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Monday, April 30, 2012

Inkster Vikings 2012 Football Schedule

Inkster finished the 2011 season with a 2-7 record.  It is the second season in a row that Inkster finished with a 2-7 record.

(W#) or (L#) Represents the winning or losing streak against that opponent.

August 24th - Dearborn Heights Robichaud (L2)
August 31st - Divine Child (W1)
September 7th - Flint Carman-Ainsworth
September 14th - Avondale
September 21st - Flint Northern
September 28th - Hamtramck
October 5th - Bay City John Glenn (L2)
October 12th - Southfield Christian
October 19th - Garden City (W1)

NFL Draft: John Potter of Grand Haven drafted by Buffalo

The 9th and final Michigan High School player to be drafted in the 2012 NFL draft is, John Potter out of Grand Haven / Western Michigan University.  The Buffalo Bills would select John Potter with the #251 overall pick and 44th pick in the 7th round.

Potter is listed at 6'2 and 209 pounds.

Western Michigan would be the only school in the country that offered John Potter.

John Potter has the Grand Haven school record with a 50 yard field goal which he kicked in 2007.  During Potter's Senior season he was 11-13 on Field Goal attempts.  Potter also has 92 career points and 39 career touchbacks.

Potter would start every single game while at Western Michigan, all while setting most school records.  Potter is the Broncos leader in points with 333, most tackles by a kicker 36, consecutive PAT's made in a season 54, and consecutive PAT's in a career 129.  Potter also was a 47-65 on career field goal attempts.  Potter's career long for a field goal was 45 yards in both his Freshman and Senior seasons.  Potter finished with 184-188 on PAT's and has never had a kicked blocked in his 50 career games.

John Potter - "I am stunned. I am excited. I never could have thought I would get drafted and would be able to play for a team like the Buffalo Bills.

I was watching. I have been talking to Coach (Bruce) DeHaven, so I saw the Bills down there with the third to last spot. I saw that but I never thought it would have been me. I was in shock when I got the call.

I started out playing soccer but I always knew I wanted to play football. So once seventh grade hit and I could start playing middle school football, I started doing that. And then eventually, getting into freshman year of high school, we had kick try outs and I had the strongest leg. So I have just been working on it ever since." - Source

The Bills used their final pick, 251 overall, on Western Michigan kicker John Potter. They will consider him as a kickoff specialist. Potter had 36 touchbacks as a senior. "He kicks through the uprights kicking off," Nix said. "If you can put the ball in the end zone and make them start at the 20, it gives you a much better chance defensively. It's up to Chan (Gailey) to figure out how to put him on the 46 (game-day roster), but if he can do that, he's worth the pick." Buffalo hadn't drafted a kicker since John Nies in the sixth round (154) in 1990. - The Sports Xchange

Some hot Twitter news on the pick:

Brian Persky (WMU Blogger) - "#WMU Kicker John Potter just got picked 251st overall by the Buffalo Bills!!! Congrats John!!! #ThePowerOfGold This is nuts!"

Paul DeVries (Former WMU Player) - "#WMU's John Potter graduates from college, gets drafted by #Buffalo #Bills in same day"

Personal Account - "what do you call a man who's 6'2, 210 lbs, w/ a 64.6 yd avg...? You call him John Potter; we call him our new (drafted) kicker! #BILLiever"

WMU Athletics - "Congrats to Jordan White, John Potter and Drew Nowak! The NFL is getting three awesome WMU athletes"

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NFL Draft: Edwin Baker of Oak Park drafted by San Diego

Source: Hunter Martin

It was late in the draft but none of that mattered when former Oak Park / Michigan State RB, Edwin Baker was drafted #250 and #43 in the 7th round of the NFL Draft.  Only three other players were drafted following the selection of Baker.

Edwin Baker is 5'8 and 204 pounds.

In a Senior season that was shortened by injuries in 2009, Baker had 77 carries for 863 yards.  As a Junior, Baker finished with 113 carries for 1,295 rushing yards.  One of Edwin Bakers best game was 462 rushing yards against Royal Oak.

Baker had several college offers during his injury stricken Senior season, including:  Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Purdue, Tennessee, and Texas.  Baker's only official visit was to Michigan State on December 5th.  On February 26th, 2008 Baker would commit to the Spartans.

Baker would play as a true Freshman but his biggest season came in 2010 when he finished with 207 carries and 1,201 yards in 13 games.  As a Senior, Baker's production dropped.  While playing in 14 games, Baker finished with 170 carries for 665 rushing yards.  Overall in his Spartan career, Baker finished with 462 carries for 2,293 rushing yards, and 19 touchdowns.

Shifty and quick laterally, Baker averaged 5.6 yards per carry for the Spartans. A first-team All-Big 10 performer in 2010, he will give San Diego a third true running back to help spell Pro Bowler Ryan Mathews. characterized his strengths as

Baker is a gradual accelerator who is good to get to the second level and through trash at the line of scrimmage. He is an inside runner who has a good feel and patience for blocks to develop. He is a willing blocker who has a decent base and ability to jolt oncoming rushers.


Baker's career has been on the decline ever since losing his job to a younger back at Michigan State. He has average strength and explosion and struggles to make plays on his own will. He needs a clear path to daylight to ignite his above-average speed, and that hasn't happened often in the past year. He has trouble sifting through tackles at the linebacker level and is a one-speed runner most of the time. He hasn't displayed the competitiveness and will that he did in 2010 for quite some time.

Some hot Twitters news on the pick:


Spartan Football - "Edwin Baker: “I definitely got a little nervous as the draft moved into the seventh round, but I still believed that someone would pick me.""

Personal Account - "S/o to Rock.. well Edwin Baker for getting drafted to the Chargers!!! *whoot whoot* you made it boy! (:"

Personal Account - "S/o To Detroits own Edwin Baker, Got picked up by the San diego chargers in the 2012 draft"

Charles Robinson (Yahoo) - "Edwin Baker....yet another example of how listening to uninformed sycophants when choosing to jump the NFL early can be disastrous."

Personal Account - "Edwin Baker is a steal for whoever gets him...he is a faster Mark Ingram"

Personal Account - "Edwin baker will be a steal for a team #NFLDraft" said this about Baker:


Has a smaller, compact build with adequate thickness throughout his frame. Has shifty footwork with the natural burst and lateral quickness to make defenders miss and turn upfield in a hurry -- tough to tackle in space. Possesses agile feet with the patience, balance and vision to sidestep and elude defenders -- nice job following his blocks and working well in tight areas. Physical at the point of attack and keeps his feet moving through contact to fight and squirm through tackles. Was productive in East Lansing, finishing third in the Big Ten in rushing in 2010, and is a confident and ambitious player.


Lacks elite size for the position and looks maxed out physically -- also carries some durability concerns. Has short legs with only average top-end speed and can be caught from behind. Not the most instinctive runner and too often tries for the big play, dancing and losing yards. Lacks the natural power to push the pile and feels more comfortable avoiding contact. An inconsistent receiver out of the backfield with suspect concentration and limited experience (only 15 receptions in his MSU career). Needs extensive work as a blocker in the backfield, struggling in pass pro. Also has ball security questions with some costly fumbles over his career. Wasn't nearly as effective in 2011, sharing the running back duties with Le'Veon Bell this past season and struggled to match his production from 2010 -- only one 100+ yd game as a junior after five such performances last year. NFL Comparison: Javon Ringer, Tennessee Titans -- Dane Brugler

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NFL Draft: Audie Cole of Monroe drafted by Minnesota

It was not long into the 7th round until former Monroe and North Carolina State LB had his called by the Minnesota Vikings.  Cole was drafted #210 overall and #3 overall in the 7th round.  Cole was an absolute stud as a Wolfpack linebacker but it all began at quarterback for the Monroe Trojans.

Cole threw for 1,700 + yards  and 10 touchdowns as a Senior.  Cole finished at Monroe with 3,285 passing yards and 23 touchdowns, while being a three year starter.

