Jim Harbaugh thinks Isaiah Livers should give football a try at Michigan
Jim Harbaugh is always looking to put talent on the football field. And the fifth-year Michigan head coach might be poaching John Beilein’s squad to find his next tight end.
In a recent episode of Harbaugh’s “Attack Each Day” podcast, the head coach talked about the sixth man of the Wolverines’ basketball team, Isaiah Livers. Harbaugh thinks that Livers could have a potential in football, and has extended an invitation for him to give tight end a try.
“You mention basketball players that like to play football, I like basketball a lot, too,” Harbaugh said. “I’ll just put this out there: if Isaiah Livers is a basketball player that likes to watch football, at some point, I’d love to get him an opportunity to play football! Isaiah Livers, the sixth-man on our basketball team here at Michigan right now – tight end would be a heckuva position (for him).”
According to the Michigan basketball website, Livers is listed as a 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward. That’s an excellent size for the tight end position. And considering his athleticism, he might be able to make an impact for the Wolverines’ offense.
This season, Livers is averaging 7.3 points per game and four rebounds per game. He’s in his sophomore season and has been a key for Michigan off the bench.
Whether or not Livers has any interest in pursuing a career on the football field is unknown, but it wouldn’t be the first time a basketball star shifted to tight end. NFL players like Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham and Tony Gonzalez all made the transition from the hardwood to the gridiron.
Harbaugh’s extended the invitation. It’ll be interesting to see if Livers gives it a shot.