Michigan football and Ohio State prepared to square off in game of the century part II
The Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes are prepared to square off in the game of the century II for a chance to represent the east division in the Big Ten Championship, remain undefeated, and have bragging rights for the next 365 days.
Donovan Edwards’ surge means Michigan has two big-play backs again
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It was the calling card of the Michigan offense last year, two running backs with various skillsets that could thrash an opponent differently. Fast forward a year and the other back, Hassan Haskins, is in the NFL and been replaced by Donovan Edwards, a wide-eyed sophomore with plenty of versatility. Michigan running back Donovan Edwards (7) runs from Iowa defensive lineman Deontae Craig (45) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)AP“What makes him dangerous this year is that he actually runs the ball, as well,” Michigan running backs coach Mike Hart said. “You can’t give Blake 30 carries a game, and (Edwards) deserves it,” Hart said.mlive.com
Ex-Michigan running back excels as Tennessee Titans’ lead kick returner
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is on pace for another 1,300-plus rushing yards this season and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. In three out of the Titans last four games, Haskins has contributed on special teams as a kick returner. He currently ranks 10th in the NFL in kick return yards (174) and third in yards per kick return (24.9). “I never expected to be the kick returner, but I’m glad I’m back there.”Haskins wasn’t a factor during the Titans’ 21-17 win over the Washington Commanders on Sunday, but he proved his worth the previous three weeks. A season-ending knee injury to the Titans’ Trenton Cannon, during Week 2 cleared the way for Haskins to assume the role.mlive.com
Linebacker Kalel Mullings adding a physical element to Michigan RB room
ANN ARBOR – Last season, Hassan Haskins became the first Michigan player to eclipse 1,300 rushing yards since his position coach, Mike Hart, did so in 2007. Although Haskins is now with the Tennessee Titans, Michigan still has plenty of explosiveness returning in the backfield with junior Blake Corum and sophomore Donovan Edwards. Linebacker Kalel Mullings split time between defense and running back in the spring and was one of the top standouts in April’s scrimmage, rushing for 36 yards on four carries, including a 21-yard scamper down the sideline. Although Mullings was recruited as a linebacker, he also played running back at Milton Academy and rushed for 371 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior. We’re not saying that Kalel is going to be Hassan, we’re just asking him to be Kalel.mlive.com
Michigan football’s highest-graded players of the past 5 seasons
So where do Michigan players stack up on PFF’s grading scale over the past five seasons? The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder had an overall grade of 91.1, which includes an impressive 89.0 run mark. Hutchinson tops the list with a 94.5 overall grade, which was the highest of all edge players last season. Michigan had no other players who were on the field for at least 31% of snaps receive a grade above 80. Winovich had another strong year with a 90.5 overall grade, which was second on the team.mlive.com
Michigan, MSU running backs on Doak Walker Award watch list
Another summer day, another preseason college football watch list with players from Michigan and Michigan State on it. The Doak Walker Award watch list was unveiled Wednesday morning, with Blake Corum (Michigan) and Jarek Broussard (MSU) both on the 73-player list. The award honors the nation’s premier running back, and went to the Spartans’ Kenneth Walker III last year following his monster season in East Lansing. Meanwhile, players from three other Michigan schools are on the list: Lew Nichols III (Central Michigan), Samson Evans (Eastern Michigan) and Sean Tyler (Western Michigan). More preseason watch list coverage:MSU’s Payton Thorne named to watch list for Davey O’Brien AwardTwo Spartans, one Wolverine named to Maxwell Award watch listXavier Henderson on watch list for Lott IMPACT Trophymlive.com
Derrick Henry raves about new Titans RB Hassan Haskins
It didn’t take long for Hassan Haskins to impress one of the NFL’s best. On Tuesday, Tennessee Titans star running back Derrick Henry was asked about Haskins, the team’s fourth-round draft pick, who has apparently caught his eye. “I was excited when we got him,” Henry told reporters after a session of organized team activities. “I just tell him not to get too overwhelmed and to take it day-by-day.”Hassan was taken by the Titans with the No. In Nashville, Haskins finds himself on a roster with five other running backs currently, four of them with more NFL experience than him, including Henry.mlive.com
2022 NFL draft: Ex-Michigan RB Hassan Haskins ready to ‘run angry’ with Titans
Hassan Haskins was the thunder in Michigan’s thunder and lightning backfield duo with Blake Corum last season. “I just feel like I’m a powerful back, but I’ve got everything in the tool bag,” Haskins told reporters Saturday. I’m trying to gain yards and get those extra little YAC (yards after catch) yards. They love running the ball. I just feel like they love their running backs and they love running.mlive.com
NFL draft 2022: Michigan RB selected by Tennessee Titans in fourth round
