May 6, 2014

Ufer Club honors Wolverines

The Bob Ufer Quarterback Club honored a pair of Michigan football players Monday night, among a number of Wolverines. Jeremy Gallon and Michael Schofield have a date with the NFL Draft, though, so U-M head coach Brady Hoke spoke on their behalf.

The annual gathering, at the Barton Hills Country Club, bestowed a Senior Athlete Award on Gallon, and gave a Spirit Award to Schofield. It also rendered Senior Athletic Award honors to Rachel Mack from field hockey, Sam Mikulak of the national champion men's gymnastics team, Connor Jaeger from the men's swimming program and Jordan Morgan from basketball. Field hockey performer Kim Sheaffer garnered the other Spirit Award.

As for the football players, Hoke noted he's proud that they're two of the 69-for-69 Michigan has gone in graduating senior football players over the past three years.

"Jeremy and Mike both did a tremendous job for us as a program," Hoke said. "Both will be missed. Jeremy is one of the all-time leading receivers in Michigan history. He came from a tough upbringing, but overcame a lot."

The Michigan head coach apologized for slipping into the gathering slightly late, but assured he was speaking with an NFL general manager on behalf of his players.

"What I told him was, I'd have Jeremy Gallon in my foxhole any day, because of who he is, what he represents, and the toughness a guy who is 5-9, 185 pounds brings out on the football field," Hoke said. "We're very excited about his opportunity.

"Mike Schofield was obviously in the shadow of a left tackle who may be picked No. 2, No. 6, No. 9 - who knows, on Thursday - in Taylor Lewan. The one thing Mike did was just continue, every year, to be a tremendous leader and continue to play the game and improve himself as a football player.

"Mike will get drafted, second to third round, most likely. Mike will play in the national football league for a long time."

Both, he noted, earned Michigan degrees in December, and will do well in football and beyond.

"For those two guys, life after football will be in good shape, because they both graduated," Hoke said. "We're proud of them."

The NFL Draft begins Thursday at 8 p.m.

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