Monday, August 27, 2018

Michigan Monday: It's Game Week and We Have Bad News

By now you have heard, the bad news that Tarik Black hurt his foot in the final scrimmage on Saturday night.   It's the opposite foot that he hurt last year and the rumor mill is saying it's broken, which probably puts him out for a minimum of a couple months.

Tarik is regarded as Michigan's best WR and #1 deep threat.   This of course is going to hurt an offense that struggled to score points and gain yards last season.   The good news is that many insiders believe that Nico Collins has had a very strong camp and is ready to make a big impact.   I also wonder if this might helps propel Ambry Thomas to play more WR.

Open Practice:
Seems like there was a good amount of people in attendance, which was nice to see.  I watched the Facebook stream and it was just drills which really didn't show us much.    From a few people that attended, they seemed to be very high on Shea Patterson.

Offensive Line is set for ND

Runyan, Bredeson, Ruiz, Onwenu, JBB who won the RT over Hudson.  JBB having game experience had to help his case for starting in South Bend. 

There were also reports on the "Saturday night freak out" that both Higdon and Gary also had suffered injuries.  Both seem to be minor and both are expected to play on Saturday.  

Transfer issues?

Jeff George, Jr. has decided to leave Michigan's program after just arriving a few months ago.  Jeff joining the Wolverines was a head scratcher at the time, as he had a zero chance of ever seeing the field.  Some even suspected this was to learn from Jimmy so he could coach in a year or two.   I assume Jeff thought he would get a shot at the starters job, which was a poor assumption and a bad decision to come to Ann Arbor.  

Casey Hughes who is the transfer DB from Utah was missing from the open practice on Saturday.  Might be another guy that transferred to a loaded position group.

Tell your parents to keep their money! 

Michigan gave 4 scholarships to deserving walk-on's this weekend.  

-LS Cam Cheeseman 
-WR Nate Schoenle
-OL  Andrew Vastardis
-RB Tru Wilson

It seems another scholarship player has left the program.  We should know today, who it is. 

Leaders and Best:

Michigan's new Captains:  Ben Bredson, Karan Higdon, Devin Bush, & Tyree Kinnel.

Two #2's

Shea Patterson of course is wearing #2.   So was WR Oliver Martin.  They obviously couldn't be on the field at the same time with the same number.  Martin is now #80.

  • ESPN news:  The Jemele Hill experiment at ESPN is now over and she will leave the network on Saturday.  Her hatred for the Maize and Blue will not be missed for many Michigan fans on the world wide leader.   Also, Jalen's new morning show "Get Up" is struggling.   The show is not getting rating and EPSN is paying the 3 hosts a combined 14M a year.   We know Greenie is getting $6M which means Jalen is probably making around $4M a year.   If ESPN wants to fix the show, put Greenie back with Golic and call the show "Mike and Mike".  ESPN took a 15 year successful show and created two bad shows out of it.   Golic and Wingo is also terrible and an awful lead in to sports radio #1 show the Dan Lebatard Show with Stugotz. 

  • Nebraska and Rutgers are also starting true freshman at QB's this season.   On a side note, Rutgers is starting Artur Sitkowski who was benched for Minnesota's walk-on starter Zack Annexstad at IMG last season.   I'm also pretty sure that Arthur got a full ride scholarship at Rutgers and Zach had to walk-on to Minnesota.  For Nebraska, their true freshman QB Adrian Martinez was committed to Tennessee when Scott Frost got the Nebraska job.  If you include Shea, there are 3 IMG QB's starting in the Big Ten next weekend. 

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