Newsstand: Jim Harbaugh raves about Ryan Hayes on radio show

Anthony Broome11/15/22
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Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh knows a thing or two about identifying talent. Graduate left tackle Ryan Hayes, who will play his final home game as a Wolverine on Saturday vs. Illinois, was one of the program’s better finds of late.

Hayes was plucked out of Traverse City, Michigan and was a tight end in high school. Michigan saw a diamond in the rough on the offensive line, telling him to put on weight and getting him developed as a left tackle.

Now, Hayes has started 24 games over the last two seasons and has been a stalwart on the offensive line. Harbaugh took a bit of a victory lap on his identification on the Inside Michigan Football radio show this week:

“Another great for story of a tight end. Many of the doubters — even had coaches at the time here: ‘No, we can’t take him. Don’t take him and Jalen Mayfield. They’re both not big enough.’ 

‘They’re really athletic. They’re gonna be good. Trust me. You will thank me later.’ 

Chalk that one up for seeing and kind of been to that movie a few times where I knew both Jalen Mayfield and Ryan Hayes would be good players. Had a really strong feeling they would. Even many of the prognosticators and recruiting experts were doubting and the three-star, all that kind of stuff. It’s really good. 

Ryan was one of those seniors last year and leaders that I felt was such a strong leader on that team and now he is again this year. Kind of a quiet, stoic, by example. And a tremendous player. He’s been doing that again this year. Big soft spot in my heart for Ryan Hayes. Love him.

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