Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 3

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18Sep 2018
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 3

Jeremiah Holloman (image via Zimbio)

TRANSFERS

Ian Bunting, TE (California): Bunting made 4 catches for 48 yards and 1 kickoff return for 5 yards in a 45-23 win over Idaho.

Brian Cole, S (Mississippi State): Cole made 1 tackle and 2 kickoff returns for 46 yards in a 56-10 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Kingston Davis, RB (UAB): Davis had 10 carries for 27 yards in a 31-24 win over Tulane.

Drake Harris, WR (Western Michigan): Harris had 7 catches for 57 yards in a 68-0 win over Delaware State.

Alex Malzone, QB (Miami-OH): Malzone was 0/3 passing in is first action for Miami-OH during a 26-3 loss to Minnesota.

Maurice Ways, WR (California): Ways made 3 catches for 22 yards in a 45-23 win over Idaho.

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11Sep 2018
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 2

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TRANSFERS

Brian Cole, S (Mississippi State): Cole made 1 tackle, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 sack in a 31-10 win over Kansas State, along with 1 kickoff return for 37 yards.

Kingston Davis, RB (UAB): Davis had 6 carries for 47 yards and 1 touchdown in a 47-24 loss to Coastal Carolina, an FCS program.

Drake Harris, WR (Western Michigan): Harris had 3 catches for 16 yards in a 49-3 loss to Michigan.

Kareem Walker, RB (Fort Scott C.C.): Walker had 17 carries for 102 yards (6.0 yards/carry) and 1 touchdown in a 50-47 loss to Coffeyville Community College.

Keith Washington, CB (West Virginia): Washington made 3 tackles in a 52-17 win over Youngstown State.

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4Sep 2018
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 1

Wilton Speight (image via Larry Brown Sports)

TRANSFERS

Devin Asiasi, TE (UCLA): Asiasi was suspended for the season opener.

Ian Bunting, TE (California): Bunting played but did not record a catch in a 24-17 win over North Carolina.

Brian Cole, S (Mississippi State): Cole made 2 tackles and 1 tackle for loss in a 63-6 win over Stephen F. Austin. He also had 2 kickoff returns for 59 yards (29.5 yards/return).

Kingston Davis, RB (UAB): Davis had 6 carries for 14 yards and 1 touchdown in a 52-0 win over Savannah State.

Drake Harris, WR (Western Michigan): Harris had 1 catch for 12 yards in a 55-42 loss to Syracuse.

Wilton Speight, QB (UCLA): Speight started in week one and was 8/12 for 45 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception; he also had 4 carries for 12 yards. Unfortunately, he left the game with an apparent back injury. UCLA lost to Cincinnati, 26-17.

Kareem Walker, RB (Fort Scott C.C.): Walker had 13 carries for 48 yards (3.7 yards/carry) in a 29-28 loss to Highland Community College.

Keith Washington, CB (West Virginia): Washington made 1 tackle in a 40-14 win over Tennessee.

Maurice Ways, WR (California): Ways made 1 catch for 23 yards in a 24-17 win over North Carolina.

Tyrone Wheatley, Jr., TE (Stony Brook): Wheatley played but did not record any statistics in a 38-0 loss to Air Force.

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28Nov 2017
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Drake Harris, Ex-Wolverine . . . again

Drake Harris

Redshirt junior wide receiver Drake Harris is transferring for his fifth year of football. It was reported earlier in the year that Harris left the football program and was going to join the basketball team, but then Tarik Black got hurt and Harris never made any appearances with the basketball program.

He ended up returning to the football team and played in four games, making 1 catch for 10 yards against Ohio State. In total, he made 9 receptions for 60 yards in four seasons in Ann Arbor. He was hampered early in his career (and toward the tail end of his high school career) by hamstring issues, though that problem seems to have cleared up in the past two years.

Harris was a 4-star, the #7 wide receiver, and #68 overall in the class of 2014, according to the 247 Composite. In that respect, he’s one of the more disappointing recruits Michigan has landed in recent years. For the #68 player to only make 9 catches over a full career – and to be passed by numerous lower-rated players – that’s quite a letdown. Particularly this season when Michigan was low on experienced receivers, Harris had a prime opportunity to play but got stuck behind Black, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Kekoa Crawford, and others.

This hurts Michigan very little for 2018 and opens up a scholarship for another player. Harris has struggled to get on the field in the past, and there’s no reason to think he would become an important cog next season.

14Jul 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #49 Drake Harris

Drake Harris (image via MLive)

Name: Drake Harris
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 188 lbs.
High school: Grand Rapids (MI) Christian
Position: Cornerback
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #14
Last year: I ranked Harris #42 and said he would be a backup wide receiver with 9 catches for 90 yards and 1 TD. He had 2 catches for 11 yards.
TTB Rating: 93

There was a lot of hype for Harris in the 2015-2016 off-season. A long, tall, speedy wide receiver who used to be an elite basketball recruit? It was about time that he hit his stride. But instead of capitalizing on all those skills when he finally seemed to be healthy, he made 2 receptions for 11 yards. Meanwhile, the two wideouts ahead of him got drafted to the NFL, and the guys expected to replace them are . . . not Drake Harris.

No, Drake Harris won’t replace Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh, because Harris is now a cornerback. He and Jim Harbaugh decided to make the position switch this summer after spring practice had concluded. One reason is that cornerback needs depth and competition, and another reason is likely that Harris just wasn’t getting it done at receiver. On 8 career catches, Harris has a paltry 6.2 yards per reception. Of course, he has never played defense before, so that could be an adventure itself.

Michigan’s staff has had success with tall corners and position-switchers in the past (Jeremy Clark from S to CB, Richard Sherman from WR to CB), but Harris’s injury history and the suddenness of this switch seems not to bode very well for this fall. I do think he could make some contributions simply because of his size, and this is a year where Michigan might need to throw a bunch of corners out there and give them all a chance to move to the front of the pack. The Wolverines lost their top three corners from last season; Harris, David Long, and Lavert Hill have all had injury issues; and the door to a starting job seems to be wide open. I don’t think Harris will start, but anything could happen with this group.

Prediction: Backup cornerback

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