2020 Season Countdown: #99 Lucas Andrighetto

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24May 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #99 Lucas Andrighetto

Lucas Andrighetto (image via Wolverines Wire)

Name: Lucas Andrighetto
Height:
5’11”
Weight:
202 lbs.
High school:
Mountain View (CA) St. Francis
Position:
Running back
Class:
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number:
#49
Last year:
I ranked Andrighetto #108 and said he would miss the season due to injury (LINK). He played in one game on special teams.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Andrighetto’s 2019 season – or lack thereof – must have been frustrating. During the spring of 2019, Michigan was met with bad news after bad news about its running back depth chart. Chris Evans got suspended, Zach Charbonnet had knee surgery, other running backs were getting dinged up, etc.

The beneficiary? Lucas muthaf***in Andrighetto.

And then he tore his ACL right before spring ball ended.

It’s very unlikely that Andrighetto would have stolen carries from Michigan’s top couple backs (Charbonnet, Hassan Haskins), but you never know if maybe he would have grabbed a few in mop-up duty like Tru Wilson (44 carries) or Nicholas Capatina (2 carries). Instead, Andrighetto had to settle for waiting until the bowl game to play some special teams against Alabama.

This year things don’t look too promising for him, either. Everyone ahead of him returns except Wilson (who’s transferring to Northern Colorado), but Evans returns from suspension and the team recruited Blake Corum in the 2020 class. But the coaches spoke highly of him, and he’s the type of guy who can play a fair amount of special teams in 2020.

Prediction: Backup running back, special teamer

24May 2020
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Morning Roundup: May 24, 2020

Michael Barrett

The Detroit Free Press talks about the struggles of recruiting vs. Ohio State (LINK). I do take issue with a part of it, when it talks about the numbers of offers being sent out. It says Ohio State has offered 168, while Michigan has offered 295 (note: those numbers are low). But yeah, when you’re Ohio State with recent playoff appearances and a national championship, you don’t have to offer as many people to get your 25 or so kids per class.

Ted Nguyen breaks down three plays: one from Josh Gattis, one from Mike Leach, and one from Joe Moorhead (LINK).

Here’s a piece on new Patriots (and former Michigan) tight end Devin Asiasi (LINK).

Hit the jump for more.

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23May 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #100 Jordan Morant

Jordan Morant (image via 247 Sports)

Name: Jordan Morant
Height:
5’11”
Weight:
212 lbs.
High school:
Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic
Position:
Safety
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Morant was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 12 tackles, 1 pass breakup, and 1 kickoff return for a touchdown.
TTB Rating:
87

Morant had the unfortunate luck of suffering a foot injury early in his senior season, leading to a truncated high school career. I’m sure it was disappointing for Morant and his teammates, but it also would have been fun to watch his senior highlights, because his junior year looked great. He was selected for the All-American Bowl and the Polynesian Bowl, but he couldn’t participate in either. He finished as the #10 safety and #165 overall player. His high school head coach was Vito Campanile, the brother of former Michigan linebackers coach Anthony Campanile (now with the Dolphins).

Don’t let the ranking fool you into thinking I like Morant any less. I am concerned about his recovery from the injury (there were rumors floating around that this was on the verge of being a career-threatening injury), and missing most of his senior season could diminish his ability to be ready as a freshman. If the spring and spring football had been allowed to play out, I might have moved him up the list since he was an early enrollee, but missing (most of) his senior year and then spring ball puts him a little behind where he should be in order to play this year. I’m expecting him to redshirt, but I admit I could be way off if his recovery has gone well.

Prediction: Redshirt

Hit the jump for Morant’s short senior highlight clip.

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23May 2020
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Site News: The Corona Effect

I know posting has slowed a bit in recent days. I will admit that the general slowdown of everything has quelled my motivation to write. I’m still getting site traffic, so that’s something, but the bottom line is that an ad glitch with AdSense and the crappy economy have sucked dry almost all monetary reward. And while I started this blog twelve years ago for nothing but fun, my priorities have changed since 2008.

This post isn’t about asking for donations. Some of you are already very generous, and everyone’s taking a financial hit during quarantine. This post isn’t a “farewell” because I intend to continue the blog.

This is only meant to be an insight into a) the financial effects of coronavirus and b) an explanation for the posting slowdown.

Here are a couple more detailed looks, starting with Amazon:

As of May 23, the earnings for Amazon in May are at $9.17. That’s about $0.42 per day (through 22 days of reporting).

AdSense is more productive, but you can see in red the downward trend – after a couple months of downward trends. April was down 32% from March, and May is down 25% from April.

We’re 22 full days into the month, and the site is taking in less than $5 per day, so I just can’t justify cranking out article after article wh

There are admittedly flaws in my business plan. I don’t seek out ads, and random Russian businessmen often e-mail me with offers I ignore. Maybe they could make me rich, or maybe I end up with a guy wearing a thick gold chain named Boris shoving a Glock in my nostril.

So. Don’t send money. Don’t cry.

Please just keep this post in mind if you visit the site and don’t 2-3 new articles per day.