What Happened to the Class of 2001?

The Michigan Wolverines Recruiting Class of 2001:

PositionNameHigh School
RBKelly BarakaNorthern (MI)
RBDavid UnderwoodMadisonville (TX)
FBSean SandersonFarragut (TN)
WRBraylon EdwardsBishop Gallagher (MI)
WRTim MassaquoiParkland (PA)
TEKyle EaleySaint Joseph (IL)
OLAdam StenavichMarshfield (WI)
OLMatt LentzBrandon (MI)
OLLeo HenigeChesaning (MI)
OLDan SimelisMontour (PA)
DLPatrick MasseySaint Ignatius
DLPierre WoodsGlenville (OH)
DLDave SpytekCatholic Memorial (WI)
DLAlex OfiliYpsilanti (MI)
LBScott McClintockBelle Vernon (PA)
LBLawrence ReidPickerington (OH)
LBJoey SarantosNorthern (MI)
DBMarlin JacksonSharon (PA)
DBErnest ShazorDetroit King (MI)
DBMarkus CurryBishop Gallagher (MI)

Made it to the NFL:

Braylon Edwards – Caught 252 passes for 3541 yards and 39 touchdowns during career at Michigan. Had a career high 13 catches at Oregon in 2003. Scored 3 touchdowns against Michigan State & Texas his senior season (2004). Won the Fred Biletnikoff Award in 2004 as the best receiver in the NCAA and was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. Was drafted 3rd overall in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Made the Pro Bowl in 2007 as he broke the franchise records for receiving yards (1289) and touchdowns (16). Was traded to the New York Jets in 2009.

Marlin Jackson – A starter for all 4 years during his time at Michigan. Played cornerback during his freshman, sophomore and senior years; played strong safety during his junior season. Drafted 29th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Member of the Super Bowl XLI Champions. Has signed on to play with the Philadelphia Eagles the next 2 seasons.

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The End-Around 2

On Darius Morris:Darius Morris

So it is now official, Morris is going pro after only two seasons as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan.  First analysis on his decision.  Although I believe if he had stayed another season he would have been drafted higher, I can only wish him the best and I believe he will be a solid back-up guard in the right team’s rotation.  Nobody wants to see another Ernest Shazor situation.  For what it is worth, Morris continues to climb every time ESPN’s Chad Ford updates his mock draft.  He currently projects Morris to be drafted 23rd by the Houston Rockets.  ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb said a few weeks ago that Morris should go pro if is given indication that he will be drafted in the Top 20, otherwise he should spend the off-season working on his jump shot. Andy Katz now has Michigan as a loser following the deadline to enter the draft.  He predicted they would have been a Top 15 team next season if not for the surprising decision.

Now for the aftermath and how it effects Michigan Basketball for the 2011-2012 season. 

Gary Parrish of CBSSports has Michigan 20th ….while Andy Katz has them 23rd:

The Wolverines would have been much higher but took a hit when Darius Morris unexpectedly decided to stay in the draft. Tim Hardaway Jr., is back; so, too, are Jordan Morgan, Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Jon Horford and Matt Vogrich. Michigan will tussle with Wisconsin behind Ohio State in the Big Ten. But losing Morris takes a creator off the floor.

Michigan and Bradley will play a home and home the next years with Bradley. That means Bradley will visit Ann Arbor this upcoming season and the Wolverines will return the favor the following year.

Paul Zeise wonders if the University of Pittsburgh is becoming a reservoir for other program’s malcontents (Cullen Christian & Ray Vinopal mentioned).

Jamie Samuelsen believes that Lloyd Carr should be elected into the College Football Hall of Fame … And I agree.

David Brandon says he won’t gloat over Ohio State’s current situation.

Future Wolverine O-Lineman Tony Posada is looking to shine at this week’s Florida State Championship Track Meet.

Angelique Chengelis recently highlighted five potential difference makers for the Michigan Football team heading into next season.

Chad Henne says that Jim Mandich’s last words to him were confidence building.

And to close things out today, check out Zac & Jill Moon’s Wedding Entrance, a true must-see:


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