After Michigan’s football program went 13 years without having a running back drafted in the NFL, the Wolverines have now produced one in back-to-back years. Hassan Haskins, who had a breakout season with 1,327 rushing yards in 2021, was selected by the Tennessee Titans on Saturday in the fourth round (No. He will join 2019 and 2020 NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry in Tennessee’s backfield. Haskins is the fourth Michigan player drafted in 2022, joining defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (No. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Michigan RB Hassan Haskins hopes to continue ‘being the hammer’ in NFL
Haskins rushed for 1,327 yards on 270 carries during the 2021 season, averaging more than 94 yards per game, and earned first-team all-Big Ten honors. “Just prove to everybody that I can be that back in the NFL and I can play,” Haskins said. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Haskins says he has “big goals” this week, but declined to share them with reporters on Thursday. NFL teams prefer one“I feel like I’m a power back, but I got everything in the tool bag,” Haskins said. “He doesn’t speak a lot — but his energy’s there.”Haskins said he used to watch the NFL combine on TV, dreaming one day that he could be here.mlive.com
Michigan RB Hassan Haskins looks to showcase speed at NFL combine
He will get a chance to do so at the NFL Scouting Combine March 1-7 in Indianapolis. With the combine a few weeks away, Haskins, one of eight Wolverines invited, has his sights set on the 40-yard dash. Before a breakout season, Haskins was a staple on special teams. I’m just trying to prove myself and I’m gonna work my butt off. I’m gonna compete for anything and everything.mlive.com
Michigan’s top-graded players in 2021, per PFF
But the team had several players on both sides of the ball emerge as stars, and it also had other inexperienced players step in and fill important roles. So who were the Wolverines’ top players in 2021? His run grade of 91.1 was higher than Haskins’ 89.0, but Corum struggled in pass blocking, earning just a 39.6 mark. Although he isn’t much of a running threat – he rushed for 125 yards not including sacks – he still earned a respectable running grade of 65.8. He ranked among the top three on the team among qualified players in run defense (84.9 grade), tackling (77.4) and coverage (80.4).mlive.com
2022 NFL Draft — Who might stay, who might go from Michigan
With bowl season in full swing and the 2022 NFL Draft just four months away, those hard conversations are already starting to be made. Here’s an early look at who might leave after this year, and who might stay, with our confidence level (on a 1-10 scale) for departure. The fifth-year graduate student has used up all of his college eligibility (even with the additional COVID year) and will certainly declare for the 2022 NFL Draft. Andrew Vastardis, a sixth-year graduate student and starting center, will likely give the NFL a shot after the 2021 season concludes. If he does, and it’s expected that he will, Haskins (who has until Jan. 17 to declare for the 2022 NFL Draft) has a good chance to be drafted.mlive.com
Michigan football’s 7 lowest-ranked recruits from 2018 help pave way for playoff season
Michigan football landed another top-10 recruiting class during the early signing period last week, but it’s the bottom third of Jim Harbaugh’s most criticized class that has elevated the Wolverines to a playoff appearance.
Aidan Hutchinson named Michigan MVP; Hassan Haskins offensive player of the year
While Aidan Hutchinson garnered national recognition for his standout play this year, he earned the ultimate honor from his teammates on Sunday. Hutchinson, who already earned Big Ten defensive player of the year honors, was a consensus All-American and finalist for the Heisman Trophy, was also named defensive player of the year. Hutchinson also won the Rotary Lombardi Award and was named MVP of the Big Ten championship. Meanwhile, junior running back Hassan Haskins, who notched a program-record 20 rushing touchdowns this season, was named Michigan offensive player of the year and voted winner of the toughest player award by his teammates. Turner• Specialist of the Year: Jake Moody• Most Improved Player: Cade McNamara (offense), Luke Schoonmaker (offense), David Ojabo (defense), D.J.mlive.com
Hassan Haskins, Andrew Stueber highlight Michigan’s all-Big Ten offensive awards
A day after Aidan Hutchinson was named Big Ten defensive player of the year, two of his teammates on the other side of the ball were recognized for their standout play. Running back Hassan Haskins and offensive lineman Andrew Stueber were named first-team all-conference selections for the 2021 season, it was announced Wednesday. His 1,232 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns ranked second in the Big Ten behind Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III, who was named running back of the year. Stroud won awards for Big Ten offensive player, quarterback and freshman of the year awards. Michigan offensive players to earn all-Big Ten honors:Hassan Haskins — first-team running back (media/coaches)Andrew Stueber — first-team offensive lineman (media)Ryan Hayes — second-team offensive lineman (coaches)Zak Zinter — second-team offensive lineman (media)Andrew Vastardis — second-team offensive lineman (media)Cade McNamara — third-team quarterback (coaches/media)Blake Corum — third-team running back (media)mlive.com
Michigan OC: Ohio State ‘a good team,’ but ‘they’re a finesse team’
