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28Sep 2022
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Michigan vs. Maryland Awards

Blake Corum

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Donovan Edwards. Edwards caught 10 passes for 170 yards and 1 touchdown in the 2021 matchup against Maryland. This year he caught 0 passes for 0 yards. Because he didn’t play in the game. Michigan only has four scholarship running backs on the team, and it appears that the Wolverines coaching staff only trusts two of them – Blake Corum and Edwards. So when one goes out with an injury, the other is going to get the lion’s share of opportunities. Hopefully Edwards can return healthy from his leg injury to relieve Corum a little bit and they can be consistent as a 1-2 punch.

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21Aug 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #22 Nikhai Hill-Green

Nikhai Hill-Green (image via MGoBlue)

Name: Nikhai Hill-Green
Height: 
6’2″
Weight: 
232 lbs.
High school: 
Baltimore (MD) St. Frances
Position: 
Linebacker
Class: 
Junior
Jersey number: 
#41
Last year: 
I ranked Hill-Green #44 and said he would be a backup linebacker (LINK). He started six games and made 50 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 pass breakup.
TTB Rating:
 81

Hill-Green began the 2021 season as a starting inside linebacker next to senior captain Joshua Ross. He had improved from 2020, but there were still some bumps in the road. As the season went along, his spot was usurped by freshman Junior Colson. Hill-Green did fine against the lower level teams on Michigan’s schedule, but when competition got tougher, teams started to pick on him a little bit.

I expect him to be better in 2022. Not only have reviews been positive, but young linebackers always seem to struggle. Unless a player is elite, most guys aren’t going to be successful until their third or fourth year, once they get experience under their belts. In Hill-Green’s case, he got some experience during his freshman COVID year, but it was a shortened season with limited practice time. With Ross having graduated and moved on, I expect Hill-Green to play alongside Colson at inside linebacker, with Mike Barrett also pushing for playing time.

Prediction: Starting inside linebacker; 70 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception

23Jul 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #44 Nikhai Hill-Green

Nikhai Hill-Green (image via 247 Sports)

Name: Nikhai Hill-Green
Height:
6’1″
Weight:
225 lbs.
High school:
Baltimore (MD) St. Frances
Position:
Linebacker
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#41
Last year:
I ranked Hill-Green #68 and said he would be a backup linebacker (LINK). He played in three games and made 1 tackle.
TTB Rating:
81

Hill-Green has seen a meteoric rise in his prospects over the past year or so. Michigan at one time seemed well stocked at linebacker, with a lot of moving parts between inside linebacker, Viper, and SAM. Here are a few things that happened at linebacker since Hill-Green signed:

  • High school teammate Osman Savage transferred to Alabama A&M
  • Charles Thomas entered the transfer portal
  • Cam McGrone had an underwhelming 2020 but entered the draft, anyway
  • Ben VanSumeren transferred to Michigan State
  • William Mohan transferred to Tennessee
  • Cornell Wheeler transferred to Kansas

Savage, Thomas, McGrone, and Wheeler were all inside linebackers like Hill-Green.

There are still obstacles in the way at inside linebacker, but practice reports have been good about Hill-Green. He seems to be in line for playing time, but last year’s staff was higher on Kalel Mullings, and Anthony Solomon has an advantage on both in on-field experience. That’s not to mention that Josh Ross and Michael Barrett are incumbent starters.

Prediction: Backup inside linebacker

5Jul 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #68 Nikhai Hill-Green

Nikhai Hill-Green (image via Pittsburgh Sports Now)

Name: Nikhai Hill-Green
Height:
6’1″
Weight:
230 lbs.
High school:
Baltimore (MD) St. Francis
Position:
Linebacker
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Hill-Green was a senior in high school (LINK).
TTB Rating:
74 81

Hill-Green transferred from Pittsburgh (PA) North Catholic to St. Francis between his junior and senior years, and that move worked out well for him. I gave him a so-so TTB Rating of 74 based on his junior film at North Catholic, but what I see of him as a senior shows a player who is more physical, quicker, more decisive, and more confident.

I have heard some chatter that Michigan thinks Hill-Green is a little bit of a sleeper in this class, and I think he has an outside shot to contribute this fall. Michigan needs someone to step up at inside linebacker behind Cam McGrone and Joshua Ross, and the only veteran presence is redshirt freshman Charles Thomas. If Hill-Green is in good shape and truly measures in close to his listed numbers (6’1″, 230 lbs.), then he could be a guy who gets a few snaps to groom him for 2021, when it’s not totally unrealistic that one or both of McGrone and Ross could move on to the NFL.

Prediction: Backup linebacker

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21Feb 2020
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How does the 2020 class match up with Michigan’s all-time recruits?

A.J. Henning (image via Wolverines Wire)

Michigan wrapped up a decent recruiting class earlier in February. There are no 5-star recruits, but the Wolverines got a fair share of 4-star guys. For a historical perspective on where they match up with recruits from the past, here’s a look at where they slot in all-time, according to the 247 Composite.

A.J. Henning – WR – Frankfort (IL) Lincoln-Way East
2020 ranking: #101
Historical ranking: #80 all-time at Michigan
Flanked by: RB Kareem Walker (#100 in 2016) and DT Will Johnson (#105 in 2004)
Closest positional comparisons: Toney Clemons (#96 in 2007) and Adrian Arrington (#115 in 2004)

Braiden McGregor – DE – Port Huron (MI) Northern
2020 ranking: #122
Historical ranking: #103
Tied with: WR Tarik Black (#122 in 2017)
Closest positional comparisons: Aidan Hutchinson (#112 in 2018) and Chris Wormley (#129 in 2012)

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