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As we all know, the season opener is just over three weeks away. When you think about Michigan's 2012 season, what are you most excited about?
A particular player? A coach? A scheme? A particular game? Just the season in general?
I'm excited to see how the freshman step up this year and the LB corp.
I'm excited for the Michigan st game. I think the atmosphere is going to be electric and that's going to be a huge recruiting weekend. We need to end Spartys streak!! I'm excited to see Brennan Beyer, Blake Countess, and of course Denard.
Season in general.
Offense, Rawls and Darboh.
Defense, Campbell, Countess and Ryan.
I'm excited to actuality be able to watch every single game this year. I missed two-thirds of the games last year due to work.
11 National Titles | 42 Conference Titles | 3 Heisman Winners | 78 All-Americans | 37 College Hall of Fame Members
I'll tell you what I am not excited about, and that is Denard being a senior. But with that being said, I'm very excited for Shane Morris.
To answer the question though, more than anything I think I am just excited for the season in general.. Really want to see this senior class to play in the Rose Bowl before they leave.
This post was edited by Rabid 20 months ago
The changes I see in the players in their second year of the defense. Possibly more formations and folds as well.
This post was edited by kylebennett7127 20 months ago
Watching Denard make great plays is an obvious answer but what I am most excited for is watching Craig Roh and Will Campbell shut up all the naysayers and dominate opposing OLs. Yep you heard me say it. Will Campbell and Craig Roh are going to be absolute beasts this year.
I'm most excited for Devin Gardner becoming a WR. He's gonna be a monster.
I'm most excited to see what these two coordinators do with such a wide variety of talent.
Mattison could likely switch easily to about any formation he wants this year, from a 1-5-5 okie to the 46 bear with Kovacs, granted the impact freshman show up like we expect. There are gonna be blitzes coming from every direction, and I'm expecting BWC to end up getting a fat man touchdown on an interception return from a zone drop.
And then on offense, there is a really good chance Rawls is gonna get some bigtime game experience early in the season and will provide a very reliable thunder to Fitz's lightning. After them you still have V. Smith who can do anything, and Justice Hayes who could be more electric than all of them. Even the tight end position will be incredibly varied, even if the ceiling is low for the group this year.
And of course there is the best running QB in the nation starting his second year in a west coast offense, and the likelihood that there will be two extremely athletic QB's on the field at once for quite a few plays.
If you really get into the strategy, systems, and schematics of football, you will be hard pressed to every find a football team with the possibilities that the Michigan football team has.
This is gonna be a fun season.
I am excited for football season in general. Starting out with Bama, I want to see where UM is at as a program against an elite team. This is not only a great test for the players, but the coaches as well. I absolutely love this staff, but they are going to have to have this team playing its best ball for Game 1. Defensively, I have full confidence in Mattison, but offensively, I have a pretty big question mark surrounding Borges. Some of his play-calling last year left something to be desired. There is going to be little to no room for error against Bama, and the kids need to execute, but Borges has to put them in a position to win. He should have more familiarity with his personnel in Year 2, so I am hoping that this shows.
I'm also interested to see how much Denard has improved. My biggest fear is that he excels in practice, using good mechanics and decision-making, but the excitement of a game will cause him to revert back to his old form, especially in big games. If he can be more effective in the passing game, he could be the next Heisman Trophy winner.
The DL scares me, but I am actually pretty optimistic about them. I think they surprise a lot of people. Hopefully they form that chemistry quickly and become stout up front because the back 7 is very solid.
The Iowa game as that will be the only game I'll be able to attend. Also the ability of Denard to make better reads in year two of Borges's system. Possibly the emergence of a few underclassmen in key spots.
I want to see our best 11 on the field on offense and defense. That means Gardner out there with Denard almost every play.
And I want to see some good road wins this year! We are as good as our performance away from the Big House this Fall.
Everything. I'm so football-deprived, I'm going to be jumping out of my seat when the boys just run out of the tunnel.
However, if I had to choose:
-Denard's senior season. You just know he's going to leave absolutely everything on the field.
-Ditto for Kovacs.
-The emergence of the young defense: Countess, Ryan, Beyer, Morgan, Bolden, Wilson, and possibly even Pipkins will probably get significant minutes this year, and I'm very excited to see what Mattison can do with all this young talent.
-Roy Roundtree returning to form/other WRs stepping up.
-Finally, I'm excited to see Thomas Rawls. I think he's going to be an absolute punisher of a RB, and I'm hoping significant carries early in the season help establish him as the knockout punch in our 1-2 combo of Fitz and Rawls.
I would like to see Gardner on the field more often. They talk about the best eleven on the field quite a bit, I would like to start seeing it.
This post was edited by Amazinglyblue78 20 months ago
I am excited to see how physical this team is... Last year they were quite physical and that helped them grind out some wins, but they were still small in stature... 1 more year with Wellman and I think we see a big nasty team that will look to apply the hurt instead of absorb it... I miss the days of our OL getting into a groove and running the ball non stop down the opponents throats... The DL the same way... Blowing up the play and leaving their O no choice but have to throw the ball... That would help a lot because the QBs in the B1G are pretty bad at throwing it around
Borges has also been talking about how much Denard is progressing and if he is even adequate passing the ball, that should the DL find time to gel... 1st game will be a real test and a win would be a tremendous boost for this program but it should be an even greater learning experience for the coaches and players on what it takes to win against the best
I'm excited for year two of the Hoke era. Most good new coaches get a transition year, but by year two you really begin to see a significant improvement. We were fortunate in year one (maybe God felt sorry for us after the RR debacle), but the real big test is year two. We have a much tougher schedule this year. If we can work our way through that schedule without taking a big step backward in W-Ls, it will prove to me we really have an elite HC and staff. It also will strengthen our amazing momentum in recruiting into 2014 and 2015.
We need to win the B10 this year. And we can win the B10 this year. Every team has players to replace and holes to fill and an elite staff should be able to do that without a signigicant falloff. IMO we should win every regular season B10 game easily this year except for Nebraska and Ohio. And if we can win one of those two tough road games, we will be headed to the BTCCG. It's time for Michigan to return to its rightful position at the top of the B10.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by MrWoodson 20 months ago
I agree, well said.
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