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Michigan redshirt freshman RB Ty Isaac will sit out this season after his immediate eligibility waiver appeal was denied by the NCAA.

The NCAA first told Austin in late August that he couldn't play. The running back appealed the decision, which also fell on deaf ears. "He’s handled it great," Wolverines coach Brady Hoke said. "He’s our scout running back, one of the two guys who fill that role and he had a great day yesterday. From an attitude standpoint and everything, he’s been awesome." Isaac, who will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015, rushed for 236 yards and a touchdown on 40 carries as a freshman at USC in 2013.
Sep 17 - 6:53 PM

Michigan redshirt sophomore WR Amara Darboh hauled in six passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in Michigan's 34-10 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

With junior receiver Devin Funchess on the sidelines dealing with a leg injury, the Wolverines relied on the 6-foot-2, 212 pound Darboh to step up and make plays. The Wolverine's prospect went down early in 2013 with a foot injury that forced him to miss most of last season. Funchess’ status for next weekend against Utah is still up in the air, but Darboh should be expected to step up again in Funchess' absence.
Sep 15 - 12:29 AM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner completed 13-of-20 attempts for 184 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 34-10 win versus Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

He added six carries for 25 yards. This is Gardner's second straight dud performance (he completed 19-of-32 attempts for 189 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions in a 31-0 loss against Notre Dame in Week 2). On Saturday, he played without injured TE Devin Funchess. Gardner doesn't look like a future NFLer right now.
Sep 14 - 11:59 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess will not play against Miami (OH) due to a leg injury.

Funchess is one of the nation's top pass catchers, but Michigan will likely not need his services against the RedHawks. Funchess injured his leg against Notre Dame, however, Brady Hoke later said his star receiver was "fine." The former tight end has recorded 16 receptions for 202 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season.
Sep 13 - 4:32 PM's Bucky Brooks called Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner a "turnover machine" and believes he hurt his draft stock in an ugly loss to Notre Dame last weekend.

Gardner completed 19-of-32 attempts for 189 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions in a 31-0 drubbing. "The Wolverines' senior quarterback teases NFL scouts with his size, athleticism and talent, but it's hard to endorse his pro prospects when he continues to be a turnover machine from the pocket," Brooks wrote. "Gardner committed four turnovers against Notre Dame and couldn't find a way to guide the Wolverines to a score. Sure, Gardner didn't get a lot of help from his teammates, but NFL evaluators expect elite quarterback prospects to find a way to get things done when others are struggling. While it's not fair to pin all of the Wolverines' struggles on Gardner, the fact that he wasn't able to turn around his team's fortunes in a big game will lead some scouts to downgrade him on his overall performance." One wonders if Gardner would retain the respect he possesses if Devin Funchess hadn't been around the past few years.
Sep 9 - 6:04 PM

NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks notes that Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess "has the ability to box out defenders or win contested balls on the outside" and "presents an imposing challenge to the smallish defenders on the perimeter."

"The former tight end dominates defenders with his superior size (6-5, 230 pounds) and length, Funchess has the ability to box out defenders or win contested balls on the outside. Thus, he presents an imposing challenge to the smallish defenders on the perimeter," Brooks wrote. While Notre Dame CB Cole Luke has "plenty of experience," he hasn't faced "a polished, big-bodied receiver with Funchess' skills,"according to Brooks. Funchess had a monster game in the Wolverines opener with seven receptions for 95 yards and three touchdowns.
Sep 5 - 2:52 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang compared Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess to Jimmy Graham while ranking Funchess as the No. 17 player on his board.

"Funchess doesn't offer the bulk and power of a traditional tight end but split out wide in a Jimmy Graham role, his speed, strong hands and incredible body control make him almost impossible to stop," Rang wrote. "Just ask Appalachian State, which surrendered three touchdowns to Funchess in his first official game as a wide receiver." Indeed, Funchess caught seven balls for 95 yards and three scores in a 52-14 victory. Last season, Funchess hauled in 49 receptions for 748 yards and six TDs. Rotoworld's Josh Norris compares Funchess to former FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 4 - 5:32 PM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner completed 13 of 14 attempts for 173 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 52-14 win over App State.

With only one incompletion, it was one of Gardner's best performances of his career. However, he still dropped his eyes on occasion to find operable space rather than stay poised and patient in the pocket. He will likely rely on massive receiver Devin Funchess all season. We would too.
Aug 30 - 4:58 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess caught seven passes for 95 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 52-14 win over App State.

Funchess in bunches. The massive tight end to receiver convert is a complete mismatch. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranked Funchess as the No. 3 receiver of the 12 he watched during the preseason, comparing his game to Kelvin Benjamin. Funchess might not be as good at the catch point just yet (he did have a nice grab in this game), but the Wolverine is likely better in the short game than KB.
Aug 30 - 3:42 PM

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.
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.
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
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