ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With Michigan football spring practices less than a month away, third-year coach Jim Harbaugh provided updates on several players Tuesday night.
Harbaugh met with a handful of reporters following Michigan’s Mock Rock, where he judged members of Michigan’s athletic teams performing and lip syncing, an annual event that this year raised money for Fresh Start Clubhouse, an Ann Arbor-based organization that works with adults with mental illnesses.
Harbaugh confirmed that freshman tight end Devin Asiasi is transferring. Though he said Asiasi will leave the program in good standing, Harbaugh wouldn’t elaborate on Asiasi’s departure.
“He’s doing great in school; he’s doing great in football,” Harbaugh said. “We wish him well.”
Harbaugh said offensive lineman Grant Newsome, who sustained a season-ending right knee injury in October against Wisconsin, is working out and “getting around good.”
“He’s making strides, he’s tough as a 2-dollar steak, but doing it with an incredible attitude,” Harbaugh added. “Do not count him out. Optimistic. He’ll play again.”
Harbaugh doesn’t know if running back Drake Johnson will get a sixth year of eligibility. Johnson did not play in any games last season because of leg and hamstring injuries. Harbaugh said prior to the Orange Bowl that Michigan would appeal for a sixth year for Johnson.
Harbaugh also provided an update on his son, John, who was born last month.
“He’s great!” Harbaugh said. “He’s doing great. He’s been home for a couple weeks, and he’s doing good.”