Grant Perry’s Reinstatement Crucial for Young Michigan Receiving Core

Last week we heard the news regarding junior receiver, Grant Perry. It was announced on Friday that Perry is “reinstated to full participation with the football team.” per athletic director Warde Manuel.

Perry was sentenced with a 12-month probation just after he plead guilty for two charges: one for resisting a police officer, and another for an assault and battery charge. It was earlier announced that Perry would be practicing with the team earlier this Summer, but his permanent status remained up in the air just until Friday afternoon.

While some fans are not happy with this decision to reinstate the veteran who recently made some troubling decisions, some can see the lighter side of realizing that having an experienced receiver is going to pay big dividends for the passing game. A receiving core featuring talented youth like Kekoa Crawford, Eddie McDoom, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and Tarik Black really can benefit from having someone like Grant Perry, who has seen plenty of field in his freshman, and sophomore seasons.

I’ve always been a fan of watching no. 9 over the past two seasons, he’s the type of guy who can quietly make big plays, reminds me of former Wolverine, Drew Dileo, but perhaps better. The junior has just 27 catches, and two touchdowns in his Michigan career. Look for quarterback, Wilton Speight, to keep a primary-eye on Perry for a healthy amount of targets, most-especially early on in the season when the freshmen receivers are still dipping their feet in the water.

 

Michigan Football 2017-18 Game-by-Game Predictions

Year three of the Jim Harbaugh in Ann Arbor will officially be underway in less than a month. After back-to-back 10-3 seasons, a vast majority of analysts, reporters, and fans have developed an assumption that Michigan will regress due to a heavy loss of talent to the NFL draft, and to seniors’ eligibility expiring.

Michigan will be the least experienced team returning in any college football power-5 conference, only returning 5 starters total (4 offense, 1 defense). Most preseason polls keep the Wolverines either in, or near the top ten; after losing 3 out of the final 4 games of 2016, losing over 40 seniors (11 NFL draft picks), the sole reason people are speaking so highly of Michigan in these polls is solely due to Jim Harbaugh: people respect him, and understand that he’s a helluva football coach.

The Wolverines’ schedule is no cake walk in 2017, taking on four heavy hitters in Florida, Penn State, Wisconsin, and Ohio State (two on the road, one neutral, one @ home). Road struggles defined the collapse of Michigan’s 2016-17 campaign, and you have to imagine that they’re hoping for a very different outcome for this season.

 

WEEK ONE: Saturday, September 2nd (vs. Florida)

Jim Harbaugh & Jim McElwain’s 2nd meeting, and let’s just go ahead with saying that the first meeting was a tad lopsided. The funny thing about this particular matchup is that both of these teams are arguably two of the biggest question marks entering the season, mostly because nobody knows if either team can be a true contender or not. It’s either a blessing or a curse for Michigan’s youthful, inexperienced roster for them to be thrown into the national spotlight in week one.

Florida’s offense adds ex-Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire, and he is expected to be the starter. Zaire gets the golden opportunity to test out Michigan’s brand new secondary, and unless Michigan’s hyped up front seven is able to lay down the pressure, the Gator QB might be able to have a field day with this youthful defensive backfield.

Michigan’s offensive potential is huge, if you were to ask me: Wilton Speight is the starter, plain & simple, no question. An experienced, healthy, Speight is good news for this young receiving core featuring Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black, etc. Florida’s defense, like Michigan’s, lost some big names to the draft, and now look to serve their talented youth. Maurice Hurst, Michigan Senior d-tackle, took to the media in saying that Michigan’s offensive line is the “most improved unit”, which is very good news considering how subpar Speight’s protection was a season ago.

Like most games, the team that makes the fewer mistakes will win this game very easily. In other words: this is the type of game where coaching will serve a monumental role in the outcome, and if it’s ever a game of coaching between Harbaugh & McElwain, you’d better believe that I will take Harbaugh every time.

28-17 Michigan starts 1-0. 

WEEK TWO: Saturday, September 9th (vs. Cincinnati) 

The home opener is always a highly anticipated game, which never fails to fill up the Big House. Returning home after a big signature win on a national stage, this young team will have nothing but confidence. Luke Fickell will likely be leaving Ann Arbor with an 0-2 record as a head coach against the Wolverines.

