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Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner is prepared to compete with sophomore Shane Morris for the starting job.

"I've proven I can throw for 500 yards. I've also proven I can throw for 97 yards," Gardner said, referencing a 503-yard day against Indiana last year and a 97-yard nightmare versus UConn. Gardner said the Wolverines will be a better running team under new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who spent the last two seasons at Alabama. "He doesn't settle for anything but the best. He simplifies things so the offensive line and running backs know their assignments a little better," Gardner said. "It's going to look similar. Inside (the team) it's a lot different, a lot of different terminology, but to you guys on the outside, it won't look much different. We're going to run the ball better, though."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 12 - 8:37 PM

Michigan HC Brady Hoke told Campus Insiders senior QB Devin Gardner wants to improve his weekly preparation.

Hoke notes that Gardner prepared pretty well last year, but noted Tom Brady's speech a few months ago hit home for the (likely) starting quarterback. The head coach previously stated he will name a top quarterback early in fall camp, and it is currently a "great competition." Gardner is battling sophomore Shane Morris.
Jul 8 - 11:04 AM

Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke said he'll name a starting QB "early in fall camp."

"Even though we have a starter coming back, I think that’s a great competition," Hoke said. "At the end of the day, somewhere early in fall camp, I think that position will be secured by one guy." The 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior Devin Gardner is currently in the fight of his life attempting to fend off sophomore Shane Morris in the open competition. "[Someone] who will go out there and lead this offense and lead this team," Hoke said. "But, at the same time, having [depth] if a guy gets dinged up, or a guy isn’t having the day he wants to have or we want him to have. There’s an opportunity for the next guy to come in, and that’s what’s been great [about this]."
Source: MLive.com
Jun 28 - 2:47 PM

Michigan junior TE Devin Funchess ranks as one of the Big 10's best breakout candidates, according to NFL.com.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Funchess is a player to target in fantasy drafts. "As a tight end, his size is average but his athleticism is off the charts; as a wide receiver, his size is off the charts but his athleticism is somewhat average," noted the website. Listed as a tight end, the long-limbed junior is often spread out wide, as UNC used Eric Ebron last year. Funchess collected 49 receptions for 748 yards and six TDs as the Big 10's best tight end last season, and he'll easily surpass those numbers in 2014. "Michigan is hoping his size leads to a lot of mismatches on the outside; in addition, his athleticism can be put to good use in a variety of ways, which means it is up to new coordinator Doug Nussmeier to feature Funchess," NFL.com observed. "Funchess has the speed to get deep, and while he can add bulk and strength and become a better blocker, his pass-catching ability already has caught scouts' eyes."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 3:43 PM

Michigan junior TE Devin Funchess is the No. 1 draft-eligible underclassmen TE, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"A tight end often in name only, like Tyler Eifert at Notre Dame or Eric Ebron at North Carolina, you'll see the long-armed, 6-5 Funchess across the formation at X or Y, and he can be used out of the slot, too," Kiper wrote. "What you won't see him do is block very often, but that's not a worry for the Wolverines, and it won't be for NFL scouts, either." Funchess posted 49 receptions for 748 yards and six TDs last season. If Michigan's QB play is better in 2014 than it was in 2013 -- as expected -- and Funchess takes another developmental step forward, he should easily surpass those numbers this fall. "He's a weapon in the passing game, a power forward working against smaller defenders, and a guy who can stretch the field and can also run after the catch on short stuff," Kiper wrote.
Jun 15 - 12:17 AM

Former USC sophomore RB Ty Isaac transferred to Michigan.

Wolverines coach Brady Hoke believes Isaac's hardship waiver will be granted due to the ailing nature of his mother's health. The former Illinois prep superstar could share carries with Derrek Green and De'Veon Smith this season if the NCAA grants his request. Isaac, who rushed for 236 yards on 40 carries and two touchdowns last season, was buried on Steve Sarkisian's depth chart at USC.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 12 - 9:03 PM

Former USC sophomore RB Ty Isaac reportedly committed to join Michigan on a visit this week, according CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.

Under normal transfer rules, Isaac would most likely have to sit out the 2014 season for the Wolverines before being able to play again in 2015. However, Isaac is applying for a hardship waiver, since he would like to play closer to his mother who is ill. If all goes well with Isaac's hardship waiver application, Michigan could have a backfield loaded with talent with Isaac, Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith also in the mix for the 2014 season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 5 - 10:47 AM

Mlive.com reports that Michigan redshirt junior C Graham Glasgow had a .13 blood alcohol level after he was pulled over for driving under the influence in March.

