Super Bowl LVI Preview: Through the Eyes of a Wolverine

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13Feb 2022
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Super Bowl LVI Preview: Through the Eyes of a Wolverine

David Long

This is not an in-depth preview of any sort, but as a football fan, the Super Bowl is the most hyped game of the year. I don’t get as antsy about the Super Bowl as a Michigan State game, an Ohio State game, or a meaningful post-season game for the Wolverines, but it’s still pretty exciting to see the show the NFL puts on.

I usually root for whichever team has Tom Brady; failing that, I usually pick based on which team has more former Wolverines.

CINCINNATI BENGALS
#25 RB Chris Evans
Defensive Quality Control Assistant Jordan Kovacs

LOS ANGELES RAMS
#36 CB Blake Countess
#25 CB David Long, Jr.

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21Dec 2021
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U.S. Army/Adidas 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 in January of 2021 in San Antonio, TX.

2022
Zeke Berry, S – Concord, CA#
Darrius Clemons, WR – Portland, OR#
Jayden Denegal, QB – Apple Valley, CA
Tyler Morris, WR – La Grange Park, IL#

2021
Junior Colson, LB – Brentwood, TN**
Tommy Doman, Jr., P – Orchard Lake, MI**
J.J. McCarthy, QB – La Grange Park, IL**

2020
Darion Green-Warren – Harbor City, CA
A.J. Henning – Frankfort, IL
Jordan Morant, S – Oradell, NJ
R.J. Moten, S – Delran, NJ
Kalel Mullings, LB – Milton, MA

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

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13Apr 2021
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Ex-Wolverines: Class of 2011

Blake Countess (image via Alchetron)

Here’s a look back at the recruits who did not pan out for Michigan in 2011, the transition class between Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke.

TRANSFERS

Chris Barnett – Tight end – Hurst (TX) L.D. Bell
Barnett was an outstanding tight end coming out of high school.  He tore his ACL during his senior year and struggled to regain his playing shape.  When he arrived at Michigan in the summer of 2011 for his freshman season, he weighed 278 lbs.  By late August the distance from home, the summer classwork, and the required physical conditioning forced him to leave the program and re-evaluate his options.  He enrolled at a Texas junior college, but left that program.
Current status: Unknown

Russell Bellomy – Quarterback – Arlington (TX) Martin
After the decommitment of Kevin Sousa in December 2010 (see below), Michigan was scrambling for a more traditional quarterback, whereas Sousa had been a dual-threat guy. He was previously committed to Purdue, but that changed when Michigan came calling. He redshirted in 2011. Then he played in five games in 2012, including stepping in for Denard Robinson against Nebraska, which was an ugly performance (3/16, 38 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT), and stuck around through 2014. Altogether, he was 4/23 for 46 yards and 4 interceptions at Michigan. He transferred to UTSA as a senior in 2015, completing 4/10 passes for 39 yards and rushing 7 times for 21 yards.
Current status: Out of football

Greg Brown – Cornerback – Fremont (OH) Ross
Brown was the first commitment of the 2011 class after choosing the Wolverines in September of 2009.  He enrolled early in January 2011, but was one of those kids who was caught in the middle between Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke.  Rodriguez recruited him, but he wasn’t fired until January, when Brown was already on campus.  The cornerback received mixed reviews in spring practices and played sparingly on special teams at the beginning of the 2011 season, but decided to transfer mid-season.  He played sparingly for Findlay in 2012, then transferred to Iowa Central Community College prior to the 2013 season.
Current status: Out of football

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26Oct 2018
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Tom Brady

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was 25/36 for 277 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception as he led the Patriots to a 38-31 victory over the Chicago Bears.

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Los Angeles Rams CB Blake Countess had 1 tackle, 1 pass breakup, and 1 kickoff return for 24 yards in a 39-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess caught 6 passes for 62 yards and 1 touchdown in a 21-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Minnesota Vikings LB Ben Gedeon made 4 tackles and 1 forced fumble in a 37-17 win over the New York Jets.
  • Philadelphia Eagles DE Brandon Graham made 2 tackles and 0.5 sacks in the 21-17 loss to the Panthers.
  • Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis was handed a jet sweep, which he carried for 7 yards in a 20-17 loss to the Washington Redskins.
  • Cleveland Browns S Jabrill Peppers made 8 tackles, 1 pass breakup, 1 kickoff return for 12 yards, and 2 punt returns for 46 yards in a 26-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Baltimore Ravens DE Chris Wormley made 3 tackles in a 24-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
18Oct 2018
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Frank Clark

Frank Clark (image via MLive)

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark made 4 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles in a 27-3 win over the Oakland Raiders.

HONORABLE MENTION

  • New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was 24/35 for 340 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception, along with a 4-yard rushing touchdown, in a 43-40 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Los Angeles Rams safety Blake Countess made 1 tackle and 1 kickoff return for 31 yards in a 23-20 win over the Denver Broncos.
  • Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess caught 5 passes for 74 yards and 1 touchdown in a 23-17 loss to the Washington Redskins.
  • Oakland Raiders CB Leon Hall made 5 tackles in the 27-3 loss to the Seahawks.
  • Raiders DT Maurice Hurst, Jr. made 1 tackle and 1 pass breakup in the loss.
  • Cleveland Browns S Jabrill Peppers made 4 tackles, 3 kickoff returns for 71 yards (23.8 yards/return), and 4 punt returns for 51 yards (12.7 yards/return) in a 38-14 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
  • Minnesota Vikings P Matt Wile punted 5 times for 225 yards (45 yards/punt) in a 27-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Baltimore Ravens DT Chris Wormley made his first career sack in a 21-0 win over the Tennessee Titans.