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Michigan redshirt freshman RB Ty Isaac's appeal for immediately eligibility was denied by the NCAA last week.

Michigan is appealing the ruling. Isaac transferred from USC after spending just one season there. His waiver was applied for on the grounds of being closer to Isaac's ailing mother. He rushed for 236 yards on 40 carries and two touchdowns last season.
Aug 27 - 12:58 PM

Michigan HC Brady Hoke announced that sophomore Derrick Green will start at tailback on Saturday against Appalachian State.

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Green was the No. 1-ranked RB recruit in the country coming into last season. He struggled with his weight and productivity as a true freshman, and the Wolverines' coaching staff used him sporadically. He was able to beat out fellow sophomore De'Veon Smith and redshirt sophomore Drake Johnson for the starting gig. Smith is listed as Green's primary backup.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 26 - 6:22 PM

Michigan sophomore TE Jake Butt hopes to return to the field on Sept. 27 against Minnesota.

Butt suffered a torn ACL during winter conditioning, and the Minnesota game is a reasonable goal as it is the team's Big Ten opener. He is currently five and a half months out from the injury to his right knee. Butt and Devin Funchess, who is more of a pure receiving option, would form one of the best position combos in college football.
Aug 26 - 11:21 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay grades Michigan junior WR/TE Devin Funchess as the No. 1 tight end prospect.

"Funchess lined up at wide receiver a lot of the time in 2013, and he is expected to do the same this season, but he might not be explosive or fast enough to play out wide in the NFL, instead projecting better as a flex tight end," McShay wrote. "He's rarely used as an in-line blocker and doesn't have the strength or bulk to hold up there in the pros. As a pass-catcher, he is quick enough to separate from linebackers and some safeties, and he shows good body control to adjust to passes thrown outside his frame. His speed-and-size combo makes him a threat both as a downfield route runner and after the catch." The 6-foot-5, 230-pound hybrid is exclusively lining up at wide receiver in practices with the Wolverines. Last season Funchess hauled in 49 receptions for 748 yards and six TDs.
Aug 24 - 11:27 PM

Michigan true freshman CB Jabrill Peppers will be the Wolverines’ primary punt returner this fall.

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke confirmed the news on Friday to the delight of Wolverines’ fans. Michigan averaged just over six yards a return last season. "I think, No. 1, we’re putting a lot of our best guys on the field," Hoke said. "I think that’s a plus. I think we’ve had some (punt returners) in the last three years that have been decent, and sometimes maybe we haven’t fielded the ball as well as we should sometimes." The 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete, a consensus five-star recruit and the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2014 class, is the highest-ranked recruit Michigan has ever signed. He ran a 10.52 in the 100-meter dash at a high school track meet earlier this summer.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 23 - 6:03 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes this is a "relatively weak year at tight end and inside linebacker."

"The only potential first round tight end on the radar at this time is Michigan junior Devin Funchess, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound seam threat with limited blocking chops," he wrote. "Instincts, athleticism and physicality will make Miami's Denzel Perryman and UCLA's Eric Kendricks solid pros, but at 5-foot-11, 242 pounds and 6-foot, 230, respectively, neither possesses the size scouts prefer." Ironically, the tight end class will probably lose Funchess as well, since the Wolverines have moved him to WR and the NFL will likely do the same. The hybrid has lined up at both receiver and tight end positions over the past two seasons, but, as Rang notes, he can't block well enough to function as a traditional tight end.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19 - 6:00 PM

Derrick Green is currently listed as Michigan's starting running back.

He's made up serious ground in the past week, as Michigan's depth chart listed sophomore De'Veon Smith and redshirt sophomore Drake Johnson as co-starters seven days ago. "Going into it, Derrick was No. 1, yes," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "I think No. 1a was De'Veon. And I think Drake can help us a bunch. Justice (Hayes) caught the ball out of the backfield well. There was (a blitz where) he stepped up and took on the linebacker, did a great job. They all had real positives. You want somebody (to separate), by when? Hopefully by Wednesday or Thursday of this week." The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Green was the No. 1-ranked RB recruit in the country coming into last season. He didn't do much to distinguish himself as a true freshman, but he retains elite talent and could have a huge season if he can convince the coaches to keep Smith and Johnson off the field.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 18 - 2:55 PM

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke expects senior QB Devin Gardner to begin the season as starter.