Cole's other scholarship offers came from Central Michigan, Cincinnati, and Bowling Green. Cole visited Central Michigan on December 8th, 2006 and Cincinnati on January 12th, 2007.  Cole would visit North Carolina State on January 26th, 2007.  Cole would commit to the Wolfpack two days later.

Cole would go to North Carolina State as a Linebacker and would be redshirted his first season.  While a Sophomore and Junior, Cole compiled 182 total tackles.  During Cole's Senior season, he would finish with 108 tackles.  Cole would finish with 299 total tackles.

"Reports describe Colt as an intelligent player who can make all the calls and checks at the line of scrimmage and also as an efficient pass rusher from his position. It will be interesting to see what the Vikings vision is for him because he has experience playing both outside and inside, and many say he was better playing outside. The Vikings have depth needs at all three LB positions, plus they’ll count on Cole to contribute on special teams.

I played the previous years at outside, Sam linebacker.  Once we lost Nate Irving, who is on the Denver Broncos now where he got drafted, we had a hole at middle linebacker that we needed to fill.  Coach Tenuta said he wanted me there and that he wanted me to make the calls, and to be the one responsible for the defense.  I gladly played it, I wanted to play middle linebacker as a matter of fact, I wanted to be the one in control, making all the calls, and I wanted the responsibility.  I enjoyed my time there.  I don’t know where I’m going to be at, but it doesn’t matter to me.

My first three years I almost played every special team.  My final year they pulled me off them to focus on linebacker.  Special teams was my thing, and we had competitions every week to see who could be the best specialist and to see who could the most tackles and who could make the most plays on special teams.  I think that is something you have to pride yourself in." - Source characterized his Strengths as:

Cole is a strong player who is noticeably explosive when throwing his body into linemen. He can make good tackles when playing in the box and when the play comes to him. He is an obviously competitive player who seems to enjoy taking on pulling lineman and fitting up with them before using his arm strength to shed. He can maul a tight end on the line but has difficulty running with them.


Cole has been a productive tackler for North Carolina State, but most of that production comes on plays that come directly to him. He has difficulty turning his hips and running in space, and would be a liability in coverage at the next level.

Some hot Twitter news on the pick:

Personal Account - "Steal or No Steal: Audie Cole to the #Vikings at #210 overall?"

Demetrius Hartsfield (Maryland LB) - "The ACC was well represented in the draft...s/o all the nc state homies in the draft #hometeam @Certified_35 , TJ, Audie Cole"

Personal Account - "@agaynier55: Audie cole representing monroe county in the nfl draft #congrats”

Personal Account - "Sounds like Audie Cole can play OLB and MLB. Spielman says he can play all 3 LB spots for #Vikings. Won't pigeon-hole him yet." said this about Cole:

Read and React: Good instincts. Quick to read run, showing good agility and speed to get past blockers and to the ball. Capable of remaining on the field in passing situations because of his anticipatory skills. Keeps his head on a swivel and is often moving toward the correct receiver as the ball is being thrown as he reads the quarterback's eyes well. Pass defense: Well experienced in coverage due to his experience at strongside linebacker. Gets a good, strong jam on the tight end/receiver. Can be too grabby, however, which could result in holding calls at the NFL level. Reads the quarterback's eyes and anticipates well. Good agility and speed for the position. Likely will be viewed by some 4-3 teams as a legitimate candidate to move back to OLB due to his ability in coverage. 

Pass rush: A work in progress in this area. Has good burst upfield off the snap and can beat the tackle/back on the speed rush. Shows some flexibility to dip his shoulder under the reach of the tackle, but has only average bend to scrape the line of scrimmage. Good closing speed and has the long arms to "catch" elusive QBs who try to elude him. Good power for the bull rush. Keeps his legs churning and finds gaps to penetrate. Could improve significantly in this area with better use of hands and in developing some pass rush moves. Almost strictly speed or bull rush, at this point. 

Run defense: Good key and diagnosis skills. Attacks the line of scrimmage and is willing to mix it up with blockers, though he needs to improve his hand placement, disengagment when he does so. A bit inconsistent with his angles. Will cut it too close and leave opportunities for cutback lanes when he underestimates the ball-carrier's athleticism. Can be too hesitant, at times, as well, especially when in pursuit down the sideline as he has a tendency to get caught up in the trash despite good hustle. Tackling: A bit inconsistent in this area last season, though, in his defense, some of this was due to the fact that wore a cast over a broke right hand last year. Even prior to the injury, however, Cole relies on the explosiveness he generates as a hitter and his long arms to wrap loosely around the ball-carrier. Inconsistent with his angles. Appears to have the physical skills to make significant improvement in this area as a senior -- and will have to if he is to be a top 100 pick. 

Intangibles: A three-sport athlete in high school (football, basketball, baseball) who was also a Golden Gloves winner as a boxer. Recipient of North Carolina State's Al Michaels Award in 2009, which is given to the player who "puts team before self." Started all 25 games of the 2009-10 seasons at SAM, but is expected to move to middle linebacker in 2011. Suffered a broken right hand against Florida State and rebroke it over the final four games. He had to wear a cast on it for much of the season, including the bowl win over West Virginia and for three months following the season. --Rob Rang

NFL Draft: Trent Robinson of Bay City Central drafted by San Francisco

With the overall #180 pick and #10 pick in the 6th round, the San Francisco 49ers selected former Bay City Central and Michigan State DB, Trent Robinson.

Robinson is listed at 5'9 and 195 pounds.

"In four seasons, the 5-foot-10, 195 pound safety totaled 229 tackles, nine interceptions and 12 pass break-ups in 46 career games, including 32 starts for the Spartans.

The two-time All-Big Ten honoree’s nine interceptions rank tied for 12th in Michigan State history. Robinson also totaled 27 tackles in four bowl game appearances, including 12 tackles in the 2012 Outback Bowl."

“I’m very excited that they took a chance on me, and I’m just really ready to get out there and work. My dream is here. I just don’t even know how to feel except that I’m super excited to get out here and work and show them what I can do.”

I had actually talked to them a couple of days before the draft. They said they liked me, they asked me some questions and everything. They said they liked me and they were definitely going to be drafting a safety. I was just excited then, and right now I just don’t even really know how to feel. My dream is here and all I have to do to get where I want to be is work hard and I know I’ll have a spot there.” - Source characteristically his strengths as: 


Robinson can cover well and mirrors tight ends well in-phase. He trusts his footwork and makes good plays once diagnosing them. He has good hips to turn and run with wideouts and the speed to stay with them. He has the body control to turn when running with a wideout and make an athletic play on the ball. Trent is a good player in run support who will get to runners and move the pile backward. He is aggressive in all phases and has been reliable for Michigan State when healthy.


Robinson can misread plays at times and although physical, will fall off tackles occasionally. If working in the box, bigger linemen can get their hands on him and engulf. He has had a history of injuries at Michigan State and will need to show durability to stick with a team at the next level.

Source: Dave Martin

Some hot Twitter news on the pick:

Personal Account - "Trent Robinson can play CB or FS. Better inside as slot CB. Good value for #49ers."

Personal Account - "Trent Robinson got drafted. That's the SVL conference for you boyyy."

Personal Account - "I  can't believe Trent Richardson fell all the way to the 6th round! Wha? Oh, wait ... Trent ROBINSON. #NFLDraft"

Personal Account - "Love the Trent Robinson pick. For the 6th round, that's a minor steal. #49ers"

Personal Account - "If someone would have told me yesterday Trent Robinson would be drafted before BJ Cunningham I would said you were NUTS"

Personal Account - "Trent Robinson(S) is a great pick up in the 6th round! 4.4 Speed @ safety but he can also play the corner. #Niners #Steal" said this about Robinson: 

Man Coverage: Looks like a corner, but doesn't quite move like one. Fair hip fluidity when changing directions, but not enough to adjust to top-notch NFL route-runners. When his feet are moving, stays with slot receivers on double-moves. Lacks recovery speed to catch receivers if he stands still waiting for them to arrive. Needs work on backpedalling to prevent defenders from getting behind him. Zone

Coverage: Teams relying heavily on zone may try him at corner because of size/speed. Picks up crossing routes well from the hash, uses cornerback speed to chase and cut in front of passes when possible. A step late to pick up deep out when corner takes the shallow route, also takes time to recognize comeback routeat the first down marker.

