27 September 2009

2010 Season Preview

Expectations are high in Ann Arbor as this new season is about to begin. The Wolverines, who began last season unranked, begin 2010 ranked #12 in the country. Coach Jello hopes to improve upon an impressive 2009 campaign in a couple of key areas. First and foremost, he must beat the silver guys from down south. In addition to that, his goal is to win the Big 10 and to play in a BCS bowl game. The wolverines will get an early chance to see if they've improved during week 2 when they travel to South Bend. Last year the Wolverines were embarrassed against the drunken Irish and they must make some improvements in order to win this game.

Offensively the Wolverines didn't progress as much as coach Jello wanted during spring and fall practices. Several defensive players and most of the offensive line have shown some real improvements, but the offensive skills players seem to be having trouble getting settled into the new system. It is very possible that the defensive unit will have to carry the offense this year. Of special concern is the quarterback position. As we all know, Denard Robinson has transferred away to Army and this leaves Forcier as the only QB capable of running coach Jello's offense. Forcier has not progressed like Jello wanted and he has no decent backup so things could get hairy quickly there. The defense lost their 2 best players last year in MLB Obi Ezeh and LE Brandon Graham. MLB Demens and DE Van Berger are poised to filled their shoes, but Michigan is still searching for a solid #2 DE. Michigan's LB corps is clearly the strongest part of the entire team and they should be exciting to watch this year.

Michigan didn't get much love from the All Conference and All American voters. Here are the preseason team members for the Wolverines:

2nd Team All Big 10
WR Darryl Stonum (JR)
DT William Campbell (SO)
CB Donovan Warren (SR)
FS Michael Williams (JR)

1st Team All Big 10
DT Mike Martin (JR)
CB Boubacar Cissoko (JR)

2nd Team All American
CB Boubacar Cissoko (JR)

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