2016 Scholarship Count

2016 Scholarship Count

October 16, 2016

Players are listed in order of remaining eligibility. With 81 scholarships allotted, Michigan is now under its scholarship limit for 2016. As for the 2017 recruiting class, 19 seniors are scheduled to graduate, so the class should have at least 23 players.


Hit the jump for the breakdown by class.

  • WR Ahmir Mitchell has left the program
  • K Andrew David is transferring to TCU
  • DT Brady Pallante left the football program
  • I removed freshman WR Brad Hawkins, Jr. because he is going to prep school.
  • I removed freshman LB Dytarious Johnson because he appears to be prep school-bound.
  • CB Reon Dawson left the football program
  • WR Jaron Dukes left the football program
  • I updated the chart using the released spring roster
  • WR Da’Mario Jones is transferring
  • OL Blake Bars left the football program
  • DE Tom Strobel is transferring to Ohio
  • RB Ross Taylor-Douglas is transferring to Rutgers

REDSHIRT SENIORS = 11 (Final season 2016)
RB Drake Johnson
OL Ben Braden
OL Kyle Kalis
OL Erik Magnuson
WR Jehu Chesson
WR Amara Darboh
DT Matt Godin
DT Ryan Glasgow
DT Chris Wormley
CB Jeremy Clark

P/K Kenny Allen
FB Bobby Henderson
TE Michael Jocz
OL Ben Pliska
S A.J. Pearson

SENIORS = 8 (Final season 2016)
RB DeVeon Smith
TE Jake Butt
DE Taco Charlton
LB Ben Gedeon
CB Jourdan Lewis
CB Channing Stribling
S Delano Hill
S Dymonte Thomas

REDSHIRT JUNIORS = 11 (Final season 2017)
QB Shane Morris
QB John O’Korn
RB Ty Isaac
RB Wyatt Shallman
FB Khalid Hill

TE Henry Poggi

OL David Dawson
OL Patrick Kugler
DT Maurice Hurst, Jr.
LB Mike McCray II
LS Scott Sypniewski
QB Garrett Moores
WR Kenneth Sloss
WR Jack Wangler
OL Greg Froelich
DE Michael Wroblewski
DT Garrett Miller
CB Anthony Dalimonte

JUNIORS = 1 (Final season 2017)
OL Mason Cole

REDSHIRT SOPHOMORES = 12 (Final season 2018)
QB Wilton Speight
WR Drake Harris
WR Maurice Ways
TE Ian Bunting
OL Juwann Bushell-Beatty
DE Lawrence Marshall
DE Chase Winovich
DT Bryan Mone

LB Noah Furbush
LB Jared Wangler
CB Brandon Watson
S Jabrill Peppers

RB Joe Hewlett
FB Joe Beneducci
FB Brian Chu
FB Nick Volk
WR Austin Brenner
DT Salim Makki
LB Alex Kaminski
CB Matt Mitchell
LS Andrew Robinson

SOPHOMORES = 4 (Final season 2018)
RB Karan Higdon
WR Grant Perry
OL Grant Newsome
S Tyree Kinnel

REDSHIRT FRESHMEN = 8 (Final season 2019)
QB Alex Malzone
TE Zach Gentry

TE Tyrone Wheatley, Jr.
OL Jon Runyan, Jr.
OL Nolan Ulizio
DE Shelton Johnson
DE Reuben Jones
CB Keith Washington
FB Spencer Dickow
WR Jacob West
WR Brendan White
TE Kenneth Ferris
DE Joseph Files
DE Cheyenn Robertson
LB Jack Dunaway
LB Dontae Mauricio
LB Jameson Offerdahl
CB Taylor Krupp
S Jordan Glasgow
S Louis Grodman
LS Bradley Deeg
K James Foug
P Ryan Tice

FRESHMEN = 26 (Final season 2019)
QB Brandon Peters
RB Kingston Davis
RB Chris Evans
RB Kareem Walker
TE Devin Asiasi
TE Nick Eubanks

TE Sean McKeon
WR Dylan Crawford

WR Nate Johnson

WR Eddie McDoom
OL Ben Bredeson
OL Michael Onwenu
OL Stephen Spanellis

DE Ron Johnson
DE Carlo Kemp
DE Joshua Uche

DT Michael Dwumfour
DT Rashan Gary
LB Devin Bush, Jr.
LB Devin Gil

LB Elysee Mbem-Bosse

CB Lavert Hill
CB David Long, Jr.
S Khaleke Hudson

S Josh Metellus
K Quinn Nordin

QB Michael Sessa
FB Michael Hirsch
WR Kerrick Hahn
WR Jake Martin
WR Nate Schoenle
TE Dane Drobocky
TE Conner Edmonds
TE Daniel Jokisch
TE Simeon Smith
OL Anthony Kay
OL Greg Robinson
OL Andrew Vastardis
DE Carl Myers
LB Peter Bush
S Tyler Cochran
S Taylor Krupp
S Tru Wilson
LS Camaron Cheeseman
P Will Hart


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    suduri xusai
    Dec 06, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Several upperclassmen who made 0 contribution. Time for some firm handshakes and new guys to replace them. I can see around 10 guys who should leave.

