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June-July 2012

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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FROM OUR READERS Meuse, the dotted "i" and the conclud- ing vocal chorus. But most powerful of all are the emotional overtones from thousands of proud participants and an ocean of caught-up observers, sharing a common nostalgic experience which lasted more than forty years." The OSU library materials conclude: left out consideration of many Michigan football players. Thad C. Stanford, MD Salem, Ore. "So which marching band performed a script Ohio first? Michigan. Which marching band created 'Script Ohio?' Ohio State." There is no mention of who created a decade of deceit, along with NCAA stonewalling and hollow success, ulti- mately ensuring "Script Ohio" won't be performed in any bowl venue this season. preciation, The Wolverine for many years. I very much appreciated the picture of the traditional Teddy Bear Toss. I was in Ann Arbor for 11 years and went to many hockey games, but it was before Teddy Bear. It demonstrates the demeanor and quality of Michigan athletics. Along that line, I would like to see HOW ABOUT MORE ON MOTT? Dear The Wolverine: I have read, with pleasure and ap- left out of consideration many great Michigan football players, Dr. Stan- ford. The lists weren't meant to be all- inclusive, and that's what happens in transitions from era to era, from home run champions in baseball to Mike Hart producing more rushing yards than Tom Harmon. Lists like those aren't intended From Our Web Site Treadwell and [Ty] Issac, would this class be considered the best offensive class in Michigan history? I understand that there have been • If we were to pick up [Laquon] a lot of classes, and that these guys haven't stepped on the field for their senior season yet, let alone wearing the winged helmet. That said, our offensive line class you do a piece about the tradition Michigan athletes have maintained with their relationship with the chil- dren at Mott Children's Hospital, as featured in the fall 2011 issue of Medicine at Michigan. These two ac- tivities are indicative of what Michi- gan athletes are all about, and make me very proud. If I may, I would like to comment on a couple of articles in your Janu- ary 2012 issue. One is the story about the Michi- gan football captains who have led teams that have won 10 games. The other is about total running yard- age by a pair of running backs in any given season. All of these re- cords were accumulated in 12-game seasons. For many years, Michigan football had only nine scheduled games and no postseason play was allowed. In 1948, the Rose Bowl became avail- able, but only to the Big Ten Confer- ence winner. No other conference teams were allowed postseason play. The stated reason was that more games would put too much pressure on the players' academic efforts. It is possible that these two pieces is ridiculous, and there is a chance that only [Logan] Tuley-Tillman will be ranked outside the top 100 when all is said and done, and make no mistake he has loads of potential. We have a top-notch QB, would have two great running backs whose styles complement each other, would have three big and skilled wide receiv- ers, and a rare top-100 tight end. This doesn't even factor in [Khalid] Hill, who has shown well at camps, or [Wyatt] Shallman, who is rated as an athlete. Man I hope we get these guys. This class could go on to do amazing things. brenn_man20 tin] Fargas, [Walter] Cross, [Marquise] Walker, [Bennie] Joppru, 1998. Hen- son the top quarterback, Fargas the top player in the nation, Walker and Terrell were top three receivers, and Cross a top-100 player. Doesn't get much better than that. • [David] Terrell, [Drew] Henson, [Jus- TWheatly at quarterback (all-everything Hen- son), running back (No. 1-ranked run- ning back Fargas, and a lower-ranked but still top-100 type in Walter Cross), • In my view, yes. The 1998 class had top, top-tier guys wide receiver (Terrell and Walker were the top two receivers nation- ally in many rankings), but didn't have much beyond that. There was only one offensive lineman (Joe Denay), and he wasn't highly ranked, and the tight end was a reach as well (Deitan Dubuc, the Canadian). With the addition of Treadwell and Isaac, you'd have the following: QB: Shane Morris RB: Ty Isaac, Deveon Smith FB: Wyatt Shallman, TE: Jake Butt, Khalid Hill WR: Laquon Treadwell, Csont'e York, Jaron Dukes OL: Patrick Kugler, Chris Fox, Kyle Bosch, David Dawson, Logan Tuley- Tillman That's likely the top offensive class Those two pieces, without question, to diminish what others have ac- complished. Obviously, a team that doesn't play 10 games can't win 10, but over the past four decades or so, a 10-win season has taken on special significance in college football (al- though it's diminishing in light of potential 14- or 15-game seasons). Also, we will continue to document the relationship of Michigan athletics and Mott, like we have often done in the past. We appreciate your interest and emphasis on that area, just like that of the players and coaches who put so much into that effort. ❏ in the country, the top running backs haul, a top 2-3 quarterback, and amazing depth and quality at each offensive position. Maybe there were other classes that are better comps but since I've been following Michi- gan recruiting (early '90s), I haven't seen one. CFloyd7 ger. Wait around and you may lose the chance to become a Michigan Wol- verine. I know Laquon Treadwell is an excellent prospect, and he may still be a Wolverine. But, I absolutely love how Hoke & Co. just continue to hammer the recruiting trail! The bottom line is no one recruit(s) • I love how this staff pulls the trig- is going to stop U-M from finding and securing great prospects. You snooze, and you may lose the chance to have a great career as a Michigan Wolver- ine. Big-blue JUNE/JULY 2012 THE WOLVERINE 11

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