American Alliance of Football: Week 2

Tag: Denard Robinson


16Feb 2019
Blog, homepage 1 comment

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

12Feb 2019
Blog, homepage 1 comment

Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Channing Stribling

Channing Stribling

I don’t know if I’ll do these every week like I tried to do with the NFL season, but when there’s no other football going on, maybe I’ll take a swing. The American Alliance of Football began its inaugural season this past weekend, and several Michigan players are trying to make a go of it.

Channing Stribling probably had the best debut of any Michigan player, making 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 pass breakup. Stribling plays for the Memphis Express, who lost to the Birmingham Iron, 26-0.

  • Matt Godin, DT (San Antonio Commanders): Godin made 2 tackles and 1 QB hit in a 15-6 win over the San Diego Fleet.
  • Ty Isaac, RB (Birmingham Iron): Isaac was on the inactive list for the Iron’s 26-0 win over Memphis.
  • Denard Robinson, RB (Atlanta Legends): Robinson ran 5 times for 3 yards (0.6 YPC) and caught 1 pass for 5 yards in a 40-6 loss to the Orlando Apollos.
  • De’Veon Smith (Orlando Apollos): Smith carried the ball 5 times for 13 yards (2.6 YPC) and 1 touchdown, along with scoring a 2-point conversion on a rushing attempt. The other two running backs for the Apollos averaged 7.3 and 7.0 yards per attempt, but neither one scored on the ground. Smith also caught 1 pass for 8 yards.

9Feb 2019
Blog, homepage 2 comments

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.

24Jan 2019
Blog, homepage 176 comments

Ranking Michigan’s Quarterbacks

Drew Henson (image via Detroit News)

This was originally posted on March 17, 2017. It has been updated following the 2018 season.

Sports fans love to debate the greatness of players and rank them in order from most revered to most despised. And while despised probably doesn’t fit any of these players, since they played for the University of Michigan, we all have our favorites. I have endeavored to achieve the un-possible: Rank all of Michigan’s starting quarterbacks.

Okay, that’s too tall of a task for me right now. I’m working up to it. So I’m only going back to 1995, which was the beginning of the Lloyd Carr era. That’s the earliest full coaching tenure where I can count on my recollections of Michigan football. I was a big fan of Bo Schembechler, Gary Moeller, and the Michigan Wolverines before then, but I’ll be damned if I say I was aware enough to understand what was happening on the field.

This ranking only takes into account what the quarterbacks achieved wearing the winged helmet. High school highlight tapes and NFL performance aren’t taken into account. (After all, we can agree that Tom Brady is far and away the best quarterback who ever played the game of football, and that includes Uncle Rico.)

So if you were starting a season with your pick of any Michigan QB since 1995, which one would you take?

On with the show:

read more

28Apr 2018
Blog, homepage 11 comments

Michigan’s NFL Draft History

Jabrill Peppers (image via Cleveland Browns)

Probably like many of you, I occasionally have a hankering for some Michigan NFL Draft history. Below you will find (as far as I’m aware) every pro draft pick in the history of Michigan’s football program going all the way back to 1937.

Michigan’s only two #1 overall NFL Draft picks are Jake Long in 2008 and Tom Harmon in 1941.

2018
3rd round: Mason Cole – C – Arizona Cardinals (#97 overall)
5th round: Maurice Hurst, Jr. – DT – Oakland Raiders (#140 overall)

2017
1st round: Jabrill Peppers – S – Cleveland Browns (#25 overall)
1st round: Taco Charlton – DE – Dallas Cowboys (#28 overall)
3rd round: Chris Wormley – DT – Baltimore Ravens (#74 overall)
3rd round: Jourdan Lewis – CB – Dallas Cowboys (#92 overall)
3rd round: Delano Hill – S – Seattle Seahawks (#95 overall)
3rd round: Amara Darboh – WR – Seattle Seahawks (#106 overall)
4th round: Ben Gedeon – LB – Minnesota Vikings (#120 overall)
4th round: Ryan Glasgow – DT – Cincinnati Bengals (#138 overall)
4th round: Jehu Chesson – WR – Kansas City Chiefs (#139 overall)
5th round: Jake Butt – TE – Denver Broncos (#145 overall)
6th round: Jeremy Clark – CB – New York Jets (#197 overall)

2016
3rd round: Graham Glasgow – C – Detroit Lions (#95 overall)
4th round: Willie Henry – DT – Baltimore Ravens (#132 overall)
6th round: Jake Rudock – QB – Detroit Lions (#191 overall)

2015
2nd round: Devin Funchess – WR – Carolina Panthers (#41 overall)
2nd round: Frank Clark – DE – Seattle Seahawks (#63 overall)
4th round: Jake Ryan – LB – Green Bay Packers (#129 overall)

2014
1st round: Taylor Lewan – OT – Tennessee Titans (#11 overall)
3rd round: Michael Schofield – OT – Denver Broncos (#95 overall)
7th round: Jeremy Gallon – WR – New England Patriots (#244 overall)

2013
5th round: Denard Robinson – RB – Jacksonville Jaguars (#135 overall)
6th round: William Campbell – DT – New York Jets (#178 overall)

Hit the jump for the remainder of Michigan’s historical draft picks.

read more