Another NFL mock draft has two Michigan players in the first round
A second national NFL draft analyst thinks two players from the Michigan football team could be first-round picks this year. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah published his second mock draft for 2021 on NFL.com Tuesday, listing Kwity Paye and Jalen Mayfield among his first 32 picks. More: U-M football to start spring practice on MondayJeremiah thinks Mayfield could go higher than that, to the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. Michigan had 11 players declare for this year’s NFL draft, set for April 29 to May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio. Another transfer: LB Ben VanSumeren enters transfer portalNew WRs coach, Ron Bellamy, aims to raise the energy at Michiganmlive.com
Wolverine Confidential podcast: Jim Harbaugh, Michigan mum on future
It’s been weeks since the Michigan football team concluded its season, both officially and unofficially, giving the athletic department and Jim Harbaugh time to sort out the future. Yet here we are, on Jan. 4, still guessing, still speculating about whether Harbaugh will remain in Ann Arbor. On this week’s “Wolverine Confidential” podcast, MLive’s Aaron McMann, Ryan Zuke and Andrew Kahn weigh in on the elongated process and speculation surrounding Harbaugh, his future and the reported contract extension on the table. Where does Harbaugh go from here? Listen to the podcast via the embedded player below (click here if you can’t see it), or find us by searching “Wolverine Confidential” on your preferred podcasting platform.mlive.com
As Michigan continues its spiral, Jim Harbaugh urges team to ‘press on’
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The season hasn’t exactly gone how Jim Harbaugh expected, and he communicated the sentiment Saturday without having to say it. The Michigan head coach let out a sigh when asked about his frustration level following his team’s 27-17 loss to Penn State, his team’s fourth loss in its last five games. Michigan, already a young and inexperienced team to begin with, has been ravaged by injuries on both sides of the ball. The defensive side remains a work in progress, at best, with a front group that surrendered 254 yards rushing to a Penn State team missing its three top running backs. “For football, for the opportunity, for our team,” Harbaugh said.mlive.com
Michigan falls to 2-4 with 27-17 loss to Penn State: Live updates recap
Penn State 20, Michigan 104:59 – Penn State drive starts on own 32Sean Clifford had a crucial third-down conversion with a 29-yard run. Penn State 17, Michigan 72:41 – Penn State drive starts on own 31The Nittany Lions quickly went three-and-out, but Michigan WR Mike Sainristil muffed the punt, and Penn State took over with great field position. Penn State 14, Michigan 77:00 – Penn State drive starts on own 24Sean Clifford is back in at quarterback after being attended to on the last drive. Michigan 7, Penn State 7FIRST QUARTER0:30 – Penn State drive starts on own 25Caziah Holmes rushed for 1 yard on the final play of the quarter. Penn State 7, Michigan 015:00 -- Penn State drive starts on ownThe Nittany Lions are without RB Devyn Ford Saturday.mlive.com
Jim Harbaugh coy about Michigan’s injured players, says they’re questionable vs Penn State
The injury list for Michigan’s football team continues to grow, and it is unclear when some players might return to action. The Wolverines were already with three starting offensive linemen as tackles Jalen Mayfield and Ryan Hayes missed their third straight game. Center Andrew Vastardis also missed his first game because of injury as redshirt freshman Zach Carpenter started in his place. Redshirt freshman Taylor Upshaw and redshirt junior Luiji Vilain have primarily filled in at defensive end, while fifth-year defensive tackle Carlo Kemp also has moved to the outside on occasion. Since the injuries to Mayfield and Hayes, redshirt freshman Karsen Barnhart has started at tackle, while guard Andrew Stueber has moved to the other tackle spot.mlive.com
Jim Harbaugh happy with Michigan’s resolve, ‘heart’ after win at Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — It took three overtimes, but Michigan’s football team is back in the win column. “It was good to see them letting it rip and letting it come out — letting the talent come out,” Harbaugh said. According to Harbaugh, there was “so many good things that we can build on.”“That game could have gone either way,” Harbaugh said. So, I mean, yeah, I was happy to see our guys making the plays, having fun — playing their hearts out. “That’s been gut-wrenching not to see our guys having fun.mlive.com
Michigan falls to No. 13 Indiana 38-21: Live updates recap
Indiana 38, Michigan 2112:28 – Indiana drive starts on Michigan 29The Hoosiers take advantage of the Joe Milton interception. Indiana 31, Michigan 2113:43 – Indiana drive starts on own 25Michigan forced the three-and-out and did so with less than 30 seconds coming off the clock. Indiana 24, Michigan 75:17 – Indiana drive starts on own 4Michael Penix continues to gash Michigan’s secondary. Indiana 24, Michigan 76:53 – Michigan drive starts on own 25Yet another three-and-out for Michigan after another bad drop from TE Erick All. Indiana 14, Michigan 74:48 – Indiana drive starts on own 25Been the same story for Michigan’s defense as last week.mlive.com
Michigan depth chart: LB options if Barrett, McGrone can’t play at IU
Luke SchoonmakerNick Eubanks returned for Saturday’s game against Michigan State, catching one pass for 5 yards. Michigan wide receiver Roman Wilson (14) catches a pass against Michigan State cornerback Chris Jackson (12) during their Big Ten football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Joel HonigfordJalen Mayfield exited Saturday’s loss to Michigan State with an injury, one that was later X-rayed and found negative for a break. Greg TarrQuinn Nordin appears healthy and taken the reins as Michigan’s top placekicker, converting all three PATs and a 23-yard field goal against Michigan State. But the more intriguing battle here is at punter, where Will Hart and Brad Robbins alternated duties Saturday against Michigan State.mlive.com
Michigan football without starting tight end vs. Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS — The Michigan football team will be down at least one offensive starter Saturday night, missing tight end Nick Eubanks. That means Michigan will lean on sophomore Erick All at the tight end position. All appeared in 11 games during the 2019 season but offered little production, catching one pass for 10 yards. It’s huge for him,” Michigan tight ends coach Sherrone Moore said in September. • Michigan appears to have only brought two quarterbacks, expected starter Joe Milton and Cade McNamara.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.
