Ex-Wolverine Updates: 2017, Week 9

Ex-Wolverine Updates: 2017, Week 9

October 31, 2017

A.J. Dillon (image via NBC Sports)


Ross Douglas, LB (Rutgers): Douglas made 1 pass breakup in the 35-14 loss to Michigan.

Logan Tuley-Tillman, OT (UTEP): Tuley-Tillman has been the starting left tackle for the UTEP Miners. Unfortunately for them, they’re 0-8. Along with Baylor and Georgia Southern, they’re the only winless teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. No teams went winless in 2016, but Kansas and UCF both achieved that feat in 2015.

Hit the jump for news on former commitments and coaches.


Chris Clark, TE (Pitt): Clark made 1 catch for 1 yard in Pitt’s 31-14 win over Virginia.

Shaun Crawford, CB (Notre Dame): Crawford made 2 tackles and 1 pass breakup in Notre Dame’s 35-14 win over North Carolina State.

A.J. Dillon, RB (Boston College): Dillon ran 33 times for 149 yards and 1 touchdown in a 35-3 demolishing of Florida State.

Dele’ Harding, LB (Illinois): Harding made 6 tackles in a surprisingly competitive 24-10 loss to Wisconsin.

David Reese II, LB (Florida): Reese made 5 total tackles in the 42-7 loss to Georgia.

Antwaine Richardson, CB (Maryland): Richardson made 2 tackles in the Terrapins’ 42-39 win over Indiana.

Garrett Taylor, S (Penn State): Taylor made 1 tackle in PSU’s 39-38 loss to Ohio State.

Vic Viramontes, QB (Riverside City College): Viramontes was 7/12 for 97 yards and 1 touchdown; He also ran 24 times for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 45-42 win over El Camino College.

Rashad Weaver, DE (Pittsburgh): Weaver made 4 tackles and 1 sack in the 31-14 victory over Virginia.

Mike Weber, RB (Ohio State): Weber had 7 carries for 21 yards and 1 touchdown, as well as 5 catches for 9 yards, in a 39-38 victory over #2 Penn State.


D.J. Durkin, Head Coach (Maryland): Durkin and the Terrapins are back to .500 with a 42-39 win over Indiana. Maryland is 4-4.

Brady Hoke, Defensive Line Coach (Tennessee): Tennessee is now 3-5 after a 29-26 loss to Kentucky.

Roy Manning, Outside Linebackers Coach (Washington State): Manning and the Cougars fell to 7-2 after a 58-37 loss to Rich Rodriguez and Arizona.

Rich Rodriguez, Head Coach (Arizona): The Wildcats improved to 6-2 with a 58-37 lambasting of #15 Washington State. Don’t look now, but Rodriguez appears to be saving his job after suffering through a 3-9 season last year. Breakout quarterback Khalil Tate ran 13 times for 146 yards and 1 touchdown, while also completing 10/17 passes for 275 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Running back J.J. Taylor also averaged over 10 yards/carry with 14 rushes for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns.


  1. Comments: 1357
    Joined: 8/13/2015
    Oct 31, 2017 at 7:22 AM

    Florida State with the … in descending order by year … 6th, 3rd, 3rd, and 4th recruiting classes in the nation over the past four years is now 2-5 and just got pounded by BC. 5 and 4 stars everywhere you look.

    How can this be possible if it’s total stars that lead one to glorious victory.

    • Comments: 1357
      Joined: 8/13/2015
      Oct 31, 2017 at 7:24 AM


      • Comments: 1357
        Joined: 8/13/2015
        Oct 31, 2017 at 7:25 AM

        Spoiler alert. Injuries at the Qb position and young wide receivers is never a good thing.

    • Comments: 82
      Joined: 1/10/2017
      Oct 31, 2017 at 12:38 PM

      That’s an excellent question. I can imagine how one frequent TTB poster might answer the question.

      “It is of course possible to screw up with a good recruiting load, but it is *not* possible to win without one.” 🙂

      • Comments: 1357
        Joined: 8/13/2015
        Oct 31, 2017 at 12:51 PM

        Depending on how one defines “good recruiting load” and “win” conceded. I offer TCU, Boise, Navy, Wisconsin, Sparty.

    • Comments: 400
      Joined: 12/24/2016
      Oct 31, 2017 at 8:33 PM

      Haha; I’ll take it this spear is being thrown at me. Haha

      I never discuss Michigan logistix on The Territory
      And I don’t discuss Seminole logistix here but if you’re interested:

      I’m still hopeful for a Michigan vs FSU NC matchup one day before I die – its really the only game I look forward to seeing. Hopefully Jan of 2019.
      Time to watch Verlander pitch bye………..INTJohn

    • Comments: 1364
      Joined: 8/11/2015
      Oct 31, 2017 at 10:10 PM

      Whoever said that landing a lot of highly ranked recruits ensures championships? Silly straw man that anyone paying attention knows isn’t true.

      • Comments: 1357
        Joined: 8/13/2015
        Nov 01, 2017 at 6:49 AM

        So ….. you’re now paying attention?

        Good for you Windy, keep up the good work.

  2. Comments: 313
    Joined: 8/17/2015
    Oct 31, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Hoke’s DL at Tennessee has looked weak, but I don’t know if that’s a function of Hoke or if it’s a function of their offense being so terrible their defense is always on the field. What I do know is Kentucky gashed them for ~300 yards rushing at 8 ypc, 90% greater than their season’s average ypc of 4.2.

