Michigan star quarterback Drew Henson missed football practice yesterday because he was in Florida getting a physical with the New York Yankees.
Henson, who was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Yankees yesterday, has doubled as Michigan”s starting quarterback during the fall and as a minor league thirdbaseman for the Yankees and Reds for the last three seasons.
The Yankees hope to sign Henson to a multi-year contract in the area of four to five million per year. The contract would decree that he give up football, a baseball official told the Associated Press yesterday.
Gearing up for their annual World Series run, the Yankees originally traded Henson to the Reds this past July for Denny Neagle. Henson speculated that he wasn”t sure whether it was baseball or the Yankees that he loved, and that he would have to rethink his priorities.
The Yankees drafted him out of high school in 1998.
Henson passed for over 2,100 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2000. Should he stay, he”s considered a Heisman Trophy candidate and a potential first-round NFL Draft pick in 2002.
Dirty dozen: Athletic Director Bill Martin said that Michigan will not be playing in one of the football preseason games.
“We aren”t going to pursue the 12th game any longer,” Martin said in a press release. “We decided it was time to move on. Our ticket renewal applications are behind and we felt that getting those to our season ticket holders was critical. The time came for us to make a decision and we felt it was in the best interests of our student-athletes, coaches and support staff to opt out of an additional game.”
Michigan will open its season against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 1.