The above is WolverineHistorian’s latest YouTube masterpiece, a compilation of Michigan running back highlights from Jamie Morris all the way through Mike Hart. For me, it’s great to see not only guys like Wheatley, Biakabutuka, and the A-Train on film again, but also the players that predated my time watching Michigan football (I’m going to sound really young here) like Morris, Leroy Hoard, and Tony Boles (holy crap, was he ever fast). When you find a spare ten minutes, watch the whole thing — you won’t be disappointed.
In other YouTube goodness, Greg went through the Bentley Historical Library and picked out all the pictures of Fielding Yost from the team portraits, compiling them into a cool video that shows how he changed from year to year. Seeing Yost age before your eyes really puts into perspective how long he was here, and also how far camera technology progressed during his Michigan career.
In football posts, Brian posted his breakdown of the defensive position battles for the spring. He gets very similar results to what I posted in my depth chart, except he expects (but does not want, by the way) Troy Woolfolk to remain at corner, with a big ol’ question mark at free (box) safety and Vlad Emilien playing strong (deep) safety. I still expect Woolfolk to end up at SS, but we’re all just guessing at this point, anyway.
Maize n Brew scored an interview with ESPN’s Big Ten blogger, Adam Rittenberg, on the 2010 recruiting class. They talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the class, Demar Dorsey, social media in recruiting, and also what fans should expect out of this class:
MnB Dave: Should Michigan get its hopes up for 2010 because of this recruiting class?
AR: People should be excited about this class. But people also need to understand that this recruiting class needs to be a difference making class. Michigan will score points this season, but if the defense doesn’t get a lot better it’s not going to matter. The defense will have to make plays, and as a result these incoming defensive recruits will have to contribute right now.
Over at Genuinely Sarcastic, (Other) Brian tells us to give up hope on getting class of 2011 linebacker Lawrence Thomas of Detroit Renaissance, a school that has become a Michigan State pipeline in recent years. While Antonio Watts’ affinity for the Spartans, and apparent dislike of Rich Rodriguez, certainly doesn’t improve Michigan’s chances of landing the potential five-star prospect, I don’t think Rodriguez and his staff are ready to write off Renaissance as a lost cause. Thomas is the best prospect in the state in his class, and you can expect Michigan to be heavily involved in his recruitment.
With more rumors flying around about Big Ten expansion, Maize and Blue Nation does a two-part look at expansion, breaking down the potential teams and then looking at possible conference alignment.
In hoops, Dylan throws five questions at former captain David Merritt in preparation for tonight’s game against Iowa. Topics include Darius Morris, the Minnesota game, Michigan’s defensive improvement, and what the team needs to do to stay motivated. He also posts a scouting report and video of class of 2011 prospect Amir Williams, a four-star forward who may be more college-ready than 2010 prospect Jon Horford. Here’s Calvin, who scouted Williams and took the video, on the 6-10 Detroit Country Day prospect:
That being said, whoever lands Williams is going to get a heck of a player. We still don’t know if he’s done growing. He can leap, he’s quick and he has pretty good hands. His offensive game can be molded essentially from scratch. Defensively, he will always be a threat. Basically, he will be an immediate contributor just because of his size and athleticism coupled with the presence he can provide in the post. And that’s awesome.
Sounds like a guy we could use. Obviously.
In hockey, The Blog That Yost Built has a great Olympic anecdote on Jack (MF) Johnson, and also a recap of Michigan’s depressing sweep at the hands of Nebraska-Omaha, which almost certainly ensured that the Wolverines will have to win the CCHA Tournament to earn an NCAA berth. Worst. Year. Ever.
Finally, Formerlyanonymous starts his baseball preview series at MGoBlog by looking back at last year’s team. I’m going to avoid commenting, as every team I love has made me miserable this year. Maybe if I completely ignore baseball, we’ll win something.