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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
Aug 19 - 6:00 PM

Derrick Green is currently listed as Michigan's starting running back.

He's made up serious ground in the past week, as Michigan's depth chart listed sophomore De'Veon Smith and redshirt sophomore Drake Johnson as co-starters seven days ago. "Going into it, Derrick was No. 1, yes," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "I think No. 1a was De'Veon. And I think Drake can help us a bunch. Justice (Hayes) caught the ball out of the backfield well. There was (a blitz where) he stepped up and took on the linebacker, did a great job. They all had real positives. You want somebody (to separate), by when? Hopefully by Wednesday or Thursday of this week." The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Green was the No. 1-ranked RB recruit in the country coming into last season. He didn't do much to distinguish himself as a true freshman, but he retains elite talent and could have a huge season if he can convince the coaches to keep Smith and Johnson off the field.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 18 - 2:55 PM

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke expects senior QB Devin Gardner to begin the season as starter.

"I would expect him to start on the 30th (against Appalachian State)," Hoke said. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Gardner completed 60 percent of his passes last year, throwing for 2,960 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Inside of those numbers were plenty of highs and lows: Gardner had a 503-yard day against Indiana, a 451-yard, four-touchdown performance against hated Ohio State, and a 97-yard nightmare versus UConn. Michigan’s new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier might be more comfortable with Gardner's experience than tossing out sophomore Shane Morris. "I feel like I’m ready to be the starting quarterback at Michigan, definitely," Morris said. "But Devin’s also a great quarterback and he’s been here a long time and we’re both pushing each other to be the best we can be."
Aug 12 - 8:19 PM

Ann Arbor police released a video of suspended Michigan sophomore WR Csont'e York punching a man outside of a bar.

According to the police report, York's punch knocked out the victim's tooth and broke his jaw. The victim's jaw was broken in three places, which required his jaw to be wired shut, while using a breathing tube temporarily. York is currently suspended and will not report for fall camp for the Wolverines.
Source: Mlive.com
Aug 12 - 5:23 PM

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke announced that redshirt sophomore RB Drake Johnson and sophomore De'Veon Smith are "No. 1 and No. 1-A" on the depth chart.

Former elite recruit Derrick Green falls behind the duo. "Right now, it would be Drake Johnson and De'Veon," Hoke said Sunday. "So, you've got a No. 1 and No. 1-A (there), and then you've got a No. 2 with Derrick." The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Smith is a coach's dream because he's a willing blocker. Johnson (6-foot, 211) is working his way back from a torn ACL suffered during the first game of last season. "It's only made me stronger mentally and it's only going to help me going into the season," Johnson said. "As low as you can get, you realize you can still recover from it. So no matter what happens during a year, it won't be as bad (a season-ending injury). However strong I was in camp last year, I've got to be that much stronger now."
Source: MLive.com
Aug 10 - 11:08 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline compared Michigan senior DE Frank Clark to former Wolverine DE Brandon Graham and former NFL star Dwight Freeney.

The 6-foot-2, 273-pound Clark started 13 games at defensive end for the Wolverines in 2013, recording 43 tackles, 12.0 TFLs, and 4.5 sacks. "Clark, like Graham, is explosive, intense and constantly forcing the action," Pauline wrote. "He’s also undersized and scheme-specific as Graham was. Its not worked out for Graham in the NFL for reasons which can be debated. Regardless, count me as a believer in Clark as a one gap/Dwight Freeney type of defensive end." The former 210-pound LB is rumored to still run a 4.5 forty despite having packed on 63 pounds.
Aug 8 - 3:06 PM

Michigan senior ILB Desmond Morgan is an intelligent linebacker, observes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst notes that Morgan lacks teammate Jake Ryan's measurables "but plays smart football and is constantly around the action making positive plays." The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Morgan, who has been clocked at a 4.76 40-yard dash, is entering his fourth year as a starter. He'll be a leader on an experienced defense that returns eight starters this fall. Morgan is graded by Pauline as a preseason Round 7 prospect.
Aug 8 - 2:53 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wonders if Michigan redshirt sophomore DT Willie Henry can reverse the Wolverines' history of sending underachieving, big tackles to the next level.

