Review of 2008 Recruiting: Running Backs

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16Jan 2017
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Review of 2008 Recruiting: Running Backs

Sam McGuffie (image via

Kevin Grady (RS Jr.)
Carlos Brown (Jr.)
Brandon Minor (Jr.)
Avery Horn (RS Fr.)

Michael Cox
High school: Avon (CT) Old Farms
Ratings: Rivals 3-star RB
College: Michigan UMass
Other notable offers: Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland
Scoop: Cox redshirted as a freshman. He had 13 carries for 113 yards (8.7 yards/carry) and 2 touchdowns in 2009, and then he had 6 carries for 56 yards (9.3 yards/carry) in 2010. He remained for 2011 but didn’t touch the ball. He took a grad transfer exception to end up at UMass in 2012, where he ended up as the starting running back. He had 198 carries for 710 yards (3.6 yards/carry) and 5 touchdowns, along with 13 catches for 63 yards. He was drafted in the 7th round (#253 overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. Over the 2013-2014 seasons, he totaled 26 carries for 76 yards and 5 catches for 21 yards. He was used extensively as a kick returner, totaling 31 returns for 697 yards (22.5 yards/return). He has been out of the league since the end of that 2014 season.

Sam McGuffie
High school: Cypress (TX) Cy-Fair
Ratings: Rivals 4-star, #10 APB
College: Michigan Rice
Other notable offers: Notre Dame, USC
Scoop: McGuffie played immediately as a freshman, carrying the ball 118 times for 486 yards (4.1 yards/carry) and 3 touchdowns; he also caught 19 passes for 175 yards and 1 touchdown. He transferred to Rice after the season and sat out 2009. He carried the ball 197 times for 883 yards (4.5 yards/carry) and 6 touchdowns, and he also caught 39 passes for 384 yards (9.8 yards/catch) and 3 touchdowns, in 2010. An injury-shortened season in 2011 saw him carry the ball 38 times for 158 yards (4.2 yards/carry) and 1 touchdown, along with 9 catches for 72 yards (8.0 yards/catch) and 1 touchdown. He moved to slot receiver for 2012, catching 54 passes for 603 yards (11.2 yards/catch) and 5 touchdowns. He went undrafted in 2013 and spent some time on a few practice squads. He’s now a member of the U.S.A. bobsled team.

Michael Shaw
High school: Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison
Ratings: Rivals 4-star, #7 RB, #102 overall
College: Michigan
Other notable offers: Clemson, Nebraska, Penn State, Tennessee, West Virginia
Scoop: Shaw started his career as a backup and maintained that role for the remainder of his four-year career. He had 42 carries for 215 yards (5.1 yards/carry) in 2008. Then in 2009, he had 42 rushes for 185 yards (4.4 yards/carry) and 2 scores. In 2010 he ran 75 times for 402 yards (5.4 yards/carry) and 9 touchdowns. With the arrival of Brady Hoke in 2011, his attempts fell to 31 while rushing for 199 yards (6.4 yards/carry) and 3 touchdowns. For his career, he had a respectable 190 carries for 1,001 yards (5.3 yards/carry) and 14 touchdowns, along with 19 catches for 124 yards (6.5 yards/catch) and 1 score. He was undrafted in 2012 and did not play professionally.

Hit the jump for other players the Wolverines targeted in 2008, along with some other bits and pieces at the end.

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15Jan 2017
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Role Playing: Michigan’s GM in 2016

Jabrill Peppers

A question was posed to me last summer on Twitter about what my team would look like if I were a GM putting together a team of current Wolverines as an NFL roster. I never got around to it. It’s a totally useless idea since Michigan isn’t in the NFL, but this type of stuff is fun in the off-season. It’s probably a little late for 2016, but with the class of 2017 unsigned as of yet, it’s definitely too early for 2017.

So here’s the roster that GM Thunder would put together for the new franchise:

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14Jan 2017
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This story is a couple weeks old, retrieved from my Twitter feed, but it talks about what happened between Alabama and Rich Rodriguez back in the old days (LINK). It’s interesting to think about how much different the college football landscape would be if he were at Alabama instead of ending up at Michigan.

Hit the jump for some beautiful ladies, including a video of a girl doing yoga.

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14Jan 2017
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U.S. Army All-American Bowl Participants: Michigan

Donovan Peoples-Jones

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a comprehensive list of Michigan’s commitments who were selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Tarik Black, WR – Cheshire, CT
Chuck Filiaga, OT – Aledo, TX
Deron Irving-Bey, DE – Flint, MI
Dylan McCaffrey, QB – Littleton, CO
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR – Detroit, MI
Ambry Thomas, CB – Detroit, MI

Devin Asiasi, TE – Concord, CA
Dylan Crawford, WR – Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Lavert Hill, CB – Detroit, MI
David Long Jr., CB – Los Angeles, CA
Michael Onwenu, OG – Detroit, MI
Brandon Peters, QB – Avon, IN


Mason Cole, OG – Tarpon Springs, FL

Hit the jump for the rest of the U.S. Army Bowl participants to play for Michigan since 2001.
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