2008 Michigan Wolverines Season
Michigan DE Tim Jamison
Michigan DE Tim Jamison
Posted Feb 4, 2009

2008 Michigan Wolverines Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 Michigan Wolverines

Nov. 22
Ohio State 42 … Michigan 7
Ohio State came up with the largest margin of victory in the rivalry since 1968 as Beanie Wells tore off a 59-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter and Brian Hartline caught a 53-yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 lead. Michigan came up with a 14 play, 65-yard drive finishing up with a one-yard Brandon Minor touchdown run late in the first half, but it was all Ohio State in the second half as Dan Herron ran for touchdowns from 49 and two yards out, Brian Robiskie caught an eight-yard touchdown pass, Hartline caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Todd Boeckman. Ohio State outgained Michigan 416 yards to 198.
Player of the game: Ohio State RB Beanie Wells ran 15 times for 134 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Michigan - Passing: Nick Sheridan, 8-24, 87 yds
Rushing: Brandon Minor, 14-67, 1 TD. Receiving: Martavious Odoms, 5-37
Ohio State - Passing: Terrelle Pryor, 5-13, 120 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Chris Wells, 15-134, 1 TD. Receiving: Brian Hartline, 2-71, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... It's way too easy to pile on Michigan at this point. So here's more. Nick Sheridan obviously isn't going to be the answer at quarterback going forward. Michigan's 2009 starting quarterback is probably working on his high school finals at the moment, but all the woes can't be blamed on the offense. The defense broke down time and again against Ohio State, and while part of that can be blamed on the coaching, the players simply aren't there. Going 1-of-17 on third downs conversion attempts isn't going to help the cause, and with the woes offensively, the wheels came off in all phases as the game went on. Now the Wolverines can get working on the off-season. Erase the memory of the game and the season, wipe the slate clean, and get recruiting.

- 2008 Michigan Preview  
2007 Michigan Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
2008 Record: 3-9

Aug. 30 Utah L 25-23
Sept. 6 Miami Univ. W 16-6
Sept. 13 at Notre Dame L 35-17
Sept. 20 OPEN DATE 
Sept. 27 Wisconsin W 27-25
Oct. 4 Illinois L 45-20
Oct. 11 Toledo L 13-10
Oct. 18 at Penn State L 46-17
Oct. 25 Michigan State L 35-21
Nov. 1 at Purdue L 48-42
Nov. 8 at Minnesota W 29-6
Nov. 15 Northwestern W 21-14
Nov. 22 at Ohio State L 42-7

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
2007 Record: 9-4

Sept. 1 App. State L 34-32
Sept. 8 Oregon L 39-7
Sept. 15 Notre Dame W 38-0
Sept. 22 Penn State W 14-9
Sept. 29 at Nwestern W 28-16
Oct. 6 Eastern Michigan W 33-22
Oct. 13 Purdue W 48-21
Oct. 20 at Illinois W 27-17
Oct. 27 Minnesota W 34-10
Nov. 3 at Michigan State W 28-24
Nov. 10 at Wisconsin L 37-21
Nov. 17
Ohio State L 14-3
Capital One Bowl
Jan. 1 Florida W 41-35

Nov. 15
Northwestern 21 … Michigan 14
In lousy weather conditions that eventually turned into a snowy day, C.J. Bacher connected with Ross Lane for a 17-yard touchdown early in the second half and with Eric Peterman for a 53-yarder just over two minutes later. The Northwestern defense did the rest as Michigan, who outgained NU 264 yards to 257, couldn't get back on the board after getting a three-yard touchdown run from Nick Sheridan in the first quarter and a three-yard blocked punt for a score from Ricky Ross midway through the second.
Player of the game: Northwestern QB C.J. Bacher completed 17-of-29 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions
Stat Leaders: Michigan - Passing: Nick Sheridan, 8-29, 61 yds
Rushing: Carlos Brown, 23-115. Receiving: Greg Mathews, 5-46
Northwestern - Passing: C.J. Bacher, 17-29, 198 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Stephen Simmons, 22-56, 1 TD. Receiving: Ross Lane, 7-77, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Much has been made about the woes of the Michigan offense, but the running game worked against Northwestern with 181 yards, but the passing game is abysmal. It doesn't have to be Texas Tech, but it has to keep the chains moving and it can't be an utter disaster. Steven Threet completed 4-of-7 passes for 22 yards with an interception, but Nick Sheridan was worse completing 8-of-29 passes for 61 yards. With eight losses, this is by far the worst season in the program's history. Michigan had never lost this many games in a season, but if it can beat Ohio State, all would be quickly forgotten and the off-season would change around in a big hurry.