When Josh Gattis and Michigan’s offense began preparing for Ohio State during the offseason, they made a strong commitment to running the football. Jim Harbaugh’s team not only snapped a program-defining eight-game losing streak to Ohio State, but clinched a berth in the Big Ten championship game in the process. “We were going to dominate both fronts,” Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis said Monday night on the “Inside Michigan Football” radio show. They’re a good team — they’re a good team. They’re a finesse team; they’re not a tough team.mlive.com
Wolverine Confidential podcast: How Michigan dominated Ohio State, and what’s next
The Wolverines dominated Ohio State 42-27 on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverine Confidential crew discuses what Michigan did to pull off the upset -- which really didn’t look like an upset at all. + The postgame mayhemPlus, a brief discussion about Michigan’s Big Ten championship with Iowa and a potential College Football Playoff invitation. 97Big Ten championship game sold out; Michigan, Iowa fans must pay up on secondary marketMichigan’s stunning win reignites rivalry with Ohio StateIowa’s Kirk Ferentz applauds Michigan for sticking with Jim HarbaughBeating Ohio State checks off one goal for Michigan football, but it still wants goldJim Harbaugh: Aidan Hutchinson should go No. 1 in NFL draftFor the first time in forever, Ohio State feels pain of a Michigan loss: ‘It’s a failure’mlive.com
Michigan’s Haskins, Hutchinson earn Big Ten honors after upset win over Ohio State
The two players central to Michigan’s monumental win over Ohio State earned nods from the Big Ten this week. Michigan (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten) will play Iowa for the Big Ten championship on Saturday in Indianapolis (noon, FOX). Haskins, a senior running back, rushed 28 times for 169 yards and five touchdowns in the win, tying a single-game program record for touchdowns. He finishes the regular season with 18 rushing touchdowns, second-most in program history with Anthony Thomas (2000) and Chris Perry (2003). The St. Louis, Mo., native is just one of three FBS running backs to record five rushing touchdowns in a game this season.mlive.com
Snap counts, PFF grades that stood out from Michigan’s win over Ohio State
Before Saturday’s showdown between Michigan and Ohio State, many college football pundits believed the Wolverines needed to play a near-perfect game to have a chance. Michigan totaled 487 yards of offense, and although it allowed 458 yards to OSU’s top-ranked offense, it held it to just three touchdowns. PFF grades every player on every play in multiple facets of the game, such as passing, rushing, receiving, pass blocking, run defense, etc. With that said, here are Michigan snap counts from Saturday’s win and key takeaways from PFF’s grades. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Michigan’s game plan to run over Ohio State began in spring
“Back in spring ball, that was something we felt we could do,” Harbaugh said after Saturday’s win. And that’s just not Michigan football.”Before Saturday, Ohio State boasted the second-best rushing defense in the Big Ten, a unit that only allowed 102.3 yards per game. “It was dominant on the offensive line, no question about it,” Harbaugh said. In a previous interview earlier this year, Moore, the first-year offensive line coach, described a unit that played with a physical identity. “We’ve been able to run the ball on a lot of teams that other teams haven’t been able to.mlive.com
Michigan stock report: Historic games for Aidan Hutchinson, Hassan Haskins vs. OSU
OSU (10-2, 8-1) had won the past eight meetings and 15 of the previous 16 entering Saturday. The senior tied a program record with five rushing touchdowns, including the final one that gave Michigan a 42-27 lead with 2:17 remaining. On Michigan’s final touchdown drive, he carried on all five plays, totaling 63 yards. He created havoc all game long in OSU’s backfield and recorded three sacks, breaking the Michigan single-season record of 12. Michigan’s only fourth-down stop came on OSU’s final possession, when it turned the ball over on downs in the final minute.mlive.com
Michigan pregame: Blake Corum, Brad Hawkins available vs. Ohio State
Running back Blake Corum and safety Brad Hawkins are both in uniform and on the field ahead of Saturday’s game vs. Ohio State (noon, FOX), a top-5 showdown to determine the Big Ten East winner. More: Michigan’s best chance to beat Ohio State? Michigan (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) could also have Hawkins back in action after the senior departed last week’s win with an undisclosed injury. He is the team’s most experienced defensive back, with 28 starts at free safety, and would be helpful against the explosive Ohio State passing attack. Ohio State is wearing its traditional scarlet jerseys and grey pants.mlive.com
Michigan RB Hassan Haskins tops 1,000 season rushing yards
— Michigan made a conscious effort to run the football more this season — and it’s paid off for Hassan Haskins. He currently has 20 yards rushing today with Blake Corum available. So far this season, Haskins has five 100-yard rushing games, hitting that mark in four of the last games Michigan’s played. “You can talk about every part of Hassan Haskins’ game and refer to it as ‘excellent, outstanding,’” Harbaugh said. Phase.”Higdon ran for 1,178 yards in 2018, putting him 22nd in single-season Michigan football history.mlive.com
Michigan’s Blake Corum, Gemon Green available to play vs. Maryland
