American Alliance of Football: Viewers guide for Michigan fans

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9Feb 2019
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American Alliance of Football: Viewers guide for Michigan fans

The American Alliance of Football begins its inaugural season today. In case you haven’t seen it, here’s a brief rundown of the league from CBS Sports (LINK).

Here’s a game-by-game breakdown of what to watch for Michigan fans:
Saturday, February 9 @ 4:00 p.m. EST: San Diego Fleet (no Michigan players) @ San Diego Commanders (DL Matt Godin)
Saturday, February 9 @ 8:00 p.m. EST: Atlanta Legends (RB Denard Robinson) vs. Orlando Apollos (RB De’Veon Smith)
Sunday, February 10 @ 4:00 p.m. EST: Memphis Express (CB Channing Stribling) @ Birmingham Iron (Ty Isaac)
Sunday, February 10 @ 8:00 p.m. EST: 
Arizona Hotshots (no Michigan players) vs. Salt Lake Stallions (no Michigan players)

I’m throwing my fandom behind the Atlanta Legends, not only because of Denard Robinson but because I actively dislike players on the other teams with Michigan players.

Both Saturday games will be broadcast on CBS.

9Feb 2019
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2020 Recruiting Capsule: Southfield A&T DT Bryce Austin

Bryce Austin

Name: Bryce Austin
Height:
6’2″
Weight:
260 lbs.
High school:
Southfield (MI) A&T
Position:
Defensive tackle
Class:
2020
Offers: Akron, Ball State, Boston College, Buffalo, Indiana, Iowa State, Kent State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse
Commitment: 
Undecided

Notes: Claims a 4.7 forty…315 lb. bench press…455 lb. squat…27″ vertical…Teammate of 2020 QB Anthony Romphf…247 Sports 3-star, #23 DT, #10 in-state, #320 overall as of 2/7/19

Stats: N/A

Strengths: Above average first step explosiveness…Solid frame to add weight…Good quickness and speed…Changes direction well…Very solid roll tackler…Loose in hips with good bend…Flashes good motor when chasing plays down from behind

Weaknesses: Inconsistent hand strike coming off ball…Can get overpowered at times…Tentative at times when tackling in traffic…Limited height puts a cap on overall mass

Overall: I see a player similar overall to former Michigan defensive end/defensive tackle Jibreel Black. Black was a tweener who played some at both positions, but was never a real standout at either spot. It will be interesting to see how Austin’s body develops, because he could be anywhere from a strongside end to a 3-tech tackle or even a one-gap nose tackle.


7Feb 2019
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2020 Recruiting Update: February 7, 2019

Camden (NJ) Woodrow Wilson DE Fadil Diggs (image via 247 Sports)

 

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2020

Ashton Allen – S – Potomac (MD) Bullis: Allen is a 6’2″, 185 lb. prospect with offers from Boston College and Maryland. He attends the alma mater of former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who was committed to Maryland at one time.

Kedrick Bingley-Jones – DE – Charlotte (NC) Providence Day School: Bingley-Jones is a 6’4″, 266-pounder with offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Oklahoma, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #11 strongside end, and #202 overall. He claims a 5.21 forty, a 4.88 shuttle, and a 31.5″ vertical.

Itayvion Brown – LB – St. Louis (MO) Lutheran North: Brown is a 6’3″, 210 lb. prospect with offers from Iowa, LSU, Missouri, and Texas A&M, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #36 athlete, and #455 overall. While he plays quite a bit of wide receiver in high school, I think he’s too stiff to remain at that position and will probably end up at linebacker or defensive end in college.

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5Feb 2019
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Nightly Roundup: February 5, 2019

Chris Evans

A lot of stuff happened today in the world of Michigan football. I don’t have time to write about it all because I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and worked until 8:30 p.m., so we’ll just stick with the roundup:

Presumed starting running back Chris Evans isn’t on the team anymore, so that’s awesome (LINK).

Former Michigan running back and running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. will be the new head coach at Morgan State (LINK).

Quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton will be coaching somewhere else next season (LINK).

The student body walk-on tryout process begins tomorrow: