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  06/02/21 - Cornell WheelerSo/2024, Michigan, 6-0, 231 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Cornell Wheeler, a sophomore linebacker from West Bloomfield, Mich., who didn't play a snap last fall, entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal this week, a team spokesman confirmed to MLive on Wednesday. A reason for Wheeler's decision was not immediately known. He has not addressed the move publicly, nor did he return a message seeking comment. Wheeler was a standout at West Bloomfield High School under Ron Bellamy, who left his job in January to join the Michigan coaching staff. And while Bellamy doesn't preside over the linebackers, he was brought on to help forge a cohesive culture and help bridge the gap between players and staff. Instead, his star inside linebacker in high school appears headed elsewhere. The 6-foot, 231-pound Wheeler took part in Michigan's practice schedule this spring, and figured to be part of a young, inexperienced linebacker group moving forward. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#999 ILB) So/2024 ILB Cornell WheelerMichigan
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  06/01/21 - Cade McNamararSo/2024, Michigan, 6-1, 205 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  McNamara started the 2020 season as Joe Milton's backup before taking the job in the Wolverines' final two games. He went 1-1 against Rutgers and Penn State while completing 39 of 61 passes for 351 yards and four touchdowns and running for another score on the ground. The Nevada native came to Ann Arbor as the No. 268 player and No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class. According to new QB coach Matt Weis, he enters the summer as the clear-cut No. 1. "Cade is a guy who I think, for everything everybody is going to say (about) him, criticize him, he's going to end up playing 10 years in the NFL," Weiss said. "Because he's really smart and makes great decisions. He processes things very fast. And his accuracy and arm strength are more than enough to win with. "He's a guy that's been awesome to work with. He's extremely valuable to our team. He's our starter. I love the fact that we have him." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#8 QB) rSo/2024 QB Cade McNamaraMichigan
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  05/28/21 - Jordan WhittleyrSr/2022, Michigan, 6-1, 333 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Defensive tackle Jordan Whittley hasn't played a football game at Oregon State since 2019. He hasn't taken part in an official team practice in more than a year. Why then did Whittley put his name into the transfer portal and immediately find interest? Last week, the 6-foot-1, 358-pound seventh-year senior committed to Michigan. It's not like Oregon State couldn't use a large, athletic player to fill the middle of its defensive line. OSU coach Jonathan Smith says he likes Whittley. But because of weight and health issues, the team's medical staff declined to clear Whittley for practice. Smith said he was "surprised, but not shocked" that Whittley decided to move on.

Whittley came to Oregon State in 2018 as a junior college transfer, and a potential answer to the Beavers' issues along the defensive front. Whittley, who originally signed out of high school as a running back at San Jose State, got down to 324 pounds in 2019 and showed some flashes of a dominant defensive tackle. Injuries limited his playing time, but Whittley vowed prior to the offseason to get in great physical shape and show what he could do for the Beavers in 2020, and perhaps in the NFL in future years. Then came the pandemic. Whittley battled knee injuries, followed by ballooning weight. - The Oregonian


(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Jordan WhittleyMichigan
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  05/21/21 - Jordan WhittleyrSr/2022, Michigan, 6-1, 333 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Michigan football has landed another graduate transfer, and this one's in an area of need. Defensive tackle Jordan Whittley announced his commitment to Jim Harbaugh's program on Friday, posting a graphic of himself in a Michigan uniform with the phrase "the big man is coming to the Big House" on it. Whittley, who was listed at 6-foot-1 and 358 pounds, comes to Michigan from Oregon State. He did not play in 2020 and served as a rotational player in 2019, appearing in all 14 games for the Beavers but only starting one of them. In those 14 appearances, Whitley recorded 14 tackles (3 1/2 for a loss), a quarterback hurry and pass breakup. The Richmond, Calif., native was a three-star recruit out of Castlemont High School, where he was a three-time all-conference selection and two-time area all-star game selection. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Jordan WhittleyMichigan
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  05/12/21 - Jordan WhittleyrSr/2022, Michigan, 6-1, 333 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  The oft-injured career of defensive tackle Jordan Whittley has come to an end at Oregon State. The seventh-year defensive tackle announced on social media that he plans to put his name in the NCAA transfer portal. Whittley, who received a medical redshirt year of eligibility, never played again. Whittley had physical and health issues, including what he reported on social media as a tumor near his heart. Whittley's weight significantly ballooned over the past two years. He didn't practice during the 2020 season. Whittley was often seen at spring practice, but wearing workout clothes as he trained away from the field with the strength and conditioning staff. Prior to last Saturday's spring game, Whittley was among those reported as out because of COVID-19 issues. - The Oregonian

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Jordan WhittleyMichigan
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  05/10/21 - Aidan HutchinsonSr/2022, Michigan, 6-5, 269 (DS#1 DE) + More +

  He may not have been 100 percent during the spring, still recovering from offseason surgery to repair his broken ankle, but Aidan Hutchinson's work ethic was apparent to those who spent considerable time around him. Consider Jim Harbaugh one of them. The Michigan head coach called the star defensive end's decision to return for the 2021 season "just unbelievable." "Not just his decision to come back - but the decision to come back all-in," Harbaugh raved recently on the "In the Trenches" podcast.

Back in March, Hutchinson told reporters he was a regular at Michigan's spring practices - doing what he could during individual periods and taking in the new defensive scheme being installed by first-year coordinator Mike Macdonald, all while trying to get back into tip-top shape. And according to Harbaugh, the 6-foot-6, 269-pound Plymouth, Mich., native has. "Right now, physically, 1 or 2 top-rated guy on the team," Harbaugh told host Jon Jansen. "1, 2 or 3 - in that top tier - top-3 across all key performance indicators. He has come back training at the highest level." Harbaugh reiterated that Hutchinson, a former all-Big Ten honoree, was "all in," adding: "(He) wants to be great. Wants to be great for Michigan." - Ann Arbor News


(DS#1 DE) Sr/2022 DE Aidan HutchinsonMichigan
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  05/10/21 - Jordan WhittleyrSr/2022, Michigan, 6-1, 333 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  The oft-injured career of defensive tackle Jordan Whittley has come to an end at Oregon State. The seventh-year defensive tackle announced on social media that he plans to put his name in the NCAA transfer portal. Whittley is a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility remaining. Whittley signed with Oregon State in 2019 after playing two years at Laney College. Whittley came to the program as an answer to some of its defensive line issues, as he was 6-foot-1 and 330 pounds, with quickness as a former running back. Whittley showed some potential in 2019, when he wasn't sidelined with injuries. Whittley had 14 tackles, including 3 1/2 for losses. - The Oregonian

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Jordan WhittleyMichigan
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  05/08/21 - Quinn NordinrSr/2021, Michigan, 6-1, 193 (DS#4 K) + More +

  Former Michigan kicker Quinn Nordin signed with the New England Patriots after he wasn't selected in the NFL Draft. Michigan had 11 draft-eligible players and eight were selected in the NFL Draft last week. Defensive end Kwity Paye was the Wolverines only first-round selection when the Indianapolis Colts picked him last Thursday. The three players who were not drafted - defensive lineman Carlo Kemp, tight end Nick Eubanks and, now, Nordin, have signed free-agent contracts. Nordin joins veteran kickers Nick Folk and Roberto Aguayo on the Patriots roster. - Detroit News

(DS#4 K) rSr/2021 K Quinn NordinMichigan
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  05/07/21 - Zak ZinterSo/2024, Michigan, 6-5, 334 (DS#10 OG) + More +

  Michigan's football team closed spring practice with three starters determined along its offensive line. The Wolverines now enter the summer looking for two more - as competition brews to figure out who will protect the quarterback this fall. At least, that's the word from head coach Jim Harbaugh, who appeared on the "In the Trenches" podcast last week. "There's just a battle going on to get to the five best," Harbaugh told host Jon Jansen. "And that's going to continue post-spring. It's going on now, it's going to continue through the summer and also into fall camp." Here's what Michigan knows: Fifth-year senior Andrew Stueber, junior Ryan Hayes and sophomore Zak Zinter have all showed enough (and have the experience) to lock down starting roles Hayes at tackle, Harbaugh says, while Zinter and Stueber are flexible.

"Very good players," Harbaugh said to describe all three. "They put an exclamation mark on that in spring. I'd call them three solid starters in the top five." Stueber spent most of the spring lining up at right tackle, a position he's familiar with having played it before. The 6-foot-6, 339-pound Connecticut native can also line up at guard. Meanwhile, Harbaugh feels that the 6-foot-6, 334-pound Zinter can fill in at either guard or center. Zinter started four games at right guard in 2020, suggesting that might be his preferred spot. "There gives you all the flexibility you need," Harbaugh said. "To get you to the best five, it could be a guard, it could be a tackle." - Ann Arbor News


(DS#10 OG) So/2024 OG Zak ZinterMichigan
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  05/05/21 - Andrew StueberrSr/2022, Michigan, 6-6, 339 (DS#38 OG) + More +

