Nightly Roundup: March 20, 2019

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19Mar 2019
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Nightly Roundup: March 20, 2019

Wilton Speight

Wilton Speight had something to say about Pep Hamilton:

““It is what it is,” he said. “The same guy in 2016 and 2017, I didn’t change who I was. It was definitely a little bit different. That’s why I was able to get back to my ways in 2018 and let it rip.”

Speight’s version of “letting it rip” at UCLA was 60.6% completions, 7.3 YPA, 6 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Before he got hurt in 2017, he was at 54.6%, 7.2 YPA, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Basically, the same numbers except a higher completion percentage at UCLA. Speight was bad for the final two years of his college career, and he’s attempting to throw his former coach under the bus. Add that to his whiny, woe-is-me attitude on Amazon Prime’s docuseries, and I think it’s pretty clear that he’s pretty incapable of looking at things objectively.

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18Jan 2012
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Review of 2005 Recruiting: The Running Backs

Kevin Grady never had a 100-yard game in college

The Roster
Mike Hart, So.
Jerome Jackson, Jr.
Max Martin, So.

The Offerees
Andre Criswell
High school: Detroit (MI) Renaissance
Ratings: Rivals 2-star FB; Scout 2-star RB
College: Michigan
Other notable offers:
Scoop: Criswell arrived as a fullback in 2005 and redshirted behind Kevin Dudley.  As a redshirt sophomore in 2007, Criswell caught 2 passes for 32 yards in mop-up duty against Eastern Michigan and Minnesota.  On special teams he made 4 career tackles.  When Rich Rodriguez arrived in 2008, he gave Criswell a chance to play at both tight end and defensive end, but Criswell never saw the field at either position.  He was not given a fifth year of eligibility, but instead spent the 2009 season as a graduate assistant.

Kevin Grady
High school: Grand Rapids (MI) East
Ratings: Rivals 5-star RB, #22 overall; Scout 5-star, #5 RB
College: Michigan
Other notable offers: Michigan State
Scoop: Grady arrived as an all-everything tailback out of western Michigan and spent his freshman season as the primary backup to Mike Hart.  He ran the ball 121 times for 483 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and 5 touchdowns; he also caught 14 passes for 113 yards (8.1 yards per catch).  However, his freshman year was the high point of his career.  Off-the-field troubles and the healthy return of Hart limited him to 55 carries for 187 yards (3.4 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns, in addition to just 1 catch for 8 yards.  He tore his ACL in the spring of 2007 and sat out the following season.  As a redshirt junior in 2008, Grady saw limited time as a backup tailback behind Sam McGuffie and Brandon Minor, notching just 14 carries for 33 yards (2.4 yards per carry) and 1 touchdown.  He accepted a switch to fullback for the 2009 season, and ended the year with 10 carries for 80 yards and 1 touchdown, in addition to 5 catches for 29 yards (5.8 yards per catch).  Grady ended his career with 200 carries for 783 yards (3.9 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns, plus 20 receptions for 150 yards (7.5 yards per catch).  He was not drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft and has not played in the NFL.

Mister Simpson
High school: Cincinnati (OH) Colerain
Ratings: Rivals 3-star, #20 RB; Scout 3-star, #53 RB
College: Michigan Cincinnati Jail
Other notable offers: Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Maryland
Scoop: Simpson redshirted as a true freshman in 2005.  He left the program prior to the 2006 season and transferred to Cincinnati, where he never saw the field due to a little problem called “burglary.”  His most recent arrest, as far as I can tell, was in January 2011.  His football career appears to be over.

