BTN interview with Nick Sheridan
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Yesterday, Coach Rod gave his first game week press conference as the team prepared for the season opener vs. Utah. Coach Rod said in his opening statement, "We're obviously excited to play a game. I think our players have a little bounce in their step because we are in game week. They have it put a lot of work in. I think we still have got a lot of work to do. I still have a lot of question marks coming into the game Saturday, particularly because we have so many guys playing for the first time. But the guys that put in a lot of work, I think everybody in the program is ready to go against another opponent. We know what the challenge is in front of us and hopefully we'll be ready."
Labels: Monday Press Conference (2008)
With four of last year's five starting offensive lineman having left the program after last season, some fans are wondering about the guys who will be taking their place. Slotted in to start at Right Guard (RG) this Saturday is #60 David Moosman (Sr./Jr.). Moosman turns 22 next week as his birthday is on September 2nd. He was born in 1986 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Even more interesting is the fact that Moosman is an accomplished chess player. He played on a national chess champion club team in elementary school. Moosman, who has seen action as a back-up in 7 games over the last two seasons, will be making the first start of his career this Saturday. Hopefully, Moosman will stay one move ahead of the Utah Utes' defensive linemen this Saturday just like he does when he is playing chess. Go Blue!
The Michigan legends that were named to serve as the team's Honorary Captains for the first game of the 2008 season are Bob Chappuis, Ron Kramer and Dan Dierdorf. They will be present during the opening coin toss and will be honored during the first TV timeout of the game.
The Big Ten Network program "Big Ten Legends" will debut the episode featuring Lloyd Carr tomorrow (August 26, 2008) at 6:00 p.m. Here is a preview:
The Two-deep depth chart as reported by John Heuser of The Ann Arbor News. Click on the chart to view a larger version. Go Blue!
It's game week for the first game of the 2008 Football Season and what better way to prepare yourself for the upcoming contests than by brushing up on the Big Ten competitors by reading each school's Football Media Guide. Each Media Guide is in .pdf format. Here is the list in no particular order:
Good reading and Go Blue!
Labels: Football Media Guide
In 2006, Coach Carr used the film "Cinderella Man" as inspiration for the Wolverines. In looking for a film that captures the spirit of this year's team, "Top Gun" is clearly the movie the quarterbacks should be watching. It is uncanny to look at the parallels between "Top Gun" and the Michigan QBs in Fall Camp. Imagine for a moment, if you will, the 2008 QB competition as Top Gun:
(setting: The players are gathered in the Football meeting room with Coach Rod addressing the team)
Coach Rich Rod: Gentleman, you are the top 1% of all college football players. The elite. The best of the best. We'll make you better. We'll teach you how to spread the offense right to the edge, further than you've ever pushed it before. At the end of Fall Camp, one of your names will be on the top of the depth chart. Do you think your name is going to be up there?
Sheridan: Yes sir.
Coach Rich Rod: That's pretty arrogant considering the company you are in.
Sheridan: Yes sir.
Coach Rich Rod: I like that in a quarterback. Just remember at the end of the day we are all on the same team out there. Gentlemen, this school is about winning. There are no points for second string. Dismissed.
(setting: Quarterbacks are in a position meeting with QB Coach Rod Smith)
Coach Smith: Throughout the year you will be evaluated not only athletically but also academically. Here to help you academically is Football Academic Counselor Shari Acho. She's not on staff so you don't call her coach but you better listen to her because the Athletic Department listens to her. It's all yours Shari.
Shari Acho: I've been going through your class schedules and some of you need to sign up for a foreign language class unless you test out of the requirement and none of you can do that.
Sheridan: (interrupting) I'm sorry ma'am but that's not right.
Shari Acho: What's not right?
Sheridan: While at Saline High School, I took...
Vince Helmuth: We.
Sheridan: Sorry, Vince. While at Saline High School, We...
Vince Helmuth: Thank You.
Sheridan:...took Spanish 4 and then tested out of the foreign language requirement.
Threet: (coughing) Baloney!
Vince Helmuth: No man. He really did. It was great.
Shari Acho: So you're the one?
Sheridan: Yes ma'am.
Coach Smith: (interrupting by yelling): Alright gentleman we have practice drills to run. Once the whistle blows the play is dead and there will be no contact after that. Move it.
*Scene later in the Fall
(Voice over as Sheridan and Mesko walk to the practice field)
Voice of Coach Rod: We've been through two weeks of camp and the competition for the top of the depth chart remains tight. Threet is ahead with Sheridan just behind.
Greg Mathews: Hey Sheridan. Did you hear about Threet?
Sheridan: What's that?
Greg Mathews: He was scoring on the defense all morning.
Sheridan: Oh, really? I FEEL THE NEED...
