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Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 12:47 p.m.

Michigan will redshirt freshman tailback Justice Hayes, seek a sixth year for Marrell Evans

By Kyle Meinke

Michigan football coach Brady Hoke said this afternoon true freshman running back Justice Hayes will redshirt this season, and the school will seek a sixth year of eligibility for linebacker Marrell Evans.


Justice Hayes

Hayes is a 5-foot-10, 176-pound back from Grand Blanc who has not played this season. He did not travel to Michigan's road games at Michigan State and Northwestern, and did not dress for the home game against San Diego State.

Hayes was a consensus 4-star recruit from Grand Blanc and Michigan's highest-ranked recruit in the 2011 class. He was ranked the country's No. 3 all-purpose running back by Rivals.

He originally committed to Notre Dame before switching to the Wolverines after a bad recruiting visit.


Marell Evans

Hoke also announced the Wolverines will seek a sixth year for Evans, who has not played this year. Evans began his career at Michigan before transferring to Hampton after his sophomore season.

He rejoined the Wolverines this year, but has not played. The school has not announced why he's been held out, and Hoke said there are no updates on his status.

"I’ll tell you what, he busts his butt out there, though, as a scout team linebacker, and scout team with the kicking team and all that," Hoke said. "He’s been a great teammate."

Hoke said the application process for Evans' sixth year will be difficult.

"There’s a lot of hoops to go through," he said. "It’s pretty daggone complicated trying to obtain a sixth year and all those things."

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 3:56 p.m.

@redceder1..A.K.A. SPARTY....just like dantonio sounds more and more like Tressell everyday!

Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 5:26 p.m.



Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 4:26 a.m.

"Pretty daggone complicated". Sounds more like RR every day.


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 11:45 p.m.

I hope Hays is working hard to bulk up from the 176 lbs.listed in this article. Michigan already has enough undersized backs.