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24Mar 2017
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Kingston Davis, Ex-Wolverine

Rising sophomore running back Kingston Davis is transferring, according to Sam Webb.

Davis committed to Michigan in April of 2015 (LINK). I initially gave him a TTB Rating of 80 before dropping that down to 70 once the recruiting cycle ended (LINK). I came to view him more and more as a fullback, despite his and his father’s insistence that he wanted to play tailback and tailback only. That’s fine if that’s your goal, but it’s tough to be a dynamic tailback at 6’1″ and 245 lbs. Davis dealt with some injury issues after enrolling early at Michigan in January of 2016 and played just a bit, carrying 2 times for 17 yards against Hawaii in the season opener.

Davis was looking up at Chris Evans, Karan Higdon, Kareem Walker, and Ty Isaac, not to mention potential sixth year senior Drake Johnson. Therefore, I don’t think this affects Michigan very much on the field. He was bound to be a backup tailback, and I suggested once again this morning (LINK) – before the news broke – that Michigan should consider moving him to fullback to back up the two co-starting seniors at the position.

Michigan is now down to 86 scholarships allotted for the 2017 season, so they have to shed at least one player before fall camp. I expect some more news of departures soon, which will get Michigan under the 85 cap.

24Mar 2017
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5 Position Switches for Michigan to Consider in 2017

Zach Gentry

Where does Zach Gentry fit best? (image via MLive)

Going into the 2017 season, Michigan has some holes on the roster and some players who seem to be buried on the bench. Those buried players – and some established ones – can sometimes benefit the team at other spots. After all, Michigan took Chase Winovich – who started his career at linebacker before moving to tight end/fullback for a season – and made him a very effective defensive end (35 tackles, 9.5 TFLs, 5 sacks) in 2016.

Which players on this 2017 squad might be best served by finding a new position?

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23Mar 2017
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Some pictures to make you feel better

Michigan lost by one point in the Sweet Sixteen to Oregon. A few quick thoughts:

  • Oregon did a great job of keeping Michigan off balance. They switched up their defenses regularly, stepped out past the three-point line to defend Michigan’s shooters, and played aggressively.
  • Mo Wagner picked a bad time for a drop-off. He couldn’t shoot from outside, and he was ineffective on the inside. It seemed like Oregon’s quickness really affected him. He can normally take bigs off the dribble, but Oregon’s big guys are athletic 6’7″ and 6’9″ guys.
  • I guess Derrick Walton was expecting to get fouled on that last possession, but he wasted too much time. He had 9.4 seconds when the ball was inbounded, and all he did was dribble around before pulling up for a fall-away three-pointer. It’s the right guy taking the shot, but he ended up having to hurry that last shot more than he should have.

Oh well. It was fun watching these guys down the stretch. Go Blue!

If you’re feeling sad, there are some beautiful women beyond the jump to make you feel better.

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23Mar 2017
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In his own words – Ryan Van Bergen

Last week I spoke to former Michigan defensive lineman Ryan Van Bergen.  Ryan now runs his own gym in Ann Arbor.  In the interview we touch on everything from the difficulties of starting your own company to tacking Braxton Miller for a loss in front of the Michigan student section.  Ryan’s passion for Michigan, fitness, and football was obvious throughout the conversation.

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