|Teric Jones (#14)|
Name: Teric Jones
Weight: 195 lbs.
High school: Cass Tech High School in Detroit, MI
Position: Running back
Jersey number: #14
Last year: I said Jones would be a backup safety and special teams contributor. He was buried on the depth chart at running back (3 carries, 7 yards) and played special teams.
Jones is aiming for the first annual James Rogers Award, given to a Michigan player who has no clue what position he’ll play from year to year. He entered college in 2009 as a slot receiver, moved to cornerback shortly into his freshman season, switched to safety in spring 2010, then played running back once the season began. He suffered a serious knee injury in the Illinois game and missed the rest of the 2010 campaign, as well as spring practice in April.
I presume that Jones will still be playing running back, although his availability is unclear. Considering the fact that Vincent Smith returned from his own serious knee injury suffered in the 2009 Ohio State game by the following September, I can only assume that Jones will be ready to play again in 2011. However, Jones hasn’t done anything particularly special at any position, and there’s no reason to expect that he’ll push for playing time if healthy. Whether it’s as a running back, cornerback, or safety, Jones’ best bet for getting on the field would be on special teams.
Prediction: Special teams contributor and backup running back; 1 carry for 3 yards
|Safety Josh Furman has been creating
some buzz this spring.
There have been a lot of questions about where Michigan’s players fit in the new defensive system. Offensive positions are a little easier to understand, since some position changes have been announced. I’ll attempt to clarify how the team looks right now, but keep in mind that it’s early in spring practice and only one freshman is in town. The order of the listed players is a guesstimate at the depth chart based on practice reports, video clips, and common sense.
QB: Denard Robinson (Jr.), Devin Gardner (So.), Russell Bellomy (Fr.)
RB: Michael Cox (RS Jr.), Stephen Hopkins (So.), Fitzgerald Toussaint (RS So.), Vincent Smith (Jr.), Michael Shaw (Sr.), Teric Jones (Jr. – injured), Thomas Rawls (Fr.), Justice Hayes (Fr.)
FB: John McColgan (RS Sr.), Stephen Hopkins (So.)
WR: Darryl Stonum (Sr.), Junior Hemingway (RS Sr.), Je’ron Stokes (Jr.), Jeremy Jackson (So.), Jerald Robinson (RS Fr.)
SR: Roy Roundtree (RS Jr.), Martavious Odoms (Sr.), Jeremy Gallon (RS So.), Kelvin Grady (RS Sr.), Terrence Robinson (RS Jr.), D.J. Williamson (RS Fr.), Drew Dileo (So.)
TE: Kevin Koger (Sr.), Brandon Moore (RS Jr.), Ricardo Miller (RS Fr.), Steve Watson (RS Sr.), Chris Barnett (Fr.)
LT: Taylor Lewan (RS So.)
LG: Ricky Barnum (RS Jr.), Elliott Mealer (RS Jr.), Tony Posada (Fr.)
C: David Molk (RS Sr.), Rocko Khoury (RS Jr.), Jack Miller (Fr.)
RG: Patrick Omameh (RS Jr.), Christian Pace (RS Fr.), Chris Bryant (Fr.)
RT: Mark Huyge (RS Sr.), Michael Schofield (RS So.)
5-tech DT: Ryan Van Bergen (RS Sr.), Ken Wilkins (RS Fr.), Keith Heitzman (Fr.), Chris Rock (Fr.)
1-tech DT: Mike Martin (Sr.), Quinton Washington (RS So.), Richard Ash (RS Fr.)
3-tech DT: William Campbell (Jr.), Richard Ash (RS Fr.), Will Heininger (RS Sr.)
WDE: Craig Roh (Jr.), Jibreel Black (So.), Brennen Beyer (Fr.)
SAM: Brandon Herron (RS Sr.), Cam Gordon (RS So.), J.B. Fitzgerald (Sr.), Jake Ryan (RS Fr.), Jordan Paskorz (RS Fr.), Frank Clark (Fr.)
MIKE: Kenny Demens (RS Jr.), Isaiah Bell (RS So.), Kellen Jones (Fr.), Desmond Morgan (Fr.)