Nov. 8
Michigan 29 … Minnesota 6
K.C. Lopata was 5-for-5 on field goal attempts and the Michigan defense held Minnesota to 188 yards of total offense in the stunningly easy win. Lopata gave the Wolverines a 9-0 first half lead on three kicks before Greg Mathews caught an eight-yard touchdown pass. The Wolverines were up 19-0 before Minnesota finally got on the board with a 28-yard Joel Monroe field goal, but Lopata answered on the following drive with a 23-yarder. Minnesota was never in the game.
Player of the game: Michigan PK K.C. Lopata hit five field goals from 44, 34, 26, 48 and 23.
Stat Leaders: Minnesota - Passing: Adam Weber, 13-24, 105 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: DeLeon Eskridge, 11-80. Receiving: Jack Simons, 3-20
Michigan - Passing: Nick Sheridan, 18-30, 203 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Michael Shaw, 8-71. Receiving: Martavious Odoms, 7-43
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Welcome back, defense. The Michigan D had been awful as the season had gone on, but it dominated the Minnesota offense, particularly the line, this week. Nick Sheridan wasn't anything special, but he kept things moving, he didn't make any major mistakes, and he ran the ball relatively well. The offense had way too many field goals instead of touchdowns, but the attack kept moving with a near-perfect balance. It seems like the team played loose now that the pressure is off. Beating Northwestern next week would be a nice next step before facing Ohio State.

Nov. 1
Purdue 48 … Michigan 42
Greg Orton ran the hook, caught the pass, and pitched the lateral to Desmond Tardy for a 28-yard touchdown with 26 seconds to play to close out a wild shootout. The two teams went back and fourth, after an early 14-0 Michigan lead coming from a 45-yard Brandon Minor touchdown run and a 73-yard punt return for a score from Martavious Odoms. Brandon Minor scored three times for the Wolverine including a one-yard touchdown run with 1:20 to play before Purdue was able to go 73 yards in four plays for the win. Kory Sheets ran for three short touchdowns for the Boilermakers, and he caught a seven yard touchdown pass. The Wolverine passing game wasn't consistent, but it got a 51-yard touchdown catch from Darryl Stonum.
Player of the game: Purdue RB Kory Sheets ran 30 times for 118 yards and three touchdowns, and caught three passes for 43 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Michigan - Passing: Steven Threet, 9-21, 123 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Brandon Minor, 24-155, 3 TD. Receiving: Martavious Odoms, 4-26
Purdue - Passing: Justin SIller, 21-34, 266 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 30-118, 3 TD. Receiving: Greg Orton, 8-89, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... At least the offense worked a little bit against Purdue. Michigan is going to a bowl for the first time in 33 years, and maybe that could take the pressure off. While this is a lost season results-wise, there's no reason the team can't work on things going into next year. It's a learning process under Rich Rodriguez, and at this point, simply trying to win games doesn't really matter. The coaching staff needs to know once and for all if Steven Threet is the type of quarterback to build around for next year. After giving up 522 yards of Purdue offense, who can play defense? The Minnesota and Northwestern games will be interesting learning opportunities before facing Ohio State.

Oct. 25
Michigan State 35 … Michigan 21
Javon Ringer ran for 194 yards with touchdown runs from 64 and three yards out, and Brian Hoyer threw three touchdown passes including a 61-yarder to Blair White to open the scoring. Michigan had a 21-14 lead helped by two Brandon Minor touchdowns, including a disputed play when he hit the pylon forcing a review, but the Spartans overcame the controversy with 21 unanswered points. The two teams combined for seven turnovers and 14 penalties.
Player of the game: Michigan State RB Javon Ringer ran 37 times for 194 yards and two touchdowns, and caught two passes for 25 yards.
Stat Leaders: Michigan - Passing: Steven Threet, 13-27, 168 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Brandon Minor, 15-55, 1 TD. Receiving: Martavious Odoms, 6-42
Michigan - Passing: Brian Hoyer, 17-29, 282 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 37-194, 2 TD. Receiving: Blair White, 4-143, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Michigan is showing flashes and its showing some signs of potentially turning the corner, but the offensive production simply isn't there to go a full 60 minutes. The defense didn't help out too much against Michigan State. There were some takeaways and the pass rush was great, but without any help from the O, the D started to wear down late. The team needs to relax and not worry about a bowl game at this point. Just getting a win at Purdue next week to break the four game losing streak would be a good baby step before dealing with Minnesota.

