The Michigan Insider breaks down noteworthy performances and gives injury updates from Michigan's first day of practice at IMG Academy.

Day one of practice for Michigan at IMG Academy featured a healthy Jabrill Peppers playing a different role, Mason Cole sliding inside to center, standout performances from Jourdan Lewis and Channing Stribling, and more.

Michigan's Practice was broken into two sessions.  The Maize session began at 8:00 and consisted of the third and fourth stringers (so most of the young players were in that group.  They practice until loon and this were dismissed for the day and had the option of going to the beach during their free time.

The Blue session began at 10:00 am and consisted of the first and second strngers and they practiced until approximately 2:00 PM.

The coaches worked six hours straight.

The media was allowed to watch the second half of practice (11am – 2pm)

The quarterbacks all received equal reps on the day according to Harbaugh.  He was non-committal when asked if there is a current pecking order. No pecking order emerged during the three hours of practice the media witnessed. There were a lot of check downs due to the outstanding coverage.  There weren’t many instances where receivers were open in the intermediate and deep part of the field.

Jourdan Lewis was his vintage self.  I noticed one ball caught on him (a comeback route by Amara Darboh. He seemed to bait John O’Korn into a bad throw on one occasion. After taking away his man on a short route he began drifting back into the secondary and picked off O’Korn’s attempt to complete an out cut (sounded like Jedd Fisch said he should’ve thrown it sooner).

Harbaugh permitted reading into the composition of the first string line on day one. From left to right it was Grant Newsome, Ben Braden, Mason Cole, Kyle Kalis, and Erik Magnuson. Harbaugh mentioned that Cole at center wasn’t etched in stone, but he gave the impression that there was a strong likelihood.

On the injury front Jabrill Peppers showed no ill effects from his offseason hand injury and spent a great deal of time working with the linebackers. Not surprisingly Don Brown is play with five defensive backs on the field, it appears that Peppers will sometimes play the role of a traditional 4-3 outside linebacker

Bryan Mone showed no ill effects from the broken leg he suffered in fall camp. He wore no brace and appears to have shed some weight.

Jehu Chesson worked out on the side with a brace on the knee he injured in the bowl game. It's not clear where he is in his recovery, but I wouldn't be surprised if he is held out all week.

Ryan Glasgow, whose season was cut short late last year by a pectoral injury, worked out on the side as well.  At one point he put on his jersey and grabbed his helmet.  I wouldn't be surprised if he gets on the field this week.

Drake Harris didn’t practice. He was held out the first day to complete his recovery from norovirus. Reportedly has his weight up to 180-plus.

Drake Johnson practiced most of the day in a knee brace though he shed it toward the end. The senior-to-be joined the track team after the bowl game to work on speed and hurdling and didn’t wear the brace while doing so.  Wearing it now appears strictly precautionary.

Mike McCray showed no range of motion limitations from the shoulder issues he has battled since coming to Michigan. There were no restrictions placed on contact (though to reiterate, this was an un-padded practice). He looked comfortable in zone coverage on one instance broke up a pass on which Shane Morris tried to come back across the middle after scanning the field.  He also had no problem carrying tight ends to the third level.

Maurice Ways made a few nice plays including a TD

Channing Stribling had a nice day with a couple of pics

Brandon Watson also had a few pass break ups

Chase Winovich looked all of 240 lbs. and is sporting #15 now.  He has always been noted for his speed and quickness his being comfortable in coverage won’t come as a surprise.  The questions about him have always concerned how well he’d hold up at the point of attack.  He definitely looks like he’ll be able to do so. Word is he has put on 25 lbs. of muscle in the past year.

As was reported previously Tyrone Wheatley Jr.. remains at tight end. His definitely looks down from last year’s 293 lbs.

Ty Isaac looks like he has shed weight.  He is DEFINITELY down from where he was last year at this time.

Jim Harbaugh confirmed the hiring of  Brian Smith, former Eagles assistant linebackers coach and former Jets assistant DB coach.

Blake Bars and Damario Jones are not on Michigan’s spring roster.


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