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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…


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.

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.

According to papers, PSL schools playing today August 30, 2007

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According to schedules in both The Detroit News and Free Press print editions today, the majority of Detroit PSL games are slated for today, not Friday. This differs from the MHSAA master schedule that DFR posts info from.

I’d place a quick call to Lafayette Evans, but I’m on a 10-minute break from jury duty. I didn’t want my website to be erroneous.

Thanks to Willy Mena and the Michigan Helmet Project August 28, 2007

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Willy Mena over at Michigan H.S. Helmet Project has graciously allowed Detroit Football Report to use their helmet graphics to enhance our website this season.

3648_l.gifMake sure to visit their site here: Michigan H.S. Helmet Project – they have the helmet design for about 98% percent of active football schools (617, down from 620 last year) in Michigan.

The Helmet Project already has the new design for the U-D Jesuit Cubs (on the left) – that’s impressive (MHP having it – the design, not so much). The Cubs made the switch from the Clemson paw print that had graced the helmet for four consecutive 4-5 seasons.

Also check out Novi Football on the web, another site maintained by Willy Mena, for the latest on the Wildcats. Ann Arbor Pioneer edged Novi, 19-17, in Week 1 but the Wildcats will look to rebound at home against Milford this Friday at 7 p.m.

GLIAC and College Coverage August 27, 2007

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Last week was entirely devoted to Michigan high schools; Monday kicks off DFR’s coverage of college football, especially Detroit’s own Wayne State Warriors.

Check back this week for our Big Ten, MAC and GLIAC previews; and stay tuned all week for coverage leading up to Wayne State’s season opener against Michigan Tech on Saturday.

And don’t worry, the preps coverage isn’t going anywhere. If our travel budget was bigger, we’d cover  Rockford at Davison and Brother Rice at Pittsburgh Penn Hills. Instead, we’ll stick around home and cover the best games around the Metro-area, including Farmington Hills Harrison at Rochester Adams on Friday.

GVSU tabbed No. 1 in AFCA Poll; no Wayne State August 22, 2007

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DETROIT – The WSU coaches would shrug it off and say it doesn’t matter. And they are right. Preseason rankings, especially when you get down to lower levels like Division II and III, are more crapshoot than science, sometimes based more on prestige than potential.

Wayne State was slighted, apparently, when the recently released AFCA Division II coaches’ poll mentioned four GLIAC teams – defending national champion Grand Valley State at No. 1, Northwood at No. 14, Saginaw Valley State and Ferris State receiving votes – but right now the Warriors have no business in the top 25. They have lots to prove through the season’s first four weeks and will have to earn their way into the rankings.

Michigan Tech will have revenge on its mind as it makes the 11-hour trek to Detroit for next Saturday’s season opener. The Huskies were thrashed, 36-14, at home by Wayne State to open last season and return a bulk of their defensive stars. Don’t think the Huskies want a repeat of last year’s 0-4 start. They also want to squelch the anticipation surrounding the debut of a much-hyped Tech-transfer – WSU running back Daryl Graham.

WSU hits the road for Weeks 2 and 3 – against St. Joesph’s (Ind.), which beat the Warriors last year and returns All-American quarterback Anthony Lindsey, and Mercyhurst, which gave WSU a scare last year at Adams Field, leading midway through the fourth quarter.

Although the Lakers and Findlay (WSU’s Week 4 opponent) are projected to be GLIAC bottom-feeders, a 4-0 start for WSU would be impressive – it hasn’t happened for WSU since 1967 – and deserving of some national recognition entering the Week 5 neutral-site contest against Grand Valley.

Check back early next week for our GLIAC Preview, which takes a quick look at all 13 teams while previewing the 2007 season.

Two Detroiters suspended; Michigan gets 14th commitment August 21, 2007

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Iowa sophomore receiver Dominique Douglass, of Detroit Murray-Wright, was suspended yesterday along with teammate Anthony Bowman of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s on charges of unauthorized use of a credit card.

The DesMoines Register, among other news sources, has reported that both players have been suspended indefinitely by head coach Kirk Ferentz pending results of this investigation.

Douglas was a projected starter and the Iowa coaching staff was looking for him to take a more active role. Last year, Douglas caught 49 passes last season for 654 yards and two touchdowns, second nationally among freshman wideouts.

Bowman was a backup wide receiver.

In other news, Michigan picked up commitment No. 14 last night as McKees Rock (Pa.) linebacker Christian Wilson, long considered a Michigan lead, pledged his services to the Wolverines.

Wilson, a 6-2, 220-pounder, is a four-star recruit according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com and joins New Jersey’s Marcus Witherspoon as linebacker recruits in U-M’s Class of 2008.

Western QB up for grabs August 11, 2007

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Western Michigan held its media day Friday; coach Bill Cubit was noncommittal when asked to name a starting quarterback heading into the Broncos’ Sept. 1 opener at West Virginia.

August 11, Battle Creek Enquirer: Senior Thomas Peregrin, sophomore Tim Hiller and redshirt freshman Drew Burdi are all listed as the co-starters in WMU’s depth chart.

