Jim Harbaugh provides update on Jalen Mayfield's eligibility following return to Michigan
Jim Harbaugh provided a positive update for Michigan’s offensive line heading into the 2020 season.
Monday, during the Inside Michigan Football show with Jon Jansen, Harbaugh said that offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield is eligible and cleared to play this fall. Mayfield had initially opted out of playing during this season when the B1G decided to postpone until spring. But with the conference’s decision to reverse course, the Michigan lineman wanted back in.
“Jalen Mayfield did submit a waiver to be able to come back and play and that waiver has been granted,” Harbaugh said, according to The Detroit News. “There’s a few stipulations he has to do, but that waiver has been granted that he can return.”
It’s big news for Michigan, which lost nearly its entire starting line to the NFL Draft following the 2019 season. While the Wolverines are still replacing nearly everyone up front, having at least some experience on the front line should help this fall.
Harbaugh said that defensive back Ambry Thomas and wide receiver Nico Collins — both have opted out, as well — have not submitted a waiver to return to the program.
Mayfield has played in 16 career games at Michigan and started in all 13 contests for the Wolverines in 2019. The team finished with a 9-4 record.
Michigan is scheduled to open the 2020 season against Minnesota.