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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Michigan
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  11/27/20 - Donovan JeterrJr/2022, Michigan, 6-2, 318 (DS#17 DT) + More +

  Donovan Jeter saw action in 10 games last season, but one stands out above the rest. The redshirt junior tackle was part of a Michigan defensive line that gave up 359 rushing yards in a lopsided loss to Wisconsin in 2019, a game that helped dash the Wolverines' Big Ten title hopes and prompted self-reflection from coaches and players. Jeter included, who candidly told reporters on Tuesday that he "played horribly" in that game. "That kind of affected my mindset throughout the rest of the year," Jeter said. "I didn't really get back into myself until right around the bowl game, Alabama, honestly. I told myself after that game, 'I'm never going to have that feeling last year." That feeling, Jeter said, that he could have done more. It was the most rushing yards allowed by a Michigan team in three years - and set the stage for what became a season of disappointment, with the Wolverines going 9-4 despite having an experienced team, playmakers on both sides of the ball and 10 future NFL draft picks.

"Lack of physicality," Jeter said. "Left a lot of plays out there. My technique was horrible. It was a multitude of things. After the season, I went back and just worked." Which might explain Jeter's offseason transformation. He spent most of the spring and summer at home in Beaver Falls, Pa., where be benefitted during the COVID-19 pandemic with regular home-cooked meals from his mother, workout equipment in the basement and a track down the street. The result? A more dedicated, and bulkier, Jeter. He's listed at 6-foot-3 and 318 pounds this year, up 28 pounds from last season, and earned rave reviews from coaches and teammates for his work ethic in camp. "It was definitely different training at home, training in the basement," Jeter said. "It felt like I was back in high school again. "But I think it was a huge plus for me to get back to the basics and just work hard." - Ann Arbor News


(DS#17 DT) rJr/2022 DT Donovan JeterMichigan
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  11/27/20 - *Jalen MayfieldrSo/2021, Michigan, 6-5, 320 (DS#4 OT) + More +

  There's a chance that the Michigan football team gets two of its starting offensive linemen back this weekend against Penn State. Tackles Ryan Hayes and Jalen Mayfield are back practicing this week and could be available for Saturday's game in Ann Arbor (noon, ABC), position coach Ed Warinner told reporters on Wednesday. "They're both practicing, so we're just seeing how quickly they can come back," Warinner said. "They're bot out there doing practice reps, so it's good to see them out there. I won't say anything other than that - but they are not in the training room during practice."

Warinner added that Hayes and Mayfield - sidelined the last three games with undisclosed lower-body injuries - are "on the field, in gear and working out." "We're moving them along, and they want to get back as quickly as they can," Warinner said. "So, we'll see what that is. Both - or one - might be available Saturday." In their absence, Michigan has started redshirt freshman Karsen Barnhart at left tackle, moved redshirt junior Andrew Stueber out to right tackle and started true freshman Zak Zinter at right guard. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#4 OT) rSo/2021 OT *Jalen MayfieldMichigan
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  11/27/20 - Erick AllSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 242 (DS#7 TE) + More +

  Michigan's Erick All has his confidence back. The sophomore tight end nearly had as many dropped passes (four) than receptions (five) in the first three games of the season. But All has gone two games since without a drop and has six catches during that span, including four for 27 yards in Saturday's 48-42 triple-overtime victory over Rutgers. "Obviously, it was irritating dropping the ball," All told reporters Monday. "I don't even know why I was dropping it, but it was irritating because I knew how good of hands I had. I just felt like I just needed to trust myself, and once I found that trust in the Rutgers game, I felt confident. I felt like a new person took over me. I just felt like I had a different energy and it just made me a better player for this team."

