|Harbaugh reveals team’s top pre-spring performers|
|Written by Matt Pargoff|
The Wolverines don’t start spring practice for one more week, but that doesn’t mean the team has been resting easy since the end of the season. With winter conditioning wrapping up, players underwent a testing combine to see the progress they made and how they stack up. Head coach Jim Harbaugh revealed the team’s top performers on Thursday.
In his tweet revealing the news, Harbaugh singled out defensive end Rashan Gary and running back Chris Evans, but others such as offensive linemen Jon Runyan Jr., quarterback Brandon Peters, wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and more had strong showings.
Gary was the winner in five testing categories for defensive linemen, running the 40-yard dash in an amazing 4.57 seconds. To put that in perspective, the sophomore defensive end was just 0.05 seconds slower than the team’s top cornerbacks and faster than any running back. Chase Winovich won the other the testing categories for defensive linemen, including an impressive 4.09 second showing in the 20-yard shuttle.
Sophomores David Long and Lavert Hill tied for fastest defensive back on the team, each running the 40 in 4.52 seconds. Long also had the top 200-yard shuttle and broad jump, while early enrollee freshmen Benjamin St-Juste ran the best 20-yard shuttle and L-drill. Of note on the listing, sophomore Josh Metellus was included among the defensive backs – registering the top powerball throw – after starting at strong side linebacker in the Orange Bowl for an injured Jabrill Peppers.
Noah Furbush recorded the top mark in three spots for linebackers, running the 40 in 4.63 seconds, while also winning the 200-yard shuttle and L-drill.
On the offensive side of the ball, Evans claimed the top spot in seven of the eight drills tested. Runyan matched that accomplishment among offensive linemen, with only early enrollee Cesar Ruiz breaking his string of success, winning the 20-yard shuttle. Former quarterback Zach Gentry won four events for tight ends.
Among wide receivers, Peoples-Jones was the top performer in four areas, with the former five-star prospect registering a team-best 4.41 in the 40, a team best 39-inch vertical jump, a team best 11-0.5 in the broad jump, while falling just 0.01 seconds behind St-Juste for the top 20-yard shuttle.