Tag:Troy Woolfolk
Posted on: April 25, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Ex-Michigan CB Christian transferring to Pitt

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Apparently the Ann Arbor-to-Pittsburgh exodus isn't just for coaches.

Earlier this year, new Pitt coach Todd Graham took full advantage of Rich Rodriguez's dismissal to hire away three different former Wolverine assistants. It's a decision that's already paying dividends where the Panthers' roster is concerned, according to this report at Scout.com; thanks in part to his familiarity with new defensive backs coach Tony Gibson, former four-star recruit and 2010 Michigan cornerback Cullen Christian has elected to transfer to Pitt.

For the Panthers, it's a welcome addition to a 2012 secondary that finished 19th in the country in pass defense a year ago but has its work cut out for it under Graham, thanks both to the Panthers' new defense-straining no-huddle offense and a 2011 two-deep that could feature as many as four seniors. Christian (like virtually every member of Michigan's 2010 pass defense) didn't do much to stand out as a true freshman in Ann Arbor, but did see action in 11 games and recorded six tackles.

A Pittsburgh native, Christian's return home and ability to continue working under his original position coach could see him fulfill the potential that made him one of Pennsylvania's most sought-after prospects in the class of 2010.

But where Michigan is concerned, it's yet another blow to a secondary that's already sustained a decade's worth of blows the past few seasons. The Wolverine pass defense was already in tatters last August, and that was before Troy Woolfolk missed a season with a serious ankle injury, Vlad Emilien left the team, Jared Van Slyke broke his clavicle, Ray Vinopal left the team ... you get the picture. Christian's decision not only deprives Brady Hoke of a much-needed scholarship body at corner, but of the highest-ranked recruit remaining in the entire secondary.

It's not a pretty picture for the Wolverine pass defense. But don't expect an unproven, first-year staff like Graham's to have much sympathy.

Posted on: November 3, 2010 12:17 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:07 pm
 

Michigan loses another starter for the season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

They've always said that practice makes perfect, but in Ann Arbor the saying has probably undergone a couple modifications, especially if you are an experienced member of the Michigan secondary.  The statement then becomes something more like "practice makes the rest of your season end."

The Wolverines lost Troy Woolfolk earlier this season when he broke his ankle during practice, and now the team's only remaining corner that could be considered experienced, J.T. Floyd, is going to miss the rest of the season as well.

During his press conference on Wednesday, Rich Rodriguez said that while the x-rays on Floyd's ankle came back negative, they did show ligament damage, and Floyd will be out for the rest of the year.

Which is a huge blow to a defense that couldn't stop anybody as it is.  It's also a punch to the gut of Rodriguez, who is once again coming under fire as his team has continued the trend of winning early and then getting beat up on in conference play.  Losing Floyd isn't going to help the Wolverines win any games, which hurt Rodriguez's chances of returning next season.

Floyd is Michigan's leading tackler this season, and also leads the Big Ten in tackles in conference play, which gives you another idea of how big of an injury this is.  A defense that has shown it can't tackle anybody just lost the one player on the team who could.

 
 
 
 
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