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Michigan graduate DL Ondre Pipkins is considering Missouri, Texas Tech and Kansas as transfer destinations, according to Joe Schad.

Pipkins recently vocalized his frustrations with the new Michigan staff, saying he was pressured to sign a waiver that would end his playing career and allow his scholarship to be freed. The one time coveted recruit has a long injury history, including a torn ACL. He will be eligible to play immediately.
Jul 1 - 10:06 AM

Senior DL Ondre Pipkins told ESPN's Joe Schad that Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh and the football team's staff pressured him to end his career.

Pipkins intends to transfer to finish his playing career. The staff reportedly asked Pipkins "10 times over a two-month period to sign a medical scholarship form that would have ended his career," per Schad. The defensive tackle says the first diagnosis was arthritis in his knee (he previously tore his ACL in 2013). After denying the waiver, Pipkins then says the diagnosis changed and doctors suggested he take six months away from the game. The former five-star defensive tackle understands he might need to transfer to an FCS level program.
Source: ESPN
Jun 26 - 6:29 PM

Despite the transfer of Jake Rudock, Michigan junior Shane Morris believes the starting QB job is his to lose.

"Right now it’s my job to lose and I’m just going to keep working hard and fight off any competitors that are trying to take it away from me," Rudock said. The junior understands friendly competition as well as knowing Rudock would not have been added if the coaching staff did not value his skills. Morris was also involved in a competition last year with Devin Gardner, but suffered a (highly publicized) head injury. We were not impressed with his on-field skill at the time.
Source: MLive
Jun 20 - 6:23 PM

Michigan sophomore CB Jabrill Peppers "is the most talented player on Michigan's defense, and that needs to show on the field this fall," postulates NFL Media.

Peppers was relegated to only three games last season because of leg and ankle injuries, really hurting a Michigan defense that was short of speed and athleticism. Peppers, the No. 3 prospect nationally in 2014 behind only Leonard Fournette and Myles Garrett, set a New Jersey high school record in the 200-meter dash with a 20.79 second showing.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 6:43 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh "still hasn’t settled on a quarterback for the upcoming season and has plenty of questions on the o-line and in the backfield," notes the Sport Quotient.

Harbaugh inherits an offense which last year ranked 111th in the nation in scoring (20.9 points per game), 112th in passing (170.2 yards per game) and 115th in total offense (333 yards per game). "It’s not going to be easy to turn this offense around right away, but Harbaugh’s proven in the past he can mold signal callers and turn an offense into a juggernaut," observed SQ.
Jun 8 - 4:42 PM

NFL Media ranks Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh as the No. 7 head coach in the country.

Harbaugh holds a career 58-27 record in college. "The intense head coach of the Wolverines might be the most interesting man in college football in 2015 as he returns to his alma matter. Harbaugh has been a noted builder of programs," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "He turned things around at San Diego and Stanford with an eye for talent and a quality blueprint. It will be interesting to see if he can do the same thing for Michigan after four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers." Harbaugh, working with a six-year, $48 million contract, should not be expected to work immediate miracles in Michigan. Playing in a fringe bowl game in his first season would be a worthwhile accomplishment with the talent on hand.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 3 - 3:38 PM

Mlive.com's Nick Baumgardner notes that Michigan graduate QB Jake Rudock is a guy "who won't light the world on fire, but can manage an offense without turning the ball over."

"Michigan's coaching staff realized very quickly that turnovers and overall inefficiency from the quarterback spot was perhaps the biggest problem area on offense over the past few seasons. So they recruited Rudock -- a player who won't light the world on fire, but can manage an offense without turning the ball over," Baumgardner wrote. The former Iowa graduate started 25 games for the Hawkeyes the past two years, passing for 4,819 yards and 34 touchdowns total. Last season, Rudock completed 213 of 345 attempts for 2,436 yards and 16 touchdowns, with just five interceptions.
Source: Mlive.com
Jun 2 - 3:03 PM

NFL Media ranks Michigan graduate QB Jake Rudock as the No. 15 impact transfer in the nation.

