New Michigan Wolverines football redshirt sophomore quarterback Alan Bowman (transferred in from Texas Tech) has finally made it to campus, and included in this week’s INSIDE THE FORT is some intel on where he might stand in the pecking order at signal-caller.
More behind-the-scenes chatter has also been included on some of the staff changes head coach Jim Harbaugh made this offseason, with the coaching youth movement having drawn significant praise from insiders.
The latest intel on head basketball coach Juwan Howard’s top targets on the recruiting trail is also discussed inside.
READ THE FULL INSIDE THE FORT HERE.
A sample of what’s inside…
Starting this week’s edition with football …
Texas Tech transfer quarterback Alan Bowman arrived on campus this week with little fanfare, and that’s the way he wanted it. Bowman refused to do interviews, wanting his play to do the talking for him, but did come in prepared, having been in the playbook.
We’ve heard — not surprisingly — mixed results on what he’s brought to the table in informal workouts.
“He is on campus, and he doesn’t look bad at all,” one source said. “It should be interesting.”
Another said Bowman will be behind Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy, who continues to work on learning the playbook but has all the skills you’re looking for in a high-level quarterback, as our E.J. Holland has said repeatedly. He’s been told he’s going to play this year — how much and in what situations we don’t know — but we strongly believe he’s the future.
At the same time, we’d expect McNamara to start the opener with Western Michigan at this point, noting there are still several weeks to go before the game.
We do like what we’ve heard about the new coaching additions. Defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale was a no-brainer, fellow DBs coach Ron Bellamy told us this summer, and he’s been an outstanding fit.
“Clink was a great hire,” our source above said. “He’s really clicking with the staff, and the players really like him, also.”