Ex-Wolverine Updates: 2017, Week 7

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17Oct 2017
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: 2017, Week 7

Damien Harris

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Ross Douglas, LB (Rutgers): Douglas made 7 tackles in a 35-14 win over Illinois.

Shane Morris, QB (CMU): Morris completed 17/37 passes for 182 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions; he ran 6 times for 23 yards. This year he has completed 55% of his passes for 12 TDs and 11 INTs.

Wyatt Shallman, DE (Ohio): Shallman made 5 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in a 48-30 win over Bowling Green State University.

Keith Washington, CB (Copiah-Lincoln C.C.): Washington made 1 tackle in a 16-15 loss to Hinds College in week six.

Hit the jump for news on former commitments and coaches.

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9Oct 2017
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: 2017, Week 6

Wyatt Shallman (image via Twitter)

TRANSFERS

Kingston Davis, RB (Independence C.C.): Davis had 4 carries for 4 yards in a 44-38 win over Ellsworth Community College. He now has 18 carries for 37 yards this season.

Shane Morris, QB (CMU): Morris completed 25/35 passes for 249 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception in a 26-23 win over Ohio.

Wyatt Shallman, DE (Ohio): Shallman, who did not play in Ohio’s first four games, broke out with 5 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack in his debut. Who was his sack victim? None other than Shane Morris, his former teammate at Michigan. Ohio lost by a score of 26-23.

Keith Washington, CB (Copiah-Lincoln C.C.): Washington made 1 tackle and 1 pass breakup in a 27-24 win over East Central Community College in week five. No stats are available for week six yet.

Hit the jump for news on former commitments and coaches.

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28Aug 2017
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: 2017 Pre-season Edition

Shane Morris (image via Twitter)

TRANSFERS

OG Kyle Bosch: Bosch is expected to start at offensive guard for West Virginia. He’s currently ranked as the #11 offensive guard in the 2018 draft class by NFL Draft Scout.

WR/S Brian Cole: Cole spent the 2016 season at East Mississippi Community College, the school that’s the subject of the Netflix docuseries¬†Last Chance U. Cole isn’t featured prominently, though he makes a couple cameos. Anyway, he made 54 tackles, 1 sack, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries at safety. He enrolled at Mississippi State in January but he will have to redshirt this year to get in compliance with academic requirements.

RB Kingston Davis: Davis ran 2 times for 17 yards against Hawaii in last year’s season opener, and now he’s transferring to Independence Community College in Kansas. The assumption is that he’ll try to transfer back up to an FBS program in 2018.

Hit the jump for many, many more updates.

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19Jan 2017
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Wyatt Shallman, Ex-Wolverine

Three running backs from the class of 2013: Derrick Green, Wyatt Shallman, De’Veon Smith (image via 247 Sports)

Redshirt junior running back/fullback/linebacker Wyatt Shallman will pursue a graduate transfer opportunity elsewhere for next season. He played each of those positions at various times throughout his college career, though he finishes his days at Michigan with 4 career carries for 14 yards while playing in sixteen career games.

My history of discussing Shallman has been short and emphatic. I wrote a scouting report on him in January of 2012 (LINK), had a bit more to say about him when he committed in February of 2012 (LINK), and eventually landed on a TTB Rating of 65 (LINK). Beyond his recruitment, there really hasn’t been much reason to talk about him over the years. He started out as a tailback for Brady Hoke, which was a bad fit to begin. He took snaps at fullback for Jim Harbaugh back in the spring of 2016, and I noted that he did not look enthused to be a blocking back. He switched to defense in the middle of this past season, but that didn’t seem like a great solution. Switching positions in the middle of your fourth year generally isn’t a good sign.

There is the occasional recruit whose negative reviews engender some anger from, well, people who are interested in seeing that recruit succeed. I received a fair amount of hate mail after my assessment of Shallman’s abilities several years ago. Despite the fact that Shallman was a 247 Composite 4-star, the #1 fullback, and #299 overall, I didn’t see him making much of an impact at Michigan.

The departure of Shallman is a positive for all parties. Shallman was not going to play in 2017. He had already been passed up by classmates or younger players at every position he played, and he wasn’t a standout on special teams, either. This opens up a spot for a younger player or a transfer to enter the fray and compete for a more meaningful role. Meanwhile, Shallman has an opportunity to end up elsewhere – likely at a MAC school, I would guess – and carve out a spot.

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24Jun 2016
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2016 Season Countdown: #76 Wyatt Shallman

Wyatt Shallman

Name: Wyatt Shallman
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 245 lbs.
High school: Novi (MI) Catholic Central
Position: Fullback
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #33
Last year: I ranked Shallman #63 and said he would be a backup tailback (LINK). He played in one game and ran 3 times for 9 yards.

Shallman was the leading rusher in the 2015 spring game, which led some to believe that he would be used more heavily at tailback. He was dealing with an injury for part of last season, but the only time he saw the field was in a blowout win over Rutgers when he ran 3 times for 9 yards late in the game. Michigan used several other tailbacks more than Shallman, including converted cornerback Ross Taylor-Douglas, who has since transferred to Rutgers, and the now departed Derrick Green (destination: unknown).

This spring Shallman was being used at fullback. In my opinion, he did not look very enthused to be a blocking back. Additionally, I did not think he looked very effective as a blocker. There is a big opportunity at fullback since the top two guys from last year (Joe Kerridge, Sione Houma) are now toiling away in the NFL, but Michigan seems intent to use converted defensive end Henry Poggi and converted tight end Khalid Hill at the position, along with fifth-year walk-on senior Bobby Henderson. Shallman may be the most talented runner of that bunch, so maybe he gets an occasional opportunity to run the ball. However, he does not appear to be in the top three at his position group, so I’m not counting on him to be heavily involved this season.

Prediction: Backup fullback

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