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Michigan freshman RB Kareem Walker took reps in the return game this spring.

Walker, the top-ranked running back recruit in the country, was an early enrollee. Last year, the Wolverines relied heavily on stars DB Jabrill Peppers, WR Jehu Chesson and CB Jourdan Lewis to handle the bulk of the return duties. Jim Harbaugh and assistant special teams coach Jay Harbaugh would like to save those guys for their primary positions this fall, possibly paving the way for Walker to get onto the field early.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 27 - 7:34 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that the Wolverines "have big hopes" for the 2016 season.

"We've got big dreams. We've got lofty goals. And all those are achievable," Harbaugh told the assembled media at B1G media days. Senior CB Jourdan Lewis noted that there has been a tangible shift in energy since Harbaugh was hired last offseason. "It's definitely a culture shift, and you can feel it through Coach Harbaugh," Lewis said. "If you want to call that swagger, then yeah, he's bringing that back. And we're trying to get that tradition back." One thing will absolutely have to change if Harbaugh wants to shoot the moon this coming season -- they will actually need to defeat their biggest rivals. The Wolverines are just 1-7 in their last eight contests with Michigan State and a paltry 1-11 in their last 12 games against Ohio State. This season, they will hit the road for showdowns with both squads. Michigan State plays host on October 29 while Ohio State will do likewise on November 26.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 3:14 PM

Michigan senior CB Jourdan Lewis is playing both ways and working with QB John O'Korn in seven-on-seven drills.

"I think I'm a little Antonio Brown," Lewis said. We're still a long way off from knowing if the 5-foot-10, 176-pounder will contribute in a moonlight capacity to the Wolverines' offense this fall, but he's got the athleticism to be a weapon if it happens. Pro Football Focus graded him as the top corner in the country last year. Lewis ended up defending 20 passes to stamp his reputation as one of the nation’s premier lockdown corners. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Lewis No. 15 on his Big Board.
Jul 25 - 7:27 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compares Michigan redshirt junior WR Jehu Chesson to Mario Manningham.

"Manningham had more explosive plays on his collegiate tape, but Chesson is a more dependable target," Brugler wrote. "His development towards the end of last season signals a potential breakout senior year if he develops chemistry with Michigan's new starting quarterback." Chesson collected 50 catches for 764 yards and nine touchdowns last year to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors. "Chesson is a loose athlete with the galloping speed to easily accelerate in his routes and find open pockets in coverage," Brugler wrote. "He catches the ball well in stride with the locating skills to adjust without slamming on the breaks, creating after the catch with finishing speed and a legitimate fifth gear." Brugler does believe the receiver needs to work on his propensity to body catch and run sloppy routes.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 21 - 7:44 PM

Despite playing only 418 snaps last year, Michigan DT Maurice Hurst accrued Pro Football Focus' third-best grade (+38.0) among returning interior defensive linemen.

Hurst actually ended up ranking in the top 15 of returnees as both a pass rusher (+20.4) and against the run (+20.4). "Hurst shows the explosion to shoot gaps and the power to push the pocket while moving around on the defensive front," wrote Steve Palazzolo. Pro Football Focus ranks him as the No. 27 player in college football.
Jul 21 - 5:28 PM

ESPN's David Purdum notes that "[m]ore bets have been placed on the Michigan Wolverines to win the national title than any other team at multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks."

At the Westgate SuperBook, more money has flowed in for Michigan as a future national champion than any other team, while William Hill's Nevada book has seen 10% of all future title bets land on the Wolverines. Westgate has adjusted the Wolverines from a 15-1 title favorite to a 7-1 title favorite.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 1:33 PM

Michigan freshman WR Brad Hawkins transferred to Suffield Academy.

Hawkins will play the next season at the Connecticut prep school before reevaluating his options. He said on Twitter that he feels this is "another year to better [himself]." When the 6-foot-1, 194-pounder signed on with Michigan in February, he stood as ESPN 300's No. 193 overall prospect for the 2016 cycle. This serves as a depth blow, but Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh figured to receive the bulk of targets in 2016 prior to Hawkins' departure and that has not changed.
Jul 10 - 7:22 PM

Pro Football Focus graded out Michigan redshirt senior DL Ryan Glasgow as the No. 19 DT in the FBS at the time of his 2015 season-ending injury.

