Michigan will face ex-Wolverine when Washington visits
As a wide receiver, he caught 24 passes over his two seasons at Michigan, adding both a receiving and rushing touchdown. “Definitely weird,” Michigan sophomore wide receiver Roman Wilson said this week of what it will be like to see Jackson on the opposing sideline. Washington head coach Jimmy Lake was asked at a press conference if Jackson told him why he transferred from Michigan. He’s going to get better from here.”Lake said Washington did recruit Jackson, an Antioch, California, native, out of high school. Michigan lost its top receiver, senior Ronnie Bell, to a season-ending injury in Saturday’s 47-14 win over Western Michigan.mlive.com
Michigan football top WR target Kaleb Brown commits to Ohio State
One of Michigan’s top receiver targets in the 2022 class is headed to the Wolverines’ chief rival south of the state border. Chicago St. Rita four-star Kaleb Brown announced his verbal commitment to Ohio State on Monday in a post on Twitter. 6 receiver in the 2022 class, but the Buckeyes reportedly made a strong impression when they got him on campus. He joins five-star Caleb Burton and four-star Kyion Grayes as the other receivers in OSU’s 2022 class, while the position remains a top priority for Michigan. 21-ranked class in the country, while Ohio State has 13 commits and boasts the No.mlive.com
WR Xavier Worthy requests NLI release from Michigan, reopens recruitment
Fresno (Calif.) Central East four-star receiver Xavier Worthy announced Thursday that he has submitted a request to be released from his National Letter of Intent and is reopening his recruitment. “To the Michigan coaching staff, I have nothing but the upmost respect & appreciation for the opportunity offered to me. However, Worthy stuck with the Wolverines and signed during the early window in December. Michigan signed two other receivers in the 2021 class – four-star Cristian Dixon and three-star Andrel Anthony – but Worthy was believed to have the highest ceiling with his speed and explosiveness. Former Michigan receiver Giles Jackson, who entered the transfer portal this offseason and committed to Washington this week, played an integral role in recruiting Worthy to Ann Arbor.mlive.com
Ex-Michigan WR Giles Jackson sets stage for fall showdown vs. Washington
Giles Jackson will return to Michigan Stadium this fall. Jackson posted a graphic of himself in a Washington uniform on Twitter and Instagram with the phrase “COMMITTED” up top. “I wanted them to be able to come to the games, and they weren’t able to do that at Michigan,” Jackson said. The 5-foot-9, 188-pound Jackson joins his younger cousin, Vince Nunley, a five-star safety who recently signed with Washington. I’m trying to go!’ He’s been bugging me ever since (to commit).”With Jackson, Washington is set to have eight scholarship receivers on its roster this fall, setting the stage for a competitive (and deep) passing game.mlive.com
Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Jackson County partner to vaccinate students amid COVID-19 surge
JACKSON, MI — Henry Ford Allegiance Health and the Jackson County Health Department provided around 1,000 vaccines mostly to students from Albion College, Jackson College and Spring Arbor University on Friday. As of April 9, there are 2,666 active COVID-19 cases in ackson County, health department data shows. For COVID-19 testing in Jackson County, residents can contact the Henry Ford COVID-19 patient hotline at 517-205-6100, or the Center for Family Health hotline at 517-748-5363. COVID-19 vaccination clinic to open at Jackson County FairgroundsVaccination appointments are available through the health department and at local pharmacies. Henry Ford Health System patients without a MyChart account can sign up online.mlive.com
Giles Jackson’s pending transfer ‘a shocker,’ but opens opportunities for Michigan’s receivers
Giles Jackson played in integral role for Michigan’s football team in 2020, especially on special teams as the No. “When we found out that Giles was leaving, it was a little bit of a shocker,” Sainristil told media Monday. There’s definitely opportunities everywhere in the room for guys to play. I could also be a leader in the wide receiver room. “We’ve got a very fast room,” Gattis said.mlive.com
Linebacker William Mohan becomes latest Michigan football player to enter transfer portal