“I don’t know. I can’t tell you,” WMU coach Bill Cubit said during Friday’s Media Day at the Seeyle Center.

Peregrin started two games last year (beating Virginia on the road) while Ryan Cubit was injured. Hiller hurt his ACL last year after starting the second half of 2005 and finishing with a 20-3 ratio, albeit with current NFL standouts Greg Jennings and Tony Scheffler catching his passes. After redshirting last year, Burdi hasn’t yet attempted a pass in college.

At this point, it truly looks and sounds like a toss-up.

Tough act to follow August 11, 2007

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Ready for some ungodly numbers?

I’m not trying to over-glorify the Grand Valley State program – four national titles in five years speak for themselves – but merely illustrate 1) the collective success of last year’s graduating senior class, including Cullen Finnerty, Eric Fowler, Astin Martin, Mike McFadden and others and 2) the standard that whichever quarterback that takes the reins (likely Brad Iciek or JUCO transfer Kasey Peters) will have to live up to.

Put this in persepctive: GVSU has won 28 straight games, the nation’s longest winning streak. The Lakers are 85-5 in their last 90 games and 86-9 since 2000. Last year’s senior class finished 38-3 overall and 12-1 in the NCAA playoffs. GVSU is 60-3 in its last 63 GLIAC contests. That’s darn impressive for any level of football. It also speaks volumes that the Lakers rely on primarly Michigan players to dominate the Division II landscape.

Even more remarkable is that GVSU won fewer league titles (three) than national championships (four) over that five year strength. That speaks to the strength of the GLIAC.

Leon Hall: NFL-ready August 9, 2007

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The Cincinnati Enquirer has a nice writeup on Leon Hall’s professional debut. Hall said he is trying to improve his consistency but has impressed thus far.

August 8, The Cincinnati Enquirer: “Hall has had a strong training camp. As advertised, he came in NFL-ready. He supports the run well, can play a variety of coverage and has the demeanor of a veteran.” (more…)

More fighting words August 9, 2007

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Kevin Jones doesn’t want to hear about competition for the Lions’ starting running back spot. More specifically, his starting running back spot.

Despite concerns over the strength of his left foot, Jones said Tuesday that he expects to be the starter when Detroit opens the season Sept. 9 in Oakland, then denounced Tatum Bell’s claims from last week stating otherwise. 

August 8, The Detroit News: “I have to deal with competing for a job against him as a competitor,” Jones said. “But when he says, ‘It is mine,’ that is when I have a problem. If I was 100 percent, it would not be a question. My goal is to come back and it (starting) won’t be an issue. I am the better back and I will be the starter.”

“If I weren’t injured, he wouldn’t even be here,” Jones added.

Those are fighting words August 8, 2007

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Anyone else catch Boubacar Cissoko sparring at Dion Sims in Monday’s Free Press? Apparently Sims has been doing some talking over the summer in addition to starring on the AAU hoops circut and gearing up for football season.

August 6, Detroit Free Press: “People say I’m too short, I’m all hype,” Cissoko said. “People say I’ve only been playing four years of football, so I can’t be that good. So I’m going to come out this season and prove everybody wrong. I’m going to start out the first game with Dion Sims — he’s been talking a lot of junk about me, how he can check me, how I can’t do this. … Believe me, something’s going to happen.”

If nothing else, it makes for a really intriguing storyline heading into August 25’s Cass Tech/St. Mary’s showdown. The state’s elite cover corner against the state’s elite reciever prospect … size and power against speed and technique … not to mention the plethora of talent in all classes all over the field on these two teams will make this game a must-watch in Week 1.

WSU Notebook: Offseason was the Paul Winters show July 25, 2007

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While Bell, Graham and Co. gear up for new season, Winters and staff have major success

By Kyle Stefan

For fear of becoming complacent, Paul Winters doesn’t like to pause and take stock of his accomplishments.

He’s too focused on what comes next.

Because he is self assuming and won’t take much of the credit, Winters probably won’t overemphasize the importance of this off-season for the Wayne State football program.

But there was more visible progress for WSU off the field – mirroring its on-field ascension – thanks to the vision and plan of its fourth-year head coach. (more…)

Prep notebook: Best of Michigan AWOL at All-Star game July 24, 2007

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By Kyle Stefan 

EAST LANSING – Thanks to Michigan’s uber-talented class of 2007, the best in recent memory, last Saturday’s MHSFCA game had an impressive list of no-shows.

Opting out of the game were: Keith Nichol (Oklahoma), Dionte Allen (Florida State), Joseph Barksdale (LSU), Darris Sawtelle (Tennessee), Justin Siller (Purdue), Chris Colsanti (Penn State), Ron Johnson (USC), Taurian Washington (Ohio State), Cedric Everson (Iowa), Derek Knight (West Virginia), and Quincy Landingham (Wisconsin), among others. 

It’s one man’s theory that the lack of participation contributed, at least in part, to the game’s very sparse crowd that numbered, generously, around 4,000. (more…)