This Bearcats team has a newfound energy, and is currently undergoing a culture change for the better under Fickell, but it will not be enough to take down Jim Harbaugh’s team in the Big House.

31-10 Michigan is 2-0.   

WEEK THREE: Saturday, September 16th (vs. Air Force)

Air Force came to Ann Arbor back in 2013, and gave Michigan fans a scare when they were able to take Brady Hoke’s Wolverines to the wire. The offensive attack that the Falcons feature can be very dangerous if you let your team lets their guard down. This is definitely a game that Michigan should be able to win easily, but not a game to look past, and to prepare for any differently.

45-14 Michigan is 3-0, comfortably in the top ten. 

WEEK FOUR: Saturday, September 24th (@ Purdue)

Conference opener, first true road game. Short and sweet: let’s just say that Purdue is better than Rutgers, fair?

56-7 Michigan is 4-0, 1-0 in conference play. 

WEEK FIVE: BYE WEEK

The longest week of football season for Michigan fans. Extra week of preparation before they take on their in-state rival.

WEEK SIX: Saturday, October 7th (vs. MSU)

Michigan is expected to be a heavy favorite going into this rivalry game. After a 3-9 season, rape investigations, and a not-so-impressive recruiting class, people aren’t giving Mark Dantonio’s once playoff bound program any love. It’s been going downhill for the Spartans, and there has been zero reason to believe things will get any better. However this game will be competitive to an extent, Mark Dantonio has yet to lose in this rivalry by more than two possessions, he understands the importance of this game, and not a lot of people want to win it more than he does.

35-21 Michigan is 5-0 overall, 2-0 conference.

WEEK SEVEN: Saturday, October 14th (@ Indiana)

The Hoosier’s new head coach Tom Allen looks to take this program in the right direction, but a program like Indiana usually doesn’t respond well to a transition season like this one. Home-field advantage can only help out so much in against a bigger school like Michigan. These schools have had a trend in recent history of keeping it tight, and putting on a show for the fans, ending in the same outcome annually though.

Very important for Michigan to stay focused, and not look ahead to the big game one week after.

34-13 Michigan is 6-0 overall, 3-0 conference. 

WEEK EIGHT: Saturday, October 21st (@ Penn State)

Prime time white-out in Happy Valley, scary situation, and it never sounds appealing to any team. After James Franklin’s banged up, early season, Penn State team was routed in the Big House in 2016, they ran the regular season table, won the Big Ten, and lost the Rose Bowl. By week eight of this season, Michigan’s underclassmen should be in mid-season form at full swing. Franklin is 0-3 against Michigan, and you have to imagine that he has the Wolverines right where he wants them this season.

Saquon Barkley is Penn State’s big man on campus this season, and many are projecting him to be a Heisman Trophy finalist. Despite a quiet day in Ann Arbor last season (15 carries, 59 yds), Barkley was a mere 4 yards shy of cracking 1,500 yards, 5.5 YPC, and 18 scores on the year. #26 is the X-factor in every big game for PSU this season, and if he’s not playing well, then that’s bad news for Penn State. This will be as true of a test as it can get for Michigan’s front seven, and if you ask me: they will impress you.

The maize n’ blue offense will be lining up against a very different defense rather than the one that Penn State brought to town last season, however the linebacker depth still runs thin on this roster. At this point in this season, Michigan should be averaging a little over 30 points a game, and I do not see that trend continuing for this one.

I see Penn State with a two possession lead headed into the 4th quarter. Wilton Speight nearly leads a late, comeback win, but falls a possession short of the big win on the road.

27-24 Michigan falls to 6-1 overall, 3-1 conference.

WEEK NINE: Saturday, October 28th (vs. Rutgers)

Rutgers has ways to go before they’ll be able to compete in the Big Ten conference. Perfect week to beat up on a bad team, and build some confidence moving forward to November.

63-7 Michigan is 7-1 overall, 4-1 conference. 

WEEK TEN: Saturday, November 4th (vs. Minnesota)

P.J. Fleck has a lot on his plate at Minnesota for year one, whether it’s his quarterback, his offensive line, his secondary, you name it. He’s just looking to establish his program, they won’t be ready to come to Ann Arbor. Michigan wins by a large margin, keeps the Little Brown Jug. Harbaugh & P.J. Fleck share some sort of light hearted, verbal exchange that’ll make a headline, just a fun prediction that is more likely than you’d think.