Michigan linebacker William Mohan has entered the NCAA transfer portal, a team spokesperson confirmed to MLive Monday night. The sophomore becomes the second Wolverine to enter the portal Monday and the ninth since the start of the year. With Mike Macdonald taking over as defensive coordinator this offseason and ditching the Viper role -- a staple under previous coordinator Don Brown -- Mohan’s status on the team became uncertain. His pending departure is another blow to the team’s depth as it gets set to wrap up spring practices later this week. Two other linebackers also have entered the portal this offseason: Ben VanSumeren and Adam Shibley.mlive.com
WR Giles Jackson plans to transfer from Michigan
Giles Jackson, a junior wideout known for his kickoff returns and speed on the football field, entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal on Monday. By entering his name into the portal, Jackson can now be contacted (and recruited) by coaches from other schools. He can withdraw his name from the portal at any time and return to Michigan, but the move is rare. Jackson, an Antioch, Calif., native, is now the third member of Michigan’s 2019 recruiting class to signal his plan to transfer. Four-star running back Zach Charbonnet transferred to UCLA after the conclusion of the 2020 season, while offensive lineman Zach Carpenter transferred to Indiana.mlive.com
AP All-Big Ten: Ohio State's Fields, Indiana's Allen honored
Fields led Ohio State to a 6-0 record and the No. 7 Indiana (6-1) to its highest ranking since 1967, knocking off three ranked teams along the way. Its only loss was 42-35 at Ohio State in a game that went down to the final play. u-QB — Justin Fields, Ohio State, 6-3, 228, Jr., Kennesaw, Georgia. C — Josh Myers, Ohio State, 6-5, 312, Jr., Miamisburg, Ohio.
Michigan football final report card: Were there any bright spots this season?
With Michigan’s Big Ten crossover game against Iowa getting canceled, the book on the team’s 2020 season is closed. Here is Michigan’s position-by-position report card for the 2020 season. QuarterbackThe Wolverines entered the season with a quarterback controversy, and it appears the battle for the starting job will continue into next season. Junior Cam McGrone took a step back after a breakout sophomore season, while viper Michael Barrett had an up-and-down 2020 campaign. Green’s 88.7 grade in coverage against Penn State was the highest of any Michigan starter all season.mlive.com
Michigan’s Kwity Paye, Giles Jackson earn all-Big Ten honors
Defensive end Kwity Paye was a second-team all-conference selection by the media, while receiver Giles Jackson earned second (media) and third-team (coaches) honors as a return specialist. The Providence, R.I., native was a second-team all-Big Ten selection in 2019 and projects as a potential first-round NFL draft pick in 2021. He was a special teams honorable mention selection in 2019. Several other Michigan players earned honorable mention from both the coaches and media, including running back Hassan Haskins, defensive lineman Carlo Kemp, safety Daxton Hill and punter Brad Robbins. Offensive lineman Andrew Stueber earned honorable mention from the coaches, while safety Brad Hawkins received honorable mention from the media.mlive.com
Michigan without WR Giles Jackson, LB Cam McGrone vs. Penn State
Giles Jackson has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against Penn State (noon, ABC) due to injury, a team spokesman confirmed to MLive this morning. Jackson is coming off a four-catch, 50-yard game last week against Rutgers, in addition to a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Also absent on the offensive side of the ball will be tackle Jalen Mayfield and center Andrew Vastardis, both of whom missed last week’s game. Hawkins left last week’s game with an undisclosed upper-body injury, while Paye missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury. However, linebacker Cam McGrone was not on the field and is out due to injury, a team spokesman 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
Michigan coaches defend QB Joe Milton: ‘Started out well, played great’
Michigan’s top two coaches did their best to show public confidence in Joe Milton this week, even after the struggling quarterback was pulled from the game against Rutgers over the weekend. Milton was 5 of 12 for 89 yards before coming out of the game for McNamara, a redshirt freshman, with Michigan already trailing 17-0. During his first drive on Saturday, McNamara hit Johnson on a 46-yard touchdown pass that provided a spark to the Michigan offense. “The biggest thing for Joe is to now understand that this is not anything that all fell on his plate. This is not a switch at quarterback to make it look like we’re placing the blame on Joe Milton.”Gattis continued: “Because Joe Milton has played good football for us, and done a lot of positive things.mlive.com