Ball Skills: Makes the easy interception, at times with hands away from his frame. Always find the ball quickly enough to at least a hand on it, has nice arm length and gives great effort to rip the ball from the receiver's hands. Short stature, however, will hurt him downfield in jump ball situations against taller, stronger NFL receivers.

Run Support: Not afraid to stick his nose into traffic against the run despite his size. Comes off the edge on run blitzes regularly. Gives all effort to wrap and drag down bigger backs. Does not spend much time in the box. Lacks bulk and size to hold up against lineman inside at the next level.

Tackling: Uses long arms (longer than expected given his height) and speed to track down ballcarriers in the open field. Not a big thumper, but will take his shot if a receiver is trying to make the extra yard. Will leave his feet or duck his head at times, leading to missed tackles against stronger ballcarriers.

Intangibles: Hard-working team leader who has earned the respect of his coaches for his work ethic and gets the most out of his physical gifts. Does not back down from any challenge. --Chad Reuter

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NFL Draft: Chris Greenwood of King drafted by Detroit

The Detroit Lions traded up for the #13 pick in the 5th round and #148 overall pick to make sure former Detroit King and Albion stud, Chris Greenwood would be a Lion.  The former Crusader defensive back has  measurable which are off the charts.  Chris Greenwood would be at the Michigan pro day and clock in a 4.42 on 40 yard dash. Greenwood will be expected to come in and improve the Lions secondary.

Greenwood checked in at 6'1 and 196 pounds.

Greenwood helped the Crusaders to their first State Championship in school history when they beat Midland in the State Championship game with a perfect 14-0 record.

Greenwood would sign with Northwood University but after his Redshirt season, he got tired of the environment and attempted to Walk-On at Eastern Michigan.  That plan fell through and Greenwood would settle in at Albion.  While at Albion, Greenwood quickly stood out, that point is backed by Greenwood's 7 interceptions in 6 games in 2009, his first season at Albion.  His final two seasons were not statistically good due to the fact that opposing quarterbacks felt it was better to pick on other Albion CB's.  Greenwood would finish with 13 career interceptions and 62 tackles.

Greenwood also tied an Albion record with 2 interceptions that were returned for touchdowns in 2009.

“Rob Lohman, who scouts that area, came back and raved about his physical talent and skill,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said of Greenwood. We had him in for the private workout and he was just phenomenal; great guy. He had transferred to a couple different schools (Northwood, Eastern Michigan and then Albion), but (is) just really, really physically gifted. We all go through this process and we have several guys in the draft who we like, everybody liked Chris Greenwood as a Lion. 

The guy just has some real skill set. Gunther (Cunningham) was in Kansas City when they drafted Brandon Carr and he thought that this guy kind of reminded him of that process. He’s probably one of the better corners in the League,” Greenwood said of Carr. “He’s started since he got in the league, so that’s not a bad comparison. We’re around the same size and weight, so I feel like it’s a decent comparison."  - Source

Some hot Twitter news on the pick:

Personal Account - "S/o to Chris Greenwood a D-3 CB from Albion,Mi get drafted by the Lions.. hardwork pays off.. had share the story with my son. future NFL RB"

Personal Account - "Chris Greenwood, Lions pick from Albion, eager to get his chance with hometown team"

Personal Account - "I'm thinking this Chris Greenwood the lions took in the draft is a steal! #6'1"CB #outofAlbion"

Detroit Lions Update - "Lions say Albion's CB Chris Greenwood's measurables are off the charts"

Personal Account - "I'm excited to see what Chris greenwood from albion will do for us at cb this season. He's 6'1" 193 lbs and run a 4.3 40. Could be good!"

Personal Account - "Chris Greenwood is gonna be a sleeper for Detroit I can feel it" said this about Greenwood: 


Smooth and explosive athlete with very good acceleration to get to top speed in a hurry. Good height and length for the position with excellent leaping ability to highpoint the ball and knock down passes. Good ballskills and reliable hands. Trusts his eyes and has good reaction quickness. Plays fearless and confident, staying decisive in his movements. Productive over his career with 13 interceptions.


Lanky frame and needs to bulk up for the next level. Played at Division-III level so is in for a big jump in competition. Appears a bit tight hipped and isn't the most fluid in his backpedal, more of a straight-line athlete. Played at three different colleges (Northwood, Eastern Michigan, Albion). Raw cover technique.
Gets too high and needs to show better bend and not opening his hips so early. Limited experience as return man on special teams. --Dane Brugler

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NFL Draft: Keshawn Martin of John Glenn drafted by Houston

With the #121 pick (Round 4, pick #26) the Houston Texans selected former Westland Glenn and Michigan State, receiver Keshawn Martin.  Martin has an opportunity to likely play slot in the Texans offense where he will be lined up with Andre Johnson.

Martin is listed at 5'11 and 188 pounds.

During Martin's Senior season at Westland John Glenn, Martin was the team's quarterback.  As a Senior Martin tallied 1,551 total yards of offense and 17 touchdowns during the 2007 season.  Martin was 28-62 on passing attempts during his Senior season with 685 passing yards and 7 touchdowns.  Martin was never able to carry the Rockets to a playoff birth.  Also Martin was a two year starter.

While at Michigan State, Martin's production rose each season, as a Freshman he would catch 11 passes, as a Sophomore he would catch 18 passes, as a Junior he would catch 32 passes, and then as a Senior he would catch 66 passes.  Martin had over 770 receiving yards as a Senior and summed up over 1,700 in his career as a Spartan.

“He’s an outstanding player with the ball in his arms,” Texans wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey said. “We like the way that he plays the game. He has route-running skills where he can escape the line of scrimmage and elude defenders, and I like his playing strength. He’s a dynamic player that we think will come in and compete and hopefully run after the catch, which has been down in the last couple of years, and improve that and make us a better football team.”

Martin ranks second in Michigan State history in punt return yards (659), eighth in kick return yards (1,100) and 10th in all-purpose yards (4,013). He had 64 carries for 540 yards (8.4 average) and scored a touchdown rushing, receiving, passing and as a punt returner and kick returner.

“I’m just a fast, quick type of receiver, also can do punt and kick returns,” Martin said. “I feel like I got good route-running ability. When I was in college, I liked to compare myself to a Percy Harvin-type of player that could make those big plays for the team and really help the team out.” - Source characteristically his strengths as:


Martin is good at varying his speed in routes. He is the type of athlete who can make ridiculous moves with his feet while still running full speed. He is explosive when moving off the ball and gets to top speed very quickly. This is usually how he dials up his routes, as he is into them before the corner is even ready. He uses this same foot quickness to get open at the top of routes. He has the speed to be a deep threat at the next level and is dangerous with the ball in his hands. He will work a lot of screens looking to get behind blocks of bigger receivers outside.


Martin is uninspired when it comes to blocking. Despite decent size, he isn't very strong and just looks completely uninvolved. The same can be said when going across the middle; he is unreliable with defenders draped around him and needs to be completely open to finish the play.

Some hot Twitters news on the pick:

Keshawn Martin - "Proud to be a texans thank u everyone for the support"

Personal Account - "Keshawn Martin is terrific returner. Scored 5 different ways at much state."

Josh Innes - "I like Keshawn Martin pick if for no other reason that it should end the Jacoby Jones era. Solid return man."

Personal Account - "Texans take Keshawn Martin. Good deal for him and backs up the people who were high on his NFL potential. He was a tough one to predict."

