Michigan Wolverines: Jake Long

Big Ten all-BCS-era team

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The BCS is dead. RIP. As we memorialize the BCS era throughout ESPN.com today, we're selecting All-BCS teams from each conference. As a reminder, the BCS era lasted from the 1998 season through the recently completed 2013 season. To narrow our selections a bit, players had to play at least two seasons in the BCS era to be eligible. Nebraska players are part of our list even though the Huskers played in the Big 12 until 2011.

Here's our Big Ten All-BCS team.

Coach: Jim Tressel, Ohio State -- Tressel led Ohio State to the 2002 national title, the Big Ten's only championship in the BCS era, as well as seven Big Ten titles (one vacated).

OFFENSE

QB: Drew Brees, Purdue (1997-2000) -- He led Purdue to the 2000 Big Ten championship and finished his career with league records for passing yards (11,792), touchdown passes (90), total offensive yards (12,693), completions (1,026), and attempts (1,678). Brees won the Maxwell Award in 2000.

RB: Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (1996-99) -- The 1999 Heisman Trophy winner set the NCAA's career rushing record with 6,397 yards (not including bowl games). He won all the major national individual awards in 1999 and became the first player to repeat as Rose Bowl MVP.

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Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesMontee Ball had 39 TDs for Wisconsin in 2011.
RB: Montee Ball, Wisconsin (2009-2012) -- The man nicknamed "MoneyBall" tied Barry Sanders' NCAA single-season touchdowns record with 39 in 2011 and set the mark for career touchdowns with 83. He won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back in 2012.

WR: Braylon Edwards, Michigan (2001-04) -- The Big Ten's most recent Biletnikoff Award winner holds the league record for career touchdown receptions (39) and ranks fourth in career receiving yards (3,541). He's the only Big Ten receiver to record 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.

WR: Lee Evans, Wisconsin (2000-03) -- Evans twice led the Big Ten in receiving yards, eclipsing 1,500 yards in 2001 before rebounding from an ACL tear to record 1,213 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2003.

TE: Dallas Clark, Iowa (1999-2002) -- Clark earned the John Mackey Award in 2002 after recording 43 receptions for 742 yards as Iowa went undefeated in the Big Ten.

OL: Greg Eslinger, Minnesota (2002-05) -- One of the more decorated Big Ten linemen in the BCS era, Eslinger won the Outland Trophy in 2005. He was a two-time first-team All-America selection and a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection for one of the nation's top rushing offenses.

OL: Joe Thomas, Wisconsin (2003-06) -- Another Outland Trophy winner (2006), Thomas earned unanimous consensus All-America honors that year. He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in each of his final two seasons and was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft.

OL: Dominic Raiola, Nebraska (1998-2000) -- In 1998, Raiola became the first Nebraska freshman offensive lineman to start a game in seven years. He went on to earn the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center, first-team All-Big 12 honors in his final two seasons and consensus first-team All-America honors in 2000.

OL: Robert Gallery, Iowa (1999-2003) -- Gallery claimed the Outland Trophy in 2003 as well as first-team All-America honors. He twice earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as the anchor of a nationally elite offensive line.

OL: Jake Long, Michigan (2003-07) -- Although Long didn't win the Outland, he twice earned consensus first-team All-America honors (unanimous selection in 2007) and twice earned Big Ten offensive lineman of the year honors (beating out Thomas in 2006). Long was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft.

DEFENSE

DE: LaMarr Woodley, Michigan (2003-06) -- Woodley claimed the Rotary Lombardi Award in 2006 as the nation's top lineman. A first-team All-American that season, he finished his career with 10 forced fumbles, tied for seventh on the Big Ten's career list.

DE: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue (2007-10) -- Unlike most of the men on this list, Kerrigan never played for any BCS bowl teams at Purdue but still had a remarkable career that ended with unanimous consensus first-team All-America honors in 2010. The Big Ten defensive player of the year tied the NCAA record for forced fumbles (14) and recorded 33.5 sacks and 57 tackles for loss.

DT: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (2005-09) -- The most dominant defender in recent years finished fourth in Heisman voting in 2009 (should have been higher) and earned several awards, including the Bednarik, Nagurski and Outland. Suh finished his career with 24 sacks, 57 tackles for loss, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and 41 quarterback hurries.

DT: Devon Still, Penn State (2008-11) -- Penn State produced a string of outstanding defensive tackles including Still, the Big Ten's defensive player of the year in 2011. Still earned consensus first-team All-America honors after recording 17 tackles for loss.

