With college football bowl season coming to a close, top programs are starting to find out where their top NFL Draft-eligible players stand. Today, a pair of Michigan football players announced that their college careers have come to a close.
Michigan definitely didn’t end the season the way it wanted.
The Wolverines were squarely in the College Football Playoff picture until late in the season, when they were blasted by arch-rival Ohio State 62-39.
Weeks later, in the Peach Bowl on Saturday afternoon, Dan Mullen’s Florida team rolled Michigan 41-15.
It was Michigan’s first ever loss to the Gators.
Now, two Wolverines are on their way to the pros.
Michigan football cornerback David Long announced that he is heading to the NFL Draft, while tight end Zach Gentry has reportedly made the same choice.
Long, a first-team All-Big Ten performer, made the announcement himself, posting a letter to Michigan fans on Twitter.
— David Long Jr. (@dljxxii) January 2, 2019
From the letter:
Being a student-athlete at Michigan has been one of the greatest honors of my life. From the day I stepped foot on campus in Ann Arbor, I have felt everything that makes this place so unique and special.
I am grateful for Coach Harbaugh for giving me the opportunity to experience this tremendous journey. I am grateful to Coach Brown, Coach Zordich and all of the coaches that have positively impacted my life in such a powerful way.
I am forever indebted to my teammates who have made every bead of sweat, every drop of blood and every exhausted breath, worth it. We are, and forever will be, family.
Lastly, thank you to all of the incredible Michigan Wolverine fans. Your endless supports is felt on every field during every player in every game. A most sincere, thank you.
I know that great things are ahead for Michigan football. I also know that my ultimate dream has always been to play in the NFL. As such, I am choosing to pursue that dream and officially declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. I have enjoyed every moment of my time at Michigan and will continue to be a proud Michigan supporter until the end of time.
Thank you and Go Blue!
-David Long, #22
Gentry’s declaration is being reported by Rivals.
TheWolverine.com has confirmed that redshirt junior tight end Zach Gentry will enter the 2019 NFL draft, and forego his fifth-year senior season in Ann Arbor.
Gentry had an outstanding 2018 campaign, hauling in 514 yards (third most on the team) and two touchdowns on 32 catches. His efforts earned him third-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches.
Gentry joined Michigan as a quarterback, but was moved to tight end during the spring of 2016. The pair joins star defensive lineman Rashan Gary as the Wolverines who are heading to the NFL thus far.