Personal Account - "@kmarsh80: Ready to hear this in 4 months? Case Keenum to Keshawn Martin, TD! #Texans #BullsonParade"

Personal Account - "I like the texans pick Keshawn Martin. good value in the 4th round"

Spartan Football - "Keshawn Martin: "I was surprised to be picked by Houston because I hadn't talked to the team at all during the draft process." #Spartans" said this about Martin:


Fluid athlete with quick, light feet and the ability to create in the open field. Elusive footwork and the acceleration to out-run most defenders. Balanced in his routes with the ability to create after the catch and be shifty in small areas. Shows the eyes to track the ball downfield and accurately as a return man. Runs hard and fast, showing resolve with the ball in his hands. Gives up top effort as a blocker. Has extensive special teams experience as a return man on punts and kickoffs, offering some versatility. Scored 6 non-receiving touchdowns over his Michigan State career (3 rushing, 2 punt returns and 1 kickoff return).


Lacks ideal size with a lean, skinny frame with little bulk or muscle definition. Has a wiry build with underwhelming strength and needs to spend more time in the weight room. Offers little power as a runner and won't break a lot of tackles. Would rather go out of bounds than fight for more yards. Still very raw as a route runner, often abandoning his routes too early with poor field awareness. Fights the ball a lot and allows too many passes into his body, leading to more and more drops. Inconsistent hands and struggles to adjust to off-target throws. Indecisive runner and dances too much, attempting to hit the home run on every play. Needs to show better instincts. Plays with wavering confidence and appears to hear "footsteps" a lot. Struggles against press coverage and can easily be overmatched by physical defenders. Not a quick-twitch athlete and needs a few steps to accelerate to full speed. Suspect ball security and is an inconsistent football player with too many mental errors. Not quite NFL ready.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

NFL Draft: Kirk Cousins of Holland Christian drafted by Washington

At pick #102 of the fourth round of the NFL Draft nobody was expecting former Holland Christian and Michigan State quarterback, Kirk Cousins to be drafted by the Washington Redskins.  That is besides for Cousins himself and the Redskins executives. The Redskins went all-in this year to land "their quarterback" in Robert Griffin III from Baylor, but the addition of Cousins, leaves the Redskins with two rookie quarterbacks and Rex Grossman.

Cousins is listed at 6'3 and 205 pounds.

As a Senior at Holland Christian, Cousins led the school to it's first ever playoff appearance in 2006 with a 7-3 record.  That year as a Senior Cousins threw for 2,088 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.  Cousins set 35 Holland Christian passing records during his time as a Maroon.  As a Junior Cousins threw for 1,116 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions.

Cousins had five scholarship offers;  Northern Illinois, Michigan State, Colorado, Toledo, and Western Michigan.  Cousins took visits to Toledo and Western Michigan during 2006 and then Michigan State on January 12, 2007.  It was a week later on the 19th that Cousins would verbally commit to the Spartans.

After Redshirting and starting as a Sophomore, Cousins has lifted the Spartans from a Big 10 leach to one of the top teams in the conference.  Cousins carried the Spartans into it's inaugural Big 10 Championship game against Wisconsin and led the Spartans to their biggest win in decades over Georgia in the Outback Bowl.

Kirk Cousins is, "MSU's career record holder in passing touchdowns (66), passing yards (9,131), completions (723), passing efficiency (146.1 rating), total offense (9,004 yards) and 200-yard passing games (26).  Ranks among the Big Ten's all-time Top 10 in completion percentage (tied for sixth at .641), passing efficiency rating (seventh), passing yards (10th) and TD passes (tied for 10th).  Only the second three-time captain in MSU history (Robert McCurry, 1946-48. Is the winningest quarterback in Spartan history (27 victories). Compiled a 27-12 record (.692) as the starting quarterback, including a 22-5 mark his final two seasons.  His 202.9 yards per game passing ranks third in MSU history.  Tied a school record by throwing a TD pass in 16 consecutive games, spanning from the 2009 Northwestern game to the 2010 Iowa game (tied for school record along with Drew Stanton, 2005-06)." - Source

''Any time you get a quarterback like Robert in the second pick of a draft . he's your franchise quarterback,'' Shanahan said. ''He's going to be your quarterback for the next decade. (Kirk) knows he's going to be a backup . but there (are) injuries. I thought it was a steal for us.''

''I was trying to forecast which teams would be looking at a quarterback and I didn't see the Redskins thinking along those lines,'' Cousins said. characteristically his strengths as:

Cousins has all the intangibles necessary for an NFL quarterback and has been a productive three-year starter. The fact that he was a three-year captain will be highly regarded by NFL general managers. He is an accurate and safe thrower who knows how to pick his spots. He is a good athlete who can make plays on the run, but is not going to run past many NFL defenders. A safe pick as a backup option.


Cousins is widely considered to be a game manager type at the next level. He makes good decisions with the ball but has not shown he can make the flash plays to move the offense and win games for his team at the next level. He will need talent around him to succeed, which limits his value.

Some hot Twitter news on the pick:

Kevin Negandhi - "the Redskins turned in the wrong card" -Herm Edwards on the baffling selection of QB Kirk Cousins in the 4th Rd after taking RG3 #2"

Redskins - "Shanahan called QB Kirk Cousins a "steal" in the fourth round. Took him to improve team's depth."

Someone's personal account - "kinda hope kirk cousins beats out rg3"

Someone's personal account - "and wtF is up with redskins taking kirk cousins as a backup qb and wasting that pick?? #dumbassmove"

Someone's personal account - "Skins release John Beck and draft Kirk Cousins. Get me off this carousel please. Draft for your line and protect RGIII."

Someone's personal account - "Most unintentionally hilarious pick: Kirk Cousins to Redskins. Shades of Gus Frerotte, drafted a few rounds after Heath Shuler by WAS in '94"

Someone's personal account - "Mike Shanahan said he informed Robert Griffin III this morning that he may draft Kirk Cousins later in the day. #Redskins"

Terry Foster - "I never bought into the hype that Kirk cousins was a second round pick. He can be a solid backup" said this about Cousins:

Positives: Generally accurate on intermediate and short throws; flashes anticipation and placement on intermediate outs and the ability to lead receivers on deeper throws. Runs pro-style system, takes snaps under center and from the shotgun. Good height and growing build to stand in the pocket. Possesses a solid knowledge of his offense and seems to know where defenses are vulnerable. Looks off safeties to open vertical routes and will come off one receiver if covered to find second option. Three-year team captain (first sophomore Spartan to receive the honor since 1949).

Negatives: Too often fails to give receivers a chance to make a play after the catch. High completion percentage padded by many quick screens. Very ordinary arm, though there is room for improvement with better technique. Lacks strength to stretch field horizontally or vertically. Throws too many passes flat-footed or without his feet being set, and lacks arm to compensate. Double-clutches at times, leading defenders to the ball. Inconsistent decision maker on the run. --Dane Brugler

NFL Draft: Mike Martin of Catholic Central drafted by Tennessee

Yesterday with the overall #82 pick and 19th pick in the third round of the NFL draft, former (Novi) Catholic Central, defensive tackle, Mike Martin was drafted by the Tennessee Titans.  The former Michigan Wolverine defensive tackle will be looking to strengthen the middle of the Titans defensive lines.

Martin is listed at 6'1 and 306 pounds.

During Mike Martin's Senior season at Catholic Central in 2008 he would finish with 96 tackles, 6 sacks, and 36 tackles for loss.  In 2008 Catholic Central would finish the season with a 6-4 record.  Martin would finish his Junior season with 75 tackles and 8 sacks.  Mike Martin was a three year starter at Catholic Central and tallied 206 tackles, 14 sacks, and 4 fumble recoveries.

During his Senior season, Martin would receive over 8 scholarship offers.  Martin would commit to the Wolverines in June of 2007 and his only visit during the season would be to Michigan on January 18th.  A few days later he would sign with the Wolverines.

While at Michigan, Martin would prove to be a work-horse as he played in 49 out of 50 games.  His only missed game was in 2010 to Purdue due to an ankle injury.  Martin would finish with 172 career tackles and a career high, 10 tackles against Virginia Tech in this years Sugar Bowl.

