Michigan stock report: High marks all around after rout of Northern Illinois
Michigan’s football team earned its most lopsided victory in nearly five years on Saturday, routing Northern Illinois 63-10 at Michigan Stadium. AJ HenningIn his first game returning punts at Michigan, the speedy sophomore receiver totaled 76 yards on five returns. On a punt return in the second quarter, Andrew Russell was flagged for holding, forcing Michigan to start the drive from its own 13. Outside linebacker David Ojabo, who had an unsportsmanlike penalty in the opener, also jumped offsides in the second quarter. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
How Ronnie Bell’s injury affects Michigan’s return game
The senior also is the Wolverines’ most experienced punt returner. After suffering a knee injury returning a punt for 31 yards midway through the second quarter of Michigan’s 47-14 win over Western Michigan on Saturday, junior safety Caden Kolesar handled punt return duties the rest of the game. So many other places he could play on the punt return. Last year’s primary returner, receiver Giles Jackson, is now at Washington, who Michigan will face Saturday. “We’ll see this week what the plan is for punt return, but I’m just ready in all phases whenever I can help the team,” Henning said.mlive.com
25 players on Michigan football roster who got scholarship offers from Minnesota
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – There are 25 players on the Michigan football roster who received scholarship offers from Minnesota during their recruiting processes. TE Erick AllRecruiting profile: 4-star, No. OL Karsen BarnhartRecruiting profile: 4-star, No. HenningRecruiting profile: 4-star, No. DL Luiji VilainRecruiting profile: 4-star, No.
MVJ award: Which Michigan football jersey number duo will be most valuable this season?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Which pair of Michigan football players who share a jersey number will unite to be the most valuable this season? This year’s roster, with the new rule in place, has 45 duos who will wear the same jersey number. Some of the Michigan jersey number duos contain players who will contribute on different sides of the ball. 1: Both players must wear a jersey number for the entire season for their stats to qualify in favor of said jersey number. Other eligible duosHere are all the other jersey number duos listed on the 2020 Michigan football roster, as of Oct. 16.
5 freshmen who could have the biggest impact for Michigan football in 2020
Michigan had eight true freshmen burn their redshirt last season, appearing in more than four games. Last season, he had 835 yards receiving yards, 648 rushing yards and and 28 total touchdowns for state champion Lincoln-Way East High. Linebacker Nikhai Hill-GreenHill-Green was the third-highest ranked linebacker Michigan signed in the 2020, but the three-star prospect has received the most praise so far. “He’s progressed the fastest in terms of the mental aspect of being a linebacker,” Michigan starting middle linebacker Cam McGrone told reporters Sept. 23. He really plays well over the slot.”Get Wolverine Confidential texts straight to your phone from our Michigan football writers.mlive.com
Get ready to see Michigan’s speedy freshmen receivers in 2020
Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis wasn’t hesitant to play his trio of true freshmen receivers in 2019, even with an experienced group around them. “I think the level they’re at right now as freshmen is probably as high as any freshmen that I’ve ever been around. They’re going to play for us. They’re going to play a lot of football for Michigan and they’re gonna make some plays for us. They’re going to be real good for us.”Get Wolverine Confidential texts straight to your phone from our Michigan football writers.mlive.com
What would Michigan’s receiving corps look like this season without Nico Collins?
Wide receiver attritionIt looks like the Wolverines will be without three of their top four wide receivers from a year ago. That trio, which highlighted the team’s top-five 2017 recruiting class, combined for 96 catches, 1,490 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns last season. So what would the receiving corps look like if Collins isn’t in the picture? NewcomersNo matter who comes and goes, Michigan is always going to bring in new playmakers at the wide receiver position. They don’t all need to be better than Collins, Peoples-Jones and Black.