Thursday, June 20, 2013
By WolverineNation staff
Every Thursday our writers sit down to chat about a few topics in and around Michigan sports. Today, they look forward to fall camp, look further to signing day and ponder a few summer sporting events.
1. Which position battle are you most excited to see play out during fall camp?
Michael Rothstein: Running back. It is the position with the biggest question attached to it and the most intrigue for two reasons. First, Michigan prefers to have a featured back, so can someone be impressive enough to win the job outright. Second, considering the Wolverines want to be run-based, they need to make sure they have a guy capable of that back there.
Eyes will be on sophomore wide receiver Amara Darboh this season.
Tom VanHaaren: I will go with the wide receivers. It will be interesting to see how Jeremy Gallon takes on the leader role, and who steps up with him. Amara Darboh, Drew Dileo and Jehu Chesson all have the opportunity to make plays this season. I think Darboh and Chesson are the two I'm most interested to see, though.
Chantel Jennings: I’m very interested to see how the defensive line shakes out. All through spring ball we heard about how improved the D-line was, and I’m sure we’ll hear the exact same thing through fall camp. Battles between guys such as Taco Charlton and Frank Clark could be tight.
2. Should an early signing day be introduced for football recruits?
Rothstein: Yes, with a caveat -- and it’s something that should be used for basketball as well. If you sign and a coach is fired or leaves for another head coaching job, you can reopen your recruitment -- but cannot go to the school the head coach has left for. Everything else is fair game. That way it can end the process for recruits who want it to stop but still give them some leverage in case a staff changes -- and therefore an entire system potentially shifts.
VanHaaren: This is a tough question, because there are a lot of moving parts. If you make an early signing period then you also need to move up the date prospects can start taking official visits. I think there are positives and negatives to having an early signing period, so I'm on the fence about it. If there were two signing periods, with one early one, then I think the NCAA could make that work and it could have more benefits than negatives.
Jennings: If new rules were imposed limiting how early offers could go out or moving up official visits then maybe the signing day wouldn’t have to be changed. However, if offers can go out to eighth graders and prospects still can’t take officials until their senior years then I think an early signing day would be smart.
3. Which sporting event would you most like to attend as a fan this summer?
Rothstein: Well, I've been to Wimbledon, so that's out. Probably would have been the final day of the U.S. Open at Merion this past Sunday. Having been to the Open before, it is a fantastic tournament to attend. If I were able to go with my dad, I'd take that.
VanHaaren: I've always wanted to go to the Home Run Derby, so I'll say that. But I would want to be on the field with the players. I would also want to try to hit a few home runs. I would want to hang out with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, too.
Jennings: I’m not a huge fan of cycling, but it’s the 100th Tour de France this summer, which I think will be a pretty monumental sporting event. Plus, it’d be a reason to frolic around France for a while, eating baguettes and cheese, so why not?