GM Ruston Webster on Mike Martin, "Mike Martin is what you want in a nose tackle.  He is tough as nails.  He is a grinder.  He doesn’t mind doing the dirty work and brings the kind of mentality that we want on our defense.  We felt good about both picks and we are looking forward to seeing them when they get in here.  I guess if you said what’s Martin’s issue, probably length but I just think in there sometimes that is an advantage.  I think if you look at Jurrell Caseyand guys that I have been around through the years that played nose, it is such a leverage game that that can work to their advantage.  I think really in a lot of ways that works to his advantage.  That combined with his motor, which is relentless, I think allows him to succeed.  

Click here to view the full discussion with GM, coach, and position coach. characterized his strengths as:

Martin has a good feel for offensive lines and block schemes and how to slant inside of lineman to get into the backfield. He is very strong against the run and can neutralize any blocker. He can hold up a block, and then shed to get to the ball. He plays with instincts and is strong.


Martin can struggle in space and is a stout player at the point, but he really doesn't have much production rushing the passer. Once in the backfield, he has a tough time running down the quarterback, and his athletic ability can be exposed in space.

Some hot Twitter news on the pick:

Tom VanHaaren - " I'd bet a dollar former Mich D.lineman Mike Martin will be better player than Dontari Poe. #WillPutMoneyInEscrow"

Someone's personal account - "wouldnt be surprised if jerel worthy, mike martin, and david molk end up starting in a few years #MichiganBigBoys"

A Titans fan - "the sleeper of our draft is proly Mike Martin..solid pick. And Sensabaugh..he flies to the ball. I don't understand the TE pick"

A Titans fan - "Mike Martin Was My Fav Pick Of The Draft..Something Tells Me He Will Put In Major Work"

A Titans fan - "This was an odd draft for the Titans minus Kendall Wright and Mike Martin we took guys in wrong spots. They better know what they're doing."

Someone's personal account - "Mike Martin Said he can also play DE and it was mentioned to him during pre draft workouts, so maybe he will hybrid"

Paul Kuharsky - "Munchak said with third-round DT Mike Martin on roster, #tTtans feel good about where they are with D-line." said this about Martin:

"Pass rush: Provides some secondary interior pass rush, getting most penetration when playing three-technique. Possesses only adequate burst off the snap even when directly over the ball, and his initial pop leaves room to be desired. Hands could be much more violent when trying to gain control of the block. Can bull rush his way past running backs in pass protection. Preferred pass rush move is an arm-over swim move while simultaneously pulling lineman forward. Once momentum is stopped, lacks a critical counter move to progress into the backfield. Spies the quarterback if stoned at the line, but lacks the height and vertical to knock down passes. Run defense: Uses more hustle than brute strength to stop the run. Gets skinny to split double teams, using good short-area quickness to make a play in the backfield. Runs the line very well, making plays on the ball when he beats blocks on the backside. Rarely goes to the ground, showing good balance from his high school wrestling days. Constantly moving his hands, readjusting them into proper placement. Occasionally too high (despite his short stature), and bows out his arms, hampering his ability to press and lock out. Does not hold his ground while facing a double team, first instinct is to roll away to make a play, which can create a large hole. Explosion: Does not test offensive linemen with quickness or strong initial punch. Rarely first off the snap. Able to swim past single blockers to penetrate into the backfield. Does not attempt to split double-teams, takes a step back and waits to chase down plays. Strength: Low center of gravity and generally low pad level allows him to play with initial strength and leverage at the point of attack. Upper-body only average, however, struggles to shed one-on-one blocks or sustain leverage once out of his stance. Pad level rises late in the game. Tackling: Catch-and-drag tackler who rarely drives ballcarriers to the ground. Very good short-area quickness to make plays between the tackles. Displays agility and secure tackling to corral backs in the backfield, also chases plays from the backside to prevent cutbacks. Intangibles: High-motor, high-character leader. Worked at Ndamukong Suh's summer football camp. Played through two sprained ankles (Iowa, 10/16; Penn State 10/30), missed only Purdue (11/13). Won team's Richard Katcher award the past two seasons for being the team's best defensive lineman."

Friday, April 27, 2012

2012 CHSL Hall of Fame Class Announced

The Detroit Catholic League and Catholic Coaches Association are proud to announce members of the 2012 Hall of Fame.

Headlining this year’s class are the following athletes who received their college degree this calendar year while excelling in inter-collegiate athletics:

Karie Altman (Cabrini, Madonna University), Jeff Bultinck (Notre Dame Prep, Madonna University), Molly Coldren (Notre Dame Prep, Central Michigan University), Ashley Hart (Marian, Concordia), Ryan Houska (Detroit Catholic Central, Cornell University), Maria Iaquaneillo (Divine Child, Western Michigan University), Mike Martin (Detroit Catholic Central, University of Michigan), James Pearson (University of Detroit Jesuit, US Naval Academy), Justin Siller (St. Mary’s Prep, Purdue University), Brogan Wells (Notre Dame Prep, Hillsdale), and Michael Zennedjian (Brother Rice, Xavier University).

School coaches and administrators who will be inducted are Rev. Lawrence Delonnay (Our Lady of the Lakes), Tony DeMare (Divine Child), Roy Dudas (Detroit Catholic Central), Gregg Golden (Regina), Doug McKay (De La Salle Collegiate), and Bill Thompson (Marian). S. Gary Spicer, Sr. will be inducted for his distinguished service to the Catholic League along with officials Sharon Harris-Higgins and Gary Jenkins.

The Catholic League will also present the Ed Lauer Person of the Year award to George Porritt (St. Mary’s Prep). Hally Yonko will receive the Tom Kelly Athletic Director of the Year award, while Regina (School of the Year) and Cardinal Mooney (Booster Club of the Year) round out this year’s award winners.

The induction ceremony will take place on Monday, June 11 at Fern Hill Country Club following the Catholic Coaches Association’s annual golf outing.

For online registration visit or mail in the attached flyer to the Catholic High School League, 305 Michigan Ave. Detroit, 48226. For additional inquiries about the event, please contact us at 313-237-5960.

NFL Draft: Nick Perry of King drafted by Green Bay

At approximately 10:40 P.M. tonight a dream came true for a local student-athlete.  Former Detroit King DE/OLB Nick Perry who played at Southern California would be drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the #28 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.  Although most Detroit fans would have preferred to see Perry called at #23 by the home team, Detroit Lions, the selection at #28 by the divisional rivals Green Bay, couldn't keep local sports fans from expressing joy of having a local young man get drafted in the NFL.

Perry right now is listed at 6'3 and 271 pounds.

In Perry's Senior season at Detroit King (Martin Luther King), Perry would rack up a total of 147 tackles and a state record of 36 sacks.  Perry also caught 8 touchdown passes in 2007.  In Nick Perry's Junior season where he played at the now closed, McKenzie High School, Perry put up 75 tackles and 11 sacks.

Perry would lead Detroit King to it's first ever State Championship victory in 2007.   The Crusaders would demolish Midland in the final game, 47-21.  King would finish that 2007 season with a perfect 14-0 record.

Following the state championship, Perry would receive over 9 scholarship offers.  Perry visited: Michigan State, Southern California, Michigan, and Miami before committing to USC on February 6th, 2008.

During the 2008 season, Perry was redshirted by USC.  Perry was able to double his production in his Junior season with 55 tackles compared to 24 as a Freshman and 25 as a Sophomore.  For a total of 104 career tackles in three seasons.

GM Ted Thompson on Nick Perry, "Has played with hand on the ground, convinced he's athletic enough to play standing up like an OLB. We feel good.   Picking this late, can't predict what happens, have to just be ready. Watched Perry at NFL Combine, watched film, scouted him. He carries his weight really well. Over 270 when he ran at Combine. Wasn't a need pick, but a guy we had targeted to contribute. He's a junior, athletically, he was one of the impressive guys at the Combine. Perry will jump in and compete and we'll see how he steps up."

