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Discussion in 'Main Sports Forum' started by Woodroe, Jan 11, 2018.
Well, there you have it. Should have been in the original post....
Just now found it. Can't help if I'm ahead of the curve.
Looks like Harbaugh is going hard after this kid: Michigan football pursues grad transfer offensive tackle Calvin Anderson https://www.freep.com/story/sports/...-offensive-tackle-calvin-anderson/1034732001/ Michigan has to find an answer at both right and left tackle next season. If the offense wants to improve, this isn't an option. As a result, U-M coach Jim Harbaugh is looking anywhere he can for help, including the graduate transfer route. Harbaugh and members of his staff visited with Rice graduate transfer offensive tackle Calvin Anderson on Monday. Anderson, a 6-foot-5, 300-pounder from Houston who was an honorable mention tackle in Conference USA in 2016 and 2017. U-M will lose left tackle Mason Cole to graduation and the Wolverines never found an answer at right tackle, as Michigan struggled with pass protection all season long. Two quarterbacks (Wilton Speight and Brandon Peters) missed games because of injuries that happened as a result of poor pass protection. The Wolverines could return as many as 12 scholarship offensive linemen next season. But both tackle spots are the biggest uncertainty. As is often the case with capable graduate transfer lineman, the competition for Anderson's services is high. Texas, TCU, Oklahoma, Auburn and Pitt have all expressed interest in Anderson, who plans to take all five of his official visits and have a decision made at some point in the spring.
Random bodies would be one thing......random stiffs are something we certainly don't need. Our offensive line has resembled a morgue for far too long as it is....
The guy is obviously not a stiff with uf, ut, and um after him. Besides, he can complete a Rubik s cube faster than me and behind his back which is what I always look for in my OL
Yeah but can he bench 225# for 6 reps like the last "can't miss" grad transfer Mason Halter?...
Don't know if he's can't miss. But I would much rather take a shot on a guy who looks good and also looks like he might use the free education we give him one day than give a scholly to any of the credit card crew or their ilk.
You've got a point there however I'd really like to see us get back to grooming some guys from start to finish, 4 or 5 years, in our system.... Developing and having quality depth on the LOS is more often than not achieved this route vs bringing in guys not familiar with our system and each other.
I agree. I hope that 3 years in Mullen never takes a transfer unless it is an All-American getting away from a bad program or something like that. But at the moment nobody is familiar with the system. And it might be better off right now for an individual not to be familiar with some of the riff-raff Butters left behind.......Not all of them but some of them.
I dunno. Honorable mention C-USA? With limited space available I'd rather see us add another Class of 18 kid or hold the ticket for 2019. Especially if we can land at least two big uglies we already have on our board.
I'll tell ya I've gotten so pizzed in the last 7or 8 years at our offensive line play that I've wanted to throw sh!t across my house....then I remember what kind of morons we've had coaching and recruiting them..... Lets hope there is some good stability with this staff and hopefully a blocking scheme change(more zone) will be the difference.
I hear where you're coming from, and mostly agree. First off, this Rice kid isn't even a real possibility (it seems) - so any "argument" is pointless (for now). As bad as our team has been on the OL I'd take this kid. He's a 3 year starter and unlike Mason Halter, he's on a D1 team (not an FCS team). He's played P5 schools and seems to have a lot of bigger P5 schools interested. He's probably more of a G5 type player, but we could use some proven depth on our OL. I doubt he would come to UF though since we technically return all 5 starters. And down the road, hopefully we're in a position where we don't need transfers....but I think as a program you always have to consider it - either JUCO, grad transfer, or normal transfer. Alabama has done a great job filling needs w/ JUCO's and transfers (they had a stud WR from Bowling Green, 6'3 205lbs, who was a MAC star). (This has been discussed elsewhere here, but) Mullen comes to UF from the state of Mississippi, where there are a dozen or more JUCO's. He brought in a JUCO coach as a recruiting staffer. I think we'll scour the JUCO's w/ Mullen as coach and we'll see a JUCO or two every year being offered.
I'm hoping a change of blocking scheme(if it is true) will do a lot for the the returning starters. For the first time in a half dozens years our top 7 or 8 guys will actually physically resemble a true CFB offensive line....Maybe having simpler assignments will let them just go out and play instead of thinking too much. Over the last 5 or 6 years our guys often miss someone then look around like they were expecting help or someone else to handle the guy who just blew up our play.
I'm hopeful too w/ this new staff. Miss State wasn't Alabama, but they did a heck of a job w/ lesser talent. The OL has been as bad as our QB play the last 8, 9 years (remember in 2010 when the Pouncey who stayed kept rolling his shot-gun snaps? - the OL was bad that last year under Meyer too). This new S&C program has GOT TO help w/ their toughness. Let's hope the coaching helps w/ their on-field results...
When I see that guys like Jon Halapio are playing in the NFL it makes me think that coaching (or lack thereof) may have had a lot to do with the annual underachievement by the Oline.
Remind me of a single person who said he was "can't miss". Also, both he and Trip Thurman were hurt, Trip terribly so, even from the year before. He basically played the whole season disabled bc Chimp needed him (so Chimp could sign more Dbs instead of OL).
Looks like Auburn is after him too: https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/a...st-rice-graduate-transfer-ol-calvin-anderson/
No, but at 6'5" and 300#, he can block out and rebound.
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