Michigan football hits late field goal against Illinois to improve to 11-0 for first time since 2006
On a frigid day inside The Big House, Michigan Wolverines kicker Jake Moody had ice water in his veins as he made a 36-yard field goal for a 19-17 victory to stave off defeat while improving to 11-0 on the season for the first time since 2006.
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.
Nico Collins ‘not currently’ on Michigan football team, Jim Harbaugh says
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan football’s star wide receiver, Nico Collins, is “not currently on the team,” head coach Jim Harbaugh revealed Monday. MORE: 12 takeaways from Jim Harbaugh’s press conference“Nico is not participating in football right now, and I don’t have a crystal ball as to if his mind would change or not, but he’s not currently on the team,” Harbaugh said. Michigan wide receiver Nico Collins at the 2018 Outback Bowl between Michigan and South Carolina on Jan. 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. (Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)In 2019, Collins 37 passes for 729 yards and seven touchdowns. LATEST: Michigan vs. Michigan State will kick off at noon on HalloweenCollins, at 6-foot-4, was an excellent compliment to Michigan’s growing crop of smaller, faster receivers.
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.
10 days before kickoff: 10 reasons to be excited for Michigan football
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – After a long, strange offseason that felt like it would never end, Michigan football is just 10 days away. With 10 days left until the start of the season, here are 10 reasons for Michigan fans to be excited about their team. Joe Milton eraNobody knows if Milton will be successful as Michigan’s starting quarterback, but he sure has all the tools. Road trips to Indiana are never easy, especially in between the Michigan State and Wisconsin games. Fans have waited a long time for Michigan football to return, and as soon as it does, it’ll be pedal to the metal.
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.
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.
9 players on current Michigan football roster who have proven to be recruiting steals
Jim Harbaugh has landed plenty of highly rated recruits during his tenure at Michigan, but some of the most important players on the roster were ranked much lower and have proven to be steals. None of these players were four- or five-star recruits, and only one ranked among the top 500 overall players in his class. For a player ranked No. 975 player in 2018 classHarbaugh went into Missouri to land Hassan Haskins in 2018, and his only other Power Five offer came from Purdue. Metelluls has 159 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions and 12 passes defended in his Michigan career.
Michigan football's talented wide receivers not living up to preseason hype
Peoples-Jones dropped the first two passes thrown his direction. Collins dropped a pass on a crossing route that would have been a big play. But his receivers dropped the ball. The numbers are fine considering the inconsistency of the offense, but these receivers are supposed to be extraordinary. After their worst game as a unit, they've got half a season to live up to the hype.
How Ronnie Bell came up clutch time after time for Michigan football vs. Army
Ronnie Bell #8 of the Michigan Wolverines is tackled by Cole Christiansen #54, Cedrick Cunningham #22 and Cam Jones #20 of the Army Black Knights during the second half at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Bell led Michigan with seven catches for 81 yards in what was otherwise a struggle offensively. Zach Charbonnet #24 of the Michigan Wolverines is tackled by Jacob Covington #57 of the Army Black Knights, right, during the first half at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. On the next play, Bell caught a 12-yard pass to get Michigan inside the 30-yard line. Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines shouts for an official during the first half of a game against the Army Black Knights at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
14 most important things Jim Harbaugh said in final week before Michigan football season
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Jim Harbaugh answered questions Monday as Michigan football prepares for this weekend's season opener against Middle Tennessee State. Competition continues at field goal kickerAs of five days before the season opener, Michigan still doesn't have a starting place kicker. An injury at fall camp delayed the start of his 2018 season, and he never got back in the flow of the offense. Ronnie Bell is most improved offensive contributorOf all the players who contributed on offense last season, Harbaugh believes Ronnie Bell has improved the most heading into 2019. He's going to play and work into that safety position, but he's really done extremely well."
Michigan football could have 7 dangerous wide receivers this year in Josh Gattis' offense
(Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Michigan football team is expected to have a much more dangerous offense this season under Josh Gattis, and depth at wide receiver is one of its greatest weapons. Donovan Peoples-Jones catches a touchdown against SMU on Sept. 15, 2018, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Of his six touchdown catches, three came against rivals Ohio State and Michigan State. Bell is sandwiched between the three talented juniors and three incoming freshmen, but he won't be forgotten in Gattis' offense, which will take advantage of his speed and elusiveness. True freshmenJim Harbaugh landed a trio of talented pass catchers, though they come with much less fanfare that Peoples-Jones, Collins and Black.