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This installment of the Michigan Football position preview series zeroes in on special teams.
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Matt Wile (Photo by: Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Will Hagerup is the reigning Big Ten punter of the year, but he will not play in 2013. Hagerup is sitting out this year after disciplinary issues. He is working out with the team and will play his final season of eligibility in 2014. That means Matt Wile will handle the punting duties this year.
Brendan Gibbons has developed into a very reliable kicker for the Wolverines. Last season, he connected on 16 of 18 field goal attempts and on all 45 of his extra point attempts. Gibbons was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection.
Matt Wile is a talented kicker/punter with a big leg. He has already boomed a 52 yard field goal as well as a 58 yard punt and a 56 yard punt. Of his 29 career punts, 13 have resulted in the opponent being pinned inside the 20 yard line.
The position of long snapper is in good hands with 5th year senior Jareth ...
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Shaun Crawford (Photo by: John Kuntz/Plain Dealer)
On Friday, Shaun Crawford (Lakewood, Ohio) became the fifth member of Michigan Football’s 2015 recruiting class. A 4-star defensive back, Crawford is ranked as the #49 overall prospect in the 2015 class by ESPN. He choose Michigan over offers from Miami (Florida), Florida State and Tennessee.
Crawford (5-9, 168) is a versatile...
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returned to his alma mater in Ann Arbor on Thursday and gave a pep talk to the Michigan Wolverines football team.
Brady spoke to the players about how lucky they are to have the opportunity to play for Michigan and what it meant to former Wolverine players like himself. The most interesting part of the speech came when Brady said that...
Michigan Football’s season opener against Central Michigan is rapidly approaching and our position preview series is reaching the final few editions. In this installment, I’ll zero in on the defensive backs. There are three returning starters in the secondary and a bumper crop full of young, talented guys battling for playing time.
What we know
Thomas Gordon (Photo by Leon Halip...
The 2013 Preseason All-Big Ten Conference Team by College Football Universe has been released. Ohio State landed the most first team players with four. Next up for the first team, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, and Wisconsin all tied for the second most selections with three each; Iowa, Michigan, and Nebraska had two apiece. To finish it up, Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota...
Brady Hoke finally figured out who his backup quarterback is going to be, but he still has plenty of offensive decisions to make before next week's season opener against Central Michigan.
Top recruit Shane Morris will be No. 2 behind Devin Gardner, having finally earned the job in an Aug. 18 scrimmage.
"I think Shane has continued to improve every day," Hoke said...
Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Joe Reynolds is one of the guys expected to replace Amara Darboh, who is out for the year with a foot injury. Reynolds made this catch during the Wolverines most recent scrimmage and I must say that it is quite impressive. Hopefully he will bring some more of that to games in the regular season.
Brady Hoke is an inventor, a genius, a creator. This season at Michigan, he's going to unveil something you don't see in college football:
An offense that involves running ... OVER ... people. Or, through them, either way.
"It's what I believe in,'' Hoke, in his third year as Michigan's coach, told me the other day after the final two-a-day practice...
Head coach Brady Hoke was just about in for a ticker-tape parade after 2011. The Ohio native took a Michigan team that had gone 3-9, 5-7, and 7-6 three years previously and went 11-2 his first year, owing mostly to an explosive quarterback in Denard Robinson and a lot of fumbles bouncing their way. The Wolverines regressed slightly in (Visited 2 times, 2 visits today)The post...
There’s a hunger that permeates throughout Team 134. The Wolverines collectively make no bones about their failure to live up to a constant standard in Ann Arbor. It has been almost a decade since any player donning the winged helmet could call himself a champion, and that’s something they all take personally. For veterans like Desmond Morgan it’s a source of constant motivation.
Michigan sophomore linebacker Joe Bolden has made significant weight and strength gains since this time last year. Now he is working hard to turn that growth into production on the football field.
VIDEO: Michigan senior running back Fitz Toussaint said he would be the starter in the season opener on Aug. 31 against Central Michigan. After receiving an endorsement from Michigan coach Brady Hoke, Toussaint discusses the job, his recovery, and more.