Michigan Football Preview 2013

2013 Michigan Football Preview

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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and intercepted four passes during his career at Michigan. Shazor elected to forgo his final year of eligibility in 2005 to enter the NFL Draft, but he was not selected and played only two career games for the Arizona Cardinals after signing as an undrafted free agent. ing yards on 95 carries (3.8 yards per rush) and one rushing touchdown, along with 435 yards on 23 kick returns (18.9 yards per attempt). He transferred to USC following his third year in Ann Arbor and went on to a seven-year NFL career with the Oakland Raiders. T-3. Prescott Burgess, LB 8. James Whitley, DB Class of 2003, No. 6 Nationally Warren G. Harding H.S./Warren, Ohio Burgess' recruitment was hotly contested between Michigan and Ohio State, but he chose to head up North for his college ball. After redshirting as a freshman — the high school safety bulked up during that year to spend nearly his entire Michigan career as a linebacker — Burgess competed on special teams during his first active year, and was a backup linebacker as a redshirt sophomore. He took over a starting linebacker role for his final two seasons in Maize and Blue, and finished his career with 171 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks and four interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown). Class of 1997, No. 10 Nationally Norview H.S./Norfolk, Va. Whitley, a very highly touted recruit, was a backup during his true freshman year thanks to the presence of Charles Woodson and Andre Weathers in the U-M secondary. Whitley earned his first opportunity to start as a sophomore, and held onto the role for his final three years in Ann Arbor. He finished his Michigan career with 187 total stops, 13 tackles for loss and five sacks, to go along with 27 passes broken up. 5. David Terrell, WR Class of 1998, No. 7 Nationally Huguenot H.S./Richmond, Va. Terrell was part of a stellar offensive recruiting class in 1998 that also included Henson and two other top-20 players nationally. He played sparingly as a freshman before recording 1,000-yard receiving seasons as both a sophomore and junior. He elected to forgo his senior year of eligibility and declare for the NFL Draft following his junior season. All told, he caught 152 passes for 2,317 yards (15.2 yards per reception) and 23 touchdowns as a Wolverine. 6. Derrick Green, RB T-10. Marquise Walker, WR Class of 1998, No. 13 Nationally Henninger H.S./Syracuse, N.Y. Walker played sparingly on Michigan's talented 1998 offense before blossoming as a sophomore and earning a starting role as a junior. He turned in an All-America campaign as a senior. During his Michigan career, Walker caught 176 passes for 2,269 yards (12.9 yards per reception) and 17 touchdowns. Nearly half his total production — including 11 of his 17 career scores through the air — came during his senior year. Walker also returned a punt 41 yards for a touchdown as a junior. He was drafted in 2002 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for whom he played one NFL season. 9. Anthony Thomas, RB T-10. Chad Henne, QB Class of 1997, No. 13 Nationally Winnfield H.S./Winnfield, La. Although he didn't earn any starts, Thomas was a key offensive contributor and the second-leading rusher on Michigan's 1997 national title team as a true freshman. As a sophomore, he once again shared carries — this time with Clarence Williams and Justin Fargas — before emerging as the fulltime starter in 1999 and 2000. He finished his Michigan career with 4,472 yards and 55 touchdowns on 924 carries (4.8 yards per rush), and had 88 receptions for 810 yards (9.2 yards per catch) and one touchdown. Until he was passed by Michael Hart in 2007 (and later Denard Robinson in 2012), he was Michigan's career leading rusher. Thomas was selected by the Class of 2004, No. 13 Nationally Wilson H.S./Wyomissing, Pa. Aside from three games during his senior season in which he was injured, Henne started every game of his four-year Michigan career. He is the Wolverines' all-time leader in passing attempts, yards and touchdowns. During his four years as a starter, Henne completed 828 of 1,387 passes for 9,715 yards (7.0 yards per attempt) with 87 scores. Although his senior year was mostly disappointing — the Wolverines finished 9-4 with losses to Appalachian State, Oregon, Wisconsin and Ohio State — he capped his career with a bang, completing 25 of 39 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns against Florida in a Capital One Bowl victory. Class of 2013, No. 8 Nationally Hermitage H.S./Richmond, Va. Green hasn't hit campus in Ann Arbor yet, but is the highest-ranked running back to sign with the Wolverines, barely beating out Justin Fargas in 1998. The five-star prospect and U.S. Army All-American rushed for 3,643 yards and 50 touchdowns during his final three seasons at Hermitage High School. T-12. LaMarr Woodley, DE Class of 2003, No. 14 Nationally Saginaw H.S./Saginaw, Mich. Woodley was a depth player as a freshman, and switched positions from rush linebacker to defensive end following his sophomore year. He blossomed at the new position, becoming one of the country's best. As a senior, he racked up 12 sacks and won the Lombardi Award, given to the nation's top lineman or linebacker. For his career, Woodley notched 177 total stops, 47 tackles for loss, 24 sacks and five fumble recoveries, including one he returned for a touchdown against Notre Dame in his senior year. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and has developed into an All-Pro player. 7. Justin Fargas, RB Class of 1998, No. 9 Nationally Notre Dame H.S./Encino, Calif. Michigan won an intense recruiting battle with USC for Fargas' signature. His U-M career didn't play out as expected, however. Although he earned starts as a freshman, he broke his leg late in the year, redshirted as a sophomore, and then played both running back and safety during his redshirt sophomore year. His Michigan career ended with 362 rush- Chicago Bears in the 2001 NFL Draft and played seven years in the NFL. Running back Anthony Thomas concluded his U-M career as the program's all-time leading rusher, racking up 924 carries for 4,472 yards and 55 touchdowns. photo by per kjeldsen T-12. Ondre Pipkins, DT Class of 2012, No. 14 Nationally Park Hill H.S./Kansas City, Mo. Pipkins is originally from the Saginaw The Wolverine 2013 Football Preview  ■ 253

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