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Michigan senior RB Justice Hayes will transfer.

Hayes will graduate from the university this spring, meaning he'll be eligible to play wherever he wants in 2015. "The fact that I will be graduating from the University of Michigan in April will be meritorious," Hayes said. "I have earned team captain on numerous occasions, won respect from coaches and players, and most importantly played my heart out every Saturday. I truly appreciate the offer from [Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh] to allow me to return for my 5th year, but I have decided that I will choose another college to play football as a graduate student." Caught in a logjam at RB, Hayes, ranked as Rivals’ No. 3 all-purpose runner in the 2011 class, ran for only 213 yards in 2014.
Jan 26 - 7:45 PM

Michigan has flipped the commitment of four-star high school QB recruit Zach Gentry from Texas.

Jim Harbaugh is already working. Gentry is a 6'6/230 pounds pro-style quarterback out of New Mexico and flipped his commitment while on a recruiting trip at Michigan. He is the first commitment Harbaugh has received since taking over the job.
Source: Rivals
Jan 26 - 10:15 AM

Detroit Free Press' Mark Snyder reports that Michigan freshman CB Jabrill Peppers will be moving to safety.

The report of Peppers position change started from scout.com, and then was talked about by teammate Freddy Canteen on twitter, with Peppers alluding to it during their conversation in a tweet. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Peppers was widely viewed as the top defensive back recruit in the country and a top five overall recruit.
Jan 21 - 3:33 PM

ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper, believes this years deep WR draft class could push Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner "down a little bit" in the draft.

"But the thing that hurts him is the fact that there are so many wide receivers in this draft that are really good. I mean, it was a great year last year; you had 15 rookies that really were impactful at wide receiver, and you're gonna have a load more this year. It's a very, very strong, very deep position. Guys that are already proven entities at that spot. So that could push him down a little bit. Still a very draftable player." The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder has the size and speed to potentially succeed as a wide receiver at the next level, and Kiper has noted in the past that Gardner could be "a late-round pick" and a "developmental wide receiver."
Jan 21 - 2:22 PM

ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper thinks former Michigan senior DE Frank Clark's draft stock will be "affected."

"I think Clark will be affected -- I wouldn't say dramatically. From team from team, I don't know how they'll view off-the-field issues with various players," ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said on a conference call today. "But in this particular case, it's significant, it's serious. And in terms of the drop, you obviously could have (one), considering where the NFL is right now with this whole issue." The Michigan DE was dismissed from the program in November after he was arrested due to domestic violence allegations. Clark had previously been arrested for breaking into dorms and stealing a laptop back in 2012. Kiper notes that Clark is already at a disadvantage because of the position he plays, and there are already "many players that are able to get after the quarterback and play in a similar type of way."
Jan 21 - 2:04 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock believes Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner would have to be a "core special-teamer" while he "buys himself time to learn the position."

Mayock, of course, is speaking of Gardner's acclimation to receiver. Gardner passed his first test, improving at Shrine Game practices throughout the week and plucking a few balls during the contest itself, but he's far from out of the woods. The former quarterback's technique on the outside is shoddy, and won't be NFL field-ready by the fall, hence Mayock's belief that Gardner will have to prove his worth on special teams to make a roster in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 8:47 PM

Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner caught two passes for 20 yards in Saturday's East-West Shrine game.

Gardner actually started out his career as a receiver before transitioning to quarterback, but this was the first time he had played significant minutes at the position since the 2012 season. He caught two passes for 20 yards (long catch of 11 yards) playing for the East squad on Saturday. There's not much we can read into this particular game because it's simply too small of a sample size. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler and others have reported that Gardner looked a little rough with his routes during practice and is still working on the transition. Gardner wouldn't have received NFL-level attention at quarterback, but the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder has the size and speed to potentially succeed as a wide receiver if he can acclimate to the position.
Jan 18 - 4:48 PM

Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner "was understandably rusty as he made the transition from quarterback to wideout during practice this week," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"But while he struggled on Monday, Gardner consistently improved throughout the week, adapting well to the coaching," Brugler wrote. "He fine-tuned his routes and showed better focus downfield to finish catches in contested situations, using his top shelf size/speed combination to create mismatches. Gardner could be a prospect who continues to gain momentum throughout the process as he makes strides at the new position." The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder was criticized earlier in the week for his slow position change acclimation, but he began to draw positive reviews as game time drew closer. Perhaps that short-term improvement will tease an NFL team into believing there is more to come.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 1:07 PM

Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner's "route-running is inconsistent, he's dropping passes he should catch, and he isn't using his hands well enough, whether it's getting off the line or creating separation downfield," according to ESPN's Steve Muench.