On Nov. 11, tight ends coach Sherrone Moore said All was making "spectacular" catches regularly during practice but felt the former four-star prospect from Ohio was overthinking during games. All had a drop that would have been an easy touchdown in Michigan's opener and also had a costly one on third down against Indiana in Week 3. "After I dropped the first ball in the Minnesota game, I think it was just in my head," All said. "Thank god it's out because, man, I was down for a little bit." - Ann Arbor News


(DS#7 TE) So/2023 TE Erick AllMichigan
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  11/26/20 - Kwity PayeSr/2021, Michigan, 6-3, 272 (DS#3 DE) + More +

  Michigan continues to rotate a few defensive linemen in the absence of its two star defensive ends Aidan Hutchinson and Kwity Paye. Hutchinson is out for the season with a lower-leg injury, while Paye missed his second straight game last Saturday and is out indefinitely. "Questionable is a word everybody understands," Harbaugh said of the injured group. "As of Monday, guys are still working through things, and we'll see where we are later in the week." Harbaugh isn't scheduled to talk with reporters the rest of the week, so any further updates likely won't come until just before Saturday's kickoff. Asked Monday about McGrone and Hawkins specifically, Harbaugh said, "We have some updates. Nothing to release at this time." - Ann Arbor News

(DS#3 DE) Sr/2021 DE Kwity PayeMichigan
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  11/26/20 - Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Michigan's top two coaches did their best to show public confidence in Joe Milton this week, even after the struggling quarterback was pulled from the game against Rutgers over the weekend. Jim Harbaugh, appearing on the "Inside Michigan Football" radio show Monday night, declined a second opportunity to name a starter for Saturday's upcoming game against Penn State (noon, ABC). Instead, Harbaugh used some of his time to defend Milton - who completed three of his four pass attempts, and even hit receiver Giles Jackson on a 31-yard completion early in the second quarter. "I thought he was playing good," Harbaugh said. "We hadn't gotten on the scoreboard yet and wanted to get Cade (McNamara) an opportunity - a shot at it - as well."

But it seemed like every drive came with trouble. Receiver Cornelius Johnson fumbled the football away after catching an 18-yard pass on Michigan's first drive of the game, then Milton failed to pick up the necessary yardage on a fourth-and-1 play on the next drive. The Wolverines went three-and-out on their third drive, then had to settle for a 49-yard field goal by Quinn Nordin (that he missed) after Giles Jackson failed to come up with a third-down catch down the left sideline. Milton was 5 of 12 for 89 yards before coming out of the game for McNamara, a redshirt freshman, with Michigan already trailing 17-0. "There was nothing that Joe did wrong, or wasn't doing well," Harbaugh said. "(We) had the idea of both of them playing. And Cade came in and he got pretty darn hot." - Ann Arbor News


(DS#16 QB) rSo/2023 QB Joe MiltonMichigan
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  11/26/20 - Hassan HaskinsJr/2022, Michigan, 6-0, 220 (DS#28 RB) + More +

  The redshirt sophomore entered Saturday leading the team in rushing but received just one carry in Week 4 against Wisconsin. While the Wolverines' run game got off to a slow start against Rutgers, they remained committed to it and were rewarded in the second half. Instead of frequently rotating the backs like the in previous four games, Haskins handled the bulk of the load, finishing with 110 rushing yards and the game-winning touchdowns on 22 attempts. No other running back had more than six, although Blake Corum, Chris Evans and Zach Charbonnet each had at least one reception.

Haskins has proven to be a receiving threat out of the backfield, which was probably the reason why he didn't see many snaps after Michigan fell behind early against Wisconsin, but he has clearly been the most effective runner of the quartet through the first five games. "His play, talk about heart," Harbaugh said. "The amount of runs that Hassan had that were yards after contact this game -- tough, efficient, outstanding runs. Just tremendous." While Haskins was impressive Saturday, it still seems likely Corum, Evans and Charbonnet will still see snaps in passing situations, but we should see more of Haskins moving forward. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#28 RB) Jr/2022 RB Hassan HaskinsMichigan
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  11/24/20 - Cade McNamararFr/2024, Michigan, 6-1, 205 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Cade McNamara doesn't decide who should start at quarterback for Michigan; head coach Jim Harbaugh does. But McNamara has made the decision difficult or obvious, depending on how you look at it. McNamara, the backup quarterback to Joe Milton, took over late in the second quarter, resuscitated Michigan's offense after it trailed 17-0, and led the team to a 48-42, triple-overtime victory over Rutgers at SHI Stadium Saturday night. Michigan is now 2-3 and ended a three-game losing streak. Milton has started all five games this season. McNamara, who also gave Michigan a spark in the loss to Wisconsin and led the Wolverines to their only touchdown in that game, was asked if he feels he should now lead this team as starter.

