devin gardner michigan 
Most eyes were on #7, that’s QB Devin Gardner of course

What a great day and I couldn’t resist swinging by to check out the first practice of the year out at Schembechler Hall.  

Big news?  QB Nick Sheridan is hanging up the cleats and Rodriguez advised he intends pursue coaching.  He’s got a semester or so of work left and I guess he can’t technically be an assistant until he finishes up.  Sheridan was watching practice today and I’m going to try to do an interview in the next couple weeks.  Stay tuned.

Anyway, here’s a few photos from the big day.  Rodriguez spoke to the media for about 10 minutes and eventually we got to head outside to watch 4 “periods” (5-8) of practice:

ryan van bergen ESPNJoe Schad of ESPN interviews Ryan Van Bergen


fred jackson michigan playersFred Jackson coaching up the backs

wolverines spring pratice Calvin Magee works with the backs as well


denard robinson 
Denard Robinson warms up.  Rodriguez admitted that they’ll be doing “different things” with #16, “moving him around.”  RR hinted that this would be at WR.

defense michiganThe guys wearing blue are the defense.  Here the corners working on getting low.

ricky leach and former players

That’s Ricky Leach (holding his lucky blue jacket) along with some former players.

010 - sled

 hitting the sled

 leap drill

 michigan quarterbacks


I know this is what you want:

devin gardner throws

devin gardner throws

 devin gardner throws


  1. Gardner has Pryor’s same arm-punt throwing motion, with less size and speed

  2. @Matt
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