Running back Blake Corum and corner Gemon Green are both available to play for the eighth-ranked Wolverines against Maryland (3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network), a team spokesman confirmed to MLive. The spokesman declined to provide a status on Corum, only saying “stay tuned.”If Corum does play, it would give Michigan’s rushing attack a boost. The Marshall, Va., native who played his prep ball in Baltimore has 778 rushing yards, 137 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns this season. Green also appeared in a reserve role against Michigan State and IU.mlive.com
The case for Hassan Haskins as Michigan football MVP
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — During a season in which almost everything has gone right for Michigan football, Jim Harbaugh has witnessed a resurgence at one of the most coveted positions in the sport. Running the football was a way of life for Michigan, which seemed to return to those roots this summer with Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins. “I’m always working for extra yards, yards (after contact), keep my legs driving.”Haskins is a man of few words. “You can talk about every part of Hassan Haskins’ game and refer to it as ‘excellent’ and ‘outstanding,’” Harbaugh said this week. It wasn’t until two weeks ago against Michigan State when Haskins (2 catches, 18yards) was called upon.mlive.com
Snap counts, PFF grades that stood out from Michigan’s win vs. Penn State
Michigan recovered after a slow start to beat Penn State 21-17 on Saturday. PFF grades every player on every play in multiple facets of the game, such as passing, rushing, receiving, pass blocking, run defense, etc. With that in mind, here are Michigan snap counts from Saturday’s win and key takeaways from PFF’s grades. His 86.6 grade in the passing game led the Wolverines as he had a team-high five catches for 45 yards. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
What’s being said nationally after Michigan’s 21-17 victory over Penn State
Michigan is leaving Penn State with a 21-17 victory, thanks to a late touchdown and key defensive stand. James Franklin explains Penn State’s fake field goal vs. Michigan: ‘I’d make the call again’ (Sporting News)Michigan Flips the Script in Critical Win Over Penn State: ‘If That’s Not Grit, What Is?’ (Sports Illustrated)No. 23 Penn State falls short in upset bid of No. 9 Michigan, 21-17: game balls, turning points and more (PennLive)Michigan vs. Penn State score, takeaways: No. 23 Penn State 21-17 (Associated Press)Jim Harbaugh, Michigan are living on the edge, but winning time vs. Penn State was different (The Athletic)mlive.com
Michigan RB Hassan Haskins delivers an ‘incredible’ performance vs. Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – On the first play of Michigan’s game-winning drive Saturday at Penn State, Hassan Haskins received the hand-off on a read-option and made a few quick cuts before bursting through a hole. The senior running back was met by two Penn State defenders near the first-down marker, but he continued to bulldoze ahead with the defenders draped over him, turning a potential 9-yard gain into a 17-yard pickup. Haskins had been Michigan’s best offensive player in the game, and the Wolverines continued to feed him. After Michigan’s defense forced a turnover on downs on Penn State’s ensuing drive, Haskins iced it for the Wolverines (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten). After catching a screen pass, he turned up field and stiff-armed a Penn State defender, breaking free for a 15-yard gain on third-and-13.mlive.com
Michigan beats Penn State late on TD throw from QB Cade McNamara
Michigan came prepared and, more importantly, ready to play Penn State amid cold, blustery conditions at Beaver Stadium. The game-winning score came moments after Penn State appeared to seize momentum, too, turning a McNamara fumble into a go-ahead field goal with 5:55 to play. Both went unblocked during the game and became difficult to contain, suffocating Clifford and the Penn State offense at times. The Nittany Lions mustered just 109 yards rushing, led by Keyvone Lee’s 20 carries for 88 yards. Penn State mustered just one touchdown in four red-zone trips.mlive.com
How to watch Michigan vs. Penn State: TV channel, kickoff time, live stream
Michigan will try to keep its Big Ten title and College Football Playoff hopes alive when it visits Penn State on Saturday. They’ve lost two straight to Penn State, including a 27-17 defeat last year in Ann Arbor, and have lost their last two meetings in Happy Valley as well, last winning in 2015. Penn State has one of the best wide receivers in Jahan Dotson, who’s coming off a monster performance in a 31-14 win at Maryland. Penn State is 4-1 in Beaver Stadium after dropping its most recent home game, 20-18 to Illinois in nine overtimes on Oct. 23. 23 Penn State Nittany Lions (6-3, 3-3)When: 12:06 p.m.mlive.com
Snap counts, PFF grades that stood out from Michigan’s win vs. Indiana
Michigan’s football team is 8-1 after downing Indiana 29-7 on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Defensively, they held Indiana 195 yards, including just 53 in the second half. PFF grades every player on every play in multiple facets of the game, such as passing, rushing, receiving, pass blocking, run defense, etc. With that said, here are Michigan snap counts and key takeaways from PFF’s grades from Saturday’s win. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Michigan football still has life, but now it’s time to do what this program never does
Michigan football kept clinging to its slim Big Ten title and playoff hopes with a win over Indiana this weekend, but now it’s time for the program to do something it hasn’t done in a long time: finish the season strong.