Rudock (6-foot-3, 208 pounds) transferred over from Iowa, where he had already lost his starting job to C.J. Beathard, after graduating in the spring. "Rudock fits Michigan's pro-style attack, and he should benefit from working with a coaching staff that has an actual offensive plan," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He isn't overly athletic, but he is cerebral and has a nice arm." Rudock will battle Shane Morris for starting duties.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 6:30 PM

Michigan redshirt junior WR Amara Darboh is expected to take over Devin Funchess' role as go-to receiver.

"Darboh should be able to handle that role; the concern for the Wolverines is figuring out which players will serve as the complementary receivers," wrote NFL Media's Mike Huguenin. Darboh recorded 36 receptions for 473 yards and two touchdowns last year. Funchess was the only other wide receiver who had more than 15 catches.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 1:19 AM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh plans to hold a camp called "Ann Arbor's Aerial Assault," which will be targeted at quarterbacks in the 2016-2019 classes.

Harbaugh's advertised invited guests for the camp include Jay Cutler, Jameis Winston, Colin Kaepernick, Josh Jackson, Tyrod Taylor, Kyle Boller, David Fales, Sean Mannion, Zac Robinson, Blake Bortles, Elvis Grbac,Denard Robinson, Michigan passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch, and QB whisperer George Whitfield.
Source: Mlive.com
May 15 - 4:04 PM

Michigan senior WR Dennis Norfleet apologized to UM fans, UM alumni and current/former UM teammates via his Instagram account.

"I've been crying so much I have no more tears to give I just want to give an apology to all the Michigan fans and the Michigan alumni last but not least my team. We been through it all we all have the same goals that we want to reach but I've been talking to God everything is going to be alright for those who don't know what's going on... Trust me I will be okay things happen for reason," Norfleet wrote. The Michigan prospect did not clarify what he was exactly apologizing for. Nor have the Wolverines' program made a statement on Norfleet's exact status.
May 15 - 3:15 PM

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said graduate QB Jake Rudock will get a fair competition for the starting job with junior Shane Morris.

"I expect there will be very good competition. He's a player who is hungry to compete," Harbaugh said of Rudock. "It's good for him academically and very good for him athletically with the opportunity to compete for a role. Whether that be a starting role, I know that's where his goals are aligned." Rudock transferred to Ann Arbor after graduating from conference rival Iowa. "I don’t think it was anything particular to be honest," he said. "It was one of those decisions that I made over the winter when the season was over." Rudock started 25 games over the past two seasons and threw for 4,819 yards and 34 touchdowns total as a Hawkeye. It would be a bit of an upset if he beat out Morris.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 8:44 PM

ESPN's Dan Murphy reports that Michigan senior WR Dennis Norfleet has been "suspended" from the program, and not dismissed.

Just yesterday, there were reports that Norfleet had a disagreement with HC Harbaugh, and was dismissed from the program. However, Michigan's multipurpose player was suspended due to academic reasons. The 5-foot-7, 168-pound Norfleet has been quite the versatile athlete for the Wolverines over the last three years. Norfleet has played wide receiver, running back and cornerback, but has mainly been effective as a kick returner.
Source: ESPN.com
May 13 - 2:17 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes former Stanford redshirt senior CB Wayne Lyons "might be UM's top defender in 2015."

The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Lyons could bring much-needed experience to the Wolverines secondary, as Michigan has only three experienced corners, with juniors Jourdan Lewis and Channing Stribling and fifth-year senior Blake Countess in the mix. In his time at Stanford, Lyons recorded 128 tackles, with 66 solo stops and 4.5 tackles for loss. Lyons also recorded three interceptions, three pass break ups, and forced three fumbles.
May 12 - 4:12 PM

Michigan has dismissed senior WR Dennis Norfleet from the program, according to Mlive.com's Nick Baumgardner.

"Martin Luther King High School football coach Dale Harvel told MLive on Tuesday that Norfleet has been dismissed from Michigan's program by coach Jim Harbaugh," wrote Baumgardner. Allegedly, Norfleet and HC Harbaugh had a disagreement, which led to his dismissal. The 5-foot-7, 168-pound Norfleet was headed into his senior year for the Wolverines, and will now leave as the all-time leader in kick returns (90) and kick return yards (2,203).
Source: Mlive.com
May 12 - 2:59 PM


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