Jim Harbaugh Might Leave Scholarship Players Off His 2018 Roster
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)There are currently a lot of players in Michigan’s football program. There are 154 players, to be exact (including incoming freshman, preferred walk-ons and tryout players.)That number will have to get down to 110 for fall camp. Jim Harbaugh revealed in his latest podcast that some scholarship players could be left out.A college football program is allowed to have 85 players on scholarship, so for some of those guys to not make the 110-player fall camp roster, several walk-ons would have had to pass them in Harbaugh’s eyes.That might be happening.“We posted it for the squad, so they know who was in the 110 as of June 1 and who is not in the 110 as of June 1. We do expect there will be movement, we hope it ignites competition in the summer,” Harbaugh said on his weekly podcast that was released on Tuesday. “Our guys know that 110 number is strictly based on merit. The team’s needs, talent, who is going to help at certain positions. Who the best players are.“There already are scholarship players who aren’t in the 110 and there are walk-ons, preferred walk-ons and tryout guys who are in the 110.”Harbaugh recently revealed that a walk-on running back was ahead of several former big recruits on the depth chart.It appears that Michigan has a bunch of walk-on and try-out guys playing well right now.Michigan opens its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Notre Dame.