Hassan Haskins shoulders role as Michigan’s primary run option
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s two-headed running attack was halved on Saturday with the sudden injury to Blake Corum, thrusting more responsibility (and carries) on Hassan Haskins. Corum was sidelined early on, in the first quarter following his first carry, leaving Haskins to handle the remaining workload. “It was a different feeling,” said Haskins, who now has a team-high 829 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns this season. He also took notice of “the big play,” Haskins’ 62-yard run that helped set up Michigan’s second touchdown of the game and 17-7 lead. Third-string running back Donovan Edwards was sidelined with an undisclosed injury for a second straight week, leaving the Wolverines with few options in the running game.mlive.com
Jim Harbaugh ‘hopeful’ injuries to Blake Corum, other Michigan players aren’t serious
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jim Harbaugh struck an optimistic tone late Saturday when asked about the myriad of injuries his team suffered in a win over Indiana. I don’t know how (it happened).”But, Harbaugh said, “I don’t think it’s serious. I don’t know if it’s mild. It’s somewhere less than serious, we’ll say.”Harbaugh, as is customary with short-term injuries to his players, did not disclose the nature of the ailment. “I don’t know for sure.”Harbaugh added: “If they can heal like the Green brothers do, Gemon and German Green.mlive.com
Michigan bounces back to beat Indiana, but comes out banged up
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — On a day when the Big Ten’s best stumbled, some even losing, Michigan handled its business. The ninth-ranked Wolverines returned to their winning formula on Saturday, striking first and never letting go — rushing for 188 yards in a 29-7 win over Indiana at Michigan Stadium. Jim Harbaugh’s team had to settle for three field goals inside the Indiana 20-yard line, continuing a troubling trend that sank Michigan last week. After Indiana scored to pull within three, Michigan responded with a four-play, 75-yard touchdown drive highlighted by a 62-yard run by Haskins. Next up for Michigan is a trip east to State College, Pa., next week to play Penn State.mlive.com
Josh Gattis: Michigan RBs Corum, Haskins ‘carrying the offense’
This sure isn’t “speed in space,” the high-flying, fast-moving spread-based system Josh Gattis advertised when he arrived at Michigan in 2019. A balanced, physical attack led by a pair of running backs, Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins, have helped lead Michigan to a 7-0 start and No. 8 Michigan State (noon, FOX), Gattis said he couldn’t imagine running it any other way. “It’s about featuring our best players,” Michigan’s third-year offensive coordinator said Monday night on the “Inside Michigan Football” radio show. Michigan’s rushing attack ranks fifth in the country at 253 yards per game, while its passing game has floundered.mlive.com
Blocked punt, interception and a power run: Big plays that keyed Michigan to victory
As more Wildcats converged on Michigan’s 6-foot-1, 220-pound running back to try and tackle him, several Wolverines linemen continued to push Haskins forward. He’s phenomenal.”MORE: ‘All focus is there.’ Michigan turns its attention to rival Michigan StateHaskins’ power run wasn’t the only highlight play from the Wolverines (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) on Saturday. With Michigan leading 17-7 midway through the third quarter, it forced Northwestern (3-4, 1-3) into a fourth-and-4 from its own 31-yard line. “(Special teams coach) Jay (Harbaugh) did a great job scheming that one up,” Jim Harbaugh said of the blocked punt. “Felt like we would only get one shot to take advantage of what they were doing in their punt scheme.mlive.com
Michigan stock report: Big game for Wolverines’ running backs
ANN ARBOR – Michigan’s football team overcame a shaky start Saturday and outscored Northwestern 23-0 in the second half of a 33-7 victory at Michigan Stadium. Michigan’s defense held Northwestern to 233 yards, with 75 coming on an Evan Hull touchdown run in the second quarter. Here is our stock report from Saturday’s game as the Wolverines improve to 7-0. STOCK DOWNRed zone offenseThe Wolverines settled for two field goals inside the red zone against Nebraska, and their red zone offense struggled in the first half against the Wildcats. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Midseason grades: Jim Harbaugh, Michigan get high marks for run game, defensive turnaround
It ranks 101st nationally at 194 yards per game, below nine other Big Ten teams, including Iowa. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.comRunning backs —Thanks to a dominant first three games, Michigan’s rushing attack remains a top-10 unit during the bye week. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.comOffensive line —I don’t know how you give this group anything but an ‘A,’ for all the reasons outlined above. Pull up the highlights from every Michigan game this year and you’ll find a play that Hutchinson is directly involved in. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.comLinebackers —There was concern coming into the year here, given Michigan’s youth and inexperience, but they’ve worked around it well.mlive.com
