The Wolverine

October 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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72 THE WOLVERINE OCTOBER 2016   MICHIGAN IN THE PROS Los Angeles Rams: Cut by the Eagles Sept. 3 and signed to the 1-1 Rams' practice squad Sept. 4 … He graduated from U-M and spent his fifth-year senior season at Auburn. • Devin Funchess (2012-14), WR, Carolina Panthers: Has hauled in three receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown in two games for the 1-1 Panthers. • Graham Glasgow (2012-15), C, De- troit Lions: Has played in one of two games for 1-1 Detroit. • Brandon Graham (2006-09), LB, Philadelphia Eagles: Has notched seven tackles (six solo), two sacks and one forced fumble through two games for the 2-0 Eagles. • Leon Hall (2003-06), CB, New York Giants: Notched five tackles (three solo) and a sack in a 16-13 win over New Orleans Sept. 18 … Has played in just the one game so far this year, miss- ing the first with an injury. • David Harris (2003-06), LB, New York Jets: Has notched nine tackles (six solo) and one pass broken up through two games for the 1-1 Jets. • Chad Henne (2004-07), QB, Jack- sonville Jaguars: Has yet to see action this year for the 0-2 Jaguars. • Willie Henry (2013-15), DT, Balti- more Ravens: Has yet to play this sea- son for the 2-0 Ravens. • Joe Kerridge (2012-15), FB, Wash- ington Redskins: An undrafted free agent signed to the 0-2 Redskins' prac- tice squad in his rookie year. • Taylor Lewan (2010-13), OT, Ten- nessee Titans: Has started both games this year at left tackle for 1-1 Tennessee. • Patrick Omameh (2009-12), OL, Jacksonville Jaguars: Has played in both games this season for 0-2 Jack- sonville. • Thomas Rawls (20010-13), RB, Se- attle Seahawks: Has carried 19 times for 25 yards and caught six passes for 41 yards in two games for 1-1 Seattle. • Denard Robinson (2009-12), RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Has carried four times for 14 yards and caught one pass for seven yards in two games for the 0-2 Jaguars. • Jake Rudock (2015), QB, Detroit Lions: Signed to the 1-1 Lions' prac- tice squad after playing well in the pre- season as a rookie. • Jake Ryan (2010-14), LB, Green Bay Packers: Has started two games and recorded 13 tackles (nine solo) and two passes broken up for 1-1 Green Bay. • Michael Schofield (2010-13), OG, Denver Broncos: Has started both games at right guard for the 2-0 Bron- cos. • Fitz Toussaint (2010-13), RB, Pitts- burgh Steelers: Has carried four times for 10 yards and caught one pass for nine yards in two games for 2-0 Pitts- burgh. • Jarrod Wilson (2012-15), S, Jack- sonville Jaguars: Has played in two games, but has yet to record any stats for the 0-2 Jaguars. Major League Baseball RICH HILL RETURNS FROM INJURY WITH A VENGEANCE Former Michigan pitcher Rich Hill's return to Major League Base- ball continues to read like a fairy tale. Only a year ago, Hill signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Inde- pendent Atlantic League after being released by the Washington Nation- als' Triple-A affiliate, and his career appeared over. He pitched 11 shutout innings with 21 strikeouts, allowing only three walks and two hits for the Ducks, to earn a minor league deal with Boston. He pitched so well in the minors that the Red Sox called him up to the major league club, where he posted a 2-1 mark with a 1.65 ERA and be- came a coveted free agent in the off- season. Oakland signed the 36-year-old and dealt him to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the trade deadline. De- spite working through blisters on his pitching hand, Hill has been one of the majors' best pitchers this year, standing 12-4 with a 2.06 ERA and 118 strikeouts as of Sept. 19. Since his return to the majors last year, Hill has a 1.74 ERA — the best in baseball over that period — in 124 innings. His comeback story came to a head in a Sept. 10 game at Miami in which he pitched seven perfect innings be- fore Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled him. Hill was reportedly "visibly upset" that he didn't get to finish, but he later said he understood the move. "I was pitching well, but that's been a pretty continuous thing throughout the season," Hill told Newsday. "I think there is a bigger picture here, and we all know what it is." It's the playoffs, and the Dodgers were first in the National League West as of Sept. 19. Hill last pitched in the postseason for the 2007 Chicago Cubs, when he started and lost game three of a Na- tional League Division Series against the Diamondbacks. "I think it's possible for anybody to go out there and chase your dream, go after what you love to do," Hill said. "If you don't love what you're doing, you're not going to be happy. You want to do what you love." CLAYTON RICHARD'S LATEST COMEBACK IS A SUCCESS Former Michigan pitcher Clayton Richard is back in San Diego after being released by the Cubs, and he's Through Sept. 19, Hill was 12-4 with a 2.06 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 18 starts this season. PHOTO COURTESY LOS ANGELES DODGERS

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