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  04/07/21 - Hunter ReynoldsrJr/2022, Michigan, 6-0, 192 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Michigan defensive back Hunter Reynolds has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, the second Wolverine in the past week to indicate he's moving on. Reynolds is a graduate transfer and will be able to play immediately wherever he lands. Last week, receiver Giles Jackson revealed his decision to transfer. Michigan has had eight players enter the portal since the start of the year, including quarterback Joe Milton, who started five games last season, and running back Zach Charbonnet, who in 2019 set Michigan's freshman rushing record with 11 touchdowns. The 6-foot, 192-pound Reynolds played in 20 games while at Michigan. Last season he had 22 tackles, including two for loss. - Detroit News

(DS#999 FS) rJr/2022 FS Hunter ReynoldsMichigan
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  04/07/21 - Zak ZinterFr/2024, Michigan, 6-5, 334 (DS#10 OG) + More +

  Michigan offensive lineman Zak Zinter admits to having experienced some nervousness when he was called on last season to take over at right guard as a freshman. That was before the third game, but Zinter said he was instilled with confidence. Although he was an early enrollee who didn't have the advantage of participating in spring practice, canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 6-foot-6, 334-pound Zinter now knows how valuable that playing time was last fall and how important this spring has been.

"Getting in the games was huge," Zinter recently told reporters. "Just that experience is something you can't really create other than playing in the game itself. The experience was incredible, and I think I've come a very long way from a year ago when I stepped on campus as an early enrollee." He said he's using his hands more and staying low, and while the depth chart is in pencil now, Zinter appears to the starter at right guard next to tackle Andrew Stueber. Stueber had been playing at right guard last fall but moved to right tackle when Jalen Mayfield suffered a high ankle sprain. Zinter and Stueber developed a rhythm playing side-by-side those final games. "He has such a high ceiling," Mayfield said recently of Zinter. "He's very versatile, a very strong kid. He's very athletic, as well. I think he's gonna be a big part of what they have next year." - Detroit News


(DS#10 OG) Fr/2024 OG Zak ZinterMichigan
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  04/05/21 - Josh RossrJr/2022, Michigan, 6-1, 230 (DS#24 ILB) + More +

  Perhaps for the first time since Michigan's football team concluded its abbreviated 2020 season are we getting an honest assessment. Sure, Jim Harbaugh made drastic changes to the coaching staff this offseason - a sign that he wasn't happy with the job done last fall. But the words have yet to come out of his mouth, leaving everyone wondering his true motive for upheaval. But a 2-4 record and defensive ranking near the bottom of the Big Ten (and 84th nationally) was lured linebacker Josh Ross back for a fifth season with the Wolverines, he told reporters on Thursday. "It was unfinished business," Ross said. "That was pretty obvious. Last year was not good enough for myself, and not good enough for our team. I felt I had to come back. I had to come back. And we have to prove something and have a chip on our shoulder and (have) go get it."

Ross - a fifth-year senior from Southfield, Mich. - called the team's struggles last fall "the main reason" for his return. He's appeared in 36 games over four seasons, starting 10 of them, and earned all-Big Ten honorable mention honors in 2018. Ross was named a team co-captain in 2020. "Coming back was about proving myself and proving ourself as a team," said Ross, who played in all six games last fall and lead the team in tackles (53). "Getting better and just building our football knowledge and building everything. Because last year wasn't good enough." - Ann Arbor News


(DS#24 ILB) rJr/2022 ILB Josh RossMichigan
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  04/05/21 - Zak ZinterFr/2024, Michigan, 6-5, 334 (DS#10 OG) + More +

  Michigan's offensive line went through trials and tribulations last fall while trying to adjust to changes at quarterbacks and injuries up and down the front five. The latter meant more opportunities for younger players, such as true freshman Zak Zinter, who earned snaps in all six games. But when right tackle Jalen Mayfield went down due to injury, forcing the Wolverines to move veteran Andrew Stueber over to his natural position, Zinter was plugged in to start at guard. "Huge," Zinter said Thursday to describe the opportunity. "That experience is something you can't really create, other than playing in a game itself. The experience was incredible. I think I've come a very long way from a year ago when I stepped on campus as an early enrollee."

Now, a year later, the 6-foot-6, 334-pound Zinter is in the mix for a permanent role along the offensive line. He's taking snaps at right guard again this spring - this time with a new offensive line coach, Sherrone Moore - and figures to be in the playing rotation, at the very least, this fall. Stueber is back at right tackle, while Michigan returns its starters at left tackle (Ryan Hayes), left guard (Chuck Filiaga) and center (Andrew Vastardis). - Ann Arbor News


(DS#10 OG) Fr/2024 OG Zak ZinterMichigan
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  04/03/21 - Blake CorumFr/2024, Michigan, 5-07, 200 (DS#4 RB) + More +

