UA Game: Jared Wangler Near 100-Percent

2014 Michigan linebacker commitment Jared Wangler isn't playing in Thursday's Under Armour All-America Game but made it into town Tuesday to hang out with future teammates and take in the experience. GBW with more on his health.

ORLANDO—When 2014 Michigan linebacker commitment Jared Wangler accepted his Under Armour All-America jersey this fall it was supposed to be different.

Wangler was supposed to be running through drills with linebackers and looking to intercept his future teammate, quarterback Wilton Speight.

Instead, a late season shoulder injury shelved Wangler for a little over a month’s time and kept him out of the week of practice at the Wide World of Sports and for Thursday’s game at Tropicana Field.

“It’s still recovering,” Wangler said Tuesday. “I’m at probably about 75 or 80-percent. I can’t really run full speed yet. We didn’t want to take a chance of hurting it more.

“I talked to the Michigan coaches and they said they don’t want me playing if I’m not 100-percent, so. You can still rehab it and I’m doing physical therapy and all that stuff.”

“It’ll probably about another couple weeks or so. Two or three weeks.”

Despite having to spend all of his time on the sideline throughout the three hour practice session amidst the on, again off again sunny weather, Wangler made the most of it, catching up with fellow Wolverine linebacker commitment Michael Ferns.

“It’s been fun,” Wangler said. “I’ve been hanging out with Mike and we watched Wilton throw it around, A.J. McCarron, it’s been fun talking to the guys and stuff. It’s a cool experience.”

Added Wangler, “That’s a big thing, everyone getting close and talking and stuff. That’s a good part of this, you get to see everyone and be around and stuff.”

Having a unique perspective of Michigan’s Saturday night loss to Kansas State, being the brother of freshman walk-on receiver Jack and also a friend and former high school teammate of Shane Morris who made his first career start.

Though the Wolverines came up on the losing end of things, Wangler liked what he saw from No. 7 under center.

“It was really exciting cause some people were kind of hating on him like he wasn’t going to do well,” Wangler said. “But we were all happy he did well.

“I talked to him before and he was pretty confident going into the game so I didn’t think he was going to do bad.”

Still a few weeks away from resuming his regular workout routine, Wangler is ready to put in the time in the weight room over the next few months.

“Straight shoulders,” Wangler said jokingly when asked what he’ll focus most on. “No, I have speed training I’ve been going to and after physical therapy I’ll be getting back into big upper body lifts too.”

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