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Re:Is Michigan a young team?
Friday, May 30, 2014 10:41 PM
In 2011 you had a bunch of fifth-year seniors, in 2012 you had a decent core of seniors, but in 2013 and now in 2014, you're hurting from the attrition that came from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 classes.
Does it make you a "homer" to say Michigan's current football team is young?
If your definition of being a "homer" means you're constantly searching high and low to make excuses and cultivate a favorable narrative surrounding the team you cheer for, then no, I don't think you'd be doing that if you chose to call this team young.
Because it is.
Michigan was a young team in 2013 and it will be again in 2014. It wasn't in 2011, and it took care of business. It wasn't in 2012, and it dropped the ball. And now, here it sits.
Being young and automatically struggling, though, isn't quite an absolute. Auburn had a number of young players -- including offensive linemen -- last season, and it willed itself to a national title game. Michigan State's been featuring underclassmen on defense for the better part of four years, and it does pretty well for itself.
Is the worst part over? I don't know, that remains to be seen. To me, it isn't about how young you are, it's about how quickly you're being developed.
Once guys are on campus for a year and have a chance to get their feet wet and become acclimated to the college game, they have to start turning into players. That hasn't happened quickly enough over the past two years, and that pace needs to heighten.
This has been a hot topic of discussion this week (and for the better part of the last couple of years), so is there any validity to the claim?
At what point do we stop saying, "next year?"
At what point are we no longer a young team?
Nick tells us what he thinks...what do you think?
P.S. yes, it's the off-season so we get lame threads like this to discuss Michigan football. Haha
when looking at the 2014 team in and of itself, it IS young and inexperienced. however, when looking at the schedule, UM has more talent, on paper (I know, games are played on the field, I realize that), than 9, if not 10, of the teams it will face. with a couple of lucky bounces, winning 11 games and earning a berth in the CCG is not unreasonable
if the coaching staff can actually put together some decent gameplans, create an identity, and not gift-wrap games to our opponents (ahem, psu) UM can have a pretty good season. if that happens, recruiting will more than likely finish strong, and then, watch out in 2015. it'll finally have the talent and experience to compete against the best in the country. obviously, there's a lot of ifs there, but UM is not THAT far off from getting back to national prominence
It's better to live one day as a Wolverine, than to live for 100 as a Buckeye