Not only was Glasgow under the influence, but he had a passenger hanging out of the front passenger window, while driving with tailgate of the SUV wide open. Glasgow was charged with a misdemeanor for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The maximum penalty is 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. Michigan has chosen to suspend Glasgow for the season opener against Appalachian State and has been suspended for a portion of spring practice for his actions.
Source: Mlive.com
Jun 4 - 3:08 PM

At the state track meet this past Friday, Five-star Michigan commit Jabrill Peppers ran a 10.52 in the 100-meter dash.

Peppers happened to beat Alabama's five-star Alabama football signee Minkah Fitzpatrick by nearly a half-second, who finished second in the race. Peppers ranks as the highest-rated recruit UM has ever signed since the founding of Rivals‘ back in 2002. The 6-foot-1, 205 pound corner's play making ability and speed, should be a welcomed addition to the Wolverines defense.
Jun 2 - 4:36 PM

Former USC sophomore RB Ty Isaac will visit Michigan and Illinois, according to ESPN's Tom VanHaaren.

VanHaaren received the news from Isaac's mother. The running back's intention is to transfer closer to home, which is the state of Illinois. He will likely have to sit out a season once finding a landing spot, however, Isaac will seek instant eligibility. Isaac rushed for 236 yards on 40 carries and two touchdowns last season.
May 30 - 11:49 AM

NFL.com's Mike Huegenin tabs Michigan senior DE Frank Clark as a breakout candidate in 2014.

"He's going to be overshadowed at his position in this league by [MSU's Shilique] Calhoun and [Nebraska's Randy] Gregory, but Clark -- who will be a senior this fall -- is an intriguing talent," Huegenin wrote. Clark decided to return to school in 2014 after requesting input from the NFL Draft Advisory Board over the winter. Clark arrived on campus as a 6-foot-2, 210-pound LB, but has transformed himself into a 270-pound DL. "He remains raw when it comes to technique, but his athleticism is appealing," wrote Huegenin. "He had five sacks last season and should hit double digits in that category this fall. That athleticism will be a huge selling point to NFL teams."
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 7:37 PM

USC has released sophomore RB Ty Isaac from his scholarship and he plans on transferring to a school closer to home.

Isaac is from Illinois and will likely have to sit out a season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations. He ran for 236 yards on 40 carries (5.9 avg) with two touchdowns last season. Isaac would likely run behind Javorius Allen and Tre Madden.
May 14 - 1:01 PM

Patriots selected Michigan WR Jeremy Gallon with the No. 244 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Gallon (5-foot-7 3/8, 183) set the Michigan record for single-season receiving yards (1,373) as a senior, as well as the Big Ten record for single-game receiving yardage (369) in October's thrashing of Indiana. Gallon finished his career with a 15.6 YPR average and 17 touchdowns. He ran 4.49 at the Combine and posted an explosive 10-foot-10 broad jump at the Wolverines' Pro Day. An experienced returner, Gallon projects as a slot weapon with special teams value. He's likely to max out as a sub-package receiver as opposed to start.
May 10 - 6:38 PM

Broncos selected Michigan OT Michael Schofield with the No. 95 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Schofield (6-foot-6 1/2, 301) made 36 starts for the Wolverines, playing left guard as a sophomore before bookending LT Taylor Lewan at right tackle as a junior and senior. He ran an impressive 5.01 forty at the Combine, but underwhelmed in the broad (7'9") and vertical (24") jumps. While Schofield is a right tackle only, his 34-inch arms will help him compensate for athletic limitations in pass protection, and he was an outstanding drive blocker in the Big Ten. Schofield will compete for the starting right-tackle job in Denver this summer.
May 9 - 11:07 PM

Titans selected Michigan OT Taylor Lewan with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Lewan (6-foot-7, 309) started 48 games as Michigan's left tackle, earning Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year as both a junior and senior. He measured in with 33 7/8-inch arms and ran 4.87 at the Combine, with highly impressive vertical (30 1/2") and broad (9-foot-9) jumps. Lewan has the physical makeup of an NFL blind-side protector, though draftniks believe he projects best on the right side. He's arguably a superior physical specimen to both of last year's top-two picks, Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel. Lewan has left-tackle athleticism and right-tackle intensity. He should supplant newly-signed Michael Oher at right tackle and could replace Michael Roos, who has one year left on his deal, at left tackle in 2015.
May 8 - 9:23 PM


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