Michigan’s Giles Jackson named Big Ten special teams player of the week
Michigan has its first player of the week award this season — and it comes on special teams. Giles Jackson earned a Big Ten nod on Monday for his four kickoff returns against Rutgers on Saturday, returning them for a combined 159 yards and a touchdown. “(We) got the momentum back.”It was the second career kickoff return for a touchdown for Jackson, a sophomore receiver from Antioch, Calif. It tied for the seventh-longest kickoff return in Michigan program history. Jackson now owns team of these weekly awards from the Big Ten, who named him special teams player of the week last November for his 97-yard touchdown return against Maryland.mlive.com
Halftime: Michigan, down 28-0, getting pushed around by Wisconsin
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — If there was a way to help Wisconsin dust off the cobwebs from not playing in more than three weeks, Michigan found it. 13 Wisconsin on Saturday, coughing the ball up twice and failing to generate any offense in the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Badgers capitalized on Michigan’s mistakes en route to a 28-0 halftime lead. Quarterback Joe Milton threw interceptions on back-to-back drives setting Wisconsin up with favorable field position and easy opportunities to score. Six Wisconsin players have combined to rush for 143 yards against a depleted Michigan defensive line, one that is without starting ends Aidan Hutchinson and Kwity Paye.mlive.com
Speed gets freshman WR Roman Wilson on the field quickly for Michigan football
The freshman receiver’s speed was his hallmark attribute coming out of St. Louis High in Hawaii, but translating it to the field at the college level quickly made an impression on his teammates. Wilson, speaking to reporters via a video teleconference Monday, said he was always considered the “fast kid at school” growing up. The 6-foot, 180-pounder has been one the most productive receivers for Michigan this season, too. He is third on the team with 118 receiving yards on eight catches, including his first touchdown reception in Saturday’s loss to Indiana. He’s definitely a special receiver, and I’m very excited for him and his future.”Get Wolverine Confidential texts straight to your phone from our Michigan football writers.mlive.com
Grading Michigan’s loss to Michigan State: Low marks all around
After a dominating performance in a Week 1 win against Minnesota, Michigan struggled in nearly every facet of the game in Saturday’s stunning 27-24 loss to Michigan State. Milton didn’t look as comfortable in the pocket Saturday, which partly can be attributed to the pressure MSU was getting. Milton didn’t have much success looking for his tight ends, however. While MSU only rushed for 3.3 yards per carry, Michigan only had two tackles for loss, which both came from linebackers. Michigan’s punters were busy, and Brad Robbins replaced Will Hart after he averaged just 37.8 yards on his four attempts.mlive.com
Michigan football’s red-zone ‘wildcat’ play killed another drive
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s previous three drives had stalled, just one first down reached in each, when Hassan Haskins reached the Michigan State red zone with 4:48 to play in the second quarter. Quarterback Joe Milton had connected with receiver Giles Jackson on a 20-yard pass, Haskins busted what ended up being Michigan’s longest run play of the game, for 19 yards, before Milton hit fullback Ben Mason on a nine-yard pass play. Milton even picked up a five-yard gain on first down, setting up second-and-5 from the 11-yard line. They have been unreliable for Michigan in recent years, and often end up unsuccessful. “They were able to finish drives just a little bit better than we did,” Harbaugh said.mlive.com
Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh gives injury updates on Cam McGrone, Jalen Mayfield
The loss against Michigan State was not the only hit Michigan’s football team took on Saturday. McGrone, Michigan’s starting “MIKE” linebacker went down in the first half and did not return. “Yeah, Cam couldn’t finish the second half,” Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said after the team’s 27-24 loss. “Wanted to but doctors held him out the second half.”Meanwhile, Mayfield appeared to be rolled up on by a MSU player in the fourth quarter. Sophomore linebacker Anthony Solomon primarily filled in at viper, Michigan’s hybrid safety/linebacker position, while senior Adam Shibley took over for McGrone.mlive.com
Michigan depth chart: How will RB carries be distributed vs. MSU?
