Saline LB excited about chance to walk-on at Michigan

Saline LB excited about chance to walk-on at Michigan


Saline LB excited about chance to walk-on at Michigan


Chris Terech had no problem waiting.

The Saline senior had scholarship offers from Division II schools, interest from the MAC and even a spot as a preferred walk-on at Northwestern.

But he waited for Michigan and, his wait paid off this winter. At a meeting with new U-M coach Jim Harbaugh in mid-February, Harbaugh was far more intrigued with Terech’s plans to be an engineer than his linebacker skills. On Tuesday, Terech attended spring practice and told Harbaugh that he would join the team as a preferred walk-on.

The response was perfect, Terech said, as Harbaugh told him he will be able to compete for a position.

“That’s a huge thing; he’s all about guys who work hard and are smart football players, and that’s what he told me he loved about me,” Terech, a 2014 Free Press Dream Teamer, said today. “It’s his history. He plays the players who work the hardest, whether or not you’re on scholarship. I’m excited to play for a coach who’s not going to overlook me because I’m not on scholarship.”

A receiver until he outgrew the position (6-feet-2, 225 pounds), Terech fits the Harbaugh mold of a player who blossomed late, was underrecruited and has room to improve. Despite his lack of experience, Terech made 151 total tackles, including 93 solos and 10 for loss, two sacks and forced three fumbles last season on a team that reached the Division 1 state championship game.

He said Harbaugh’s eyes were enough to convince him that the U-M program will be a winner.

It helped that Terech is a lifelong U-M fan, attending the No. 1 vs. No. 2 game against Ohio State in 2006 in Columbus and sitting through the 2007 Appalachian State loss at the Big House.

When he was young, his grandmother asked him whether he’d ever play at U-M “in kind of a kidding manner. … I remember looking at her and telling her I would play there. She looked at my parents and laughed. They all laughed. But I think the little 6-year-old me knew — one day.”

Rudock visiting: and 247Sports reported that Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock will visit Michigan this week, and 247 said that Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz will release him to U-M if he decides that’s where he wants to spend his fifth year as a graduate transfer.

Rudock, who has the U-M staff’s most coveted QB traits of accuracy and few turnovers, would be the sixth scholarship quarterback for next fall, though transfer John O’Korn will not be eligible to play until 2016.

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