The analyst went on to say that Gardner has a lot of work to do, but Muench believes Gardner made a sound decision in shifting to receiver from quarterback at the Shrine Game. "With 32 ½-inch arms, he has the length, body control and speed to make plays downfield and he's flashed the ability to high-point the football. He's shown that he can catch the ball with his hands away from his frame -- even if he isn't doing it consistently at this point -- and he's looked like he can produce after the catch when he catches it clean without breaking stride," Muench wrote. "It's also worth noting that he's benefited from the extensive coaching he's received this week, and he's given teams a reason to be optimistic about his progress by responding to that coaching in a positive way. (And it should be noted that he could gain a little extra value given he's at least an emergency QB option.)" The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Gardner has improved throughout the week of Shrine practices.
Jan 17 - 6:58 PM

Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner has been battling a leg injury, reports NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

Despite the injury, Davis thinks Gardner "showed improvement with each day of practice here at the Shrine Game." The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has been drawing positive reviews from evaluators watching his acclimation to receiver at the Shrine Game. "I think he's going to keep getting better, too -- I would love to see where he's at with his progress in a month," Davis wrote. "He'll continue to refine his route running, and he's a smart player who's familiar with a pro-style offense. We'll have to see how he develops, but I've heard from a lot of teams that are intrigued by him."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 3:45 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner "got better and better each day" at East-West Shrine practices.

My how the mighty have... risen. Gardner's disappointing career at Michigan was followed by a few rough days of practice in Florida as he attempted to shift to receiver on the fly. He persevered, and latter-week reports have been positively glowing. "Gardner has good, not great, speed but can be elusive and has good hands, especially for a guy who has been a receiver for only about seven weeks," wrote Mike Huguenin, a College Football 24/7 writer. "His size also is a big plus. He should become more acclimated to the position, and his pre-draft workouts could be quite interesting." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler echoed Jeremiah's sentiment on Friday, tweeting that Gardner showed "consistent improvement each day" at Shrine practices.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 1:24 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner impressed with "consistent improvement each day" at East-West Shrine practice.

"A talented size/speed athlete, the week started rough for Michigan WR Devin Gardner, but he impressed with consistent improvement each day," Brugler tweeted. The former 6-foot-4, 220-pound Gardner will have every opportunity to impress the scouts, the jury is still out for Gardner as a WR at the next level. Brugler wrote earlier this week that Gardner "did some things well and has the athleticism for his size that should translate well, but it will certainly take some time before he sheds the 'quarterback trying to play wide receiver' label."
Jan 16 - 2:24 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner "is understandably still very raw as a wideout."

Gardner is hoping to make the NFL as a receiver. Perhaps you'll recall that he opened his career as a WR catching balls from Denard Robinson. Gardner first began taking snaps when Shoelace was felled by injury. A promising start derailed to numerous benchings. "During Monday's [East-West Shrine] practice, Gardner rounded off routes, dropped passes and attracted a good amount of attention from the coaches as they tried to coach him up," Brugler wrote. "He did some things well and has the athleticism for his size that should translate well, but it will certainly take some time before he sheds the 'quarterback trying to play wide receiver' label."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 14 - 7:18 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes that Michigan redshirt senior LB Jake Ryan "just cannot make plays in coverage."

"Struggles staying with tight ends and running backs," Pauline noted. "Two down defender." The analyst was taking in Ryan's work at East-West Shrine game practices. The 6-foot-3, 236-pound Ryan has an ACL surgery in his past, and he wasn't the most fleet of foot before that.
Jan 13 - 8:28 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner is off to a "very inconsistent start" at Monday's East-West Shrine practice.

"Very inconsistent start for Devin Gardner/Michigan; very uneven start. A few nice receptions but a lot of drops," Pauline tweeted. The former 6-foot-4, 220-pound Michighan QB began his career as a starting WR for the Wolverines. Gardner hauled in 16 receptions for 266 yards and 4 touchdowns before moving back to QB to replace an injured Denard Robinson. While Gardner will have every opportunity to impress the scouts, the jury is still out for Gardner as a WR at the next level.
Jan 12 - 2:18 PM


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