Big Ten: Tim McAvoy

Michigan injury report

October, 29, 2009
Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan has issued its official injury report for Saturday’s game at Illinois (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET).

  • CB Zac Johnson, shoulder
  • C David Molk, knee (out for season)
PROBABLE (75 percent chance of playing)
Overall, this is pretty favorable for Michigan after the team got banged up in the loss to Penn State. Wide receiver Junior Hemingway appears to be fine after a nasty collision with teammate Donovan Warren on a punt return in the third quarter. Senior running back Brandon Minor isn’t listed here but continues to battle a foot/ankle problem. Odoms leads Michigan with 22 receptions for 272 yards and a score, though Hemingway has been the bigger threat at times this season. David Moosman will start at center in place of Molk. Head coach Rich Rodriguez also named game captains: running back Kevin Grady, wide receiver Greg Mathews and guard Tim McAvoy.

Michigan injury report

October, 8, 2009

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan has issued its official injury report for Saturday night's clash at No. 12 Iowa (ABC, 8 p.m. ET).

  • CB Zac Johnson, shoulder
  • C David Molk, foot

The good news here is no Carlos Brown. Michigan's leading rusher missed practice Wednesday with an undisclosed injury, but he doesn't appear on the injury report. Mgoblog reported earlier today that Brown sustained a head injury during practice this week and is very doubtful for the game, so we'll see if he plays against Iowa. Senior running back Brandon Minor is getting healthier and could take on a greater carries load if Brown can't go. Brown leads Michigan with 336 rush yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries (7.6 yards per carry), while Minor has rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries (5.1 ypc).

Wolverines linebacker Stevie Brown, offensive lineman Tim McAvoy, offensive lineman David Moosman and defensive end Tim North will serve as game captains.

Michigan injury report

September, 24, 2009

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan has issued its injury report for Saturday's game against Indiana (ESPN2, noon ET).

  • Center David Molk, foot
  • Safety Mike Williams, ankle
  • Center David Moosman, shoulder
  • Guard Tim McAvoy, knee
We knew Molk was out, and head coach Rich Rodriguez announced that Moosman will start at center. Michigan probably can survive without Williams for a game or two, but the Wolverines need him back soon. Freshman Jordan Kovacs could get the start at safety. Rodriguez announced that linebacker Stevie Brown, quarterback David Cone, wide receiver Greg Mathews and punter Zoltan Mesko will serve as captains for the game.

Michigan loses Molk, regains Moosman

September, 21, 2009

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan will be without arguably its best offensive lineman for four to six weeks, as center David Molk sits out with a broken bone in his foot.

Molk, a redshirt sophomore who has started the last 15 games at center, will undergo surgery later today and miss at least a month.

"That’s a tough blow," head coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday. "Not only does he play center, the leader of the line, but David is not just one of our best linemen, he is one of our best football players, period. So we’ll have to adjust a little bit."

The Wolverines did get some good news as senior offensive lineman David Moosman should return from a shoulder injury. Rodriguez expects Moosman to start at center this week against Indiana (Big Ten Network, noon ET). Michigan also might get guard Tim McAvoy (knee) on the field for the first time this year.

In other health news, Wolverines safety Mike Williams and running back Brandon Minor are both day to day with ankle injuries. Minor had just three carries against Eastern Michigan before the ankle forced him to come out of the game. Expect senior Carlos Brown to start against Indiana after his 187-yard rushing performance against Eastern Michigan.

Rodriguez also said Monday that starting quarterback Tate Forcier was a bit banged up Saturday but should be fine for the Indiana game.
“That’s a tough blow,” head coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday. “Not only does he play center, the leader of the line, but David is not just one of our best linemen, he is one of our best football players, period. So we’ll have to adjust a little bit.”

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan has issued its injury report for Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan.

  • Guard David Moosman (shoulder)
  • Guard Tim McAvoy (knee)
Michigan gets a boost from Hemingway's return. He and freshman quarterback Tate Forcier had great chemistry in the season opener against Western Michigan, hooking up for two touchdowns. Moosman is a starter, so his absence hurts a bit after he sustained a separated shoulder last week against Notre Dame.

John Ferrara likely will replace Moosman against Eastern Michigan, and redshirt freshman Elliott Mealer also could be in the mix at guard.

Michigan also announced its game captains for Eastern Michigan: wide receiver Jon Conover, defensive end Brandon Graham, kicker Jason Olesnavage and wide receiver LaTerryal Savoy.

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

Busted bracket? Reading about football will make the pain go away. 

"Tressel seemed smitten when talk of the Wildcat offense came up during a visit with Hoover High School head coach Don Hertler Jr. and former Newark Catholic head coach J.D. Graham. The three talked shop for about two hours at a North Canton eatery.

"What has Tressel interested is all that can be done out of it and how much preparation an opposing defense needs to get ready. Who knows where Pryor could line up?"