WILL: Mike Jones (RS So.), Marell Evans (RS Sr.), Brandin Hawthorne (Jr.), Antonio Poole (Fr.)
CB: Troy Woolfolk (RS Sr.), Courtney Avery (So.), Terrence Talbott (RS Fr.), Blake Countess (Fr.), Raymon Taylor (Fr.)
CB: J.T. Floyd (RS Jr.), Cullen Christian (So.), Greg Brown (Fr.), Delonte Hollowell (Fr.)
FS: Carvin Johnson (So.), Thomas Gordon (RS So.), Tamani Carter (Fr.)
SS: Jordan Kovacs (RS Jr.), Josh Furman (RS Fr.), Marvin Robinson (So.)
|5-star receiver Stefon Diggs|
Many Michigan fans seem worried that the new coaching staff has thrown out offers with what fans deem to be reckless abandon over the last couple months. At last count Michigan has verbally offered 130 prospects from the class of 2012.
The key word there is “verbally.” Due to a new rule for this recruiting cycle, high schoolers cannot receive official, written offers until August 1 of their senior year. That means someone like Stefon Diggs (pictured above) won’t be 100% sure of who’s recruiting him until a little over four months from now. In the olden days, kids could receive written offers on September 1 of their junior years, meaning Diggs would have been offered several months ago.
One thing to watch is how many kids actually accept offers this early in the process. Since they can’t have official offers in hand for another several months, kids may be feeling out the process a little longer. It seems that there have been fewer early commitments in the class of 2012 overall. Only 19 of the 130 offered have already committed to a particular program.
While offers are coming at a much faster rate this year, they seem to be going to higher level athletes. Of the 130 offers, 84 of them (56%) are on the Rivals 250 to Watch list, which means they are likely to be 4-stars or higher. In my opinion, many of the other 46 players have a very good chance of being 4-stars, as well.
By about this time in the past few recruiting classes, Michigan not only had offers out to some lower level guys, but actual commitments from guys like Teric Jones (buried on the bench at RB), Antonio Kinard (a non-qualifier who ended up at Miami), Isaiah Bell (buried on the bench at LB), and Delonte Hollowell (who ended up as a middling 3-star prospect). This is not to say that those guys won’t end up being solid players at some point, but early offers and commitments should be elite kids. You can find the Teric Joneses and Antonio Kinards of the world late in the recruiting game, like Michigan has with Ray Vinopal, Jake Ryan, and Russell Bellomy.
Additionally, Michigan’s midwest recruiting base is pretty talented this season, which means the coaches – and recruits – don’t have to travel far. Forty-four of the 130 offers (34%) are to kids from Big Ten states.
I was not a huge fan of the Brady Hoke hire, so this is not coming from the we-need-a-Michigan-Man-to-right-the-ship perspective: I am legitimately not concerned with the number of offers the Wolverines have put out there. This coaching staff seems to have a better grasp on the type of talent Michigan can and should recruit. I will voice my concern if and when Hoke starts tossing out offers like candy to MAC-level and Big East-level talent, but so far that’s not the case.
Name: Teric Jones
Weight: 194 lbs.
High school: Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI
Jersey number: #14
Last year: I ranked Jones #76 and said he’d redshirt. Jones played some cornerback and special teams, making 7 tackles altogether.
Last year I thought Jones would redshirt. He came to Michigan after being recruited as a running back or slot receiver, but with the shortage of cornerbacks, he immediately started getting reps on defense. He played cornerback against lesser opponents Eastern Michigan and Delaware State, and he contributed on kickoff coverage, making 7 total tackles. Ideally, he would have redshirted in 2009, but Jones played admirably in a tough situation.
Now he’s a sophomore and has changed positions once again. Jones moved to bandit in the spring, which is a strong safety-type position. He’ll be backing up probable starter Jordan Kovacs and competing with players such as Brandin Hawthorne, Vlad Emilien, and incoming freshman Marvin Robinson for playing time. I don’t expect that he’ll challenge for a starting position, but he’s an adequate backup and could move back to corner if any injuries occur. The best thing Jones has going for him is excellent speed, as he almost chased down Roy Roundtree during the spring game. He’s also a pretty tenacious hitter for such a small player.
Prediction for 2010: Backup bandit, special teams coverage