  Michigan sophomore running back Blake Corum has drawn comparisons to Mike Hart, the program's all-time leading rusher, and not just because the two resemble each other in terms of stature. Corum is 5-foot-8, 200 pounds and Hart, who played for Michigan 2004-2007, was listed his senior season at 5-9, 202. Hart was hired earlier this year from Indiana to coach the Wolverines' running backs and while Corum is not a mirror image - he's faster than Hart - there are some obvious similarities. While Hart was with the Hoosiers, he recruited Corum, a four-star Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year, out of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. So the two got to know each other. Corum said before he arrived at Michigan as an early enrollee freshman in 2020, he would watch film of Hart when he played for the Wolverines. "Just looking at old running backs," Corum said. "I've been watching his film. I've been trying to learn from him, pick him apart, look at the moves he used to do when he played and just the way he attacked each and every game. I definitely have been watching him." - Detroit News

(DS#4 RB) Fr/2024 RB Blake CorumMichigan
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  03/30/21 - Carlo KempSr/2021, Michigan, 6-3, 281 (DS#24 DT) + More +

  He played darn near every position along the defensive line during his Michigan career. Now, Carlo Kemp is looking to add a few more weapons to his arsenal ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft, hoping to catch the eye of prospective teams. The 6-foot-2, 281-pound Kemp spent the last few months "getting better at a whole bunch of things," he told reporters last Wednesday, including the introduction of linebacker drills to his routine. "At the NFL level, I could see myself going back and forth like I did here at Michigan," Kemp said. "Being bale to put my hand in the dirt and possibly even standing up, I think, really helps myself going to that next level where you definitely have to be a versatile guy." Kemp says he envisions himself fitting in as a three-technique tackle or a stand-up end in a 3-4 scheme, similar to the role Rashan Gary plays for the Green Bay Packers. The Boulder, Colo., native showed off his athleticism (and speed) at the Hula Bowl on Jan. 31, intercepting a pass from Mississippi State quarterback K.J. Costello and returning it 34 yards for a touchdown. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#24 DT) Sr/2021 DT Carlo KempMichigan
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  03/26/21 - Nico CollinsSr/2021, Michigan, 6-4, 215 (DS#15 WR) + More +

  A decision to opt out and take a cash advance from his agent cost Nico Collins the opportunity to play at Michigan in 2020. The Wolverines' star receiver opted out of the abbreviated season last fall, after the Big Ten Conference announced plans to scrap fall sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Collins quickly made the decision, privately, to begin preparing for the NFL draft and signed with Rosenhaus Sports, led by high-profile agent Drew Rosenhaus. "Opting out, that gave me time to focus on the things I needed to improve my game," Collins told reporters on Wednesday, ahead of a scheduled pro-day event Friday in Ann Arbor. "I really self-evaluated my way of playing from last year. Just studying the things that I felt I needed to improve on. So, that's really what I worked on while opting out. That gave me a couple months to really focus on the things I really needed to improve on, and that's what I did." In an October interview with ESPN's Adam Schefter, Collins called the move to opt out of the abbreviated 2020 season a "business decision," citing "too many knowns" for his reason for hanging it up. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#15 WR) Sr/2021 WR Nico CollinsMichigan
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  03/26/21 - Ambry ThomasSr/2021, Michigan, 6-0, 191 (DS#13 CB) + More +

  Former Michigan cornerback Ambry Thomas opted out before last season, but despite the time away from the game, he is certain he is among the best at his position. Thomas and 10 of his teammates will participate in Michigan's Pro Day on Friday as they continue preparing for the NFL Draft April 29-May 1. The NFL canceled the combine, so this will give scouts a chance to see how the players test and perform in individual drills. "I was the No. 1 cornerback in the Big Ten before I decided to opt out, and I still am. I truly believe that I'm a top-five cornerback, without a doubt," Thomas told reporters on Wednesday. Before the 2019 season, Thomas, a Detroit-native who played at King, spent a month in the hospital with colitis and lost more than 30 pounds. He returned to start every game and had three interceptions, seven pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and 38 tackles. - Detroit News

(DS#13 CB) Sr/2021 CB Ambry ThomasMichigan
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  03/14/21 - Andrew StueberrJr/2022, Michigan, 6-6, 339 (DS#36 OG) + More +

  Andrew Stueber, accustomed to juggling two different roles along the Michigan offensive line, is back at his preferred spot. The fifth-year senior started spring practice at right tackle and expects to play there this fall, he told reporters on Thursday. It's a position Stueber is most familiar with, having started 11 games at right tackle during the 2018 season. "I enjoy tackle. Tackle, I'm most natural at," Stueber said. "I came in as a tackle." But injuries - both to him and elsewhere along the offensive line - forced Michigan's coaching staff to do some rearranging. Steuber was sidelined in 2019 with a torn ACL, an injury that forced him to miss the entire season for rehab. He returned healthy and ready to go in 2020, but the decision was made to move him inside in favor of Jalen Mayfield and the up-and-coming Ryan Hayes. The 6-foot-7, 339-pound Stueber, the staff figured, had the size, experience and versatility to fit inside. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#36 OG) rJr/2022 OG Andrew StueberMichigan
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  03/14/21 - Cade McNamararFr/2024, Michigan, 6-1, 205 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  It's still early, and the quarterback competition at Michigan is far from decided. Yet two weeks into spring practice, junior Cade McNamara is making an impression on his teammates. It's not like he hasn't before - he beat out Joe Milton for the starting job last fall, at least temporarily, before the Wolverines' season was upended by COVID-19 concerns. But the situation is a bit different this time around. Milton's announced plans to transfer and is not practicing with the team, leaving McNamara the No. 1 option at the moment for 2021. "The quarterback competition and level of play has been real interesting to see," senior offensive lineman Andrew Stueber told reporters on Thursday. "Cade's finally started to take more of a commanding role. Obviously he played a little bit last season - but it's different when you think you have the starting job. "Now you have command of the offense." - Ann Arbor News

