During the 15 minute glimpse of warm-ups practice today, we learned one thing:  Brady Hoke is minding the details.  

For most of the session open to the media, Hoke sat with the punters and watched…

3 Punting 4 Punting

…and even demonstrated punting:

Hoke Punting

I like this.  I want a coach who is showing the punters how to punt. 

This reminds of one my favorite photos of Fielding Yost (something I don’t think I’ve mentioned here before).   Per the Bentley Historical Library photo gallery of the Old Man, here’s Yost “Fielding Yost demonstrates proper way to catch a punt”:image 

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I took a load of photos but during the Michigan Spring Game but the best were of Denard Robinson doing his thing.  It was his day and consider Brian’s take seconded:

Robinson looks like a quarterback now. A running quarterback with rudimentary passing abilities, but a quarterback. There were zone reads and screens and rollout passes and a number of zippy seams that hit players between the numbers. When the offense broke down, Robinson made the concept of "pursuit angles" humorous. Putting him on the edge, as suggested by the coaches’ clinic tea leaves, puts the defense in a bind. His throws were all on a line but they were accurate aside from a couple mediocre bubble screens.

Here’s sixteen in action.  Please save the “Why don’t you marry him?” as I’m happily married.  Wait, is he available?

c Denard Cut 

 

c Denard DashIronic that everyone is blurry except the guy flying through the scene.  [Ed.  A few folks asked for a high res copy.]

 

 

c Denard Follow Through As Brian noted, he tossed a pair of soft screen passes but beyond that the passes were solid.  That said, the follow through here is awkward unless he’s demonstrating that the Denard Meter is on high.

 

c Denard Sideways

He ended up turning this up field for a nice gain, but in this shot consider that he’s facing due east on a north-south field.

 

c Turner Shiver

This is the end of the same play in the previous photo, Denard upfield.  Check out the forearm shiver delivered by J.T. Turner.

 

 

 

 

c Denard Snap 2

Conclusion: We started the spring with the overdue admission by Rodriguez that he’d consider using Denard in different positions in the offense.  As the spring progressed, #16 earned the inside track on the starting QB position. 

 

Related:

  • Pre-Spring Game (Photos)
  • Post Alumni Game: ‘64 Captain Jim Conley (audio)
  • Alumni Game Photos

  • 17. April 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Archive 2009 · Tags: , , , , ,

    a Conley barking

    I caught up with the oldest player on the field after the game, Jim Conley of the ‘65 Rose Bowl champs.  He roamed the defensive backfield for the Maize team this morning and shared a few thoughts.  Worth a listen, heavily tongue-in-cheek from the salty veteran:

    Notable:

    I asked Conley about the lack of a QB on the Maize team: “It met my dreams, you understand?  Because I hate referees, kickers and quarterbacks.”

    On the refs, who seemed to give the Blue QB (John Navarre) more than the allowed 5 seconds: “They had that Spartan Bob clock…they had 8 seconds sometimes.”

    On playing safety: “I moved better than I thought I was going to, to tell you the truth.   I just wanted to show the fans that an old man can play free safety.  If you’re a safety, you gotta sit back, look at the field, read the quarterback and go to the ball.   And as you saw nobody threw in my area because I was there.”

    On the leap he offered up during his introduction: “I wanted to show people that I have that 42” elevation…”