    • JC
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      Dec 06, 2015 at 4:20 PM

      Ten? I can see 4.

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        suduri xusai
        Dec 06, 2015 at 5:50 PM

        That’s you. I think we can wave bye to Shane Morris, Derrick Green, Ty Isaac, Terry Richardson, Ross Taylor-Douglass, Jaron Dukes, Reon Dawson, and Brady Pallantine. At least 3 years in the program, no contribution.

        Wilton Speight and Alex Malzone can leave too if they can’t cut it. We got plenty of QBs with more coming in. Can’t have all these guys on the roster making 0 contribution over the years.

        • Thunder
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          Dec 06, 2015 at 6:07 PM

          Your definition of “no contribution” is different than mine, and probably different than a lot of people’s. Morris, Green, and Isaac have played quite a bit. Green was our leading rusher until he got hurt last year. Isaac is perhaps our most talented running back. Furthermore, Wilton Speight led a comeback against Minnesota that probably would have been a loss if anyone else had taken over for the injured Jake Rudock. No contribution? We’re 8-4 without him, not 9-3. That’s not nothing when you’re talking about a redshirt freshman, backup QB.

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            suduri xusai
            Dec 06, 2015 at 6:19 PM

            Yes, ok. Wilton Speight’s fine. Maybe even Derrick Green although he’s done a very little this year. But you do get my point though right? A lot of guys, several years in, but very little contribution.

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            Dec 06, 2015 at 7:38 PM

            Don’t you think Green and Issac will transfer out at the end of the season? We’ll take em at UNLV!

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          Dec 06, 2015 at 7:41 PM

          its not the pros so your scenario doesnt really jive, colleges cant just cut scholarship players in years 1-4. im assuming you understand this concept and are suggesting the coaches gently nudge these players out the door?

          they can and should give firm handshakes to guys like richardson, bars, gant, etc – if theyre not expected to start, significantly contribute or desperately needed for depth, both parties should move on.

          it would obviously benefit the programs depth and future prospects if guys like jones, dukes, morris, dawson, douglas, etc were to leave / transfer since they have not yet impacted games and remain highly unlikely to do so, but the coaches cant just cut them. while i agree theyd likely be better off cutting ties with 10-20 guys on current roster and replacing with other potentially more talented guys, the same can prob be said of most teams at most times (not to mention it may not be legal or possible).

          the best programs not only have talented coaches to find and develop the best possible players, but they also make the hard choices (some of which many m fans would frown upon) when molding their roster. good programs understand all 85 matter and act accordingly.

          good programs effectively recruit and develop but they also efficiently, and often ruthlessly (in minds of some), manage their 85 – trimming fat whenever possible may turn off some but its necessary to build most competitive, talented teams. the best programs attempt to cycle through classes as efficiently and as quickly as possible in order to maximize scholarship athletes on campus – redshirting sparingly and usually only with certain positions (ie OL, QB, etc), or redshirting in significant developmental situations or under injury circumstances, etc. (every personnel decision made to field most competitive squad that particular fall yet with an eye always on the future).

          theres a huge difference bw signing 80-100 players and 100-125 players over 4 year period – more players cycled though the program increases odds of finding big impact guys and future pros and also helps offset both the natural hit ratio associated with recruiting and the impact misses, busts, injuries, transfers, suspensions, etc have on teams roster depth.

          it sounds like harbaugh openly informs all players they must earn their roster spots and no ones guaranteed 5th years (which is how they must operate if the goal really is championship rings) – so id be surprised if they retain all available 5th years and all underclassmen buried on depth chart return

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            Dec 07, 2015 at 10:29 AM

            Unless the scholarship is for 4 years, colleges can ‘cut’ players. Most scholarships are for just one year, it’s just that they are almost always renewed. Most colleges don’t ‘cut’ players cause it wouldn’t look good.

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          Vienna Jack
          Mar 03, 2016 at 9:14 AM

          At least Derrick Green and Ross Taylor-Douglass are already gone.

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      Dec 06, 2015 at 7:07 PM

      I’m with you Xusai !!!… I can count even half dozen more non-contributors just taking up schollies!

