Ex-Wolverine Updates: Coaches, Summer 2019

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22Jul 2019
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Coaches, Summer 2019

Brady Hoke (image via College Football Talk)

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I do Ex-Wolverine Updates throughout the season, but I generally don’t include former coaches. In this case I have listed every Michigan coach over the past twenty years that is still in the game (for example, I think Steve Szabo, Stan Parrish, Bobby Morrison, Greg Robinson, etc. are retired permanently). There’s no way to keep track of every former Michigan player toiling away as a high school assistant coach or D-III strength and conditioning guy, but if you have any additions to the list, please let me know. I’m sure I’ve missed a few guys who are coaching or graduate assistant-ing.

For more Ex-Wolverine news, check out these posts on transfers (LINK) and former commits (LINK).

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28Nov 2017
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: 2017, Week 13

A.J. Dillon (image via Boston Herald)

TRANSFERS

Devin Asiasi, TE (UCLA): Asiasi sat out the season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will presumably stick around to play for Chip Kelly as a redshirt sophomore in 2018.

Kyle Bosch, OG (West Virginia): Bosch has started 11 games for West Virginia, who suffered a 59-31 loss to Oklahoma. The Mountaineers went 7-5 in the regular season.

Ross Douglas, LB (Rutgers): Douglas made 4 tackles in a 40-7 loss to Michigan State. Rutgers is 4-8 and won’t play in a bowl game, so Douglas finishes his final college season with 37 tackles, 4 pass breakups, and 1 quarterback hurry.

Shane Morris, QB (Central Michigan): Morris completed 19/37 passes for 247 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception in a 31-24 win over Northern Illinois. He also had 6 carries for -37 yards.

Dan Samuelson, OG (Eastern Michigan): Samuelson was a part-time starter for EMU this season. They went 5-7 after a 34-31 win over Bowling Green to end the season.

Wyatt Shallman, DE (Ohio): Shallman did not play in Ohio’s season finale, a 31-24 loss to Buffalo. At 8-4 the Bobcats will presumably play in a bowl game. Shallman has only played during a five-game stretch in the middle of the season, totaling 13 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 pass breakup so far.

Hit the jump for news on former commitments and coaches.

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3May 2015
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Ex-Wolverine Updates

Josh Furman (right) became a seventh round draft pick at Oklahoma State

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The NFL Draft is over and guys are signing undrafted free agent contracts, so it’s time for another ex-Wolverine update. I’m also including the fates of a few coaches, in case you’re wondering what some of those guys up to these days.

Former offensive coordinator Al Borges: Borges has been hired as San Jose State’s offensive coordinator (LINK). He joins former Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Robinson, who is SJSU’s defensive coordinator.

Former offensive line coach Darrell Funk: Funk has been hired as Akron’s offensive line coach (LINK).

Former safety Josh Furman: Furman, who spent his fifth year senior season playing linebacker at Oklahoma State, was drafted in the seventh round by the Denver Broncos (LINK).

Hit the jump for more ex-Wolverines, including a list of the fates of all 27 players from the 2010 class.

Former offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier: Nussmeier is first-year coach Jim McElwain’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida (LINK).

Former running back Thomas Rawls: Rawls, who transferred to Central Michigan for his senior year, signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks (LINK).

Former linebackers/defensive line coach Mark Smith: Smith has been hired as Florida Tech’s defensive line coach (LINK).

Former safety Ray Vinopal: After spending his final four years at Pitt, Vinopal signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys (LINK).

Remember the monster 2010 recruiting class that saw the Wolverines sign 27 players? It has become notorious for how little was produced at Michigan, since the vast majority of players failed to qualify, quit, or transferred early in their careers. There are still some years left for them to prove themselves through pro tryouts and such, but with the NFL Draft completed and guys signing free agent contracts, here’s where things stand:

Richard Ash, DT: Played his fifth year at Western Michigan. Undrafted.

Courtney Avery, CB: Played four years at Michigan. Undrafted.

Jibreel Black, DE: Played four years at Michigan. Undrafted.

Cullen Christian, CB: Played one year at Michigan, three at Pitt, one at West Virginia. Undrafted.

Drew Dileo, WR: Played four years at Michigan. Undrafted.

Demar Dorsey, S: Did not qualify. Played at junior college.

Josh Furman, S: Played fifth year at Oklahoma State. Drafted in 7th round by Broncos.

Devin Gardner, QB: Played five years at Michigan. Signed as undrafted free agent by Patriots.

Will Hagerup, P: Played five years at Michigan. Undrafted.

Stephen Hopkins, RB: Played three years at Michigan. Quit football.

Jeremy Jackson, WR: Played four years at Michigan. Undrafted.

