Michigan Football Preview 2015

2015 Michigan Football Preview

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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62 ■ THE WOLVERINE 2015 FOOTBALL PREVIEW QUARTERBACKS PLAYER BIOS POSITION COACH Jedd Fisch, in his first season with the Wolverines, is entering his 17th year as a football coach. He is Michigan's new passing game coordinator, quar- terbacks coach and wide receivers coach. He comes to Ann Arbor after two years as the offensive coordina- tor for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, whose roster included former U-M quarterbacks Denard Robinson and Chad Henne. Fisch oversaw Robinson's 582 yards rushing on 135 tries (4.3 yards per attempt) be- fore his season ended due to injury. Fisch also guided first-year quarterback Blake Bortles, who completed 58.9 percent of his passes and garnered al- most 3,000 yards passing in 13 starts for Jacksonville. Prior to joining the Jaguars, Fisch served as the offensive coordi- nator for the University of Miami in 2011-12, and coached at the University of Minnesota as offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks coach in 2009. Otherwise, he's spent most of his time in the NFL, with the Houston Texans (2001-03), Baltimore Ravens (2004-07), Denver Broncos (2008) and Se- attle Seahawks (2010). Fisch coached the wide receivers for the Broncos and quarterbacks with the Seahawks, before moving into a coordinator role in college and then the NFL. RETURNING PLAYERS BRIAN CLEARY • QB R-Jr. • Detroit Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 205 Career Highlights: Appeared in one game as a reserve quarterback, making career debut in Michigan's season-opening 59-9 win over Cen- tral Michigan … Did not record any statistics … Redshirted in 2012. Prep: Attended Detroit Jesuit High School … Was a member of the National Honor Society … Four-year var- sity letterman in football … Earned first-team All-Catholic League honors as a quarterback during his junior and senior seasons. Personal: Born Brian Patrick Cleary on Sept. 2, 1993 … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. JOE HEWLETT • QB So. • Novi, Mich. Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 192 Prep: Played at Northville High School, under the direction of head coach Matt Ladach. Personal: Born Joseph Alexander Hewlett on June 8, 1996 … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. GARRETT MOORES • QB R-So. • Detroit Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 211 Career Highlights: Redshirted in 2013 and did not see game action in 2014. Prep: Played at Detroit Catholic Central, leading the Shamrocks to a 9-5 record as the starting quarterback and placekicker in 2012. Personal: Born Garrett Anthony Moores on April 27, 1995 … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. SHANE MORRIS • QB Jr. • Hazel Park, Mich. Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 209 Career Highlights: Appeared in nine games at quarterback, starting one game each of his first two sea- sons … Started the Minnesota game in 2014, completing 7 of 19 passes for 49 yards … Completed 14 of 40 passes for 128 yards and three interceptions on the year … Earned his first career start in Michigan's 31-14 loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at the end of the 2013 campaign due to Devin Gardner's injury … Completed 24 of 38 passes for 196 yards and an interception against Kansas State … Rat- tled off a 40-yard rush against the Wildcats, the longest run from scrimmage from any Wolverine on the year … For the season, completed 29 of 47 pass attempts for 261 yards (5.6 yards per attempt) and two interceptions … Made career debut in Michigan's 59-9 season-opening win over Central Michigan, completing 4 of 6 passes for 59 yards with a pick. Prep: Started three seasons on the De La Salle varsity, completing 290 of 568 pass attempts (51.1 percent) for 3,672 yards with 47 touchdowns and 33 interceptions … Missed four-plus games his senior year with mononucleo- sis … Connected on 61 of 113 attempts (54.0 percent) for 738 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions in final prep season … Rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 1 player in Michigan, the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 81 overall player