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On Michigan's depth chart, graduate QB Jake Rudock and junior QB Shane Morris are both listed as possible starters for the team's season-opening contest against Utah.

Michigan is just another school in a long, long line of big-time programs that have yet to announce a definitive starter at quarterback. In the case of the Wolverines, a report from ESPN's Travis Haney on August 16 seemed to indicate that 6-foot-3, 208-pound Iowa transfer product Rudock had the edge. HC Jim Harbaugh apparently isn't quite there yet. Rudock completed 213-of-345 passes for 2,436 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions last season.
Aug 31 - 6:24 PM

In his first news conference since August camps began, Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that sophomore DT Bryan Mone suffered his broken ankle on a "freak play."

"I've never seen it before in a practice or games," Harbaugh told reporters. Apparently, Mone suffered the broken leg while working to clear a path for one of his teammates after a blocked field goal. His leg snagged on the turf at an "inopportune angle," as Harbaugh phrased it, and he's expected to miss most of (if not all of) the 2015 season. The 6-foot-4, 325-pounder suited up on a limited basis in 12 games last season, totaling nine tackles (1.5 TFL) while recovering a fumble.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 9:17 PM

Michigan OC Tim Drevno said "I couldn't tell you that" when asked when the Wolverines would name a starting quarterback.

The two names in play right now are junior Shane Morris and Iowa transfer QB Jake Rudock. Said Drevno, "We'll go day-to-day and then I think it's just in your gut when you know it's right and make the decision. We can't put any time frame on that." While the team continues to insist that no decision has been made, one should be coming soon. On August 16, ESPN's Travis Haney reported that those within the program do not feel strongly about Morris' chance to win the job.
Aug 20 - 8:11 PM

Michigan graduate QB Jake Rudock described HC Jim Harbaugh as "someone [always] in your ear."

Rudock transferred to Michigan from Iowa in the spring, moving on from the hard-nosed coaching of Kirk Ferentz. He now gets to enjoy Jim Harbaugh's loving, encouraging ways. As Rudock told the Big 10 Network, "If one little thing is wrong with your drop, [Harbaugh]'s going to correct you on it. This is both [the best and worst], because he really wants you to be great," adding "you have to understand it's always with the best intentions" and that Harbaugh is not "attacking [you]." Fun for all. Indications to this point are that the 6-foot-3, 208-pound graduate transfer has the inside track on the starting job over junior Shane Morris. A year ago, Rudock completed 213-of-345 passes for 2,436 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Aug 19 - 8:06 PM

Of Shane Morris' chances to win Michigan's starting QB job, ESPN's Travis Haney reports that "no one close to or familiar with the program" feels "strongly about his chances."

In other words, all signs are pointing to Iowa graduate transfer Jake Rudock winning the job. "As Jim Harbaugh and his staff get settled -- and there’s plenty to figure out -- an experienced QB is a stabilizing factor," Haney wrote. "Rudock becomes a fairly easy choice to smooth over certain elements of the transition. He’ll be a bridge to 2016, when highly considered prospect Brandon Peters arrives."
Aug 16 - 11:31 PM

Michigan senior WR Dennis Norfleet has transferred to Tuskegee University.

Norfleet was granted a transfer release over the summer. He had been suspended from the Wolverines since May due to academic issues. The 5-foot-7, 168-pound wideout does most of his damage as a return man, as evidenced by the 938 return yards he compiled in 2013. Because Tuskegee is a Division II program, Norfleet will be eligible to play this upcoming season.
Aug 13 - 6:19 PM

Michigan sophomore Bryan Mone suffered a broken ankle in practice and could potentially miss the entire season.

The 6-foot-4, 325-pound DT played in 12 games last season, making only one start for the Wolverines. Mone recorded nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and recovered a fumble. With Mone possibly gone for the year, the Wolverines are losing a big part of their rotation up front. Michigan will have to rely on Ryan Glasgow and Maurice Hurst in Mone's absence.
Aug 13 - 2:33 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh believes junior Jake Butt is as good as any TE he has coached.