Glasgow was a 2015 All-Big Ten honorable mention, even though he went down with the injury in Week 10. He also finished last year as a 2015 Burlsworth Trophy semifinalist (given to the most outstanding player who began career as a walk-on). In only 332 snaps, Glasgow posted a crazy +17.6 grade against the run. He also had a strong +9.0 pass rush grade. Pro Football Focus pegs him as the No. 72 player in college football.
Jul 10 - 2:46 PM

Four-star 2017 T Kai-Leon Herbert committed to Michigan.

Herbert picked Michigan over the likes of Auburn, Florida, Miami and North Carolina. ESPN 300 checks him into their master list at No. 106, while Scout.com notes that the 6-foot-5, 277-pounder is a "very smart player [who] is always working to get better." Scout's team believes that Herbert "could be a true left tackle on the next level."
Source: Scout.com
Jul 7 - 1:33 PM

Michigan and Notre Dame will resume their rivalry starting in 2018.

Notre Dame will host Michigan on September 1, 2018, with Michigan returning the favor on October 26, 2019. The rivalry went dormant after the 2014 season due to Irish's need for schedule flexibility in their agreement with the ACC. In a statement, Michigan AD Warde Manuel said, "A great deal of credit goes to Coach Harbaugh and Coach Kelly for initiating the discussion of scheduling this series. This rivalry is also important for the fans of both programs, and we look forward to renewing one of college football’s great rivalries." Michigan leads the series 24-17-1. One offshoot of the renewed rivalry is that the Wolverines were forced to cancel a schedule home-and-home with Arkansas.
Jul 7 - 12:23 PM

Michigan four-star 2017 RB O'Maury Samuels' father indicated that his son was interested in potential visits to Oklahoma and TCU.

Samuels' father also named Arizona as a school making a hard push in the recruiting process. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder committed to Michigan in early April. At the Dallas regional for The Opening, Samuels fought through a hamstring injury to record the top overall ratings mark for any prospect in a The Opening regional. Among his impressive results, a 40-yard dash of 4.48 seconds and an absolutely monster vertical jump of 44.5 inches. He is looking to defend his testing title at The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Oregon, this week. His father spoke to his work ethic, saying that since that regional, "If he's not rehabbing he's working out. If he's not working out, he's rehabbing. That's pretty much all he's been doing." Samuels ranks as Scout.com's No. 23 running back prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 5 - 2:14 PM

Four-star 2017 T Andrew Stueber committed to Michigan.

Stueber opted for Michigan over the likes of Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State and Pitt. The Darien, Connecticut, native is a ginormous prospect at 6-foot-7, 290 pounds. He fails to rank on the ESPN 300, with the outlet's scouting department noting that Stueber is a "[b]it of a big fish in a smaller pond at this stage and needs to continue to develop physically and be more consistent with technique." They believe his development would benefit from a freshman redshirt in 2017.
Jul 2 - 3:49 PM

Four-star 2017 T Joel Honigford committed to Michigan.

"While the ESPN 300 big man could certainly benefit from a redshirt and some time to physically develop," ESPN's Craig Haubert wrote, "he is still a good player who could at least come in and compete and offer some depth if needed." The analyst would like to see added strength and technique, but notes that he already "display[s] good knee bend and balance." With the 6-foot-6, 250-pounder now in the fold, the Wolverines have secured commitments from eight ESPN 300 prospects (the outlet ranks Honigford No. 199). That includes four ESPN 300 names in the month of June alone.
Jun 30 - 3:55 PM

Michigan canceled its satellite camp in American Samoa due to concerns over the Zika virus.

HC Jim Harbaugh and a portion of his staff were set to host a satellite camp in American Samoa on Thursday. No longer. John Raynar, communications director for the Republican Party of American Samoa, took to Facebook to say that Harbaugh's family doctor advised him not to travel due to concerns regarding the health and safety of his pregnant wife, Sarah. Zika poses heightened health risks to pregnant women.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 3:27 PM

In an interview with MMQB, Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said, "It’s not like I ‘miss’ the NFL, because it didn’t go anywhere."

"Bottom line, it’s not something to miss," Harbaugh said. "It’s still there. … I’m happy and challenged every day with what I’m doing right now." He left the 49ers after the 2014 season. When MMQB's Albert Breer asked how happy he was at Michigan, Harbaugh responded, "Happy, happy, 10-out-of-10 happy," before adding, "And then I get to walk over to the stadium and do the offensive and defensive linemen too! You’re like a pig in slop out here. That’s how I feel. Drawing the long straw today."
Source: MMQB
Jun 23 - 12:14 PM


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