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Lavert Hill (24) and the rest of the Michigan secondary will be joined by former wide receiver Drake Harris in 2017.

What Drake Harris’ move to secondary means for Michigan, a big tally for ChadTough and more

Kevin Goheen

Wake up, University of Michigan fans, and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize and Blue, your favorite team.

Today is Tuesday, May 16, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…


Michigan’s defensive secondary has gotten an addition in the form of former wide receiver Drake Harris, according to the redshirt junior. Harris, a Grand Rapids native who has 8 career catches for 50 yards, made the announcement via his Twitter account Monday.

Michigan has yet to release a roster from the spring heading into the 2017 season, let alone a depth chart, but this is a move that makes sense from a couple of different perspectives.

First, you can never have enough defenders who can cover receivers. Michigan lost all four starters from last season’s secondary, and Harris brings an interesting skill set with his 6-foot-4, 188-pound frame. Second, the influx of five freshmen wide receivers would cut down on Harris’ opportunities to play on the offensive side of the ball.

Sophomores Lavert Hill and David Long, freshmen Benjamin St-Juste and Ambry Thomas, and redshirt junior Brandon Watson will be higher up the depth chart than Harris, but he has potential to improve his standing more so than at receiver. Players switching positions during their college careers is a common situation, and it can produce tremendous results for the team and player.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was at Stanford in 2009 when a wide receiver named Richard Sherman was moved to defensive back during spring drills as a redshirt junior. That worked out pretty well.

To say Drake Harris will turn into the next Richard Sherman is premature, to say the least, but it’s a move worth watching.

Big tally

The ChadTough Foundation had a goal of raising $750,000 at its inaugural Champions for Change Gala last Saturday night at Michigan’s Al Glick Fieldhouse. It reached that goal, and then some, according to ESPN College Game Day reporter Gene Wojciechowski, who was the emcee of the event.

The foundation and Michigan have built a strong bond the past two years, a bond that includes the support of Harbaugh and his wife, Sarah.

Never out of character

Speaking of the Michigan football coach, Harbaugh showed up for Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference final between Pittsburgh and Ottawa Monday night at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. If he had a rooting interest, he didn’t show it. Harbaugh was wearing his customary khakis, Michigan sweater and ball cap.

The Penguins evened the series at 1-1 with a 1-0 win. Former Michigan forward Carl Hagelin is on the Pittsburgh roster.

Breakfast links

  • The Michigan-Ohio State game, as well as other important games involving Big Ten teams, will be broadcast by FOX Sports next season.
  • Big Ten ADs began two days of meetings Monday in Chicago. Ohio State’s Gene Smith had no problem with Michigan’s trip to Italy.
  • One item to come out of those meetings on Monday was the lack of foresight conference leaders seemingly had to the “blowback” they received after announcing plans for Friday night games. Who would’ve guessed?
  • Sophomore Nick Carlson and senior Bryce Evon had good first rounds in the NCAA golf regional in Sammamish, Wash., near Seattle.