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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess, "drops more easy passes than he should."

Brugler compared Funchess to the Lions' Eric Ebron, who was drafted in the first round last year (as Funchess most likely will be this season.) Funchess is in a strange situation, as he's a physical stud at 6-foot-5, 230-pounds stuck in a Michigan offense that simply doesn't work. Brugler wrote that he's been "better at receiver this season than he was the past two years at tight end, demonstrating the combination of size, body control and sticky hands to project very well to the next level." Rotoworld's Josh Norris referred to Funchess as "a lethal vertical receiver, thanks to his downfield speed and potential catch radius." Given his size, Norris believes that an obvious NFL comparable would be Panthers' rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin, who is currently in the thick of the NFL Rookie of the Year race.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 30 - 6:23 PM

Michigan HC Brady Hoke said that he had no concerns about Michigan true freshman CB Jabrill Peppers possibly transferring after the 2014 season.

"He came here for a lot of different reasons, and one of them is, as a young kid, he’s always loved Michigan," said Hoke. Peppers has missed several games due to various leg injuries and there are rumblings about a transfer. He was a consensus five-star recruit ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2014 class. If he doesn't transfer, it's possible he'll sit out the rest of the season and be eligible for a medical redshirt in 2015. Of course, this is all contingent on him remaining with a Michigan team that is in disarray. Hoke can say that he's not worried about Peppers transferring, but there's a good chance Hoke isn't even with the program for the 2015 season.
Source: mlive.com
Oct 30 - 4:11 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan HC Brady Hoke said he wouldn't rule out Michigan true freshman CB Jabrill Peppers for the season.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Peppers has missed four straight games for the Wolverines with a leg injury, and has only appeared in three games this season. Hoke has already ruled Peppers out this weekend and he will not dress for the game against Indiana on Saturday. The Michigan prospect was a consensus five-star recruit and the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2014 class. The highest-ranked recruit Michigan has ever signed ran a 10.52 second 100-meter dash at a high school track meet over the summer.
Oct 29 - 2:02 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that the 2014 season "has been a disaster" for Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner as an NFL prospect.

In his most recent dud, Gardner completed 15-for-30 passes for 125 yards, two interceptions and a fumble lost in Saturday's loss to Michigan State. "Gardner showed poor vision and pocket presence, struggling to figure out the Spartans' defense pre and post snap," Brugler wrote. "He made head-scratching decisions that resulted in multiple turnovers and his ball placement was all over the place, pushing his TD-to-INT ratio this season to 6-to-10. Gardiner has gone from possible development prospect to camp arm and possible wideout convert during the pre-draft process."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 28 - 6:38 PM

Michigan true freshman CB Jabrill Peppers (leg) has been removed from the team's depth chart, leading to speculation that he will take a medical redshirt this season.

Peppers has missed four straight games with a leg injury, and has appeared in only three games total. If he's held off the field for the rest of the season, he'd be eligible to take a medical redshirt in order to retain four years of eligibility. Michigan HC Brady Hoke has thus far declined to specify if Peppers will miss the rest of the 2014 season, though he may have tipped his hand by erasing Peppers' name from the depth chart. "He's still battling some things and we'll see where he ends up," Hoke said. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Peppers was a consensus five-star recruit and the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2014 class. The highest-ranked recruit Michigan has ever signed ran a 10.52 second 100-meter dash at a high school track meet over the summer.
Source: MLive.com
Oct 27 - 11:22 PM

Michigan senior ILB Desmond Morgan has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a hand injury.

If there's good news here, it's that the senior will return to Ann Arbor on a medical redshirt in 2015. "Desmond Morgan, we’re going to redshirt (him) this year and he’ll be back as a fifth-year senior next year," Michigan head coach Brady Hoke said. Morgan is eligible for a medical redshirt so long as he doesn't play again this year. He was hurt in the season opener against Appalachian State. The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Morgan, who has been clocked at a 4.76 40-yard dash, was graded by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline as a preseason Round 7 prospect.
Source: MLive.com
Oct 27 - 11:04 PM

Mlive.com reports that Michigan redshirt senior LB Jake Ryan has been named as a Butkus Award semifinalist.

On Monday, the 6-foot-3, 236-pound Ryan was added to the 2014 Dick Butkus Award semifinalist list. The Butkus Award is given to the nation's top linebacker. This season, the Wolverines LB has 68 tackles, 10 for a loss, in eight games. Ryan also has 2 sacks with 10 tackles for a loss. In 2012, Ryan led the Wolverines in tackles (88), tackles for loss (16.0) and sacks (4.5).
Source: Mlive.com
Oct 27 - 2:12 PM

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke apologized for his players driving a stake into the turf at Spartan Stadium prior to Saturday's game.