Now that Michigan has finally played a game, we have a good idea as to where players and positions stand. With Saturday’s game against Michigan State on deck (noon, FOX), here is our updated projection of Michigan’s depth chart. Chris EvansCharbonnet and Corum both got the start on Saturday, with Corum getting the first pass of the game on a bubble screen for 24 yards. Hassan Haskins was Michigan’s most reliable back in the game, rushing six times for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Roman WilsonNo change here, but the number of starters will depend on the look Michigan wants to go with.mlive.com
Michigan’s WRs help set the perimeter with ‘outstanding’ blocking
Michigan’s receivers didn’t need to rack up a lot of catches to make an impact on Saturday’s 49-24 win over Minnesota. “You have pads, they have pads and football is a physical game. In Michigan’s offense, Sainristil knows receivers will remain engaged throughout the game, even if they aren’t target often. “It shows that you have no problem with being physical because you need to be a physical receiver in today’s game. Blocking is very key in our offense on the perimeter.”Get Wolverine Confidential texts straight to your phone from our Michigan football writers.mlive.com
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.
Michigan’s Jay Harbaugh updates position battles at punter, long snapper, kick returns
“Obviously, Giles is tremendous,” Harbaugh told reporters in a video call Wednesday. The now-Cleveland Brown Donovan Peoples-Jones primarily handled punt return duties in 2019, but Ronnie Bell also has experience there, returning eight for 67 yards last season. Sophomore receiver Mike Sainristil, freshman cornerback Eamonn Dennis and freshman running back Blake Corum also are in the mix. “We feel like we could be a very good return team. they get a lot of a lot of reps with the full punt team or punt return team and everything is charted.mlive.com
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.
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.
WR Giles Jackson ‘super excited’ to be first Michigan player to wear No. 0
Michigan receiver Giles Jackson has known for months he and freshman cornerback Andre Seldon will be the first football players in program history to wear No. 0 on it,” Jackson told reporters on a video call Thursday. He caught nine passes for 142 yards and a touchdown while rushing 10 times for 69 yards and a score. “That’s all that matters.”Get Wolverine Confidential texts straight to your phone from our Michigan football writers. Cut through the clutter of social media and communicate directly with our beat reporters, just like you would with your friends.mlive.com
Michigan linebacker no fan of Big Ten’s 21-day COVID-19 rule
And with a condensed schedule that’s set to begin Oct. 23-24 and last just nine weeks, a positive test could wipe out a third of a player’s season. Guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise those who test positive for the virus wait 10 days after symptoms first appear and 24 hours without a fever before acclimating with others. “You want to know the first thing I thought of when they said that?,” Michigan linebacker Josh Ross told reporters Thursday. “We’ve been handling it the right way, every day,” Ross said. “With the protocols that we have in our building, even if you want to look at the stats, we’ve been handling it the right way.mlive.com
Michigan QB Joe Milton has improved in these areas, teammates say
It wasn’t long ago that Joe Milton was the third-string quarterback on Michigan’s depth chart, behind a seasoned veteran (Shea Patterson) and talented, more experienced backup (Dylan McCaffrey). Milton is known for his arm strength, a trait that teammates have lauded since he arrived on campus in the spring of 2018. Beyond that, though, they say the 6-foot-5, 243-pound Milton has improved in other aspects of the game. He recruited former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner and quarterback coach Donovan Dooley, of Detroit, to work with him on accuracy, taking some heat off throws and his mental approach to the game. “Joe has a strong arm,” Jackson said, chuckling.mlive.com
All about the details: Michigan WR Giles Jackson ready for bigger role in 2020
“I think preparation is going to get me a long way,” Jackson said on a video call with reporters Thursday. “I think a lot of it is how much of a bigger role I have this year. Jackson said he continued to refine his craft during the offseason, which he hopes will lead to a more productive 2020. “And Roman – Roman, he’s fast. I think all the receivers can bring that.”Get Wolverine Confidential texts straight to your phone from our Michigan football writers.mlive.com
Michigan football reacts to Big Ten return: ‘Nothing can ruin my mood’
The group chat the Michigan sophomore was in with other receivers was busy, with one message coming in after another. “I was like, ‘What’s all this noise?’,” Jackson told reporters Thursday, a day after the Big Ten announced plans to hold a football season this fall. More: QB Dylan McCaffrey opts out, plans to transfer“I found it very preposterous that there’s still people playing — and we’re not playing,” Ross said. “A lot of people, a lot of big conferences — a lot of Power 5 conferences. Ross said Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown, a feisty and colorful character, was beaming inside the position group’s Schembechler Hall meeting room Wednesday.mlive.com
Will Michigan football need any 2020 recruits to contribute next season?