"Personally, I feel like I've done enough for me to be put in that position," McNamara said. "That's coach Harbaugh's decision. Whatever's best for the team, that's coach Harbaugh's decision, but I feel like I'm confident enough in myself that if my number is called again, that I perform the same way." McNamara was 27-of-36 for 260 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the second overtime. He threw two touchdowns to Cornelius Johnson, one to tight end Nick Eubanks and another to Mike Sainristil. For the season, McNamara is 31-of-46 for 334 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. "Cade was outstanding," Harbaugh said. "Really gritty performance in all ways. His play was inspiring. Can't say enough great things. So proud of him." - Detroit News


(DS#8 QB) rFr/2024 QB Cade McNamaraMichigan
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  11/23/20 - Giles JacksonSo/2023, Michigan, 5-09, 188 (DS#28 WR) + More +

  NOV 23 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Giles Jackson, Michigan, So., WR, Antioch, Calif./Freedom,...Returned four kickoffs for 159 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown to open the second half in a victory at Rutgers...His 95-yard return is tied for seventh-longest in program history and gives him two of the seven longest return touchdowns in school history, joining his 97-yard touchdown in 2019...Added four catches for 50 yards on offense...Earns his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first of the season...Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Giles Jackson (Nov. 4, 2019). - Big Ten Football

(DS#28 WR) So/2023 WR Giles JacksonMichigan
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  11/21/20 - Cade McNamararFr/2024, Michigan, 6-1, 205 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Hassan Haskins dove in from less than a yard out on fourth down in the third overtime and Michigan outlasted Rutgers 48-42 on Saturday night, avoiding its worst start in 53 years. Sophomore Cade McNamara came off the bench and threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as Michigan (2-3, 2-3 Big Ten) snapped a three-game losing streak and handed Rutgers (1-4, 1-4) its fourth straight loss. Michigan missed the 2-point conversion after Haskins' touchdown, but safety Daxton Hill intercepted Noah Vedral's desperation heave into the end zone from the 24-yard line to end the game that lasted 4 1/2 hours.

Vedral threw an 11-yard, fourth-down touchdown pass to Aron Cruickshank and then carried two defenders into the end zone on the 2-point conversion run to tie the game at 35 and force the extra sessions. Both teams missed field goals on the first possession of overtime. Vedral threw a 25-yard yard touchdown pass to tight end Jovani Haskins to put Rutgers ahead 42-35, but McNamara scored on a 2-yard run to tie the game. McNamara replaced junior Joe Milton for the second straight week and finished 27 of 36 for 260 yards. The sophomore had TD passes of 46 and 9 yards to Cornelius Johnson, 8-yards to Nick Eubanks and a 6-yarder to Mike Sainristil. - Michigan/AP College Football


(DS#8 QB) rFr/2024 QB Cade McNamaraMichigan
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  11/21/20 - Aidan HutchinsonJr/2022, Michigan, 6-5, 269 (DS#1 DE) + More +

  Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that Michigan's standout defensive end suffered a fracture in his right leg against Indiana and will require surgery, putting him out of action for the foreseeable future. Hutchinson has been one of the Wolverines' most productive defensive players the past two seasons and won't easily be replaced. Redshirt sophomore Taylor Upshaw and redshirt junior Luiji Vilain saw an increased role after Hutchinson departed early in Saturday's game. Fellow starting end Kwity Paye also limped off the field in the second half Saturday and did not return, so Michigan could be without both starters against Wisconsin. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#1 DE) Jr/2022 DE Aidan HutchinsonMichigan
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  11/21/20 - Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  After a promising start to the season against Minnesota, Joe Milton has struggled in the three games since. While he still showed glimpses of his potential against Michigan State and Indiana, he looked uncomfortable against the Badgers and was pulled in the third quarter. Redshirt freshman Cade McNamara came in and was sensational on his first drive, completing all three passes for 74 yards and a score, but he connected on just one of his next four passes for no gain. Coach Jim Harbaugh said after Saturday's loss that the staff needs to evaluate "everything" within his program. Could that signal a possible change at quarterback? We'll see. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#16 QB) rSo/2023 QB Joe MiltonMichigan
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  11/05/20 - Vincent GrayrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-1, 190 (DS#36 CB) + More +

