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Posted on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 : 1:07 p.m.

Stephen Schilling concentrates on second half of Michigan football season, puts aside NFL talk for now

By Michael Rothstein

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Stephen Schilling

When Stephen Schilling made his decision to play football at Michigan, he didn’t let anyone help with the decision-making process. His parents, Joanne and Ralph, didn’t know what university Schilling planned to attend until the day of his selection.

Now, with Schilling’s senior year winding down, he enlisted his parents to help sift through the mass of agent calls.

“I let them kind of do it because it’s easier,” Schilling said. “There’s guys that have contacted me, and I direct them to my parents.”

Schilling is doing this so he can focus on his final five regular-season games starting Saturday at Penn State (8 p.m., ESPN). has the 6-foot-5, 308-pound Schilling as its No. 5 offensive guard and No. 78 overall player in the 2011 NFL Draft and lists him as a third-to-fourth rounder. The same site lists former Michigan and current Ohio State guard Justin Boren as the No. 8 guard and a potential fifth-round selection.

“You can’t really read too much into it,” Schilling said. “There’s a lot of time left and a lot of things can change. I’m more worried about the last five games here.

“I want to play well for Michigan, for our team to win, but if I play badly and we win, I’m happy. Obviously it’s my senior year, it’s closer to the NFL, but I’m more concerned with finishing my career right.”

Among Michigan’s other draft-eligible seniors, lists linebacker Jonas Mouton as the No. 25 outside linebacker and No. 325 overall prospect.

Offensive tackle Perry Dorrestein is 61st at his position and No. 740 overall and Obi Ezeh is the No. 21 inside linebacker and No. 446 overall prospect.

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein



Wed, Oct 27, 2010 : 10:41 a.m.

Can you imagine our line next year with Molk at center, Will Campbell at left guard, and Lewan at left tackle? Themz some big, fast, young boyz!(Except Molk, he'll be a senior)


Wed, Oct 27, 2010 : 10:39 a.m.

Thanks for the memories Steve. You stuck around and worked hard when you could have some of your mates did. I take some pleasure knowing that Boren is ranked lower that Steve at the same position.


Tue, Oct 26, 2010 : 8:42 p.m.

He should make the NFL and who knows, one day become a superbowl victor and the ultimate champion.


Tue, Oct 26, 2010 : 6:27 p.m.

For the record, Schilling stayed. He won't be champion.


Tue, Oct 26, 2010 : 2:41 p.m.

gooooo blue...thanks for all the hard work lets go whoop up on penn st and secure a bowl...


Tue, Oct 26, 2010 : 1:50 p.m.

Those who stay will be champions! Thanks for all your hard work over the years Stephen! GO BLUE!

Sean T.

Tue, Oct 26, 2010 : 1:09 p.m.

Good luck kid, no matter what happens!