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Posted on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 : 3:41 p.m.

University of Michigan football practice notes: Brandon Minor hobbled; Rich Rodriguez mum on quarterbacks

By Dave Birkett

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez met with the media before practice Wednesday and declined to address our report last night about his ties to former Clemson booster Clegg Lamar Greene.  

Rodriguez did offer a few interesting tidbits three days before his team opens the season against Western Michigan. • Running back Brandon Minor was limited in practice Wednesday with an ankle injury, and Rodriguez said it’s possible Minor sits out Saturday. “We’re concerned whether he can go Saturday,” Rodriguez said. “We’re hoping he can. I guess the next two days will determine that.” If Minor can’t go, Carlos Brown will get the starting nod. • Rodriguez declined to name a starting quarterback Wednesday and said he won’t do so publicly before Saturday. “I’m not 100 percent sure who’s going to take the first snap, but I’m 100 percent sure that we have a plan in place and have different modes or methods on how we’re going to put them in there,” Rodriguez said. True freshman Tate Forcier worked with the first-team offense during Wednesday’s installation period, as he did last week. Denard Robinson and Nick Sheridan mostly worked with the second string during install. Rodriguez said he’ll tell all three quarterbacks who’s starting “either Thursday night or Thursday afternoon.” • Jason Olesnavage has won the kicking job. • Receiver Je’Ron Stokes and cornerback Boubacar Cissoko also were limited Wednesday.



Thu, Sep 3, 2009 : 9:10 a.m.

The starter will be Forcier. There really should be no surprise there.


Thu, Sep 3, 2009 : 1:24 a.m.

i wonder where the trolls are going to be by mid-october when MICHIGAN is undefeated? GO BLUE!


Wed, Sep 2, 2009 : 4:26 p.m.

In other words "We have a plan. We don't what that plan is exactly...but that is the genius of the plan."


Wed, Sep 2, 2009 : 4:12 p.m.

Whether RR commented on his ties to a former Clemson booster or not has nothing to do with "practice notes". That belongs in another article. I certainly hope Brandon Minor can get beyond all these nagging injuries that have limited his career to date. If he stays healthy all season, there's no reason he can't rush for 1,000+ yards. He's easily our best RB. I also hope this kicker works out well. But, we can't depend on finding good walkons forever. Sooner or later, the coaches will need to recruit a top-notch high school kicker. Go Blue!


Wed, Sep 2, 2009 : 4 p.m.

At least the kicking job is settled.....