Michigan starting right tackle Jalen Mayfield has been cleared by the NCAA to return to the team.
Mayfield had opted out shortly after the Big Ten announced Aug. 11 that fall sports, including football, was postponed, and signed with an agent. But after the Big Ten recently decided to play an eight-game schedule with a plus-one cross-over game beginning Oct. 24, Mayfield decided to return, an enormous boost to the offensive line that lost four starters from last year.
“Jalen Mayfield did submit a waiver to be able to come back and play and that waiver has been granted,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday night on the “Inside Michigan Football” radio show. “There’s a few stipulations he has to do, but that waiver has been granted that he can return.”
Receiver Nico Collins and cornerback Ambry Thomas also opted out. Jon Jansen, who hosts the show, asked their status.