Morning Roundup: February 17, 2019

    Tom Brady

    I posted a list of Michigan's all-time career interception leaders (LINK).

    Football Outsiders handed out awards for the 2018 NFL season (LINK). Tom Brady has three-peated as the player most likely to decline next year, so look out for 2019 when the wheels fall off.

    Over on Football Study Hall, Ian Boyd asks what it means to have a balanced offense (LINK).





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    American Alliance of Football: Week 2

    Denard Robinson (image via Twitter)

    With no actual NFL or college football being played, I'm still keeping my eye on the AAF.

    Saturday, February 16, at 2:00 p.m. EST: Birmingham Iron (Ty Isaac) @ Salt Lake Stallions (no Michigan players) on TNT

    Saturday, February 16, at 8:00 p.m. EST: Arizona Hotshots (no Michigan players) @ Memphis Express (Channing Stribling) on NFL Network

    Sunday, February 17, at 4:00 p.m. EST: Orlando Apollos (De'Veon Smith) @ San Antonio Commanders (Matt Godin) on CBS Sports Network

    Sunday, February 17, at 6:00 p.m. at 8:00 p.m. EST: Atlanta Legends (Denard Robinson) @ San Diego Fleeet (no Michigan players) on NFL Network

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    All-Time Interception Leaders

    Tom Curtis (image via Pinterest)

    Not long ago, I posted a list of the players with the most interception returns for touchdowns in Michigan history (LINK). Here I present the all-time interception leaders for the Wolverines. I meant to post the top 25 only, but the 25th spot is shared by 19 guys. UPDATE: I have added a few names from Michigan's record book.

    1. 25 - Tom Curtis (1967-1969)
    2. 18 - Charles Woodson (1995-1997)
    3. 13 - Wally Teninga (1945-1949)
    4. 12 - Gene Derricotte (1944-1948)
    5. 12 - Leon Hall (2003-2006)
    6. 11 - Brad Cochran (1983-1985)
    7. 11 - Vada Murray (1988-1990)
    8. 11 - DeWayne Patmon (1997-2000)
    9. 10 - Charlie Lentz (1948-1949)
    10. 10 - Keith Bostic (1980-1982)
    11. 10 - Evan Cooper (1981-1983)
    12. 10 - Lance Dottin (1988-1991)
    13. 10 - Marcus Ray (1995-1998)
    14. 9 - David Brown (1972-1974)
    15. 9 - Mike Jolly (1977-1979)
    16. 9 - Marlin Jackson (2001-2004)
    17. 8 - Dwight Hicks (1975-1977)
    18. 8 - Tony Jackson (1980-1981)
    19. 8 - Tripp Welborne (1988-1990)
    20. 8 - Ty Law (1993-1994)
    21. 8 - Todd Howard (2000-2001)
    22. 7 - Thomas Darden (1969-1971)
    23. 7 - Marion Body (1980-1982)
    24. 7 - Shonte Peoples (1991-1993)
    25. 7 - Steve Morrison (1991-1994)
    26. 7 - Markus Curry (2002-2004)
    27. 7 - Morgan Trent (2005-2008)
    28. 6 - Brian Healy (1967-1969)
    29. 6 - Tom Drake (1973-1974)
    30. 6 - Jerry Zuyer (1976)
    31. 6 - Jim Pickens (1975-1977)
    32. 6 - Michael Harden (1976-1979)
    33. 6 - Andy Cannavino (1978-1980)
    34. 6 - Brian Carpenter (1980-1981)
    35. 6 - Mike Mallory (1983-1984)
    36. 6 - Ivan Hicks (1984-1986)
    37. 6 - Doug Mallory (1984-1987)
    38. 6 - Clarence Thompson (1993-1995)
    39. 6 - James Whitley (1998-2000)
    40. 6 - Garland Rivers (2004-2006)
    41. 6 - Donovan Warren (2007-2009)
    42. 6 - Thomas Gordon (2011-2013)
    43. 6 - Raymon Taylor (2012-2013)
    44. 6 - Blake Countess (2013)
    45. 6 - Jourdan Lewis (2014-2016)
    46. 6 - Channing Stribling (2015-2016)

    In case you're wondering, the current players on the roster most likely to join this list are Lavert Hill (3 career interceptions), Josh Metellus (3), Khaleke Hudson (2), and Ambry Thomas (1).

    This was originally posted on February 15, 2019.

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    Nightly Roundup: February 14, 2019

    Jon Runyan, Jr. (image via MGoBlue)

    Michigan is #5 in ESPN's football power index (LINK).

    Michigan's offensive tackle situation is much clearer right now than it was a year ago (LINK).

