David Dawson, Ex-Wolverine

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2Jan 2017
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David Dawson, Ex-Wolverine

David Dawson

Offensive guard David Dawson, who would be a fifth year senior at Michigan this fall, is seeking a graduate transfer elsewhere. He announced Monday via Twitter that he would be leaving.

Dawson attended Detroit (MI) Cass Tech, transferred to Texas for his junior year, and then returned to Cass Tech as a senior. He committed to Michigan in February 2012 as a part of the 2013 class, decommitted, and then later recommitted to the Wolverines. In fact, he broke Brady Hoke’s infamous “no visit” policy when he took a recruiting trip to Florida while committed to Michigan, so the coaching staff moved on without him. Eventually, fences were mended and he was “re-offered.”

I took a lot of flak for my thoughts on Dawson when he committed (LINK). You can see there that I was not fond of his abilities, and people were annoyed in the comments. My Twitter mentions weren’t a happy place, either. I gave him a TTB Rating of 71 (at the low end of being an eventual solid starter), and even that was generous. I didn’t see great bend in him, nor did I see a lot of nastiness in his play. Those things seemed to play out at Michigan, as well. He played in twelve career games without ever starting, and when he did play, he did not excel. He played in just three games as a backup in 2016, though an arm injury in the spring hampered him somewhat.

You’ll also see in the link above that I was afraid Michigan would fill up in the 2013 class without having room for the likes of Ethan Pocic. In fact, Pocic was turned away by Michigan and ended up signing with LSU. How did Pocic’s career go in Baton Rouge? He was First Team All-SEC in 2016, Second Team All-SEC in 2015, and started for his entire sophomore year after backup duty as a freshman. He’s considered to be one of the top couple center prospects in the 2017 draft. Imagine if Michigan had an all-conference center the past couple seasons to free up Mason Cole or Graham Glasgow to help at tackle or guard. Considering Michigan lost three games by a total of five points this season, it’s not inconceivable that it could have put Michigan in the playoff, if not at 12-0 in the regular season.

The loss of Dawson should not affect the team much in 2017. He was not expected to start, and he probably would not have been a key backup, either. He was obviously passed on the depth chart by the likes of freshman Ben Bredeson, classmate Patrick Kugler, sophomore Grant Newsome, redshirt sophomore Juwann Bushell-Beatty, and others. Next year’s starting interior could very well be Bredeson, center Mason Cole, and rising sophomore Michael Onwenu. With some highly rated recruits coming in and with some other promising young players, Dawson would have been battling just to be second string.

Michigan has 87 scholarship players scheduled for the fall of 2017 (LINK), so I expect some more departures. Quarterback Shane Morris and long snapper Scott Sypniewski have already begun seeking grad transfers, too.

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2Jan 2017
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Thoughts on 2017 Under Armour All-American Game

Luiji Vilain

Yesterday was the 2017 Under Armour All-American Game, which I was able to sit down and patiently watch for the first time in years. Here I’ve collected some thoughts on the Michigan commits who played, as well as some other relevant guys.
COMMITS
Jaylen Kelly-Powell – S – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: There were reports throughout the week that Kelly-Powell was playing some cornerback and struggling. He ended up playing safety in the game, but he lined up in man coverage on slot receivers at times, too. He didn’t play a great deal, but when he did, he wasn’t great or terrible. He had some decent coverage a couple times and didn’t register on the stat sheet from what I saw.
Kwity Paye – DE – Warwick (RI) Bishop Hendricken: Paye didn’t start, but he played a fair amount as a rotation guy in the first half. He showed some quickness off the edge and made a TFL when chasing the ball from the back side, though he was unblocked on the play. He also had a QB hurry that forced an incompletion. Paye has some quickness, but he gives up on plays too easily. That happened in practice and in the game. He needs to play with more tenacity. I did not hear about any injuries to him, but for whatever reason, I did not see him in the second half of the game.
Hit the jump for my thoughts on Cesar Ruiz, Luiji Vilain, and more.

