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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Michigan senior C Mason Cole received a "return to school" grade from the Advisory Committee.

Pauline's source was Cole's father. Cole briefly considered turning pro, but he'll return to Ann Arbor for his senior season. The 6-foot-5, 287-pounder will be a four-year starter for the Wolverines.
Jan 18 - 3:49 PM

Michigan redshirt junior QB Wilton Speight enters the offseason as starter, but he will have to compete for his job in 2017.

That means that Speight and John O'Korn will once again do battle in practice. "(O'Korn) pushes me every day to be better. I know Brandon (Peters) will, too, this offseason," Speight said last month. The 6-foot-6, 243-pound Speight threw for 2,538 yards and an 18/7 TD/INT rate on a completion rate of 61.6 percent this past season.
Source: MLive
Jan 18 - 3:35 PM

In their final rankings release of the 2017 cycle, Rivals dropped Michigan four-star 2017 verbal QB commit Dylan McCaffrey down 79 spots.

We will let Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman explain. "McCaffrey is a talented quarterback who put up impressive numbers in his senior season but there are some concerns about his readiness to step in immediately at Michigan and be the starting quarterback," Friedman wrote. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound gunslinger is a longtime Wolverines' pledge, having initially committed to the program in February of 2016. In their previous rankings release, Rivals tagged McCaffrey as the No. 52 overall prospect in the 2017 class. They have moved him all the way down to No. 131 with National Signing Day just over two weeks away.
Source: Rivals
Jan 17 - 6:12 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Michigan RB coach Tyrone Wheatley to serve in the same capacity.

Wheatley was brought on staff by Michigan in the 2015 offseason. This past season, he oversaw a Wolverines rushing attack which racked up 2,768 yards. While Michigan should be able to find a suitable candidate to replace Wheatley in short order, they could end up taking a slight recruiting hit in the long run. Wheatley was a gem in that arena, ranking as the seventh-best recruiter in the country. He has helped secure 10 commitments in the 2017 class.
Jan 17 - 12:20 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler notes that Michigan RB De'Veon Smith "has the pre-snap awareness, base power and hand techniques to match up very well in [pass-protection]."

While Smith has the pass-blocking prowess to impress NFL scouts, his ability as a runner -- especially when projected to the next level -- is less encouraging. Wrote Brugler, "He runs physical and has the lateral quickness to work around bodies, but is a one-speed runner with little deception." Smith never surpassed 850 yards rushing in a season during his time with the Wolverines and for his career, he averaged a fine-but-unremarkable 4.5 YPC. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views the 5-foot-11, 228-pounder as a sixth-rounder.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 16 - 8:51 PM

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


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