Rashawn Jackson
High school: Jersey City (NJ) St. Pater’s
Ratings: Rivals 3-star, #7 FB; Scout 3-star, #46 RB
College: Virginia
Other notable offers: Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State, USC
Scoop: Jackson began his career at running back in 2005, but switched to practicing at linebacker halfway through the season; he didn’t play in a single game and redshirted.  As a redshirt freshman in 2006, he remained at linebacker and made 7 total tackles on special teams.  He moved back to fullback in 2007 and ran the ball 20 times for 72 yards (3.6 yards per carry) while also catching 6 passes for 42 yards (7 yards per catch) and 1 touchdown.  As a redshirt junior in 2008, Jackson ran the ball 16 times for 62 yards (3.9 yards per carry) and caught 14 passes for 79 yards (5.6 yards per catch).  As a fifth year senior in 2009, he became the team’s feature back and ran the ball 96 times for 461 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and 2 touchdowns; he also snagged 25 passes for 222 yards (8.9 yards per reception).  He went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft but signed as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers, for whom he played 2 games in 2010 without accumulating any statistics.

Biggest bust: Kevin Grady.  Not only did he never have a 100-yard game, but he rushed for less than 800 yards over five years and had multiple off-the-field issues.  As far back as the recruiting services go (2002), Grady might be Michigan’s biggest recruiting bust.

Biggest miss: Rashawn Jackson.  He’s the only choice, but since he’s the only one of the four to sniff the NFL, I guess he fits here.

Best in class:
Jonathan Stewart.  Stewart ran for 2,981 yards and 27 touchdowns at Oregon.  Then he was a first round pick of the Carolina Panthers.  He has 3,500 rushing yards for the Panthers and 26 rushing touchdowns.

All offers are recorded on the 2005 Offer Board.

8Jul 2011
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2005 Offer Board

56 total offers

Jason Forcier – San Diego, CA (Michigan)
Harrison Beck – Clearwater, FL (Nebraska)
Rob Schoenhoft – Cincinnati, OH (Ohio State)

Andre Criswell – Detroit, MI (Michigan)
Kevin Grady – Grand Rapids, MI (Michigan)
Mister Simpson – Cincinnati, OH (Michigan)
Rashawn Jackson – Jersey City, NJ (Virginia)

Antonio Bass – Jackson, MI (Michigan)
Mario Manningham – Warren, OH (Michigan)
LaTerryal Savoy – Mamou, LA (Michigan)
Rendrick Taylor – Bennettsville, SC (Clemson)
Nate Boateng – Brooklyn, NY (Florida)
Mohamed Massaquoi – Charlotte, NC (Georgia)
Andre Amos – Middletown, OH (Ohio State)
Eric Huggins – Conway, SC (Oklahoma)
Kevin Cousins – Richmond, VA (Penn State)
Selwyn Lymon – Fort Wayne, IN (Purdue)

Carson Butler – Detroit, MI (Michigan)
Ed Dickson – Bellflower, CA (Oregon)

Justin Schifano – Webster, NY (Michigan)
Andy Kuempel – Marion, IA (Iowa)
Dace Richardson – Wheaton, IL (Iowa)
John Jerry – Batesville, MS (Mississippi)
Alex Boone – Lakewood, OH (Ohio State)

Tim McAvoy – Bloomington, IL (Michigan)
David Moosman – Libertyville, IL (Michigan)
Cory Zirbel – Murray, KY (Michigan)
Ronnie Wilson – Pompano Beach, FL (Florida)
Hivera Green – Conway, SC (Virginia Tech)

Eugene Germany – Pomona, CA (Michigan)
Chris McLaurin – Orchard Lake, MI (Michigan)
Allan Smith – Kansas City, MO (Boston College)
Kyle Moore – Warner Robins, GA (USC)
William Wall – Chatham, VA (Virginia Tech)

James McKinney – Louisville, KY (Michigan)
Marques Slocum – Philadelphia, PA (Michigan)
Terrance Taylor – Muskegon, MI (Michigan)
Craig Bokor – Bedford, PA (Pittsburgh)

Brandon Logan – Lexington, KY (Michigan)
Jerome Hayes – Bayonne, NJ (Penn State)