Oct. 18
Penn State 46 … Michigan 17
Michigan was fantastic in the first half getting out to a 17-7 lead on two Brandon Minor touchdown runs and a 27-yard K.C. Lopata field goal, and then Penn State woke up. Jordan Norwood caught a three-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds left in the half to spark a run of 39 unanswered points. Daryll Clark ran for two one-yard scores and Stephfon Green took a pass from Pat Devlin 80 yards for a score. Penn State ended up with 482 yards to Michigan's 291.
Player of the game: Penn State RB Evan Royster ran 18 times for 174 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 13 yards
Stat Leaders: Michigan - Passing: Steven Threet, 9-13, 84 yds
Rushing: Brandon Minor, 23-117, 2 TD. Receiving: Martavious Odoms, 3-34
Penn State - Passing: Daryll Clark, 18-31, 171 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Evan Royster, 18-174 , 1 TD. Receiving: Deon Butler, 8-105
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Look, Michigan is going to need a while; everyone needs to settle down. The offense showed a little bit of what it could do in the first half against Penn State, just like it showed signs of life in the second half against Wisconsin and in a spurt against Utah. The coaching staff finally decided to scale back Sam McGuffie and started to use Brandon Minor more. Good move. Minor, if he gets a chance to work on a regular basis will get 100 yards per game. Steven Threet even looked good at times, but he's just not a spread quarterback.

Oct. 11
Toledo 13 … Michigan 10
Kevin Lopata missed a 26-yard field goal in the final seconds as Michigan lost for the first time to a MAC team. The Wolverine defense held the Toledo offense to two Alex Stiegerwald field goals, with a 48-yarder bouncing off the crossbar and in, but the UM offense gained just 290 yards and lost three interceptions with Tyrell Herbert taking one 100 yards for a score. The Rocket offense netted gained just 257 passing yards, but Nick Moore got 162 of them on 20 catches. Michigan got its only touchdown on a 27-yard Brandon Minor catch and got a 26-yard Lopata field goal in the second quarter.
Player of the game: Toledo WR Nick Moore made 20 catches for 162 yards
Stat Leaders: Michigan - Passing: Nick Sheridan, 8-16, 65 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Sam McGuffie, 25-105. Receiving: Sam McGuffie, 5-44
Toledo - Passing: Aaron Opelt, 33-50, 257 yds
Rushing: DaJuane Collins, 10-65. Receiving: Nick Moore, 20-162
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The offense hits a new low. Toledo is awful. The Rockets got blown out by Florida International and were just shut out by Ball State, but Michigan still couldn't do much of anything. The defense was fine, outside of a bizarre inability to cover Nick Moore, who made 20 catches, but if Sam McGuffie is your total offense, you have a problem. The attack needs quarterback. Nick Sheridan and Steven Threet aren't getting it done. They're not even close. The rebuilding job Is going to take longer than expected.

Oct. 4
Illinois 45 … Michigan 20
Michigan took a 14-3 lead into the second quarter as Greg Mathews caught an 11-yard touchdown pass. And then it was all Juice Williams as the Illinois quarterback ran for a six-yard score, swing a pass to Daniel Dufrene for a 57-yard touchdown, and connected with Jeff Cumberland for a 77-yard touchdown as part of a 28-point run to put the game away. Williams closed out the scoring with a two-yard run. In all, Williams accounted for 431 yards of total offense, the most by any player ever at Michigan Stadium. Illinois outgained Michigan 501 yards to 319.
Player of the game: Illinois QB Juice Williams completed 13-of 26 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran 19 times for 121 yards and two scores.
Stat Leaders: Illinois - Passing: Juice Williams, 13-26, 210 yds, 2 TD
Juice Williams, 19-121, 2 TD. Receiving: Arrelious Benn, 6-122
- Passing: Steven Threet, 18-35, 250 yds, 2 TD
Sam McGuffie, 19-70, 1 TD. Receiving: Martavious Odoms, 7-129

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Michigan's offense continues to be inconsistent. The win over Wisconsin appeared to carry over into a nice start, but there was no running game, again, and the passing attack couldn't pick up the slack. The defensive line was as lousy in the second half as it was good in the second half against the Badgers, but LB Obi Ezeh had a nice game with 15 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss. Eventually, the offensive line has to come around and start producing on a regular basis.

