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May 2, 2012

Michigan Newsstand - May 2


Analyst says Michigan's Taylor Lewan will be elite NFL prospect in 2013, Denard Robinson won't be a QB
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said Monday that he projects Michigan junior left tackle Taylor Lewan as an elite prospect in next year's NFL draft.


Video: Zak Irvin spring AAU action
Chris Balas TheWolverine.com
The Indiana Rivals site Peegs.com scouted several targest in the last few weeks, including Michigan class of 2013 pledge Zakarie Irvin of Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern. Irvin will be one of the faster risers in his class if he continues to play like he did in April. Here are highlights:


Josh Furman reinstated to Michigan football team
Angelique S. Chengelis The Detroit News
Michigan safety Josh Furman has been reinstated to the team, according to a release from the program Monday.

Former Michigan football players Junior Hemingway and David Molk were late-round steals, says Mel Kiper Jr.
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
During a conference call with reporters Monday, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. tabbed ex-Michigan receiver Junior Hemingway and former Wolverine center David Molk as a pair of seventh-round steals.

Michigan coaches pleased with progress of centers Ricky Barnum, Jack Miller
Mark Snyder The Detroit Free Press
Michigan's likely starting center Ricky Barnum and redshirt freshman Jack Miller, a likely backup, both learned on the fly during spring practice.Though the final spring scrimmage featured a few botched quarterback exchanges, the coaches were generally pleased with the progress.

Borton's Blog: Two of a kind
John Borton TheWolverine.com
Brady Hoke and John Beilein share a lot in common, despite one coming from Ohio and the other New York. Those similarities bode well for two of Michigan's highest profile sports over the next several years.

WITH POLL: Post-draft hot topic: What is Denard Robinson's NFL position?
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
Robinson's NFL future has been a hot debate topic for some time now, but where he'll be taken really isn't the pressing question. It's where he'll play once he gets there that seems to draw the most interest.

Mark Huyge, Steve Watson heading to Redskins' rookie minicamp
Kyle Meinke AnnArbor.com
The former Michigan tight end was invited to participate in the Redskins' rookie minicamp this weekend. Offensive tackle Mark Huyge also was invited to the workout, which begins with physicals Thursday.


Austin Hatch adjusts to life after surviving family plane crash, vows to play for Michigan
Mark Snyder The Detroit Free Press
On Monday, in an extended phone interview with the Free Press, Hatch promised he would be on the court with the Wolverines in 2013, using his scholarship to live the life he and his father always had imagined.


Recruiting: Michigan football gets head start on 2014 class
Tim Sullivan The Detroit Free Press
The Wolverines have already offered 14 prospects for '14. With Hoke's reputation for valuing toughness above all else, it should come as no surprise that eight of those players are offensive or defensive linemen. The most recent U-M offers, however, have been concentrated mainly in the defensive secondary.

Westphal's recruiting process takes off
Tim Sullivan TheWolverine.com
Last Thursday, Bolingbrook (Ill.) sophomore defensive back Parrker Westphal had zero scholarship offers. He picked up his first on Friday, when West Virginia came calling to Bolingbrook High School. Yesterday saw a deluge of new offers, with four Big Ten schools throwing their hats in the ring. Michigan was the first to enter the fray, followed by Ohio State, Iowa, and Illinois.


Sara Driesenga homer gives Michigan softball team a 4-2 win over Eastern Michigan
Chris Asadian AnnArbor.com
With two critical Big Ten series on the horizon, the Michigan softball team wrapped up the non-conference portion of its schedule with an extra-inning win against Eastern Michigan.


Ohio State plans speedy recovery
Adam Rittenberg ESPN.com
Recent history shows no college football program is immune from an extended slump. The mighty have fallen in unprecedented numbers, and last summer, Ohio State appeared doomed to be the next to serve its sentence in the shadows.

Butler leaving Horizon League (and Detroit Mercy) for Atlantic 10
The Detroit Free Press
Horizon League commissioner Jon LeCrone said this morning he has been informed by Butler that the school is leaving for another conference, possibly the Atlantic 10. Butler did not confirm the departure but scheduled a noon news conference.

Policing the social media craze
Myron Medcalf ESPN.com
College basketball coaches and athletic directors have dealt with a multitude of social media challenges in recent years.

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