Colin McGovern Update

Colin has a Michigan visit planned for March, and even though the Wolverines are full at the offensive line position he stills plans on attending just in case some thing happens. McGovern and Coach Funk keep in contact on a regular basis and have developed a very strong relationship. “Coach Funk informed me that even if I wanted to commit, they wouldn’t allow me too because they’re full at the OL position,” McGovern said.

Four-star offensive tackle Colin McGovern from New Lenox (Ill.) has over a dozen offers and has been very busy lately visiting schools and Colin McGoverntaking in offers. Colin has offers from the likes of Alabama, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. He recently participated in Tennessee’s junior day only days before he visited Vanderbilt. Here is an update on McGovern’s recruitment as of now:

  • Colin has a Michigan visit planned for March, and even though the Wolverines are full at the offensive line position he stills plans on attending just in case some thing happens. McGovern and Coach Funk keep in contact on a regular basis and have developed a very strong relationship. “Coach Funk informed me that even if I wanted to commit, they wouldn’t allow me too because they’re full at the OL position,” McGovern said. “They’re still interested in me quite a bit, but they’re focusing on other positions right now so I’d have to wait.” Even though McGovern can’t commit right now, he is still excited to visit Ann Arbor to see what Michigan has to offer. “I just want to visit and see what Michigan has to offer. I know that they have a great football program and a lot of history behind it, as well as a great education,” McGovern said.
  • McGovern’s first visit was to Ohio State (barf) and he had a “crazy experience” there. “The whole game time atmosphere and the game itself were exhilarating,” he said. Second, he visited West Virginia. “West Virginia had a different feel to it, but it was still a great experience,” he said. After those two visits, McGovern then visited Northwestern and said “It was cool to see the coaches and players in action during practice, and Coach Fitzgerald and Coach Cushing were both very welcoming and easy to talk to.” Lastly, he visited Illinois a few weeks ago and was able to see their facilities up close, which were “some of the nicest equipment and facilities that I had ever seen.”
  • I asked McGovern to give me a little bit of a breakdown on what he thought were his biggest strengths and weaknesses. He said: “My biggest strength would probably be my ability to stay low through out my block considering my size. My speed and athleticism are also big strengths in my game. A weakness that I’m currently working on is my explosiveness coming off the ball.”

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An Early Look at the 2012 B1G Legends Division (Pre-Spring)

1. Michigan 10-2 (7-1)

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2012 Forecast

IF the Wolverines can find somewhat productive replacements for Mike Martin and Ryan Van Bergen and find consistency on offense, they should have another very good season.

Key Returnees

Offense: Denard Robinson (QB-SR) 142-258 (55%) 2173 Yds. 20 TD 15 INT – 221 Carries 1176 Yds (5.3) 16 TD. B1G Football Honorable mention.Denard Robinson - OSU

Fitzgerald Toussaint (RB-JR) 187 Carries 1091 Yds (5.6) 9 TD – 6 Rec 1 TD. B1G Football Honorable mention.

Jeremy Gallon (WR-JR) 31 Rec. 453 (14.6) 3 TD.

Taylor Lewan (OT-JR) B1G Football Second Team.

Defense: Jordan Kovacs (SS-SR) 75 Tackles 8 Tfl 4 Sacks 1 Int.

Kenny Demens (MLB-SR) 94 tackles 5 Tfl 3 Sacks. B1G Football Honorable mention.

Jake Ryan (SAM-SO) 37 Tackles 11 Tfl 3 Sacks.

Craig Roh (DE-SR) 32 Tackles 8 Tfl 4 Sacks.

Key Departures

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Northwestern Game Prediction

The next rung in the undefeated ladder up upon us. While most sane people expect a slip up(or two or more) between now and the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we’re all going to enjoy each win, and hope the Big 10 season implosion of the past two years doesn’t continue. One thing is more than likely, there are teams who will expose our defensive weaknesses, but you have to like Michigan’s chances to adjust and at very least get the most out of the players at hand. As the season has played out, the positive is every team remaining on the schedule has holes. Before the season you could make a strong case that Michigan would easily lose 2-3 games, if not 4-5. Today, you can’t say that Michigan won’t have a chance with any game left.

The Wolverines leave the friendly confines of the Big House to play on the road for the first time all season. Northwestern will provide some serious challenges, especially if we’re to take Coach Pat Fitzgerald at his word that Sr QB Dan Persa is 100% after being pulled in a close game last week after fear his achilles injury from last season had been aggravated in his first game back. I tend to be skeptical, and think its coach speak, but time will tell. He is such a playmaker that I don’t think Northwestern stands much of a chance if he doesn’t play. If he does play, expect them to try quick 3 step drops and roll outs to try and keep the heat off Persa. In spite of playing the 2nd most experienced Offensive line in the country, Northwestern surrendered 4 sacks last week against Illinois. Key in my eyes is to not give big cushions to the wide outs, and bring pressure from the edges. With NU losing their starting RB for the season last week, don’t expect them to gash Michigan on the ground.

When Michigan has the ball, expect to see a passing game similar to last weeks Minnesota game, where Borges gets Denard in rhythm early with short, easy passes. Northwestern’s front seven is above average, but not great. However its secondary is quite suspect, giving up close to 400 yards in their loss last week through the air. While it needs to be said every week, Michigan needs play turnover free ball, and if they do, I don’t see Northwestern winning, although it may end up being a one possession game if Persa indeed plays. Michigan wins, 37-28, bring on little brother.

Denard Robinson - UConn