Harbaugh has built some quality depth with recent recruiting classes, so Michigan shouldn’t rely too heavily on the incoming class. 1 player from Illinois and the top-ranked member of Michigan’s class, he’s one of the most college-ready players heading to Ann Arbor. Safety depthMichigan simply hasn’t been great at the safety position under Don Brown, especially in big games. Unlike for the rest of Michigan’s class, speed isn’t a strength for Morant. With Josh Metellus, Lavert Hill and Khaleke Hudson off to the NFL, Michigan will have openings for defensive backs next season.
No. 14 Michigan Uses Kickoff Return To Overake Maryland 38-7
In a Big Ten matchup between Michigan and Maryland, Giles Jackson and Javon Leake each returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. 14 Michigan, the Wolverines cruised to a 38-7 victory Saturday. Wearing throwback uniforms from a far brighter era of Maryland football, the Terrapins absorbed an old-fashioned beatdown on homecoming. Give some of the credit to the Michigan defense, which limited Maryland to 233 yards and not a single point. Michael Barrett took a short snap and ran for 14 yards, Patterson followed with a 51-yard completion to Nico Collins and Charbonnet capped the drive with an 8-yard TD run.detroit.cbslocal.com
No. 14 Michigan rolls past Maryland 38-7 in Big Ten
Giles Jackson returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to get things started for No. 14 Michigan, which used two first-half scoring runs by freshman Zach Charbonnet to pull away from Maryland in a 38-7 victory on Saturday. Wearing throwback uniforms from a far brighter era of Maryland football, the Terrapins absorbed an old-fashioned beatdown on homecoming. That led to a three-and-out and a short punt. UP NEXTMichigan: The Wolverines have an open week, followed by a home matchup with rival Michigan State on Nov. 16.
Kickoff return launches No. 14 Michigan past Maryland 38-7
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)COLLEGE PARK, MD In a Big Ten matchup between Michigan and Maryland, Giles Jackson and Javon Leake each returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. 14 Michigan, the Wolverines cruised to a 38-7 victory Saturday. Give some of the credit to the Michigan defense, which limited Maryland to 233 yards and not a single point. Michael Barrett took a short snap and ran for 14 yards, Patterson followed with a 51-yard completion to Nico Collins and Charbonnet capped the drive with an 8-yard TD run. UP NEXTMichigan: The Wolverines have an open week, followed by a home matchup with rival Michigan State on Nov. 16.
Michigan football roster: Jersey numbers revealed for 25 scholarship freshmen
Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Michigan updated its online football roster Monday, revealing numbers for 25 true freshmen who were members of the 2019 recruiting class that ranked No. Here are the jersey numbers for the 25 scholarship players, according to the team's official website:3. RB Zach Charbonnet30. OL Zach Carpenter58.