Predicting all of Michigan football’s defensive starters, with confidence levels
Michigan has often been ranked among the top five or 10 teams in the country, and that’s thanks to strong defensive performances. Kwity Paye #19 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to sack Peyton Ramsey #12 of the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. According to Harbaugh, they’ve only gotten better this offseason, and if Michigan can get some help from the defensive tackles, it’ll make their jobs even easier. READ: Defensive line is X-factor for Michigan against quarterback-loaded scheduleWith a less experienced secondary -- particularly at cornerback -- Hutchinson and Paye will be more important than ever. Defensive tacklesStarters: Carlo Kemp and Chris HintonConfidence: 100% and 95%Kemp will be one of the starters at defensive tackle -- that’s a slam dunk.
Top 10 candidates for Michigan football’s 2020 team MVP
As a potential first-round draft pick, Mayfield certainly belongs in Michigan’s MVP conversation, even though he won’t stuff any stat sheets as an O-lineman. Even if he doesn’t ultimately win team MVP, Mayfield could end up being the most important player. LB Cam McGroneCameron McGrone #44 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a fourth quarter sack against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Michigan Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. DE Kwity PayeKwity Paye #19 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to sack Peyton Ramsey #12 of the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Then they would both be candidates for team MVP.
Michigan linebackers set lofty ‘best in the country’ goals
Expectations are high for the Michigan football team’s inside linebackers this fall. Speaking with reporters last week, redshirt junior linebacker Josh Ross exuded confidence when asked about playing alongside Cam McGrone this fall. “We’re going to be the best linebacker group in the country,” Ross said. He was primed for a big season at middle linebacker in 2019, before the injury hit. “I’ll bet there are many inside linebacker coaches in the country that want to trade places with me,” Brown said.mlive.com
7 encouraging signs from Michigan football's loss to Penn State
Penn State sprinted out to a 21-0 lead, making the game look a lot like the Wisconsin blowout from earlier in the year. Michigan outplayed Penn State for the majority of the game. Michigan never fumbled against Penn State, turning the ball over just once on the intercepted screen pass. He had another massive game against Penn State, making six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack. HealthMichigan entered the Penn State game with its fewest injuries of the season and seemingly left without any major issues.
Has Michigan football changed enough last 3 weeks to challenge Penn State?
Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines throws a first quarter pass against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Michigan Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Only Ohio State has more sacks than Penn State this season, and the Nittany Lions rank No. Against Penn State, Michigan shouldn't waste any time doing so. Those pieces just haven't been properly arranged yet, and that's a hard feat to pull off against Penn State. It could happen this weekend at Penn State, but Michigan needs to do everything just right.
7 reasons for optimism after Michigan football's top-15 win over Iowa
Cameron McGrone #44 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a fourth quarter sack against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Michigan Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Nate Stanley #4 of the Iowa Hawkeyes is sacked by Jordan Glasgow #29 of the Michigan Wolverines in the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Speed at defensive weak pointsComing into the season, Michigan had major questions at linebacker and safety. Nico Collins #4 of the Michigan Wolverines makes a first quarter catch against D.J. Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines throws a second quarter pass against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Michigan Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Michigan football: It's time to start Daxton Hill, Cam McGrone on defense
Daxton Hill #30 of the Michigan Wolverines carries the ball after making a catch against the Army Black Knights on a fake punt during the first half at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There were some obvious changes when Rutgers came to town, namely the presence of Cam McGrone at the middle linebacker position. Defensive coordinator Don Brown of the Michigan Wolverines look on during the second half while playing the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Michigan Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Safety Daxton Hill was on the field much more than usual, making four tackles and getting in on a sack. Defensive coordinator Don Brown of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field after a 52-0 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Michigan Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
9 former 4-star recruits who could break out for Michigan football this season
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh leaves the field after a 42-21 win over Maryland on Oct. 6, 2018, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Carlo Kemp celebrates a win over Michigan State at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 20, 2018 in East Lansing. Josh Ross tackles Avery Davis of Notre Dame at Notre Dame Stadium on Sept. 1, 2018, in South Bend, Indiana. Redshirt freshmenMichigan's 2018 recruiting class was ranked outside the top 20 in the nation, but there were a handful of four-star recruits who could step into bigger roles this season. 5 player from the state of Michigan in 2017 and has appeared in 17 games his first two seasons.
Michigan football: 5 position battles that will most impact this season
(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan football season will kick off six weeks from Saturday, but the Wolverines still have plenty to figure out before that point. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Cam McGrone redshirted last season but was one of the top linebackers in the 2018 recruiting class. Michigan has two good options at right tackle with redshirt sophomore Andrew Stueber battling redshirt freshman Jalen Mayfield. Nordin has a huge leg and converted 19 of 24 field goals as a redshirt freshman, so he has shown he can be a successful college kicker. Michigan Wolverines place kicker Jake Moody (2) kicks an extra point during a game between the Indiana Hoosiers and the Michigan Wolverines (4) on November 17, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.