Michigan cornerback Jeremy Clark has been denied a sixth year by the NCAA, according to WTKA Radio in Ann Arbor, this is a big blow to the Michigan secondary that was decimated by graduation following Michigan’s Orange Bowl loss to Florida State.
Clark suffered a torn ACL in the Penn State game and Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh had sought a medical redshirt. Clark started the first three games of the season in place of Jourdan Lewis who missed the beginning of the season with an injury.
Clark has signed with an agent and plans to play in the NFL.
Clark started seven games at corner in 2015 and three in 2016 before his injury. Clark was an important member of the Michigan secondary, battling Channing Stribling for the starting spot.
Michigan will enter the 2017 season with very little experience in the secondary minus Clark. Brandon Watson is the only experienced upperclassman returning to the position group.
Highly touted sophomore’s LaVert Hill and David long are expected to earn starting spots in 2017 while competing with Keith Washington (Redshirt sophomore) and freshman Ambry Thomas and Benjamin St-Juste.
Michigan is reportedly looking to sign one more cornerback in the class of 2017 to add more depth to the position.
Look for Long, Hill and freshman Ambry Thomas to fill out the Michigan secondary when the Wolverines face Florida in Dallas this fall.