LB: James Laurinaitis, Ohio State (2005-08) -- Laurinaitis won major national awards in each of his final three seasons, including the Nagurski Trophy in 2006. The two-time Big Ten defensive player of the year became just the third Ohio State player to earn consensus All-America honors in three seasons.

LB: Paul Posluszny, Penn State (2003-06) -- Posluszny is one of only two players (Pat Fitzgerald) to twice win the Bednarik Award as the nation's top defender. He became the first Penn State linebacker to twice earn AP All-America honors.

LB: LaVar Arrington, Penn State (1997-99) -- A freakishly athletic linebacker at Linebacker U., Arrington twice earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and won the Bednarik and Butkus Awards as a junior in 1999. He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2000 NFL draft.

CB: Jamar Fletcher, Wisconsin (1998-2000) -- Fletcher claimed the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back in 2000, won Big Ten defensive player of the year honors that year and was a three-time first-team all-conference selection. He's tied for fourth in league history with 21 career interceptions and holds the league record for interception return yards (459).

CB: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State (2010-13) -- Dennard also claimed the Thorpe Award as he helped Michigan State to its first outright Big Ten title in 26 years and a Rose Bowl victory against Stanford. The two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection recorded 10 career interceptions and led the "No Fly Zone" Spartans secondary.

S: Tyrone Carter, Minnesota (1996-99) -- The only Big Ten safety to win the Thorpe Award, Carter also twice earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and earned unanimous All-America honors in 1999. He set the FBS record for career tackles by a defensive back with 528.

S: Mike Doss, Ohio State (1999-2002) -- A three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Doss earned unanimous consensus All-America honors in 2002 as Ohio State won the national title.

SPECIAL TEAMS

K: Mike Nugent, Ohio State (2001-04) -- Nugent won the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker in 2004 and claimed consensus All-America honors in both 2002 and 2004. He holds the Big Ten record for consecutive made field goals with 24.

P: Brandon Fields, Michigan State (2003-06) -- His name is on the Big Ten's punter of the year award for a reason. Fields earned consensus All-America honors in 2004, earned first-team All-Big Ten honors three times and twice led the league in punting, tying for third in career average (45 ypp).

Returns: Ted Ginn, Ohio State (2004-06) and Steve Breaston, Michigan (2003-06) -- Ginn holds the Big Ten single-season records for kick return average (25.6 ypr) and career punt return touchdowns (6), while Breaston claims the league mark for career punt return yards (1,599) and is tied for third in punt return touchdowns (4).

It's tough enough putting together these teams for one season, much less 16 seasons. You can't please everyone, and many exceptional players didn't make the cut.

We decided to go with five offensive linemen rather than a center, two guards and two tackles, in order to recognize the best overall players in the trenches.

There was some debate for a second receiver alongside Michigan's Edwards, as the Big Ten hasn't exactly mass-produced superstars at the position. Several players had great seasons like Michigan State's Charles Rogers in 2002, but we put more stock into overall career output and went with Wisconsin's Evans, who led the league in receiving in 2001 and 2003.

Cornerback created some debate among Fletcher, Dennard and Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins, also a Jim Thorpe Award winner. We faced another tough decision at safety between Ohio State's Doss and Iowa's Bob Sanders.

Surprisingly, the defensive tackle spot produced few bona-fide superstars. Nebraska's Suh, who played his entire career in the Big 12, was an obvious choice but a second choice proved to be tough.

Arguably the toughest choice came at kicker between Nugent and Iowa's Nate Kaeding. Both won Lou Groza Awards and set numerous records. We gave the nod to Nugent, but not by much.

Big Ten lunchtime links

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As Michigan’s preseason approaches at the end of this week, WolverineNation takes a look at the 10 players who are most indispensable for the Wolverines this season. This doesn’t mean the most talented players, but rather the players, if Michigan lost them, would be in the most trouble.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- To many people other than Taylor Lewan, Taylor Lewan should be in his first NFL training camp right now, being hazed as a rookie and preparing for a career as a bookend tackle for whatever NFL franchise drafted him.

The redshirt senior chose to hold off on all of that for another season, surprising his teammates, his coaches and almost everyone else by returning to Michigan for his fifth season.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Forget about the blasphemy.

Also disregard for a moment that there are no trades in college football.

