Football that is. Michigan had its first fall practice yesterday, and MGOBLUE.com was on hand to take some video (luckily, since practices are now closed to the press). Things we saw:
- Lots of drills.
- Both Devin and Denard at quarterback.
- Craig Roh beating up on practice dummies.
Jordan Kovacs summed it up best when asked what you can glean from the first day of practice:
"Not much. You know you can tell who is giving effort but um, you know, obviously there are no pads and no hitting so it's not much football."
But, it's football. And its weeks away from the real thing. I'll take it.
Michigan’s opening practice notebook - Maize and Blue News runs down Brady Hoke's press conference and some of the happenings from the first practice. Important things to note:
- Devin Gardner took snaps out wide.
- Jerald Robinson practiced.
- Fitz Toussaint and Frank Clark did not. There is no timetable for their return.
Devin Gardner takes more snaps at wide receiver, Michigan football teammates say he's a natural fit - Speaking of Devin, AnnArbor.com takes a look at what players have been saying about Gardner's fit out wide, and with praise like this it is no wonder the coaches want to get him time on the outside.
Michigan Football Blog: B1G Schedule Breakdown: Michigan - Maize and Blue Nation projects Michigan's 2012 season in its series of schedule breakdowns for the whole Big Ten.
Checking in with Michigan Olympians: Week Two - Michigan has been well represented at this Olympics, so be sure to stay updated on what your fellow Wolverines are doing in London.
PHOTO: Wisconsin unveils uniforms for Nebraska game - It looks suspiciously like the Nebraska uniform that was unveiled earlier, and that one in turn looked a whole lot like Michigan's alternate from the UTL game last year.
When pressed for comment the designer at Adidas said, "We give up."
2012 Camp circuit top performers - Shane Morris coming in for praise after a busy summer on the camp circuit.
Shane Morris, committed to Michigan There was perhaps no busier recruit on the circuit than Morris, who showed up at seemingly every stop. He was at a Nike Camp, the Elite 11, Adidas Invitational, The Opening... you want a quarterback to want to compete and that's certainly what the five-star did heading into his senior year. He bulked up from his junior year and improved his arm strength noticeably, making him able to really drive that tough out route throw. He still tends to sail his deep ball but has improved his accuracy on the important throw. There are times when it seems like he loses focus out of bordem and just goes through the motions, but then he'll follow it up with a beautiful spiral. He can spin it, moves well outside the pocket and has all the attributes Michigan fans are glad they're getting on their side.
The Contenders: Faces change, but Alabama's championship blueprint stays the same - Matt Hinton on the Bama death machine and its quest to repeat as champions.
At this point, though, expectations at Alabama aren't generated so much by anyone in the program, however experienced, but by the program itself. The pipeline of talent Nick Saban has constructed to Tuscaloosa over the last five years is beginning to resemble not just a factory but a monopoly. Since 2008, four of 'Bama's last five recruiting classes – the classes feeding the 2012 roster – have been ranked by at least one of the major recruiting sites as the best incoming crop in the nation, producing a perennial contender regardless of the annual attrition. Last year's national championship run came in spite of the loss of four first-rounders from the 2010 team (not to mention the starting quarterback, Greg McElroy), and once again, the new faces in the lineup this fall come with the full accoutrement of blue-chip accolades.
Stick around after the jump for a video interview with BWC from MGoBlue.com.