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Posted on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 5:51 p.m.

Nick Sheridan, Bryan Wright pass on fifth year of football eligibility

By Dave Birkett


Quarterback Nick Sheridan won't suit up for the Wolverines next season. file photo

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said Tuesday that fifth-year seniors Nick Sheridan and Bryan Wright have given up their final season of eligibility for different reasons.

"Nick is retired from football and he’ll be going to go in the coaching profession," Rodriguez said. "I think Nick will be an outstanding coach, just like his dad."

Sheridan's father, Bill, is the inside linebackers coach for the Miami Dolphins and a former assistant at Michigan.

Nick Sheridan started four games at quarterback as a sophomore, but backed up two players, Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson, who better fit Michigan's system last year.

Sheridan is listed in the university directory as a member of Michigan's intercollegiate athletics faculty and staff, but Rodriguez said he can't work with the program now because he's still a student.

"But we think an awful lot of Nick," Rodriguez said.

Wright, who handled kickoffs for parts of the last three seasons, left the program for injury reasons, Rodriguez said.

"He really fought through a lot of back pain last year in kicking," Rodriguez said. "I think it just got to a point where it was a little bit too much for him. He still has a year of eligibility to do that, but I think from his standpoint he’s ready to graduate and move on."

Michigan will enter next fall with 12 scholarship seniors.

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.



Wed, Mar 17, 2010 : 7:45 a.m.

Wow, twelve scholarship seniors next year. That is brutal for experience and leadership. It sure bodes well for 2011 and 2012 though. I've waited this long, I can make it another 2 years. We will field some darn good teams over the next 3 or 4 years with all of these young guys getting max playing time. Good luck Nick, you may not have accomplished your goals on the field, but we appreciate your commitment and effort! You are a Michigan Man!

Sean T.

Wed, Mar 17, 2010 : 2:22 a.m.

Too much competetion on the roster at the QB position but I wish you well Nick and thank you for your hard work. You did all you could under the circumstances bud.