But as the all-time draft festivities start winding down this week, a proposal was sent to the various general managers in charge of filling out the rosters for two programs at the heart of The Game and its passionate rivalry. What if one player selected for a Michigan squad could be added to an Ohio State team, or vice versa?

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Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesTackle Jake Long never beat Ohio State during his Michigan career, which makes adding him to an all-time Buckeyes roster a bit easier to take.
For Team Ward, that answer was pretty simple.

After missing out on a number of high-profile Buckeyes on the offensive line, the clear choice to provide a boost for my defensively-loaded, skill-position-heavy roster would be a physical, nasty blocker to provide some protection and rushing lanes from the tackle spot. So if I could poach from That Draft Up North, I'd be stealing from my beat-writing colleague Michael Rothstein and taking his first-round pick, Jake Long.

No offense to Chris Ward or Jim Daniell, but Long is a former No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft and undoubtedly would provide a lift with his strength and athleticism up front, keeping Braxton Miller clean in the pocket and helping clear the way for Eddie George and Pete Johnson out of the backfield.

Plus, if this squad was forced to have a representative from the Wolverines, who better than somebody who did so much to help the Buckeyes during his career?

He couldn't beat the Buckeyes. If a trade was absolutely necessary, Long would be welcome to join them on Team Ward.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Can a true freshman really contribute at the college level? Is it easier at one position than another? Over the summer WolverineNation has been breaking down the probabilities of playing time and projections of the Wolverines’ freshmen, position by position.


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The Big Ten endured arguably the worst NFL draft in its history last month, and its struggles to produce high first-round talent are well documented.

The league hasn't had a top-10 pick since Michigan's Jake Long and Ohio State's Vernon Gholston went No. 1 and No. 6, respectively, in the 2008 draft. The Big Ten narrowly avoided being shut out of the first round for the first time since the NFL-AFL merger when Wisconsin's Travis Frederick went at No. 31 in April's draft.

Is the troubling trend for the Big Ten more of a coaching/development issue or a recruiting issue? The declining number of first-round picks might have more to do with the Big Ten footprint than the Big Ten Conference.

As CoachingSearch.com's Chris Vannini points out, certain states in the Big Ten footprint, namely Ohio, have seen a drop in producing first-round picks in recent years. Vannini looked at where first-round picks from the past eight drafts played their high school ball.

Not surprisingly, Texas (17) and Florida (12) produced the most first-round picks between 2010-13, followed by Georgia (10) and California (8). Florida, Texas and California also were among the top producers in the previous four drafts (2006-09).

Pennsylvania is the top producer in the Big Ten footprint with five first-round picks since 2010. Michigan (4) and Wisconsin (4) are next, along with future Big Ten state New Jersey (4).

Where's Ohio? Way down the list with just two first-round picks since 2010. It comes as a surprise as Ohio is celebrated for its high school football and serves as the starting point in recruiting for many Big Ten programs.

Ohio produced nine first-round draft picks between 2006-09. New Jersey also saw its total drop from 10 (between 2006-09) to four (between 2010-13).

Pennsylvania and Wisconsin both produced three more first-round picks in the past four drafts than the previous four. All four Wisconsin products -- J.J. Watt, Gabe Carimi, Kevin Zeitler and Frederick -- played for the Wisconsin Badgers during their run of Rose Bowls. Michigan saw a slight increase in recent years, Illinois held steady and Indiana dropped from four (2006-09) to two (2010-13). Minnesota had one first-round pick in 2012 after none from 2006-09, while Nebraska and Iowa aren't on the board for either span.

What about the Big Ten's other new territory, the Washington D.C./Maryland/Northern Virginia region? Maryland's total dropped from four (2006-09) to three (2010-13), Virginia's went from seven (2006-09) to three (2010-13) and Washington D.C. failed to produce a first-round pick from 2010-13 after having two between 2006-09.

What does this mean for the Big Ten? First-round draft picks are only one way to gauge the strength of a league or a region, but the numbers reinforce that much of the nation's elite talent grows up far from Big Ten campuses. Big Ten schools have to spread their wings in recruiting and invest more time and resources in states like Texas, Florida and Georgia. Many programs already do this, but there's a greater sense of urgency.

The Ohio total is a bit alarming, but I'd be surprised if the state produces so few first-round picks in the next four years. It will be interesting to see what happens with the Wisconsin total under a new Badgers coaching staff.

