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EMU Week 1: Indiana State August 20, 2008

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If Eastern Michigan wanted to secure Jeff Genyk an opening win (he hasn’t had one since his first season), the fledgling program sure did it by scheduling one of America’s most futile football teams: Indiana State.

The Sycamores have had 11 straight losing seasons, are a combined 1-32 over the past three seasons, have a new head coach and (gasp!) are in line for another rebuilding season.

The Big Day Prep Showdown will provide more football excitement on Friday than this game.

BetUs has EMU listed as a 38 point favorite. Wins have been hard to come by in Ypsilanti lately. 38-point wins have been even rarer. However, this is unquestionably the worst FCS team in America. (more…)

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Lloyd Carr on BTN August 20, 2008

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Former Indiana coach and current Big Ten Network studio analyst Gerry DiNardo sits down with Lloyd Carr and this interview should be as good as advertised.

It debuts at 6 p.m. next Tuesday (August 26) followed by BTN’s Michigan preview and a showing of the 2000 Orange Bowl (Big Ten’s Greatest Games).

And, Comcast subscribers can finally watch.

Bolden no slouch, either August 19, 2008

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Michigan’s other top-ranked dual threat junior signal caller is Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Robert Bolden.

Bolden is a solid 6-3, 191 and has offers from Michigan State, Central Michigan and now Vanderbilt. He started early as a sophomore last year and will lead a OLSM team that returns all its players at the skill positions but has to replace nearly everyone along both lines.

OLSM has an intriguing opener as the Eaglets head West to exact some revenge at East Grand Rapids on Friday of Week 1.

U-M offers in-state V.Y. clone August 19, 2008

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With the emergence of a pair of highly-regarded in-state quarterbacks in the class of 2010, Rich Rodriguez could add to his haul of prototype dual-threat QB types without leaving the state.

Devin Gardner has looked like an ideal fit in the spread since the beginning of his high school career, and now has a home in Ann Arbor if he wants it. Now of Inkster fame after transferring from (where else) U of D Jesuit, Gardner made the recruiting news of the day after receiving a Michigan offer.

Gardner is raw but is looking more and more like a Vince Young clone. He has the same long, lanky, chiseled build and the same half-arm throwing motion. His athleticism is off the charts but according to the recruiting gurus his football IQ needs to develop. He’s in line to receive an Elite 11 invite after working the camp this past year.

Who knows what motivated his transfer? Perhaps he wanted to play for Greg Carter, compete for a state title among a cast of Division I prospects. Perhaps he became disenfranchised with U-D Jesuit’s non-commitment to athletics as many have before him.

He’ll have a top receiver in Cameron Gordon, who is currently uncommitted (Michigan State and Cincinnati are his BCS offers), and a workhorse back in Alan Freeman, a formidable trio for this consensus top-10 team in the state and the odds on favorite in Division 5.

Rich Rodriguez has looked out of state extensively during his first year, drawing the ire of some jealous Sparties, but early offers to Gardner, Livonia Stevenson’s Austin White and Ann Arbor Huron’s Jeremy Jackson should help provide the foundation of a strong in-state class of 2010.

Ultimate College Football Tour, 2008 Edition June 19, 2008

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As we count down the days to kickoff, let’s take a look at the biggest contests of 2008 (preseason edition). Imagine a 15-week tour across the country to witness America’s best college football teams, talent and games.

Provide me plane fare, tickets and tailgate options, and I’m there.

It would be easy to simply pick the best games every week. I wanted to keep my tour fresh: namely, a different setting and scenario each week. To ensure parity and balance, and a variety of teams and experiences, the caveats of this tour:

1) One home game from every conference (arrgh Sun Belt) and one major independent (arrgh Notre Dame) is required.
2) Teams may be featured only once (although consideration is merit-based without limits)

Disagree with these choices? Comment on this page or e-mail ks_94@hotmail.com. (more…)

Can’t wait to watch June 15, 2008

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Headliners (NFL-potential): Will Campbell (Cass Tech), Edwin Baker (Oak Park), Chris Norman (Renaissance), Andrew Maxwell (Midland), Will Gholston (Southeastern) JR

Saturday studs (Impact D-I potential): Larry Caper (Battle Creek Central), Dion Sims (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, leaning towards basketball), Devin Gardner (Inkster) JR, James Jackson (Grand Ledge)

Sleepers (Solid D-I potential): Reid Fragel (Grosse Pointe South), Nick Hill (Chelsea) JR, Austin White (Livonia Stevenson) JR, Cameron Gordon (Inkster), Teric Jones (Cass Tech)

14 Saturdays June 15, 2008

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That time again – the preseason, where hope reigns eternal. It’s also that time of year to get overly ambitious and dream about all the great football games I might be able to make it to.

If only…

Last year the plan was similarly far-fetched and it collapsed after about two weeks. My goal was to attend, in person, as many high school football games as humanly possible, supplemented by a good dose of college and pro games.

Not to say it wasn’t fun or fulfilling while it lasted but it wasn’t feasible. So why not try it again? We’ll see how many of these I can make it to, but here is, all mapped out and ready to go, a 14-week college football extravaganza, taking me through Ann Arbor, Bowling Green, East Lansing, Toledo, Ypsilanti, Kalamazoo, Madison, South Bend, Detroit and Columbus.

Hotbeds, indeed. We’ll see. (more…)

Back up May 25, 2008

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After a longer than anticipated hiatus, I’m going to get the site going again for 2008.