      • Thunder
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        Dec 06, 2015 at 7:10 PM

        You will find non-contributors on even the best of teams – Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan State, Stanford, etc. It’s a part of college football. You simply can’t have 85 contributors on one team.

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          suduri xusai
          Dec 06, 2015 at 9:57 PM

          Can’t have non-contributors as 5th year seniors. They should also see for themselves that if they can’t crack the two deep in 3~4 years they should move on.

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    Dec 06, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Blake Bars… who is Blake Bars!!

    Jettison a bunch of these malcontents…if ND was on the schedule we would have lost to them too…when will we defeat one of hated rivals??!!!

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    Dec 06, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    2017 is looking like a very scary year unless a whole lot of guys develop quickly. We have a lot of senior talent for 2016, but after that, we drop off a cliff at most positions, Oline being especially worrisome.

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      suduri xusai
      Dec 06, 2015 at 8:51 PM

      I realize that, but hopely with better coaching a lot of guys will step up by 2017. But we can’t think that far right now besides addressing that problem in recruiting. I think Michigan will certainly do that.

      The focus has to be in 2016, and the roster is looking like a upperclassmen-heavy roster with a good chance of making improvements across the board. Drop some dead weights, add Kareem Walker, Rashan Gary and other talented freshmen and we’ll be good.

  4. CrangSr
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    Dec 06, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    I understand what suduri and coachernie mean, but don’t agree with them. In reality, unless you want to be lumped in with Bama and the rest of the SEC and their practices, you can’t just do that. I’m all for the firm handshake of 5th year seniors who have not or will not see the field at all. Of that group Bars, Strobel and maybe Richardson qualify. I also see nothing wrong with the coaching staff letting the players know exactly where they stand on the depth chart. If they decide to seek more playing time who can blame them. So if we get Speight and Malzone to leave, after O’Korn and Moriris we have two redshirt freshman at QB.I would assume you did not watch the Big XII Championship. Baylor had a WR playing QB, because they had lost their top 3 QB’s to injury during the season. We are at 91 scholarships and rumour has it we’re taking 5 more. That means 11 players need to transfer, quit football or get medical hardships. I can’t see Harbaugh pulling a Saban, so I’m sure there will be some attrition by the end of the next semester. Will Morris stay if he’s 3rd on the depth chart? Dukes and Jones have been passed by freshman Perry and have only 2 receptions between them. It is more than likely a bunch will transfer after the next semester when they realize they won’t ever see the field.

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      suduri xusai
      Dec 06, 2015 at 11:01 PM

      I agree. I am not for forceful cutting a la LSU or Alabama. All I want is a clean-up of guys who didn’t contribute in several years and will never get to play, which I assume will naturally happen.

      Harbaugh should let them know what’s up and they should leave on their own. And Harbaugh must sign big classes to clean up the roster. He’s pretty much doing just that.

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    Dec 07, 2015 at 6:27 AM

    Viramontes be gone evidently.

    Must have decided he didn’t want to be a LB

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      suduri xusai
      Dec 07, 2015 at 12:23 PM

      Bad idea, I think. Should’ve stuck with Harbaugh and try out different positions. It’s one of those things with QB prospects — they are used to the spotlight and all think they can become NFL QBs.

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    Jan 15, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Adios, Derrick Green

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    Jan 28, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Adios Brian Cole. Which likely explains a midweek visit from Isaiah Simmons who I’d take in a minute if only because he’s another guy that seemingly just loves to hit people.

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    Feb 03, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    by my count, signing day dust having settled, we are over signed by 5. This includes Tom Stroble to Ohio. Yeah, Ohio. as opposed to Ohio State.

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    Mar 03, 2016 at 5:54 AM

    Dytarious Johnson is as yet unsigned. I’m assuming this means that he can’t get past admissions ….. yet ….. hopefully, so I’m at 88.

    I believe that Glasgow and Sypniewski serve at the pleasure of the coaching staff. 86.

    • Thunder
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      Mar 03, 2016 at 6:33 AM

      Sypniewski’s on scholarship. Kenny Allen was initially a walk-on.

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    Apr 10, 2016 at 2:41 AM

    To be technical – Michigan is at 85 scholarships at present, not 87.

    Glasgow and Allen will get scholarships when they open up – but as walkons their schollys are year to year.

    Also – you still have D. Johnson on your list. Not sure if that is in the 87 figure, but he probably won’t be on campus this year (if at all)

    I am curious how the 28+ new recruits figure for 2017 (that Sam Webb and others are hearing) is possible. A lot of the attrition I suspected would open spots in 2017 has already happened.

    • Thunder
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      Apr 10, 2016 at 8:48 AM

      For purposes of this post, we’re at 87 scholarship players.

