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NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein compares Michigan redshirt sophomore OLB/DB Jabrill Peppers to Tyrann Mathieu.

"Peppers is bigger than the Honey Badger and also lacks Mathieu's playmaking resume, but both players excelled on special teams in college and both are important chess pieces for their defensive coordinators," he wrote. The analyst had plenty of nice things to say about Peppers, but he does think the 6-foot-1, 202-pounder needs to get bigger if he wants to stay in the box in the NFL. "If he's going to be asked to make a living around the line of scrimmage full-time whenever he enters the pros, he will need more bulk and muscle on his frame," Zierlein wrote. "Peppers has a tendency to duck his head into his tackles, so improving his form tackling and overall technique will be essential if he is to transition into that combination role."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 28 - 4:43 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline is thinking about bumping the third-round grade he gave to Michigan junior C Mason Cole entering the season.

The analyst's graded Cole as a tackle, the position he played prior to kicking inside to center this summer to replace Graham Glascow, a Lions third-rounder. Cole was "incredibly impressive" in Saturday's win over Penn State, Pauline wrote, blocking with "great fundamentals, leverage and power" and "effective at the line of scrimmage as well as on the second level." Pauline's takeaway was that "while Cole was a good left tackle prospect, he could be a great center on Sunday."
Sep 26 - 7:10 PM

Michigan redshirt senior CB Jeremy Clark will miss the remainder of the 2016 season after tearing his ACL against Penn State on Saturday.

Michigan might have blown out the Nittany Lions on Saturday, but even with the victory, it looks like they did suffer one loss. HC Jim Harbaugh confirmed on Monday that the 6-foot-4, 206-pound Clark will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2016 campaign after tearing his ACL in the second half of this weekend's win. Clark had started the first four games of the season, logging 10 tackles and three pass breakups along the way. Harbaugh indicated that the team will look into petitioning the NCAA for a sixth-year of eligibility on Clark's behalf now that he has been lost for the season.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 26 - 2:50 PM

Michigan redshirt senior CB Jeremy Clark could miss the remainder of the season after possibly tearing his ACL.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh suggested the injured right knee was serious after the school's win over Penn State, but nothing is official yet. Clark filled in for the injured Jourdan Lewis on the outside, and helped the Wolverines start the season on fire. In fact, Clark was playing at a high enough level that the team considered playing him opposite Lewis when the latter returned.
Source: MLive
Sep 26 - 11:23 AM

Michigan freshman RB Kareem Walker was on the sidelines in street clothes for Saturday's game against Penn State.

Walker has still not played this season. HC Jim Harbaugh says he's focusing on academics. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound prospect was a top-50 overall recruit in the past cycle. "He's working through some things academically," Harbaugh has said. "Less football for him. We're giving him the opportunity the concentrate on academics right now." The Wolverines employ a deep platoon of backs consisting right now of De'Veon Smith, Ty Isaac, Chris Evans and Karan Higdon.
Sep 25 - 11:32 AM

Michigan senior RB De'Veon Smith rushed for 107 yards rushing and a touchdown on 12 carries in a 49-10 rout of Penn State on Saturday.

The recipe for the Wolverines was easy here: Cave PSU's poor offensive line and stop Saquon Barkley on defense, trample the Nittany Lions with a platoon of backs on offense. Smith was joined in the assault by Karan Higdon, who ran for two scores. Michigan ended with 326 yards rushing, allowing Wilton Speight to have a stress-free day handing the ball off. Michigan gets Wisconsin next.
Sep 24 - 7:47 PM

Michigan senior CB Jourdan Lewis "looked good" at practice on Tuesday and could make his season debut against Penn State.

Finally, some details are being revealed. Lewis had a muscle strain in his back near the end of preseason camp, along with quad and hamstring strains. Jim Harbaugh was very cagey in the first two games of the season when questioned about Lewis' status. He tends to line up on the outside in man to man coverage. Michigan has allowed a few big plays this season, and Lewis' involvement could cut down on those.
Source: MLive
Sep 21 - 9:08 AM

Per ESPN's Dan Murphy, Michigan is "very hopeful" that senior CB Jourdan Lewis (undisclosed) will be able to take the field against Penn State on Saturday.

