It’s becoming quite evident who will be The NFL Wolverine of the Year as Mister Charles Woodson and his undefeated Green Bay Packers keep ripping it up. This week was no exception for the spectacular CB which is why he has yet again earned the NFL Wolverine of the Week. In what has become a standard week this season for the Former Heisman trophy winner (and still the only defensive player to win the trophy), he recorded 6 tackles, 2 pass defends and 1 INT. Charles is once again number 1 in the league with 7 INTs on the season, at this rate Woodson has a chance at his second Defensive MVP. Congrats to Woodson and his undefeated Packers.
Mario Manningham- Pulled in 2 receptions for 62 Yards and a TD in the Giants huge win against the Cowboys.
Surprising starter Trey Burke shines at point guard for U-M
Rod Beard/ The Detroit News
Ann Arbor— In Michigan’s biggest game early in the season, Trey Burke found himself in an unexpected position — in the starting lineup.
Burke, a freshman from Columbus, Ohio, thought he would have at least a season to be Darius Morris’ understudy at point guard and ease his way into the lineup. But when Morris decided to leave for the NBA draft after his sophomore season, the Wolverines had a void that needed to be filled immediately.
Burke has taken the reins — and is learning the point guard position through all its ups and downs — as he looks to take the No. 20 Wolverines back to the NCAA Tournament.
“I watched Darius a lot last year and he performed at a very high level and I knew I had some big shoes to fill,” Burke said. “I was ready to take on the challenge and I was confident coming in and I knew I could step up and be a point guard for this team.”
Through nine games, Burke is second on the team in scoring (12.2 points) and leads the team in assists (4.6). He had his best game Saturday against Oakland, with a career-high 20 points, and matched his best with nine assists.
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20111212/SPORTS0201/112120309/Surprising-starter-Trey-Burke-shines-at-point-guard-for-U-M#ixzz1gMksw6KN
Hi Michigan nation. Sorry for the delay this week in picking NFL Wolverine of the Week, I’ve been very busy. Regardless of the fact that week 14 has already begun, we still need to award a WOTW for week 13.
This was a very interesting week for former Wolverines in the NFL, with the 2 most impressive players this week both being O-lineman. Jake Long of the Dolphins and Jonathan Goodwin of the 49ers both played great games for their respective team. First off I would like to congratulate Goodwin on his 49ers clinching their division and thus their first playoff berth since 2002. But even with the 49ers 26-0 shutout and division clinch, Jake Long is still the NFL Wolverine of the Week. How could Long of the hard luck Dolphins earn this over Goodwin? Well its pretty simple 1. Long was a huge part in helping Mediocre Reggie Bush rush for 100 yards and TD; While Goodwin helped the much better Frank Gore to only 73 Yards and 0 TDs . 2. Jake Long and the Dolphins crushed a potential playoff team in the Raiders 34-14 while the 49ers crushed the injury ridden 2-10 Rams. Congrats to Long on the Dolphins for playing with passion and integrity even with their team out of contention.
- Tom Brady- Had another solid week torching the Winless Colts, completing 29 passes for 289 yards and 2 TDs.
- David Harris- If the Jets want to make the playoffs every game is a must win at this point and Harris helped keep his Jets hopes alive again this week with 5 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss and 3 pass defends.
Thought this was too interesting not to share.
Rich Rodriguez says he would have coached Michigan to 10 wins too
The Detroit News
Rich Rodriguez said he would have led Michigan to a 10-win season or better in 2011 had he been retained for a fourth year as Wolverines coach.
Rodriguez, now the head coach at Arizona, also said he was joking when he said recently he’d like to see Michigan play his Wildcats in a regular-season game. Rodriguez made his comments during a radio interview Thursday afternoon on WBBL in Grand Rapids.
Rodriguez was quick to respond when asked if he would have led Michigan to 10 victories this season.
“Yep — at least,” Rodriguez said. “That’s being confident and a lot of things going the right way, and certainly we had to make a few changes, needed alterations and had to play better defensively.
For entire article click link below From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20111208/SPORTS0201/112080478/Rich-Rodriguez-says-he-would-have-coached-Michigan-to-10-wins-too#ixzz1fz2E31eN
Update on the court case against Ohio RB Jaamal Berry. Also wanted to note that word got out that Hoke will be visiting a certain current Ohio RB commit, whose last name rhymes with fun. I’m hoping next week we might have a special Buckeye Fail for a big Ohio de-commit, we shall see.
Via ABC 6
Jaamal Berry Case Continued
COLUMBUS — A court case against Jaamal Berry, a sophomore running back from Ohio State University, is being continued as of Thursday, ABC6/Fox28 News has learned.
