Michigan Wolverines: Michael Shaw

Ashton JacksonTom Hauck for ESPN.comRB Ashton Jackson comes from a Trotwood-Madison program thas has produced several FBS players.
There are several advantages in attending a high school that has a powerhouse football team -- the wins, the exposure.

But for 2014 running back recruit Ashton Jackson (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) the main advantage has been asking older players for advice during his own recruiting process.

"I asked them how to talk to coaches so that I could know how to talk to coaches," Jackson said. "They gave me good advice on that. Made me more relaxed. Initially I was scared to just call a coach. But they told me, 'It's fine, just call them. That's what you do.' "
The three-day NFL Draft came and went over the weekend with few surprises for Michigan players. Three players -- Mike Martin, David Molk and Junior Hemingway -- were drafted.

Many more were not.

The three players drafted equaled the 2010 NFL Draft, which had Brandon Graham go in the first round, Zoltan Mesko in the fifth round and Stevie Brown in the seventh.

In this year’s draft, Martin went to Tennessee in the third round, while Molk and Hemingway were selected in the seventh round by San Diego and Kansas City, respectively.

Hemingway, the last Michigan player taken, joins Steve Breaston as a wide receiver in Kansas City.

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Odoms, Shaw to All-Star Games

January, 12, 2012
Michigan continues to send football players to college All-Star games -- even some you've never heard of.

Senior receiver Martavious Odoms is on the South roster for the Battle of Florida All-Star Game in Boca Raton, Fla. on Jan. 21. He'll be coached in the game by former Miami coach Howard Schnellenberger. Coaching the North will be former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden and the Gin Blossoms will perform a concert the night before the game.

Meanwhile, running back Michael Shaw is on the East roster for Monday's Casino del Sol All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz. Shaw will be coached in that game by former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt.

They join the four Michigan players already slated for higher-profile games -- Mike Martin and David Molk in the Senior Bowl and Kevin Koger and Junior Hemingway as East-West Shrine Game invitees.

And while no Michigan players are currently listed as players in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, there is a former Michigan coach. Former Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Robinson is listed among the coaches for the game on Jan. 21 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Here a few quick notes from the Michigan football press conference Wednesday.

  • Michigan coach Brady Hoke said fifth-year senior defensive end Will Heininger played his game of the year against Michigan State. Hoke was impressed with how Heininger is playing lower and with more authority.
  • Each week, signs are posted around Schembechler Hall displaying that week's opponent. They usually read: "Beat Michigan State" or "Beat Minnesota," but this week they read: "Michigan Game Week." Hoke said it's because "every week it's about us. You've got an opponent to play ... but at the end of the day it's about us and how we prepare and how we practice." Hoke has used the signs at each of his coaching stops.

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