David Long, Zach Gentry announce for NFL Draft
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

The Wolverines received good news for the future of the secondary early in the week with Lavert Hill and Josh Metellus announcing their return for another season. On Wednesday though, things swung in the opposite direction with pair revealing their plans to depart early. Cornerback David Long and tight end Zach Gentry each announced plans to declare for the NFL Draft.

Starting in 25 games over the last two season, Long racked up 38 tackles, including two for a loss, broke up 14 passes and pulled down three interceptions.

With his departure, and primary backup Brandon Watson using up his eligibility, the Wolverines will likely turn to Ambry Thomas as the next man up at the position.

Gentry entered Michigan as a quarterback, but quickly moved to tight end, redshirting his first season, then playing a limited role the next year. He emerged as a major contributor in 2017, catching 17 passes, then improved on that mark with 32 receptions for 514 yards and two touchdowns in the fall.

With Gentry’s departure, Nick Eubanks and Sean McKeon will likely be the beneficiaries of greater playing time, both having seen extensive work on the field already. The Wolverines may also be able to turn to current true freshmen Mustapha Muhammad and Luke Schoonmaker, who redshirted their first year.

 
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