16. April 2011 · Comments Off on 2011 Spring Game Wrap (Photos, Etc.) · Categories: 2011

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“STEAKS!”  Je’Ron Stokes for the game winner.


  • The Alumni game was fantastic and it’s clear from the former players that they were treated very well during the weekend.
  • It was very nice seeing Mike Martin come off the edge and move around on defense.  As Mattison said postgame he’s been constantly double-teamed at nose guard so it was good seeing the defense trying to create mismatches.
  • Craig Roh looked much bigger; Taylor Lewan’s cast is off.
  • Defense seemed to tackle well.
  • Brady Hoke wore short pants.
  • Gardner threw one ball 60+ yards in the air on the run. (To no one, but it looked cool).
  • It was nice to see a ball tossed TE Koger’s way; it looked like a waggle #Griese
  • The game raised over $350,000 for Mott Hospital.


  • Denard struggled.  Larry Lage had him passing: 5-14 for 70 yards, 6 rushes for 60 yards.  There were certainly a couple drops mixed in there.  My take: he made a big leap from year one to two, and everyone (including 16) seemed to think that was due to his comfort-level with the offense.  So, let’s hope he gets comfortable this summer.
  • Gardner didn’t fare much better despite throwing it 60 yards on the run.
  • There doesn’t seem to be a clear choice at running back.  Mike Cox had a good day but went up against the second defense.
  • Kicking, yeesh.

A few photos:

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Last play of the game – Denard threw a nice ball and this should have been pulled in by Stonum.

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Gardner’s back is better ;)

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Short pants and pointing at things

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Denard signing for the Mott Hospital ‘From the Heart’ Foundation kids and families  


001 - frogs legsCoach Hoke in the “new” press conference room.  The Crisler media center is closed due to the renovations.  This is near the visitor locker room in the stadium

Related: 2011 Alumni Game Photos

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