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers on Nick Perry, "We're excited. OLB in our defense are 3 down players. There's some familiarity between he and Clay Matthews. He has size and athletic ability. Tested extremely well. Explosive, productive. Perry ran in the 4.5s at 270 pounds. He's explosive. Coverages will be a learning process, that's not uncommon. Perry as a pass rusher will mean a great deal. When you play a 3-4, it means you are balanced, two pass rushers is a key component. We might be able to move Perry around a little, like we did with Clay Matthews. Nick Perry is big guy, not many his size can run.   Problems on defense was a combination of coverage and pressure. They help each other. We weren't pleased. We're going back to work. We have to control down and distance more, can't give up the big plays. At OLB, we'll put Nick in the competition. He has to earn it."

Nick Perry on being Packers No. 1 pick: I'm excited to be a part of tradition. I'm ready to take it to the next level.  I'll be glad to be across from Clay, create problems with him, be a force on the other side. I will do whatever it takes.   I wasn't sure where I'd go. Everything worked out for the best. Clay has congratulated me on being picked." characterized his strengths as:

strong base and balance
good leverage and athleticism
good burst, solid tackler
can beat tackles with power or quickness
solid spin move
reliable against the run

And the weaknesses:

gets tied up in double teams
trouble working in tight spaces
hasn’t been asked to cover
could be neutralized by stronger tackles

Some hot Twitter news on the pick:

- Former Crockett and Eagles DE, Brandon Graham tweeted:  "Congrats to nick perry! Detroit native right there! We keep producing"

- Packers TE, Jermichael Finley tweeted: "Who????" before deleting the tweet and saying "You can't say nothing on this twitter. Chill out people Jesus!" and "I said "who" Bc I really didn't know. Relax PEOPLE Relax! I love my teammates.."

- Someone's personal account: "Nick Perry will wear No. 53 with the #Packers. Buy your jerseys now."

- Skip Bayless: "Have much respect for Ted Thompson's eye for talent, but Nick Perry a reach. Courtney Upshaw doesn't have measurables but a FOOTBALL PLAYER."

- ESPN Stats & Info: "Nick Perry, LB is going from USC to Lambeau Field. He led Pac-12 in sacks with 9.5 - the most by a Trojan since 2007 (Lawrence Jackson)."

- Someone's personal account: "So jacked the #Packers took Nick Perry. Saw all the mock drafts projecting us to take him and how good a fit he will be. #USCBookends"

 said this about Perry:

"Perry opted for the draft after being named USC's Defensive Lineman of the Year following a 2011 season in which he led the Pac-12 in sacks with 9.5. Considered a 'tweener who could be an outside linebacker or defensive end, Perry wants to play the latter. So he added more than 10 pounds of lean muscle since the season ended to convince scouts. Still, many believe he projects as a stand-up linebacker in a 3-4 defense, despite not showing instincts to play in the open. His natural athleticism was on display at the Combine, where he had an unofficial 10-yard time of 1.57 seconds and showed tremendous explosion with a 38.5-inch vertical jump, a mark worthy of a good wide receiver. Scouts would also like to see more hustle on plays away and/or better conditioning as he seems to fatigue in the fourth quarter. Perry was a prized recruit after he led Detroit's King High School to a 14-0 season and a 2007 state championship with 147 tackles and 36 sacks, a Michigan prep record."

As well as:

"Pass rush: Has very good first step quickness and does a nice job in space. Has the footwork, body control and fluidity to quickly change directions. Does a nice job elevating and getting his hands up to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage. Works hard to collapse the pocket with a relentless motor. Brings aggressive playing style on every snap and doesn't quit. Lacks elite size and length -- undersized and can be swallowed by larger blockers. Run defense: Read/reacts quickly with good awareness and recognition skills to chase down the play from different angles. Understands leverage and does a nice job staying balanced, getting lower than blockers and underneath their pads, usually attracting holding penalties. Explosion: A quick, flexible athlete with sharp burst off the snap. Shows the natural bend and coordination to dip his shoulder and consistently win the edge. Doesn't always time-up his explosion and isn't a sudden pass rusher. Strength: Uses his powerful upper body and hands to force his way into the pocket. Does a nice job swatting blocker's hands/arms with his violent, active hands. Struggles to disengage at the point of attack and will never be the strongest on the field -- functional strength is a question mark. Tackling: Plays smart and disciplined, staying at home and restraining from biting on fakes -- listens and applies coaching. Good hand strength to secure tackles. Lacks ideal arm length, but works hard to wrap and tackle through the ball carrier. Intangibles: Projects best as a stand up linebacker in a 3-4 scheme at the next level, but doesn't have much experience in this area and there could be a learning curve -- can he play with his hand on the ground at the next level? Lined up in both the two and three-point stance in college. Has good production on his resume, capping off his career with a strong junior season, leading the Pac-12 in sacks. Has questionable instincts when asked to drop in coverage. Appears fatigued late in games and needs to show better conditioning. -- Dane Brugler"

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mycial Allen - 2013 WR

This past season the Detroit King Crusaders finished with one of their best seasons in school history with a 9-3 record.  The Crusaders would win three playoff games, including a game against Grosse Pointe South who booted King from the playoffs in 2011.  King would eventually fall, 27-26 to Brother Rice in the Semi-Final game.  One of the several play-makers from last years team, Mycial Allen was able to discuss King's success as well as looking ahead to what they must do in 2012 to have another successful season.

Position: WR/FS

Heights & Weight: 6'1 185

First Game Started: My 9th grade year vs Detroit Crockett in the City playoff.

#1 Most Memorable game: My Junior year in the state playoffs vs Brother Rice.

Pre-game Traditions: Listen to Young Jeezy so he can get me hype. Also think about what I have to do. Lastly get my team ready mentally when we're going to hit the field and pray to God that he watches over my team for that game.

Post-game Traditions: Listen to my coaches. Watch film and get my group together to see how did they feel about the game.

Athlete you try building your game around: Ed Reed because he always around the ball at all times.

The D - Zone - Since that loss to Brother Rice, what have you been doing to prepare for the upcoming season?

Mycial Allen - "I have been working hard in the weight room to get stronger. Also I have been working on my speed this off season."

The D - Zone - Losing by 1 point to the Division 2 state champion, Brother Rice. How does King bounce back in 2012 to get to the Championship?

Mycial Allen - "Well we have to get stronger, faster, and play as a team. When we play as a team and play hard Detroit King will be hard to beat."

The D - Zone - Last year was probably the second best season in King history besides obviously the State Championship season in 2007. The Crusaders were able to score 446 points and seemed to be the "underdog" all season. Why was the team able to have a lot of success during 2011?

Mycial Allen - "The team had a lot of success because everybody wanted to win. Nobody on our team likes losing. Our coaches put in a lot of working and putting people in the right position to make plays. When we had chances to make them they were made."

The D - Zone -  A big question many people have for King is how do you guys come back in 2012 without Dennis Norfleet, when really your team relied on Norfleet but didn't depend on Norfleet?

Mycial Allen - "King will play outstanding defense and have a balanced offense. Other schools focused on Norfleet last year. This year we have a lot of play makers on offense."

The D - Zone - What was something from the 2011 season that you felt you did extremely well at?

Mycial Allen - "I think I played good on both sides of the ball and played with my teammates."

The D - Zone - Have you been able to setup any goals and objectives for the upcoming 2012 season?

Mycial Allen - "Yes, my goals were to get all my teammates together in the weight room."

The D - Zone - The PSL-1 will lose Crockett and add East English Village Prep Academy in 2012. Which is the merge of Finney and Crockett. Will that have any affect on the division and why?

Mycial Allen - "I think it will not have an affect on the division because those two teams have been in the PSL."

The D - Zone - What do you most enjoy playing football at King?

Mycial Allen - "I enjoy playing with my friends that I knew since PAL. Also just playing for a winning tradition is sweet too."

