Monday, November 11, 2019 - 8:05pm
Sophomore defensive end Aidan Hutchinson grew up around the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry.

Aidan Hutchinson knows what this rivalry is all about. He grew up in Dearborn, less than 100 miles from both schools. He heard stories about it from his dad, a standout linebacker at Michigan in the early 1990s. In high school, he was recruited by both sides.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 5:13pm
Junior wide receiver Nico Collins had a 51-yard catch against Maryland but no receptions the rest of the game.

For four years, Collins terrorized defenses with the athleticism and imposing frame that made him one of the most talented players Hood has coached. Watching from the stands all those years, Hood’s kids idolized Collins and watched in awe as he accounted for 2,773 yards and 40 touchdowns in his career with Clay-Chalkville. So now, when they watch Michigan together, their pride is a family affair. “My kids still look at the TV, ‘Where’s Nico?’ Hood said. “… It’s really fun to watch.” Thousands of miles away in Ann Arbor, Michigan fans find themselves asking the same question every week. For them, it’s a matter of frustration, sparked by the contrast of Collins’ generational talent paired against his inconsistent usage.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 5:10pm
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COLLEGE PARK — Jim Harbaugh is not one to disclose his gameplan, even after a win.

But whatever he envisioned for Saturday’s trip to 3-5 Maryland, giving up a pair of six-minute drives into the red zone before halftime wasn’t it.

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 7:07pm
Redshirt freshman running back Hassan Haskins ran for 149 yards last Saturday against Notre Dame as the Wolverines dominated the Irish, 45-14.

Until then, it’s a simple matter of proving that the Wolverines’ last six quarters — in which they’ve outscored a pair of top-10 opponents, 59-21 — are no mirage and that maybe, somehow, this is the year Michigan can finally take down the vaunted Buckeyes. Against Michigan State and a quietly 6-2 Indiana, that will be a challenge. Both teams, despite their flaws, carry enough weaponry to challenge the Wolverines’ presumed growth, even in losses.

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 6:17pm
Freshman receiver Mike Sainristil caught three passes for 73 years and touchdown against Notre Dame.

Slowly, though, Sainristil has begun working his way onto the field, mostly as the slot receiver in three and four-wide looks. Saturday against Notre Dame, he doubled his career reception total with a key second-quarter third-down conversion. Two quarters later, he notched his first collegiate touchdown, weaving through a trio of would-be tacklers for a 26-yard score to put Michigan up, 45-7

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 12:37am
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Cam McGrone raced toward an emptying student section, flexing his right arm then his left above his head. Aidan Hutchinson and Luiji Vilain stood to either side of McGrone, serving as bodyguards to his celebration. A few yards behind Michigan’s jubilant pass-rushing trio, Notre Dame quarterback Phil Jurkovec lay face down on the 13-yard line.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:54pm
Defensive line coach Shaun Nua moved from American Samoa to the mainland US as an 18-year old in 2000.

When Arizona State came calling in 2018, though, the Sun Devils offered something none of those previous offers could — proximity to family, allowing Nua to limit his trips to see family to annual visits back to the islands. A year later, he had to leave that behind to come to Michigan, an offer that he called “too good to turn down.”

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 8:34pm
Senior guard Ben Bredeson is trying to focus on the next game after Michigan’s second loss all but ended its chances of reaching its goals on the season.

Neither will say it, because that would undermine the significance of the season’s final five games, but both know their senior seasons will end without achieving their ultimate goals. Bredeson chose the Wolverines despite offers from Alabama, Oklahoma and Ohio State. Kemp could have gone to Notre Dame or Wisconsin, calling Michigan an opportunity to play “top-caliber football” when he committed. Yet, both will finish their collegiate careers without an appearance in the Big Ten championship game or College Football Playoff

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 10:35pm
Shea Patterson threw for 276 yards in Saturday's loss to Penn State.

Criticized for not going through his reads, being too tentative to scramble and missing open receivers, Patterson excelled in those aspects against Penn State on Saturday night, finishing with a season-high 276 yards on 24-of-41 passing.

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 1:04am
Michigan scored on just three of eight trips into Penn State territory in Saturday's loss.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ronnie Bell stood in the middle of Penn State’s end zone, Shea Patterson’s pass floating toward his outstretched fingertips. A few yards away, Nick Eubanks started to raise his fists in celebration, because, somehow, Michigan’s season had a lifeblood.

The belief emanated for just long enough to make dreams seem tangible, something that felt impossible when Penn State led, 21-0, two quarters earlier.