Wednesday practice update: J.T. Turner eligible, Vince Helmuth and Marell Evans to transfer
Highly touted freshman defensive back J.T. Turner is eligible and will join the University of Michigan football team for his first practice Thursday, coach Rich Rodriguez said.
Turner was approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse early Wednesday. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound cornerback missed Michigan’s first three practices.
“He wasn’t here for summer school so he didn’t get as much done as some of the other freshmen, so he’s going to be a little bit behind,” Rodriguez said. “But he’s a skillful guy and with our lack of depth and the needs we have in the secondary, if he can learn quickly he can help us. But I probably won’t know that for another week or two.”
Freshman safety Adrian Witty still is waiting on word of his eligibility, Rodriguez said. And transfer quarterback Jason Forcier, the brother of true freshman Tate Foricer, could learn as soon as Thursday whether he’ll be eligible to play for Michigan this year.
Rodriguez said linebacker Marell Evans and defensive tackle Vince Helmuth did not practice Wednesday and are expected to transfer. Helmuth, from Saline, moved from fullback to defensive tackle this spring.
Running back Brandon Minor also sat out Wednesday's practice with headaches. Rodriguez said Minor was involved in a minor car accident "a few weeks back and thought maybe he banged his head there."
"Brandon's a tough guy," Rodriguez said. "It's just continued to bother him. I said just sit it out and see if it helps a couple days or a day. When you put the helmet on and the heat, even though you're not really banging, it still is not going to help you relieve your headaches."