Sept. 27
Michigan 27 ... Wisconsin 25
Michigan couldn't have been worse in the first half, turning it over five times as Wisconsin took a 19-0 lead into halftime. It was a completely different Wolverine team over the final 20 minutes of the game as Steven Threet hit Kevin Koger for a 26-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, Brandon Minor ran for a 34-yard score, and John Thompson picked off a pass and took it 25 yards for a score. But the Wolverines went for two and failed, giving them a 20-19 lead with 10:24 to play. The Wolverine scoring run continued going 77 yards in six plays with Sam McGuffie running for a three-yard score with just over five minutes to play. But Wisconsin would rally on its final drive going 64 yards in six plays with Allan Evridge connecting with David Gilreath for a 22-yard touchdown with 13 seconds to play. Down two, the Badger converted the conversion, but it was called back to an ineligible receiver penalty. Evridge misfired on the second try and Wisconsin didn't get the onside kick. Philip Welch hit four first half field goals for the Badgers.
Player of the game: The entire Michigan defensive line, led by DE Brandon Graham, who made six tackles, three sacks, and forced two fumbles
Stat Leaders: Michigan - Passing: Steven Threet, 12-31. 96 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Steven Threet, 9-89. Receiving: Greg Mathews, 4-48
Wisconsin - Passing: Allan Evridge, 20-37, 226 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: P.J. Hill, 22-70. Receiving: David Gilreath, 5-65, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Much will be made about how the comeback win over Wisconsin could charge up the Rich Rodriguez era and turn the season around. This was a great, great win, but the heart showed in the second half might mask all the major problems the team still has. A steady quarterback needs to be unearthed, a real, live tailback has to emerge, and the offensive line has to be better. However, Michigan can win a lot of games if the defensive line plays like it did throughout. The score should've been at least 30-0 at halftime with the mistakes the offense made, but the defense came through big-time. In the second half, Brandon Graham and Tim Jamison dominated the Wisconsin offensive front. Even though there are still issues, this win will allow everyone to exhale for a week with Illinois coming to town.

Sept. 13
Notre Dame 35 ... Michigan 17
Michigan turned it over six times including two fumbles on early kickoffs, and Notre Dame took advantage going 11 yards in three plays for a two-yard Robert Hughes touchdown run, and went 14 yards in three plays finishing with a 10-yard Duval Kamara catch for a 14-0 Irish lead four minutes in the game. Jimmy Clausen connected with Golden Tate for a 48-yard touchdown pass for a 21-0 first quarter lead. Michigan got a 40-yard Sam McGuffie touchdown catch and a 23-yard K.C. Lopata field goal to get back in the game, and made it 28-17 late in the first half on a seven-yard Kevin Grady touchdown. But Notre Dame's defense came through, shutting out the Wolverines in the second half and putting the game away with a  35-yard Brian Smith fumble recovery for a score. Irish head coach Charlie Weis suffered a blown out knee when he was run into on the sideline by an Irish player.
Player of the game: Notre Dame S David Bruton made 15 tackles with an interception, a forced fumble and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Stat Leaders: Michigan - Passing: Steven Threet, 16-23, 175 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Sam McGuffie, 25-131. Receiving: Martavious Odoms, 6-56
Notre Dame - Passing: Jimmy Clausen, 10-21, 147 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing: Robert Hughes, 19-79, 2 TDs. Receiving: Golden Tate, 4-127, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Do we know anything about Michigan after the bad loss to Notre Dame? The offense outgained the Irish 388 to 260 and the defense did a decent job overall, but this loss proved just how costly mistakes will be. There's no margin for error for the Wolverines, and the last thing they need is to get behind 21-0. Steven Threet appears to be the best of the quarterback options and Sam McGuffie is a good all-around playmaker to work with, but there needs to be a steadier rushing option.

