Harbaugh on T.C. West Alum Hayes: “One of our Best”

BIG RAPIDS — Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh visited Ferris State last week for the Michigan Football Showcase. While in Big Rapids, Harbaugh talked about Traverse City West alum Ryan Hayes and his role for the upcoming season.

Hayes is a two-year letterman for the Wolverines as an offensive lineman. He primarily played tight end and defensive end for the Titans in high school, but made the switch in college.

He appeared in 12 games along the offensive line in 2019, his sophomore season, and then started two games at left tackle against Michigan State and Minnesota last season.

This year, Harbaugh will rely on Hayes more.

“He’s won that job as a starting left tackle. I expect big things from Ryan Hayes,” Harbaugh said. “His development, he came on the scene fast, worked for everything he got, and just keeps getting better and better. From a leadership standpoint, from an effort standpoint, from a caring standpoint, he’s one of our best.”

Michigan’s first game will be at home on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 12 p.m. against Western Michigan.

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