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phinfan33
02-06-2008, 02:38 PM
This on Jake Long.....
MAN OF STEEL: Senior tackle Long could be best ever at Michigan

December 31, 2007
BY MARK SNYDER
FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER
ORLANDO -- A trophy sits in a prominent area of the Michigan football (http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071231/SPORTS06/712310383/1048#) weight room.
Small but heavy, a steel anvil sits atop a base, ringed with the names of its conquerors. There aren't many listed, which only adds to the intrigue.
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There was a stretch at the beginning of this decade when new names were sparse. Then one day a couple years ago, a young man with massive hands simply snagged it like a toy.
When Jake Long reached down and grabbed that anvil after more than a year of watching others try and fail, he literally lifted off the career of a Michigan legend.
"It weighs 150-some pounds," said Long, the left tackle from Lapeer who will conclude his career in Tuesday's Capital One Bowl. "You've got to grip it and pick it up."
The first time he lifted the anvil, Long was impressed with himself. But Gittleson, who has been at Michigan since 1978, was nowhere to be found. So when Long finally proved it for the record (in front of Gittleson and others) his name became a permanent fixture on the base.
Long, who made his first start as a Wolverine against San Diego State in 2004, has set a standard at Michigan rarely matched in the program's illustrious history. His achievements place him among the all-time greats.
A consensus All-America the past two years, Long became just the 11th Wolverine to be named in consecutive years, the first since safety Tripp Welbourne (1989-90). He was just the fifth two-time Big Ten offensive lineman of the year.
"I can appreciate it," said U-M fifth-year lineman Adam Kraus, who has played alongside Long every year and is one of Long's closest friends. "It's definitely a benefit to be playing with him on the line because you know he's not going to get beat very often, if at all. You definitely learn from him."
Long allowed only one sack this year, against Ohio State. He has incredible technique for a 6-foot-7, 315-pounder. And Long set an impressive standard each time Michigan ran a play, not committing a penalty all season.
That's the steadiness Long's teammates take for granted and now simply accept. But it's the physical, freakish moves that drop their jaws.
"I can remember in camp, running the Michigan mile and he's up front with the linebackers and running backs and wide receivers. He's a flat athlete (http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071231/SPORTS06/712310383/1048#)," U-M defensive tackle Terrance Taylor said. "He's embarrassing (to the other linemen). On gassers, he's always the first lineman down and back. He's over 300 pounds, he weighs so much and is so big yet when we run the golf course he's in the top five finishing. He's beating Mike Hart and Mario Manningham, he beats these guys in the mile."
Most would consider Long the strong, silent type.
But teammates say he can talk it up just like fellow captain Mike Hart, although often it's just timed at a necessary moment.
It's why Long became just the 11th two-time captain in Michigan history, helping guide last year's team to an 11-0 start. And it's why his teammates swear by him, especially after watching him turn down millions as a high first-round pick in last year's NFL (http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071231/SPORTS06/712310383/1048#) draft for one more shot at U-M glory.
Long's parents have spent the past few weeks sifting through pro agents and preparing for what their son will endure beginning next week. He's a likely Top-5 pick in April's draft, where he'll get one more chance to show how he's one of a kind.
Kraus has no hesitation when asked for his most impressive Long moment.
"When he did 47 reps at 225 (pounds) before the 2006 season," Kraus said, recalling the roar that leapt from the weight room that day. "Everybody got pretty pumped up. How often is that done? The record at the (NFL) combine is 45. That just shows you what he can do. I think he can if he gets his strength back up he can (break it)."
With his final game a day away and his team hampered by injuries to Mike Hart and Chad Henne, Long could be bitter at U-M's unfulfilled promise this season.
But he's staying calm until the end.
"It's still weird to think of it as my last game," he said. "After the game and once I leave and not come back to Ann Arbor, it will really set in. I've had a great career here, I love Michigan and wouldn't trade my days for anything."
Contact MARK SNYDER at 313-223-3210 or msnyder@freepress.com (msnyder@freepress.com). Check out his Wolverines blog at www.freep.com/sports (http://www.freep.com/sports).
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popularwar
02-06-2008, 02:42 PM
I wouldn't say offensive tackle is our biggest need but it's hard to say no to a guy like Jake Long. If for some reason we're able to trade down a few spots and land him I'd be ecstatic. I just don't see it happening with the first overall pick.

phinfan33
02-06-2008, 02:43 PM
The purpose of this thread is to provide just a lil info on Jake Long and to see what some of you who haven't posted on Jake think of him.

rev kev
02-06-2008, 02:46 PM
UHh..., I like the guy... but picking up anvils does not translate to an elite tacke RT or LT... TONY MANDARICH ring a bell anyone...!

phinfan33
02-06-2008, 02:49 PM
LOL,I'm not making the argument for him,i just found the article,and figured WTH,i'll post it and see what people have to say....whether negative or positive.

rev kev
02-06-2008, 02:52 PM
LOL,I'm not making the argument for him,i just found the article,and figured WTH,i'll post it and see what people have to say....whether negative or positive.

Yes I saw your 2nd post and edited mine..., but after Gallery can we hang our hats on this guy no.1 overall... Drop down get extra picks yes.... maybe.... but No.1 overall...?

phinfan33
02-06-2008, 02:52 PM
and it's not just picking up a 150lb anvil like it was a toy,it's what the rest of that article says about him also.

satz
02-06-2008, 03:07 PM
After the SB i am thinking OT for the pats and if he makes it to 7 he is gone.

jim1
02-06-2008, 03:10 PM
The purpose of this thread is to provide just a lil info on Jake Long and to see what some of you who haven't posted on Jake think of him.