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan quarterback Steven Threet is expected to play this week against Michigan State after his bruised throwing elbow flared up Saturday at Penn State.

Threet started against Penn State and played well in the first half before losing feeling in the elbow, which he injured the previous week against Toledo. The redshirt freshman missed several series in the third quarter before returning briefly in the fourth.

"He's a little better than he was a week ago," Rodriguez said this morning. "Hopefully, it won't be a chronic thing. But the elbow's a sensitive issue. If it wasn't on his throwing arm, it wouldn't be a big issue. But it was an issue in the game, and after the feeling came back, he was able to come back in the game.

"It's just a bruise, which takes time to heal."

Rodriguez expects Threet to practice Tuesday. Sophomore Nick Sheridan remains the backup quarterback despite continued struggles against Penn State.

True freshman Justin Feagin, whose skills perhaps best fit Rodriguez's spread offense, will practice a bit with the second-team offense this week. Rodriguez is deciding whether to redshirt Feagin, who also has practiced at slot receiver.

"About now is when we'll make a decision [on whether to redshirt Feagin]," Rodriguez said. "The whole thing about redshirting is, obviously, if the guy's not ready mentally or physically, it's not fair to put him in the game. ... You have to weigh how many plays he would be in the game."

If Threet responds well this week in practice, don't expect to see Feagin on Saturday against the Spartans (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET).

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Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- This probably needs a disclaimer, so here it is.

Michigan won't go 3-9. Michigan won't have the nation's worst rushing offense for most of the season. Michigan won't go three plus games without scoring an offensive touchdown. Michigan won't allow a nation-high 58 sacks.

But from a pure personnel standpoint on offense, there are some obvious parallels between what Michigan lost after last season and what Notre Dame lost following 2006. And unlike the Fighting Irish, the Wolverines are adjusting to a new coach (Rich Rodriguez) and a new system. That should be a good thing, given the conservative play-calling and wasted talent of recent seasons, but it's still something to consider.  

Here's a position-by-position look at the two offenses, who was lost and who returned.

Who's gone
  • Chad Henne: Four-year starter, school's career passing leader, last fall went 162-for-279 passing, 1,938 yards, 17 TDs, 9 INTs, 130.5 rating
  • Ryan Mallett: Started three games last season, completed 61 of 141 passes, 892 yards, 7 TDs, 5 INTs, 105.7 rating. Transferred to Arkansas.
Up next
  • Steven Threet, Fr.: No statistics in college, Georgia Tech transfer sat out last season as per NCAA rules.
  • Nick Sheridan, So.: Appeared in two games last season, did not attempt a pass, served as backup holder.
  • Justin Feagin, Fr.: Dual-threat combined for 44 touchdowns (25 rushing, 19 passing) as a high school senior.
Running back
Who's gone
  • Mike Hart: Four-year starter, school's career rushing leader, last season had 265 carries, 1,361 rushing yards, 14 TDs.
Up next
  • Brandon Minor, Jr.: Appeared in 12 games last season, had 90 carries for 385 yards, 1 TD.
  • Carlos Brown, Jr.: Started three games last season, 75 carries for 381 yards (5.1 ypc average), 4 TDs.
  • Kevin Grady, Jr.: Currently suspended after DUI arrest, missed 2007 season with knee injury, had 187 rushing yards on 55 carries in 2006.
Wide receiver/tight end
Who's gone
  • Mario Manningham: Three-year contributor had team-high 72 catches for 1,174 yards (16.3 ypr) and 12 touchdowns last season.
  • Adrian Arrington: Second-leading receiver with 67 catches for 882 yards and eight touchdowns.
Up next
  • Greg Mathews, Jr.: Third-leading receiver last season with 39 receptions for 366 yards, 3 TDs.
  • Carson Butler, Jr.: Tight end started six of final seven games, had 20 catches for 246 yards, 2 TDs.
  • Mike Massey, Sr.: Tight end started four games, caught four passes for 38 yards.
  • Junior Hemmingway, So.: Caught four passes for 37 yards in 10 games last season.
  • LaTerryal Savor, Jr.: Had one catch for nine yards last season.
  • Darryl Stonum, Fr.: Freshman had 1,910 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns in prep career.
Offensive line
Who's gone
  • Jake Long: All-American left tackle went No. 1 overall in the NFL draft
  • Adam Kraus: All-conference left guard made 35 starts.
  • Justin Boren: Yep, he's definitely gone after starting the first eight games at center last fall.
  • Jeremy Ciulla: Started five games at right guard last season.
  • Alex Mitchell: Started five games at right guard last season.
Up next
  • Stephen Schilling, So.: Only returning starter primarily played right tackle with two starts at right guard last season.
  • Mark Ortmann, Jr.: Projected left tackle made two starts at right tackle in 2007.
  • Tim McAvoy, Jr.: Made only start at right guard last season.
  • David Moosman, Jr.: Backup center has appeared in seven career games.
  • Cory Zirbel, Jr.: Has appeared in 21 career games, played all offensive line positions except center.
Who's gone
  • Brady Quinn: Four-year starter, school's career passing leader, in 2006 completed 289 of 467 passes for 3,426 yards, 37 TDs, 7 INTs, 146.7 rating.
Up next
  • Jimmy Clausen, Fr.: True freshman ranked as nation's No. 1 recruit after passing for 3,428 yards and 49 touchdowns as a prep senior.
  • Evan Sharpley, So.: Had two collegiate pass attempts as Quinn's backup in 2006.
  • Demetrius Jones Fr.: Second-year player considered dual threat after racking up big numbers in high school.
Running back
Who's gone
  • Darius Walker: Three-year starter, in 2006 had 255 carries for 1,267 yards, 7 touchdowns.
Up next
  • Travis Thomas, Sr.: Former reserve running back switched to linebacker in 2006 before returning to offense.
  • James Aldridge, So.: Team's second-leading rusher with 142 yards on 37 carries.
  • Armando Allen, Fr.: True freshman missed senior season in high school with injury. 
  • Robert Hughes, Fr.: True freshman had 1,780 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns as a high school senior.
Wide receiver/tight end
Who's gone
  • Jeff Samardzija: School's career receiving leader had 78 receptions for 1,017 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2006.
  • Rhema McKnight: Four-year starter had 67 receptions for 907 yards and a team-high 15 touchdowns in 2006.
  • Darius Walker: Running back ranked third on the team in receptions (56) for 391 yards.
  • Marcus Freeman: Backup tight end had nine receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
Up next
  • David Grimes, Jr.: Ranked fourth on the team in receptions (27) and receiving yards (224) as a sophomore. 
  • John Carlson, Sr.: Mackey Award finalist in 2006 ranked third on the team with 634 receiving yards, scored four touchdowns. 
  • George West, So.: Had two receptions for 14 yards and scored on an 11-yard run as a freshman. 
  • Robby Parris, So.: Appeared in seven games and caught one pass in 2006.
Offensive line
Who's gone
  • Ryan Harris: Mainstay at left tackle started all four seasons.
  • Dan Santucci: Two-year starter at guard.
  • Bob Morton: Multiyear starter at both center and guard.
Up next
  • John Sullivan, Sr.: Started the final two and a half seasons at center. 
  • Sam Young, So.: Started as a true freshman at right tackle before moving to the left side.
  • Paul Duncan, Jr.: Appeared in 12 games as a reserve in 2006.
  • Mike Turkovich, Jr.: Played sparingly in nine games as a sophomore, limited by neck injury.
  • Eric Olsen, So.: Appeared in eight games as a backup guard in 2006. 