Carvin Johnson, S: Played one year at Michigan, three at Hampton. Undrafted.

Conelius Jones, QB/DB: Did not qualify.

Antonio Kinard, LB: Has not qualified. Played at junior college.

Ricardo Miller, WR: Played three years at Michigan, one year at UMass. Undrafted.

Christian Pace, C: Career ended early due to injury.

Jordan Paskorz, DE: Played four years at Michigan. Undrafted.

Jerald Robinson, WR: Played two years at Michigan, one in D-II. Undrafted.

Marvin Robinson, S: Played three years at Michigan, one in D-II. Signed as UDFA with Cowboys in 2014 but was released.

Davion Rogers, LB: Did not qualify. Played one season at Youngstown State. Undrafted.

Jake Ryan, LB: Played five years at Michigan. Drafted in 4th round by Packers.

Terrence Talbott, CB: Played two years at Michigan. Quit football.

Terry Talbott, DT: Played two years at Michigan. Quit football.

Ray Vinopal, S: Played one year at Michigan, four at Pitt. Signed as UDFA with Cowboys.

Austin White, RB: Played one year at Michigan, transferred to Central Michigan, got in legal trouble. Quit football.

Ken Wilkins, DE: Played four years at Michigan, one in D-II. Undrafted.

Adrian Witty, CB: Did not qualify immediately and signed with Cincinnati in 2011. Played four years at Cincinnati with a fifth coming up in 2015.

D.J. Williamson, WR: Played one year at Michigan. Quit football.

TOTALS
DNQ: (Dorsey, Jones, Kinard, Rogers, Witty) = 5
Quit or kicked off team: (Hopkins, Talbott, Talbott, White, Williamson) = 5
Played out eligibility: (Avery, Black, Dileo, Gardner, Hagerup, Jackson, Ryan) = 7
Left early for draft: 0
Transferred to other FBS schools: (Ash, Christian, Furman, Miller, Vinopal) = 5
Transferred to lower football divisions: 4 (Johnson, Robinson, Robinson, Wilkins) = 4
Career ended due to injury: (Pace) = 1

4Dec 2014
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Poll results: Which coach(es) should be retained beyond 2014?

Roy Manning (image via Maizeandbluenews.com)

Leading up to last week’s game against Ohio State, I asked a question about which coach(es) should be retained after the season. Voters were allowed to pick multiple answers. Here are the results:

Roy Manning (cornerbacks): 51%

Greg Mattison (defensive coordinator/linebackers): 49%

Doug Nussmeier (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks): 18%

Mark Smith (defensive line): 18%

Fred Jackson (running backs): 7%

Dan Ferrigno (tight ends): 5%

Curt Mallory (safeties): 4%

Jeff Hecklinski (wide receivers/recruiting coordinator): 3%

Darrell Funk (offensive line): 2%

Brady Hoke (head coach): 0% (1 vote)

No coaches should be retained: 18%

Hoke has been canned, and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison reportedly cleared out his desk upon learning the news. So the 49% of people who wanted him back will be disappointed, and the one lonely soul who wanted Hoke to return is drinking a beer by himself. The other staff members could possibly be interviewed and retained, but it’s unusual to keep on more than one or two guys from a previous regime.

10Dec 2013
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Poll results: Did Al Borges and Darrell Funk save their jobs against OSU?

After the Ohio State game, I posed the above question about offensive coordinator Al Borges and offensive line coach Darrell Funk, both of whom took a lot of criticism for Michigan’s subpar, inconsistent offense this season. Here are the results:

Haha, no: 29%


To be determined: 28%


Yes: 23%


Borges did: 11%


Funk did: 6%


I have a hard time believing that Al Borges will be fired, because as much as people wanted to point at Devin Gardner’s “regression” during the year, he turned in a great game against Ohio State, along with several excellent performances earlier in the year (mainly Indiana and Notre Dame). At the beginning of the season, he was a little too careless with the ball. Then he started to get a little too careful. Against Iowa and Ohio State, I thought he walked the line pretty well. The play calling was atrocious at times, but with Gardner returning in 2014, I think Brady Hoke will want to have some continuity. Athletic director David Brandon might step in and force Hoke to fire him, but if Hoke has his druthers, I think Borges returns.

As for Darrell Funk, I think his fate might have been sealed already. While Michigan did fairly well running the ball against a good Ohio State defense, I think someone’s head has to roll for the offense’s underperformance. Funk might not even deserve it after having to deal with so many young guys and injuries from guard to guard, but I thought Michigan’s tackles regressed, and Funk would be the easiest scapegoat (for lack of a better word). Unless the Wolverines blow the doors off their bowl game opponent, I believe Funk will probably be out the door.