I still like the Big Ten's new additions, Rutgers and Maryland, from a recruiting standpoint, but the declining totals of first-round draft picks from both areas are a bit unsettling as the two programs prepare to move to the Big Ten in 2014.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- All players who walk through the door to Schembechler Hall understand what Michigan once was. They merely have to keep their eyes and ears open.

Many college coaches, even those at traditional power programs, concern themselves only with the present and the future. Michigan's Brady Hoke puts the past on a pedestal.

Hoke's players know what the numbers 134 and 42 mean -- Michigan enters its 134th year of football and boasts 42 Big Ten championships. They know about the program's national titles and award winners. They see the Bo Schembechler quotes, the Big Ten banners and the legends lockers dedicated to program greats.

Many of the current Wolverines hadn't put on a helmet and pads in their lives the last time Michigan won a national title in 1997, but they know what the program was like because coaches like Hoke and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, both Michigan assistants that season, tell them about it all the time. Offensive line coach Darrell Funk, who had no ties to Michigan before arriving with Hoke in 2011, often shows his players tape of former Wolverines stars Steve Hutchinson, Jake Long and Jon Jansen.

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Leon Halip/Getty ImagesBrady Hoke and the Wolverines are working to get the program back to where it once was.
"There's a tremendous sense of pride that Brady instills," Mattison told ESPN.com, "and our entire football organization feels that 'Let's get Michigan back to the way we remember it,' where when Michigan gets on that field, everybody goes, 'Whoa, here they come.' That's what I envision. I want to do anything that I can do to help us get there, to get Michigan back to the football level it was when I remember it."

Senior linebacker Cam Gordon was 6 years old when Michigan won the national championship and 13 when the Wolverines claimed their last Big Ten title (2004, co-championship). But he hears about the glory days from coaches like Mattison and new outside linebackers coach Roy Manning, who played for Big Ten championship teams in 2003 and 2004.

"I do remember the stories about Michigan," Gordon said. "Before they even stepped on the field, the game was won."

The constant history lessons taught inside Schembechler Hall don't stem from an unhealthy state of nostalgia. Hoke wants his players to understand the standard at Michigan. He's also extremely blunt about the fact that the Wolverines have yet to meet it.

Hoke guided Michigan to 11 wins in his first season and ended the seven-year losing streak against archrival Ohio State. He has yet to lose a game at Michigan Stadium. He has pulled Michigan out of the fog of the Rich Rodriguez era. Recruiting is undoubtedly on the upswing, and Michigan looks more like its old self on both sides of the ball.

But Hoke's tenure to this point, by his own barometer, has been a failure.

"We didn't get it done," he said of the 2012 season, when Michigan went 8-5. "We were still in a second year of changing a culture and changing a philosophy to some degree, offensively and defensively and the whole scope of what we try and do as a team. But still, at the end of the day, this is about winning Big Ten championships. We have 42 of them, and we need to start on our 43rd."

Hoke's message is heard loud and clear from the team's best player on down.

"The standard at Michigan is a Big Ten championship every single year," All-American left tackle Taylor Lewan said. "That's the minimum. Everything else is a failure. The Sugar Bowl, the BCS game, that was awesome. It was such a great experience, Bourbon Street was cool, New Orleans was cool -- failure. Outback Bowl, close game, lost in the last 20 seconds -- failure.

"Those are all games that are failures. The only way this team would be happy, would be satisfied with one season, is if we win a Big Ten championship."

Things weren't that way when Lewan arrived in 2009.

"The main goal was to make it to a bowl game," he said. "I don't know if that's how it's supposed to be at Michigan. I don't know how much my opinion counts, but I think it should be a Big Ten championship every single year. These coaches have done a great job of preaching that.

"We're not going to settle."

It has been nearly a decade since the Wolverines could call themselves league champions, their longest drought since a lull between 1950 and 1964. Every year that passes without a title means Michigan moves a little further away from the great times, a little further away from regaining the mystique Mattison and others preach about.

Talking about a winning culture in the past only goes so far without establishing a winning culture in the present. It's why much of Michigan's offseason work has been from the neck up.

"There were times where we were down in games and we came back and won the game based off our mental toughness," wide receiver Jeremy Gallon said. "And there were times in games where we didn’t come back, and it was our lack of mental toughness."

Defensive tackle Quinton Washington said Michigan worked on breaking "mental barriers" this spring, one of which is playing better away from the Big House. The Wolverines dropped three road games (Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State) and two neutral-site contests (Alabama, South Carolina) last fall.