Sept. 6
Michigan 16 ... Miami University 6
Michigan got a nine-yard touchdown run from Steven Threet to start the scoring and and a 15-yard run from Brandon Minor in the fourth quarter to put the game away, and in between the two scores was a great game from the defense. Miami only managed two field goals, one from 27 yards out and one from 23, and came up with just 252 yards of total offense. Miami held on to the ball for 35:13 and allowed Michigan to convert just two of 13 third down conversions.
Player of the game: Michigan RB Sam McGuffie rushed 17 times for 74 yards and had three receptions for 32 yards.
Stat Leaders: Miami  Univ.
- Passing: Daniel Raudabaugh, 20-33, 191 yds
Rushing: Thomas Merriweather, 21-77. Receiving: Jamal Rogers, 9-78
- Passing: Steven Threet, 6-13, 63 yds
Rushing: Sam McGuffie, 17-74. Receiving: Martavious Odoms, 3-57

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The offense isn't working. Miami University has a decent defense with a great linebacking corps, but Michigan is still supposed to be able to line up and smash the ball with the running game. While averaging 5.1 yards per carry is nice, and Sam McGuffie ran well, there were too many third downs and too many misfired s to keep the chains moving. Without top receiver Greg Mathews, the Michigan passing game managed just 103 yards. It's going to be a work in progress overall with the defense needing to carry the team over the next several weeks.

Aug. 30
Utah 25 ... Michigan 23
Utah cranked out a 19-0 run in the second and third quarters on four Louie Sakoda field goals and 19-yard Bradon Godfrey touchdown grab. But Michigan came up with a blocked punt and rallied with a 33-yard touchdown catch from Junior Hemingway and a three-yard Sam McGuffie scoring run to close the gap to two with over six minutes to play after the two-point conversion failed. Michigan had three more chances to come through, but ended up stalling at midfield on the final drive. Utah committed 15 penalties for 137 yards, while Michigan committed eight for 53 yards.
Player of the game: Utah's Louie Sakoda connected on all four of his field goals, including a 53-yarder, and averaged 47 yards on his six punts.
Stat Leaders: Utah
- Passing: Brian Johnson, 21-33, 305 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Matt Asiata, 13-77. Receiving: Bradon Godfrey, 7-84, 1 TD
- Passing: Nick Sheridan, 11-19, 98 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Brandon Minor, 4-21. Receiving: Martavious Odoms, 5-7

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Panic sirens are sure to go off, but before cancelling the season, there are few reasons for the Wolverines to not get too down. First, Utah is that good. This isn't an Appalachian State situation; the Ute talent level is strong. Second, the defense settled down and ended up playing better than the final stats might indicate. The offense wasn't providing much help, and the Wolverine D forced field goals instead of touchdowns, for the most part. And now for the big issues. The offensive line was awful. Utah has a good defensive front, but there was no push for the running game and the pass protection was spotty. The running backs were merely average. That's not a plus against a Miami University team next week that has a great linebacking corps, even if the loss to Vanderbilt didn't show it.

2008 Early Lookahead
Why to get excited: You don't have Lloyd Carr to kick around anymore. He was a better head coach than he ever got credit for, but there was a large segment of Wolverine fans who were ready to move on. If you wanted a change, you got it, and then some, with Rich Rodriguez coming in to change around the attack to his beloved spread. If West Virginia could win with the offense, what can Michigan do with the talent it brings in? However ... 
Why to be grouchy: ... it's going to take a little while. Even if Terrelle Pryor, the nation's top recruit, picks the Maize and Blue over Ohio State and Florida, it's not like the offense is going to rock and roll right away. There are two huge, screaming concerns. 1) If you thought Carr couldn't get Michigan over the hump after winning it all in 1998, take a look at Rich Rod's inability to come through when the spotlight was on. 2) This is a big gamble. Michigan was a wide receiver pipeline to the NFL. That could dry up to a trickle in a big hurry.
The number one thing to work on is: Just getting everyone on the same page. No one's expecting anything for at least a year knowing there needs to be a little bit of an adjustment period. That's not to say the team can stink, but if it struggles a bit this year to take a giant leap forward for 2009 and beyond, that's fine. Every move, every practice, and every game has to have an eye on being better for next year.
Biggest offensive loss: RB Mike Hart
Biggest defensive loss: LB
Shawn Crable
Best returning offensive player: OG Justin Boren, Jr.
Best returning defensive player:
DT Terrance Taylor, Sr.

