Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Michigan Tuesday: Defense Gets Help and Loses A DL/LB

There were two reports last night that might effect the future of Michigan Football on the defensive side of the ball.  A new analyst/staff member and a defensive lineman looking for a new home.

The defensive lineman that has put his name in the portal is Reuben Jones.   Reuben has been in the program for 3 years as LB/DE, he did redshirt which should leave him 2 years of eligibility at his new school.   If he is able to graduate this spring, he would be eligible to play right away.

Reuben played in 11 games at Michigan and had one tackle per Mgoblue.   He is from Florida and I wouldn't be surprised to hear he ended up at UCF or USF.    Good Luck Mr. Jones!

Update:  Michigan has confirmed that Reuben is in the portal, is expected to graduate after this semester and will participate in Spring Practice as he considers his options. 

Reports are that Jimmy has added a new analyst to his staff, former Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Nate Woody.  Nate was rumored to be taking the Army DC job and also a role at Georgia State, but the latest reports from 24/7 and Footballscoop.com is that he is heading to Ann Arbor.  Prior to GT, Woody spent 4 years as App. State's DC.

Your probably wondering what is the upside of this hire?   There is two areas that Jimmy is expecting Nate to contribute to the team.

 #1 Michigan has Army on the schedule next year which is a very difficult team to prepare for.  Also expect Army in the top 25 to start next season.  Coming from GT, Nate should have plenty of background on how to stop the triple option.

#2 Nate has run a 3-4 defense and is a specialist in zone coverages.  That's right folks,  I said zone coverages.  If Don Brown opens his mind a bit, this could be a very nice partnership.

  • #5 Michigan Basketball takes on Ohio State tonight at 9:00 on ESPN.  OSU is 3-5 in the Big Ten.  Stay Warm if your headed to the game or even if your not! 

  • Iggy was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the 4th time. 

  • Remember when Michigan didn't have money for assistant coaches?  Per Nick Baumgardner, Michigan assistant/staff will make nearly $7M next season. 

1 comment:

Kid Adorable said...

I believe the game tonight is on ESPN2 fwiw.