nationally by Rivals.com. Personal: Born Shane Ryan Morris on Aug. 4, 1994. WILTON SPEIGHT • QB R-Fr. • Richmond, Va. Ht.: 6-6 • Wt.: 235 Career Highlights: Redshirted in 2014. Prep: Played at The Collegiate School … Completed 182 of 349 passes for 2,845 yards (8.2 yards per attempt), 33 touchdowns and 14 picks as a senior … Tacked on 78 rushes for 292 yards and six scores … Completed 149 of 313 attempts for 2,504 yards (8.0 yards per attempt), 29 scores and 18 picks in 2012 … Won the 2013 Prep League Offensive Player Of The Year award and earned Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro Team honors. Personal: Born Robert Wilton Speight III on Dec. 6, 1994 … Plans to major in either business management or com- munications. NEWCOMERS ZACH GENTRY • QB Fr. • Albuquerque, N.M. Ht.: 6-7 • Wt.: 230 Prep: Played at Eldorado High School … Completed 201 of 337 passes for 2,975 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior … Completed 175 of 317 passes for 1,751 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior … Was a Rivals.com four-star prospect, the No. 4 quarterback in the nation and the No. 1 player from the state of New Mexico. Personal: Born Zachary Paul Gentry on Sept. 10, 1996. ALEX MALZONE • QB Fr. • Farmington Hills, Mich. Ht.: 6-2 • Wt.: 218 Prep: Played at Birmingham Brother Rice High School … Completed 211 of 325 passes for 2,998 yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior … Completed 190 of 281 passes for 2,794 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior … Was a Rivals.com four-star prospect, the No. 12 quarterback in the nation and the No. 4 prospect from the state of Michigan. Personal: Born Alex James Malzone on Oct. 10, 1996 … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. JOHN O'KORN • QB Jr. • Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Ht.: 6-4 • Wt.: 220 Career Highlights: Played two seasons at the University of Houston, performing in all 13 games and starting 11 as a true freshman … Set a Houston freshman record for touchdowns (28) and completions (259) … Tied a Houston freshman record with five passing touchdowns at Rutgers … Started the first five games of his sophomore season, throwing for 951 yards and six touchdowns … Played in 12 games overall. Prep: Played at St. Thomas Aquinas High School … Led his high school team to a state title as a senior, throwing for 2,552 yards and 22 touchdowns with only four intercep- tions … Also ran 95 times for 576 yards and 15 touchdowns … Was a Rivals.com three-star prospect and was rated as the No.34 quarterback nationally by 247Sports. Personal: Born John O'Korn. JAKE RUDOCK • QB 5th-Sr. • Weston, Fla. Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 208 Career Highlights: Played at the University of Iowa, performing in 25 career games … Completed 213 of 345 passes for 2,436 yards and 16 touchdowns as a redshirt junior, throwing only five interceptions … Completed 204 of 346 passes as a redshirt sophomore, throwing for 2,383 yards and 18 touchdowns, with 13 interceptions … Overall, completed 417 of 691 passes for 4,819 yards, 34 touchdowns and 18 interceptions at Iowa. Prep: Played at St. Thomas Aquinas High School … Completed 157 of 242 passing attempts as a senior for 2,827 yards and 36 touchdowns, with only three intercep- tions … Led his team to state and national champion- ships as a senior, with a perfect 15-0 record … Earned Offensive Player of the Year in the state honors from the Miami Herald. Personal: Born Jake Rudock on Jan. 21, 1993. ROSTER No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year Elig. Hometown (High School) 6 Brian Cleary QB 6-3 205 Sr. Jr. Detroit (Detroit Jesuit) — Zach Gentry QB 6-7 230 Fr. Fr. Albuquerque, N.M. (Eldorado) 8 Joe Hewlett QB 6-0 192 So. So. Novi, Mich. (Northville) 12 Alex Malzone QB 6-2 218 Fr. Fr. Farmington Hills, Mich. (Brother Rice) 15 Garrett Moores QB 6-3 211 Jr. So. Detroit (Catholic Central) 7 Shane Morris QB 6-3 209 Jr. Jr. Warren, Mich. (De La Salle) — John O'Korn QB 6-4 220 Jr. Jr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas) — Jake Rudock QB 6-3 208 5th Sr. Weston, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas) 19 Wilton Speight QB 6-6 235 So. Fr. Richmond, Va. (The Collegiate School)

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