Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Michigan football practice observations
By Michael Rothstein
Got to see a little bit of a different view Tuesday for the 20 allotted minutes of practice viewing for the media. Instead of watching just stretching, the media was brought in early, although not too much happened. Here's what we observed -- in bullet form:
Martavious Odoms has shed his protective cast on his arm for good. He was out there catching kicks. Taylor Lewan was at practice, with his left ankle heavily bandaged and tape on both of his wrists. Tough to tell whether the tape on the wrists was at least in response to his injury suffered against Michigan State. Ricky Barnum was also at practice, with his right ankle heavily taped.
Cornerback Troy Woolfolk, who has had multiple injuries this season, was at practice with no wraps or braces of any kind to be seen.
For at least half of the media viewing time, the offensive skill players stood around waiting to stretch with the team, just milling about for at least five minutes. Quarterback Denard Robinson was joking with a trainer, talking almost nonstop. Robinson's only indication of injury was a Band-Aid on his right elbow.
Some possible scout team designations for this week: Joe Reynolds is playing the part of receiver Justin Siller. Alex Swieca and Ben Fry were wearing quarterback Robert Marve's number. Mike Cox was dressed as running back Akeem Shavers and Jihad Rasheed was wearing Ralph Bolden's number.