38-14 Michigan is 8-1 overall, 4-1 conference.

WEEK ELEVEN: Saturday, November 11th (@ Maryland)

Jim Harbaugh’s former defensive coordinator has been doing an exceptional job on the recruiting trail, and in establishing a winning mindset going into his 2nd season as the head coach of Maryland. DJ Durkin & company didn’t exactly impress in the Big House a season ago after they left Ann Arbor without scoring a touchdown.

The Terps’ 2016-17 campaign went better than some expected, and they don the talent to showcase a solid, talented, defensive unit this season. I believe this Maryland team has a potential to make some plays, and give Michigan a nail-biter in the first half on their home turf, but in the long run: I see the maize and blue pull away to win by at least 3 or more possessions.

42-24 Michigan is 9-1 overall, 5-1 conference. 

WEEK TWELVE: Saturday, November 18th (@ Wisconsin) 

This looks like a game for the playoff committee to keep a close eye on; I have Michigan with one loss going into this, and I see Wisconsin potentially going into this unbeaten, given that they’re able to take down Nebraska on the road.

The 14-7 final score of last season’s meeting between the teams truly doesn’t do it justice. Michigan dominated the game in the trenches, Wisconsin couldn’t get first downs, but the Wolverines simply had a what you could call a dysfunctional kicking game (missed 3 very kickable field goals).

This is a game for Wilton Speight to prove that he can be of use in the clutch, up to this point he’s had zero ‘down to the wire’ wins against any team of quality talent. I see another low-scoring defensive slug fest that will be taken to overtime. I feel as though the Badger offense lacks the competence to be able to keep up with a superb, talented, defensive roster like Michigan’s in an overtime situation like this one. Michigan will survive, and take down a top ten Wisconsin team for the 2nd season in a row; Harbaugh gets his first signature win on the road as Michigan’s head coach.

24-20 Michigan is 10-1 overall, 6-1 conference. 

WEEK THIRTEEN: Saturday, November 25th (vs. Ohio State)

Here’s the game that the fan base has been clamoring for ever since J.T. Barrett converted the double overtime, controversial, 4th down conversion. I have both teams going into this game in a spot worthy of cracking a trip to Indy for the Big Ten Championship game, and very possibly the CFB playoffs. Worth noting that I have Ohio State handling Penn State at home very easily, thus putting Michigan in a position of controlling their own destiny with a victory in “The Game”.

Jim Harbaugh, and the rest of this Michigan team have an unresolved, bad taste in their mouths from what happened in the horseshoe in last year’s game. Home-field advantage didn’t serve Harbaugh’s first Michigan team very well in 2015 after getting routed 42-13.

The Buckeyes are expected to be, and likely will be the popular favorite almost unanimously in my personal opinion, but why wouldn’t they be? Michigan has only beaten their archrival a singular time since 2003. Urban Meyer’s playoff bound team from a season ago is returning a gruesome amount of top-tier talent, just look at the recruiting classes.

This game will be two great teams, two great coaches, throwing heavy punches at one another, in other words they’ll both be playing their best brands of football. In the first half I believe that the Buckeye rushing attack featuring J.T. Barrett, and Mike Weber will make Michigan’s top front seven look silly, but the second half will be a different story after certain halftime adjustments. Speight will be playing sharp with his home crowd behind him, little to no mistakes, getting help from his young receivers, and veteran Grant Perry, all making plays.

Michigan kicks a late, game winning, field goal, and they snap the losing streak, the underclassmen show out, and the veterans fight hard for this long-awaited victory over a very, talented Ohio State football team.

My hot take is one that will make me appear biased, and delusional, so please allow me to explain: a Jim Harbaugh football team defying statistical odds is not a far-fetched thing by any means considering it’s happened before. By this final regular season game, inexperience isn’t huge, the young guys have gotten their fill, and are in full-go. I simply see this as a Michigan team that displays plenty of upside potential, and I compare them to that sophomore studded 2014-15 Ohio State football team that was supposed to be ‘a year away’ from winning the big one. There’s plenty more motivation for Michigan to win this, rather than Ohio State, who has dominated 21st century of the rivalry, and it hasn’t even been close.

