With Michigan’s 135th year of football now underway, U-M coach Brady Hoke announced a new wrinkle to Michigan’s schedule during fall camp, when he said the Wolverines will host an open scrimmage to the public on Aug. 16 at Michigan stadium.
“Exited about what we’re going [with] something new this camp,” Hoke said. “On the [Aug. 16] we’re going to have an open scrimmage in the Big House. It will be part practice, but a lot of scrimmage [at 8 p.m.] at night, getting ready for a night game. And also, I think it’s good and healthy for our guys to get in front of people.”
Hoke says the plan is to start at 8 p.m. Also, the night practice will give the Wolverines a chance to practice at night before they travel to Notre Dame and Rutgers for road night contests. U-M also plays host to Penn State on Oct. 11 for its third ever night game.
“They want to play in front of people,” Hoke said. “So let’s have them play in front of people. And I think with the mindset that they have, and how will go in, a little bit is for night game purposes. You at least want to be in the stadium a little bit before then.”
Delano Hill is Out
Hoke says sophomore safety Delano Hill is out with a broken jaw. Hoke said Hill “bumped” into another player during a practice.
“Delano Hill broke his jaw last two weeks of summer,” Hoke said. “And he’ll be out. He could be ready for Appalachian State [on Aug. 30.]. We’ll just see, where he is doing alternate conditioning right now. It’s too early to determine where he’ll be.
“He’s running, he’s lifting, he’s doing all that. We’re just not going to put him in there where he has a chance of having contact or a collision.” With Hill questionable to compete against App State, Hoke said Brandon Watson, Jeremy Clark, Dymonte Thomas and Jarrod Wilson are taking most the snaps at the two safety positions.
“I think there is a couple guys who could do both,” Hoke said. “Jarrod [Wilson] can do both for sure. I think Dymonte Thomas could for sure. We’re trying to be more specific with the strong and free or the open and closed. However you look at it.”
However, Hoke made it clear freshman Jabrill Peppers won’t be playing any safety anytime soon.
“Right now it’s strictly keeping him at nickel,” Hoke said, when asked on the possibility of Peppers playing safety. “That’s a unique position. I think the positive thing is he a pretty good athlete. He’s got good recovery skills. So he may take a step the wrong way. He’s go makeup speed. He’s physical. And he’s instinctive. So those things all help.
“So there is enough on his plate.”
Preparing for App State
“We’ve broken every opponent down through the summer,” Hoke said. “We will start game planning, believe me, there is some game planning going in daily. It’s refreshing because both sides of the ball, there is little tidbits that Appalachian State does that our offense does or our defense does. … There are something’s we have already started working on. But it will be about eight days from now when we really focus in and trading scout teams and all that kind of thing.”
Hoke said they will used shoulder pads today and on Thursday. He said they will wear full pads on Friday.
Hoke noted that Drake Johnson, Ondre Pipkins, Erik Magnuson and Joey Burzynski are all fully healthy. He noted Jake Butt is not fully healthy, but is trying to get on the field.