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I recently did a summary of the 2015 class that was an interesting look back at their five years on campus (LINK). The class of 2014 was Brady Hoke’s final complete class before he was fired, so here’s a look at how that group fared over five years. Michigan landed 17 players in the pack, which ranked 20th in the country according to the 247 Composite.
Hit the jump for the rundown.
Starts: 142 (Ian Bunting, Juwann Bushell-Beatty, Freddy Canteen, Mason Cole, Noah Furbush, Drake Harris, Lawrence Marshall, Jabrill Peppers, Brandon Watson, Chase Winovich)
Passing attempts: 438 (Jabrill Peppers, Wilton Speight)
Passing completions: 257 (Wilton Speight)
Passing yards: 3,192 (Wilton Speight)
Passing touchdowns: 22 (Wilton Speight)
Passing interceptions: 10 (Wilton Speight)
Rushing attempts: 99 (Freddy Canteen, Blake O’Neill, Jabrill Peppers, Speight)
Rushing yards: 131 (Freddy Canteen, Blake O’Neill, Jabrill Peppers, Wilton Speight)
Rushing touchdowns: 6 (Jabrill Peppers, Wilton Speight)
Receptions: 46 (Ian Bunting, Freddy Canteen, Drake Harris, Jabrill Peppers, Jared Wangler, Maurice Ways)
Receiving yards: 375 (Ian Bunting, Freddy Canteen, Drake Harris, Jabrill Peppers, Jared Wangler, Maurice Ways)
Receiving touchdowns: 2 (Freddy Canteen, Jared Wangler)
Tackles: 526 (Ian Bunting, Mason Cole, Noah Furbush, Drake Harris, Bryan Mone, Brady Pallante, Jabrill Peppers, Wilton Speight, Jared Wangler, Brandon Watson, Chase Winovich)
Tackles for loss: 80.5 (Noah Furbush, Bryan Mone, Jabrill Peppers, Brandon Watson, Chase Winovich)
Sacks: 23.5 (Noah Furbush, Bryan Mone, Jabrill Peppers, Chase Winovich)
Interceptions: 6 (Noah Furbush, Jabrill Peppers, Brandon Watson)
Pass breakups: 34 (Noah Furbush, Lawrence Marshall, Bryan Mone, Jabrill Peppers, Brandon Watson, Chase Winovich)
Forced fumbles: 4 (Jabrill Peppers, Chase Winovich)
Fumble recoveries: 8 (Noah Furbush, Lawrence Marshall, Bryan Mone, Chase Winovich)
Punts: 53 (Blake O’Neill)
Punt returns: 39 (Jabrill Peppers)
Punt return yardage: 510 (Jabrill Peppers)
Kickoff returns: 19 (Ian Bunting, Jabrill Peppers)
Kickoff return yardage: 483 (Jabrill Peppers)
Return touchdowns: 4 (Noah Furbush, Jabrill Peppers, Brandon Watson)
Players from the class not mentioned above: LB Michael Ferns III
Transfers: 6 (Ian Bunting, Freddy Canteen, Michael Ferns III, Drake Harris, Wilton Speight, Maurice Ways)
Retirees: 1 (Brady Pallante)
This comes on the heels of an analysis of the small and overall unproductive 2015 class, but this was actually a pretty amazing class when it comes to hitting on defensive players. Of the six players who transferred, only one played defense; and even that one switched to offense at West Virginia before ending his career prematurely.
- Michigan got impact players at all three levels on defense: Bryan Mone and Chase Winovich on the defensive line, Noah Furbush and Jabrill Peppers at linebacker, and Brandon Watson at cornerback.
- Winovich made a good deal of the defensive playmaking with 185 tackles, 44.5 tackles for loss, and 18 sacks, but 526 tackles from a 17-man class seems to be a pretty good chunk of production.
- The Wolverines landed a 51-game starter in Mason Cole and also got a solid developmental prospect in Juwann Bushell-Beatty.
- The offensive playmaking was abysmal in this class. Peppers – a LB/DB – was the leading rusher (239 yards) and the second-most-accomplished receiver (10 catches, 82 yards) in a class that included Ian Bunting, Freddy Canteen, Drake Harris, and Maurice Ways.
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