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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Eight Wins Achieved, More Wanted

By Andy Andersen

Michigan faced their venerable old Big Ten foe, Illinois in Champaign Saturday. While Illinois featured no Red Grange, or Dick Butkus, and the Wolverines no Tom Harmon or Charles Woodson in their lineups, there was a strenuous competition with plenty of talent on the field for both sides.  Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Nathan Scheelhaase can provide football fireworks with the best of them.   One hundred thirty two points in last year’s three overtime 67-65 classic is all the proof needed.

There was plenty at stake this year.  The Wolverines are still in the Legends chase statistically, although that possibility became more moot with the loss last week to Iowa.  They needed desperately to add to their 7 wins on the season to erase visions of similarity with their slides the past three years.

Ron Zook’s Illini opened the season with six straight wins but could not stand that much prosperity, and promptly engineered a three game losing streak which had erased much of the early season euphoria and the national ranking gained by that spectacular opening.

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Grading The Performance: Michigan State

Quarterback

Saturday was just a rough day for the QB position across the board. While the QB play was heavily influenced by other factors, the QBs didn’t play well on their own. It is certainly difficult to make plays while under constant duress but even on plays where there was time and open receivers, both Denard and Devin struggled. The constant pressure exacerbated Denard’s poor footwork and by the 4th quarter he was completely rattled. In addition, Denard hesitated in the pocket on plays where there were running lanes available and a lot of green grass. Denard looks like a QB who has lost confidence, both in his own abilities and in what he is suppose to be doing. At this point Denard does not trust himself and is over thinking plays instead of being on auto-pilot. The only really successful plays from the QB position occurred when Denard was split out as a wing-back.

There are already calls from some in the Detroit media for Devin Gardner to replace Denard. If said individuals actually rewatch the tape they`d see that Devin struggled just as badly as Denard, just in different areas. Neither QB handled the blitz very well, which isn’t a surprise as most QBs, college or pro, struggle with defenders in their face. From a physical and mechanical standpoint Devin may be ready to play, but he’s nowhere near ready from the mental side. He failed to spot a wide open Stephen Hopkins running free in the secondary, instead choosing to throw into coverage. Devin threw a strike to Hemingway in the endzone only to have it called back because he threw the ball well beyond the line of scrimmage. Devin does a better job of throwing accurate passes to open receivers but first he has to find them. Lastly, he hasn’t reach the point where he can manage the game. It isn’t by accident that Denard is the one who called a timeout with the play clock expiring, Devin had no clue.

The only thing keeping the QB position from receiving a failing grade this week are the extenuating circumstances that had as much, if not more to do with play of the QBs.

Grade: D-

Running Back

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State Week End Around

Links:

Michael Rothstein of AnnA … err … WolverineNation.com has mailbag answering readers questions.

Great article by the Green Bay Press Gazette detailing how much of a impact Charles Woodson still makes as he increases in age.

A Bleacher Report writer attempted to name the top ten college hockey teams of all-time. A task I don’t envy for a second. Coming in just outside the top ten was the ‘95-96 National Champ Wolverine Team.

It was recently announced that Michigan would host its first NCAA Regional since 2003 in 2013 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

Carol Hutchins, Michigan’s Softball Coach, will be giving a speech on the historical impact of Title IX on October 24.

Interesting Article on the level of talent in the CCHA this season.

Interview with Amani Toomer on his new job breaking down Giants games.

For those that are interested: How Spartan Bob is doing 10 years later.

2012 Commit LB Royce Jenkins-Stone’s bio for the U.S. Army All-American Game.

Crazy Play of the Week:

Check out this video from the Penn State/Iowa game that involves a referee tipping a pass with his foot to a Penn State receiver.

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The Wolverine End Around For September 19th

UMGoNetwork Summary:

Senior Writer Andy Andersen recaps the victory over Eastern Michigan – Eastern Vanquished 10th Time

Forum – Wolverines in The Top 25, Buckeyes OutIs Al Borges Going To Screw Things UpAny Info. On Devin GardnerTaking Son To His First Game

2013 Recruit of the Day:

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Cass Tech DT Kenton Gibbs

Updated Commitment Profile:

Farmington Hills Harrison WR/TE Devin Funchess

Eastern Michigan Post-Game Quote:

Ron English

“You have to score from the one-inch line. Can’t score from the half yard line, you’re going to have a hard time winning, so that hurt us. As the game went along, Denard [Robinson] made some plays in there, and I felt that it took some of our steam away to be honest with you. I thought we had a hard time with him today.” – Eastern Michigan Head Coach Ron English

Pic of the Game:

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