Posts Tagged ‘Michigan Wolverines’


Michigan is the clear choice as the question mark in the Legends Division.  Heck, they might even have the most question marks in the NCAA this year.

To start, reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Denard Robinson will be adjusting to a pro style offense,  a far cry from Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense last season.  How he adjusts to getting the ball from under center will have a huge effect on the offense.  If he adjusts seamlessly, Michigan will have a dynamic offense again this year, if he struggles, it will be up to the defense to win games.

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New Michigan head coach Brady Hoke got off to a fast start on the recruiting trail in January and was able to salvage his first class.  So far, the momentum has carried over for the 2012 recruiting class as Michigan has 16 commitments to date.

The 16 players that Hoke has recruited also are highly rated, as he has 7 4-star players with verbals.  While only 2 of the recruits are in the ESPNU top 150, many others are fringe 150 players and that will go a long way in rebuilding an ailing program.

Hoke and his staff had a clear vision on how they wanted to build their first class, and that is by restocking the depth on defense.  They have commits from 3 DB’s, 4 LB’s, and 4 defensive lineman.

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Craig Roh is making strides this offseason, preparing for the Wolverines' new 4-3 scheme

Michigan junior defensive end Craig Roh started his career in the Maize and Blue as a 225 pound “tweener” who played something of a hybrid position for the Wolverines. Now, he is getting into a groove this offseason, and is up to 266 pounds from his 250 last season, and he wants to reach 270 pounds to improve as a strict power defensive end.

Roh had a paltry 2.5 sacks last season, but that number figures to skyrocket in 2011 as he is working extremely hard this offseason to improve his craft, both on and off the field.

Apparently Roh is eating five meals a day at a rough average of 1,000 calories apiece in order to increase his weight, and he says he’s gone a bit overboard at times:

“I’m eating 5,000 calories right now, which is like five 1,000-calorie meals,” he said. “It’s terrible. A couple nights ago, I actually threw up because I ate a 2,000-calorie meal. It was just way too much.”

With Roh going up against a ton of blue-collar, hard nosed offensive lines and dropping into coverage far less than he ever has before, it should be a huge advantage for him to have the extra weight:

“I think I’m going to be more of the D-line, rush position,” he said. “I’m (still) going to be dropping back some. You’re in the Big Ten, you need a little bit of weight to throw around. I still feel pretty good.”

Roh is currently ranked pretty low on our defensive end rankings, and as an underclassmen, he won’t have a ton of film for us to evaluate as far as the draft goes, so this season could be critical for him, and if he breaks out, he might consider leaving school early for a shot at the NFL. If not, he might be one of the top ranked defensive ends for the senior class of 2013.


Michigan should start seeing more players drafted in the near future now that they have gone back to a pro style offense under new head coach Brady Hoke.  That could even start this season, as I expect there will probably a lot more NFL talent on the squad this season than previous seasons.

Denard Robinson QB (Junior):  I fully expect “Shoelace” to return for his senior season.   The chances of Robinson turning pro after this season are as close to zero as you can get.  In fact, I cannot foresee a scenario in which “Shoelace” would go pro.  Now that being said, if he does declare this season he will likely be drafted as a receiver or a running back in the 3rd to 4th round range.

Roy Roundtree

Roy Roundtree WR (Junior RS):  The chances of Roundtree going pro after this season are higher than Robinson’s.  I do believe, however, that Roundtree, like Robinson, would benefit immensely by returning for his senior season.  Roundtree will be a good player in the NFL someday, but he would probably jump up at least one round by returning to school next season.  If he does declare for the draft, look for him to be a 4th-5th rounder.  Seeing that he does not have top-end speed, as well as the fact that he will drop a occansional pass, he will likely be used as a slot receiver in the NFL.

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New Michigan head coach Brady Hoke hopes to have a more successful first season on the job than his predecessor did. Let’s see how challenging the schedule will be for him this year.

Week 1: Vs Western Michigan:  Unless Michigan has another Toledo debacle, they will win this game.  It will be huge for Hoke to win his first game, especially at home.  With all the talent Michigan has returning- especially on offense- this game should get ugly early.

Week 2: Vs Notre Dame: My colleague Sayre Bedinger has both Notre Dame and Michigan as pre-season Top 20 teams.  Adding to the intrigue is the first night game to be played at the Big House. The last two Notre Dame- Michigan games have been ultra competitive, coming down to the final minutes… Don’t expect that to change this year.

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Michigan has lost another player from the secondary.  This time it is sophomore corner Cullen Christian, who saw some playing time under former head coach Rich Rodriguez last year. 

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New Michigan Head Man Brady Hoke

One of the most interesting places to be this spring will be Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Ann Arbor will be welcoming a new coaching staff led by new head man Brady Hoke.  As you can expect, the roster is littered with question marks with a coaching transition taking place.

On the offensive side of the ball, the biggest question is: What exactly will the offense look like?

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