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I think I saw someone else tweet this question out yesterday, but to me it's a fascinating topic and I'm contemplating writing about it.
I always thought it was Kelly Baraka, the former five-star running back out of Portage Northern who never once stepped on the field for the Wolverines. He's a player they shouldn't have taken a chance on to begin with because of his off-the-field troubles, but had tantalizing talent and could have been great if he had kept his head on straight.
I think Demar Dorsey would give Baraka a run for his money, but it's gotta be a 5-star who never saw the field at Michigan.
I would say that Kevin Grady is probably up there. He saw the field but was never good.
He and Kevin Jones were the consensus top 2 RBs in the country that year.
At the time, there was a clear path to playing time as well.
Some people would argue to be a bust you had to at least gotten on the field, or never developed. I can see the argument there too.
Grady was criminally overrated coming out of HS. He wasn't very fast.
Grady saw playing time his freshmen year but then got hurt which really set him back. Also had off the field issues that derailed his potential if I remember correctly.
I agree though, he was rated way to high
Baraka busted because of off the field issues.
Grady busted because of ON the field issues.
That is really the difference.
I always find this question interesting because there's so many ways to interpret 'bust.' Is is some one who just doesn't perform on the field, or do you count those who got injured (out of their control) or had academic/qualifying issues? I personally define it as the former, with the later more of just unfortunate events. I haven't followed recruiting very long, so my data points aren't huge to draw from, but I would have to say Justin Turner. He was a 5/high 4* kid in a position of desperate need that chose us over our hated rival, and he didn't contribute one iota to the team in any meaningful way. Huge bust.
If I was an MSU fan, I'd say that he was clearly an OSU plant in part of an elaborate conspiracy to screw over our program.
Baraka, no doubt.
I have to agree with Turner. I thought that kid would contribute right away and did nothing for Michigan. Just one of the curses of RR. At least Baraka went on to do something positive with his athletic ability. Does anyone know what Turner is up to lately?
Steve, you are the main writer for this board. Albeit an interesting topic, probably not one that should be started by you. BUST is a negative term and could be perceived as Bucknutish! Just a little tip from ur Uncle Rico
Question...If Tate doesn't get all Tate-ish, does the program progress further under RichRod?
I don't think so. Denard would have won the starting job anyway, so Tate would have been a non-factor on the bench. Also, Michigan's issues under RichRod had much more to do with defense than offense.
Every program has busts every season; I think it's an interesting topic.
Then Carry on Steve Helwagen
Are you serious? How is it bad talking about past players who have not panne out? It's a reality of every program in the country.
Also, if you're going to try to insult him, at least make sense. Steve Helwagen is always looked at as an insane homer that says everything possible pro-OSU. That's the opposite of this.
R u serious? The main guy should stick to writing about recruiting news and the team. Talking about Busts lends himself to talk about recruits he covered and having to maybe refer to them as BUSTS down the line. You can do this but not him.
Again do what you want. I'm giving my opinion and I said Steve Helwagen cuz hes from Bucknuts and represents them.
If you can provide a link from TVH or SWebb talking about Busts, I will then retract my statement
This post was edited by RicoX19 18 months ago
I would under stand if he put out a topic abt what 2013 recruit we think is gonna b a bust. But this is a perfectly ok topic to write abt.
SO if he starts this topic 5 yrs from now its cool then too? Sweet
In 5 year they will have the chance to prove them self in the field and if they did bust then so b it. I'm not gonna cry if he starts this topic in 5 years
I agree with this. Plus it's the offseason...there's not alot to talk about. Anything, positive or negative is fair game for me I think.
It's a perfectly fine topic to talk post about.
You're crazy. End of Story.
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