The D - Zone - You have two offers so far to my knowledge: Central Michigan and Memphis. What are your thoughts on the two schools?

Mycial Allen - "My thoughts on these two schools is that they both are great schools to play for. CMU and Memphis has my style of offense and defense."

The D - Zone - Memphis at first look seems like an odd offer, as they haven't offered a Michigan player to my knowledge in the past, how did the Memphis Tigers become involved in your recruiting?

Mycial Allen - "I really don't know how Memphis Tigers became involved in my recruiting process. I guess they saw my Junior highlights and just like what they saw on the tape."

The D - Zone - What about some other schools that you are interested in and which other schools are showing you interest?

Mycial Allen - "I'm interested in Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois and a lot more Big Ten schools. Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Illinois State have been showing interest in me."

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

2011 Southeastern Division Winners

Below are all of the conferences and divisions which are located in "Southeastern" Michigan.  What this post illustrates was the best team during the divisional games and who finished the best in each division.  It's based only on numbers.  Please note: In-season playoff games were not included in records, that includes:  Catholic Central beating Orchard Lake Saint Mary, Loyola beating Shrine, Notre Dame Prep beating Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard, Crockett beating King, Frederick Douglass beating Henry Ford, Crockett beating Cass Tech, King beating Renaissance, Frederick Douglass beating Kettering, and Henry Ford beating Southwestern.

Blue Water Area Conference:
Best Regular Season Record: Croswell-Lexington 7-0
Best Overall Season Record: Almont 11-2

Cascades Conference:
Best Regular Season Record: Grass Lake 7-0
Best Overall Season Record: Grass Lake 11-1

Catholic League-AA:
Best Regular Season Record: Notre Dame Prep 3-0
Best Overall Season Record: Notre Dame Prep 10-1

Catholic League-Central:
Best Regular Season Record: Orchard Lake Saint Mary 4-0
Best Overall Season Record: 2 way tie: Orchard Lake Saint Mary and Catholic Central: 12-2

Catholic League-Intersectional:
Best Regular Season Record: Loyola 3-0
Best Overall Season Record: Loyola 11-1

Charter School League:
Best Regular Season Record: Michigan Collegiate 7-0
Best Overall Season Record: Michigan Collegiate 11-1

Detroit Public School League-1:
Best Regular Season Record: 3 way tie: Cass Tech, Crockett, and King: 5-1
Best Overall Season Record: Cass Tech 11-3

Detroit Public School League-2:
Best Regular Season Record: Henry Ford 6-0
Best Overall Season Record: Frederick Douglass 9-2

Downriver League:
Best Regular Season Record: Wyandotte Roosevelt 8-1
Best Overall Season Record: Wyandotte Roosevelt 10-2

Flint Metro League:
Best Regular Season Record: 3 way tie: Fenton, Holly, and Lapeer East: 6-2
Best Overall Season Record: Fenton 9-3

Huron League:
Best Regular Season Record: Carleton Airport 7-0
Best Overall Season Record: Grosse Ile 10-3

Best Regular Season Record: Country Day 7-3
Best Overall Season Record: Country Day 7-3

Kensington Lakes Activities Association - Central:
Best Regular Season Record: Northville 5-0
Best Overall Season Record: Northville 8-2

Kensington Lakes Activities Association - North:
Best Regular Season Record: Walled Lake Western 5-0
Best Overall Season Record: Walled Lake Western 11-2

Kensington Lakes Activities Association - South:
Best Regular Season Record: Plymouth 5-0
Best Overall Season Record: Canton 8-3

Kensington Lakes Activities Association - West:
Best Regular Season Record: 2 way tie: Brighton and Grand Blanc: 4-1
Best Overall Season Record: Grand Blanc 9-3

Lenawee County Athletic Association:
Best Regular Season Record: Hudson 5-0
Best Overall Season Record: Hudson 12-1

Macomb Area Conference Red:
Best Regular Season Record: Eisenhower 5-0
Best Overall Season Record: Eisenhower 11-2

Macomb Area Conference White:
Best Regular Season Record: Cousino 5-0
Best Overall Season Record: 2 way tie: Cousino and Roseville: 6-4

Macomb Area Conference Blue:
Best Regular Season Record: Port Huron 5-0
Best Overall Season Record: Port Huron 10-2

Macomb Area Conference Gold:
Best Regular Season Record: Marine City 5-0
Best Overall Season Record: Marine City 13-1

Macomb Area Conference Silver:
Best Regular Season Record: Marysville 5-0
Best Overall Season Record: Marysville 8-2

Macomb Area Conference Bronze:
Best Regular Season Record: South Lake 5-0
Best Overall Season Record: South Lake 8-2

Michigan Independent Athletic Association:
Best Regular Season Record: University Liggett 5-0
Best Overall Season Record: University Liggett 9-1

Michigan Metro Athletic Conference: 
Best Regular Season Record: 2 way tie: Ecorse and River Rouge: 2-0
Best Overall Season Record: Ecorse 10-2

Oakland Athletic Association Blue:
Best Regular Season Record: 2 way tie: Groves and North Farmington 6-2
Best Overall Season Record: North Farmington 7-3

Oakland Athletic Association Red:
Best Regular Season Record: 2 way tie: Clarkston and Lake Orion: 6-1
Best Overall Season Record: Clarkston 7-4

Oakland Athletic Association White:
Best Regular Season Record: Harrison 7-0
Best Overall Season Record: Harrison 10-1

Southeastern Conference Red:
Best Regular Season Record: Ann Arbor Pioneer 5-0
Best Overall Season Record: Ann Arbor Pioneer 9-3

Southeastern Conference White:
Best Regular Season Record: Chelsea 5-0
Best Overall Season Record: Chelsea 8-3

Tri-County Conference:
Best Regular Season Record: Sand Creek 7-0
Best Overall Season Record: Petersburg-Summerfield 8-4

Western Wayne Athletic Conference Blue:
Best Regular Season Record: Fordson 4-0
Best Overall Season Record: Dearborn 7-3

Western Wayne Athletic Conference Red:
Best Regular Season Record: Redford Thurston 5-0
Best Overall Season Record: Redford Thurston 9-2

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

David Houle - 2013 LB

Catholic Central will be coming into the 2012 season with high expectations again.  The Shamrocks return three of their top rushers the 2011 season in which the Shamrocks reached the Division 1 final.  David Houle who is one of Catholic Central’s leading rushers as well as one of the team’s middle linebackers was able to talk about this past season for Catholic Central and also about this upcoming, 2012, season.

Position (s): FB/MLB

Height & Weight: 5' 11" 230 lbs

First Game Started: Dearborn Fordson

#1 Most Memorable Game: Semifinal playoff game against Rockford. I had about 25 carries and a touchdown and who could forget Cooper's game winning touchdown pass to Darko in overtime.

Pre-game Traditions: I usually will pray and listen to my iPod while focusing on the game.

Post-game Traditions: After the game, I like to go out to eat and then watch and analyze the game film.

Athlete you try building your game around: TJ Ducket when he played at MSU and Niko Palazeti from Catholic Central. Both played the Fullback position and both were straight ahead, hard hitting runners who never took a play off and who were also great blockers. When the game was over you knew that they had given everything that they had.

The D - Zone - Since the loss to Cass Tech, what have you been doing this offseason to prepare for the 2012 season?

David Houle - "Currently I am throwing shot put and discus for the track team at CC and working on my strength and speed. I get most of my strength training done before school and speed training after school and practice. I would like to come out this season faster and stronger than I have ever been."

The D - Zone - How does Catholic Central plan to move on from the loss to Cass Tech in the Division 1 state final?

David Houle - "So far we have used the loss as motivation for next season. We are working to be the best we can be and achieve all of our goals next year including avenging the heartbreaking loss and winning the state championship."

The D - Zone - The expectations are always high at Catholic Central, how do you handle those high expectations as a Senior?

