Ex-Wolverine Updates: The Class of 2009

Ex-Wolverine Updates: The Class of 2009

January 21, 2012
Shavodrick Beaver (pictured here in his days at Tulsa) is now at Midwestern State, which is a real place.

Former Michigan quarterback commit Shavodrick Beaver sat out the 2011 season after transferring from Tulsa to Midwestern State, which is in Beaver’s hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas.  Midwestern State’s starting quarterback, Brandon Kelsey, had 1,951 yards passing and 967 yards rushing.  Beaver will be a redshirt junior at MSU in fall 2012.

Former Michigan safety Vladimir Emilien sat out the 2011 after transferring from Michigan to Toledo.  He does not appear on the Rockets’ roster, but has confirmed that he’s at Toledo and will be a redshirt junior in fall 2012.
Former Michigan kicker commit Anthony Fera was 14/17 on field goals for Penn State this season with a long of 46 yards.  He also punted 64 times, averaging 42 yards, and handled the kickoff duties.
Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier transferred to San Jose State this past season and seemed to be in line for the starting quarterback job next fall.  However, he left SJSU in recent weeks due to “personal and financial reasons” and his career might be over.
Former Michigan defensive tackle commit Pearlie Graves left Texas Tech in late September.  He was reportedly transferring, but has not reappeared elsewhere, as far as I know.
Former Michigan running back and cornerback Teric Jones left the program last offseason due to a knee injury.  He remains a student at the University of Michigan.
Former Michigan defensive tackle commit DeQuinta Jones finished his junior year at Arkansas.  He played in all 13 games, making 19 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 sack.
Former Michigan defensive end Anthony Lalota transferred to Rutgers, but has since quit football altogether.  He practiced at tight end with the Scarlet Knights.
Former Michigan wide receiver commit Bryce McNeal caught 1 pass for 8 yards at Clemson in 2011 before transferring.  He is now at UConn and will be eligible in fall 2012 because he already had his bachelor’s degree.
Former Michigan quarterback commit Kevin Newsome left Penn State after being buried on the depth chart behind Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden.  He has not yet announced a transfer destination.
Former Michigan wide receiver commit Dewayne Peace is now at Houston after leaving Arizona because of legal troubles.  He spent 2010 at Blinn Community College (made famous by Cam Newton).  Peace started one game for the Cougars in 2011 and played in 11 total games, making 13 catches for 105 yards (8.1 yards per catch) and 0 touchdowns.
Former Michigan wide receiver Je’Ron Stokes left Michigan this past season and transferred to Bowling Green State University, where his brother Malik will be a redshirt freshman quarterback in 2012.  Je’Ron will be a redshirt junior and eligible to play for the Falcons this coming season.
Former Michigan cornerback Justin Turner left Michigan in 2010 and transferred to Scottsdale (AZ) Community College to play football in 2011.  He played 11 games there and made 47 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 3 interceptions, 17 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries.  Here are his highlights from Scottsdale Community College.  He is committed to play for Hawaii in 2012, where he will be a redshirt junior.
Former Michigan cornerback signee Adrian Witty played in 12 games for Cincinnati in 2011 as a backup cornerback and special teamer.  He made 15 tackles, broke up 1 pass, and forced 1 fumble.  He will be a redshirt sophomore this coming fall.


  1. Comments: 21383
    Painter Smurf
    Jan 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    What a brutal recruiting year. Even the kids who got away have flaked out. I really think this 2009 class was the eventual nail in the RR's coffin. He could never point to young talent and build up hope for the future.

  2. Comments: 21383
    Jan 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    @ Painter Smurf 4:13 a.m.

    I don't know if I agree with that. Yes, there were a bunch of flakes, but Denard Robinson was part of the 2009 class and a Heisman contender. There were also a couple other impact players in that class (Lewan, Roh), and those kids were only sophomores/redshirt freshmen when he was let go. I don't think it was any bigger nail than 3-9, 5-7, the horrible defense, the fact that he tried to change traditions, etc. The 2008 class was probably less productive, with only Mike Martin and Roy Roundtree looking like bona fide Michigan athletes. The rest largely flaked out, have ridden the bench, or weren't particularly impressive.

  3. Comments: 21383
    Jan 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    17 PBU's for Turner?!? Is that a misprint? Can we steal him from Hawaii?

  4. Comments: 21383
    Jan 21, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    @ Anonymous 8:12 a.m.

    It's not a misprint. He played for a JUCO with a bunch of athletes who aren't nearly on his level. A good FBS cornerback might end up with 8-10 pass breakups, so 17 isn't far-fetched. It would be like a varsity football player running around the field with a bunch of 8th or 9th graders.

  5. Comments: 21383
    Jan 21, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Thunder –

    Could we get a summary of all of RR's recruits to see who panned out at Michigan, who rode the pine at Michigan, who is out of football, and who panned out for another school? I realize that it wasn't all his doing, but the number of kids who just didn't make it through 4 years of college ANYWHERE is astounding.


  6. Comments: 21383
    Jan 21, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    @ Anonymous 1:35 p.m.

    No offense, but that kind of information is available in the Ex-Wolverine Encyclopedia tab at the top of the page as well as in these Ex-Wolverine posts that I put up about once a week or so. And I know you're a big Michigan fan, so you know the current guys who are panning out (Denard Robinson, Roy Roundtree, etc.). Since some of Rodriguez's recruits just signed with Michigan last February and finished their freshman seasons on January 9, it seems a little premature to determine who has panned out and who hasn't.

  7. Comments: 21383
    Jan 22, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    The 2008 class did have starters in Floyd, Demons, and Koeger who looked at least okay. And Barnum started this year when healthy and didn't look out of place. It also had Odors who was good when healthy.

  8. Comments: 21383
    Jan 22, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    @ Anonymous 5:29 p.m.

    Yes, they looked okay…but if Rodriguez needed to point at one recruiting class, the combo of Denard/Lewan/Roh looks better than Floyd/Demens/Koger. Denard and Lewan will probably both be picked in the first couple rounds of the draft; Floyd, Demens, and Koger are mid- to late round picks at best.

  9. Comments: 21383
    Jan 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    What is it with kids that give up so easily. I can only think of boren as the only player that transferred and played at a high level. Look at stokes who now would have a great shot of starting for u of m if he had hung in there. Is it indicative of poor talent or does that attitude carry over into everything and prevent them from succeeding? Interesting.

  10. Comments: 21383
    Jan 24, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    Mixon transferred and was All MAC and Mallet was a Heisman finalist at Arkansas.

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