34-31 Michigan is 11-1 overall, 7-1 conference, and is headed to Indianapolis.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK: Saturday, December 2nd (vs. Wisconsin)

Two weeks after the overtime thriller that delivered Wisconsin their one & only loss on the season, they will receive their shot for redemption, and both teams will be playing for their first CFB playoff berth. Michigan will be not only be playing in their first Big Ten title game, but for their first conference title since ’04.

There isn’t much to say about what I think will happen in this rematch game, I’ll put it this way: Jim Harbaugh & his coaching staff are a top five staff in America college or pro. They are smart, football minds, and they know exactly what they’re doing. When you’ve played a team already earlier in the same season, you know exactly what to expect, what to prepare for, what works, what doesn’t work, how to stop what, their strengths, and their weaknesses. That is not in any way a shot at Paul Chryst’s staff, and program, clearly they’ve been successful in what they’re doing. There just aren’t a lot of football programs in the nation that feature as many years of professional experience as Michigan does.

35-21 Michigan finishes the regular season 12-1 overall, 8-1 in conference play. Big Ten Champions, and taking their first trip to the CFB playoffs. 

SUGAR BOWL PLAYOFF SEMIFINALS: New Year’s Day (vs. #1. Alabama)

Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan team have exceeded everyone’s expectations, and made it to their first playoff ranked at #4. My final four is Bama, USC, FSU, and Michigan.

I believe this big game between the two big name schools won’t exactly go how it went in 2012, but a very similar result may occur. Michigan will be able to keep it close going into the half, they’ll keep it within a score or two, and may even be able to keep it close headed into the fourth quarter. Nick Saban’s experienced team is able to pull away from Michigan, and take care of them quite easily by two scores.

31-20 Michigan finishes their season at 12-2 overall, 8-1 conference. Jim Harbaugh is now 32-8 at Michigan in just three seasons, and will be a bigger favorite for the national title come 2018-19.

At a first thought, I honestly did not think that Michigan was capable of cracking the playoffs, then I took an in-depth look at their schedule, the possibilities, and potential scenarios that can very well go down. I really don’t believe that I’m going out on a limb in making a prediction like this one, but yes it is bolder than most predictions will state. This is just my opinion, and it doesn’t have to be yours — I look at how good of a developmental, experienced coaching staff Michigan has, and how much talent has been flooding into Ann Arbor. This also comes down to if Michigan can find a way to overcome his team’s road struggles.

 

Big Ten Title or Bust for Harbaugh, Michigan?

The stage is set for year three of the Jim Harbaugh era in Ann Arbor, and the pressure to win the big one is as heavy as it’s ever been. Most Michigan fans will express the contentment of what Harbaugh has done in two seasons as the head man for the maize & blue, considering the state of the program which he had inherited.

The former San Francisco 49ers coach is 20-6 overall, 13-4 in conference play, and 1-3 in major rivalry games for Michigan. Back-to-back 3rd place finishes in the Big Ten East Division.

Michigan has been suffering through an ongoing conference title drought for over a decade now (since ’04). Not to mention only being able to edge archrival, Ohio State, once since 2003; winless in Columbus since the turn of the century.

If you’re like me, and you try to keep it as real as it gets: you have to wonder when the seat could possibly get hot for Jim Harbaugh. With saying that, I’ll also point out that as I feel like 2016-17 was as disappointing as it can get, coming from a life-long supporter of a Michigan program that has been irrelevant for a vast majority of my young life.

Please do not get me wrong: I still like what I’ve seen from Harbaugh’s program, and it looks promising to only get better from here on out. Judging by the quality of talent he’s bringing to Ann Arbor, the experience of the coaching staff, his track record of success prior to Michigan, it all points to nothing but a good future for this program.

Let’s talk about what we’re working with this season, 2017-18. An experienced upperclassmen quarterback in Wilton Speight, who in my mind is very primed to win the starting job this fall. I truly believe that returning Speight may be the biggest X-factor for this young Wolverines roster, his development into a top Big Ten pocket passer, and a leader for Michigan is more than crucial.

A young receiving core with a mess of potential: Grant Perry (status varies depending on trial in late July), Kekoa Crawford, and Eddie McDoom who both showcased both speed, and stability in emerging into reliable targets for quarterbacks to rely on. Addition of two true freshman expected to see playing time like no one’s business, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and Tarik Black.