David Houle - "As a Senior I will use those expectations to push myself to become better and as a team we hope to exceed these expectations. We cannot get caught up in projected rankings because it doesn't matter how you start the season, it only matters how it ends and we are putting in the work to make sure that it ends with nothing less than a State Championship."

The D - Zone - This year, you have a very potent backfield, what are keys to being able to meet or exceed the potential?

David Houle - "First of all it will require a lot of hard work and determination. We have all pushed ourselves to be where we are at now and will continue to work as hard as we can everyday to reach our full potential. All the extra hours of work will only prove to pay off in the end. We also have a very unselfish backfield we block for each other just as hard as we run when we get the ball. Also it doesn’t matter who scores or gets the carries as long as we are moving the ball."

The D - Zone - For you, which side of the ball do you prefer to play?

David Houle - "I prefer to play on the offensive side of the ball as that is where I have played the most at the varsity level. I love the feeling of having the game in your hands when carrying the ball and the excitement you feel when you or a teammate scores. With that said I will play any position on either side of the ball that the coaches need me to."

The D - Zone - What's the most difficult aspect of playing runningback and linebacker on a team who is very physical and plays physical opponents too?

David Houle - "We definitely take a lot of hits and it’s hard to stay healthy game to game. The key is to make sure we are the ones initiating the contact. In a league with so many great athletes, you are bound to get hit pretty hard and feel some physical pain. Mentally you need to stay tough and get up and be ready to give it your all on the next play. But the physical play motivates us to hit harder and as a team that’s when we play the best."

The D - Zone - What are some personal goals that you have set for yourself?

David Houle - "Going into this season I would like to be stronger, faster, more conditioned, and an overall better player. At the end of the day, the most important thing to me is the standing of the team. If I must sacrifice personal goals in order to better the team, I won't hesitate. Another Catholic League Championship and a State Championship are by far the most important goals I have. From individual standpoint blocking for the other backs is high on my list. From a numbers standpoint, I would like to rush for 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns."

The D - Zone - If a college coach was interested in having you play on his team and asked you why he should accept you on his team, what would you tell him?

David Houle - "I would tell him that I love be challenged academically and athletically. I would say that I never give up and I always put the team first. From the start of the game until the end I work as hard as I can to make sure that at the end the scoreboard has our team on top. I not only push myself hard but also make players around me reach their full potential and I will do whatever I need to for the team to become the best they can be."

The D - Zone - Which game stands out the most to you in the 2012 season? Either a grudge opponent or a rivalry?

David Houle - "We have a lot of great opponents this year but our second and third games against Ohio teams will be very important. Also our Boys Bowl game against De La Salle and rivalry game against Brother Rice stand out as must wins."

The D - Zone - For the rivalry, how important is this game to the Shamrocks fans and you?

David Houle - "Our Brother Rice rivalry is always one of the most important games to everyone at CC. It brings out the most fans and can get your blood pumping weeks in advance. It drives the players to have their best games and it is a lot of fun for everyone. As my last encounter with them on the field I want more than ever to win and we are expecting nothing less."

The D - Zone - How has recruiting been going so far for you this season?

David Houle - "Interest has really picked up. I went on two Junior day visits, most recently I was out at Princeton and was at CMU earlier this year. I am planning on attending camps at Princeton, Dartmouth, Penn and CMU this summer. I’m also seeing a lot of interest around track."

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DaQuan Pace - 2013 DB

In 2011 the Cass Tech Technicians became the first ever Detroit Public School League team to win the Division 1 state title.  Cass Tech would have little problems taking out Catholic Central in the final game.  The class of 2012 for Cass Tech would send around a dozen players to college football programs.  The class of 2013 is aiming to follow the lead of their older classmates this season.  One of Cass Tech's key returning players from this past season is DB/WR, DaQuan Pace who was able to speak about this past season and also share his thoughts on the upcoming season.

Position (s): CB/WR
Height & Weight: 5'9 165
First Game Started: First game started was first game Junior year against Farmington Hills Harrison.
#1 Most Memorable Game: Most memorable game was state championship vs Catholic Central.
Pre-game Traditions: Pre game traditions are praying and thanking God for giving me the ability to perform well in the game. Listen to music, zoning everything out and preparing for battle.
Post-game Traditions: Post game traditions are going out with my teammates and/or going out to eat with my family.
Athlete you try building your game around: The athlete I try to build my game around is Asante Samuel because he has great feet and tremendous ball skills, which I feel is the best of my game.

The D - Zone - Since that win over Catholic Central, what have you been doing to prepare for the 2012 season?

DaQuan Pace - "Since the win over Catholic Central, I have been in the weight room heavy and doing 7on7 with Maximum Exposure."

The D - Zone - Looking back at the Catholic Central game, it was probably one of the most dominant games in MHSAA history. How was Cass Tech able to build and maintain the momentum throughout the game?

DaQuan Pace - "We knew we could beat them through the air so we took shots, and once we got the first one, they kept rolling in, and on defense we prepared all week stopping the run so we were ready."

The D - Zone - For you personally when did it really sink in, that you were state champions and experience the joy of it winning it all in the state's toughest Division?

DaQuan Pace - "It sunk in when the clock hit 00:00 and I looked into the stands and our fans were just going wild, and knowing that our hard work finally paid off."

The D - Zone - What was the biggest challenge Cass Tech faced last season on the route to Ford Field?

DaQuan Pace - "Our biggest challenge was rebounding off the losses we took, and staying together knowing that we can still accomplish our main goal."

The D - Zone - What were some goals that you set for yourself prior to the 2011 season?

DaQuan Pace - "Prior to the season I knew I was going to have a huge role in our title run, so I wanted to make sure I did everything in my power to help us when a State Championship."

The D - Zone - Have you thought about any goals for this upcoming season?

DaQuan Pace - "For the upcoming season I just want to get better and keep working hard."

The D - Zone - Have you been able to attend any camps this offseason?

DaQuan Pace - "So far I've been to the Adidas Invitational camp, and the Adidas Combine in December, which I feel I did great in both."

The D - Zone - Any other big camps coming up in the upcoming months?

DaQuan Pace - "I'm going to the Nike Camp in Ohio in May, and Sound Mind Sound Body in June."

The D - Zone - You have an opportunity to play with some very good defenders on Cass Tech in the past, what are the advantages of having a lot of skill around you, during games and practices?

DaQuan Pace - "The guys before me gave me a bunch of competition and with the competition I got better and better, and to watch their techniques I felt was also helpful. Overall they gave me a lot of motivation to get better."

The D - Zone - What was the biggest improvement that you made last season?

DaQuan Pace - "The biggest improvement I made last season was getting stronger."

The D - Zone - What will it take for Cass Tech to get back to the Division 1 state championship in 2012?

DaQuan Pace - "To get back to the championship we just have to keep our team chemistry, and keep working."

The D - Zone - Looking ahead to the 2012 Schedule, although it's not released yet, whats the biggest game on the schedule and why?

DaQuan Pace - "The biggest game on our schedule is Brother Rice because last season in the first game we were defeated by a lot, so this time we want to start our season off the right way and get back to the title game."

The D - Zone - Who is Cass Tech's top rival and what does beating this team mean to you and the Cass Tech faithful?

DaQuan Pace - "This season our top rival is going to be Crockett because we were 0-2 against them last season and this season we want our redemption."

The D - Zone - How exciting is it to kickoff at the Prep Kickoff Classic (Big Day Prep Showdown) for the second year in a row and what does that opportunity of playing on that stage mean to you?

DaQuan Pace - "It's very exciting, and for the second year in a row it feels very good to be on this stage for the first game of the season."

The D - Zone - If a college football coach came up to your door and asked why he should have you on his team, what would you tell him?

DaQuan Pace - "I would tell him I have great feet along with great ball skills.  I'm physical and every team could use a cornerback with these abilities."

The D - Zone - How has the recruiting process been going for you so far?

DaQuan Pace - "The recruiting process has been very interesting. The schools I'm receiving interest in is: Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Cincinatti, and Iowa."