Morning Roundup: June 30, 2019

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29Jun 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #63 Jake McCurry

Jake McCurry (image via MGoBlue)

Name: Jake McCurry
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 185 lbs.
High school: Solon (OH) Solon
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #43
Last year: I ranked McCurry #97 and said he would be a backup wide receiver and special teamer (LINK). He caught 2 passes for 33 yards and 1 touchdown, along with making 10 tackles.
TTB Rating: N/A

On September 25, 2010, Michigan fullback John McColgan caught a pass from quarterback Tate Forcier that put the Wolverines up 36-14 over Bowling Green State University.

And until September 8, 2018, against Western Michigan University, no other Michigan walk-on caught a touchdown pass until Jake McCurry did when he scurried into the endzone from 18 yards away.

McCurry didn’t exactly burst onto the scene in 2018, but he did come out of nowhere. A nondescript preferred walk-on in 2017, he won the Scout Team Player of the Year as a true freshman and found his way onto the field in some key moments in 2018. Not just for the touchdown against the Broncos, but for a much maligned slot fade target against Ohio State. While that slot fade target did not work out well (it fell incomplete but should have been flagged for defensive pass interference), it did indicate how much confidence the coaching staff was placing in McCurry.

This season McCurry is not going to be a target hog, but he has shown that he can contribute effectively on special teams. And on certain occasions, Shea Patterson (or others) will probably try to get him the ball through the air. McCurry is someone who can fill in the cracks and do some dirty work on special teams, and those guys are valuable.

And maybe there won’t be another eight-year window between walk-on touchdown receptions.

Prediction: Backup wide receiver, special teamer

28Jun 2019
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Nightly Roundup: June 28, 2019

Tom Brady

Tom Brady is the best – in more ways than one. And that includes jersey, video game, and trading card sales (LINK).

UConn is back in the Big East, but Nicole Auerbach ponders the future of its football program (LINK).

Hit the jump for more.

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28Jun 2019
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U.S. Army All-American Bowl Participants: Michigan

Donovan Peoples-Jones

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a comprehensive list of Michigan’s commitments who were selected for the All-American Bowl (formerly the U.S. Army All-American Bowl). The next All-American Bowl will be on January 4, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. in San Antonio, TX.

2021
J.J. McCarthy, QB – La Grange Park, IL**

2020
Jordan Morant, S – Oradell, NJ**
Kalel Mullings, LB – Milton, MA**

2019
Daxton Hill, S – Tulsa, OK
Chris Hinton, DE – Norcross, GA
Cornelius Johnson, WR – Greenwich, CT

2018
Aidan Hutchinson, DE – Dearborn, MI
Jalen Mayfield, OT – Grand Rapids, MI
Cameron McGrone, LB – Indianapolis, IN

2017
Tarik Black, WR – Cheshire, CT
Chuck Filiaga, OT – Aledo, TX
Deron Irving-Bey, DE – Flint, MI
Dylan McCaffrey, QB – Littleton, CO
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR – Detroit, MI
Aubrey Solomon, DT – Leesburg, GA
Ambry Thomas, CB – Detroit, MI

Hit the jump for the rest of the U.S. Army Bowl participants to play for Michigan since 2001.

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28Jun 2019
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Polynesian Bowl participants: Michigan

Oakley (CA) Freedom WR Giles Jackson (image via Oregon Live))

The fourth annual Polynesian Bowl will be played in Honolulu, HI, in January of 2020. Here are the Michigan participants over the years:

2020
Reece Atteberry, C – Aurora, CO*
A.J. Henning, WR – Frankfort, IL*
Braiden McGregor, DE – Port Huron, MI*
Jordan Morant, S – Oradell, NJ*
Kalel Mullings, LB – Milton, MA*

2019
Giles Jackson, WR – Freedom, CA

2018
None

2017
Chuck Filiaga, OT – Aledo, TX
Corey Malone-Hatcher, DE – St. Joseph, MI**
Dylan McCaffrey, QB – Littleton, CO
Phillip Paea, DT – Berrien Springs, MI
Joshua Ross, LB – Orchard Lake, MI
Kurt Taylor, RB – Loganville, GA

*Scheduled to play in the upcoming game

**Selected but not participating due to early enrollment