<
>

Michigan musings: Kevin Grady practices

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Just got back from watching about 70 minutes of Michigan's first practice, including the first six periods. We saw more than I thought, but you can't take too much away from it.

The biggest news was that reserve running back Kevin Grady participated in the workout despite being suspended from the team following a drunken driving arrest July 2.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez will address Grady's situation when he meets with the media around 5:45 p.m. ET. Rodriguez said at Big Ten media days that Grady had been suspended and had to meet certain demands to get reinstated. It appears as though he's met them.

"It's kind of on a week-by-week basis on him getting back," Rodriguez said July 24. "He has to do certain things internally within the program to get back on the team. And then once he does that, there will be some playing-time penalties as well and then he's on a strict kind of a watch. He has to earn his way on the team, and we'll take it from there."

Grady, who police said had a blood-alcohol level of 0.281 at the time of his arrest, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge July 9. His next court date is set for Aug. 14, and he faces up to 93 days in jail if convicted.

The 5-foot-9, 228-pound Grady worked alongside Brandon Minor, Carlos Brown, Sam McGuffie and the other backs.

Other observations:

  • True freshman quarterback Justin Feagin already has changed numbers twice, so it was hard to spot him right away. Some of us thought safety Stevie Brown was taking snaps at quarterback until informed Feagin now wears No. 3 after previously donning Nos. 14 and 5. Feagin and Brown are among several pairs wearing the same number.

  • Feagin's speed is immediately noticeable, and he looked comfortable running some of the basic option pitches and throws in the spread offense. My guess is he'll be used to run some option this fall.

  • Four players rotated at quarterback -- Steven Threet, Nick Sheridan, David Cone and Feagin. Brown, a quarterback in high school who ran the spread, also took some snaps after missing the spring with a broken finger. Threet has a smooth throwing motion and excellent size, but he's not the fastest quarterback on the field. Both Threet and David Cone tower above Feagin and Nick Sheridan, who looked a bit shaky on some of his passes.

  • The media entered the sweltering practice field to the sweet sounds of Motown, being played from a golf cart driven by a team official. Like many teams, Michigan blares music to simulate crowd noise. We were treated to Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet it is" and several other hits.

  • Tight end Carson Butler looks great, slimmer and stronger. He should be a major asset for Rodriguez and the new starting quarterback.

  • Sophomore Toney Clemons stood out among the wide receivers. He's got excellent size (6-foot-3) and should be able to stretch the field. I made a point to watch freshman Darryl Stonum, who drew praise from offensive coordinator Calvin Magee following an out route. I was also impressed with LaTerryal Savoy, who has good size.

  • Rodriguez spent most of the media viewing period with the offense, primarily watching the four quarterbacks. He also worked with a group of wide receivers on how to read different coverages. After Threet ran an option play, Rodriguez went over and told him to take a different angle.

  • Almost no one was watching the defense, and I fell victim to it a little bit. But the first-team defensive line -- ends Tim Jamison and Brandon Graham, and tackles Terrance Taylor and Will Johnson -- looked good. Taylor is a big, big boy.

  • Freshman Michael Shaw seemed to be getting a lot of work at wide receiver. It's a little weird to see No. 20 in maize and blue who isn't Mike Hart.

  • We were greeted by new strength coach Mike Barwis as we entered the practice field. Yes, his voice really does sound like that.

  • Walking through Michigan's weight room on the way out, I stopped to check out the team-high totals for several categories. Johnson tops the bench-press chart at 500 pounds, Taylor squatted a team-best 625 pounds and cornerback Morgan Trent ran a 4.13 in the 40-yard dash.

Check back later as Rodriguez and several players address the media.