      We’ll see about Dytarious Johnson. If he doesn’t show up, he’ll be removed from the list.

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    Jun 05, 2016 at 12:31 AM

    Frustrated watching softball – so distracting myself which rosterbating for 2017…. to start at 85 (for ease of calculations)…I am going to use your list but assume D. Johnson doesn’t enroll and Canteen doesn’t come back from his potential Medical issues.

    To get to 28-29 spots in the class we will need -(listed in likelihood of happening imo):

    – 19 Departing Seniors
    – Peppers to NFL (frown emoji)
    – QB departure #1 –Grad transfer (whichever of Morris and O’Korn aren’t top 2 in 2016.
    -QB departure #2 — 2nd Grad transfer of O’Korn/Morris if Speight wins 2016 job or Speight if he loses out and can grad in 3. If neither – I still see another leaving,
    – Grad transfer / “firm handshake” for 5th year – Shallman is likely if he cannot or will not play FB for M. He can probably get the RB snaps he wants elsewhere

    That gets to 23 spots that I deem “likely”.

    From there it gets sketchy
    – More 5th yr transfers…. possibilities are
    ——Sypenewski (space needed and a walkon LS coming in this year),
    ——Kugler could go play for Dad if he isn’t likely to get PT in 2017 (hard to believe he wouldn’t)
    ——Poggi – If he wants to play something other than FB
    if 2 of those happen we are at 25.

    Other Early NFL entries – Hurst, Mone, and Cole possibilities. I hope this is zero but lets assume 1 — We are at 26.

    For the last 2-3 spots – (29 is the max for 2017 without grey or blue shirts) – I count 4 or 5 younger guys that have either been in the doghouse or have been potentially passed for PT – some of whom could grad transfer is they can graduate in 3 yrs.

    Add these to the usual 1-2 or so dismissed for discipline or injury retirements and 28 or 29 is certainly possible. Almost all of these last group would have to happen to get to the high number of 32 that some have stated is possible for 2017.

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    Jun 23, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    At what point do they have to be at 85? Before fall camp begins?

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      suduri xusai
      Jun 23, 2016 at 6:49 PM

      I wonder which scholarship player will leave the program over the summer….

      • Thunder
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        Jun 23, 2016 at 11:20 PM

        Technically, nobody HAS to leave because I’m counting a couple scholarship players who are walk-ons (Kenny Allen, Ryan Glasgow). However, I do expect there to be a couple more departures before the season.

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    Aug 23, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    You’ve still got Canteen there. Hasn’t he been cleared for a medical hardship, so he no longer counts against the scholarship roster?

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    Aug 24, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    David ….. gone
    Mitchell ….. gone.
    They’re dropping like flies around here.

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    Oct 16, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    People keep talking about 28+ takes, I can’t get there without being awful ruthless.

    I can get to 25 if I think that Grant Newsmen is finished, I really hate that particular thought.

    i think this is why the commitment list has been whirling itself down lately.

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      Oct 16, 2016 at 3:47 PM

      I believe Newsome will be back. Medical reasons always seem to take 3-5 players off scholarships.

    • Thunder
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      Oct 16, 2016 at 8:04 PM

      Hmmm… I see at least 6 guys who I think have a very good chance of not being here next year, and I don’t think it’s that harsh. They’re either guys who are in the doghouse constantly or who aren’t contributing at all. With 23 scholarships available, that puts us at 29 in this class pretty easily.

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        Oct 16, 2016 at 8:37 PM

        Not sure where you’re finding “at least 6”. Picking from the junior class and younger, I see Shallman, Marshall, Ways, Harris, and maybe Peppers if he goes pro. Who else? Malzone? As far as I can tell, he’s not in the doghouse, and hasn’t had much of a chance to contribute yet.

        • Thunder
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          Oct 16, 2016 at 9:05 PM

          I try not to speculate about specific names, but my list of at least 6 doesn’t even include all the people you named. So…yeah. I think there are plenty of guys who could realistically disappear before next year, and not necessarily in shady, roster-paring ways.

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        Oct 17, 2016 at 6:12 AM

        What am I missing, I have 19 going out into the world. Where are the other 4?

        • Thunder
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          Oct 17, 2016 at 6:20 AM

          We’re under the limit this year. There are only 81 scholarship guys this fall (the other four are walk-ons). Next year those scholarships will be up for grabs to scholarship-caliber players. 19 + 4 = 23

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            Oct 17, 2016 at 6:24 AM


            “81 available”.

            Who has the four scholies.

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            • Thunder
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              Oct 17, 2016 at 7:54 AM

              Garrett Moores, A.J. Pearson, and Michael Wroblewski are the ones I know of.

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