Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Justin Boren leaves the team

Offensive lineman Justin Boren, who started all 13 games last season as a sophmore, has decided to leave the team. Justin's dad, Mike Boren, had played for Michigan under Bo Schembechler. Justin had the distinction in 2006 of being only the fourth true freshman in Wolverines' history to start along the offensive line at Michigan when he made a start at RG against Northwestern. (Of course, with Boren's departure, it is likely that a few more true freshman will be added to the list next season). No official reason was given for Boren's departure although he apparently had some difficulty making the transition to the new coaching regime. Justin was one of my favorite Wolverines and I wish him nothing but the best! Go Blue!

*Note: Photo of players who won't be suiting up for Coach Rod in the fall- Ryan Mallett (15) and Justin Boren (65) from the 9/8/07 game vs. Oregon by DAVID GURALNICK/Detroit Free Press


At 10:46 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Don't forget that #73 Alex Mitchell will also not be a Wolverine come this fall, despite having eligibility left.

At 10:32 PM, Blogger mzgoblue said...

Good point Tim. Mitchell started 18 games over the last two seasons (13 in 2006; 5 last season) and would have anchored the line along w/ Boren. The loss of both of them means Michigan will be relying on inexperienced lineman next season.

At 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this level of worry among UM fans is based upon observed results from past UM OL coaching staffs. Michigan no longer has Andy Moeller as OL coach. Frey is the new coach with a new and demanding OL philosophy alongside that of Rich Rodriguez and Calvin Magee.

Having OL personnel actually run, improve their speed, explosiveness, strength and endurance and yeah, demanding they sprint (not jog) to the line of scrimmage in a no huddle offense is a departure from former Michigan football "family values". But it will only do the Wolverine team and players good. And before everyone starts moaning and groaning about Boren's inability to run sprints, for God's sake, let's try to remember just where Michigan football team finished in the Big Ten in total offense last year with 3 Heisman hopefuls on the roster:



That's pretty close to the bottom, folks and a damning indictment as to what Carr and DeBord were perfectly happy to tolerate.

Michigan's football program has been rusty and fat. It's ridiculous to blame RR for the current "attrition". He didn't run the program into the ground.
Carr oversaw the hiring of such 5 star coaches: "Mike DeBord, Andy Moeller, Mike Gittleson and Brady Hoke."

If by year 3 Michigan isn't Big Ten champion, I'll repent.

At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitchell was a completely out of shape and lazy lineman. The ONLY reason, and I say ONLY reason he was playing was b/c of experience and the fact that practically our entire OL was injured and depthless. He was really bad. I don't count him as "attrition" as a player (not as a human, this isn't personal against him).


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