Unfortunately, being a student, coaching, working and attending six football games a weekend just wasn’t going to work beyond Week 2 last year.

I’m going to take a more personable approach this year with my commentary, postings and rankings. You can get some other opinions from Prepseer and Searn, and I have the utmost respect for those guys and hope to contribute to the discussion.

August 29 is only about three months away…

Big Day Prep Showdown Games May 24, 2008

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The matchups for the Detroit Metro Sports Commission’s Big Day Prep Showdown IV – albeit a pared down version this year with four games in one day – are out.

The showcase game on Friday, August 29 at Eastern Michigan’s Rynearson Stadium is a much-anticipated matchup between storied Muskegon and upstart Detroit King.

Muskegon looks to have the early edge as King loses a plethora of senior talent – many players to the college ranks, including Nick Perry (USC), Darrin Williams (Cincinnati), Flenard Whitfield (Western Michigan – hoops).

The Big Reds enter 2008 fresh off a humbling 41-7 loss to Hudsonville in a district final.

South Lyon vs. Walled Lake Central – 11 a.m.

Detroit King vs. Muskegon – 2 p.m.

Lake Orion vs. Rockford – 5 p.m.

Ann Arbor Pioneer vs. Saline – 8 p.m.

Rice over Penn Hills September 3, 2007

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Brother Rice went into Pennsylvania and took it to, by some accounts, the No. 1 team in AAAA, Pittsburgh Penn Hills. The final: 24-0.

Friday night’s best September 1, 2007

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Rockford outlasted Davison, 27-21, in what was by all accounts a great high school football game.

Rochester Adams went up big at halftime and cruised, 33-14, over Farmington Hills Harrison.

Milford over Novi, 29-21. 

Battle Creek Central thrashed Lakeview, 39-14. What the heck was up with BCC in Week 1? Looks like their offense got back on track. The margin was similar to last year.

College Picks, Week 1 August 31, 2007

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With college football set to kick off for good on Saturday, DFR’s contributing trio of Kyle Stefan, Shawn Wright and Andrew Hayner make their picks for all college games involving Michigan teams. This week, all five D-I teams are in action along with eight at the D-II level and three in D-III. The picks in D-I are against the spread.

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Eastern Michigan Preview August 31, 2007

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emu.gifEastern Michigan

Last year: 1-11 (1-7 MAC West)

Players:
Returning starters: seven offense, nine defense
Most exciting: Sr. DT Jason Jones
Mr. Reliable: Soph. P Zach Johnson
Hard hitter: Jr. MLB Daniel Holtzclaw
Breakout season: Sr. CB Blake Smith
Impact frosh: DB Marcus English, QB Jason Williams, RB Maurice Goodrum

Opener: Saturday at Pittsburgh
MAC Opener: Sept. 8 at Ball State
Prediction: 3-9 (2-6 MAC)

Top Detroiters: Cortland Selman, Jr. LB (Country Day); Corey Everson, Soph. DB (Mumford); Pierre Walker, Sr. TB (Central); Terrence Blevins, Jr. TB (Denby); Aaron Glenn, Sr. DB (Denby); Spenser Smith, Jr. DL (Mackenzie); Maurice Goodrum, Sr. TB (Henry Ford); T.J. Lang, Jr. OL (Brother Rice); Allan Cozart, Jr. DL (Mumford); Reggie Brown, Jr. WR (Oak Park); Paul Galloway, Fr. LB (Shrine)

Fast fact: EMU’s lone postseason appearance was a 30-27 win over San Jose State in the 1987 California Bowl.

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Western Michigan Preview August 31, 2007

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wmu.gifWESTERN MICHIGAN

Last year: 8-5, 6-2 MAC
Lost International Bowl, 27-24 vs. Cincinnati 

Returning starters: eight offense, eight defense
Most exciting: Soph. RB/KR Brandon West
Mr. Reliable: Sr. RB Mark Bonds
Sure hands: Jr. WR Jamarko Simmons
Breakout season: Jr. DE Zach Davidson
Impact newcomers: Jr. WR Schneider Julien (JUCO), Jr LB Boston McCornell (JUCO) 

Opener: Saturday at West Virginia
MAC Opener: Sept. 29 at Toledo
Prediction: 8-4 (7-1 MAC)

Top Detroiters: James Blair, Sr. OT (Pershing); Dezmond Gray, Sr. DT (Cass Tech); Matt Pickens, rFr LB (Brother Rice); Chris Pyant, rFr DT (Farmington Hills Harrison)

Fast fact: The Nov. 6 (Tuesday) rivalry clash with Central Michigan will mark the first-ever nationally televised game at Waldo Stadium (ESPN2).

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Lakers roll August 31, 2007

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In a game of particular interest to Wayne State (the Warriors play at St. Joseph’s next week and at Grand Valley State on Sept. 29), GVSU posted four touchdowns in the first half in this nonconference game and rolled to a 42-14 win.

The game can be seen tape-delayed this Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Comcast Local.

Warren De La Salle alum Jimmy Berezik led the Lakers in rushing – 11 carries, 82 yards, impressive for his first game – and scored his first collegiate touchdown on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter. 

Brad Iciek has the reins at quarterback for the Lakers, taking over after Cullen Finnerty’s four-year reign.

Preseason D-II All-American quarterback Anthony Lindsey was held to just 159 yards for the Pumas on 24-of-37 passing.