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Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said of his team's quarterback competition, "None of them have given in. None of them have dropped off, so it rages on."

Harbaugh said that he'd like to name a starter "sooner rather than later." While this still ostensibly remains a competition between Shea Patterson and Brandon Peters (with Dylan McCaffrey, Joe Milton and Jeff George Jr. on the periphery), all indications to this juncture have Ole Miss transfer Patterson tracking toward the opener versus Notre Dame as likely starter. Multiple members of the team have openly talked about how Michigan has been expanding their passing offense to a more wide-open attack this month, which would fit to Patterson's skill set.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 14 - 2:20 PM

Michigan received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 DE Tyrece Woods.

The Detroit native was considering Cincinnati, but quickly accepted the Michigan offer once it became available. Woods (6'2/255) is currently listed as a defensive end, but Michigan has plans to try him at the three technique too. To speed up his development, Woods will be enrolling to Michigan early. Already with one of the best defensive fronts in the country, Jim Harbaugh's Michigan defensive line is getting richer with five 2019 defensive line commits that are three-star and above.
Aug 13 - 1:16 PM

Michigan junior WR Eddie McDoom has left the team.

McDoom (6'0/180) makes for the fourth receiver to say so long to the Wolverines this offseason, joining Drake Harris (transferred to Western Michigan), Maurice Ways (transferred to Cal) and Kekoa Crawford (no longer listed on roster). The former four-star recruit takes his leave having caught 24 passes for a total of 203 yards during his time in the program. No touchdowns. None of the above losses -- including that of McDoom himself -- are crippling on an individual basis, but the overall result is a notably thinned receiving corp. Tarik Black and Donovan Peoples-Jones make for a strong corps, but should UM run into injury concerns at wideout down the road, they've become increasingly ill-equipped to deal with it.
Source: mlive.com
Aug 9 - 11:46 AM

Michigan DC Don Brown said of junior QB Shea Patterson, "I'm excited to see him play against other people."

"He’s a confident guy. He has the ability to do things with his legs, he’s got a quick release. I just like the guy, I just like him," Brown said. Wolverines RB coach Jay Harbaugh is right in lockstep with the mustachioed defensive coordinator, noting that Patterson's development since this summer has been phenomenal. Said Harbaugh, "May, June, July until now, he definitely has improved his command of things, his understanding of where his different outlets are for the ball, formations, run game, all that stuff." The 6-foot-2, 193-pounder will have his first opportunity to show out for his new program when Michigan takes on Notre Dame to kick off the season on Sept. 1.
Aug 8 - 4:59 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh believes junior RB Karan Higdon and junior RB Chris Evans are "both No. 1 backs."

Higdon reportedly would have declared for the draft if he had hit his goal of 1,000 yards last season (finished with 994). Harbaugh is excited about the duo and said a "heavy load is gonna go their way." Despite falling six yards short of an arbitrary measure of raw production, Higdon was likely wise not to declare for last season's draft that was stocked with running back talent. While 2019's draft class doesn't project to be bad, Higdon has a much better shot at being drafted higher. Michigan's strength and conditioning coach confirms that Higdon has added 16 pounds while continuing to run a 4.46 in the 40-yards dash. He has a good chance at eclipsing 1,000 yards this season as Michigan's lead back.
Aug 6 - 8:11 PM

Michigan junior CB Lavert Hill recorded an interception or pass defense on 25.8 percent of his targeted passes, the second-best rate among returning FBS corners.

Pro Football Focus also mentioned that Hill also allowed a measly .26 yards per coverage snap in 2017. He is one of the key members of their strong defense and was named to the second-team All-Big 10 last season. He will look to build upon his two interceptions from 2017 playing alongside a secondary that is one of the best in the country.
Aug 5 - 2:04 PM

Michigan freshman DE Julius Welschof is ranked 37th on Bruce Feldman of The Athletic's "freaks" to watch in 2018.

Welschof is a native of Munich, Germany, and the 6-foot-6, 253-pound defender has shown fascinating athleticism already -- although little of it involves playing on the gridiron. Still, he reportedly can do backflips on skis, and his 40 yard dash times have been in the 4.6 range. Michigan will be able to let Welschof develop -- expect a redshirt in 2018 -- but with that kind of athleticism, he could be an impact player by the time his Wolverines' career is over.
Jul 27 - 7:53 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh declined to name an offensive coordinator during Big Ten Media Days.