Sheridan and Mesko: THE NEED FOR RUNNING SPEED! OW!
(setting: players file in the locker room after a hard practice; Sheridan scored on the final play of the practice when he kept running for the end zone even after the play had been blown dead)
Threet: We scored on the defense all day!
Mathews: So did Sheridan's unit.
McGuffie: That's not what I heard.
Threet: After the whistle doesn't count.
Sheridan: After the whistle, my foot. We scored on those guys! Woo Hoo!
Threet: I don't think so.
Sheridan: What's your problem Threet?
Threet: You're everyone's problem Sheridan. I don't like you because you're dangerous.
Sheridan: That's right Threet. I am dangerous!
This rather warped view of the Michigan quarterback competition is a parody and should not be taken seriously. Go Blue!
*Note: Top photo of Maverick (Tom Cruise) and Ice Man (Val Kilmer) from the 1986 Motion Picture "Top Gun"
*Note 2: Photo of Nick Sheridan (left) and Steve Threet by JOHN T. GREILICK/The Detroit News
Don't forget, the Big Ten Network program "Big Ten Tonight: Football Practice" will be filming practice on Monday, 8-18-08 and will broadcast a 90-minute program at 9:00 p.m. EST. Also, on August 23, 2008, the BTN will air the Michigan Football preview at 6:30 p.m. EST. Lastly, the inaugural season of "Inside Michigan Football" commences on Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. on FSN Detroit with a replay Friday night at midnight on WXYZ-TV 7 (ABC). Go Blue!
The 2008 Media/Fan Day was held today (Sunday, 8-17-08). According to MGoBlue.com, Coach Rodriguez gave his opening press conference to the media, followed by one-on-one interviews with Michigan's coordinators and position coaches. The media also had a chance to interview, videotape and photograph each of the Wolverine players on the practice field adjacent to Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.
*Note: 2008 team photo (top) by JULIAN H. GONZALEZ/Detroit Free Press
Sports Illustrated's 2008 College Football Preview issue devoted a lot of space to the rise of the Spread Offense. The article, Can't Beat the Spread, is a good primer on the topic. In order to know what is going on this season you may want to review a few more of the following informative pieces regarding the Spread Offense:
• RECRUITING SECTION
Labels: Football Media Guide
In 1969, Bo Schembechler was the new Head Coach at Michigan after having coached the previous six seasons as the head man at his alma mater Miami (OH) University. Ohio State won the National Championship the previous season and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 1969 College Football Preview issue (Sept. 15, 1969) as the #1 pre-season team. Michigan was unranked and the preview issue noted that the Wolverines "may have to wait a few years for results." Contrary to the bleak forecast, Michigan went on to win the Big Ten Championship and advance to the Rose Bowl by beating #1 Ohio State 24-12 in the final game of the regular season (12/1/69 SI issue: Bye-Bye, No.1).
The players reported yesterday, the first team training table was devoured last night, and the first practice was held today. Things are moving forward in the Rich Rod-era. This is always an exciting time of year for the team. In his book, Bo's Lasting Lessons, Coach Schembechler described in Chapter 7 (Lay Down Your Laws) how he conducted the opening of Fall Camp. Coach Schembechler wrote that his typed outline for the first team meeting of Fall Camp listed 23 categories of expectations with 197 bullet points under those categories. Bo described that when the players walked in, they picked up a thick Michigan football binder with everything they needed to know to be a Wolverine inside. Bo wrote that instead of spoon feeding them the opening speech by printing it out, he had the players write down everything he said so they would remember it. Bo stated that the thrust of all his rules was simple: There is a right way and a wrong way to do everything, and at Michigan Football they were going to do everything the right way. Bo wrote that the first meeting usually took about two hours. He stated in that first meeting, they defined who they were, where they were going, and how they were going to get there-and that's exactly what happened. Hopefully, Coach Rod's initial meeting with the entire 2008 team followed the same guidelines. Go Blue!
Labels: Bo Schembechler
The 2008 season marks the 40th season since Coach Schembechler took over as Head Coach of the Wolverines in 1969 and ushered in the modern-era of Michigan Football. In the book Bo's Lasting Lessons, Coach Schembechler wrote (at page 30):
Fall practice kicks off tomorrow (August 4, 2008) and Coach Rod is ready to go. There will be 29 Fall practice sessions before the Wolverines kick off their season on August 30, 2008 vs. Utah. Michigan will have single session practices this week and two-a-day practices commence Saturday, August 9, 2008. Media/Photo Day is scheduled for Sunday, August 17th. The following day (August 18, 2008), the Big Ten Network (BTN) program "Big Ten Tonight: Football Practice" will be on campus to film practice. The broadcast will air at 9:00 p.m. that night. In addition, BTN will broadcast its Michigan Football season preview on Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m.