2007 Recap
2007 Recap: Arguably one of the most peculiar seasons in school history, Michigan began the year with an epic loss to Appalachian State, ended it by upsetting defending champ Florida, and in between, fought like hell to pick up the pieces from an 0-2 start.  It certainly wasn't the season most expected in Ann Arbor, but the Wolverines showed a lot guts by battling through injuries for eight straight wins before losing to Wisconsin and Ohio State in the final two regular season games.  In many ways, the season marked an end of an era at Michigan, as Lloyd Carr retired after 13 years on the sidelines, and QB Chad Henne, RB Mike Hart, and LT Jake Long concluded stellar careers as four-year starters.     

Offensive Player of the Year: RB Mike Hart

Defensive Player of the Year: LB Shawn Crable

Biggest Surprise: Crable.  An enigma and an underachiever for most of his first three seasons, Crable exploded in his senior year for a team-high 90 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks.  Finally tapping into all of his freakish athletic ability, Crable was the catalyst of a defense that regrouped nicely after a rough start.  

Biggest Disappointment: Losing in the first two weeks to Appalachian State and Oregon, ending any hope of fulfilling preseason forecasts.  The Wolverines were widely viewed as the Big Ten favorite and a strong contender for New Orleans, but after yielding 73 points over the first two Saturdays, the team goals were irreparably altered.  

Looking Ahead: With Carr out and former West Virginia head man Rich Rodriguez in, things may never again be the same in Ann Arbor.  Considering the offensive upheaval that'll be taking place on the two-deep and in the playbook, Rodriguez's value to the Wolverines may not be fully felt until the 2009 season.   

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Brandon Smith DB 6-3 210 New Brunswick, NJ
Intercepted 24 career interceptions ... tallied 82 tackles, seven interceptions and 17 pass breakups as a senior ... collected 60 tackles and nine interceptions as a junior ... passed for 1,053 yards and 16 touchdowns and added 670 rushing yards and nine TDs junior year ... A Sports All-American third team ... PrepStar Magazine All-American ... four-star prospect and the fourth-best safety in the country by Scout.com ... Associated Press All-State as a senior ... played in the U.S. Army All-American game.

Potential Instant Impact Players

Sam McGuffie RB 6-0 188 Cypress, TX

Carried the ball 205 times for 1,711 yards and scored 23 touchdowns during injury-shortened senior season ... rushed for 3,121 yards on 358 carries and scored 44 TDs as a junior ... rushed 115 times for 853 yards and scored 11 touchdowns sophomore season ... 2007 All-USA second team by the USA Today ... EA Sports All-America third team ... PrepStar All-American and the publication's 93rd-best player nationally ... played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... four-star recruit and the nation's No. 7 running back according to Scout.com ... rated as the No. 30 running back nationally by Scouts, Inc. ... unanimous first-team All-District as a senior ... named Associated Press All-State 5A at running back junior year.

Michael Shaw RB 6-0 185 Trotwood, OH

Gained over 1,250 rushing yards and 300 receiving yards as a senior ... rushed 180 times for 975 yards and scored 21 touchdowns as a junior ... added 10 receptions for 200 yards and one TD junior year ... carried the ball 80 times for 475 yards and three scores as a sophomore ... four-star recruit and the 29th best running back nationally according to Scout.com.

Rest of the Class

Ricky Barnum OL 6-2 246 Lakeland, FL
Boubacar Cissoko DB 5-8 171 Detroit, MI
Mike Cox RB 6-0 203 Avon, CT
Kenny Demens LB 6-1 224 Detroit, MI
Justin Feagin ATH 6-0 190 Delray Beach, FL
J.B. Fitzgerald LB 6-4 225 Princeton Junction, NJ
J.T. Floyd ATH 6-0 179 Greenville, SC
Taylor Hill LB 6-2 205 Youngstown, OH
Rocko Khoury OL 6-6 280 Traverse City, MI
Kevin Koger TE 6-4 235 Toledo , OH
Mike Martin DT 6-2 278 Novi, MI
Elliott Mealer OL 6-6 280 Wauseon, OH
Brandon Moore TE 6-6 243 Trotwood, OH
Dann O'Neill OL 6-8 291 Grand Haven, MI
Patrick Omameh DE 6-4 236 Columbus, OH
Terrence Robinson RB 5-9 170 Klein, TX
Roy Roundtree WR 6-0 154 Trotwood, OH
Darryl  Stonum WR 6-2 180 Sugar Land, TX
Kurt Wermers OL 6-3 278 Crown Point, IN
Marcus Witherspoon LB 6-2 215 Absecon, NJ


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