Earlier this morning, Ohio State suspending Berry after an alleged victim filed charges — assault and disorderly conduct — after a reported assault in late October.
Because the charges are misdemeanors, Berry was not arrested. But, he was issued a summons to appear in court for an arraignment hearing on December 1.
Police say the victim was walking to his car in the Arena District, just after 2 a.m. October 21, 2011.
The victim says that Berry and another man, were yelling profanities at him from across the parking lot.
According to the report, the two men confronted the victim and Berry punched him several times in the face and had a bloody nose but didn’t need medical treatment at the scene.
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Oh how the times have changed, at this point last year it was hard to remain optimistic (don’t need or want to rehash it all). Today we are going to the Sugar Bowl after a 10 win season (beating Ohio) and now get to taste Sparty’s tears as they head to the Outback. Before I rip into Sparty, let me say how proud we are of this Michigan team and beyond happy the Seniors who have been through hell and back, get to go out with a win over Ohio and a BCS Bowl Berth.
As for Sparty and their fans I’m going to make it short and sweet. You had your chance to go to the Rose Bowl and blew it with one of the dumbest calls by your beloved coach to rush the kicker and try to get the block. Your offense had been moving without difficulty all day but yet you decide to risk this penalty, which correct me if I’m wrong but more times than not you end up with a penalty (either running into or roughing the kicker) than you do with a block. Michigan didn’t cost you a BCS berth, your coach did.
As for Virginia Tech don’t worry, in the coming weeks WolverinesEast will break down the game from every angle you can consider. Early outlook, I like the match-up, Virginia Tech has only played a solid team twice this season (both times against Clemson) and both times they were smacked down.
Lastly, I’ll leave you with our tweet from last night “@WolverinesEast Every one better schedule a dentist appointment for January 4th because we will be eating sugar all night on the 3rd
As much as I’m falling for Trey Burke, I’m still going to miss Darius Morris and his leadership. Great article, and glad to see LA getting a glance at Darius’ work ethic.
Via LA Times:
The sweat dripped down Darius Morris’ face. His T-shirt was soaked, and his trainer asked if he needed more time to catch his breath between exercises.
The Lakers rookie guard quickly smiled and shook his head.
“Rest is overrated,” Morris said before completing three sets of 12 reps on a 135-pound bench press during a recent workout at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. The Lakers already received a glimpse of Morris’ work ethic Thursday when he was one of three players to use the team’s practice facility for voluntary workouts.
Morris has followed a near daily routine of playing pick-up basketball at Loyola Marymount University and working out at Mira Costa. Who knows if that intense work ethic can replicate the Big Ten-leading 6.7 assists he averaged per game in his sophomore season at Michigan?
Morris has tinkered with his footwork, form and follow through. Who knows if that will improve the 25% clip from three-point range he averaged in his sophomore season with the Wolverines?
Morris has increased his weight to 195 pounds after adding 10 pounds of muscle. He’s maxing out at 255-pound bench-press and squat exercises. Who knows if that added muscle and endless agility drills will give him enough strength and quickness to upgrade the Lakers at point guard?
Full Article Click Here
This week was a Tough decision, 2 Wolverines on great teams, playing some of the best Football of the season. Yup I’m talking about Tom Brady and Charles Woodson. But I’ll give the nod based on one factor Beating a re-surging Lions team on their own field is a much bigger accomplishment than the Eagles who everyone can beat apparently. Woodson has now won his fourth NFL Wolverine of The Week with another superhuman performance on the field with 5 tackles 1 pass defend and another interception. Woodson is now second in the NFL in INTs and as you know his Packers are Number 1 in the NFL and undefeated. Congrats to Charles and The Packers.
- Tom Brady- If Not for Woodson and his thanksgiving heroics, Tom could have won this easily going 24-34 for 361 yards and 3 Tds.
- David Harris- Helped keep the Jets playoff hopes alive with 8 tackles and 1 Sack
- Carl Hagelin- Although a Hockey Player and not in the NFL, Hagelin was called up to the New York Rangers and has been dynamite in his first three outings registering a point in each game(1 Goal and 2 assist). We congratulate Carl and wish him the best of luck.
As if there was any doubt. P.s. it has been 738 days since Ohio beat Michigan in Football (2010 Ohio win was vacated due to them being cheating douchebags).
Michigan Gets Interception to Seal Win Against Ohio
Happy Thanksgiving Maize and Blue nation!!! In light of the big big big game Saturday I would love to have a blog\Twitter\Google+. Wolverines East will be driving down from NYC tomorrow and we were thinking of doing the Meetup Friday night or Saturday morning (Let us know If anyone has a good idea of location). Get in touch with us on twitter @WolverinesEast or email us at BcktheFckeyes@hotmail.com if your interested and as always Go Blue!!!!