Michigan offensive lineman David Dawson announced shortly after the Wolverines’ Orange Bowl loss to Florida State he would seek a home elsewhere, and now he has found that home.
Dawson announced Sunday through his Twitter account he will undergo a graduate transfer to Iowa State for the 2017 season.
“I would like to thank God for granting me another opportunity to play the game that I love and also allowing me to meet such a great staff and team at Iowa State!,” he wrote. “I’m proud to announce that I will finish my college career in Ames, IA.”
Dawson was a career reserve in Ann Arbor, logging 12 career games in maize and blue, according to MLive.
The Cyclones can use all the help they can get, though. Iowa State finished 80th nationally in yards per carry and tied for 97th in sacks allowed in 2016, and lose four offensive line starters to graduation.
Former Michigan running back and current running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley could be heading back to the NFL. According to a report from The Sporting News, Wheatley is expected to be joining the coaching staff of the Jacksonville Jaguars under new head coach and former head coach of Syracuse Doug Marrone.
Wheatley previously worked with Marrone at Syracuse and with the Buffalo Bills before returning to his alma mater to join the coaching staff under Jim Harbaugh. Since his return to Michigan, Wheatley has been praised as a talented recruiter, perhaps one of the best in the country. His departure for the NFL, however, is not a finalized deal at this time, although it has been reported the Jaguars have shown interest.
Wheatley’s son, Tyrone Wheatley Jr., currently plays tight end for the Wolverines.
The latest addition to Jim Harbaugh‘s staff is officially official.
Following up on reports that have been simmering for a few days now, UM confirmed Thursday that Pep Hamilton has been hired as the Wolverines’ assistant head coach and passing-game coordinator. The release also stated that “Hamilton will work with the Wolverines’ quarterbacks and wide receivers on a daily basis.”
Hamilton replaces Jedd Fisch, who left Ann Arbor earlier this year to take over as the offensive coordinator at UCLA.
“Pep Hamilton is a proven, outstanding football coach, husband and father,” said Harbaugh. “His teaching and mentoring skills have produced quality athletes and quality young men, including some of the finest quarterbacks and wide receivers in the country. We are thrilled and excited to have Pep and Nicole and their children — April, Jackson and Elizabeth — as members of our Michigan family.”
“It is an honor and privilege to be part of one of the most storied programs in college football history,” said Hamilton. “I look forward to working with Coach Harbaugh and members of the staff at Michigan. I am excited to get to work meeting our players so that I can assist with their development on the field and in the university community.”
Hamilton, of course, has a previous working relationship with his new boss, having served on Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford. This past season, Hamilton was the top offensive assistant with the Cleveland Browns.
If anything, Jim Harbaugh can now officially field one full side of a seven-on-seven drill.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the 53-year-old Michigan head coach took to Twitter to announce the arrival of his fourth son and seventh child. The child, named after Harbaugh’s brother, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, was a bit anxious to arrive as the coach’s wife, Sarah, wasn’t due until Feb. 6.
Jim and Sarah Harbaugh now have four children together — Addison, Katherine, Jack and John. The other three children, Grace, James Jr. and Jay, are from Harbaugh’s first marriage.
Jay Harbaugh serves as the Wolverines’ tight ends coach as well as one of the two special teams coaches.
Most observers at both the collegiate and NFL levels expected Jabrill Peppers to make this his last season at the former level. Tuesday, the Michigan defensive back confirmed as much.
Peppers confirmed to SI.com that he is leaving the Wolverines to enter the NFL draft. According to the player, he met with his family in New Jersey and informed head coach Jim Harbaugh of his decision at a meeting Monday.
It also comes nearly two weeks after he sat out the Orange Bowl because of a hamstring issue.
“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” Peppers told the website. “I’m choosing between cementing my legacy as a college player and starting my pro legacy. It’s something you dream of when you were a kid. I was torn between the two.”
The 2016 winner of the Paul Hornung Award for best all-around player in college football, Peppers was also a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award ((best defensive player) and Maxwell Award (best player). He was also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, finishing fifth in this past year’s voting.
Peppers played 933 snaps in 12 games during the regular season — 726 on defense, 53 on offense and 154 on special teams. The junior played those 933 snaps at 15 different positions.
While mock drafts almost universally have him slotted inside their Top 15, just where Peppers will line up at the next level is still to be determined.