A considerably disappointing unit for Michigan in 2016-17 was the offensive line, a group that featured experience failed to live up to the hype. Heavily struggling to get a consistent push on Florida State’s defensive front. Look for this unit to rely on a to-be 4 year starter in now-center, Mason Cole, to emerge as the leader of a group. Jim Harbaugh may be forced to rely on one or two of our true freshmen. Protection for Speight is a top concern for this team.

On defense, which finished as the #1 total defense in the nation in 2016-17, will only be returning a singular starter, LB Mike McCray.

While this defense is set to reload talent, the biggest question mark lies in the secondary. Replacing All American CB, Jourdan Lewis, and All Big Ten CB, Channing Stribling is easier said than done. Returning defensive back, Tyree Kinnel, has a healthy amount of experience at safety, likely to be a starter within this unit. Michigan has recruited fairly well, but experience lacks. This unit will be tested this season, and will most definitely be looked at as a vulnerability within this defense.

The linebacker unit features the one & only returning defensive starter, Mike McCray. Devin Bush Jr will be looked at to make a leap for this season, and make his name known within the program. Bringing in a group of four-star recruit linebackers, it seems certain that we’ll get a chance to see playing time for each of them. Khaleke Hudson will be expected to take over the “viper” position on this defense, to replace Heisman finalist, Jabrill Peppers. Viper is a hybrid position for outside linebacker, defensive back, type players, who can lay the big hits, utilize versatility/speed and be utilized at more than one simple position. It’s known to be a very unique position that is used frequently in a defense like Don Brown’s, in other words it takes a skilled ball player to succeed at said position.

Michigan’s defensive line is a unit that will be closely looked at by NFL scouts, and draft experts all season long. Many are quick to say that former #1 overall recruit, Rashan Gary, will be the overall best player for the Wolverines. Look for him to emerge as a force to be reckoned with, quickly. DT, Maurice Hurst, will be a huge contributor to this line, as will DE Chase Winovich, and DT Bryan Mone, who have all seen a good amount of snaps in their careers at Michigan. This is one group that won’t disappoint come fall.

As far as special teams go, Jim Harbaugh will look to his former sleepover pal, Quinn Nordin, to be the team’s kicker. Losing Kenny Allen to running out of eligibility.

Urban Meyer & Ohio State faced a similar situation as far as losing talent to the draft, and to graduation in 2016; ended up overcoming the replacing starters concern & cracking the college football playoffs for the 2nd time. Harbaugh’s path to success in his third year with the program will be one that is earned not given.

Kicking off the season on the big stage in Arlington, Texas in the “Advocare Classic” against a familiar foe in the Florida Gators. Harbaugh & Florida head coach Jim McElwain had previously met in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day last year, let’s just say that Florida would like the outcome of this game to be almost any other way than how the bowl game ended.

Road struggles were what hurt Michigan in 2016-17, losing three of their last four. Traveling to Penn State for a “white out” primetime matchup will be a game circled in red on Michigan’s calender, despite taking down the Big Ten champs 49-10 in 2016, James Franklin’s Nittany Lions are the team to beat.

Traveling to Madison, Wisconsin isn’t something to be worried about, offensive progress for the Badgers seems to be unlikely in my opinion, but you can’t take any game lightly, especially a road game in the Big Ten.

I believe this youthful Michigan team will, at most, have 1-2 losses entering “The Game”, and they will face a similar situation they did a season ago: Beat the Buckeyes, earn the trip to Indy to play in their first Big Ten title game. It is extremely probable that a top ten ranked, well-oiled machine, from Columbus will be coming to Ann Arbor, and be a heavy favorite entering this anticipated final week of the regular season.

How many more seasons can Michigan & Jim Harbaugh fail to not only beat Ohio State, but fall short of a Big Ten title, before we begin to criticize Jim Harbaugh, and his staff? As Michigan fans, we tend to have the highest of expectations for the winningest-program in college football history.

2017 is a HUGE season for Harbaugh’s tenure, and the collapse in November of 2016 is simply something that this fanbase will be unable to stomach if repeated. We don’t need Jim Harbaugh to become the John Cooper for Michigan.