This time Michigan faced real adversity, and didn’t flinch
— Maybe Jim Harbaugh was on to something last week when he declared that his Michigan football team doesn’t flinch. Michigan squandered a 13-0 halftime lead and watched as the Cornhuskers scored 22 points in the third quarter alone. Not only did ninth-ranked Michigan have to deal with falling behind, but having to respond twice as part of a back-and-forth fourth quarter. Hawkins jumped on it, giving Michigan favorable field position and chance to win the game. This time it came in front of a raucous crowd of 87,380, facing real, tangible adversity for the first time all season.mlive.com
Jim Harbaugh: ‘This was a Clint Eastwood win’
A 39-yard field goal by kicker Jake Moody, his last of four successful kicks on the day, improved Michigan to 6-0 on the season. “Incredible plays made by incredible athletes — on both teams,” Harbaugh said. More: Michigan WR Roman Wilson injured, held out vs. Nebraska“I knew they wouldn’t flinch,” Harbaugh said. It’s in the eyes (during) practice and games.”Last week, after a convincing 38-17 win over the Badgers, Harbaugh said there was something “different” about this Michigan football team. The Wolverines welcome Northwestern to town on Oct. 23 with a real opportunity to start the season 7-0.mlive.com
Wolverine recruiting report: Where Michigan’s offensive starters ranked as prospects
The Wolverines have received contributions from multiple players, but not all of them were highly regarded prospects coming out of high school. With that said, below are Michigan’s offensive starters and where they were ranked as prep prospects, according to 247Sports’ Composite system. Running back: Hassan Haskins, Eureka (Missouri) -- Haskins was a lightly recruited three-star out of high school. Tight end: Erick All, Fairfield (Ohio) – All was a four-star prospect in the 2019 class, ranked No. He held 28 offers out of high school, including Ohio State, Penn State, Oregon, Florida and Notre Dame.mlive.com
Michigan’s ground success has Mike Hart impressed, and thinking ‘Madden’
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Mike Hart stepped up to the podium outside Schembechler Hall on Wednesday afternoon a proud coach. Asked how he decides on who to put into the game, Hart — Michigan’s all-time leading rusher and All-American himself — joked “there’s this analytics company that tells me when” to put them into the game. Ironically, the way the game played out was similar to the way Hart controls his team playing video games, he said. So, yeah, I like playing that way.”As for the play-calling itself, Hart leaves that to offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. _________________Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Michigan’s run game strikes again in convincing win over Washington
Corum added a seven-yard touchdown run during the Wolverines’ first possession of the third quarter, an eight-play, 73-yard drive made up entirely of running plays. Quarterback Cade McNamara finished the game just 7-of-15 for 44 yards, with much of his night spent handing the football off to Michigan’s ball carriers. Haskins, a junior, turned a team-high 27 carries into 155 rushing yards and a touchdown, his fifth career game with more than 100 yards. Meanwhile, Michigan’s defense played a much more disciplined, tighter game in Game 2 under new coordinator Mike Macdonald. Washington, which was coming off a stunning upset loss to FCS Montana last weekend, was held to just 50 rushing yards on 32 carries for an incredible 1.6 yard-per-carry average.mlive.com
Michigan coaches encouraged by freshman RB Donovan Edwards’ progress
ANN ARBOR – On the eve before preseason camp began last month, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said freshman running back Donovan Edwards would see the field on “day one.”The former top-50 recruit out of West Bloomfield High did. With the Wolverines up big in last Saturday’s season-opener against Western Michigan, Edwards had six carries in the second half for 27 yards. While his stat line wasn’t as impressive as Michigan’s two primary running backs, Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum, Edwards’ performance was encouraging to Michigan coaches. “I think Donovan Edwards is the one who probably impressed me the most,” Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis told reporters Wednesday. He’s gonna have his big plays; his big plays are right around the corner.mlive.com
Michigan stock report: Daxton Hill, running backs shine in win vs. Western Michigan
Western Michigan scored a touchdown on its opening drive, but it was all Wolverines after that. Michigan’s defense allowed just 201 yards after the first quarter while its offense racked up 549 total yards in a 47-14 rout at Michigan Stadium. Eleby only had one completion in the second quarter, and Hill was right there to make the tackle for no gain. Blowing up a tunnel screen to force a third-and-long on Western Michigan’s first drive of the second half was an elite-level play. He didn’t play much in the second half with Michigan up big, but he only had two catches for 15 yards on three targets in the first half.mlive.com
Michigan football runs over Western Michigan in season opener
