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March 2020 Issue

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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GOING THE DISTANCE Michigan signee Kalel Mullings (No. 20) was a two-way standout on the prep level, scoring 26 touchdowns as a senior on offense and being nominated for the 2019 High School Butkus Award, annually given to the nation's top linebacker. So it shouldn't be a surprise that when he got his hands on the ball in the All-American Bowl he did something special with it in front of a national audience on the NBC telecast. Following a blocked extra point in the third quarter, the four-star linebacker picked it up and returned it 80-plus yards for the two-point conversion. That brought the East squad within six, at 20-14, although the West eventually pulled away for a 33-20 victory. Mullings finished the contest with the two-point conversion, broke up a pass and also had a big tackle at the goal line to prevent a touchdown. The speed and athleticism that he showed off helped indicate why he finished as U-M's top-ranked signee by this cycle, and may have even been reminiscent of another speedy four-star linebacker Jim Harbaugh and company signed: Devin Bush Jr., now with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bush was ranked No. 182 overall coming out of the high school by, while the web- site lists Mullings No. 92 in the class of 2020. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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