It’s Big Ten title or bust for Michigan, whether you agree or not, it’s time for Harbaugh to put this program on the map, and finally live up to all of this hype. He’s the highest paid coach in college football, time for him to show us why.

10-3, with a 3rd place division finish is fine for now, but 2017 needs to be different.

 

 

Michigan Loses Orange Bowl; Finishes 10-3

Dalvin Cook and Florida State bested Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines Friday night in the Capital One Orange Bowl 33-32 in a classic. 

Michigan will finish their 2016 season 10-3, and will go into the offseason with a possible top ten ranking. 

Jake Butt suffered a leg injury being taken out of the game in the first half. 

Jabrill Peppers suffered a hamstring injury in practice on Thursday, keeping him out of tonight’s matchup. 

Orange Bowl Preview: Michigan V. Florida State

This Friday, Jim Harbaugh’s no. 6 ranked Michigan Wolverines will face off against Jimbo Fisher’s no. 11 ranked Florida State Seminoles in Miami, FL.

The Wolverines currently sit as a touchdown favorite over the Seminoles, which some are considering higher than it should be considering the statistic margin amongst the two teams being narrow.

The key matchup creating all of the buzz for this game is FSU’s star tailback, Dalvin Cook, against Michigan’s stellar defensive front. Cook has ran for 1,620 yards and has reached the end zone 18 times for the Seminoles offense. Don Brown’s Wolverine defense is 13th against the run, and lead the nation against the pass.

Jimbo Fisher’s offense featuring the nation’s arguably top back, and emerging freshman QB, Deondre Francois, is quite possibly the best unit that the Michigan defense has lined up against in 2016.

Red zone play will be a huge factor in this game with Florida State as the nation’s top red zone offensive unit against Michigan as the nation’s 2nd best red zone defense. Look for the Wolverines to thrive on their defensive line, and linebacking core featuring heisman finalist, Jabrill Peppers, in order to stop the Seminole rushing attack.

The Michigan offense isn’t considered to be explosive, but very conservative, and quite efficient. DeVeon Smith is the leading ground gainer for the maize and blue; with 810 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016.

The strength of the Michigan offense lies within the receiving core without a doubt featuring Amara Darboh, and Jehu Chesson; not to mention senior All American tight end, Jake Butt. The three seniors have caught 126 passes for 1,813 yards, and 13 touchdowns combined.

Wilton Speight will be asked to play his very best football this Friday in order to keep up with a very face paced Florida State defensive unit. Through just 11 games, Speight threw for 2,375 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 6 INT’s.

Tune into the Capital One Orange Bowl this Friday night, 8:00pm ET on ESPN. This is expected to be one of the better matchups of the 2016-17 bowl season, and definitely one you won’t want to miss.

Peppers: I don’t think I should (Win the Heisman)

On Friday, Michigan’s heisman finalist, Jabrill Peppers, was asked about his chances at winning the heisman trophy on Saturday. As humble as ever, Peppers responded with a statement that will make you love him even more: 

“Quite frankly, I don’t think I should (win), there are a lot of other guys here who are more qualified.”

He went onto say: “I’m just happy I’m here with the likes of the guys who are finalists. I’m going to enjoy every moment of it.”

The one reason behind the star linebacker’s presence in New York this weekend is far beyond his defensive efforts; it’s all about his versatility which allows him to return punts, kicks, and often enough, take offensive snaps. 

Jabrill also stated that he wouldn’t even vote for himself if he had the chance: “I’d vote for either Lamar or Deshaun.”

Jabrill has been utilized at 15 different positions, and he played in 933 snaps this regular season for the #6 ranked Wolverines. 

Shane Morris Seeking Graduate Transfer 

It was announced Tuesday evening that Michigan QB, Shane Morris, would now be seeking a graduate transfer, and has permission to talk to other schools. 

Morris is a fourth-year junior and he will have a remaining year of eligibility. 

Coming out of high school, the De LaSalle  standout was ranked in the ESPNU 300, and was considered to be one of the better quarterbacks in his class. 

Many would describe Shane Morris’ career at Michigan to be underwhelming considering the hype carried with him during the recruiting process. 

Shane Morris will make an attempt to leave Michigan in order to put his name on the map outside of the Brady Hoke concussion situation back in 2014.