Tag:Michael Shaw
Posted on: August 29, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2011 7:46 pm

Michigan releases Week 1 depth chart

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Michigan Wolverines released their first depth chart of the regular season on Monday, and although there's nothing as startling as last year's benching of Tate Forcier in favor of Denard Robinson (in retrospect, a very very good move, but still quite jarring at the time), there are a few head-scratchers as Brady Hoke gets ready to lead his charges into their first game against Western Michigan.

First, the depth chart in full, helpfully formatted by mgoblog:

QB D. Robinson D. Gardner  
RB M. Shaw OR 
F. Toussaint
V. Smith S. Hopkins
FB J. McColgan S. Watson  
WR 1 J. Hemingway K. Grady J. Jackson
WR 2 R. Roundtree J. Gallon M. Odoms
TE K. Koger B. Moore S. Watson
LT T. Lewan M. Schofield  
LG R. Barnum E. Mealer  
C D. Molk R. Khoury  
RG P. Omameh E. Mealer  
RT M. Huyge M. Schofield  

W. Heininger

N. Brink  
NT M. Martin W. Campbell  
DT R. Van Bergen Q. Washington  
WDE C. Roh J. Black F. Clark
MLB K. Demens J.B. Fitzgerald

M. Evans

WLB M. Jones B. Herron B. Hawthorne, 
D. Morgan
SLB C. Gordon J. Ryan B. Beyer
SS T. Gordon C. Johnson J. Furman
FS J. Kovacs M. Robinson  
CB1 T. Woolfolk B. Countess G. Brown

C. Avery OR 
JT Floyd

T. Anderson  
P M. Wile OR 
S. Broekhuizen
K B. Gibbons OR 
M. Wile
PR J. Hemingway OR 
D. Dileo OR 
J. Gallon OR 
M. Odoms
KR J. Gallon K. Grady V. Smith

First of all, the notion of a four-way tie at punt returner is just a little funny, isn't it? One would assume that the punt returner of the week would just be whoever's out of the rotation at WR, so as to keep legs fresh where possible, but still -- four punt returners!

But speaking of that rotation at wide receiver, that is definitely Martavious Odoms at third string WR2, with nary an "OR" to keep him in the conversation as a top reserve option. That's a little surprising; Odoms has 22 starts to his name through his career in the maize and blue, and although he ceded that starting role to Junior Hemingway in the early stages of 2010 after a season-ending foot injury, Odoms is still a much more experienced option than either Jeremy Gallon or the prodigal Kelvin Grady. Odoms has also been seen with a cast on his left arm for a while, and ice on his right shoulder; perhaps this is just a matter of a lack of practice time getting Odoms back up to speed? We'll likely know the answer to that question in about three or four weeks, provided Odoms stays healthy; if he's not moving back up the depth chart by then, we'll know Hoke has moved on to other options at wideout.

Past that, it's very nice to see Troy Woolfork atop the CB depth chart after the horrific dislocated ankle he suffered last August, ending his 2010 season before it began. His talent and experience were both sorely missed by an already comically thin Michigan secondary last year, so here's to Woolfork putting together the healthy and productive senior season he was supposed to have last year, and here's to modern orthopedic medicine turning a guy around from a dislocated ankle to back starting at cornerback in just 12 months. That's phenomenal.

Oh, and it'd be nice to know who's actually starting at tailback, wouldn't it?
Posted on: October 7, 2010 9:45 am
Edited on: October 7, 2010 9:59 am

Rodriguez 'optimistic' Shaw will play Saturday

Posted by Chip Patterson

The Michigan State Spartans have plenty to worry about on the defensive side of the ball Saturday against Michigan in the Big House.  You could spend the entire week studying film of Denard Robinson, and still not be completely prepared for the all-purpose production machine that currently leads the nation in rushing.  His 382.6 total yards per game has single-handedly carried the Wolverines to their current 5-0 record, Top 25 ranking, and barring a complete meltdown in the second half of the season: their first bowl appearance in the Rich Rodriguez era.

Making matters worse for the Spartans, Michigan appears to be getting back another ground weapon for Saturday's game.  Michael Shaw has missed the conference opener against Indiana with a knee injury, but Rodriguez is "optimistic" that Shaw will be available against the Spartans.  Shaw has increased his workload in practice over the week, slowly making his way back to 100 percent.

Shaw is Michigan's third-leading rusher behind Robinson and sophomore Vincent Smith, but has shown his big-game potential once already this season.  In the Wolverines 42-37 victory over Massachusetts, Shaw had a career day with 126 yards rushing and three touchdowns.  When given an opportunity, he wastes no time getting downfield and has the potential to burn the Spartans if they are too keyed in on Robinson.

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:10 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 1:12 pm

Michigan may be without Michael Shaw on Saturday

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We know for a fact that Denard Robinson will be terrorizing the Indiana defense this Saturday as his knee has healed and he's ready to set the Earth on fire once more.  Which is very good news for Michigan because Robinson may be the only running back the team has by the time Saturday rolls around.

While most of the attention during Michigan's win against Bowling Green last week was paid to Robinson's knee, he wasn't the only member of the Wolverines backfield to get dinged up.  The team's second-leading rusher Michael Shaw hurt his knee too, and Fitz Toussaint -- who missed the first three games with a knee injury -- hurt his shoulder.

Neither player practiced on Wednesday and Rich Rodriguez isn't sure whether they'll be available to play on Saturday.

"They're kind of day-to-day, and their status is probably doubtful for Saturday," he said. "We'll see how they progress the next couple of days."

With Shaw and Toussaint doubtful, Rodriguez said the Wolverines will go to Vincent Smith, Mike Cox, Stephen Hopkins and Teric Jones.

"They'll be ready to go," Rodriguez said. "They took all the reps yesterday and did a nice job."

All of which means that Denard Robinson is going to have to step up his productivity.  Instead of supplying Michigan with merely 95% of their offensive output, he's going to have to provide 99.99%.  If he wants to take over as placekicker or return kicks as well, even better.

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