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AP Photo/Dave WeaverTaylor Lewan (77) knows expectations are high for every player who wears a Michigan uniform.
Michigan is just 5-7 in road or neutral-site games under Hoke.

"We didn't play well on the road," Hoke said. "We didn't play with the toughness that it takes. We learned a lot in the bowl game about us as people, especially the guys coming back, good and bad."

Hoke has a Sun Tzu quote displayed in the weight room that reads: Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. The goal is for the Wolverines to enter games with the same mindset as their predecessors.

Many think the Michigan mystique is dead, but Hoke's players are driven to revive it.

"If they don't fear Michigan," Gordon said, "then obviously that's something that we're going to have to change."

Beginning this fall.

"Anywhere you go in the world, everyone knows Michigan," defensive end Frank Clark said. "Anywhere in the nation, as far as college football, everyone knows Michigan. For the last couple years, we haven't lived up to those expectations. This next season, we have to.

"It's time. There aren't anymore excuses."

Michigan in the NFL: Week 5

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Here are how Michigan's alumni fared in Week 5 of the NFL season:

  • Jay Feely, K, Arizona: Made 1 of 2 field goals in a 17-3 loss to St. Louis. Next up -- vs. Buffalo, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati: Had two tackles (1 solo, 1 assisted) and a pass defended in a 17-13 loss to Miami. Next up -- vs. Cleveland, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jeff Backus, OT, Detroit: Idle. Next up -- vs. Philadelphia, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay: Made eight tackles (7 solo, 1 assisted) and two passes defended in a 30-27 loss to Indianapolis. Next up -- vs. Houston, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Tim Jamison, DE, Houston: Did not make a tackle in a 23-17 win over the New York Jets. Next up -- vs. Green Bay, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville: DNP in a 41-3 loss to Chicago. Next up -- OFF
  • Steve Breaston, WR, Kansas City: Did not catch a pass in a 9-6 loss to Baltimore. Next up -- vs. Tampa Bay, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jake Long, OT, Miami: Started at left tackle in a 17-13 win over Cincinnati. Next up -- vs. St. Louis, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Tom Brady, QB, New England: Completed 23 of 31 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown along with four rushes for minus-2 yards in a 31-21 win over Denver. Next up -- vs. Seattle, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Zoltan Mesko, P, New England: Punted three times with a 43 yard average and one inside the 20-yard line in a 31-21 win over Denver. Next up -- vs. Seattle, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • David Baas, C, New York Giants: Started at center in a 41-27 win over Cleveland. Next up -- vs. San Francisco, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Stevie Brown, DB, New York Giants: Had three tackles (2 solo, 1 assisted), a pass defended and an interception in a 41-27 win over Cleveland. Next up -- vs. San Francisco, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • David Harris, LB, New York Jets: Had nine tackles (5 solo, 4 assisted) and a pass defended in a 23-17 loss to Houston. Next up -- vs. Indianapolis, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia: Had three receptions for 34 yards in a 16-14 loss to Pittsburgh. Next up -- vs. Detroit, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia: Had one assisted tackle in a 16-14 loss to Pittsburgh. Next up -- vs. Detroit, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh: Had eight tackles (5 solo, 3 assisted) and recovered two fumbles in a 16-14 win over Philadelphia. Next up -- vs. Tennessee, Thursday 8:20 p.m.
  • LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh: Had no tackles in a 16-14 win over Philadelphia. Next up -- vs. Tennessee, Thursday 8:20 p.m.
  • David Molk, C, San Diego: Played in a 31-24 loss to New Orleans. Next up -- vs. Denver, Monday 8:30 p.m.
  • Jonas Mouton, LB, San Diego: Was inactive in a 31-24 loss to New Orleans. Next up -- vs. Denver, Monday 8:30 p.m.
  • Jonathan Goodwin, OL, San Francisco: Started at center in a 45-3 win over Buffalo. Next up -- vs. New York Giants, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco: Had four catches for 26 yards and a touchdown in a 45-3 win over Buffalo. Next up -- vs. New York Giants, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Alan Branch, DT, Seattle: Had two tackles (1 solo, 1 assisted) in a 16-12 win over Carolina. Next up -- vs. New England, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Braylon Edwards, WR, Seattle: Had one catch for 10 yards in a 16-12 win over Carolina. Next up -- vs. New England, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Steve Hutchinson, OG, Tennessee: Started at left guard in a 30-7 loss to Minnesota. Next up -- vs. Pittsburgh, Thursday 8:20 p.m.
  • Mike Martin, DT, Tennessee: Had five tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted) and a sack in a 30-7 loss to Minnesota. Next up -- vs. Pittsburgh, Thursday 8:20 p.m.

