Michigan football had 39 former players make NFL rosters on cutdown day, plus more Michigan Wolverines news.
Tuesday was a day of high anxiety for players in the National Football League, as teams had to reduce their rosters to 53. As far as former Michigan football players were concerned, things worked out pretty well as 39 made their way onto NFL rosters.
The haul of 39 players in the league includes seven rookies from the 2022 Michigan football team. Ronnie Bell earned his way onto the 49ers roster after a dominant preseason. He’ll be joined by fellow Michigan Wolverines rookie Jake Moody, who made a game-winner in the preseason.
Mike Morris and Olu Oluwatimi each made the 53-man roster for Seattle. Luke Schoonmaker and Mazi Smith are on the Cowboys, while Brad Robbins made the 53-man roster for the Bengals as their starting punter.
Of course, we know many of the other names, but Michigan football fans will be watching Aidan Hutchinson closely in Detroit as he attempts to lead the Lions back to the playoffs in his second year in the Motor City.
A Michigan Wolverines freshman is a ‘playmaker’
A few Michigan football players met with the media on Tuesday after practice and one of them was wideout Roman Wilson, who will be wearing No. 1 this season.
The wide receiver room has been hit by the injury bug as Jim Harbaugh reported minor injuries to Peyton O’Leary and Tyler Morris. But one guy who’s stepped up this fall is freshman wideout Karmello English, a four-star wideout who signed as part of the 2023 class.
All three freshmen receivers — English, Semaj Morgan, and Fredrick Moore — have turned heads this fall and should get some opportunities during the 2023 season.
"“He kind of reminds me of Fred (Moore) a little bit,” Wilson said about English The Wolverine. “Just a lengthier guy, long strides, gets out of breaks well, high points the ball well, playmaker, things like that. All three of them are very good.”"
Speaking of all three freshmen, the future is bright.
"“They’re just a very advanced group of guys,” Wilson said. “They’re very good, and I think in a couple years, they’re going to be those dudes. I really like them, I’m really confident in them and the sky’s the limit for them. They’re very good.”"
Michigan Wolverines battle it out at FIBA World Cup
We saw some current and former Michigan basketball players going head-to-head on Tuesday in the FIBA World Cup as Germany squared off against Finland.
Germany has the Moritz and Franz Wagner, while Finland has current Michigan Wolverines player Olivier Nkamhoua. Franz didn’t play on Tuesday but Nkamhoua had a solid showing with 14 points, four rebounds, and three assists.
The more I watch Nkamhoua, the more excited I get about his potential with the Michigan Wolverines in the 2023-24 season. Moe scored 12 points in the win for Germany.