Michigan's Jim Harbaugh impressed by freshmen, lists 13 who could play

The biggest difference between last season's team and the 2016 Wolverines version is the competitiveness in fall camp.

Mark Snyder
Detroit Free Press
Michigan freshman Devin Bush Jr.

The biggest difference between last season's Michigan football team and the 2015 version is the competitiveness in fall camp.

Much of that has come from the talented freshman class, which has fought most of camp for its shot.

"There will be a good number of guys who will play, still determined what role they will be: special teams, in the two-deep, possibly even starting games this season," Harbaugh said on the "Inside Michigan Football" radio show tonight. "I think all those things will happen."

U-M's Jim Harbaugh: 10 Wolverines freshmen could be in two-deep roster

Harbaugh repeated his number of possibly 10 true freshmen seeing the field this year and got specific tonight, showing his confidence in them.

He began rattling off names, getting to 13: tight end Devin Asiasi, defensive end Rashan Gary, tailback Chris Evans -- "talked to people a little bit about the job he's doing, it's outstanding."

Linebacker Devin Bush Jr.: "We count reps, how many reps they take in practice and over the course of the training camp, Devin Bush Jr. was fifth, I believe... He's done a fabulous job.

Safety Khaleke Hudson: "Another guy that's done a fabulous job. I don't think people are talking to much about him, but he's going to play quite a bit."

Cornerback David Long, who Harbaugh said earlier in the day made an outstanding play, covering a route perfectly and corner Lavert Hill.

Offensive lineman Ben Bredeson, who is competing at left tackle.

Some of the other linebackers Josh Uche and Elysee Mbem-Bosse "We'll see them coming along and playing."

Receivers Nate Johnson and Eddie McDoom "have been doing some really nice things in practice."

That wasn't even mentioning a few who previously have impressed: two-way lineman Michael Onwenu and receiver Kekoa Crawford.

"They're all very close and getting better every day," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh also mentioned kicker Quinn Nordin. He also said a handful of upperclassmen came up and said they appreciated the competition in practice as they felt it pushed them to be better players.

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