Michigan in the NFL: Week 4

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Here are how Michigan's alumni fared in Week 4 of the NFL season:

  • Jay Feely, K, Arizona: Made a field goal all three extra points in a 24-21 win over Miami. Next up -- vs. St. Louis, Thursday, 8:20 p.m.
  • Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati: Was inactive due to injury against Jacksonville. Next up -- vs. Miami, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jeff Backus, OT, Detroit: Started at tackle in a 20-13 loss to Minnesota. Next up -- Idle
  • Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay: Made 11 tackles (8 solo, 3 assisted) in a 28-27 win over New Orleans. Next up -- vs. Indianapolis, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Tim Jamison, DE, Houston: Made one assisted tackle in a 38-14 win over Tennessee. Next up -- vs. New York Jets, Monday 8:30 p.m.
  • Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville: DNP in a 27-10 loss to Cincinnati. Next up -- vs. Chicago, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Steve Breaston, WR, Kansas City: Had one catch for 12 yards in a 37-20 loss to San Diego. Next up -- vs. Baltimore, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jake Long, OT, Miami: Started at left tackle in a 24-21 loss to Miami. Next up -- vs. Cincinnati, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Tom Brady, QB, New England: Completed 22 of 36 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns along with one rush for four yards and a touchdown in a 52-28 win over Buffalo. Next up -- vs. Denver, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Zoltan Mesko, P, New England: Punted three times with a 39.7 yard average and three inside the 20-yard line. Next up -- vs. Denver, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • David Baas, C, New York Giants: Started at center in a 19-17 loss to Philadelphia. Next up -- vs. Cleveland, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Stevie Brown, DB, New York Giants: Had eight tackles (7 solo, 1 assisted) in a 19-17 loss to Philadelphia. Next up -- vs. Cleveland, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • David Harris, LB, New York Jets: Had 11 tackles (8 solo, 3 assisted) in a 34-0 loss to San Francisco. Next up -- vs. Houston, Monday 8:30 p.m.
  • Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia: Had two receptions for 30 yards in a 19-17 win over the New York Giants. Next up -- vs. Pittsburgh, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia: Did not have a tackle in a 19-17 win over the New York Giants. Next up -- vs. Pittsburgh, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh: OFF. Next up -- vs. Philadelphia, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh: OFF. Next up -- vs. Philadelphia, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • David Molk, C, San Diego: Played in a 37-20 win over Kansas City. Next up -- vs. New Orleans, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Jonas Mouton, LB, San Diego: Was inactive in a 37-20 win over Kansas City. Next up -- vs. New Orleans, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Jonathan Goodwin, OL, San Francisco: Started at center in a 34-0 win over the New York Jets. Next up -- vs. Buffalo, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco: Had three catches for 47 yards and one rush for 28 yards in a 34-0 win over the New York Jets. Next up -- vs. Buffalo, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Alan Branch, DT, Seattle: Had one tackle and one pass broken up in a 19-13 loss to St. Louis. Next up -- vs. Carolina, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Braylon Edwards, WR, Seattle: Had no catches in a 19-13 loss to St. Louis. Next up -- vs. Carolina, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Steve Hutchinson, OG, Tennessee: Started at left guard in a 38-14 loss to Houston. Next up -- vs. Minnesota, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Mike Martin, DT, Tennessee: Had one assisted tackle in a 38-14 loss to Houston. Next up -- vs. Minnesota, Sunday 4:25 p.m.

Michigan in the NFL: Week 3

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Here are how Michigan's alumni fared in Week 3 of the NFL season:

