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Michigan senior ILB Desmond Morgan could "be a solid last day pick that can line-up in sub packages as well as play special teams," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes.

"I liked Desmond Morgan’s game before his injury last season," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Morgan hurt his hand in the season opener last year against Appalachian State and didn't play again, granting him a medical hardship waiver to come back for another year. Morgan has been clocked with a 4.76 40-yard dash. The three-year starter has recorded 229 career tackles.
Jul 31 - 3:07 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline compared Michigan senior OLB James Ross III to former Wolverine Dhani Jones.

"Like Jone, the senior lacks classic size but is explosive, fearless and football smart," he wrote. Pauline graded Ross as a third-round prospect. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound Ross III had a down year last season after a solid sophomore campaign. We reserve judgement until he takes the gridiron again.
Jul 30 - 6:02 PM

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said transfer QBs Jake Rudock and John O'Korn are making strides in picking up the offense.

"He's got goals. He's got ambitions," Harbaugh said about Rudock. "He's got a plan for making this a successful year for him and our team. He shares that with Shane Morris. Both of those two youngsters, I've noticed the way they're carrying themselves. They've got a bounce in their step. They each have a plan and they're champing at the bit to execute it." While Rudock battles Morris for the starting job, O'Korn won't be eligible to play until 2016. Harbaugh thinks Rudock will be a quick study of his playbook. "It's not too dissimilar from me going to Paris, France, and not knowing the language and them coming in here and not knowing our football language," Harbaugh said.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 9:27 PM

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said redshirt freshman S Jabrill Peppers could play some offense this fall in addition to his work at safety and on special teams.

"It's rare that someone plays offense, defense and special teams," Harbaugh said. "The rare three-way player, it's exciting when someone is capable of doing that. They have some real gifts athletically in terms of football and they're really smart, sharp, to understand all three systems." The former five-star recruit was moved from cornerback to safety in the spring. He impressed onlookers with his work at the new position.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 7:12 PM

Michigan senior WR Dennis Norfleet was granted a transfer release this summer but can still potentially return to the team, according to Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh.

He's been suspended since May due to academics. "A plan was put into place for Dennis where he could accomplish all of his goals athletically and academically," Harbaugh said. "Our desire is that he gets his Michigan degree, and that plan hasn't changed from our viewpoint and the conversations I've had with Dennis." Harbaugh declined further comment, so it's hard to peg the odds that Norfleet will play for the Wolverines this fall. The 5-foot-7, 168-pounder is best on special teams. He had 938 return yards in 2013.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 6:27 PM

Michigan will likely use redshirt freshman CB Jabrill Peppers as Florida State used Jalen Ramsey last season, reports Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Peppers received a medical redshirt after only being able to play in three games last year because of leg and ankle injuries. "He's going to play a hybrid strong safety/nickel back/linebacker role, where he dominated in the spring under new defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin," Brown wrote. "It's becoming a common position for players like Peppers, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound multitalented athlete who dazzled as a running back in high school. Michigan is going to put him in space, and he'll fly to the ball and make plays. It's very strange to see a Michigan team without any proven star players, but that's likely to change in a hurry thanks to Peppers." The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Peppers was the No. 3 prospect in 2014 behind Leonard Fournette and Myles Garrett.
Jul 23 - 9:14 PM

The Detroit Free-Press named Michigan redshirt senior CB Wayne Lyons the Wolverines' top NFL prospect.

The newest Wolverine is also one of the most skilled players on the roster. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Lyons transferred to Michigan from Stanford as a graduate in May, reuniting with Jim Harbaugh, the coach who helped recruit Lyons to Stanford. Over his career on the Farm, Lyons posted 128 tackles and 4.5 TFL.
Jul 11 - 8:09 PM

Michigan senior OLB James Ross "does some positive things on film that will appeal to NFL evaluators," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes.

"He has a strong upper body with the aggressive hands to keep himself clean from blocks with excellent take-on strength. Ross has adequate first step quickness to close in a hurry, but he tends to get anxious and will abandon his gap responsibilities too quickly, biting on play fakes and misdirection. He is unsure of himself at times and doesn't always trust what he sees, but with improved discipline to his diet as a senior, Ross will earn himself a spot on draft boards," Brugler wrote. The Michigan prospect played in 12 games, with seven starts for the Wolverines, only posting 32 tackles, and three tackles for loss. In 2013, the 6-foot-1, 232-pound Ross III was much more productive, recording 85 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 6 - 3:41 PM

CBS Sports Dane Brugler believes that Michigan senior LB Joe Bolden has "the grit, instincts and toughness to fill" Jake Ryan's shoes as a senior.

"He recognizes play designs quickly with the foot quickness and lower body fluidity to naturally change directions on a dime to stick with running backs and tight ends out of the backfield. Despite losing Ryan, Bolden has the grit, instincts and toughness to fill his shoes as a senior and parlay that into a draft pick next spring," Brugler wrote. In his first year as a full-time starter, Bolden posted 102 tackles, with 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound Bolden has appeared in 38 games at linebacker, with 16 starts in his career.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 6 - 2:44 PM

Michigan redshirt senior CB Wayne Lyons "has the size and length to match-up with receivers on the line of scrimmage and make them uneasy off the snap," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"He does a great job leveraging the field and is physical downhill vs. the run, but he does need to improve his break down skills to complete open field stops. Although he isn't as effective when asked to play off coverage, Lyons has the size and length to match-up with receivers on the line of scrimmage and make them uneasy off the snap," Brugler wrote. The former Stanford Cardinal, brings a veteran presence to Harbaugh's secondary, as the graduate transfer posted 128 tackles, with 66 solo stops and 4.5 tackles for loss in his career.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 6 - 2:05 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


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