    TBH haven’t really watched any Arizona games this year, but I wish for nothing but the best for RR; glad he’s doing well.

    • Comments: 191
      Joined: 8/13/2015
      Oct 31, 2017 at 12:17 PM

      I wonder what would happen if you pair up Don Brown as DC and RR as OC on a team coached by someone like Urban Meyer…

      • Comments: 313
        Joined: 8/17/2015
        Oct 31, 2017 at 1:20 PM

        Don Brown should keep any team competitive.

        Is Rich Rod’s still considered an elite OC? His offenses were great 10 years ago. This year on the surface it looks like his offense is fire. 6th more yards per game, 3rd most points per game, 5th best rushing yards per game. That looks awesome. I’m going to dive into the numbers a bit here:

        Opponent | Points | Total Yards | Rushing Yards
        Northern Arizona | 62 | 595 | 506
        Houston | 16 | 371 | 512 (L)
        UTEP | 63 | 501 | 326
        Utah | 24 | 448 | 200 (L)
        Colorado | 45 | 551 | 300
        UCLA | 47 | 605 | 457
        Cal | 45 | 511 | 345
        WSU | 25 | 585 | 310

        Strength of schedule doesn’t look too awful. Houston is 5 – 3, Utah is 4 – 4, Colorado is 5 – 4, Cal is 4-5, and WSU is 7-2. Couple solid teams there. WSU is pretty good.

        WSU, Houston and Utah are on the right side of top 50 total defenses, ranging from #43 to #46 (pretty tight spread).

        Excluding Utah (200 rushing yards) they have at least 300 rushing yards in every game.

        I’m not sure if Rich Rod is still an elite OC, but he seems to be churning this year. Two losses are both within a score to pretty average opponents, but they were early on.

        • Comments: 142
          Joined: 8/12/2015
          Oct 31, 2017 at 2:32 PM

          I never cared for his Offense style. Maybe because I loved the old game, Woody & Bo style.
          Anyway, I doubt he will ever have long-term success, not that I wish him pain & suffering.

        • Comments: 191
          Joined: 8/13/2015
          Oct 31, 2017 at 3:46 PM

          I think he would be a high quality offensive coordinator and is a decent head coach. He defenses are not very good, and I’ve always found that his spread attack lacked the power element between the tackles, but his teams typically score a lot of points.

    • Comments: 32
      Joined: 1/16/2016
      High Sierra Howard
      Oct 31, 2017 at 2:43 PM

      Looks like Rich Rod still doesn’t care about defense though

  3. Comments: 10
    Joined: 9/19/2016
    Oct 31, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    If you enjoyed RR’s offense at its peak with Pat White or Denard, check out his current team with Khalil Tate. He has only started four games (and only turned 19 during that stretch), but he has already run for more yards than Saquon Barkley’s yearly total (Tate has 926 yards, and is averaging 13.4 yds/carry), and has a very strong arm. Yes, Arizona’s defense isn’t good, but Tate’s October was incredible, and I suspect that offense will provide some excellent viewing the rest of the year.

  4. Comments: 4
    Oct 31, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    AJ Dillon…geesh….sigh

    • Comments: 191
      Joined: 8/13/2015
      Oct 31, 2017 at 8:59 PM

      he would not be starting at Michigan, he would be part of a rotation though

    • Comments: 528
      Joined: 9/13/2015
      Oct 31, 2017 at 11:22 PM

      I loved his tape from high school. Was a gut punch when he didn’t sign. I liked him more than Samuels who I also thought was pretty good. In fact, his tape was better than anyone I had watched in the last 10 years or so including Walker who was more big plays.

      Dillon is a big dude who can move. Why UM tried to get him to lb’er is a mystery. Probably depth but they should have kept their mouths shut and let him at least compete for the job.

      • Comments: 1357
        Joined: 8/13/2015
        Nov 01, 2017 at 6:54 AM

        I thought the kid was a real good Lb prospect, but I do agree with you saying he was a real good Rb prospect as well.

        I’m imagining the interview in the local paper where some coach says about him, “He’s just a football player. This is a kid that loves football.”

  5. Comments: 182
    Joined: 9/15/2015
    Oct 31, 2017 at 7:50 PM

    interesting tulley-tillman ended up at UTEP…i assume kuglers pops knew him / his game and brought him in (though i believe kugler lost his job a few weeks ago). otherwise thatd be somewhat odd destination

  6. Comments: 528
    Joined: 9/13/2015
    Nov 01, 2017 at 2:05 AM

    Rich Rod is a system coach that needs a very good qb and rb.

    Hoke is just plain incompetent as a head coach.

    • Comments: 1357
      Joined: 8/13/2015
      Nov 01, 2017 at 7:05 AM

      They’re all system coaches.

      In RR’s particular case, he pretty much invented the system. Bare minimum, he’s the guy that laid the floor for the zone read over the foundation of the Wishbone and the Wing T.

      • Comments: 359
        Joined: 8/11/2015
        Nov 01, 2017 at 7:49 AM

        Michy – Rich Rod is a system coach that needs a very good qb and rb.
        Roanman – They’re all system coaches.

        It is easy to say both of these statements are correct, but IMHO RR is fairly inflexable as opposed to say Urban Meyer.

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