This is major praise from Harbaugh, who recruited a great stable of tight ends during his time at Stanford. Zach Ertz, Coby Fleener, Ryan Hewitt and more are included in that group. Butt was limited last season thanks to poor quarterback play and underwent microscopic knee surgery in January, but could be in store for a big junior campaign.
Aug 6 - 2:19 PM

Michigan players have looked to senior LB Joe Bolden for his leadership qualities, Mlive.com's Brendan F. Quinn reports.

"He's definitely the guy you want lined up to play," Chesson told Mlive.com. "He's a great leader. He just, I don't know, man, I don't know where he gets it from. His drive and desire to win is so great, so high. We have such high expectations from him and we believe he'll deliver for us." As a full-time starter, the Michigan prospect recorded 102 tackles, with 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound Bolden has appeared in 38 games at linebacker, with 16 starts on his resume.
Source: Mlive.com
Aug 3 - 3:20 PM

Michigan redshirt senior C Graham Glasgow "is a prospect I may be underrating a tad," admits TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"He’s a nasty mauler that finishes blocks yet is only effective in a phone booth which limits his appeal," Pauline wrote. The analyst grades him as a sixth-round prospect entering the year. Glasgow (6-foot-6, 308 pounds) is a former walk-on.
Aug 2 - 11:44 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Michigan graduate CB Wayne Lyons boasts a nice combination of "height, length and tenacity."

The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Lyons transferred to Michigan from Stanford a few months ago. Lyons recorded 128 tackles and 4.5 TFL across his time on The Farm. He runs a 4.56 forty.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 2 - 10:38 PM

NFL scouts told TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline that they've graded Michigan senior DE Mario Ojemudia as a "potential third round pick."

Ojemudia (6-foot-3, 253 pounds) recorded 32 tackles, 7.5 TFL and 3.5 sacks as a rotational player last year. "The senior defensive end has outstanding size/speed numbers and plays with great athleticism but he’s never nailed down the starting job on a consistent basis and has pedestrian production," Pauline wrote. "Ojemudia offers a great amount of upside but needs to be a consistent producer before I grade him as a potential second day draft pick." Ojemudia has appeared in 33 games for the Wolverines, but he's only made three starts. He's primed for a breakout, but now must go out and actually do it.
Aug 2 - 1:29 PM

Michigan senior ILB Desmond Morgan could "be a solid last day pick that can line-up in sub packages as well as play special teams," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes.

"I liked Desmond Morgan’s game before his injury last season," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Morgan hurt his hand in the season opener last year against Appalachian State and didn't play again, granting him a medical hardship waiver to come back for another year. Morgan has been clocked with a 4.76 40-yard dash. The three-year starter has recorded 229 career tackles.
Jul 31 - 3:07 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline compared Michigan senior OLB James Ross III to former Wolverine Dhani Jones.

"Like Jone, the senior lacks classic size but is explosive, fearless and football smart," he wrote. Pauline graded Ross as a third-round prospect. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound Ross III had a down year last season after a solid sophomore campaign. We reserve judgement until he takes the gridiron again.
Jul 30 - 6:02 PM

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said transfer QBs Jake Rudock and John O'Korn are making strides in picking up the offense.

"He's got goals. He's got ambitions," Harbaugh said about Rudock. "He's got a plan for making this a successful year for him and our team. He shares that with Shane Morris. Both of those two youngsters, I've noticed the way they're carrying themselves. They've got a bounce in their step. They each have a plan and they're champing at the bit to execute it." While Rudock battles Morris for the starting job, O'Korn won't be eligible to play until 2016. Harbaugh thinks Rudock will be a quick study of his playbook. "It's not too dissimilar from me going to Paris, France, and not knowing the language and them coming in here and not knowing our football language," Harbaugh said.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 9:27 PM


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