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NFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah loves Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess' size and catch radius."

"Devin Funchess- Love the size and catch radius. Has build up speed and he's physical after the catch. Not very sudden, not crisp route runner," Jeremiah tweeted. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Funchess has great short area run after catch ability for a player of his size. Funchess could emerge as a late first-round selection, but drops at a supposed strength are a question. Expect the Michigan prospect to fill a Kelvin Benjamin type role in the NFL, but some patience might be necessary.
Dec 10 - 3:02 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Brian Hamilton of SI.

With how poorly Michigan played this season, the decision was expected. Many project or list Funchess as a tight end, but he has really focused his game on winning from the outside. He is in the mold of Kelvin Benjamin, however, Funchess tended to lose more contested targets the more Michigan lost on the field. He does have very good short area run after catch ability for a player of his size. Funchess could emerge as a late first-round selection, but drops at a supposed strength are a question.
Dec 9 - 3:41 PM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner received a letter from Ohio State for his display of sportsmanship, while he consoled injured Ohio State's QB J.T. Barrett.

Rivalry aside, it was nice of Ohio State to show it's gratitude to Gardner. Ohio State's JT Barrett suffered a fractured ankle in Saturday's game.
Dec 3 - 3:58 PM

Michigan has fired head coach Brady Hoke.

Multiple reporters have posted the news, including Bruce Feldman and Sam Webb. The firing was inevitable, but reports have already surfaced that Michigan might have difficulty finding their next coach. Expect them to look "outside of the family." Hoke was 31-20 in four seasons at Michigan, including 18-14 in conference. He has a defensive background.
Dec 2 - 3:18 PM

Scott Roussel of Football Scoop cites multiple sources saying 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh "has already told Michigan that he is not a candidate."

One Roussel source said "Michigan is struggling to find their next head coach," which is not a good start to the process. He adds Michigan has reached out to Butch Jones of Tennessee, who has already said he will not be a candidate. "Multiple sources we spoke with feel Michigan will ultimately wind up going "outside the family" for their next head coach," Roussel concludes. This could be a long, drawn out search.
Dec 2 - 11:03 AM

Michigan redshirt sophomore RB Drake Johnson will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

Johnson tore the ligament against Ohio State. This is Johnson's second ACL tear in as many years, and reports state it is to the same knee. After missing the first six games of the season, Johnson rushed for 361 yards and four touchdowns on 60 carries in five games.
Dec 1 - 9:58 AM

Brady Hoke plans to return as Michigan's head coach in 2015.

"That’s what I know right now," Hoke said. It's not yet known who will make a decision about the maligned Hoke's future. Wolverines athletics director Dave Brandon stepped down earlier this season, and Michigan named Jim Hackett as interim athletics director. It doesn't seem likely that the school will allow Hackett to make the crucial decision of either retaining Hoke or naming Michigan's next head football coach. Hoke's best team came with Rich Rodriguez's recruits, and the squad only won five games this season.
Source: Fox Sports
Nov 30 - 9:01 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess caught seven passes for 108 in the school's 42-28 loss to Ohio State.

Funchess was able to get involved early and made a number of impressive catches. When on his game, Funchess can look extremely impressive and even has yards after catch ability. Expect him to fill a Kelvin Benjamin type role in the NFL, but some patience might be necessary.
Nov 29 - 4:59 PM

Mlive.com's Nick Baumgardner notes that Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess "has NFL talent," but "he hasn't played like it for a full game all season."

"Funchess has NFL talent. But he hasn't played like it for a full game all season. Someone on this offense (probably multiple people) are going to have to have super efforts for the Wolverines to have any shot," Baumgardner wrote. In three straight games, Funchess hasn't cracked the 50-yard receiving mark and it's been four straight since he's scored. Three of his four touchdowns came in the opening contest of the season. Baumgardner notes that Funchess has "spent the past month dropping passes, struggling to get open and really doing nothing in terms of playing through or against contact." While it's been a tough season for the Wolverines' prospect, he still is one the best physical talents in the nation. We're sure that smart NFL teams will understand that circumstance has hurt his numbers.
Source: Mlive.com
Nov 26 - 3:31 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess caught five passes for 30 yards in Saturday's 23-16 loss to Maryland.

That's three straight games in which Funchess hasn't cracked the 50-yard receiving mark and four straight since he's scored. Three of his four touchdowns came in the opening contest of the season. The numbers on Funchess are filled with sad emojis (just 625 receiving yards, four touchdowns), but we don't hold that against the 6-foot-5, 230-pound receiver. At least not too much. Michigan is clearly mailing in games at this point and it doesn't help that Funchess lacks a competent quarterback tossing him the ball. He remains one of the best physical talents in the nation and smart NFL teams will understand that circumstance has hurt his numbers.
Nov 22 - 7:19 PM

Michigan redshirt senior LB Jake Ryan will attend the East-West Shrine game.

Ryan tore his ACL in March of 2013, but was able to return for the final portions of last season. The veteran has started every game this season and is used in a variety of alignments.
Nov 19 - 9:44 AM

Michigan senior Frank Clark has gone from "possible mid-round draft pick to undraftable and NFL longshot," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"It wasn't tough to find a "faller" for this week as Clark has gone from possible mid-round draft pick to undraftable and NFL longshot. The Michigan defensive end was dismissed from the program on Monday after he was arrested over the weekend due to domestic violence allegations," Brugler wrote. Clark had previously been arrested for breaking into dorms and stealing a laptop back in 2012. With that being said, there is a strong chance he will now go undrafted this spring.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 18 - 3:42 PM

Michigan HC Brady Hoke "does not expect" sophomore RB Derrick Green (broken clavicle) to play versus Maryland on Saturday.

The Wolverines prospect broke his clavicle on a late run against Rutgers on October 4. It had been previously thought that he would be out for the remainder of the season, As of recent, Hoke has indicated that Green has a chance to play, at some point. Prior to Green's injury, the sophomore had rushed for 471 and three touchdowns.
Nov 18 - 3:22 PM

Michigan has dismissed senior DE Frank Clark from the football program for a violation of team rules.

"This is a tragic situation. Our student-athletes will be held accountable when their actions fail to meet the standard we have," head coach Brady Hoke said. Clark was arrested this weekend after being accused of domestic violence. There is a strong chance he will now go undrafted this spring.
Nov 17 - 11:10 AM

The victim accusing Michigan senior Frank Clark, his live in girlfriend, told police the DE punched her in the face.

"The victim’s brother, who’d just emerged from the hotel room shower at the time, reportedly saw Clark grab the victim by her neck and slam her to the ground," adds the Sandusky Register. "At one point, the woman said Clark pinned her to the bed, prompting her to bite his nose in an attempt to get him off of her." Michigan is in the information gathering phase, but expect an announcement in the very near future. Clark had previously been arrested for breaking into dorms and stealing a laptop back in 2012.
Nov 17 - 9:33 AM


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