Next up for Michigan football player Jordan Kovacs? A scholarship
Jordan Kovacs is living a dream as a walk-on playing football for Michigan. He'll make his fourth straight start at safety today against Illinois, and after a nondescript beginning has become one of the Wolverines' most reliable defensive backs.
But Kovacs, in his first year with the program, still isn't on scholarship.
With Michigan under the 85-scholarship limit, Rodriguez gave one-year grants to several upperclassmen at the start of the year. Many went to seniors who'll graduate in December, thus freeing up the grant for incoming freshmen who want to enroll early.
Kovacs, who made the team as a walk-on in March and made a meteoric rise up the depth chart this fall, said in a phone interview last month he hoped to win a scholarship at the end of the season.
"That’s the next goal," he said. "Right now I’m just excited about playing."
Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.