2022 Season Countdown: #31 Jaylen Harrell

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12Aug 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #31 Jaylen Harrell

Jaylen Harrell (image via MGoBlue)

Name: Jaylen Harrell
Height:
6’4″
Weight:
246 lbs.
High school:
Tampa (FL) Berkeley
Position:
Edge
Class:
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number:
#32
Last year:
I ranked Harrell #47 and said he would be a backup outside linebacker (LINK). He started four games and made 15 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1 quarterback hurry.
TTB Rating:
84

Harrell may not have had a true breakout season in 2021, but he at least started to crack his shell. Not only did he start for one-third of the season, but he also made some nice plays, including holding the edge against the run pretty well. His starts seemed to be mostly situational, as all four of them were spread across the season, from September 18 against Northern Illinois to December 4 against Iowa in the Big Ten championship game.

One would think that a part-time starter with Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo in the fold would be almost a lock to be a full-time starter with Hutchinson and Ojabo gone, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Word out of camp right now is that if the season were to start today, Harrell would be a backup edge player. While Harrell hasn’t really shown next-level pass rush ability yet, David Ojabo had 1 career tackle after two seasons, and we all saw how he turned out. Generally, what we’ve seen with Harbaugh is that the edge players always seem to be pretty darn good – from Taco Charlton to Chase Winovich to Rashan Gary to Aidan Hutchinson to David Ojabo.

Even if Harrell isn’t a full-time starter, he should be a key part of the rotation throughout the season.

Prediction: Part-time starting edge

1Apr 2022
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What to Watch in the Spring Game

Will Johnson

The spring game will be shown on the Big Ten Network on Saturday, April 2, at 12:00 p.m.

Here are a few things I’ll be curious to watch:

WHO TAKES OVER FOR HASSAN HASKINS?
Michigan needs to replace its leading rusher and toughest back in Hassan Haskins, a 6’1″, 220-pounder who is off to the NFL after rushing for 1,327 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2021. The Wolverines have two very talented running backs left, Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards, but neither one has proven to be a bruiser or short yardage back. They have home run speed but were listed at 200 and 202 pounds, respectively, last season. Redshirt freshman Tavierre Dunlap (6’0″, 222) might be able to step into the role as a big back, but does he have the instincts and power that Haskins showed? Michigan doesn’t need a leading rusher – that will be Corum or Edwards – but they need someone who can pound the ball inside.

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5Dec 2021
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Big Ten Championship: Michigan 42, Iowa 3

Donovan Edwards (#7) and Roman Wilson (#14) (image via USA Today)

BIG TEN CHAMPS!!! A lot of people doubted this Michigan team – including yours truly – but they’re right where almost everyone wishes they could be. They beat the brakes off Ohio State and then the Big Ten West opponent, and now they’re headed to the playoffs. I thought they would be 8-4, so I certainly didn’t think they would be 12-1 and in this spot, but I also never lost faith in Jim Harbaugh’s ability to coach. That 2-4 season in 2020 made a lot of people forget that this guy turned around two other college programs, returned the 49ers to the Super Bowl, and made a 5-7 team into a 10-3 team immediately upon arriving in Michigan. He now averages 9.8 wins per season at Michigan if you give him a full year.

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21Jul 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #47 Jaylen Harrell

Jaylen Harrell (image via Twitter)

Name: Jaylen Harrell
Height:
6’4″
Weight:
235 lbs.
High school:
Tampa (FL) Berkeley Prep
Position:
Outside linebacker
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#32
Last year:
I ranked Harrell #73 and said he would be a backup outside linebacker (LINK). He played in four games and made 2 tackles.
TTB Rating:
84

Pop question: Did Jaylen Harrell get on the field in 2020?

Pop answer: If you don’t know the answer, you didn’t read the info above.

Harrell was a question mark going into 2020. I was not concerned about his athletic ability, but I did wonder if a staff that seemed to really appreciate veterans would put him on the field. As it turns out, the defensive staff didn’t really see a need to put him on the field, but the special teams coaches did.

If you’re playing special teams as a freshman, I think the coaching staff probably sees a bright future. Additionally, I think Harrell brings an element of size and athleticism to the outside linebacker position that not many others on the team possess. There are bigger guys, but they aren’t as quick. Nor can they dip their shoulders and turn the corner like I think Harrell can, or at least will be able to do down the road. He’s probably not developed enough to start, but I would expect defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald to start sprinkling him in as a situational pass rusher in 2021.

Prediction: Backup outside linebacker