    According to Umbig11 on The Fort, former Wolverines Alex Malzone (QB) and Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. (TE) are in the transfer portal and planning to leave Miami-OH and Stony Brook, respectively (LINK).



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    Attractive Michigan Girl of the Week

    Give Elle Johnson a follow on Twitter if you're into that sort of thing.

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    2020 Recruiting Update: February 14, 2019

    Alexandria (VA) Episcopal CB Elijah Gaines (image via Hudl)

    ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2020

    Jordan Banks - DE - Harbor City (CA) Narbonne: Banks is a 6'3", 245 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU, and Oklahoma, among others. He's a 4-star, the #17 strongside end, and #302 overall.

    Dee Beckwith - TE - Florence (AL) Florence: Beckwith is a 6'3", 210 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Michigan, and South Carolina, among others. He's a 4-star, the #21 athlete, and #305 overall. Florence is the alma mater of current Michigan safety J'Marick Woods.

    Olu Fashanu - OT - Washington (DC) Gonzaga: Fashanu is a 6'5", 290-pounder with offers from Alabama, Florida, and Ohio State, among others. He's a 3-star, the #49 offensive tackle, and #430 overall.

    Elijah Gaines - CB - Alexandria (VA) Episcopal: Gaines is a 6'3", 200 lb. prospect with offers from Duke, Pitt, and Purdue. Despite his listed size (which might be exaggerated) he moves extremely well and could stick at corner in college. Episcopal is the alma mater of Michigan defensive end Luiji Vilain.

    Jahmyr Gibbs - RB - Dalton (GA) Dalton: Gibbs is a 5'11", 180-pounder with offers from Iowa State, Louisville, and Texas A&M. As a junior in 2018, he ran the ball 163 times for 1,431 yards and 20 touchdowns.

    Dontae Manning - CB - Kansas City (MO) Raytown: Manning is a 6'0", 175 lb. prospect with offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma, among others. He's a 3-star, the #45 cornerback, and #625 overall.

    Jonah Monheim - OT - Moorpark (CA) Moorpark: Monheim is a 6'5", 280 lb. prospect with offers from Cal and USC, among others. He's a 247 Sports 3-star, the #63 offensive tackle, and #562 overall.

    Omari Porter - CB - Auburn (AL) Auburn: Porter is a 6'1", 175-pounder with offers from Indiana, Iowa, and Vanderbilt, among others. He's a 3-star, the #30 cornerback, and #464 overall.

    Ethan Pouncey - CB - Winter Park (FL) Winter Park: Pouncey is a 6'1", 160-pounder with offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, and Florida State, among others. He's a dynamic athlete who could play receiver or corner at the next level.



    Kobe Pryor - RB - Cedartown (GA) Cedartown: Pryor is a 6'0", 200 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Texas, and West Virginia, among others. He's a 3-star, the #47 running back, and #611 overall. He attends the alma mater of former Georgia (and currently Cleveland Browns) running back Nick Chubb.

    Kole Taylor - TE - Grand Junction (CO) Central: Taylor is a 6'6", 230-pounder with offers from Arkansas, Colorado, and Missouri, among others. Michigan is sending out a lot of offers in the state of Colorado during this 2020 cycle.

    Chantz Williams - DE - Orange Park (FL) Oakleaf: Williams is a 6'4", 235 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, and Miami. He's a 4-star, the #8 weakside end, and #129 overall. He claims a 4.78 forty and a 4.69 shuttle.



    Dazalin Worsham - WR - Trussville (AL) Hewitt-Trussville: Worsham is a 6'0", 169-pounder with offers from Auburn and Clemson . . . and the school he committed to in April of 2018, Alabama. Quarterback Paul Tyson and offensive tackle Pierce Quick are two 2019 guys from Hewitt-Trussville who signed with Alabama, so it's a pipeline for the Crimson Tide. I don't imagine a Michigan offer will do much here.

    OFF THE BOARD

    Aidan Keanaaina - DT - Denver (CO) Mullen: Keanaaina committed to Notre Dame.

    Kevin Pyne - OT - Milford (MA) Milford: Pyne committed to Boston College, which is odd for a top-100 prospect.

    MISCELLANEY

    Here's a list of visitors for this coming weekend, including a bunch of 2020 guys (LINK).

    Eastern Michigan signed 2019 Columbus (OH) Northland running back John Branham, the brother of 2020 Michigan wide receiver commit Kalil Branham (LINK). That could be a good development in order to keep Kalil committed, since the brothers will be playing FBS ball in neighboring cities.

    Sav'ell Smalls - DE - Seattle (WA) Garfield: Smalls is a 6'3", 230 lb. prospect who's a 5-star, the #1 outside linebacker, and #4 overall. He left Michigan out of his top 12.


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