Michigan returns more at running back and should be able to field a stronger group of wide receivers to help the new starting quarterback. The biggest key for the Wolverines will be developing the offensive line. Notre Dame's primary error in 2007 was not emphasizing physical play up front in the preseason. Michigan has made strength and conditioning the focus of the winter, spring and summer. The Wolverines should see it pay off this fall. Though both teams lost record-setting playmakers and Rich Rodriguez historically struggles in his first season at a new school, Michigan should adjust easier.

Three questions for Michigan

August, 4, 2008

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- As Michigan begins preseason practice Monday at 2:30 p.m ET, here are three questions to monitor throughout the next three and a half weeks.

1. Will Steven Threet cement himself as the starting quarterback, or will another candidate make the coaches' decision tougher?

Threet, a transfer from Georgia Tech, appears to be the man to beat. As the valedictorian of his high school, he's certainly capable of grasping Rich Rodriguez's system. But are his feet as quick as his mind? Rodriguez needs a mobile quarterback, and Threet doesn't exactly fit the mold. It will be interesting to see how freshman Justin Feagin, a more prototypical Rodriguez quarterback, performs on the practice field this month.

2. How will the team's strength and conditioning upgrades translate to the practice field, particularly for the offensive linemen?

By now everyone knows Mike Barwis is God's gift to the weight room, and Michigan appears to be a stronger and faster team than it was in 2007. The most immediate dividends must come on the offensive line, which returns only one starter [Stephen Schilling]. If players like Mark Ortmann, David Moosman and Tim McAvoy display the athleticism needed to run this offense, Michigan could survive some early growing pains under center. It also will be interesting to see if highly touted freshmen Ricky Barnum and Dann O'Neill factor into the mix this summer.

3. Who steps up at linebacker and safety?

The defense needs to be a stabilizing force early on, and a lot depends on finding capable starters in the back half. Linebacker might be the most intriguing position competition outside of quarterback, as two seniors (Austin Panter and John Thompson) try to ward off several talented sophomores (Obi Ezeh, Marell Evans, Jonas Mouton). Stevie Brown made a strong push this spring at safety, and Brandon Harrison tries to lock down the other starting spot in his final season.



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