"We've really come a long way. We're so good right now, I think, at collaboration," Harbaugh said when asked about the current state (or lack thereof) of the offensive coordinator gig in Ann Arbor. While the coach declined to offer further clarity on the situation -- he literally said "I'm not going to explain it anymore" -- we're pretty good at playing Sherlock Holmes in our off time. Our best deduction? Pass-game coordinator/QB coach Pep Hamilton will be taking the lead on the staff, with WR coach Jim McElwain likely to also have a guiding hand in the offensive process. McElwain alluded to as much in the spring, when he said that "[Pep's] kind of running it." Regardless of the exact roles that everybody plays on staff this year, we expect this to be Harbaugh's best offensive team since taking over the reigns of his alma mater three years back.
Source: mlive.com
Jul 27 - 1:13 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh didn't name Shea Patterson the starting quarterback during Big Ten Media Day in Chicago on Monday.

"I have no announcements to make on the quarterback position today," Harbaugh said. Let's be honest, we all know this is going to be Shea Patterson. Harbaugh is going to do what Harbaugh do, however. He wouldn't announce Patterson as the starter if he was the only quarterback on the roster. We'll almost assuredly see -- barring injuries or something impossible to predict -- the Ole Miss quarterback under center for the opener against Notre Dame on September 1.
Jul 23 - 5:46 PM

Michigan junior LB Devin Bush was named to the Dick Butkus Award watch list on Monday.

Bush should be considered one of the favorites for the award, as he was one of the most productive linebackers in the country as a junior and should be once again in the loaded Michigan defense. Alabama and Wisconsin each have three representatives on the list. You can see the full group of nominees in the link below.
Jul 23 - 4:44 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Michigan junior LB Devin Bush third among linebackers to watch in 2018.

Bush was a star for the Michigan defense in 2017, as Zierlein notes, and his speed made him a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the Wolverine linebacker corps. As an NFL player, however, Zierlein believes that Bush and his 5-foot-11, 232-pound frame plays better as a weak-side linebacker. "Bush plays with a good feel for sifting through the traffic when he's pursuing ball carriers and he's very adept adjusting his pursuit angles when needed," he writes. "However, he will need to be careful about running under blocks and opening running lanes." Bush is getting first-round grades from several top analysts, and if he does leave as a junior, he should be one of the top linebackers off the board come this spring.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 7:02 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Michigan junior QB Shea Patterson is a "mobile passer with a great head for the game."

"In some ways he reminds me of Johnny Manziel with his incredible ability to elude the rush and pick up yardage with his legs," Pauline writes, before adding another scintillating comp in noting that the 6-foot-2, 193-pound Patterson flashes at times in a similar way to Baker Mayfield in terms of his field sense and wherewithal. The analyst absolutely loves what he's seen on film from the former Ole Miss signal-caller's approach when a given play begins to devolve. All of this is encouraging, though Pauline does caution that "[h]is lack of size and inability to drive the deep pass accurately are a major concern when projecting him to the next level." Draft Analyst stamps Sugar Shea with a first-round grade at this juncture, believing that the quarterback could have room to rise on Day 1 so long as his 2017 season does not go off the rails in either the health or on-field play departments.
Jul 18 - 2:41 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that Michigan junior S Khaleke Hudson "plays with great explosion and speed."

Hudson (6'0/205) is a coach's darling, with Pauline passing along that the UM staff views him as their second-best draft prospect behind Rashan Gary. The analyst sees a little something something in the junior's film which reminds him of former program star Jabrill Peppers, who earlier manned Hudson's hybrid "viper" position in Ann Arbor. And like Peppers, Pauline believes that Hudson is going to face varying opinions on just what his fit might be at the next level. The analyst stamps him with a third-round grade at this juncture.
Jul 18 - 12:42 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that after watching extensive game film, he believes that Michigan junior DE Rashan Gary is "the real deal"

"Gary fires off the snap with a great first step, plays with great pad level and balance while also showing the ability to flatten his angle then pursue from the backside with speed," Pauline writes, adding the intriguing nugget that the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Michigan standout looks like he still has room to grow in terms of his developmental ceiling. Gary topped Bruce Feldman's "Freaks" list earlier this month. The future NFL star-to-be is capable of running a 4.75-second 40-yard dash with a 126-inch broad jump. He'll be in play for the No. 1 overall selection next spring should he declare for the draft after the coming season.
Jul 18 - 12:07 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Michigan junior DE Rashan Gary fifth among defensive lineman to watch for in the 2018 season.

Gary is considered one of the most athletic defensive lineman in the class, and ranks first in Bruce Feldman's always excellent "freak athlete" list of 2018. "Gary lines up and fires out of a track stance, but he's more of a physical presence as a pass rusher, rather than a player who tries to out-race tackles to the edge," Zierlein writes. The one issue that Zierlein seems to have -- and it's a common one from analysts -- is that Gary doesn't seem to have much in terms of pure pass-rush moves. If he shows more, he'll be one of the first defenders off the board come spring.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 15 - 12:32 PM


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