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan wasn’t kidding when it said it was going to run the football more. They were winless last year during a 2-4 season that saw Michigan rank near the bottom of the Big Ten in rushing yards per game. Corum, a Marshall, Va., native, added a pair catches, including a 14-yard touchdown pass that opened the scoring for Michigan. Replay: Relive Michigan’s win, drive by drive, with MLive live updatesWith a first-year defensive coordinator, Mike Macdonald, the Wolverines struggled to keep pace with Western Michigan to start. Michigan would settle for a 29-yard field goal from Jake Moody, but it helped set a tone for the game.mlive.com
Michigan football plans to correct Josh Gattis’ biggest regret this fall
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It was a frank admission last month, one that Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis revealed to members of the media and public as his biggest regret. Yes, moving the football and scoring points was an issue at times, but the discrepancy in the rushing numbers bothered Gattis. “We didn’t run the ball enough,” Gattis said in August as Michigan kicked off its preseason camp. A new running backs coach, Mike Hart, was hired and Sherrone Moore was promoted to offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator, a new role that has him more involved with the running game. “I’m very excited about our run game.mlive.com
Michigan plans to play true freshman RB Donovan Edwards ‘Week 1’
Michigan’s true-freshman running back Donovan Edwards impressed coaches in the spring with his work ethic and talent, so much so that he’s worked his way into the depth chart and will be part of the playing rotation on Sept. 4. Last month at Big Ten Media Days, Harbaugh told reporters that “you’ll be seeing Donovan Edwards Game 1″ — a statement backed up Thursday by Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. “Donovan will play Week 1,” Gattis told reporters on Thursday. Edwards played for a state championship in football in late-January, then made the transition to Michigan and the start of spring ball in late-February. And the thing that Donovan understands is that it takes the whole team; it takes a whole team to win a championship.mlive.com
Mature, laser-focused Ronnie Bell leads Michigan’s receivers in 2021
Note: This is the third story in a new offseason series from MLive highlighting Michigan’s most important players in 2021. He led the Michigan receivers in catches and yards each of the past two years, yet 2021 brings on a new role for Ronnie Bell. “My game is just to build on everything that I’ve done,” Bell told reporters in March. Cornelius Johnson (16 catches, 254 yards) and Mike Sainristil (7 catches, 82 yards) are the two most experienced, followed closely by Roman Wilson and A.J. “I’ve not only grown as a player, but just as a person.”Which makes the role Bell plays in 2021 all that more important.mlive.com
Recruiting class leaves Michigan football with stacked offense, holes on defense
Cornelius Johnson #6 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrate a fourth quarter touchdown during the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan football has officially signed 20 new players, and the overwhelming theme of this roster is a stacked offense and a defense with major holes. Offensive firepowerThere will certainly be transfers, NFL draft declarations and possibly even some late additions to the roster before the 2021 season, but as it stands, Michigan’s offense looks completely loaded. All three were stars in high school and highly regarded during the recruiting process. Losing commit Quintin Somerville to UCLA on Wednesday was a major blow for the 2021 class, as now, Kechaun Bennett, T.J.
Lombardi helps Michigan State stun No. 13 Michigan 27-24
The Spartans (1-1, 1-1 Big Ten) appeared to be the better team all afternoon on both sides of the ball in Mel Tucker's debut as coach in the rivalry. Tucker became just the second coach to beat Michigan in his first attempt with the Spartans, joining Alabama coach Nick Saban, who did it in 1995. The Wolverines (1-1, 1-1) were favored to win by more than three touchdowns. Running back Hassan Haskins scored on a 2-yard run with 37 seconds left to help Michigan pull within three points. The onside kick was recovered by Michigan State running back Connor Heyward and Lombardi converted a fourth-and-2 from the Michigan 36 with a sneak to seal the victory.
3 ‘unheralded’ plays that helped Michigan football blow out Minnesota in season opener
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan football made plenty of huge plays in its blowout win over Minnesota, but what about the under-the-radar moments that helped Jim Harbaugh’s team maintain control of the game? Upshaw’s tackle ultimately saved Michigan four points, and instead of a tie game, the Wolverines maintained a 14-10 lead. Four plays later, Haskins punched the ball into the end zone to give Michigan an 18-point lead, and the game was virtually over. After coming out with an impressive touchdown drive to get back within 11 points, Minnesota kicked off and forced a fumble during Blake Corum’s return. “There was a ton of hustle plays throughout the game,” Harbaugh said.