  • Jay Feely, K, Arizona: Made both his field goals and all three extra points in a 27-6 win over Philadelphia. Next up -- vs. Miami, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati: Was inactive due to injury against Washington. Next up -- vs. Jacksonville, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Jeff Backus, OT, Detroit: Started at tackle in a 44-41 loss to Tennessee. Next up -- vs. Minnesota, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay: Made three tackles (2 solo, 1 assisted) in a 14-12 loss to Seattle. Next up -- vs. New Orleans, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Tim Jamison, DE, Houston: Made one tackle in a 31-25 win over Denver. Next up -- vs. Tennessee, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville: DNP in a 22-17 win over Indianapolis. Next up -- vs. Cincinnati, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Steve Breaston, WR, Kansas City: Had one catch for two yards in a 27-24 win over New Orleans. Next up -- vs. San Diego, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jake Long, OT, Miami: Started at left tackle in a 23-20 loss to the New York Jets. Next up -- vs. Arizona, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Tom Brady, QB, New England: Completed 28 of 41 passes for 335 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 31-30 loss to Baltimore. Next up -- vs. Buffalo, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Zoltan Mesko, P, New England: Punted four times with a 38.3 yard average and two inside the 20-yard line. Next up -- vs. Buffalo, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • David Baas, C, New York Giants: Started at center in a 36-7 win over Carolina. Next up -- vs. Philadelphia, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Stevie Brown, DB, New York Giants: Had an interception in a 36-7 win over Carolina. Next up -- vs. Philadelphia, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • David Harris, LB, New York Jets: Had nine tackles (8 solo, 1 assisted) in a 23-20 win over Miami. Next up -- vs. San Francisco, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia: Had three receptions for 38 yards in a 27-6 loss to Arizona. Next up -- vs. New York Giants, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia: Had four tackles (3 solo, 1 assisted) and a half-sack in a 27-6 loss to Arizona. Next up -- vs. New York Giants, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh: Had seven tackles (5 solo, 2 assisted) in a 34-31 loss to Oakland. Next up -- OFF
  • LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh: Had four tackles, all solo, and a sack in a 34-31 loss to Oakland. Next up -- OFF
  • David Molk, C, San Diego: Played in a 27-3 loss to Atlanta. Next up -- vs. Kansas City, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jonas Mouton, LB, San Diego: Was inactive in a 27-3 loss to Atlanta. Next up -- vs. Kansas City, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jonathan Goodwin, OL, San Francisco: Started at center in a 24-13 loss to Minnesota. Next up -- vs. New York Jets, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco: Had five catches for 56 yards in a 24-13 loss to Minnesota. Next up -- vs. New York Jets, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Alan Branch, DT, Seattle: Had no tackles in a 14-12 win over Green Bay. Next up -- vs. St. Louis, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Braylon Edwards, WR, Seattle: Had no catches in a 14-12 win over Green Bay. Next up -- vs. St. Louis, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Steve Hutchinson, OG, Tennessee: Started at left guard in a 44-41 win over Detroit. Next up -- vs. Houston, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Mike Martin, DT, Tennessee: Had five tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted) in a 44-41 win over Detroit. Next up -- vs. Houston, Sunday 1 p.m.

