The Wolverine

Sept 2023

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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42 THE WOLVERINE ❱ SEPTEMBER 2023 BY ANTHONY BROOME T he 2022 recruiting class had its share of contributors during its true freshman season, but 2023 should be when we start to get an idea of the strength of this group. So far, the retention rate has been positive with 20 of the class's 23 players sticking around into Year 2. Here is a breakdown of what each player has done to this point: Recruiting Name Pos. Stars ZEKE BERRY S ★★★★ Berry made two appearances last season and had 1 tackle for loss. Following R.J. Moten's trans- fer this offseason and with a strong performance in fall camp, he is expected to move into a larger role in the safety room. DARRIUS CLEMONS WR ★★★★ He played in 11 games last season and recorded his first career reception for 7 yards, also contrib- uting on special teams. Clemons will be given a chance to rotate in at wide receiver this fall with snaps up for grabs. JAYDEN DENEGAL QB ★★★ After appearing in one game last season, Dene- gal is not expected to factor into the backup QB race. He will be a key member of the scout team. DAMANI DENT S ★★★ Dent did not see game action last year and trans- ferred to Charlotte this offseason. ANDREW GENTRY OT ★★★★ He played in three games last season and earned Special Teams Freshman of the Game at Rutgers. Gentry, who joined the 2022 class after a two-year church mission, is projected to compete for a starting role in 2024. MASON GRAHAM DL ★★★★ Graham appeared in all 14 games last season 2022 CLASS REVIEW READY TO SHINE 2022 Recruiting Class Is Expected To Slide Into Larger Roles Defensive tackle Mason Graham shared U-M's Defensive Rookie of the Year award (with cor- nerback Will Johnson) a year ago and is primed for an even bigger role as a sophomore. PHOTO COURTESY MICHIGAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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