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