You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Mon, Jul 27, 2009 : 4:40 p.m.

Rich Rodriguez expects big contributions from freshman class for University of Michigan football team

By Dave Birkett

All 22 members of Michigan's incoming recruiting class have qualified academically, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday, and most are on campus now.

"The only one’s not on campus now is Jeremy Gallon and he just got cleared I want to say a week ago, so we should all be in good shape," Rodriguez said.


Gallon remains a candidate for playing time at running back or slot receiver, and several other freshmen will be in the mix for playing time as well. Besides potential starting quarterbacks Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson, defensive tackle William Campbell, running back Vincent Smith and safeties Vladimir Emilien and Mike Jones could play immediately.

Forcier, Smith, Emilien, Jones and Campbell all took part in spring practice.

Rodriguez said freshman running back Fitzgerald Toussaint had an offseason "procedure done" to cure a lingering high school injury, but will be ready by the start of camp. He was bothered by a hamstring injury last year.



Tue, Jul 28, 2009 : 10:23 a.m.

Michigan will be back to being really good again and real soon. Fans must be patient. There is a transition period of construction and deconstruction here that must happen. I know, no UM fan thought it impossible. The unthinkable losing season happened to Michigan in 2008. Our team is just like any other team. We have bad years too. Only the cycle is every 129 years. The next 129 years ought to be a blast!


Mon, Jul 27, 2009 : 11:21 p.m.

The high school film of Jerry Gallon in action on the gridiron is, simply stated, STUNNING!!! If Jerry can deliver 75% of what he did in high school for the Victors, he will be a NATIONAL SENSATION by October! HOW MANY YARDS PER GALLON CAN HE GET?? Yins hooners, we are looking at a future multi-millionaire NFL Running Back! Thank You. Thank You Coach Rich!!


Mon, Jul 27, 2009 : 6:42 p.m.

I hope Gallon runs as well with Michigan as he did in high school. Looks like he has great ball control and great cut backs. Things are looking up in AA. GO BLUE!!!


Mon, Jul 27, 2009 : 6:31 p.m.

Great to hear that everyone is in. Gallon will be a great addition. He could run some wildcat, too, in a pinch.


Mon, Jul 27, 2009 : 6:30 p.m.

It's nice that our schedule is weaker this year than normal UM schedules. This should help all the freshman to gain confidence. WMU may give us a bit of a fight. ND has been a weak road team the last few I think we have a chance against them at home. If this team goes 3-1 or 4-0 with the long home stretch to open the season than 7 or more wins will be possible. Though with Freshman QB you never know what may happen! But it should be a fun team to watch as players develop through the season. Who knows there could even be a big upset at home at the end of the season! I hope so.

H Man

Mon, Jul 27, 2009 : 5:18 p.m.

I love the video that have been attached to articles. Good job