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ESPN's Craig Haubert believes that Michigan four-star 2017 verbal T commit Chuck Filiaga must improve his consistency if he is to be an immediate contributor for the Wolverines in 2017.

"What could initially keep him from contributing is the need to improve his technique and turn the flashes into more consistent performance," Haubert writes. "Even with his finishing demeanor, at times he can manhandle opponents but at other times he can look to ease off the gas pedal." The 6-foot-6, 335-pounder pledged himself to Michigan's cause during the Army All-American Bowl this past Saturday. While Haubert doesn't necessarily see Filiaga as an instant-impact recruit, he does note that the baby Wolverine tackle has the potential to develop into a "good, productive starter in Ann Arbour." ESPN 300 slots him into their master list at No. 137.
Jan 12 - 6:50 PM

Michigan hired Browns assistant head coach Pep Hamilton to serve as passing-game coordinator.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this move on Monday, with the Wolverines making it official on Thursday. In a statement, Hamilton said, " I am excited to get to work meeting our players so that I can assist with their development on the field and in the university community." He previously worked under HC Jim Harbaugh as wide receivers coach at Stanford in 2010. The Browns actually hoped to retain Hamilton for the 2017 season, but no such luck.
Jan 12 - 6:43 PM

Michigan OG Kyle Kalis accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

The 6-foot-5, 302-pounder is a former five-star recruit. CBS ranks him as the No. 18 guard in the class and a Rd. 7-UDFA prospect.
Jan 12 - 2:56 PM

Michigan OL Erik Magnuson accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Magnuson (6-foot-6, 295 pounds) will be one of the game's top offensive line prospects, blending pedigree, length and nastiness. The East-West Shrine Game will take place on Jan. 21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Jan 11 - 12:27 PM

Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis accepted an invitation to join the Senior Bowl.

Lewis is one of the top corners in the country and displayed great skill on the outside. However, NFL evaluators will be concerned about Lewis' projection, even if he already locked down a number of top receivers, due to his 5-foot-10 and 176-pound frame. Expect him to see some work in the slot in Mobile, Alabama.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 11 - 11:24 AM

Michigan redshirt sophomore LB/DB Jabrill Peppers will forego his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Heisman finalist Peppers has played all over the field with the Wolverines -- from linebacker to safety to running back -- but there appears to be little positional wiggle room for the 6-foot-1, 202-pounder at the next level. In mid-December, an NFL personnel executive told MMQB's Emily Kaplan that there is a near-unanimous opinion that Peppers' best fit in the pros will be at safety. Walter Football's Charlie Campbell ranks him as the No. 3 safety in the prospective 2017 draft class. Peppers should land solidly in the first round when all is said and done.
Jan 10 - 3:20 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Michigan will hire Browns assistant head coach Pep Hamilton to serve as assistant head coach and passing game coordinator.

The Browns were hoping to retain Hamilton for the 2017 season, but it looks like that won't play out for them. Hamilton joined HC Hue Jackson's staff last offseason. Prior to that most recent gig, he had worked with the Colts as offensive coordinator for two-plus seasons. Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh is familiar with Hamilton's work, as he served as wide receiver coach under Harbaugh at Stanford in 2010. His hook-up with the Wolverines should help to soften the blow of QB coach Jedd Fisch's decision earlier this winter to jump to UCLA.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 9 - 7:14 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that Cleveland Browns QB coach Pep Hamilton is considering joining Michigan's staff.

Hamilton served as WR coach under UM HC Jim Harbaugh at Stanford in 2010 and went on to serve as Stanford's offensive coordinator from 2011-2012. He then linked up with the Colts as offensive coordinator in 2013 before eventually moving on to the Browns prior to the 2016 campaign. Rapoport relays that the Browns would like to retain Hamilton, meaning that if he leaves, he will be stepping away of his own volition. With offensive assistant Jedd Fisch off to UCLA, there is a place for Hamilton on the Michigan sideline should both sides want it to happen.
Jan 7 - 2:37 PM

Michigan received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 T Chuck Filiaga.

Oklahoma and Nebraska also saw their hats on the table at the Army All-American Bowl, but the 6-foot-6, 335-pounder sided with Michigan instead, adding to a growing haul for HC Jim Harbaugh as National Signing Day nears. The Aledo, Texas, native ranks as Scout.com's No. 125 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle, with analyst Greg Biggins noting that Filiaga "has an ideal tackle frame, shows the feet to kick out and take on speed rushers but the strength to handle bull rushers as well." He also has potential as a defensive lineman, but it would be a surprise at this juncture if he did not stick on the offensive line for the Wolverines.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 7 - 2:16 PM

Michigan edge rusher Taco Charlton declined an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Jon Ledyard states that Charlton isn't dealing with a major injury, rather he wants to fully heal from a long season ahead of the NFL Combine. Charlton is receiving plenty of day two buzz after an 8.5 sack season, and will likely fit in even and odd man fronts.
Jan 5 - 11:07 AM

Michigan signed offensive coordinator Tim Drevno to a new five-year contract worth $5.15 million.

Drevno has been with head coach Jim Harbaugh for the past two seasons at Michigan. Prior to that, he also worked under Harbaugh at the University of San Diego, at Stanford and with the San Francisco 49ers.
Source: ESPN
Jan 4 - 3:10 PM

Michigan redshirt junior QB John O'Korn will return to campus for the 2017 season.

O'Korn isn't exactly walking back into an inviting situation for playing time. Wilton Speight will be back next year, too. And the depth chart figures to become even more crowded with four-star 2017 QB Dylan McCaffrey joining the fray after National Signing Day. Still, no shame in coming back to a comfortable environment for O'Korn. In his lone start this season (filling in for an injured Speight), the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder completed 7-of-16 passes for 59 yards against Indiana on November 19.
Jan 3 - 1:53 PM

Michigan redshirt sophomore LB/DB Jabrill Peppers denied a report that he had settled on agent representation.

Forbes' Darren Heitner had earlier reported that Peppers had selected agents Jimmy Sexton and Patrick Collins. The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder took to Twitter to deny Heitner's report, writing, "This is going to be one of the hardest decisions in my life. If you haven't heard anything from the UofM or myself, it's FALSE. Thank You." Should Peppers sign with an agent, that would essentially seal a draft jump. Once a player signs with an agent, their remaining collegiate eligibility becomes null and void.
Jan 3 - 1:42 PM

Michigan RB De'Veon Smith will attend the East-West Shrine Game.

Smith received 180 carries each of the last two seasons, amassing 17 total touchdowns in that span. Smith is far from a flashy runner, but he likely possesses enough skill to be drafted on the third day.
Jan 3 - 10:52 AM

Michigan graduate QB Shane Morris will transfer.

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren reported as much near the beginning of December, with Morris making his intentions public via a Twitter post on Monday. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately in 2017. He will have one year of eligibility remaining once he joins his next (yet unknown) program. The 6-foot-3, 204-pounder attempted five passes this season. He had a shot at winning the starting quarterback gig with the Wolverines in HC Jim Harbaugh's first season at the helm of the ship in 2015, but that ultimately went to Jake Rudock. Both Wilton Speight and John O'Korn beat him out on the depth chart this past season.
Jan 2 - 4:03 PM


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