The incident irked Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, as well as most of the Spartans' players. Those athletes went on to put a beating on Michigan, perhaps teaching the Wolverines a stronger lesson that they received via postgame rhetoric. "I want to publicly apologize to Coach Dantonio as well as the players and supporters of Michigan State for our act of poor sportsmanship displayed pre-game yesterday," Hoke said. "I spoke with Mark earlier today and expressed to him that we meant no disrespect to his team." Hoke, who said the stake was a symbol for team unity, explained that he wasn't aware it had been carried onto the field.
Oct 26 - 4:25 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess caught five balls for 64 yards in Saturday's loss to Michigan State.

Sometimes, when discussing Funchess, it's easy to blame his middling production on Devin Gardner's inadequacies or his own early-season ankle injury. However, in this game, he cost himself catches, getting jammed at the line of scrimmage, not beating inferior talent in the MSU secondary at the catch point, and appearing at times to pout. During the game, he was called out by ESPN's Todd McShay and former Wolverine great Braylon Edwards. Rotoworld's Josh Norris compares Funchess to Kelvin Benjamin: "Funchess can be a lethal vertical receiver, thanks to his downfield speed and potential catch radius. He might not be quite as consistent Benjamin on 50/50 balls, however, Funchess is better in the short to intermediate areas and after the catch."
Source: Rotoworld
Oct 25 - 8:57 PM

NFL execs are still split on Michigan WR Devin Funchess' position at the next level.

NFL Media's Albert Breer spoke with one AFC college scouting director who believes Funchess is "strictly a wideout," while one "veteran exec" sees him purely as a move tight end. Rotoworld's Josh Norris does not wee why a team would line Funchess up inline, so his real role will be as a receiver, either in the slot or out wide. Labels will really only matter for contract purposes. Funchess faces Michigan State's Trae Waynes on Saturday in a great matchup.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 25 - 11:28 AM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess "will enter [the draft] and he’s close to deciding which agent he’ll sign with," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

No surprise here. The 6-foot-5 and 230-pound Funchess has just 36 catches, 461 yards, and four touchdowns this year, though he's suffered through an ankle injury and atrocious quarterback, affecting his numbers. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ranks Funchess No. 13 overall on his big board, and the Wolverine prospect is the consensus No. 1 TE prospect.
Oct 24 - 7:02 PM

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ranks Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess No. 13 overall on his big board and believes "the Wolverines' myriad issues plus an ankle injury have kept Funchess' stats in check."

So far this season, the 6-foot-5 and 230-pound Funchess has just 36 catches, 461 yards, and four TDs. Burke points out the play where Funchess hauled in a 43-yard touchdown against Penn State where he made an adjustment on the play and went up and attacked the ball over the safety, as "reminder of what he's capable of."
Oct 22 - 2:26 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench ranks Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess as the No. 1 TE prospect.

"Funchess has the speed to play receiver, where he lines up now, and his NFL future may be on the outside as well," Muench wrote. "However, he has the frame to play F and he lined up at tight end earlier in his career. Funchess will never be an overpowering in-line run-blocker who can generate much push working against the front-side defensive end, but he could add 10 to 15 pounds and develop into a passable positional blocker with improved hand placement and pad level." The analyst believes the 6-foot-5 and 230-pound Funchess could stand to improve his ability to catch the ball away from his body. "But the reason he tops my board is his big-play ability. His speed, size and athleticism allow him to win 50-50 balls downfield," Muench wrote. "Plus, he has above-average burst after the catch. While he's also a big-play threat at receiver, he's that much more dangerous at tight end because he gets more favorable matchups."
Oct 21 - 5:37 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess "is playing wide receiver this year, but he's the poster child for this era's tight end in the NFL," said a retired NFL front-office executive.

"Two weeks ago, an NFC personnel executive assigned Funchess a Jimmy Graham comp and said he preferred the wideout as a tight end at the next level," wrote NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis. "That seems to be a growing consensus among NFL scouts. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, he certainly has the body of an NFL tight end." Funchess has suffered through an ankle injury and atrocious quarterback play this season, affecting his numbers. The NFL isn't considered; he's ticketed for Round 1.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 16 - 7:34 PM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner will start against Michigan State following the off week, head coach Brady Hoke announced.

Hoke added Shane Morris is healthy, so it is interesting Gardner is still getting the nod. Morris replaced the senior but promptly suffered a head injury and Michigan's handling of the situation was widely scrutinized. Michigan State's defense is talented at multiple levels, and Gardner has shown little talent this season.
Oct 15 - 12:34 PM


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