Lewis is reportedly dealing with multiple minor injuries to his back, hamstring and quad. He did suit up for Saturday's win over Colorado, but the 5-foot-10, 176-pounder did not see the field for that one. Lewis has missed all three of Michigan's games to date due to his various injury concerns. When healthy, he is in the conversation as the best corner in the country. That he at least dressed for Saturday's showdown with the Buffs is a sign that he is likely close to a return.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 19 - 1:25 PM

Michigan redshirt sophomore OLB/DB Jabrill Peppers was named the Big Ten co-defensive player of the week and the Big Ten special teams player of the week.

Well that is impressive. Peppers was all over the field in Saturday's win over Colorado. On defense, he registered nine tackles (3.5 for loss), a sack and a hurry. On special teams, he totaled 99 yards on four punt returns (including a 54-yard return touchdown) and notched two kick returns for 81 yards. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Swiss Army Knife leads the FBS nation with his 9.5 tackles for loss and is fourth in punt return average at 21.6 yards.
Source: mlive.com
Sep 19 - 12:26 PM

Michigan senior RB De'Veon Smith rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in Saturday's 45-28 win over Colorado.

Colorado held a 28-24 lead on the Wolverines after they scored on their first drive post-halftime, but Smith changed the tenure of the game when he busted out for a 42-yard touchdown run with 13:25 remaining in the third quarter. Those 42 yards were more than the 5-foot-11, 228-pounder had accumulated in either of the first two games of the season. There is no real fantasy intrigue here, at least not outside of extremely deep formats.
Sep 17 - 8:50 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter noted that Michigan senior TE Jake Butt "has great hands and the footwork to run every route."

Butt hauled in seven passes for 86 yards and a pair of scores in last Saturday's blowout of UCF. Reuter writes that "defenders couldn't match up with [his] combination of size and speed" in the contest. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has referred to the 6-foot-6, 237-pounder as "fit[ting] the bill of the modern tight end."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 16 - 4:13 PM

Michigan RB coach Tyrone Wheatley indicated that there is no timetable for redshirt junior RB Drake Johnson's return to play.

Johnson was involved in a bizarre accident in which he was run over by a forklift in April. While the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder said that he was "good to go" in early August, he did not suit up for either of the first two games of the season. Last season, he rushed for 271 yards and four touchdowns on 54 carries.
Sep 15 - 1:44 PM

Michigan senior TE Jake Butt "fits the bill of the modern tight end who can be used as a matchup threat with the length to overwhelm corners and enough speed to eliminate linebackers as coverage options," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"I thought Butt could have pushed his way into second-round consideration had he entered the 2016 draft, and his return gives the Michigan offense a pretty big weapon," Kiper wrote. "When he makes catches in space, he can turn it up and will run through tackles. While he's not a very good blocker, the effort is there. He's a weapon who is certain to be catching NFL passes next fall." Through two games, Butt has eight catches for 105 yards and three touchdowns.
Source: ESPN
Sep 13 - 10:07 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay admits that Michigan redshirt sophomore QB Wilton Speight "is more talented than I originally thought."

Over the weekend, Speight carved up UCF in a blowout win, going 25-of-37 for 312 yards and four touchdowns. "Like Jake Rudock last season, Speight has very good football intelligence, and he's taller, bigger and has a stronger arm," McShay wrote. "I'm really intrigued to see the impact that Jim Harbaugh and Jedd Fisch have on Speight over the next 16 months."
Source: ESPN
Sep 13 - 8:08 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh praised redshirt sophomore QB Wilton Speight's mental acuity.

"I think the good thing about Wilton has been that his improvements have stuck. Once he takes a step forward or two steps forward, you don't see the step back," said Harbaugh. Unlike Jake Rudock, who opened against a tough Utah defense to start the 2015 campaign, Speight has been able to ease into his first starting year with contests against Hawaii and UCF. The 6-foot-6, 217-pounder has posted nice statistics in those two breezy wins, completing a combined 35-of-50 passes for 457 yards (70% completions) and a 7/1 TD/INT ratio. Colorado shows next on Michigan's schedule.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 13 - 1:59 PM


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