  We knew the cornerback position was one of the team's biggest question marks heading into 2020 after losing starters Lavert Hill and Ambry Thomas. But this year's starters Vincent Gray and Gemon Green acquitted themselves well in the opener against Minnesota. Saturday was a different story. Both got beat deep on multiple occasions, and they also combined for three penalties in coverage. Gray's struggles reached a tipping point in the second half, with Michigan benching him for redshirt freshman Jalen Perry, who was making his college debut. Perry didn't fare much better, begging the question: what does Michigan do at cornerback moving forward? It doesn't have much experience outside of that trio. Redshirt freshman DJ Turner and redshirt sophomore Sammy Faustin are options, but neither has appeared in a game at corner (Faustin appeared in three games at safety in 2019). Expect defensive coordinator Don Brown to make adjustments before Saturday's game at Indiana. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#36 CB) rSo/2023 CB Vincent GrayMichigan
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  11/04/20 - Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Joe Milton didn't turn the ball over again and threw for 300 yards, but the poise he showed against the Golden Gophers wasn't there against MSU. The Wolverines were able to pick up chunk plays in Week 1 without Milton having to air it out downfield, but that wasn't the case versus the Spartans. Milton didn't look as comfortable in the pocket Saturday, which partly can be attributed to the pressure MSU was getting. But he also forced some throws that weren't there and, at times, was a little too quick to scramble when his first read wasn't open.

Overall, he completed just 32 of 51 attempts for zero touchdowns, while MSU's Rocky Lombardi threw for 323 yards and three scores on 17-of-32 passing. Milton did lead the team in rushing with 59 yards on 12 attempts, including picking up a hard-fought first down on a fourth-and-5 on Michigan's final drive. But overall, he was outplayed by Lombardi, by a lot. Michigan punted on eight of 12 possessions Saturday. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#16 QB) rSo/2023 QB Joe MiltonMichigan
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  11/04/20 - Vincent GrayrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-1, 190 (DS#36 CB) + More +

  When Rocky Lombardi dropped back to pass on first-and-10 from Michigan's 34-yard line with 6:36 to go, he saw a familiar scene playing out. Michigan State freshman receiver Ricky White was streaking down the right sideline, single-covered by cornerback Jalen Perry, with a beat on his defender. Lombardi let the ball go and delivered it to White for a 31-yard completion, setting up the go-ahead touchdown in the Spartans' stunning 27-24 win over Michigan on Saturday. It was a result that played out time and again for the Wolverines, whose inexperience in the secondary and unwillingness to change schematically gave MSU a pathway to victory. "We've got to look at that," Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said of his secondary's struggles. "Every single guy. What they can do and what they can do better. Every coach, too. We've got to look at all facets of it."

On first-and-10 from the Michigan 30-yard line at the 10:57 mark of the first quarter, Lombardi found White running down the left sideline a step ahead of Michigan cornerback Gemon Green, a redshirt sophomore who made his first collegiate start a week earlier against Minnesota. It was the first sign of a long day ahead for Michigan's secondary, which was caught off guard by the Spartans' deep-ball game plan. "We didn't really expect those - because the game plan was just to hone in on the run," safety Daxton Hill said. "But they threw some (deep) shots in there, so we had to adjust." Michigan's other starting corner, Vincent Gray, had a difficult day in coverage as well. The redshirt sophomore was flagged twice, once for holding and once for pass interference, on MSU's final drive of the first quarter. Luckily for Gray, it ended in zero points after the Spartans were forced to punt, but it was a sign of things to come. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#36 CB) rSo/2023 CB Vincent GrayMichigan
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  11/04/20 - Aidan HutchinsonJr/2022, Michigan, 6-5, 269 (DS#1 DE) + More +

  Where did Michigan's pass-rush go that was so effective against Minnesota? The Wolverines had no sacks and just two quarterback hurries - both from Kwity Paye. For a position group that is supposed to be the identity of the defense, it needs to be better. While MSU only rushed for 3.3 yards per carry, Michigan only had two tackles for loss, which both came from linebackers. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#1 DE) Jr/2022 DE Aidan HutchinsonMichigan
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