(DS#8 QB) rFr/2024 QB Cade McNamaraMichigan
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  03/05/21 - Aidan HutchinsonJr/2022, Michigan, 6-5, 269 (DS#1 DE) + More +

  Striking an upbeat, positive cord, Aidan Hutchinson said Tuesday he hopes to be fully recovered soon from the ankle fracture that sidelined him during Michigan's 2020 football season. The stalwart at defensive end told reporters that he's back running and able to condition, with the goal of returning to practice by the end of the Wolverines' spring schedule that began over a week ago. "I'm a little over three months now from surgery," Hutchinson, a former all-Big Ten honoree, said. "It's going really good. I'm recovering really fast. "I've been doing everything but the competitive periods. But I should (be back) towards the end of spring ball - I'm going to hop in some of those just to get back into it."

Hutchinson suffered a fracture in his right ankle last November that derailed what was expected to be his final season at Michigan. The 6-foot-6, 269-pound Plymouth, Mich., native had already posted an impressive sophomore season - racking up 68 tackles (10 for a loss), 4 1/2 sacks, six pass deflections and two forced fumbles in 2019 - and an equally productive junior year could have boosted his NFL draft stock. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#1 DE) Jr/2022 DE Aidan HutchinsonMichigan
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  03/02/21 - Alan BowmanrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-2, 215 (DS#34 QB) + More +

  Alan Bowman is switching from scarlet and black to maize and blue. The former Texas Tech quarterback committed to Michigan on Sunday, about five weeks after he had his name placed into the NCAA transfer portal. In three years with the Red Raiders, Bowman was a 67-percent passer for 5,620 yards, 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. During most of those three seasons, Bowman was Kliff Kingsbury's and Matt Wells' first choice at quarterback. However, he missed four games and parts of two others in 2018 with two instances of a collapsed lung, missed the last nine games of 2019 with a fractured collarbone and left a game in 2020 with an ankle injury. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#34 QB) rSo/2023 QB Alan BowmanMichigan
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  02/28/21 - Alan BowmanrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-2, 215 (DS#34 QB) + More +

  Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman indicated on Twitter on Sunday that he is transferring to Michigan. Bowman threw for 1,602 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games last season. He played in 19 games for Texas Tech across three seasons. Joe Milton was Michigan's starter at quarterback at the beginning of the 2020 season, but he eventually lost the job to redshirt freshman Cade McNamara. Milton entered the transfer portal, and Bowman would give the Wolverines an experienced option, assuming he's able to play for them immediately. - AP College Football

(DS#34 QB) rSo/2023 QB Alan BowmanMichigan
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  02/18/21 - Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Michigan quarterback Joe Milton has entered the transfer portal, depleting coach Jim Harbaugh's depth at the position. Milton made the announcement Thursday on Twitter. Milton wrote that he will have three years of eligibility remaining as a graduate transfer. He won the starting job with the Wolverines last year after beating out Dylan McCaffrey. The brother of Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey chose not to come back to the program for a fourth year in 2020. He transferred last month to play for his father, Ed, at Northern Colorado. Milton started strong in a 49-24 victory over then-No. 21 Minnesota last season, but he eventually lost his job to redshirt freshman Cade McNamara. - AP College Football

(DS#15 QB) rSo/2023 QB Joe MiltonMichigan
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  02/17/21 - Michael BarrettrSo/2023, Michigan, 5-11, 227 (DS#3 OLB) + More +

  Michigan's football team will get an early jump on spring practice this year, with a start date set for Monday, Feb. 22. The date was confirmed to MLive by a team spokesman late Tuesday, an earlier-than-usual start for the Wolverines after their abbreviated 2020 season was cut short by the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Michigan, and all other college football programs, will get 15 practice dates - likely spanning the calendar through March. It's unclear whether the schedule will culminate with an open-to-the-public spring game at Michigan Stadium, as has been the case in years past. Typically, Jim Harbaugh-led Michigan teams begin spring practice in mid-March and conclude sometime in mid-to-late April, before the conclusion of the semester. Last year, in 2020, the Wolverines were set to begin on March 17 before a stay-at-home order effectively closed campus and forced players and coaches to return home. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#3 OLB) rSo/2023 OLB Michael BarrettMichigan
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