The dude is a beast, an athlete, and a man of character from what I've read. 1st pick, 5th pick, whatever- I want this guy on our team.

rev kev
02-06-2008, 03:14 PM
After the SB i am thinking OT for the pats and if he makes it to 7 he is gone.

I would say it is conceivable that more OTs taken in the top 15 than any other one position...

ozman
02-06-2008, 03:21 PM
I hope he is our first pick.

phinfan33
02-06-2008, 03:29 PM
well,i wouldn't be opposed to having a possible franchise LT on our line in the mold of Richmond Webb. Vernon Carey definitely seems to be doing good and improving,but i just don't know if he's a franchise tackle. then again,i'm a fan with an opinion,i'm not one of the coaches out there working with these guys.

Conuficus
02-06-2008, 03:33 PM
The first OT taken could be Ryan Clady. Its not like he is that far behind him in many peoples minds. For some, Clady is ahead. You'll see alot of reports of Long really being a RT in the pros. If that is where many lie, or for that matter anyone in the Top 10, then Clady is gonna go before Long. Clady has never had the phrase "he can only play RT" attatched to his name. As good an OT as Long is, Clady honestly has more room to grow; as a football player IMO. Long may be maxed out, now thats not a bad thing. The same was said of A.J. Hawk when he was drafted. Essentially they both (Hawk and Long) have a low ceing and very high floor. Many in the Top 10 draft on BPA, or potential BPA.

After that speil, here's the layman's version: Clady probably will get drafted ahead of Long in April based on higher potential ceiling, thus leading to a position designation (LT vs RT)

dan the fin
02-06-2008, 03:36 PM
I am a huge Mich. Fan and love this guy as he has the Potential to be a Pro bowl Tackle. That being said I don't know for sure at LT, his one weakness is outside speed rushers. Now he may be able to improve on that given the time to improve quickness and technique under a good O-line coach. I have always thought that at Mich they train there O-line men to be more of a powerful type line, because Mich runs a power running type Offense. Now under a different type system Long may become a great Lt but there is some risk involved, at very least he will become a top notch RT. I think for a O-line man he carries a little to much risk to take at #1. Because if you take him #1 he will make top LT money right a way, and if he becomes just a RT he is way overpaid.

2413fanphins
02-06-2008, 06:42 PM
UHh..., I like the guy... but picking up anvils does not translate to an elite tacke RT or LT... TONY MANDARICH ring a bell anyone...!



congratulations on completely twisting the guys' intentions bro!!!

it was an informative post. It's not like he was lobbying for us to take him at #1.

posts like this don't come around very often, take it for what it's worth.

just my $.02:hi5:

rev kev
02-06-2008, 06:48 PM
congratulations on completely twisting the guys' intentions bro!!!

it was an informative post. It's not like he was lobbying for us to take him at #1.

posts like this don't come around very often, take it for what it's worth.

just my $.02:hi5:

save your money

finfan54
02-06-2008, 08:02 PM
to me, Jake Long is simply huge and athletic. Does it translate into best OT? Not necessarily. But I like the kid. He played at Michigan. He is a BP type all the way. And for anyone to suggest we dont really need a left tackle are not really knowledgeable people. You get Long, Alan Faneca, and move Carey back to RT(back up LT), this team will be playoff bound IMO. Long is a beast. Its real simple. Football is mental.

Picking up an anvil doesnt translate into skill....but it is mental....47 bench presses. What the fo.

Its either Long or Long for me at #1. I want football players!

2413fanphins
02-06-2008, 08:05 PM
save your money



lol...it's pocket change really, I want you to have it.

2413fanphins
02-06-2008, 08:07 PM
to me, Jake Long is simply huge and athletic. Does it translate into best OT? Not necessarily. But I like the kid. He played at Michigan. He is a BP type all the way. And for anyone to suggest we dont really need a left tackle are not really knowledgeable people. You get Long, Alan Faneca, and move Carey back to RT(back up LT), this team will be playoff bound IMO. Long is a beast. Its real simple. Football is mental.

Picking up an anvil doesnt translate into skill....but it is mental....47 bench presses. What the fo.

Its either Long or Long for me at #1. I want football players!



you will have a hard time convincing some folks on these boards that jake long is LT in the nfl.

I don't share that opinion, but undoubtedly you will find that I am not the only who doesn't.

jake long is a freak specimen.

Conuficus
02-06-2008, 09:00 PM
to me, Jake Long is simply huge and athletic. Does it translate into best OT? Not necessarily. But I like the kid. He played at Michigan. He is a BP type all the way. And for anyone to suggest we dont really need a left tackle are not really knowledgeable people. You get Long, Alan Faneca, and move Carey back to RT(back up LT), this team will be playoff bound IMO. Long is a beast. Its real simple. Football is mental.

Picking up an anvil doesnt translate into skill....but it is mental....47 bench presses. What the fo.

Its either Long or Long for me at #1. I want football players!

Then how come everytime a guy from the chess team tries out for the varsity team they end up calling an ambulance?

Sorry, but Faneca has all but booked a ticket to Arizona and he really doesn't fit the mold BP has historically wanted. Think a little bigger than the 307 lbs that Faneca is. For Cam's offense he would have been the architype G. Parcells; think 6'5" - 325lbs or so. We will be looking for big guys up front, and I mean BIG.

Brad528
02-06-2008, 09:17 PM
I am a michigan fan and would be very pleased with Jake Long with the first pick. He is going to be a great player I have no doubt in my mind. I wouldnt usually be very happy about a olinemen with the first pick but with Long I wouldnt mind.

CC Coach
02-06-2008, 09:43 PM
Gholston from OSU gave Long a lot of trouble in that game.
Parcells will go defense line for sure.