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1Jan 2017
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2017 Under Armour All-American Game Preview

Cesar Ruiz

The 2017 Under Armour All-American Game will be played on January 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The broadcast will be on ESPN. Here’s a list of Michigan players who have been UA All-Americans over the years (LINK). Here are the players on this year’s respective rosters who have been offered by Michigan:

TEAM ARMOUR

QB Kasim Hill (Maryland)
RB Todd Sibley (Pitt)
WR Daquon Green (Florida)
WR Tee Higgins (Clemson)
WR Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)
WR Amari Rodgers (Clemson)
WR Jacoby Stevens (LSU)
WR Jeff Thomas
TE Josh Falo
OL Jack Anderson (Texas Tech)
OL Matt Bockhorst (Clemson)
OL Kai-Leon Herbert (Michigan)*
OL Alex Leatherwood (Alabama)
OL Tyrese Robinson (Oklahoma)
OL C.J. Thorpe (Penn State)
OL Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC)
OL Isaiah Wilson (Georgia)
DE K’Lavon Chaisson
DE D.J. Johnson (Miami)
DE Ryan Johnson
DE Luiji Vilain (Michigan)
DT Akial Byers (Alabama)
DT Greg Rogers (UCLA)
DT Marvin Wilson
LB David Adams (Notre Dame)
LB Maleik Gray (Tennessee)
LB Anthony Hines III (Texas A&M)
LB Dylan Moses (Alabama)
CB Christopher Henderson (Miami)
CB Jaylon Redd (Oregon)
CB A.J. Terrell (Clemson)
CB Kary Vincent (LSU)
CB Lamont Wade (Penn State)
CB Marcus Williamson (Ohio State)
S Grant Delpit (LSU)
S Paris Ford (Pitt)
S Todd Harris
S Jaylen Kelly-Powell (Michigan)
S Isaiah Pryor (Ohio State)

TEAM HIGHLIGHT

RB Toneil Carter (Texas)
RB Anthony McFarland
WR Jhamon Ausbon (Texas A&M)
WR A.J. Davis
WR Trevon Grimes (Ohio State)
WR Hezekiah Jones (Texas A&M)
WR Tylan Wallace
TE Brock Wright (Notre Dame)
OL Calvin Ashley (Auburn)
OL Austin Deculus (LSU)
OL Robert Hainsey (Notre Dame)
OL Grant Polley (Colorado)
OL Cesar Ruiz (Michigan)
OL Trey Smith (Tennessee)
OL Jedrick Wills (Alabama)
DE Robert Beal (Georgia)
DE Joshua Kaindoh (Florida State)
DE Kwity Paye (Michigan)
DT LaBryan Ray
LB Chris Allen (Alabama)
LB Ellis Brooks
LB Breon Dixon
LB Drew Singleton (Michigan)*
CB Justin Broiles (Oklahoma State)
CB Chevin Calloway
CB Deangelo Gibbs
CB Will Poole (Georgia)
CB Stanford Samuels (Florida State)
CB Jamyest Williams (South Carolina)
S C.J. Avery
S Markquese Bell
S Isaiah Pola-Mao
S Daniel Wright (Alabama)

*Not playing due to injury


Hit the jump for more on announcements, Michigan storylines, etc.

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31Dec 2016
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Florida State 33, Michigan 32

Mike McCray II scored his first career TD (image via NewsOK)

Jabrill Peppers is worth 1 point. I predicted a 24-20 win in my game preview (LINK), but that was before any of us knew that Peppers wouldn’t play in the game due to injury. It turns out Peppers hurt his hamstring on Thursday and didn’t have enough time to heal up before kickoff. I tweeted out just before kickoff that I thought Michigan would lose the game without Peppers. It was going to be a tight game, anyway, and Michigan needed Peppers to make a difference. His replacement at Viper was Josh Metellus (with some Noah Furbush at SAM). Metellus did return a blocked extra point for a 2-point conversion, but he did very little on defense and left some plays on the field that Peppers might have made. His replacement on punt returns was Jourdan Lewis, who did nothing with the short punts. His replacement on offense was . . . the same guys who haven’t been playmakers all year long.

Hit the jump for some more thoughts on last night’s loss.

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