  Another fifth-year senior who elected to take advantage of the extra year of eligibility, Stueber returns in 2020 as an anchor along Michigan's offensive line. He's not only experienced but versatile, having played tackle and guard since arriving at Michigan in 2017. An ACL injury sidelined him for all of 2019, but Stueber was productive as a guard in the shortened 2019 season. He's expected to kick out to his more natural position, tackle, in 2020 - but the 6-foot-7, 339-pound Connecticut native could project as a guard in the NFL. A full season injury-free with high marks could make him an appealing pro prospect in 2022, especially given Michigan's history of producing NFL-caliber offensive linemen. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#38 OG) rSr/2022 OG Andrew StueberMichigan
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  05/05/21 - Aidan HutchinsonSr/2022, Michigan, 6-5, 269 (DS#1 DE) + More +

  The Plymouth, Mich., native could be one of Michigan's highest-graded prospects by the time the 2022 draft comes around. A lot will have to do with his size and the position he plays - Hutchinson is listed at 6-foot-6 and 269 pounds, slightly bigger than Kwity Paye (if accurate), and lines up on the edge. While Hutchinson was limited in 2020, he was disruptive as a sophomore in 2019 - registering 68 tackles (10 for a loss), 4 1/2 sacks, six pass deflections and two forced fumbles. If there wasn't a shortened season in 2020, and Hutchinson had suffered a season-ending ankle surgery, it's likely he would have left for the NFL draft this year. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#1 DE) Sr/2022 DE Aidan HutchinsonMichigan
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  05/05/21 - Daxton HillJr/2023, Michigan, 6-0, 192 (DS#3 FS) + More +

  He's only a junior, but with a productive season in 2021 it's feasible to think that Daxton Hill could depart early. The Tulsa, Okla., native already has the size (6 feet, 192 pounds) and speed to play at the next level. The production is there, too, with Hill recording 46 tackles, an interception and five pass deflections in five games for the Wolverines in 2020. Now that extrapolate that out to a 12- or 13-game season. One more year at the Big Ten level under a coaching staff with NFL experience should do Hill wonders. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#3 FS) Jr/2023 FS Daxton HillMichigan
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  05/04/21 - Nick EubanksrSr/2021, Michigan, 6-5, 245 (DS#9 TE) + More +

  While Michigan had eight players taken in the 2021 NFL Draft, that meant three went undrafted. Two of them have since found a landing spot. Tight end Nick Eubanks inked an undrafted free-agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys late Saturday, while defensive lineman Carlo Kemp signed with the Green Bay Packers, according to reports. In Dallas, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Eubanks reunites with former Michigan tight end Sean McKeon, who went undrafted in 2020 and signed with the Cowboys shortly tafter. McKeon earned a roster spot and played in 14 games as a rookie, primarily on special teams. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#9 TE) rSr/2021 TE Nick EubanksMichigan
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  05/04/21 - Camaron CheesemanrSr/2021, Michigan, 6-4, 239 (DS#2 LS) + More +

  Opting out of the 2020 season didn't appear to hurt Camaron Cheeseman's status as an NFL prospect. The Michigan long snapper was the second player at his position selected in the 2021 draft, going in the sixth round (No. 225 overall) to The Washington Football Team. Cheeseman, who played in 39 games for the Wolverines from 2017-19, went three picks after Alabama's Thomas Fletcher, the first long snapper drafted. He becomes the first Michigan long snapper in program history to get drafted. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#2 LS) rSr/2021 LS Camaron CheesemanMichigan
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  05/02/21 - Blake CorumSo/2024, Michigan, 5-07, 200 (DS#4 RB) + More +

  If you're counting on Donovan Edwards to make a huge splash running the football this fall, you might want to temper your expectations a bit. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh dialed back any pressure put on the four-star running back from West Bloomfield this week, telling the "In the Trenches" podcast that the plan in 2021 is to give a majority of the carries to two, more experienced players in the backfield. "Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins are two tremendous players," Harbaugh told host Jon Jansen. "That's where a bulk of the carries are going to go. We're going to lean heavily on those two players."

While the statement is not so much a revelation, it is a philosophical change from a year ago - when the Wolverines, with a more experienced and deep group of running backs, made a more concerted effort to spread the football around. In six games, four running backs had at least 15 carries - while quarterback Joe Milton was second with 38. Two of the team's three leading rushers, Milton and Zach Charbonnet, have since departed while veteran Chris Evans (16 carries, 73 yards) declared for the NFL Draft. That leaves the room a little lighter, both in scholarship players and experience - opening the door for a more focused game plan with leading rusher Haskins (61 carries, 375 yards, 6 TD) and Corum, who Michigan utilized primarily in a pass-catching role as a true freshman. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#4 RB) So/2024 RB Blake CorumMichigan
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