"I would expect him to start on the 30th (against Appalachian State)," Hoke said. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Gardner completed 60 percent of his passes last year, throwing for 2,960 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Inside of those numbers were plenty of highs and lows: Gardner had a 503-yard day against Indiana, a 451-yard, four-touchdown performance against hated Ohio State, and a 97-yard nightmare versus UConn. Michigan’s new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier might be more comfortable with Gardner's experience than tossing out sophomore Shane Morris. "I feel like I’m ready to be the starting quarterback at Michigan, definitely," Morris said. "But Devin’s also a great quarterback and he’s been here a long time and we’re both pushing each other to be the best we can be."
Aug 12 - 8:19 PM

Ann Arbor police released a video of suspended Michigan sophomore WR Csont'e York punching a man outside of a bar.

According to the police report, York's punch knocked out the victim's tooth and broke his jaw. The victim's jaw was broken in three places, which required his jaw to be wired shut, while using a breathing tube temporarily. York is currently suspended and will not report for fall camp for the Wolverines.
Source: Mlive.com
Aug 12 - 5:23 PM

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke announced that redshirt sophomore RB Drake Johnson and sophomore De'Veon Smith are "No. 1 and No. 1-A" on the depth chart.

Former elite recruit Derrick Green falls behind the duo. "Right now, it would be Drake Johnson and De'Veon," Hoke said Sunday. "So, you've got a No. 1 and No. 1-A (there), and then you've got a No. 2 with Derrick." The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Smith is a coach's dream because he's a willing blocker. Johnson (6-foot, 211) is working his way back from a torn ACL suffered during the first game of last season. "It's only made me stronger mentally and it's only going to help me going into the season," Johnson said. "As low as you can get, you realize you can still recover from it. So no matter what happens during a year, it won't be as bad (a season-ending injury). However strong I was in camp last year, I've got to be that much stronger now."
Source: MLive.com
Aug 10 - 11:08 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline compared Michigan senior DE Frank Clark to former Wolverine DE Brandon Graham and former NFL star Dwight Freeney.

The 6-foot-2, 273-pound Clark started 13 games at defensive end for the Wolverines in 2013, recording 43 tackles, 12.0 TFLs, and 4.5 sacks. "Clark, like Graham, is explosive, intense and constantly forcing the action," Pauline wrote. "He’s also undersized and scheme-specific as Graham was. Its not worked out for Graham in the NFL for reasons which can be debated. Regardless, count me as a believer in Clark as a one gap/Dwight Freeney type of defensive end." The former 210-pound LB is rumored to still run a 4.5 forty despite having packed on 63 pounds.
Aug 8 - 3:06 PM

Michigan senior ILB Desmond Morgan is an intelligent linebacker, observes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst notes that Morgan lacks teammate Jake Ryan's measurables "but plays smart football and is constantly around the action making positive plays." The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Morgan, who has been clocked at a 4.76 40-yard dash, is entering his fourth year as a starter. He'll be a leader on an experienced defense that returns eight starters this fall. Morgan is graded by Pauline as a preseason Round 7 prospect.
Aug 8 - 2:53 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wonders if Michigan redshirt sophomore DT Willie Henry can reverse the Wolverines' history of sending underachieving, big tackles to the next level.

"The Wolverines have a history of big defensive tackles who peter out as they move towards their NFL careers," Pauline wrote. "Hopefully that won’t be the case with Willie Henry as the redshirt sophomore shows the makings of a top flight prospect if he continues to improve and develop his game." Henry, who tallied 32 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 0.5 sacks and a blocked kick, appeared on ESPN.com's All-Big Ten Freshman Team. Pauline grades Henry as a Round 5 prospect.
Aug 8 - 2:18 PM

Michigan redshirt senior LB Jake Ryan could be a top-120 draft pick with a big final season of eligibility, projects TFY Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Ryan is a tough, slug it out defender with good measurables," Pauline wrote. "A good senior campaign could push him into the top 120 picks." The 6-foot-3, 242-pound linebacker tore the ACL in his right knee in March 2013 and played in only five games during the second half of the season. In 2012, Ryan led Michigan in tackles (88), tackles for loss (16.0) and sacks (4.5). CBS Sports' Dane Brugler thinks Ryan could be a top-50 pick.
Aug 8 - 1:47 PM

Michigan junior OLB James Ross III reminds TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline of Dhani Jones.

Ross III appeared in 12 games at linebacker, making nine starts, last season. He recorded 85 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. "Ross III reminds me of Dhani Jones as he’s slightly undersized but explosive and fearless," Pauline wrote. "Ross has the potential to develop into a three down defender at the next level." Pauline pegs Ross III as a preseason Round 5 prospect.
Aug 8 - 12:12 PM


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