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Kevin Grady

Morgan I

Antonio Bass

Mario Manningham

The Vitals

The Vitals:

Year: True Freshman
Position: Wide Receiver .
Hometown: Jackson
Height: 6-foot-2
' Weight: 191 lbs
Forty Time: 4.44 seconds
The Lowdown:
Bass was a multi-talented
quarterback at Jackson High
School. During his career,
he rushed the ball 276 times,
gaining 2,177 yards with 30
touchdowns. He also passed for
999 yards and 14 scores. During
his recruitment, the versatile ath-
lete was told he could play anything
from quarterback to safety. But after see-
ing what Michigan had to offer he chose
the Maize and Blue and switched to
wide receiver.
What he's done:
Bass is still adjusting to his new posi-
tion, but he is already paying dividends
for the Wolverines. Against Michigan
State, Bass lined up at quarterback on
Michigan's opening drive on a third-and-
five. He took the high shotgun snap and
carried the ball nine yards, getting the
first down.
What they're saying:
"He's really that guy (a playmaker). He
has great feet and quickness. Re's got to
learn the same thing I did since we played
quarterback in high school. He's been
eager and working hard, plus he's got the
size already." - Steve Breaston


The Lowdown:
Playing at football powerhouse
Warren G. Harding, Manningham
showed that he had what he takes to
be a Division I player. In his two-plus
seasons on varsity, the lightning-fast
receiver made 105 receptions for 1,883
yards and 24 touchdowns. He also showed
he could play some defense, snagging four
interceptions as a cornerback. Manningham
followed in the steps of fellow Warren G Hard-
ing graduates Prescott Burgess and Carl Diggs in
choosing Michigan.

Year: True Freshman
Position: Wide Receiver
Hometown: Warren, Ohio
Height: 6-foot-i
Weight: 185 lbs
Forty Time" 4.39 seconds

The Vitals:
Year: True Freshman
Position: Running back
Hometown: Ada
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 228 lbs
Forty time: 4.5 seconds
The Lowdown:
Grady came to Ann Arbor amid
much fanfare. The East Grand
Rapids High School alum start-
ed at running back four straight;
years and won two Division III
state championships. Grady
is best known for smashing
state records in several cat-
egories. His top-ranking
categories include carries
(1,154), rushing yards
(8,431), touchdowns (151),
scoring (924) and con-
secutive 100-yard rushing
games (24). The five-star
recruit got ahead start on his
college career by enrolling
last January.
What he's done:
Grady has been as solid as his thick
frame in his backup role in Michigan's
running back arsenal. After getting off to a
quick start with 42 yards and a touchdown
on just nine carries in his debut against
Northern Illinois, Grady was thrust into
a featured role when Mike Hart went down
early in the Notre Dame game. The untested
Grady rose to the occasion, picking up 79 yards
on 18 carries. So far this season, the stocky runner has
accumulated 210 yards and one score on 53 carries.
What they're saying:
"He's 225 pounds, so he's gonna run you over. But he's
quick, too, so he'll try to make you miss. He's a great back."
- Mike Hart

The Vitals:
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Positions: Cornerba
Hometown: Bright
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 185 lbs
Forty time: 4.4 sec

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don't think any of it wi
prise me." - Lloyd Ca

Manningham has showed that he
was ready to contribute right away.
He has already caught 11 balls
for 232 yards and three touch-
downs. His speed and quick-
ness have been an asset for
the vertical passing game
this season he has
catches of 43 and 49
yards this year. But
aside from his deep
speed, Manning-
ham also runs
precise routes.
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