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 expected to be good, not great, again with Harbaugh
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan has been good, not great, under coach Jim Harbaugh. Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye said the team is under the radar and has taken a lot of punches from people. Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has said more than once that he wants Harbaugh to lead the Wolverines until he chooses to retire from coaching. Heading into his sixth season, though, Harbaugh has just two years left on a deal that pays him about $7 million per season. The Wolverines host rival Michigan State and its new coach, Mel Tucker, in their second game.
All 12 three-stars from 2018 recruiting class could help make or break Michigan football season
Every single recruiting class is important, and the Wolverines have reached the point where the 2018 class -- by far Harbaugh’s most criticized group -- has to make major contributions. Remembering the 2018 recruiting cycleThe 2018 class was recruited amid Michigan’s worst season of the Harbaugh era. The result was Michigan’s only full recruiting class to be ranked outside the top 20 since Harbaugh took over. Michigan’s recruiting has since rebounded, but that 2018 unit will play a major role in the coming seasons. 18 in MissouriRole: Guaranteed starterNobody better exemplifies the 2018 class than Bell, and everyone who follows Michigan football knows his story.
With familiar face, freshman joining top duo, Michigan football could use 4 running backs in 2020
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan football had a crowded running back room last season, and this year doesn’t figure to be any different as a familiar face and a talented freshman join Hassan Haskins and Zach Charbonnet. Four different players received more than 40 carries for Michigan last season: the aforementioned duo of Haskins and Charbonnet, along with Tru Wilson and Christian Turner. Michigan’s running back depth didn’t take a hit, though. Early last season, Charbonnet was the clear leader, as evidenced by his 33 carries in the double overtime win over Army. If there are any additional reps to go around behind Charbonnet, Haskins and Evans, Corum is the favorite to take them.
Zach Charbonnet, Hassan Haskins create dangerous running back duo for Michigan football
Its no coincidence the team started to trend upward when Hassan Haskins joined Zach Charbonnet in the offensive backfield. Michigan running back Zach Charbonnet (24) runs for a 35-yard gain as Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman (11) pursues in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. The most obvious change: Michigan started using two running backs instead of solely relying on Charbonnet. Michigan needed Charbonnet to carry the ball 33 times in order to survive, but that essentially cost him two games. After averaging 10.4 yards per carry against Illinois, Haskins gained 149 yards on 20 carries against Notre Dame and 60 yards on 13 carries against Maryland.
How Michigan football has gotten season back on track after flirting with disaster
Michigan was supposed to be one of the best teams in the Big Ten, but instead, it was off to another slow start. There was speculation that Michigan could lose as many as five or six games, and in fairness, it was justified. Zach Charbonnet #24 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a first half touchdown with teammates while playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Harbaugh got one of the biggest wins of his Michigan tenure, trouncing Notre Dame 45-14. Tough games against Michigan State and at Indiana await after the bye week, but if Michigan continues on this upward trajectory, it should continue to rack up victories.
Michigan football vs. Maryland: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
15 Michigan looks to build on its biggest win of the season when it visits Maryland on Saturday in Big Ten play. The Wolverines rolled up 303 rushing yards en route to an emphatic 45-14 win over then-No. Michigan has held four of its last five opponents to fewer than 65 rushing yards. Maryland extended its turnover streak to 20 straight games, which is the longest in the nation. PREDICTION: Michigan 35, Maryland 13
Michigan football: Where did this Hassan Haskins guy come from?
Its not People-Jones, Collins or even Patterson carrying the Michigan offense. Hassan Haskins #25 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to jump over the tackle of Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah #6 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during a first half run at Michigan Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Other than Michigan, Haskins had scholarship offers from Purdue, Memphis, Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Western Kentucky. In the last three games -- against Illinois, Penn State and Notre Dame -- Haskins has gained 302 yards on 45 carries. While Charbonnet has scored nine touchdowns already this season, Haskins has proven to be a solid all-around option for the Wolverines to avoid overworking the true freshman.
Michigan football dominates Notre Dame, but what does it mean for this season?
Zach Charbonnet #24 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a first half touchdown with teammates while playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 8 Notre Dame. Michigan State is always a difficult game for Michigan, especially in Ann Arbor. Zach Charbonnet #24 of the Michigan Wolverines scores a first half touchdown past Jalen Elliott #21 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Either way, Michigan will have bragging rights over Notre Dame for at least the next 14 years.
Michigan football dominates Notre Dame, but what does it mean for this season?
8 Notre Dame. Hassan Haskins #25 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to jump over the tackle of Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah #6 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during a first half run at Michigan Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan State is always a difficult game for Michigan, especially in Ann Arbor. Zach Charbonnet #24 of the Michigan Wolverines scores a first half touchdown past Jalen Elliott #21 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Either way, Michigan will have bragging rights over Notre Dame for at least the next 14 years.