"The Wolverines have a history of big defensive tackles who peter out as they move towards their NFL careers," Pauline wrote. "Hopefully that won’t be the case with Willie Henry as the redshirt sophomore shows the makings of a top flight prospect if he continues to improve and develop his game." Henry, who tallied 32 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 0.5 sacks and a blocked kick, appeared on ESPN.com's All-Big Ten Freshman Team. Pauline grades Henry as a Round 5 prospect.
Aug 8 - 2:18 PM

Michigan redshirt senior LB Jake Ryan could be a top-120 draft pick with a big final season of eligibility, projects TFY Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Ryan is a tough, slug it out defender with good measurables," Pauline wrote. "A good senior campaign could push him into the top 120 picks." The 6-foot-3, 242-pound linebacker tore the ACL in his right knee in March 2013 and played in only five games during the second half of the season. In 2012, Ryan led Michigan in tackles (88), tackles for loss (16.0) and sacks (4.5). CBS Sports' Dane Brugler thinks Ryan could be a top-50 pick.
Aug 8 - 1:47 PM

Michigan junior OLB James Ross III reminds TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline of Dhani Jones.

Ross III appeared in 12 games at linebacker, making nine starts, last season. He recorded 85 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. "Ross III reminds me of Dhani Jones as he’s slightly undersized but explosive and fearless," Pauline wrote. "Ross has the potential to develop into a three down defender at the next level." Pauline pegs Ross III as a preseason Round 5 prospect.
Aug 8 - 12:12 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline isn't sold on the idea that shifting Michigan junior WR/TE Devin Funchess to receiver full time will help his draft stock.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound hybrid has lined up at both receiver and tight end positions over the past two seasons. Funchess said recently that he is currently taking 100 percent of his snaps as an outside WR. "I don’t know how I feel about the expected move from tight end to wide receiver by Devin Funchess," Pauline wrote. "It will definitely help the Wolverines offense but will it help his draft stock? Funchess has established himself as a dominant pass catcher who makes the difficult reception down the field. His blocking is the question mark and though not terrible, it needs improving. Funchess has top 12 potential if the measurables are in line."
Aug 7 - 9:28 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Michigan junior WR/TE Devin Funchess as a first-rounder.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound WR/TE hybrid has tremendous size and athleticism, and has lined up at both receiver and tight end positions over the past two seasons. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last month that Funchess "has all the makings of a future first-round pick," and reminds him of a "younger Jermichael Finley at Texas." Funchess said recently that he is currently taking 100 percent of his snaps as an outside WR. "I don’t know what they’re going to do during the season, how that’s going to work out, but right now, I’m just 100 percent outside," he said.
Aug 4 - 10:11 PM

Michigan sophomore WR Csont'e York has been suspended "for failing to meet team standards and will not report for fall camp," according to Wolverines coach Brady Hoke.

"Csont’e York is suspended indefinitely for failing to meet team standards and will not report for fall camp," Coach Hoke wrote in a statement. "We demand that every person in our program represent the University of Michigan and the Michigan football program the right way on and off the field. When people fall short of that, there are consequences." The 6-foot-3, 191 pound York was expected to make a contribution this year at the wideout position. Last season he played in one game as a reserve wide-receiver for the Wolverines.
Source: Mlive.com
Aug 4 - 6:58 PM

Michigan junior Devin Funchess says he is currently taking 100 percent of his snaps as an outside WR.

"I don’t know what they’re going to do during the season, how that’s going to work out, but right now, I’m just 100 percent outside," Funchess said. The talented and mobile pass catcher has previously been listed as a tight end, but there is not a big difference in terms of his role. Funchess wins in the passing game, so his inline blocking is not a big deal. Complete tight ends do not come around frequently. The biggest difference might be that Funchess will not see as many snaps in the slot and will instead battle corners outside the hashes.
Source: MLive
Aug 4 - 10:25 AM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner has gained 16 pounds and currently weighs 220.

Per Bruce Feldman, Gardner says offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier's system is "a lot more simple" than Al Borges'. 2013's scheme was partially to blame for Gardner taking 34 sacks last season. "Last year, 'hots' weren't really a big deal, but now it's a really big deal," Gardner added. There are great flashes in the quarterback's game, but he has a long way to go.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 1 - 10:58 AM


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