Two Michigan players with noticeable progress this offseason

Two Michigan players with noticeable progress this offseason

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Two Michigan players with noticeable progress this offseason


As seen on Michigan football’s official social media, two Wolverines have made significant gains in spring/summer conditioning. According to WolverinesWire’s sources, they’re not just bigger — they’re faster than ever.


Two Michigan players with noticeable progress this offseason

If increased size and speed will help the maize and blue in 2018, expect to see big things from these two Wolverines.

Last week, the official Michigan football Twitter account posted some behind-the-scenes shots of the team engrossed in the new summer condition program, which recently kicked off.

With said tweet, fans and media members alike fawned over the progress of some of the Wolverines, one of which whose size seemed to have been significantly increased.

After speaking with some sources close to the program, WolverinesWire has an update on how much those two players have gained.

senior rb karan higdon

This picture of Higdon actually made the rounds after being posted to Michigan football’s Instagram story last week.

After speaking with well-placed sources, we’re told that the fourth-year running back is up to 203 lbs. after having played the bulk of 2017 at 190 lbs. (which is what he’s listed at on the official spring roster).

Aside from being noticeably bigger, sources say that Higdon has actually exhibited increased speed and agility this spring.

In 2017, Higdon narrowly missed becoming Michigan’s first 1,000 yard rusher from the RB position since 2011, when Fitzgerald Toussaint posted 1,041 yards in 12 games. Higdon played in 13 games last season, and managed 994 yards and 11 touchdowns.

rs sophomore cb David long

The other Wolverine who has shown significant increased size is cornerback David Long, who is listed on the spring roster at 187 lbs. Per our sources, Long is reportedly up to 195 lbs., and likewise has shown increased speed and agility, as well.

Long is frequently touted by scouting site Pro Football Focus as having the lowest passer rating when targeted in all of college football, allowing a meager number of 11.9.

Additionally, per PFF, Long is fourth nationally in targets-per-snap, having allowed a reception per every 26.9 snaps in coverage, and, again, is tops in the nation having only allowed 0.36 yards per snap in coverage.

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