My Introduction

My name is Davon Johnson and I have been hired to contribute to this site as a Recruiting Analyst. My job here will be primarily centered on recruiting, but I may do other things as well. IDavon Johnson‘m 16 years old, and I live in Columbus, Ohio (enemy territory, I know). I have written for the following Michigan recruiting blogs : MGoRecruit, Midnight Maize, and Victors Valiant. I have interviewed many prospects such as Michael Hutchings, Devin Funchess, Allen Gant, Erik Magnuson, Kamani Thomas, Cameron Burrows and many others.

How did I become a Michigan fan you ask? It all started when I was just a wee lad. My uncle and I are the only Michigan fans in the family (guess you could call us the "outlaws"), so he took me to my first Michigan game when I was 11. The game was against Appalachian State. My uncle was super excited, as was I, but neither of us could’ve predicted what would happen during the game. I was excited at certain parts of the game, at other times, I felt like crying. When Chad Henne threw the pass to Mario Manningham for a touchdown late in the fourth, I was ecstatic. Then, there was the blocked field goal. At that moment, I fell into a deep depression. On the ride home however, my uncle cheered me up by telling me everything, and I stress everything about the history of Michigan football. Needless to say, after that speech, I became obsessed with Michigan.

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The Jersey Auction

MGoAuction is a great site auctioning off items to raise money for undergraduate scholarships at the University of Michigan.  Between now and November 30, there are still 105 items left to bid on, ranging from a signed ball by Justin Verlander  to “The Jersey”.

The Jersey” is the premier item this year and is signed by 57 former Michigan football stars including Charles Woodson, Jake Long, Anthony Carter (who signed on the #1), Brandon Graham, Zoltan Mesko, Larry Foote, Chad Henne, Elvis Grbac and so many more.

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The End-Around 2

On Darius Morris:Darius Morris

So it is now official, Morris is going pro after only two seasons as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan.  First analysis on his decision.  Although I believe if he had stayed another season he would have been drafted higher, I can only wish him the best and I believe he will be a solid back-up guard in the right team’s rotation.  Nobody wants to see another Ernest Shazor situation.  For what it is worth, Morris continues to climb every time ESPN’s Chad Ford updates his mock draft.  He currently projects Morris to be drafted 23rd by the Houston Rockets.  ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb said a few weeks ago that Morris should go pro if is given indication that he will be drafted in the Top 20, otherwise he should spend the off-season working on his jump shot. Andy Katz now has Michigan as a loser following the deadline to enter the draft.  He predicted they would have been a Top 15 team next season if not for the surprising decision.

Now for the aftermath and how it effects Michigan Basketball for the 2011-2012 season. 

Gary Parrish of CBSSports has Michigan 20th ….while Andy Katz has them 23rd:

The Wolverines would have been much higher but took a hit when Darius Morris unexpectedly decided to stay in the draft. Tim Hardaway Jr., is back; so, too, are Jordan Morgan, Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Jon Horford and Matt Vogrich. Michigan will tussle with Wisconsin behind Ohio State in the Big Ten. But losing Morris takes a creator off the floor.

Michigan and Bradley will play a home and home the next years with Bradley. That means Bradley will visit Ann Arbor this upcoming season and the Wolverines will return the favor the following year.

Paul Zeise wonders if the University of Pittsburgh is becoming a reservoir for other program’s malcontents (Cullen Christian & Ray Vinopal mentioned).

Jamie Samuelsen believes that Lloyd Carr should be elected into the College Football Hall of Fame … And I agree.

David Brandon says he won’t gloat over Ohio State’s current situation.

Future Wolverine O-Lineman Tony Posada is looking to shine at this week’s Florida State Championship Track Meet.

Angelique Chengelis recently highlighted five potential difference makers for the Michigan Football team heading into next season.

Chad Henne says that Jim Mandich’s last words to him were confidence building.

And to close things out today, check out Zac & Jill Moon’s Wedding Entrance, a true must-see:

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My Top Michigan Memories

Senior Writer Andy Andersen’s Greatest Michigan Football Memories

By: Senior Writer Andy Andersen

It always seems unfair to pick out favorite Michigan Football games, as over the years so many of them have provided an outstanding entertainment to the millions of Wolverine fans that have enjoyed so many successes at home and away.

Lance has limited the commentary to only the last twenty-five years. Fortunately that window provides plenty of scenes to recall with pleasure, and a significant few that stunned so badly that most Michigan fans would rather forget them. They won’t get mentioned here. And it excludes the most unexpected M victory ever: M over OSU in 1969.

Even without that, my first three great games are all games against Ohio State.

The first would be the 1997 Michigan/Ohio State game. It doesn’t get better that that. Charles Woodson shining on offense and defense on his way to becoming the first defensive player to win the Heisman, provided a lifetime memory. His 78-yard punt return for a TD sealed the victory. This game featured a great home crowd, great stakes, great performances, and great results. A Big Ten Championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl happened via this 20-14 M win. Without this win a National Championship doesn’t happen. Woodson had also provided window dressing with his great interception in the 1997 win over MSU, which didn’t make the list because it was not an especially great game, but I have never seen anything more athletic than that Woodson interception against the Spartans. Never.

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Second comes the 1991 Desmond Howard Heisman pose in the south end zone after the 93-yard punt return to seal the deal in an outstanding 33-3 rout. At the time I thought that DH was hamming it up excessively with his dramatic Heisman pose. Time has proven Desmond right and me wrong. This has provided an enduring film clip of a fine Michigan moment. This one led to a Big Ten Championship, but a loss in the Rose Bowl clouded any National Championship hopes. That doesn’t diminish a great win and a great player’s shining moment. The crowd went nuts. Additionally, the Howard “catch” against Notre Dame for a last minute game winner could easily be included in the this list of top five fan moments and games.

 

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