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Michigan Monday: Smiles Like Denard

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 11: Kevin Koger #86 and Perry Dorrestein #79 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrate with Denard Robinson #16 after Robinson scored the game-winning touchdown against against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 11, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan defeated Notre Dame 28-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Big House BobSenior Analyst IISeptember 13, 2010

Nothing better than a Monday coming off a win over a rival at their home stadium.  I don't want to jump to any conclusions after two weeks because we all have two pointsof reference in our memory.

Why? First, one must go back a number of years to Pat White and West Virgina.  If you remember, when Pat went down, WVU went down, which is why everyone is so worried about Denard getting nearly 30 touches a game.  Your backup is either a true freshman or a true sophomore who has been in the doghouse for about a month.

Second is Michigan's 2009 start.   Michigan went 4-0 last year, ranked and heading to a bowl game.  The bottom dropped out and their only other win the rest of year was against Delaware State.   So be excited about the direction Michigan seems to be heading, but be careful not to put the cart before the horse and let the media and other folks talk about Heismans and BCS games. 

On the plus side, don't forget that this was RR's second road win as a Wolverine, which was a big hurdle to get over.   I have confidence in Greg Robinson getting the Michigan defense to play better than last year, but I still would like to see him get some more pressure on the opposing QB.

With that said, it still feels great to be 2-0 and having the Week 1 and Week 2 college football poster boy on the team.  Also don't forget this was only Michigan's fifth win at South Bend in past 33 years.  

Let's take care of business the next two weeks and start the Big Ten season with some big momentum.  So when someone comes up and says, "How about those Wolverines?" just smile like Denard and say "so far, so good," and give a quick wink (like you know something he doesn't, because you do!).

  • TomVH from Mgoblog has a post on 2011 and 2012 recruits noticing Michigan's and Denard's fast start.
  • No line for the Michigan/UMass game this weekend so far.  ND is a 3-point dog at MSU. 
  • Denard wins back-to-back Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week awards.
  • RR will have his regular 11 a.m. press conference today, so I hope to update you on any news on injuries or things like who might kick field goals this week.
  • Michigan Football legend Ron Kramer passed  away on Saturday at the age of 75.   Ron played for those historic Green Bay Packers teams and even played a few years for the Detroit Lions.  Ron continued to be around the Michigan program and would bring fresh apples to athletic department staff and players every Friday before a home game.  A story I heard on the radio this morning was that Ron brought in apples one day and a kid on the team asked another player, "Who's that?" The other player answered, "The apple guy."  Ron turned to him and said, "Apple guy? Why don't you go ask (equipment manager) Jon Falk if you can wear number 87!".   Ron's 87 is one of only five numbers retired by the Wolverines.

Love this photo of Ron!



Last thought to ponder today:  Did Michigan fans lose a legend on Saturday but gain a new one? 

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