Michigan Wolverines Football News: Friday, Feb. 13

Brendan GillespieCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 2009

Some old news, some new news, and a roundup of what's going on in Wolverines football.

First, something fun: University of Michigan Garden Gnome


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Getting to Know Greg Robinson


Thursday's Pot Luck of Michigan Information


Report: Receiver expected to commit to U-M


Recruiting Update 2-11-09


Michigan scores in Ohio


Michigan almost always has recruiting success in Ohio, but coach Rich Rodriguez has made it a priority. On Wednesday, the Wolverines signed the top player in the state in safety Justin Turner, from Massillon, Ohion.

Michigan got off to a great start in 2010 with a pledge from Canton, Ohio star wide receiver Jerald Robinson. Robinson, ranked as one of the Rivals.com 250 juniors to watch, had 34 catches for 756 yards and seven touchdowns. He also dominated on defense with seven interceptions and is a physically gifted athlete who would have become one of the nation's most heavily recruited skill players had he not committed.

"Michigan offered me before Ohio State, and that showed me how much interest they had," Robinson told The Wolverine.com. "It's almost like Ohio State was waiting for something, and it's funny because I talked to my coach and he said the OSU coaches wanted to know if I was committing to Michigan because they were getting ready to offer.

"But I have no second thoughts. Coach Rodriguez said if I wasn't sure, I didn't have to decide now. He said there have been a lot of kids de-committing lately, and he didn't want me to make a commitment I wasn't ready to make. But I'm not that kind of person. I'm a Wolverine now and I'm going to be a Wolverine for the rest of my life.""

College Football Nation: Season mercifully over for three teams


A Quick Peek At 2009


Notre Dame at Michigan – What makes this game dangerous is we expect the Wolverines to be in the same emotional frenzy as Notre Dame was for Michigan this year while coming off its own 3-9 campaign. It’s an early-season “Credibility Bowl” for Michigan.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez has a history of turning around programs after his first season, and the Wolverines still recruit well and have their share of strong individual parts such as Brandon Graham (second in tackles for loss nationally with 20), or running back Brandon Minor and receivers Martavious Odoms and Greg Mathews.

This program has undergone major overhauls, saw defensive coordinator Scott Shafer recently resign, and there have been a large amount of transfers (similar to Notre Dame in 2007). Expect this program to enter 2009 very hungry. If it can find stability at quarterback, it will return to the bowl scene.

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Champion Wings paint the town red


"New coach, new era, but who could have expected such a difficult first season for Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez?

It was a challenge from start to finish, as the Wolverines' nine losses were the most in their 129-year history (yes, we know a 12-game regular season hasn't been the norm), and the Michigan program's streak of 33 consecutive bowl games was snapped.

Michigan lost to all three of its rivals—Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State—for the first time in a season since 1987, and fell to a Mid-American Conference opponent (Toledo) for the first time in 25 meetings."

Shavodrick Beaver’s departure leaves no doubt -- Tate Forcier is Michigan’s man


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Report: QB Shavodrick Beaver decommits from U-M


Michigan's Defensive Coordinator Resigns