michigan lost out on the 2010 version when Sean Parker headed to Washington, the 2009 version is Tate Forcier and Donovan Warren became a Wolverine in the 2007 class. There was also a guy named Tom Brady that came from California to play in Ann Arbor.

Michigan fans will remember a California football star in 1998 that came to Michigan with high expectations named Justin Fargas. Justin was the son of TV Star "Huggy Bear" from Starsky and Hutch. Justin showed flashes of greatness in his freshman year when he ran for 277 yards and 1 TD but similar to Sam McGuffie he had trouble breaking tackles and making big runs in the Big Ten. In the 2000 season, Justin decided to try the safety position before transferring to Southern CAL. Michigan fans knew Justin was talented but many of us expected him to have the same issues at USC. He didn't and Justin went for 715 yards during his senior year and got drafted by the Raiders.

Justin has had a pretty consistent NFL career gaining over 1000 yards in 2007, 853 yards in 2008 and 491 yards in 2009 splitting time with Bush and McFadden.

Justin was due a $1.7 million payout today and promptly got cut by the Raiders yesterday. Let's hope he gets picked up by a team that needs a running back. Lions, are you listening?

Update: Jason Advant signs a new 5 year deal with the Eagles. Well Done, Jason! "Jason Avant has developed into one of our most dependable and productive players on offense," Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement released by the team. “He's physical, he's tough and he has the respect of all of his teammates. Jason plays the game of football the right way; he competes on a daily basis, whether it's in the game or in practice."

"He is also what I consider a person with high character and he's a guy that I like to think younger players have and will continue to learn from. Jason is a devoted man in the community and gives a great deal of time helping others. We're glad to have him back in Philadelphia for the next five seasons."

  • TomVh from Mgoblog says that OL Tony Posada has a Michigan offer. Tony is 6'5 and 295 pounds.

  • State of Michigan LB Lawrence Thomas verbally committed to MSU over the weekend.

  • New Michigan AD and former CEO of Domino's Pizza David Brandon takes control of the Athletic Department today. Dave has already shown to be a great addition to the Wolverines Athletic Program and we expect big things from him with the top two revenue sports struggling.

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