Michigan in the NFL: Week 1

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Here's a look at how former Michigan players fared during Week 1 of the NFL season:
  • Jay Feely, K, Arizona: Made both his field goals and extra points in a 20-16 win over Seattle. Next up -- vs. New England, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati: Had four tackles (all solo) and two pass deflections in a 44-13 loss to Baltimore. Next up -- vs. Cleveland, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jeff Backus, OT, Detroit: Started at tackle and blocked for 429 yards of offense in a 27-23 win over St. Louis. Next up -- vs. San Francisco, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay: Had five tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted), two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and 1.5 sacks in a 30-22 loss to San Francisco. Next up -- vs. Chicago, Thursday 8:30 p.m.
  • Tim Jamison, DE, Houston: Had one tackle and one sack in a 30-10 win over Miami. Next up -- vs. Jacksonville, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville: DNP in 26-23 loss to Minnesota. Next up -- vs. Houston, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Steve Breaston, WR, Kansas City: Had two catches for 30 yards in a 40-24 loss to Atlanta. Next up -- vs. Buffalo, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Junior Hemingway, WR, Kansas City: DNP (Practice squad) against Atlanta. Next up -- vs. Buffalo, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Jake Long, OT, Miami: Started at left tackle and blocked for 275 yards of offense in a 30-10 loss to Houston. Next up -- vs. Oakland, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Tom Brady, QB, New England: Completed 23 of 31 passes for 236 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions along with two rushes for one yard in a 34-13 win over Tennessee. Next up -- vs. Arizona, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Zoltan Mesko, P, New England: Punted four times with a 33.5 yard net average, including a long of 51 yards and three inside the 20 in a 34-13 win over Tennessee. Next up -- vs. Arizona, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • David Baas, C, New York Giants: started and helped block for 269 yards of offense in a 24-17 loss to Dallas. Next up -- Tampa Bay, Sunday, 1 p.m.
  • Stevie Brown, DB, New York Giants: had two tackles in a 24-17 loss to Dallas. Next up -- Tampa Bay, Sunday, 1 p.m.
  • David Harris, LB, New York Jets: Had seven tackles (4 solo, 3 assisted) and three assisted tackles in a 48-28 win over Buffalo. Next up -- vs. Pittsburgh, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia: Had four catches for 27 yards in a 17-16 win over Cleveland. Next up -- vs. Baltimore, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia: Had one tackle in a 17-16 win over Cleveland. Next up -- vs. Baltimore, Sunday 1 p.m.
  • Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh: Had eight tackles (7 solo, 1 assisted), a sack and a pass defended in a 31-19 loss to Denver. Next up -- vs. New York Jets, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh: Had three tackles (1 solo, 2 assisted) in a 31-19 loss to Denver. Next up -- vs. New York Jets, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • David Molk, C, San Diego: He played, but did not start, in a 22-14 win over Oakland. Next up -- vs. Tennessee, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Jonas Mouton, LB, San Diego: Listed as inactive against Oakland. Next up -- vs. Tennessee, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Jonathan Goodwin, OL, San Francisco: Started at center and blocked for 377 yards of offense in a 30-22 win over the Packers. Next up -- vs. Detroit, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco: Had four catches for 29 yards in a 30-22 win over the Packers. Next up -- vs. Detroit, Sunday 8:20 p.m.
  • Alan Branch, DT, Seattle: Had three tackles (1 solo, 2 assisted) in a 20-16 loss to Arizona. Next up -- vs. Dallas, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Braylon Edwards, WR, Seattle: Had five catches for 43 yards in a 20-16 loss to Arizona. Next up -- vs. Dallas, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
  • Steve Hutchinson, OG, Tennessee: Started at left guard and blocked for 292 yards of offense in a 34-13 loss to New England. Next up -- vs. San Diego, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
  • Mike Martin, DT, Tennessee: Had one solo tackle and two assisted tackles in a 34-13 loss to New England. Next up -- vs. San Diego, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
Taylor LewanAndrew Weber/US PresswireLeft tackle Taylor Lewan is the Wolverines' best NFL offensive line prospect since Jake Long.
Over the next two weeks, WolverineNation will break down the 10 players who need to play to the peak of their abilities for Michigan to have its best possible season, going from 10 all the way to No. 1.

Taylor Lewan is Michigan’s most experienced offensive lineman and the best professional prospect the Wolverines have had along the offensive line since another dominant left tackle played for the Wolverines, Jake Long.

Lewan, though, still has a lot of room to improve. While he is one of the best overall blockers in the Big Ten, he has never had to be the leader of the offensive line, having Stephen Schilling around two seasons ago and David Molk last season. Both now are with the San Diego Chargers, leaving Lewan to do more than just play his position. And with a first-time starter next to him at left guard and fifth-year senior Ricky Barnum still growing into the center slot in his first season starting there, it will be up to Lewan to work on the cohesiveness of the unit.

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Michigan had four Super Bowl winners -- players Mario Manningham and David Baas along with coaches Jim Hermann and Jerald Ingram -- but many more former Wolverines were trying to reach the pinnacle of football.

In all, 29 former Michigan players finished the season on NFL rosters this season -- which is why Braylon Edwards won't appear on the list below. While not as many had the success of the four Wolverines on the Giants, here’s a rundown of how every former Michigan player fared in the league this season.

In alphabetical order (by first name) *stats are regular season only:

  • Adrian Arrington, WR, New Orleans Saints: Arrington played in four games this season, making two catches for 31 yards.
  • Alan Branch, DL, Seattle Seahawks: Branch started 15 games in his first season with the Seahawks after four seasons in Arizona. He had 34 tackles and three sacks.

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The NFL released its Pro Bowl rosters Tuesday night and three former Michigan players will be represented.

Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady was named the starting quarterback for the AFC. Tackle Jake Long will also represent the AFC and former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson was named a starting cornerback for the NFC.

It is possible, though, that none of the three end up playing in the game. The Pro Bowl is held the weekend before the Super Bowl on Jan. 29 in Honolulu. If the Patriots or Packers make the Super Bowl, they won't play in the Pro Bowl.

Also, Long suffered a right bicep injury last weekend in a loss to the Patriots so he might not be available for the game.

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