DETROIT – Tyrone Wheatley Jr. had the play of the day – and it wasn’t even close.
In one swoop, Wheatley Jr., all 6-foot-6, 280-pounds of him, ran up the middle, gathered in a one-handed catch from Brandon Peters, then sprinted another 40 yards for the 70 yard catch and run touchdown.
A true display of athleticism by the tight end even his father – former Michigan great and current running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley – can be proud of.
Wheatley Jr., who was injured most of his redshirt freshman season last year, looked like a “mountain” amongst his fellow Wolverine teammates on Saturday, and drew praise from U-M coach Jim Harbaugh afterwards for his play.
“That was a heck of a play by both him and Brandon,” Harbaugh said of Wheatley Jr.’s 70 yard catch and run. “It was good see (him) make a play. Good to see Ty do that. It was nice finish on that play as well.”
Gentry Adjusting to TE
Former quarterback Zack Gentry made the switch to tight end this spring. And so far, the 6-foot-7, 244-pounder is making good strides at his new positions, says Harbaugh.
“I really have (seen growth in Gentry),” Harbaugh said of his redshirt freshman tight end. “I’ve seen so many times with young players the more aware that they become, the more they understand what their assignment is and they grow and understand their technique in learning the position. Then their athletic ability can come out so much more.
“That’s taking place. He’s really doing a fine job. That’s means a lot to him. He’s competing like the dickens, doing good.”
Are the offensive and defensive lines going to be a strength for U-M heading into this fall?
Well, Harbaugh seems to think so.
“I feel like we are real experienced in the lines, good at those positions,” Harbaugh said. “We got some good guys coming in too, more good guys coming in this freshman class. I think that’s a positive for this team.”
Freddy Canteen is out with a shoulder surgery, says Harbaugh Harbaugh, who also noted Jaron Dukes’ career is now over at Michigan.
“Freddy underwent surgery the other day on his shoulder,” Harbaugh said. “Jaron is going to medically retire.”
However, Harbaugh wouldn’t confirm Canteen’s future on the team till he says when he receives more medical information on Canteen’s injury, then he says will update his roster status.
Harbaugh confirmed Maurice Ways has a broken foot, and will be out for the foreseeable future.
“Mo caught a touchdown pass and a freak thing happened, he fell on his foot,” Harbaugh said. “It looks like he going to need surgery on his fifth metacarpal in his foot. He will probably be out three or four months.”
Harbaugh confirmed Reon Dawson would also pursue his medical hardship waiver, as well.