June 25, 2006

Michigan commitments fare well at camp

Heading into the camp, most already knew what quarterback commitment Ryan Mallett could do. The 6-6, 235-pound passer sported a Michigan winged helmet and did not disappoint with his play, throwing his signature bullet passes and shredding the gloves of a few more receivers.

He demonstrated excellent accuracy through most of the week, and unleashed his legendary arm on the final day, winning the long ball competition. As was the case a year ago, when he was going against competition that was a year ahead of him, Mallett was clearly the top signal caller at the camp.

There has been enough tape available that defensive end Ryan VanBergen's standout performance should not have been a major surprise, but it is still worth noting that he excelled in the drills.

The initial reaction of most that saw him was that he might not be as big as expected, and will probably stay at defensive end, but he had an excellent showing in the one-on-ones, beating just about every offensive lineman that he faces. That's an impressive accomplishment given the high level of talent and competition at the camp.

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