Brandon Harrison – Dayton, OH (Michigan)
Chris Richards – North Hills, CA (Michigan)
Johnny Sears – Fresno, CA (Michigan)
Lionel Mitchell – Chatham, VA (Alabama)
Avery Atkins – Daytona Beach, FL (Florida)
Anthony Wiseman – Hyattsville, MD (Maryland)
Demetrice Morley – Miami, FL (Miami)
Kendell Davis – Alliance, OH (Michigan State)
Jamario O’Neal – Cleveland, OH (Ohio State)
Justin King – Pittsburgh, PA (Penn State)
Kevin Thomas – Oxnard, CA (USC)

C.J. Byrd – North Augusta, SC (Georgia)
Chris Rowell – Warrensville Heights, OH (Iowa)
Nic Harris – Alexandria, LA (Oklahoma)
Victor Harris – Highland Springs, VA (Virginia Tech)

Zoltan Mesko – Twinsburg, OH (Michigan)

4Jul 2010
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2010 Countdown: #62 Kelvin Grady

Name: Kelvin Grady
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 167 lbs.
High school: East Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids, MI
Position: Slot receiver/running back
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #19
Last year: Not ranked.

The brother of former Michigan running back Kevin Grady, the younger Grady came to Michigan to play basketball. But he didn’t quite fit in Coach Beilein’s system and left the basketball team. Grady then decided to walk on to the football program in 2009 after having been a star high school running back. Grady was impressive enough that he earned starter-level playing time early in the season. He caught 10 passes for 102 yards and 1 touchdown, but was surpassed late in the season by Roy Roundtree; Grady started dropping passes and then didn’t even play in the final three games of the year.

The word from insiders is that Grady will be given a shot to earn playing time at either slot receiver or running back in the fall. Without a returning starter at the running back position – and underwhelming performances during the spring game – Grady might offer some depth. I’m not expecting much from him this fall. He’s too slight to play running back in the Big Ten, and there are better options there; and the combination of Roundtree and Martavious Odoms at slot receiver is potentially deadly, not to mention up-and-comers Terrence Robinson and Jeremy Gallon. It’s a good thing for Michigan that someone with Grady’s talent might be its fifth best player at the position; it’s a bad thing for Grady himself.

Prediction for 2010: Scarce duty as backup slot receiver. He won’t match the stat totals from 2009.

28Jan 2010
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What Could Have Been . . . Christian Wilson

Christian Wilson (#33)
Christian Wilson, a 6’3″, 235 lb. running back/tight end from McKees Rocks, PA, committed to Michigan back in 2007. He was expected to be a part of the class of 2008 after Lloyd Carr convinced him that he could play an H-back role in Mike Debord’s offense. It’s somewhat odd that Carr would recruit a guy for a position that didn’t really exist when he probably knew that he wouldn’t be there past the 2007 season.

Regardless, the hiring of Rich Rodriguez forced Wilson to rethink his options. Rodriguez honored the offer and told him that he could play linebacker, but Wilson wasn’t interested. He pictured himself as an offensive player, but Wilson would only fit Rodriguez’s offense as a fullback . . . and Rodriguez molds his fullbacks out of walk-ons.

Wilson took the hint and opened up his recruitment. He committed to North Carolina and played as a freshman. He caught 2 passes for 19 yards as a true freshman in 2008 and added 5 more catches for 30 yards in 2009.

Michigan’s starting fullback in 2009 was Kevin Grady, who notched 10 carries for 80 yards and 1 touchdown. He also caught 5 passes for 29 yards.

Grady was probably a better player for Michigan’s offense, but moving forward, the fullback duties will fall to fifth year senior Mark Moundros and redshirt junior John McColgan. It would be nice to have an athlete of Wilson’s caliber to play fullback, but considering the fact that a former 5-star running back in Grady only touched the ball 15 times, committing a four-year scholarship to a fullback might not make a great deal of sense. It would be nice to have an extra inside linebacker on the roster, but if Wilson didn’t want to play defense, he probably wouldn’t be great at it, anyway.